Fifth Ward just opened an art gallery, Mystic Lyon, last week, something we have been lacking for decades. The gallery was designed for local artists to showcase their work and function as a symbol for creativity in the community. Our own Jesse Lott’s work, a beloved local artist with national recognition, is the first exhibit something the community is very proud of. On yesterday a shameful scoundrel decided to steal the flower pots from the entrance of the gallery. Flower pots..really? Is there some secret crush ceramic scrapyard we don’t know about? Folks we can do better and if you see someone with these flower pots sitting on their porch give that person a hard slap across the head and tell them to find a shred of decency and return the pots!
Mystic Lyon is thrilled to present an installation by Fifth Ward resident and legendary artist, Jesse Lott. The artist’s work is based on an aesthetic he refers to as “Urban Frontier Art,” which involves the recycling of discarded material into art. Paper, wire and wood serve as the basis for much of this work. This installation will be on view through the windows of the Mystic Lyon from October 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017 with a reception on Saturday, October 1 from 5-8pm.
Mystic Lyon curator, Emily Sloan, explains how the show and art space came to be: “The Mystic Lyon has been my art studio for approximately three years. About two and a half years ago, I began inviting neighbors over for badminton, thus founding the Fifth Ward Badminton Club. While socializing and playing badminton, it often came up that people would like to see more art in the neighborhood. This past February, this led to asking neighbor Jesse Lott to have a show in the front of my studio. His work will remain on view around the clock in the windows through April 2017. Jesse will most likely be changing the work throughout the length of the exhibit, so viewers will need to keep checking back to see the latest!”
ABOUT MYSTIC LYON
Mystic Lyon is an installation art space and social sculpture in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. New installations are kicked off with a neighborhood party and remain on view from the outside of the building 24 hours a day for approximately 6 months. Additional programming includes pay phone call-ins to the artists, community coffees, a bi-monthly organic grocery store and the Gong Grant benefiting neighbor endeavors. It is also the home of the Fifth Ward Badminton Club.
Location: Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
Opening reception: Saturday, October 1, 5-8pm
On view: through April 30, 2017
Gallery hours: On view through the windows and on the outside of the building 24 hours a day or by appointment
For more infomation, visit: https://www.fresharts.org/content/mystic-lyon
Big thanks to everyone who came out today to help make our monthly clean-up successful. Additional thanks to Keep Houston Beautiful for the generous mulch donation & COH, Solid Waste Management as usual for taking care of the grass clippings & debris. Mark you calendars for the next clean-up, Oct.8th, 9-11am