Last Call for Art: It's Hispanic-Art Weekend!

The art shows closing this weekend seem to have a theme: Hispanic artists and images.

First is, is "Recollection of Havana," a photo exhibit by Vladimir Frumin, based on his travels to Cuba, which closes on July 11. Frumin, a Russian national, writes poetically about the images, saying, "I have been in Havana, I have been there, I've seen that, I've breathed that air, I [talked] talk to people, I [drank] espresso at the open window of a small coffee shop across from El Capitolio ...The shop was very old, I mean, really old: paint of different colors was hanging from the [ceiling] as a tear down paper, thick layer of dust underlining relief and unfinished walls, electrical wires [were] chaotically streaming in ... different directions like veins on an old miner's arm." See what he saw at this week's closing. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Russian Cultural Center, Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit www.ourtx.org. Free.

Also in its last weekend is "Retablos: Art for the Masses" over at The Heritage Society. Made up of religious works made by Mexican folk artists for the Catholic faithful, the exhibit doesn't adhere to a strict "retablos only" rule. (Retablos, as you know, are usually devotional paintings on wood or tin.) The exhibit also includes statutes, paintings on canvas and objets d'art. A showcase of Houstonian Bob Briddick's private collection, thought to be one of the best in the region, the exhibit is a fine display of folk art and appeals to more than just the faithful. "Retablos: Art for the Masses" closes Sunday, July 12. See the exhibit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1100 Bagby. For information, call 713-655-1912 or visit www.heritagesociety.org. Free.

And finally, Cuban painter Norberto Clemente's exhibit at the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston closes on July 14. Works by invited artist Nina Garcia are also on display. You can see the exhibit 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 3315 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-528-1492 or visit www.ihch.org. Free.

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