Discover The Silos Tour!
This summer, Fresh Arts invites you to take a guided studio tour once a month of a featured building on the Sawyer Yards Creative Campus! This event is in conjunction with the Sawyer Yards Second Saturday open studios. Spend the afternoon wandering through five re-purposed warehouses and discover an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, textiles, printmaking, mixed media and more. It’s a laid-back way to meet some talented artists, explore the Washington Avenue Arts District, and maybe find a treasure or two!
The buildings are located in Houston’s historic First Ward as part of the Washington Avenue Arts District. With over 300 artists in residence, this area houses the 2nd largest concentration of working artists in the nation.
Featured building tour for August 12th is The Silos at Sawyer Yards.
1502 Sawyer Street, Houston, TX 77007
About the Artists
Joel Anderson's artwork showcases the beauty and versatility of encaustics. With its ability to resemble smooth glass or heavy texture, he layers, embeds, transfers images, and etches the hardened beeswax medium rendering unique artwork that makes you want to touch it (which is ok!). With a background in information technology, you will notice a modern, digital influence incorporated into the ancient medium and technique.
His inspirations come from everywhere - from frustrations as a child with his Spirograph to modern social media postings on Pinterest.
Joel is an active member of the Visual Arts Alliance, and together with his white tent you'll find him in many local art fairs.
Noëlle Mulder (the Netherlands, 1971), started her design education at École Camondo in Paris. In 2013, she graduated in Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Noëlle’s body of work ranges from furniture to landscape architecture, from interior design to works of art. Much of her work originates from explorations of the tension between structure and chaos, between the naturally spontaneous and the artificial. In her designs, Noëlle connects to the vulnerability of nature with the man-made and our unconscious behaviors. Themes she has explored over time include repetitive structures, spontaneous movements of people and vegetation, and the interaction between human behavior, natural growth and public space.
Erik Hagen examines contemporary natural resource issues and explores the notion of geologic time relative to human history. Describing his recent artwork Hagen said, “When people see my mixed media paintings and wall relief sculptures, I’d like them to feel wonder at being alive in this short miracle of time that we have on the planet.” Hagen moved to Houston in 2012 where he has been an active member of the Houston arts scene. He is Vice President of the Houston Visual Arts Alliance and serves on its Exhibitions Committee. He served for two years as a member of the Artist Advisory Committee for Sawyer Yards in Houston, an artist collective with more than 300 members. Hagen has been a featured artist on Houston Artblog 713, which showcases emerging artists of the Houston area and where his work received a strong “buy” recommendation.
My drawings are made with simple materials (pencils, pens and markers on paper) and investigate how we live and interact as a society. In all of my drawings, I draw upon a lexicon of imagery that I have been developing over the past years. They usually have elements of organic growth in them such as the woven structures that are regularly featured in my work. The works are imbued with lively human interaction and with environments that are suggestive of an event or place, yet these are left as starting points, fragmented moments in an unending narrative.
Her paintings are full of vivid colors, and her process is more about following a feeling than making a plan. “It’s very intuitive, very free,” she said. “There’s a lot of experimenting. I start with the alcohol-based inks and end up using different tools, scratching through it and pouring different things on it, so that’s kind of my signature.”
Additional studio tours for Summer 2017:
3pm Discover Spring Street Studio Tour
On the second Saturday of each month, the artists of the Silos, Silver Street, Summer Street, and Winter Street Studios open their studios to the public from 12-5pm. Spring Street opens from 2-7pm. Free entry and free parking.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON AVENUE ARTS DISTRICT
The Washington Avenue Arts District is a state recognized cultural district in Houston, TX. Already, the District is home to several converted warehouse studio buildings which house over 250 studios of artists and creative entrepreneurs, as well as vast amounts of exhibition and event space. Because of this unique congregation of creative space, the District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in the country!