June 18,1982/Montrose voice 27
New girl on the block: the Drawing Room
Photostory by Ed Martinez
It's always encouraging to see a new art
gallery open. There seem to be so many
convenience stores, junk food outlets and
expensive "gift shoppes" popping up
around Houston like toadstools after a
heavy rain that it is a pleasure when Houston gains another art gallery, especially in
Montrose (where most of them are located
anyway) and even more especially when it
is a good one.
(Yes, gentle reader, there are, unfortunately, good and bad art galleries.)
The Drawing Room, located at 3209
Montrose on the southeast corner of Montrose and Westheimer behind what used to
be a Texaco station and is now a liquor
store, is definitely striving for excellence.
The current exhibit, entitled "The Other
Dimension," will be on display through
July 2. The show features the work of eight
artists, all of them presently working in
Houston with the exception of Kelly Fearing, who has been teaching at the University of Texas in Austin for 32 years.
The Drawing Room makes superb use of
limited floor space in the gallery, taking
advantage of windows to give as much
natural light on the works displayed as
possible for those viewing the pieces during the day. The eight artisits selected for
this show are obviously very talented
Alice Cahana, Mark Diamond, Kelly
Fearing, Donald Fox, Bob Graham, Otis
Huband, Nancy Kern and Juan Vela all
project works of finished and professional
artists, each with his or her particular attitude toward and vision of reality.
Of these artisit, several stood out as
especially appealing, among whom are
Otis Huband and Alice Cahana. Mrs.
Otis Huband and "Rebe
oil on canvas, at the Dr
"Qumran Bathsheha," mixed
Cahana was born in Budapest and was
the unfortunate victim of German concentration camps in 1944-45. She was educated in Tel-Aviv and Sweden, where
many of her paintings are now in private
and public collections.
Her work in this exhibit centers around
several pieces of mixed media which draw
their inspiration from the Qumran, or
Dead Sea Scrolls/manuscripts. These
abstract works invite close scutiny, for
they seem to contain more than is readily
apparent at first glance.
There is a dense kind of energy in these
works, somewhat akin to closely packed
molecules, apt to burst at any moment into
something unknown or unknowable. They
attract and compel attention, and at the
same time, they disturb the mind of the
viewer. Mrs. Cahana's talent is powerful
Mr. Huband has studied fine arts at William and Mary, with extensive further
study in Italy. He has taught at the
Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Rice
University and the University of Houston.
Says Huband, "Art, for me, presents the
possibility of revelation. A food work is a
presence in the room "
Mr. Huband's work occupies a position
somewhere between expressionist and
representational, but unquestionably
strong and unequivocal. His anthropomorphic shapes, the careful attention to
color and line are tools to deliver a message that differs from viewer to viewer.
Again, in the works ofthe artist, "...we
should be able to recognize some hidden
part or aspect of ourselves."
The Drawing Room, in business since
September, 1981, has made a bold beginning in furthering the caliber of art it
seeks to offer to the Houston art scene.
This show deserves the attention and support of Houston art lovers.
June 26, 8pm, Cullen Auditorium
The Montrose Singers
The MCCR Choir
The Oak Lawn Symphonic Band
The Montrose Symphonic Band
General admission $3.00
Free shuttle busses from Mary's & Kindred Spirits