June 4,1982 / Montrose Voice 17
'Sculpture and Fiber Hangings' at the Art League
Photostory by Ed Martinez
Across the street from Texas Art Supply at
1953 Montrose sits a modest little house
that has been converted into the home of
the Art League of Houston. This fellowship of Houston area artists and patrons
was founded in 1948 to promote interest in
the achievements of its members by providing a showcase for artists' work and
studio workshops for learning.
This non-profit league, a community-
oriented, educational organization consisting of over 700 members, has become a
vital force in the development of Houston
artists. It is the only institution in the city
providing continuous juried exhibitions
with the opportunity for workshop and
The current exhibit at the Art League,
"Sculpture and Fiber Hangings," is open
to the public at no charge through June 16.
The judges for the exhibit are Mary Ellen
Whitworth, M.E.'s Gallery, for fiber hangings, and Charles Hooks, Hooks-Epstein
Galleries, Inc., for sculpture.
The Art League offers continuing education for its members in the form of meetings and programs with speakers,
demonstrations and films, as well as
workshops in painting. The League has
been serving our community for almost 35
The exhibit currently underway is one of
the more exciting and interesting shows
the group has presented. The sculpture
entries are particularly good, and the fiber
hangings are a medium that seldom
receives its just consideration in the art
Of particular interest is a sculpture by
Elsie Azadian entitled "Woman number
2," in clay. It has depth and intensity that
is compelling. The viewer seems drawn in
by a cavernous feel created by the space
within the work. The piece represents a
woman's head and, like all good sculpture,
makes you want to touch it, to feel how the
artist achieved her effect.
This same artist has another work,
"Mother and Child," a bronze which has a
strong resemblance to the work of Bran-
cusi, or perhaps reminds one of Brancusi.
All three of the works of this talented
woman are strong and display great
Ofthe fiber hangings, the works of Marion E. Cole seemed most impressive,
partly, of course because of their size. They
are both large works, and display a range
of feeling that, while representational,
also portrays a kinship with recent trends
in modern art. Both pieces depict the
human form, the one in "Forces," and the
other in "Defeated."
Of interest also was the work of Trace
Guthrie, whose "Reaching," a bronze, won
third place in the sculpture category. He
was represented by two other pieces in the
Mary Narum's sculpture "Mirror, Mir-
"Defeated" fiber hanging by Marion E.
"Woman 2" clay by Elsie Azadian
"Mirror, Mirror" clay by Mary Narum
ror" displayed a haunted face that indicated a depth of feeling often lacking in
modern sculpture. She also had two other
pieces in the exhibit.
The winner of first place in sculpture
was an amusing bit of Tinkertoy craftsmanship of the kind that one frequently
sees at art festivals but usually doesn't
want to buy. The first place winner in wall
hangings was a lovely saddle blanket that
apparently got placed on the wall by mistake but won anyhow.
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