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“ FotoFest  2012 -Three Exhibitions one Great Location” at Betz Art Gallery

Saturday, March 24, 2012 6-9 p.m. Opening Artist Reception for “Natural Beauties:  Color Field” by artist June Russell in the Betz Art Gallery main room. 

June Russell finds being in nature a spiritual journey.  In her art she she seeks to capture aspects of natural beauty and express powerful emotions through color and form, sharing the energy and spirit she experiences when viewing nature's palette.  Building from her" Natural Beauties:  Beyond the Petals" series, this new work,  "Color Field",  is focused on large color patterns.  As in "color field" painting, texture and pattern become secondary as color prevails.

Also, Saturday, March 24, 6pm-9pm in the showcase room at Betz Art Gallery will be the opening artist reception for “Abstracts” by artists Sally Stubbs and Yvonne Ybarra.

“Abstracts” is an exhibition featuring Houston photo artist Yvonne Ybarra and Sally Stubbs. Sally  is a strong believer that beauty can be found almost anywhere. She has created intriguing abstract images from fractured glass found amid the ashes of a home destroyed in last summer's wildfires near Houston. Yvonne Ybarra says "Everything we look at has beauty.  It can be in the most unlikely of just needs to indulge in curiosity
to find it."




Tuesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm. Opening Artist Reception for the H.E.R.E. Project “Grafitti, B-Boy and B-Girl Exhibition” with 3rdLogic and Dez.

As part of the H.E.R.E. Project, Houston Enriches Rice Education, Rice University has collaborated with The University of Houston to create a two-day hip hop conference to celebrate Houston's treasured artists. The H.E.R.E. project's mission is to advance Rice University's relationship to the larger Houston community and enhance faculty research and both undergraduate and graduate education.

The conference, titled Awready!,  will be held at several locations, with Betz Art Gallery as the kick-off location. Awready! is a conference exploring the unique music and culture of Houston hip hop.

This conference is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, the HERE Project at Rice University, African American Studies at the University of Houston, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. It also introduces to the public the Houston Hip Hop Archives Network, a partnership developed by the HERE Project and the University of Houston Libraries for preserving the artifacts of Houston hip hop.

The "Grafitti, B-Boy and B-Girl Exhibition" exhibtion will feature multi-media art including video art, street art and photography.

This exhibition aims to recognize and celebrate the artistic creativity of various hip hop art forms. Talented Houston graffiti artists and b-boys will create an interactive experience through mural painting, dance, and a multimedia presentation.

Street artists 3rdLogic, Skeez181 and Dez will paint live, and their finished works will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

Photogrpahers include Marco Torres, Monica Landry and Todd Spoth.

Havikoro and DJ No Request will provide entertainment with dance performances and music all night long.



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