Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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Letter From The Editor
Susie Tommaney

There’s so much to see and do in the Bayou City, including theater, music, dance, arts and special events in and around H-town. Let the Spring Arts Guide be your companion for the coming season, and spread some of that hometown love to those individuals and organizations that make our city so great.

The MATCH has opened its doors, with its gallery and numbered “matchbox” spaces serving as home base for numerous performing and visual arts organizations. The Alley Theatre is back in its original home with a new four-story fly loft, and Main Street Theater launched its 40th-anniversary season, moving shows for families and school groups over to The MATCH. A. D. Players has broken ground on its new facility west of The Galleria; Company OnStage lost its Westbury Square location but quickly found a venue for its children’s series at St. John’s Presbyterian Church; and Queensbury Theatre started the season in its new stateof- the-art facility, just a stone’s throw away from its former location.

The visual arts scene saw many changes, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s unveiling of redevelopment plans for its 14-acre campus, and The Menil Collection continuing work on its 2009 master plan with the West Main expansion about to begin. The Holocaust Museum of Houston is celebrating its 20th year by highlighting its internationally renowned “The Butterfly Project,” which commemorates the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Booker • Lowe Gallery will devote more time to travel in search of Australian Aboriginal art, while still holding special events and monthlong pop-up exhibitions; G Gallery moved two blocks over to its new Gspot Gallery on 9th in the Heights; and the Galveston Arts Center — after its renovation project suffered a devastating blow from Hurricane Ike — has returned to its true home on The Strand. We’ve seen some departures, too, with 18 Hands Gallery closing in January and both Avis Frank Gallery and McMurtrey Gallery shuttering their doors in October. Gray Contemporary seized the opportunity for better location on Colquitt’s “Gallery Row” and moved into the McMurtrey space, while Zoya Tommy Gallery has moved to its new Fannin location. William Reaves Fine Art, which is now celebrating ten years of Texas art, has announced its new name: William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, with gallery director and fine-art appraiser Foltz joining the leadership team as coowner. Lynne McCabe, director of She Works Flexible, will shutter her doors this summer, as she has been battling progressive rheumatoid arthritis.

We saw some top-level changes as well, with backto- back exits by Fresh Arts Executive Director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Houston Center for Photography Director Sarah Sudhoff. Linda Shearer, who served as the director of Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts, from 1989 to 2004 — with later stopovers at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston Cinema Arts Society and Project Row Houses — has assumed the role of interim director at HCP. The composer-led contemporary music presenter Musiqa is currently looking for a new executive director, while Joseph R. Wilson, who plans to retire, remains at the helm.

As we move through the coming months in our culturally rich and diverse city, we encourage you to visit for program updates and new events. There’s always something going on in our fair city, and we’ll see you at the show!

— Susie Tommaney