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PaperCity Houston May 2023

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F irst, we pay tribute to the late Ann Harithas. She and husband Jim Harithas, who passed away this March, were one of America's most iconoclastic art couples, above all champions of artists and activism. They were also mavericks and museum founders, in the case of the Art Car Museum and the (temporarily shuttered) Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Ann, who was an artist as well as the woman who birthed the Art Car movement in Texas, is celebrated with a show at another museum she founded, the Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art in Victoria. Catch the final months of "The Creative Era of Ann Harithas," organized by chief curator Maurice Roberts, which showcases the beloved curator and creative Ann as a master of collage as well as presenting many of the art cars she both crafted and commissioned (extended through June 25). Head to the Heights for an artist-presented doubleheader in the studio of Susan Plum, a talent whom the Harithases exhibited a n d c o l l e c t e d . "Finland + Mexico = Houston 2 Pop Up Show" pairs the internationally exhibited Plum with Finland- based, museum- collected Inka- Maaria Jurvanen. The former, known for a mystic practice e n c o m p a s s i n g talismanic media from branches and leaves to flame-worked glass, establishes a meaningful dialogue with Jurvanen's obsessive graphite work on wood (Plum Studio, 1829 Arlington; Saturdays, May 6, 13, and 20, 11 am to 5 pm; other times by appointment, susanplum@ Artist Mary Margaret Hansen writes of her latest solo, the first since coming back from brain surgery: "'Echome' is an amalgamation of images that have enchanted me for decades: neolithic stone circles and mounds, vine-covered buildings, mussel and oyster shells, women's portraits, open doorways, faded flowers, overripe fruit, and beach pebbles … Working toward this exhibition, I saw I was collaging with images made long ago, images that were tucked away in boxes or shown in circumstances far different than a gallery setting." See the resulting intimate and exquisite artworks, collages that bridge the past and the now at Heidi Vaughan Fine Art (May 13 – June 17). Finally, place this duo on your radar: Robert Hodge X Tim Kerr. The former, one of Houston's most brilliant community builders, collaborates with Austin-based Kerr, who has his own cult following, on cool improvisations hatched in-studio by the artist/provocateurs who are both committed to social justice and human rights. Their deeply layered work is featured in "No Kings But Us" at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston (May 20 – June 4). OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. ART NOTES By Catherine D. Anspon May arrives with a cosmic and feminist vibe, alongside a cool collaboration with undertones of collage, informed by jazz, hip hop, punk, and even Irish folk tunes. Ann Harithas' Swamp Mother, 1992, at Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art, Victoria THE SPIRES | 2001 HOLCOMBE BOULEVARD, UNIT #3504 3 BR | 2.2 BA | $995,000 w w w . j a y m o n r o e h o u s t o n . c o m Jay Monroe, BROKER ASSOCIATE , BROKER ASSOCIATE Circle of Excellence Member, Hall of Fame Circle of Excellence Member, Hall of Fame 713.504.6936 713.504.6936 18

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