Art is truly everywhere you turn in the Houston metro and it comes in the form of buildings, homes and industrial factories. The facades and relics of art deco architecture dating back to the 1920s pepper the streets, being passed by so often their historic past is lost amongst the clutter. From the famed River Oaks Theater to the Kurth Building on the corner of Fannin and Palm to Sakowitz Bros original Department Store at 1111 Main, Houston's past fills Houston's present.
The merging of the two eras is what interests mother and daughter team, Kathryn Klauber and Leigh Hajovsky. Daughter, Leigh came up with an idea to bring the rich history of Houston to its residents "to participate in a city-wide urban artistic adventure." She proposed the concept to her mother, an arts historian and lecturer at Rice University, and "Postcards From Houston" was created.
Both women, being artistically inclined professionally and personally, wanted to introduce a hands-on course to instruct Houstonians to channel the right side of their brains in creation of a personal rendition of beloved Houston monuments. The course consists of four workshops, both educational and constructive, in the literal sense of the word. Students will be given a walking tour to explore the city and are then brought to Texas Art Supply on Montrose Avenue to stir their own creative juices. Hopefully, all that inspiration will help students create personal renditions of their favorite Houston moment, space or structure.
The outcome will be a student exhibition displayed at the Orange Show in conjunction with a benefit for the arts organization on December 1.
The next round of classes begin October 11 at the M2 Gallery in the Heights. According to the mom/daughter team, interested students can look forward to learning about "Houston's history and their place in it and to understand that we all have the ability to contribute."
Of the many distinctive buildings and monuments in Houston, Klauber and Hajovsky fancy The Orange Show best. "It encompasses just about everything that's important to us: it's vision is unique and they are dedicated to preserving artistic individuality," they agree.
"Postcards From Houston's" next round of workshops begins October 11 at the M2 Gallery. For more information visit www.postcardsfromhouston.com.