“Big city art, island attitude”: new Avis Frank Gallery in Galveston plans grand opening for July 16

by Bill Davenport July 13, 2011

Despite Galveston’s laid-back, storm-pummelled, crime-ridden reputation, fearless Houston artists Ray Phillips and David Hardaker have ambitious plans for their new Avis Frank Gallery at 215 23rd Street in the Strand Historic District, just across the street from David Adickes’ cement Trumpet. Their grand opening, on July 16, is Spectrum, a group show curated by Houston artist Lisa Qualls, featuring 18 Texas artists using color. In addition to exhibitions, the new venue will be an art movie house and host visiting artists temporary projects.


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Karen Lastre July 14, 2011 - 15:22

Hi David, Would love to be considered for future shows. Will not be able to make it this weekend but will try to come down in early August. GOOD LUCK to both of you; looks like a great space.
Karen Lastre

boi July 14, 2011 - 22:26

laid-back, storm-pummelled, crime-ridden reputation? really? as a current Houstonian, ex-midwesterner, sf ca & london temp-er, and Galveston island native, I take offense to the characterization of both these unique and wonderful cities.
First of all, Houston has WAY more crime than Galveston in any objective sense. Second, despite the “big city” status that its residents subscribe to, Houston is pretty laid back and accessible compared to other “big cities”…ever visited(or lived in?) nyc, la?


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