Archway Gallery presents Perspectives X2 Featuring watercolor artist Marsha Harris Solomon and wood artist Thomas R. Irven

Opening Reception Saturday, Sept. 8, 5-8 pm; Artist Demos: Sunday, Sept 16 & 23, 2 pm

Archway Gallery presents Perspectives X2 featuring watercolor artist Marsha Harris Solomon and wood artist Thomas R. Irven. The exhibition will be on view August 31 through October 4, 2012.


The artists will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery.  Both artists will talk about their work during the opening reception and then host live demonstrations on September 16 and 23 at 2 pm.


This exhibit brings together the artwork of two seemingly very different artists, one who works in classic watercolor and the other in wood.  Watercolors created by Harris, thought of as light and airy, have weight and substance while wood creations by Irven are beautifully light.  These artists blend seemingly disparate materials to create a shared vision and distinct perspective through their work.   


The exhibition has special meaning to Soloman, as it is the first time she is exhibiting her art work following the death of her husband nearly two years ago.   “I found new beauty and purpose in everything around me after my husband passed away and my initial shock and grief had abated,” said Solomon.  “I sought to paint quintessential examples of poignant beauty in nature and in human life, to bring those images forth to captivate the viewer.”


Solomon is a nationally recognized watermedia artist with the rare honor of holding Signature Status in eight Watercolor Societies across the U.S. Her distinguished career includes holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; a 45-year career in drafting; being Past President and Signature Member of Watercolor Art Society – Houston (WAS-H); teaching and demonstrating her phenomenal skills as a water media artist throughout the Houston Region and exhibiting her work for the past 18 years at Archway Gallery.  Solomon’s work has been published in the national Watercolor Magic magazine and Arts Houston magazine.  She continues teaching beginning watercolor at WAS-H and her work is frequently included in their juried exhibits.


Irven is a wood artist who has been producing mixed media and wood art, woodturnings and custom furniture in his Bellaire, Texas studio since 1987.  Much of Irven’s work is a bit off-center and incorporates other media including wrought iron, forged steel, wire, thread, glass and pigments. His primarily lathe fashioned forms are manipulated and used in various ways to produce interesting and unique creations. Irven is always looking for something fresh and different in his work. 


Irven was a 2012 Niche Award finalist and an exhibiting artist in the “Crafting Live(s): 10 Years of Artists-in-Residence” at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas.  Irven’s work is included in the Lark Books publication 400 Wood Boxes: The Fine Art of Containment and Concealment.


Artist owned and operated since 1976

Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest artist owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting the work of the area’s finest artists, providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. With more than 30 member artists, one is always on site, offering visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal insight about the process behind their creativity. Each month features a special exhibition by a highlighted member artist(s); the public is invited to the monthly opening receptions to celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 pm.  In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers and authors, as well as a “Tea and Tour” program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments.  With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information, visit or call 713.522.2409. Become a fan on Facebook.


Sep 8, 2012 to Sep 9, 2012
10:00 pm to 1:00 am
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