Illustrated by Ndidi Nwosu
Illustrated by Ndidi Nwosu
By Hadley Medlock 3/22/22 11:50 PM
March may be coming to an end, but Women’s History Month isn’t quite over yet, so I’m here to give you a short list of women visual artists in Houston to engage with and stay involved with after the month can continue to support. Research by the National Museum of Women in the Arts show that women visual artists typically earn less than men, are underrepresented in museum leadership positions, and are significantly underrepresented compared to men in the 18 major art museums in the United States—87 percent of these collections are male.
If viewers are aspiring artists themselves, they can also check out Houston’s Women in the visual and literary arts (WiVLA), dedicated to giving women in the arts a forum to create and promote their work. They often have exhibitions of members’ work and their current gallery can be toured virtually. Students taking nine or more credit hours can become a member for $16 per year. For this month (and everyone else thereafter) let’s give female artists the respect and attention they deserve.
Although she mainly does commissioned work to pay the bills, Anat Ronen’s bio explains that her heart really is in street art. After immigrating to the United States from Israel in her late thirties, Ronen became a full-time artist and has created pieces in locations from the Netherlands to Disneyworld in Florida. Now calling Houston home, her art can be found on sidewalks, buildings, bridges and schools in the area.
Working primarily with house paint and brushes, Ronen’s style varies from piece to piece and previous work has included colorful depictions of divers, chameleons, LEGO figures and larger than life butterflies. She also makes 3D and 2D street art with tempera or chalk.
If you want to get outside and see their art, this is it Houston wall map shows where you can find Ronen’s work, or check her website pictures.
If photography is more your thing, check out the work of Pam Francis, a Houston-born portrait photographer who has photographed covers for magazines like People and Sports Illustrated – she even has one of the first official portraits of the music group Destiny’s Child included. Her extensive portfolio also includes portraits of former President Barack Obama, musician LeAnn Rimes and entrepreneur Mark Cuban.
The way photography was viewed throughout her 30-year career as a fine art influenced Francis’ work, which has been described as bold and timeless. Although she sadly passed away in 2020, her work is still considered some of the finest in portrait photography and will be on display April 19-26 at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.
If you ever have a rainy day, Leslie Gaworecki’s art might be just the answer to cheer you up. It’s all about vibrant colors and an abstract style, Gaworeckis main goal of their art is to bring joy into every room and make you feel good. Her portfolio of work includes abstracts of flowers, landscapes, water and more. Gaworecki has a studio in Houston and was featured there In her studioa women-only pop-up art gallery with roots in Houston.
Gaworecki’s Houston studio is open the second Saturday of each month from 12pm to 5pm or by appointment. You can also see or buy her work on her website.
Sevy Marie Eicher
Sevy Marie Eicher is the 18-year-old daughter of former “American Ninja Warrior” contestant Lisa Eicher, who was adopted from Sofia, Bulgaria. Sevy’s bio on their website explains that after being born with Down Syndrome and spending 12 years in Bulgarian institutions, she has finally found a loving home in Houston and also found her passion for creating art. Originally a way for her to better communicate with her family through non-verbal forms, Sevy has now developed her art into a business. Her spectacularly bright and abstract works have caught the attention of art lovers around the world. According to Interview with People magazine In 2020, Eicher is now an internationally collected artist with more than 8,000 people on a waiting list to purchase one of this self-taught artist’s works.
While you might not be able to buy one for a few years, you can check out Sevy’s art on her website or Instagram. Her family has also opened a non-profit art studio called Houston Sandal Gap Studio for artists with disabilities to advocate for inclusion in the arts.
Although a native of Richmond, Virginia, Jeri Salter is a landscape artist who has spent her adult life in Texas. Salter, who hopped from Houston to McAllen to Dallas, finally settled in Austin in 1994 with her husband and their two sons.
Mainly self-taught, Salter also honed her skills in classes at Collin Community College in Plano and at the Alfred Glassell Art School in Houston. After someone suggested that she revisit and repaint the late artist Frank Reaugh’s Texas prairies, Salter discovered a passion for painting the landscapes and wants to convey emotion with her depictions of the natural world. Initially working in oils for years, Salter later discovered the vibrancy of pastels and has used them in her work ever since.
Salter’s Canyonlands of Texas collection will be on display April 23 through May 28 at Houston’s Foltz Fine Arts Center. Her paintings can be viewed on her website or purchased through the Foltz Fine Arts Center.