St. Valentine

Friday, Feb 17 – to March 18

St. Valentine – Group show 

Clara Hoag

Thedra Cullar – Ledford

Lisa krannichfeld

and

Forrest Prince

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Join us at Zoya Tommy Gallery on Friday, February 17 for the Opening Reception of St. Valentine, a group exhibition about women and love. Wear something red for the chance to have your name entered into a raffle for a unique artwork. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening. 

St. Valentine – Group Exhibition 

Friday, February 17 
From 6 – 9pm 
Zoya Tommy Gallery, 4102 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77004 

Zoya Tommy Gallery is pleased to present St. Valentine, a group exhibition featuring recent works by artists Clara Hoag, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Lisa Krannichfeld and Forrest Prince. The exhibition focuses on the timeless subject of women and love, harmoniously juxtaposed with religious artwork that explores love in the spiritual realm. 

Displayed in the gallery’s second exhibition space, the show is divided into two seemingly different topics that actually blend together by virtue of their shared humanity. One is the crucial role women play in society. The subject is addressed through the artistic expressions of Clara, Thedra and Lisa, three female artists who have distinguished themselves in the art community by exploring femininity from very different and sometimes controversial perspectives. 

On the other hand, Forrest Prince makes assemblages to convey God’s infinite love for His vulnerable children on earth. The only male artist in the show, Forrest’s faith in an invisible yet ever-present God injects a religious point of view and sets the stage for an interesting discourse about the meaning of love. 

The exhibition is called St. Valentine in honor of the annual holiday that celebrates romantic love in the secular form, while tracing its roots to the early Christian martyr Saint Valentine who was executed because of his stand for Christian marriage. Love has been a source of artistic inspiration for centuries, probably because it is the only thing that really matters, and Zoya Tommy Gallery hopes to continue the conversation from an entirely different perspective. 

Houston-based artist Clara Grace Hoag received two BFAs from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, one in Ceramics and the other in Art History. She then went on to receive an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia (Athens) in 2013. Clara currently teaches ceramics at the University of Houston and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In addition to teaching, Clara has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She has participated in a number of national shows and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.

Thedra Cullar-Ledford was born in Abilene, TX and now calls Houston home. She and her husband Stephen runs Independent Art Studios, which provides studio spaces to Houston artists. Thedra received a full scholarship to the California College of the Arts, where she earned a BFA Cum Laude in painting and then attended the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University in the UK for a masters in printmaking and sculpture. Thedra’s work has been shown in several notable spaces in Houston, such as the Contemporary Arts Museum, McClain Gallery, G Gallery and the Lawndale Art Center. She has also exhibited in galleries in New York and London. 

Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Lisa’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions nationally and internationally including shows across the southern United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Stockholm, and Hamburg. She also was chosen as the October 2015 cover artist for the international art publication, Fresh Paint Magazine. In 2015 she received the Delta Award in the prestigious 57th Annual Delta Juried Exhibition showcasing contemporary American art from Southern artists. Her work has also won First Place in the 2015 Batesville Area Arts Council National Juried Exhibition, and the Juror Award in the 2015 Irene Rosenzweig Juried Biennial Exhibition. She has been named “One To Watch” in Saatchi Art Magazine and a “Woman to Watch” by Soiree` Magazine in her home state of Arkansas. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections throughout her home state of Arkansas as well as in collections around the world.

Forrest Prince was born in Houston, Texas in 1935. Despite having no formal art education, he began making art in 1969 and seven years later had his first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. Having found salvation in Jesus after personal struggles with drugs and crime, Forrest became passionate about expressing his faith though art. In 2015, the Art League Houston awarded Forrest its prestigious Lifetime Achievement In The Visual Arts. He has participated in many group exhibitions in museums and galleries including Diverse Works, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, San Antonio Museum of Fine Arts and Lawndale Art Center. Forrest’s work is represented in The Menil’s permanent collection.

St. Valentine will open to the public on Friday, Feb. 17th, 2017 from 6-9 pm and will be on view at Zoya Tommy Gallery through March 18th, 2017