"There are many degrees of sight and many degrees of blindness. What senses do we lack that we cannot see another world all around us?"    
 Frank Herbert, author


Dr. Charlene Claye conducted many workshops during her exhibition, including this one at Yates High School.

Visit Charlene Claye's retrospective exhibit through June 3

Vibrant color is a dominant aspect of her art

When Charlene Claye found a long-ago letter written by her father, she framed it along with his photo for her family. It was a reference to his life and discernible evidence that he had been here.

Dr. Claye will leave her mark for posterity with her works of art, a portion of them currently on exhibition at The Collective. She has translated her experiences, adventures, academic achievements, health setbacks and struggles into a tangible and visual philosophy.

Central to most of the 40 pieces in the exhibit is a figure or figures surrounded by geometric patterns, mosaic tiles and intricate sometimes quilt-like designs. Images of the sun rise up in a number of pieces.

"The sun represents a new beginning," she explains.
Peppered among many works are Bible verses, music scores, newsprint, butterflies and flowers, arrows representing pain or anger, symbolizing her emotions at a given time.

Vibrant color is a dominant aspect of Claye's art.

"While a student at Texas Southern University, color invaded my art, found a home and stayed...The vibrancy of color in my travels in Africa definitely had an effect as did the mixture of patterns and designs. In aboriginal art, the surface is covered entirely without any blank space..."

Read more 
In the Zone, Pen & Ink, 9x12, 2010


Dr. Claye offers this advice to emerging artists

  • Commit yourself to art::  Decide how important art is to you.  Enough to make it a career?
  • Make a plan:  Decide how you will approach your career. Consider your resources. Can you make a living by selling your artwork? Do you need another source of income while you are developing your art career?
  • Invest in yourself:  Buy good supplies-good brushes, acid-free paper so the art will last, a computer and software to handle designs.
  • Prepare your PR:  Create a biography, artists' statement, a brochure, where you have exhibited.
  • Inventory your art:  Document your art, describe the media, make slides or photos.
  • Learn how to price your work:  Consider the cost of the materials and your overhead.  Set an hourly rate.  Determine how much you want and need to make.  If you become associated with gallery, factor in the percentage that will go to the gallery.


Art Education Activities

Photos at left and right:  Foster Elementary School students continue working on their sculpture project.  Center:  Children from S.H.A.P.E. enjoy learning about and producing their own projects.  Here, they admire a recently completed quilt project coordinated by their instructor, Leslie Abrams, Jubilee Quilt Circle manager.  
The Collective welcomes visitors
The Harris County Precinct 2/Riley/Barret Station sewing club seniors visited The Collective in April.  Leslie Abrams, right, demonstrates the capabilities of the Gammill Statler 12 quilting machine.    

Stop by The Collective's booth at the


Artists' Opportunity!

NO DEAD ARTISTS ::: (Inter)national Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY in New Orleans proudly hosts an annual call for artists for NO DEAD ARTISTS. Each year, the call is open through June 1, and the exhibition participants are selected by an ever-changing group of three prestigious arts professionals. The exhibition itself is installed in the gallery for the entire month of September with an opening reception the first Saturday from 6-9pm.

Artist Submission



Workshops and demonstrations  are offered at The Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Community Artists' Collective invites you to learn about and to work on textiles, including quilting, knitting, crochet and embroidering.  Please join us. 

Supplies provided. Suggested donation is $30 per month.


Community Artists' Collective