Special Events

A Panacea for Curator’s Block

Posted March 13, 2013 in Blog


View of gallery, The Art of Scent: 1889 – 2012. Photograph by Brad Farwell.

HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Kathryn Hall, reports on the CAA Conference in New York City, February, 2013.

Last month, New York City welcomed the 101st Annual College Art Association (CAA) Conference. Drawing in over 6,000 CAA members, the conference hosted a motley international crew of artists, art historians, students, educators, critics, gallerists, and curators. This year’s CAA Conference remained the who’s who of the academically minded art world, as leaders within the field of art, craft, and design presented new material in over 200 sessions. Continue Reading »

CraftTexas 2012 Opening &
Award Winners

Posted October 7, 2012 in Blog

Above, from left to right: “CraftTexas 2012” jurors Jean W. McLaughlin, Jade Walker and Rachelle Thiewes, along with HCCC’s Excutive Director, Julie Farr. Photo by Kim Coffman.

CraftTexas 2012 has finally opened!  It’s the biennial juried showcase of the best of Texas artists working in craft materials, and this year’s jurors are Jean W. McLaughlin, Rachelle Thiewes and Jade Walker. Continue Reading »

Summer Wrap-up & Fall Is on the Way!

Posted August 28, 2012 in Blog

Metalsmith, Marcela M. McLean, at the Asher Summer Trunk Show.

Our Asher Summer Trunk Show with Houston-based artists, Carolyn Dahl and Marcela McLean, was a great success! Thanks to everyone who attended this event! If you missed it, don’t worry… we still have a few of Carolyn’s leaf-printed silk scarves and wall panels, as well as some nature-inspired jewelry pieces by Marcela M. McLean for sale in Asher Gallery. Continue Reading »

Asher Summer Trunk Show This Weekend!

Posted August 15, 2012 in Blog

Carolyn Dahl, “Ramie Leaf Portrait.” (Ramie leaf from the HCCC Craft Garden.)
Scarf made with silk fabric, metallic textile paints, hand burnishing.
Photo by Rick Wells.

Nothing speaks of summer more than Houston in August. Days are at their hottest and always humid, the afternoons punctuated with dark clouds and thunder. Despite the climate, HCCC is alive inside and out with things to both delight and educate the eye. As for the Asher Gallery, we bring the inspirations of nature inside, to enjoy in a thoroughly civilized manner, with air conditioning and cool drinks. Join us this Thursday, August 16, from 5 – 7 PM, for a special opening reception for our Summer Trunk Show, featuring the leaf-printed wearable art of fiber artist Carolyn Dahl and the sinuous metals of jeweler Marcela M. McLean. The show continues on Saturday, August 18, from 11 AM – 4 PM, with additional access during the opening of Glass Graphica on Friday evening, August 17, from 5:30 – 7 PM. Continue Reading »

This Saturday:
Humor in Craft Talk & Book Signing

Posted July 10, 2012 in Blog

“Humor in Craft” cover image courtesy Brigitte Martin.

From Suzanne Sippel, Asher Gallery Manager:

Good evening Ladies and Gents, and all those in between! We’ve got a great evening here for you tonight, so please keep those glasses filled and enjoy the show. I’d like to start out with a small joke, some comedy sketches if you will… Continue Reading »

Craft in America Filming &
Lia Cook Lecture

Posted May 10, 2012 in Blog

Behind the scenes of "Craft in America" with artist Lia Cook at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Behind the scenes of “Craft in America” with artist Lia Cook at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

A couple of Fridays ago, April 27th, to be exact, HCCC had the immense pleasure of having the crew of the PBS television series, Craft in America, here to film the current exhibition, Bridge 11: Lia Cook, a solo exhibition of the work of internationally recognized fiber artist, Lia Cook. The TV series is just one part of Craft in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage. Cook’s work will be featured in an upcoming episode, titled “Crossroads,” which will examine the intersection of craft and technology today and try to answer questions such as:  Why is the handcrafted object important in the Computer Age? How is the computer a tool for craft production, education and commerce? How do borders and personal crossroads affect an artist? This episode is scheduled to air in October of 2012. Continue Reading »

The 100 Bowl Challenge

Posted April 26, 2012 in Blog


Bowls from the 2011 event at Lawndale Art Center. Photo courtesy Empty Bowls Houston

The eighth annual Empty Bowls event supporting the Houston Food Bank is coming up at HCCC on May 26th, and six zealous and daring craftspeople have taken on the exciting challenge to create 100 bowls to donate towards the event. Continue Reading »

Asher Gallery Spring Trunk Show:
Tom Irven & Anita Barnes

Posted April 24, 2012 in Blog

Earrings by Anita Barnes. Photo courtesy the artist.

From Suzanne Sippel, Asher Gallery Retail Manager:

Putting together a trunk show is unlike any of my regular tasks in the Asher Gallery. It’s not about choosing one person, but finding two artists working in different media that complement each other. It’s important that their work not compete with each other. Ideally, their two sets of clients will merge, bringing new audiences and attracting new collectors for everyone.

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Art as Accessory – The Silent Auction You Don’t Want to Miss!

Posted April 4, 2012 in Blog

Donae Chramosta is the owner and CEO of The Vintage Contessa. She shares her thoughts on the inspiration behind HCCC’s upcoming silent auction, featuring pieces you won’t see anywhere else – wearable art and sculpture created from re-purposed, vintage couture handbags.

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Thoughts on SPUN

Posted January 3, 2012 in Blog

Needlepoint artist and Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoints (SPUN) founder, Mary Smull, came to HCCC for two events in early December. Smull is one of the artists featured in HCCC’s current exhibition, Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft. Curator Anna Walker shares her thoughts on her work and the events. Continue Reading »