I love Small Business Saturday aka the Saturday after Thanksgiving when small businesses open their doors to people who wish to support their community by shopping locally! For the second year in a row I’m excited to host this event at my gallery (Sandovici Gallery, 2320 McCue Road #4), but were I not open for business from 10am to 6pm here is where I’d go. As my favorite artists are also celebrating the occasion, each in their lovely and unique gallery spaces and with special celebratory touches (expect signature drinks, cute dogs, collectible Christmas ornaments, and then some!), here’s a little tour of Houston’s Small Business Saturday you can treat yourself to:
Sandovici Gallery, 2320 McCue Road #4, 10am-6pm
You want to go here because it’s the home of this blog, also of a cute Boston Terrier, also of about 30 carousel horse paintings, and an incredible collection of highly giftable original works on paper. We have mimosas, a gift wrapping and framing station, and a gingerbread house you can win.
John Palmer Art Gallery and Studio, 1218 Heights Boulevard, 10am-6pm
This is my absolute favorite place in Houston. If you’re unfamiliar with John Ross Palmer’s art you are missing out one one of the greatest contemporary artists, also one of the most fun people you’ll ever meet. Check out his amazing art, but don’t miss out on silk scarves, Christmas ornaments, coasters, and play time with his beautiful English Pointers. Bonus points if you can spot the inspiration behind my carousel horses!
AVM Hawkins, Paula Hawkins, and Alfredo Ott III in Studio 24 (upstairs) at 2101 Winter Street. 12pm-5pm
Very cool vibe, magical abstract art, interesting conversation!
Bogdan Mihai and John Bishop in Studio 111 at Silver Street Studios (2000 Edwards Street) 10am-5pm
They do everything from painting to photography to video production and they have a fun new zine out that might just be the perfect stocking stuffer for any kids in your life.
Tatiana Escallon at 3715 Emancipation Avenue 10am-6pm
Here’s a charming old house that has been lovingly restored by an artist and turned into a studio! The venue itself is unique, but wait until you see and fall in love with the art! Also, I heard that in addition to champagne, there’ll be Colombian coffee!
MoNique Leroux at 201 Roberts Street, 11am to 3pm
Houston’s only fire and resin painter is having her very first open studio event! I really wish I could attend this one, as I’m an enthusiastic collector of her art and her beautiful one-of-a-kind serving trays!