''The Big Show''

Sponsors for ''The Big Show'' at Lawndale Art Center have been sweetly dubbed ''Red Hots,'' ''Gobstoppers,'' ''Lemon Drops'' and other sugary confections. Have the show's organizers succumbed to the addictive online phenomenon that is Candy Crush? ''Definitely not!'' laughs Lawndale Executive Director Christine Jelson West. ''The colors…for 'The Big Show' this year seemed very candylike,'' she explains. ''Also, candy somehow feels like a summer thing, and 'The Big Show' takes place every summer.

''I look forward to 'The Big Show' every year at Lawndale,'' West adds. ''It is one of the best ways Lawndale demonstrates its focus on local art and offers a lively and sometimes raucous way of looking at what artists are creating in Houston right now. Many artists exhibit their work for the first time in 'The Big Show,' and many others submit year after year…It's like a Houston summer tradition.'' Sweet.

Duncan MacKenzie, Chicago artist, critic, and writer and this year's ''Big Show'' juror, reviewed 922 works in various media by 366 artists for the show. Some 83 works by 67 artists made it into the exhibition.

There's an opening reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 12. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through August 10. 4912 Main. For information, call 713‑528‑5858 or visit lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Fri., July 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: July 12. Continues through Aug. 10, 2013

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