.It isn’t often you find a young professional who loves traditional landscape paintings enough to decorate her business with them. A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Dory Blackey had seen a couple of my watercolors on display as part of a show at Public House Heights, a local neighborhood bar and eatery. Shortly after that, Dory looked us up at the First Saturday Arts Market. The rest is history. A few days ago, we installed 17 of my gouache landscape paintings at Dory’s new business, Pure Barre- Houston Heights. It’s not exactly what one expects to see in the entrance hall of a fitness studio.
Walking into a fitness studio, one would expect to find huge posters of beautiful people working out. Not here. Before you reach the actual lobby/reception area, you step into what appears to be a contemporary art gallery. As part of our agreement, Dory has already posted on social media that the paintings are for sale, and that she’s happy to tell you about them. Why no bold, colorful abstracts, as one would expect from a young person? According to Dory, she grew up in the kind of countryside that these paintings portray.
Surrounded by one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston, this business is representative of the revitalization that is taking place in the Heights. Historic homes are being renovated and new condos are being built. Professionals of all ages are moving in and bringing the area up to date. We are already regulars at the nearby First Saturday Arts Market. Being displayed in a local business like this gives us another strong link to the area. And we’ve made a delightful new friend.