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Robin Sher, left, and Cary Reeder at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Robin Sher, left, and Cary Reeder among those previewing Lawndale's The Big Show. Photo by Dennis Nance
Bob Broussard, from left, Elena Sofia, Katie Briggs, Hayley Hoaglund and Sean Harkins at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Bob Broussard, from left, Elena Sofia, Katie Briggs, Hayley Hoaglund and Sean Harkins. Photo by Dennis Nance
Kelyne Reis, left, and Eva Graf at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Kelyne Reis, left, and Eva Graf. Photo by Dennis Nance
Christine West, from left, Lee Kaplan, Walter Mayer, Jeryn Woodard Mayer and Diana Hudson at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Christine West, from left, Lee Kaplan, Walter Mayer, Jeryn Woodard Mayer and Diana Hudson. Photo by Dennis Nance
Bill Arning, left, and Mark Ponder at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Bill Arning, left, and Mark Ponder. Photo by Dennis Nance
Emily Link and Jed Foronda at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Emily Link and Jed Foronda. Photo by Dennis Nance
Alex Larotta at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
D.J. Alex Larotta. Photo by Dennis Nance
Brian James and Catherine Callaway at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Brian James and Catherine Callaway. Photo by Dennis Nance
Denise Furlough, from left, with Joey and Nicole Romano at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Denise Furlough, from left, with Joey and Nicole Romano. Photo by Dennis Nance
Saralene Tapley and Brian Keith Gardner at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Saralene Tapley and Brian Keith Gardner. Photo by Dennis Nance
Richard E. Fluhr, left, and Rudy Hernandez at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Richard E. Fluhr, left, and Rudy Hernandez. Photo by Dennis Nance
Hazel Ganze and Frazier King at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Hazel Ganze and Frazier King. Photo by Dennis Nance
Jason Dibley and Rachel Hewlett at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Jason Dibley and Rachel Hewlett. Photo by Dennis Nance
Christine West, from left, with Mark and Jenny Johnson at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Christine West, from left, with Mark and Jenny Johnson. Photo by Dennis Nance
Daniel Bertalot, from left, Wendy Franklin and Cintia Gomez at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Daniel Bertalot, from left, Wendy Franklin and Cintia Gomez. Photo by Dennis Nance
Robin Sher, left, and Cary Reeder at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Bob Broussard, from left, Elena Sofia, Katie Briggs, Hayley Hoaglund and Sean Harkins at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Kelyne Reis, left, and Eva Graf at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Christine West, from left, Lee Kaplan, Walter Mayer, Jeryn Woodard Mayer and Diana Hudson at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Bill Arning, left, and Mark Ponder at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Emily Link and Jed Foronda at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Alex Larotta at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Brian James and Catherine Callaway at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Denise Furlough, from left, with Joey and Nicole Romano at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Saralene Tapley and Brian Keith Gardner at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Richard E. Fluhr, left, and Rudy Hernandez at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Hazel Ganze and Frazier King at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Jason Dibley and Rachel Hewlett at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Christine West, from left, with Mark and Jenny Johnson at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014
Daniel Bertalot, from left, Wendy Franklin and Cintia Gomez at the Lawndale Big Show preview party July 2014

Exposure, exposure, exposure —if that is in fact the key to success for aspiring artists, then 106 Houston area talents could be on their way to stardom thanks to Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition The Big Show.

Close to 1,000 works by 382 artists living within 100 miles of the city were submitted for consideration, the works juried by  Erin Elder, visual arts director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. When the curtain went up on The Big Show preview Thursday night, 115 works were on display and more than 200 Lawndale members, participating artists and show sponsors turned out to have a look.

For Friday night's official opening, as many as 1,000 were expected, any artist's dream of getting his or her work before such a crowd. Winners of the $3,000 in cash awards were announced at that mega party. Since the show's inception in 1984, emerging artists selected have received not only the coveted exposure but many have also garnered gallery representation. 

The preview party featured libations from Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Deep Eddy Vodka and party bites from Whole Foods and sounds from A Fistful of Soul DJs.

Among those getting the first look at the selected works were Lawndale director Christine West, Bill Arning, Diana Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Brian James and Catherine Callaway, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Richard E. Fluhr and Rudy Hernandez.

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