17550 NW Freeway
Houston, TX 77065
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Arts et Musées
Founded in the year 2008, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is an art gallery with a difference. The gallery promotes amalgamated artworks in different genres which are truly unique. For instance, the gallery hosts light themed paintings and other artworks. You will also get to check out some works that do not fit into the traditional definition of fine arts but are experimental in nature. Besides paintings, the place also hosts exhibits for mementos and sculptures as well as artistic events and youth programs. If you are interested in fine arts, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts reveals a different angle of the art world to you.
Tucked away on the west side, Golden Eye Gallery of offbeat art caters to eclectic tastes. Exhibitions change frequently and the gallery features many local artists throughout the year, including work by Emily Joyce, Richard Alexander, Peter Precourt and Tresa Varner. Stop by for numerous special events, including informal talks about the exhibits and the gallery's popular annual fund raising celebrations.
Although it sounds bizarre, National Museum of Funeral History actually provides an interesting look at the customs surrounding burial practices. View funeral memorabilia and artifacts that belonged to famous political and celebrity personalities in the "Funerals of the Famous" section of the museum. Equally intriguing is the coffin room that is filled with out-of-the-ordinary coffin themes, including giant fish, cars and a full-sized replica of King Tut's sarcophagus.
Located inside the sprawling Houston Galleria, Zen Art Space courts local Houston artists for its always-changing exhibition space. It's hard to pass by Zen Art Space's retail location without being intrigued by the brightly colored and eccentric window display that features an explosion of painted knick knacks, sculptures and canvases. Pricing varies depending on in-store appraisals, but the gallery's emphasis on local artists ensures that costs are reasonable.
This fine art gallery is unique in Houston for its devotion to the ceramic and clay arts, and their support of local, national, and internationally renowned ceramic artists. Attend one of their monthly openings on Heights First Saturday to see their newest exhibit. Or sign-up for an artist workshop or lecture-don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Drop by any time to see the work of member artists. Many pieces are decorative or sculptural, while still others are functional. Find extraordinary art for both indoor and outdoor display. Check their website for the latest schedule of events and exhibitions. - JoAnn Takasaki
Bayou Bend is the former home of Ima Hogg, a famous philanthropist. Visitors can wander through 14 acres of woodlands and formal gardens, or check out the house that contains 4,800 various works of art. This art represents the American style from colonial to mid-19th Century. The house is a lovely lifestyle museum of that century. Please take note that children under ten years of age can wander the gardens but are not allowed in the house.
Those who appreciate the European decorative arts will eventually find their way to this mansion in the River Oaks district. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and tall trees on five acres, the mansion is elegantly furnished in the Italian, English and Roman styles. Although the estate is now part of the Museum of Fine Arts, it was originally owned by the local Masterson family who hired architect John F. Staub in the 1950s to design a modern version of an Italian country estate. Admittance is by reservation only. Call to schedule a guided, peaceful tour through a contemporary palace.
A local leader in contemporary art, Heritage West gallery showcases leading artists like Staunton Gilchrist, Peter Brown and Mona Marshall. It also offers some Texas-inspired art. Be sure and check the event calendar for coming attractions when visiting. Many of the artists personally appear for exhibitions, book signings and presentations. The gallery prides itself on displaying an assortment of artwork, including abstracts, photographs, sculptures and landscapes.
In a city like Houston where everyone spends most of the day driving, it's no wonder some innovative artists would think to turn cars into art. At the Art Car Museum, also known as the "Garage Mahal," you can see these crazy pieces on display. This unusual museum will delight visitors of all ages with cars transformed into the likes of a giant evil Easter Bunny or a gold Chevy covered in stuffed alligators called the "Swamp Mutha."
The Vaughan Christopher Gallery has the most beautiful paintings. With a penchant for collecting artwork, the founder channeled her passion towards setting up an art gallery. A haven for art lovers, it makes for a delightful visit. Exposing the works of artists world renowned, the works are of a superior quality. For further information, log onto their website.
Houston is a city that offers a lot of free (and fun) attractions. This museum is located at the Police Academy on the spacious grounds of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Police uniforms from around the world are on display, along with a somewhat odd collection of various weapons seized from criminals. With the assistance of an officer, you can view the elaborate gun collection and see what riding in a police car is like. The police helicopter is always a big hit with people of all ages.
Located inside the Graphic Arts Center, the Museum of Printing History showcases numerous artifacts that include old printing equipment, antiquated writings, rare drawings and other exhibits. Guided tours are available upon request. Set aside some time to examine ancient messages. You will be glad that you did. The museum has a gift shop and also offers memberships.