Celebrate H-Town & check out Diverse-City, An Ode To Houston at Archway Gallery

Montrose by Michael C. Rodriguez | Photo by Isabelle Perreau, courtesy of Archway Gallery

Take a fresh and clever look at how cultures combine in the Bayou City at Diverse-City, An Ode To Houston, showcasing photographer Isabelle Perreau’s new works, at Archway Gallery from Saturday, October 3 to Thursday, November 5, 2020.

A French-born photographer and now Houstonian, Perreau has created a new series celebrating the curious, charming, colorful, and contrasting ways that Houston integrates cultures from across the globe.

The exhibit can be viewed virtually 24 hours a day, during limited weekend hours at the Gallery, and by appointment for groups of 10 or less.

Isabelle Perreau Discovers Houston

When the photographer first “met” Houston, she was not seduced by its beauty. Instead, she recalled, “scary highways, the immensity of the town, and the suffocating weather.” 

But, ever the curious traveler, Perreau soon discovered the whole world united—colorful India, fragrant China, joyful Latin America, and expansive Africa. “I fell in love,” she exclaims. “I embraced my new hometown from the bottom of my heart.”

Perreau’s work in this exhibition is a reflection of her deep belief that Houston’s diversity and international character is the source of its strength and richness. “Houston is the most diverse city in the United States,” she said. “This, of course, is the result of immigration.”

She sees Houston as a shining example of a multitude of nationalities and religions living together in respect, solidarity, and friendship. “It’s a human lesson for everyone that, with decency and respect, peace is possible.”

What Would Jesus Eat, by Isabelle Perreau | Photo courtesy of Archway Gallery

Virtual Artist Talk & Virtual Exhibition

Archway Gallery will present a virtual edition of its traditional opening reception and artist talk on Archway’s Facebook page, premiering on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 6:30pm.

The reception and artist talk are free to watch on Archway Gallery’s Facebook pageClick here to watch or for more information.

The exhibit itself will also be displayed virtually at Archway Gallery’s online store from Saturday, October 3 to Thursday, November 5, 2020. Click here to view Archway Gallery’s online store.

The Spice of Houston, by Isabell Perreau | Photo courtesy of Archway Gallery

Appointment Viewing for Diverse-City, An Ode To Houston

To see the exhibition by appointment from Mondays through Thursdays, contact the gallery in advance to arrange a private tour for 10 people or less. Email [email protected] for details.

Social Distancing & COVID-19

Businesses in Houston have opened under modified protocols, following guidelines administered by local health officials, the State of Texas and CDC. At this time, guidance from experts urges people to continue wearing face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

Before heading out, take time to familiarize with your destination’s requirements or restrictions at this moment, and be sure to contact them ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

Diverse-City, An Ode to Houston Exhibition at Archway Gallery 

A City of Contrasts, by Isabelle Perreau | Photo courtesy of Archway Gallery

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