“The Big Show”

The juror for this year’s “The Big Show” at Lawndale Art Center is Erin Elder, visual art director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The annual exhibit, started in 1984, features the works of local artists living within 100 miles of Houston. Elder saw 981 original submissions by 392 artists. Of those, 115 works by 106 different artists made it into the show. “It is truly inspiring to learn that so many people express themselves creatively through visual art,” says Christine West, Lawndale’s executive director. “Whether they choose to make a living doing it, do it as a hobby or do it simply because they have a basic need to create — because they simply have to.”

West is excited for the public to see the finalists and for the participating artists to see the public. “As an artist, being able to share their work and experience viewers responses to their work is a huge part of creative expression,” she adds. “I feel strongly that experiencing art brings the creative process full circle, influencing both the artist and the viewer.”

There’s an opening reception with the artists starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 11. Award winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. -Saturdays. Through August 9. 4912 Main. For information, call 713‑528‑5858 or visit lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Fri., July 11, 6:30 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: July 11. Continues through Aug. 9, 2014

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