Artist Talks + Yoga in the Gallery

Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Main Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 (Map)

Join HCCC for a unique way to experience the new exhibition, A View Within. Fiber artists, Paula Chung and Karen Rips, will give a short artist talk about their work, followed by a yoga session with Constance Braden of Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 – 20 minutes early to view the current exhibitions, and bring their own yoga mats. This event is free and open to the public; however, donations to Iyengar Yoga Studio are much appreciated.

About Houston Iyengar Studio

The Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio has been thriving since 1995, and at 4916 Main Street–next to Lawndale Art Center, and just a bit south of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft–since 2013. Iyengar Yoga is based on the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an ancient text which details the yogic life of non-violence, truth, practice, and non-attachment. The goal of Patanjali’s philosophy is the quieting of the mind so it can be filled with lucid awareness. Though physically challenging and physically beneficial, Iyengar Yoga is too deeply mindful to be “exercise” in the normal sense. It may begin as a purely physical practice, but other layers—intellectual, moral, spiritual—reveal themselves to the serious practitioner over the long term. Learn more at

About the Artists

Paula Chung lives in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, where she studies nature and maintains her fiber-art practice. Chung began her career in fiber art as a quilter. She has exhibited her work internationally and received several awards of merit, including the 2008 Silver and Bronze awards at the 9thQuilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Chung has contributed to several publications, including the Surface Design Journal (Summer 2012) and Quilting Arts Magazine (April/May, Oct./Nov. 2011).

Living in Thousand Oaks, California, Karen Rips is pursuing a career as a fiber artist after retiring from neonatal nursing. With over 30 years of quilting experience, Rips continues to experiment with dye techniques and enjoys the process of “mark-making.” She has exhibited internationally in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the Twelve by Twelve International Exhibition. Her work can be found in the collections of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Panorama City Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, and at the Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in Burbank, CA.

Visit Paula Chung and Karen Rip’s blog at