Houston’s First Ward arts district welcomes the new space Chinelli La Fratta Gallery to the neighborhood. The gallery will primarily feature local artists, with a focus on works on paper and 3-D work. Owner Jeanette Chinelli hopes to create a welcoming art-viewing environment for new and established collectors with work that isn’t “intimidating or confusing,” she says. She hopes to “insure the art is approachable.”
Prior to entering the commercial gallery scene, Chinelli operated Inner Art Corridor in the area for six years, an operation that worked to promote and support the burgeoning artist community in the Washington Avenue corridor. She also founded the street sign topper program for the First Ward arts district, as well as spear-heading the cultural district designation to the neighborhood while serving as the first project manager to the committee two years ago.
For its inaugural show, Chinelli La Fratta Gallery will host two photographers for Fotofest, Houston-based Joe Acker and Los Angeles’ Sandra Chen Weinstein. In keeping with Fotofest’s theme of Middle Eastern Culture, Acker will present a series of photographs taken through the window of a cab in Cairo, while Weinstein presents her series of portraits, Women of Arab Spring. The show opens tomorrow, March 11, with a reception on March 22.
Chinelli La Fratta Gallery is located at 1813 Crockett Street, Houston 77007, (713)869.2727