Main Street Projects, in collaborative effort with Mid Main Houston, The Tinderbox Craft Collective, and My Flaming Heart, is pleased to present the Inagural Mid Main Holiday Orna-MENTAL First Thursday, featuring festive artwork installations in the Main Street Projects art space by Arts Pop Up, Sharon Kopriva, Sherry Owens McKay Otto and more! Proceeds from the evenings
Sharon Kopriva is a native Houstonian and practicing artist with more than thirty years of experience in creating art influenced and informed by religious, often Catholic, themes. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Her Holiday-themed Orna-Mental installation on Main Street of her notable sculptural nuns and dogs makes light of her sometimes dark imagery with irony, humor, and cheerful holiday ornamentation.
Sherry Owens, a native Texan, lives and works in Dallas. With work exhibited throughout the American Southwest and internationally, Owens is best known for her meticulous crepe myrtle sculptures and large-scale outdoor works in steel and bronze. Informed by observations in nature, she constructs nest-like objects using found natural materials to create dense chaotic forms as well as open drawings in space. Her installation at Main Street Projects, Sands of Time, alludes to sand in an hourglass and the visualization of passing time or time passed. The suspended manila and linen cones and the sand create a visual metaphor for our time on earth and the quick passage of each day of a life.
McKay Otto was born in Wharton, Texas near Houston and raised with a keen appreciation for the arts. He lives and works in his studio near Wimberley, Texas. His artwork explores themes of light, simplicity and silence in drawing and painting. He has exhibited his work extensively in Texas metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio as well as in NYC, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, and Aspen. Otto regards his paintings as meditations, to be experienced rather than read. His work combines the quiet concentration of meditation with a focused intensity that creates alternative worlds. Otto’s Orna-Mental installation is no exception, in true Holiday spirit, bringing to the site a sense of purity and peace that permeates the window barrier and approaches the audience viewing from the street.
A public celebration for the participating artists was hosted on December 5th, 2013, in conjunction with Houston Mid Main’s December “Orna-Mental” First Thursday, with an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the December First Thursday event will go to support local non-profit The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.