The Big Slide Show

As part of its mission to help develop contemporary art and artists, each year the Lawndale Art Center invites creative types living within 100 miles of Houston to submit works for the annual exhibit, ''The Big Show.'' But art lovers also have a chance to hear from the artists themselves about their creations at an offshoot event, The Big Slide Show. ''Artists selected for this year’s show will have a chance to give a five-minute presentation of their work,'' says Dennis Nance, the center's exhibitions and programming director. ''It's a great opportunity to learn more about the artists and also see more examples of their work than what is in the gallery.'' Pieces in the show span across plenty of different mediums, including photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics and video. ''Some of the biggest entries in the show are a life-size papier mâché sculpture of the band Black Veil Brides; a sprawling, stuffed creature of patterned fabrics; and a 6' by 6' painting,'' Nance adds. ''Big'' show, indeed.

6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Wed., July 31, 6 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 1, 6 p.m., 2013

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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