Our My Top 5 series showcases Houstonians who are creating the city’s culture and community and asks them to share their own local favorites. This week we’re delighted to feature Archway Gallery artist Kevin Cromwell. His exhibition Deep Space Communication is on display at the gallery throughout October.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Kevin Cromwell
- Visiting Art Festivals – Obviously, I’m a little partial to art, but Houston has such a diverse and robust art community there is always something new to explore. I truly enjoy meeting new artists and seeing their works. From the larger city festivals, like the Bayou City Art Festival and Art Crawl to the smaller neighborhood events like the First Saturday Arts Market, there is always an art event worth seeing around Houston.
- Attending ROCO Concerts – I’ve always been a fan of orchestral music. The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra is a feather in Houston’s art cap. ROCO does great shows, in many different venues around town.
- The James Turrell Twilight Epiphany installation at Rice – I recently visited this installation for the first time, and it was such a great experience. I really like how this structure makes one aware of the sky and the passage of time. We’re in such a hurry all the time. This installation forces you to pay attention to the changing sky. It really slows down the day and makes you appreciate every moment.
- The Okra Charity Saloon – I was surprised to find there was a space with great fried okra (a personal favorite). If you want to have a fun time, and maybe throw some support behind a local charity you should check this place out. OKRA has donated more than a million dollars to local charities.
- Brasil – This place is a regular stop for me. If you’re a brunch person try this for Sunday brunch. The Eggs El Salvador are super great. Either before or after a round of art shows a glass of beer and mushroom pizza are a must.
About Kevin Cromwell
Kevin Cromwell is an artist at Archway Gallery. His exhibition Deep Space Communication is on display at the gallery throughout October. Kevin has always been interested in space. As a child, Kevin could walk out his front door at night and look up to see the Milky Way crossing the sky. Viewing that wondrous sight in the nighttime sky is no longer possible for many. This loss of connection and mystery forms the tapestry wherein Kevin pins the record of his current work. With a sketchbook and something to drink, he meditates on the ideas of space and connection and communication. These illustrations form the basis of the paintings and prints in his current exhibition.