"I only feel angry when I see waste...when
I see people throwing away things we could use."
                                                        Mother Teresa  


 Turn a common plastic bag
into a work of art 

Environmental artist Gail Mebane, whose exhibit "The Unfolding Story of POLUTNOT" is currently on display at The Collective, will share her techniques at a workshop Saturday, October 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Collective.

Participants should bring at least one clean plastic bag to the workshop, where they will gain experience working with POLUTNOT, an innovative alternative to canvas and paper, with a variety of media including acrylic, water color, permanent
markers, crayons, alcohol inks and oil pastels. Artists are also welcome to bring their own favorite media.

Individuals participating in the workshop will be encouraged to share their completed work by contributing the pieces to a POLUTNOT patchwork quilt that will be displayed at The Collective during the November Houston International Quilt Festival.

The workshop is free, but reservations are encouraged because space is limited. Register on Eventbrite,  email mbarnes@thecollective.org
or call 713-523-1616.   
A closing reception for the exhibition
will be held Friday, October 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
#Houston Strong 
Black Buddha Creative Agency and Artists Clear Houston have organized a Hurricane Harvey Benefit Group Exhibition at The Collective to support flood relief efforts in the greater Houston area. Funds raised through this exhibition will be used to directly sponsor the rehabilitation of uninsured families that lost everything after Hurricane Harvey.  The organizers ask that you support this exhibition by coming to the event, collecting art work and making a donation if you are able.  

Soon to be installed...again
Vandals recently dismantled The Collective's "Quilt Peace" sculpture, which was installed September 20 in front of the building we occupy at 4101 San Jacinto.

The colorful sculpture (blue, magenta, orange, yellow and metallic silver), of powder coated steel standing 8 feet high, 11 feet wide and 6 feet deep, features four free-form figures working on a quilt and is a tribute to the November 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Plans are for the sculpture to remain at the site for three months and then moved to another site in Midtown.

But two weeks after its installation, a vandal who either doesn't like quilts or peace or public art, went to a lot of trouble with some heavy duty tools to dismantle the structure and leave the pieces lying flattened on the ground.

Fortunately, the five powder-coated steel pieces were not seriously damaged and can be reassembled and returned to its original spot, which previously housed a Metro bus stop. This time with tamper- proof strategies and perhaps some surveillance provided!

The "Quilt Peace" installation was funded by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, sanctioned by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and approved by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority.

The sculpture was designed by artist and CAC Executive Director Michelle Barnes and facilitated by Gail Mebane and Charles Washington. The sculpture was fabricated by James Contreras, owner of Adventure Play Systems, Inc. 

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
3816 Caroline Street, Houston 77004
October 27-29, 2017 

 Relief Now: A fundraiser
for artists and musicians

We are raising money for artists and musicians impacted by Harvey.
Donate now to help us meet our goal of $5,000.

Join the artistic community for a fun-filled afternoon of live music with the Gulf
Coast Blues and Jazz Association, dancing, silent/live auctions, raffles, light bites, and beverages by St. Arnold's Brewing Company. Mingle with artists and talk to the individuals who will benefit from your donations as we come together
to rebuild Houston one family at a time.

Date: October 22, 2017
Time: 2 to 6 p.m.
Location: Preston Theater, 2201 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77003
Free admission

Get ready for 

October Calendar

The Unfolding Story of POLUNOT
October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
October 13:  Closing Reception, 6 to 8 p.m.
12 noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and by appointment
Workshop with Gail Mebane
October 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey Group Benefit Exhibition
October 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Relief Now
October 22, 2 to 6 p.m.
Preston Theater, 2201 Preston St.
Black Art in America Fine Art Show
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
October 27-29
Jubilee Quilt Circle
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m.



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 3 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