A new play by John Mcixncr Directed by Rebecca Greene Udden
Thursdays, Fndays, and Saturdays at H pm, lanuary 2S-February 24 Reservations: S24-6706
Presented by Mam Street Theater at Autry House
Kind of Artistic Comitteewoman
by Gigi Yellen
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Trudy Sween is obsessed with doors.
'Houston is a city where doors are being
opened all the time," she says, "doors between countries, doors to transplanted
northerners. When you think of all the
car doors opening and shutting here every
day. . .it can boggle the mind!" Trudy
Sween's laugh echoes around the studio
where she is currently busy preparing for
the Doors show which will open Houston
Festival /Main Street Plus on March 17.
"Oh, I'd say around last November it
was time to come up with a project for
the Festival, which will grow, by the way,
into a major annual international event
during the 1980s. Britt Davis (of the
Houston Festival Foundation) asked for a
visual artist's idea for a show that would
be a unifying gesture. Something to help
build the reputation of Houston as an art
town. I'd wanted to do Doors for a long
time, so I suggested it.
"Well, it got off the ground right
away. Davis called Mr. Olshan, of demolition fame, and he donated 50 doors.
Then I called some top name artists in
town, and they not only accepted eagerly, but referred me to other people whose
work they thought was worth including.
So it's literally a show of Houston artists
supporting one another."
Fifty artists, including Gertrude Barn-
stone, Jan Beauboeuf, Robert Fowler—
and Trudy Sween—have been given S50
and a door and told to create a piece of
art. The doors will be on display during
the festival, March 17-25, at the Central
Library, downtown, some indoors and
some in the plaza outside.
A phone call to a printer friend
turned Trudy's original small grant for a
black-and-white catalog into plans for a
$10,000 full-color catalog of the show.
And there are already plans for the Doors
"Everybody's gonna do something
WONderful, I know it. The idea's just
caught like a fever," Sween exudes.
That idea is simple: you don't have to
go to New York to buy art. There are
serious working artists here in Houston,
and one of them, Trudy Sween, invests a
lot of time in making the rest of the city
aware of the local artists' existence,
"Do you know that some 25 to 30
per cent of the art bought in New York is
done by Texans? Now, that means one
thing: we have no frame of reference
here. We don't think local is any good.
These artists find their buyers in New
York, where the quality of their work is
apparent, because there's a lot of art
around to compare it with, " Susan
"For the local art scene to thrive,
all you need is a little thought, a lot of
energy, and a lot of money. Now that we
have the Cultural Arts Council, all these
artists are beginning to come out of the
woodwork," Sween says.
The Cultural Arts Council of Houston
(CACH) was created a year ago to handle
the funds-$1.6 million this year-generated by the passage of a hotel and motel
occupancy tax earmarked for the arts.
Trudy Sween is on the executive board
cf the CACH, which registered 135
member arts groups in its first year.
"Anyone can join. Individuals, too.
Anyone can have a vote on how the funds
are spent," Sween says.
(Write: Cultural Arts Council of
Houston, 2999 Wayside Drive, Houston
The phone rings.
It's an artist who's heard about the
Doors show and wants to be included
But it's too late. "I know, I'd hoped we
could have even more . . ." says Sween.
The woman at the other end of the phone