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PaperCity Houston March 2022

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THE HALLES: WHAT'S ON TAP T he Halles marks its one-year anniversary as PaperCity | Round Top World Headquarters w i t h t h e s p r i n g edition, spun around its hospitality pavilion and seven art, design, and antiques Halles. Sponsors for the season include West Chelsea Contemporary (Halle 5, page 106-107), Mill Collective (Halle 2, page 105), and Fischer & Wieser (Halle 3, page 104; Halle 3 is also where you'll encounter the green kingdom of Teas Family's Specialized Plant Sales). This underwriting trio shares a commitment to creativity end entrepreneurship, forging new directions in, respectively, contemporary art (including the dynamic field of street art); contributing to American design and the makers' movement; and crafting a down-home epicurean food empire that tastes like Texas. Halle 4, devoted to design, has four important returning dealers. Houston's Domingue & Co. (as in Chateau Domingue) showcases European architectural elements; proprietor Ruth Gay's handsome reclaimed flooring and mantels appear in this month's Architectural Digest feature on Gwyneth P a l t ro w 's M o n t e c i t o estate. M. Naeve founder Margaret Naeve presents her stunning collection of mid-century furniture, along with exciting creators BCMT (Black Creek Mercantile), Apparatus Studio, Materia Designs, Pinch Design, Edition Modern, Egg Collective, and Christopher Kreiling Studio. Dallas designer and Kips Bay veteran Chad Dorsey exhibits his Strike collection of sculptural fireplace surrounds in marble and limestone with French Quarter and honed finishes, as well as the compelling new Strike vanity collection. Rounding out the design dialogue is iconic Houston and Dallas dealer Carol Piper Rugs, respected statewide for its decades of knowledge and well-edited collections of antique, vintage, and contemporary rugs, textiles, and pillows. Finally, Halle 7 is all about the gents, with an artisan- made pool table and shuffleboard (both from Mill Collective), whiskey and cigars. Completing the lineup are the much-loved Around the Bend, Found Images, Lisa Gillette's Liesel Farm, artist Cheryl Long/Pure West, The Neutral Nest, Bachman + Petrie's Pop-inflected canvases, Covet Aspen, and jeweler Heather Benjamin, joined by new arrival Amadi Carpets. The latter is known for its handcrafted carpets, artisan collections, and empowerment of Afghan women. Because this is PaperCity, expect a side of art. Featured headliners begin with West Chelsea Contemporary (NYC, Austin), where the gallery showcases Gary James McQueen, nephew of designer Alexander McQueen, and men's textile designer for his late uncle's fashion house for a decade. The Savage Beauty lenticular image that appeared on the Alexander McQueen book of the same name is powerful (see pages 106-107 for details). Check out live painting by avant-garde Austin artists Mila Sketch, Cody Hooper, and Ash Almonte. West Chelsea's neighbor in Halle 5 also makes its Round Top debut: Christopher Martin Gallery's one-person show for photographer Steve Wrubel speaks to the enduring myth of the cowboy (pages 108-109). And the puparazzi that greeted you? Meet Australian artists Gillie and Marc Schattner's Paparazzi Dogs (pages 106-107), courtesy West Chelsea Contemporary. Hey, Chaney! Excite- ment swirls around the third edition of The Halles' public art program: a Texas- raised NYC talent returns home to make a captivating statement with hay. Chaney Trotter, who grew up in Houston, wields an impressive CV, boasting an East Coast/ West Coast perspective and dual degrees: BFA from USC in L.A. and MFA from Parsons, NYC. Receiving acclaim and a New York Times review for her installation evoking rain, Second Before the Storm, at the Governors Island Art Fair, Trotter tells us she's excited about "the crazy potential of Round Top … I've got the gears going thinking of inventions with hay. It's a material I've thought of working with for years." Stay tuned to discover what she creates in the bucolic fields surrounding The Halles. It's not a show without The Halles food offerings. Blind Fox food truck returns, led by Culinary Institute- and Cordon Bleu-trained chefs. This spring, they dish up Asian offerings from bao buns to kung pao. Then it's the battle between decadence and restorative. ParaVida Wellness trailer offers functional smoothies, organic cold-pressed juices, fresh salad, and wraps. Should your sweet tooth call head to the Sugar Shack for Royers Pie Haven options. Toast Round Top at the well- stocked bar, with cowboy cocktails from Still Austin Whiskey Co. and Frankly Organic Vodka. Mila Sketch Chaney Trotter Noelle Woods, Jordan Kampf, Madison Marchbanks Rick Pratt, Around the Bend Avery Wagner, Paige Hull, Claire Bamundo, Jasmine Roth M. Naeve ParaVida Wellness 116

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