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Houston Lifestyles & Homes February 2009
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Houston Lifestyles & Homes February 2009
Houston Rockets Take Children on
Holiday Shopping Spree

Houston Rockets players, basketball operations personnel and their families took children from Houston ’s Casa de Esperanza on a Toys R Us shopping spree as part of the team’s Season of Giving activities.


The Birth of Christianity: a Jewish Story Exhibit Explores Influence of Judaism on Christianity
To understand the nature of Christianity, it is important to understand the influence of Judaism. The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story at the Houston Museum of Natural Science explores this relationship through five sections, which are arranged in chronological order beginning with the Hellenistic Period, the late fourth century Before the Common Era (BCE).
Over 70 objects, including coins, oil lamps, juglets and amphorae—all showing the Greek influence on Jewish life after Alexander the Great conquered the Near East (332 BCE) —are featured in the first section. Next, the exhibition shifts to the Roman period, specifically King Herod. Gaze at beautiful glass objects; lamps; and some of the finest table ware of the time known as Terra Sigillata; as well as a large bath tub.
Then, the story turns from a historical period to an extraordinary theme—the burial practices of the Jews who were living in or around Jerusalem. Here, behold sixteen ossuaries, some with decorative carvings and others with inscriptions that allow visitors to reconstruct how the people who were buried in them related to one another. The fourth section chronicles the Judean Desert around the Dead Sea, the Jewish War against the Romans, and the Roman army. Discover the story of the Roman occupation of Masada, including numerous objects that depict daily Jewish life, such as bowls and pots, a sandal and a comb.
Finally, The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story concludes with an examination of the time before the Common Era —as it turns into the Christian era. At this point, the exhibition juxtaposes Jewish and Christian objects.
Tickets for the special exhibition are $18 for adults; $16 for children (ages 3-11), seniors (62+), and college students with a valid ID; $12.50. Museum members; $5 school groups; and $14 for groups of 20 or more.
For tickets or more information, go to www.hmns.org or call 713-639-4629.


Houston Artist Brings a World of Color to
Canal Street Gallery

Local artist Katherine Houston will share her colorful world with her first solo show at the Canal Street Gallery from Feb. 3-28. The public is invited to the opening of Houston ’s Colors of the World from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Feb. 6 at 2219 Canal St.
Although this will mark the artist’s first solo show, Houston is no stranger to the art scene.  Her work has been featured in several Houston galleries, as well as corporate collections.  
In fact, Houston has spent the past 10 years in pursuit of art. She studied at the University of Houston, Art League Houston and the Glassell School of Art, as well as under artists Quang Ho, Will Clem, Ruth Munson, Polly Liu and Gary Hernandez.
Houston’s subjects are varied. Her oil on canvas paintings range from still life and abstract, to portrait and landscape works, but her acrylic on plexiglass, which will be featured in this show, are abstract expressions of color.  
“When I think about creating a piece, I think about the color first,” Houston says. “The shapes evolve from the way the colors lay next to each other, and the painting grows from there. ”
Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information about Katherine Houston, go to www.katherinehoustonart.com.
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(L-R, front row) Rockets player Shane Battier flanked by Patience and Andre Lang; (back row) Heidi Battier, Rockets mascot Clutch and Katherine Scalise.
Art Colony Association Donates $106,303
to Houston and Nonprofit Partners
Record-breaking attendance to its 2008 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown permitted the Art Colony Association to donate $106,303 back to the Houston community.  
This marks the nonprofit organization’s largest donation from the proceeds of just one of its two annual juried fine art events.  
The Art Colony distributed this landmark sum to its 14 Nonprofit Partner organizations (who received surprise bonus checks), the city of Houston and Houston Parks & Recreation Department.  
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and faced with the current economy, we’re delighted to donate a total of $205,071 back into the Houston community this year, ” said Joe Pogge, president of the Art Colony Association. “We’re very grateful for the community’s continued support,” he added.  
With these contributions, the Art Colony will surpass the $2.5 million mark in monies donated back into the community over the past 37 years.  Total charity donations from Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in 2008 were $98,768.
Art Colony Association checks were distributed to its Nonprofit Partners at an event hosted by Capital One Bank at the House of Blues.  Recipients were: Art League Houston; Bering Omega Community Services; Downtown YMCA; Heritage Society; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Houston Center for Photography; Lawndale Art Center; MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts); Museum of Fine Arts-Houston; Several Dancers Core; Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP); Spark Parks; Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts; and The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.  


Two hccc Exhibits Showcase Glass
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft has two new exhibits on display through March 15.
Hot Glass, Cool Collections, in the large gallery, offers a glimpse inside 12 of Houston ’s best private glass collections. The exquisite works on view represent the many styles and techniques of the Studio Glass Movement, including hand-blown, kiln-worked, torch-worked and cold-worked glass. The show includes more than 60 pieces by such masters as Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, William Morris, Michael Schunke, Preston Singletary, Paul Stankard, Lino Tagliapietra, Toots Zynsky and many others.
Environments = Form + Space, in the small gallery, features imaginative installations by three emerging glass artists, Matthew Eskuche, Amy Rueffert and Pablo Soto, who present new and expansive ways to define the discipline of glass.  
Emphasizing the importance of form over function and the relationship between objects and the spaces they occupy, the show explores the unique environments created by nontraditional glass forms, while pushing the boundary between contemporary art and craft.  
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is located at 4848 Main Street in Houston. For more information, go to www.crafthouston.org.
More than 200 arts enthusiasts attended the Nonprofit Partners reception and check presentations, including (l-r) Joe Wilson, Houston Arts Alliance; Joe Pogge, Art Colony Association board president; Minnette Boesel, mayor ’s assistant for Cultural Affairs; Paul Davidson, CapitalOne Bank city president; and Kim Stoilis, Art Colony Association executive director.
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