14 Pews’ new art venture is promoting contemporary female visual artists and will debut at the Texas Contemporary, an international art fair held Oct. 4 – 7 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas. We will be listed under the name 14 Pews Contemporary Art Gallery. We will be showcasing seven Houston contemporary female artists: Ann Harithas, Heather Johnson, Neva Mikulicz, Kelly Moran, Susan Plum and Cressandra Thibodeaux. Below is a little about each artists and a few images at the very bottom.
Deborah Bay is a Houston artist who began taking photographs as a way to create and explore small spaces that open wide to the imagination. Her studio-based work often involves the construction of enigmatic macro imagery. She has exhibited throughout the U.S., most recently at DM Allison Gallery in Houston; Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA; wall space gallery in Santa Barbara; and Texas Tech University. The British Journal of Photography has featured her work on its cover, and her images have appeared in a variety of national and international publications. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts houston and Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. She worked in public affairs and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ann Harithas was born in Houston, Texas. She received her BA at University of Texas, in Austin, and MFA at Rice University, in Houston. “Collage has been part of my life as long as I can remember. My great aunt had her own glue for pasting the images she cut out of magazines into scrapbooks. I used these scrapbooks to learn my first words, and from this point I was hooked. For me collage is a language, the medium I use to express my thoughts, hopes and dreams.” Harithas has had solo exhibitions in Texas and Washington, DC. She has participated in many group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, Peru, India, and China. Harithas lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Houston-based artist Heather L. Johnson has racked up more than 38,000 miles on her motorcycle since hitting the road in 2013 as part of an art project she calls "In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful" (ISFB) – Last September a number of her works was exhibited at Houston’s Cherryhurst House. Recently, she received an artist residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Houston based artist Neva Mikulicz creates drawings executed in pencil on paper in a hyperrealistic style made up of tens of thousands of tiny hard graphic marks. Many of her works utilize additional media, including LED lights, light projection, sound recordings and vintage television imagery. The sources of the imagery are always photographs, either snapshots from Mikulicz childhood during the 1950s and early 60s, photographs she has purchased at yard sales or in secondhand shops, or old images found on the Internet.
Kelly Moran has a B.F.A. in painting from Louisiana Tech University. She studied ceramics at the University of Houston Graduate program, participated in the artist collective “Little Egypt Enterprises” and was associate director of “Texas Collaborative”, a place where national and international artist collaborated to produce their own prints. Her artistic practice draws on contemporary events, personal life, and intuition to compose her well crafted, multi layered universal images. Kelly is an avid collector of ephemera from the 1800’s to the 1970’s, getting constant inspiration from their time-specific and timeless color combinations. They are mined by Kelly to find the treasured images from another time that speak volumes about our culture, where we are now and then. The content of her images can be straightforward or not.
Susan Plum was born in Houston, Texas, however spent her early and formative years in Mexico City. Susan embraced Surrealism and Magic Realism, the leading art and literary styles of the time. She has cultivated a language between the mythic, imaginal world and the real. Susan is a mixed media artist. While living in Seattle began she began working with glass to explore her interest in light. In 2001 she moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mx. There, she continued her investigation of light through photographing castillos, firework structures. Moving to Houston in 2009 she began this body of work, among other work, of overlaying photographs of fireworks from Mexico and photographs of her glass work. Her work continues to express her love of light and the imaginal through glass sculpture, installations, paintings and photography. Presently, she's showing at Wild Designs, at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, NC., Texas Eclectics, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Gus Kopriva and Demetre P. Grivas, recently at the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Alabama, Houston Artists: Gestural and Abstraction, curated by Jim Edwards.
Cressandra Thibodeaux was born in New York City and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her BFA at University of Texas, in Austin, and her MFA at Columbia University, in New York City. Her work focuses on social issues, women and people of color. Thibodeaux has had solo exhibitions at Art Basel, in Basel, Switzerland and at G-Spot Contemporary Art Gallery in Houston, Texas. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Art Car Museum and now Texas Contemporary Art Fair. She has directed several award-winning short films, documentaries and three commercials which have all won Addy awards.