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Lawndale Newsletter: Design Fair kicks off with a free lecture tomorrow at MFAH!
Lawndale Art Center Houston

April, 2014

In This Issue
Free Lecture
DESIGN FAIR 2014
Preview Party & Sale
Fair Days
Talks Series
Exhibitors
Sponsors
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In celebration of 5 years of Lawndale Art Center's Design Fair, we asked civic historian, Stephen Fox, to create a self-guided tour of our surrounding area highlighting spaces of architectural significance. We hope you will take a moment to appreciate these Houston treasures. 

 
Join the Museum Experience   
Zone 2 
Saturday, April 26, 2014
 
The Museum Experience is Houston's newest cultural block party! The Museum Experience features four walkable "zones" to help visitors navigate through the area and learn more about all 20 museums in a more personal way. Meet the museums of Zone 2 on Saturday, April 26, 2014, complete with special programming, pedicabs and food trucks. Create your own Museum Experience with the Houston Museum District
 
 Support Lawndale 
 
Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.

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Houston Museum District

Free Lecture

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM

Free admission - Click here for tickets!
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

Followed by a reception

 
 
In Praise of Man-Made Nature
Karrie Jacobs

The real lesson of New York City's celebrated High Line is not that every city needs an elevated linear park, but that the features of our cities that we've long disused, ignored and written off as blight are actually valuable components of our unnatural natural environment. Long regarded as liabilities, abused rivers like Newark's Passaic, the Los Angeles River and Houston's Buffalo Bayou are being transformed into assets. Even the most obstructive, no-man's-land-generating form of urban infrastructure-the elevated expressway-can, with skill and imagination, be incorporated into metropolitan form of nature. While Frederick Law Olmsted's 19th century landscapes afforded an escape from the urban life, the 21st century approach to man-made nature offers a deeper immersion into our changing cities. 


Karrie Jacobs is a professional observer of the man-made landscape. For ten years she wrote the "America" column for Metropolis magazine about how ideas and strategies in architecture and design play out in the real world. She's currently a faculty member at DCrit, the School of Visual Arts' graduate program in design criticism, a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and a frequent contributor to Architect. She is author of The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home (Viking, 2006) and was the founding editor in chief of Dwell Magazine. Prior to launching Dwell, Karrie served as the architecture critic of New York Magazine and was also the founding executive editor of Benetton's Colors Magazine.

 

Visit the MFAH website  and click the "get tickets" button; call 713-639-7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk to reserve your free ticket. 

 

This free lecture is sponsored by Poggenpohl Design Studio. Presented in partnership with The Design Council at the MFAH.
 

 

DESIGN FAIR 2014     

April 23 - 27, 2014

 

 

Design Fair 2014 features examples of cutting-edge contemporary design, as well as vintage modern objects of the 20th century. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.

 

The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.

 

New this year...Talks Series. Houston is experiencing rapid growth and receiving international recognition for its art, culture, food and economy. From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight different design projects from all over the city through a series of short, informal talks during the Fair Days. 

 

Co-Curators: Tatiana Bacci and Cecilia Márquez

 

Advisory Committee: Tatiana Bacci, Anne Breux, Cheryl Carpenter, Jenny Lynn Weitz-Amaré Cartwright, Scott Cartwright, Gabriel Cuellar, Michael Guidry, Garrett Hunter, Karen Lantz, Cecilia Márquez, Paula Murphy, Cindi Strauss and Eleanor L. Williams

 

Preview Party & Sale 

Friday, April 25, 2014

6 PM-9 PM 

 

Chair: Anne Breux 

 

Attire: Contemporary Cocktail 

 

Admission:
$60 per person for Lawndale members
$75 for non-members

(includes admission throughout weekend)

 

 

Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Sip on cool libations from Pisco Portόn and Saint Arnold Brewing Company and nibble on tasty treats designed by CULINAIRE amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. You won't want to miss this chance to pick up your next treasure.

 

Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal and by contacting Lawndale Art Center at 713.528.5858 or by email at askus@lawndaleartcenter.org. 

 

  

     

 

HOST COMMITTEE 

James Anderson, Jr.
Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Vernon Caldera

Adam Gibson
Brian James
Matt Johns
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Tamar Mendelssohn
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Lisa Qualls & Matt Scheiner
Nicole & Joey Romano
Christine & Ramon West

 

Fair Days 

Saturday and Sunday April 26 & 27, 2014 
10 AM-5 PM

 

General Admission : $5

 

Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design.  Specialist dealers will offer furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.

 

Talks Series
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014
11AM, 12:30 PM & 2PM
 

From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight current design projects from all over Houston. Join us for short, informal talks with local historians, planners, architects and designers during the Fair Days.

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

 

11 AM
Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle, will explore a personal journey toward sustainable living in Houston through architecture and design.

 

12:30 PM
Keith Koski, Building Materials Reuse Program Manager at City of Houston Solid Waste Management 
Building a Reuse Culture - The City of Houston Reuse Warehouse accepts building material from individuals and companies, diverts the material from landfills, and freely distributes it to non-profit organizations. Our objective is to foster and nurture a culture of reuse and augment partnerships between community stakeholders.

 

2 PM
Chung Nguyen, FAIA, of MC2 Architects, will discuss the design collaboration behind the Lake Houston Wilderness Park project.

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

 

11 AM
Anna ModHistoric Preservationist
Houston: Preservation in Progress - In Houston, preservation is a work in progress. The city has come a long way and we no longer "tear everything down", as was our old reputation. We have made progress. This presentation focuses on twenty-first century public and non-profit preservation projects to evidence the city's commitment to our great public buildings.

 

12:30 PM
Anne Olson, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Buffalo Bayou Partnership: Creating Green Spaces and People Places - Olsen will discuss Buffalo Bayou Partnership's restoration efforts along Houston's historic waterway. Projects to be featured include the award-winning Sabine Promenade, Sesquicentennial Park and the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park now under construction. Public artworks and the organization's programming activities also will be highlighted.

 

2 PM
Jeff Kaplan, Founder of New Living
It's Not Just About the Food - In order to incubate a Marketplace for clean, local production of goods, it requires a community of supporters. Kaplan's talk will speak to the need for artisan producers to channel the success of the food movement, and work together to educate our city that locally produced goods have a meaningful place and deserve to be priced fairly.

 

Sponsors

  

Design Fair has become a favorite event and one of Lawndale's most important annual fundraisers. Funds raised help underwrite the cost of Lawndale's free public programs. These include exhibitions throughout the year, educational outreach and the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.

  

To find out more about sponsoring this event or purchasing tickets, contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at askus@lawndaleartcenter.org, or download the printable sponsor form or click the PayPal button below to donate now.

  

  

  

Many thanks to the Design Fair 2014 Sponsors!

  

TITLE UNDERWRITER  

John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation  

 

FREE LECTURE UNDERWRITER
Poggenpohl Design Studio

 

MEDIA SPONSOR
PaperCity

 

INDUSTRIALIST
David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation

Barbara Lister, MD & Dan McCormick  

 

CLASSIC
Alton LaDay Media
Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Jereann Chaney
The Crim Law Firm
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Patterson & Murphy Public Relations  
PDR
Nicole & Joey Romano
Saint Cloud  

 

MODERNIST
Ann Sacks Tile + Stone
Cindi Strauss & Chris Ballou
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Garrett Hunter
Cecilia Márquez & Kelly Blue Matthews
Ted Dohmen & Sheila Noeth
Judy & Scott Nyquist
H. Russell Pitman
Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
Michael Dale & Robert Wolff
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre

FRIENDS

Romayne & Bill Cox
Dallas Hill
Anne & Joe Romano
SBS Manufacturing, Inc.
Christine & Ramon West 

 

IN-KIND 

Stephen Fox
Lantz Full Circle
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pisco Portόn
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Gemma & Luis Santos

Smith's Opticians
United Airlines

  

   

 

Names as of April 7, 2014

 

Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



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