THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
Booker-Lowe Gallery in Houston plans Lockhart River exhibition in wake of Hurricane Harvey
Booker-Lowe is once again excited to be hosting a group exhibition of paintings from Lockhart River – our fifth show of works by these talented painters since 2004. “Sandbeach Dreamings” opens October 20th, and we are working hard to be ready for our visitors, artists Silas Hobson and Irene Namok, and LR Art Centre director, Enoch Perazim, and his wife Lisa-Marie.
September 29th marks one month since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, dumping more than 50” (128 cm) of rain on and around our city. Booker-Lowe Gallery sits on a slight elevation, about two blocks from Buffalo Bayou, which crested at almost 40 feet (12+ m) above normal levels, flooding nearby neighborhoods, including homes just a block from the gallery, and the basement of the high-rise building where we live. Our streets were also flooded, so we were stranded at home for several days. Fortunately, a neighbor of the gallery checked everything for us and reported happily, “NO DAMAGE.” You can imagine our relief!
Everyone has been affected, some much more than others. Thousands of homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and many of our clients and friends were affected. Their homes, offices, and vehicles flooded, or they and we have been busy volunteering to help family, neighbors or even strangers.
The impact of the hurricane continues. October’s major international art fair has been canceled; and our opera, ballet, symphony, and downtown theatre have had to relocate to temporary spaces. While major museums did not have significant damage to the collections, most were closed for a week or more due to staffing issues. Like other gallerists who are opening exhibitions, we are uncertain about the effects of the hurricane on attendance and sales at our events.
Booker-Lowe is marketing in a variety of ways – via promotional messages on our local public radio station, an ad in the opera magazine, postcards to a select group of clients and art collectors, and social media. We promote via press releases to magazines and newspapers, eblasts, our website, and FaceBook. We will host an opening reception for current clients and gallery friends on Friday evening, October 20th, with a public reception and gallery talk on Saturday, October 21st. On Sunday afternoon, we will host the Board and major donors of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Houston society. On Monday and Tuesday, we will take a break to show our QLD guests some of Houston – NASA Space Center, museums, our favorite BBQ and Tex-Mex restaurants, shopping centers, etc. We are so looking forward to seeing Silas again – he visited Houston in 2004 for our first exhibition of Lockhart River paintings, and to meeting Irene, Enoch, and Lisa-Marie.
We firmly believe that art helps heal the soul, and that Houstonians will welcome a chance to experience gorgeous new paintings Lockhart River as we all recover from Hurricane Harvey!