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Art NOTES By Catherine D. Anspon P ainter's Progress: There's nothing like a new discovery. Houston painter Evan Pardue, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and contributing arts writer for, makes his Texas gallery debut at Reeves Art + Design. Pardue's lushly painted canvases feature subjects from the animal kingdom, small works imbued with hermetic mystery. Reeves also presents a lively roundup of four contemporary talents: Houston artist Justin Baehr with his edgy, comic- inflected paintings; New American Paintings-featured figurative master Alex Paulus, in from Memphis; Dallas- based sculptor Tyra Johnson, inspired by NASA and deep space, who unveils "Celestial Origins"; and Kevin Gilmore, an emerging Houston talent known for his "odd disfigured human-like figures" that pack a visceral reaction (all shows opening Saturday, April 20, 6 to 9 pm, through May 3). Activism on Canvas: At Rice University's Moody Center for the Arts, curator Frauke Josenhans organizes an impressive show for an international painter at the forefront of addressing global issues of migration, displacement, shifting borders, women's rights, and bioengineering, all done in a haunting, powerful manner. Cue Hayv Kahraman, whose canvases possess a quiet beauty, their female protagonists playing almost mythological roles (through May 11). In the Viewfinder: FotoFest continues, so carve out time to catch Biennial- organized shows "Critical Geography" at Silver Street Studios and Winter Street Studios and "Ten by Ten: Ten Reviewers Select Ten Portfolios from the Meeting Place 2022- 2023" at The Silos at Sawyer Yards (both through April 21) … Here are four important F o t o F e s t g a l l e r y v i e w s . MANUAL at Moody Gallery showcases the lyrical literary- meets-nature images of digital pioneers/UH emeritus professors Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill in "Beech // Book: An Emblematic Pairing" (through April 20). Andrew Durham Gallery's doubleheader pairs performance artist/image-maker Sarah Sudhoff with a classic lensman, the Menil-exhibited Paul Hester. Sudhoff's lace-laden cyanotype printing process plays off the masculine theme of Hester's show, which incredibly spans nearly 60 years (through April 21). At ELLIO Fine Art, Christopher Rauschenberg (yes, the scion of Robert Rauschenberg) returns to Houston from Portland with a fresh series spun around artists in studio, a subject he knows well; he's co-curated more than 800 exhibitions to date (extended through April 27) … 4411 Montrose gallerist Janice Bond of Art Is B o n d g u e s t - c u r a t e s a t Hogan Brown G a l l e r y i n t h e r e b o r n Eldorado Ballroom. The lineup spans generations of Houston talents, from art titans (Art League Houston 2022 Texas Lifetime Achievement honoree Earlie Hudnall Jr. and beloved Jack Yates High School teacher Ray Carrington III) to performance photog Greg Noire; Jakayla Monay, who's focused on the essence of Black culture; and Darío De León, who explores the faces and places of Houston (through May 19). From left: Hayv Kahraman's Untitled, 2023, at Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University. Evan Pardue's Charlie Finds a New Box, 2021, at Reeves Art + Design. 24 OAK ESTATES | 4018 MEADOW LAKE LANE 5 BR | 5.2 BA | $3.2+M 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 The Monroe & Warrell Team

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