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This cross-collaboration exhibition, "Around The Bend," by Bayou Preservation Association x Jonathan Paul Jackson, will feature selected nature-based works by Jonathan Paul Jackson.

Jackson is an African American Visual Artist from Houston who works in all mediums of art, including painting, sculpture, and illustration. Currently, he's working on a series in which he takes photos of nature, prints out the photo, and hand embellishes the printouts. It's a conceptual series about how we all see the same nature but interpret it in different ways. His other works involve experimenting with Neo-Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism.

The art auction plus a percentage of proceeds raised will support Bayou Preservation Association CPR's mission to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams through Bayou Citizen Science, Bayou Appreciation, Stream Corridor Restoration, and Trash-Free Bayous.

Photo courtesy of Archway Gallery

Archway Gallery presents Susan Sheets: "Myths, Legends, and The Holy Spirit" opening reception

Archway Gallery presents "Myths, Legends, and The Holy Spirit," featuring a series of oil on canvas paintings by Susan Sheets.

Inspired by myths, legends, and the Holy Spirit, Sheets takes viewers on a journey of the traditional storytellers of the past, creating a 21st Century view of tradition through her paintings. Encapsulating allusions to historical legends and ancient myths, including Helen of Troy and Lady Godiva, as well as exploring religious tenants from the Bible, Sheets' collection is symbolic and vast ranging.

By fusing techniques and imagery, she brings to light the importance of the myths, legends, and spiritual beliefs on the human experience. Working with oils on canvas and unique layering techniques, Sheets manipulates the viewer’s perspective, focusing the experience on the illustrated stories presented and the individual’s interpretation of man’s explanation of the world. Her paintings compel individuals to look at their own understanding of the past, meeting them where they are, and taking them on a journey of reflective thought.

Sheets turns standard notions of man’s understanding of the world into a uniquely expressive form, reaching beyond the borders of history, beliefs, and religion.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until February 2.

The Menil Collection presents "Hyperreal: Gray Foy" closing day

The Menil Collection presents "Hyperreal: Gray Foy," featuring the meticulous and imaginative drawings by midcentury American artist Gray Foy (1922–2012). The exhibition celebrates two recent gifts of nearly 80 drawings and will span the artist’s largely overlooked career, from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Foy’s early works were influenced by Surrealism and often featured contorted bodies in ambiguous exterior or domestic settings. His extraordinary attention to detail, as well as a sense of wartime tension, are evident in "Untitled (Interior with Woman Standing at a Dresser)," 1946, and "Dimensions," ca. 1945–46, his most ambitious drawing from the first half of his career.

Though Foy’s art of the 1940s aligned with Surrealism, the artist preferred to describe his work in terms of “hyper-realism.” This notion of exceeding reality is a key through line uniting his body of work. Foy’s later drawings such as "The White Flower," 1949, and Untitled "(Cluster of Leaves)," ca. 1957, demonstrate his shift away from the human figure to natural motifs, which he favored until the mid-1970s. The artist found inspiration in nature’s transitional and transformative states and explored botanical and ecological subjects with a sense of wonder, inventiveness, and precise delineation.

In the late 1940s, Foy began creating commercial illustrations alongside his independent drawings. A selection of his designs for book jackets, record album covers, and magazine illustrations will be displayed publicly for the first time in this exhibition. Notable examples include his 1958 cover design for Romain Gary’s Lady L. and his 1966 illustration “Perfume: The Secret Garden” for Mademoiselle Magazine. Foy’s work began to taper off in the late 1960s, as he began to subordinate his art to his busy life with his partner Leo Lerman, and by 1975, Foy effectively ceased drawing.

The Menil Collection presents "Hyperreal: Gray Foy" opening day

The Menil Collection presents "Hyperreal: Gray Foy," featuring the meticulous and imaginative drawings by midcentury American artist Gray Foy (1922–2012). The exhibition celebrates two recent gifts of nearly 80 drawings and will span the artist’s largely overlooked career, from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Foy’s early works were influenced by Surrealism and often featured contorted bodies in ambiguous exterior or domestic settings. His extraordinary attention to detail, as well as a sense of wartime tension, are evident in "Untitled (Interior with Woman Standing at a Dresser)," 1946, and "Dimensions," ca. 1945–46, his most ambitious drawing from the first half of his career.

Though Foy’s art of the 1940s aligned with Surrealism, the artist preferred to describe his work in terms of “hyper-realism.” This notion of exceeding reality is a key through line uniting his body of work. Foy’s later drawings such as "The White Flower," 1949, and Untitled "(Cluster of Leaves)," ca. 1957, demonstrate his shift away from the human figure to natural motifs, which he favored until the mid-1970s. The artist found inspiration in nature’s transitional and transformative states and explored botanical and ecological subjects with a sense of wonder, inventiveness, and precise delineation.

In the late 1940s, Foy began creating commercial illustrations alongside his independent drawings. A selection of his designs for book jackets, record album covers, and magazine illustrations will be displayed publicly for the first time in this exhibition. Notable examples include his 1958 cover design for Romain Gary’s Lady L. and his 1966 illustration “Perfume: The Secret Garden” for Mademoiselle Magazine. Foy’s work began to taper off in the late 1960s, as he began to subordinate his art to his busy life with his partner Leo Lerman, and by 1975, Foy effectively ceased drawing.

The exhibition will be on display through September 3.

The Silos at Sawyer Yards presents Cheri Randolph: "Fading Traces" opening reception

Photography has the ability to stop time and provides the opportunity to capture something, which could possibly exist for only a moment more. Since our footprints on earth are temporary and buffeted by nature, as well as changing culture, photographer Cheri Randolph allows the viewer to briefly step into another space to discover the fabric of the past. In this way, photography allows the viewer to time travel.

The exhibition will be on display through January 21, 2023.

Jumper Maybach Gallery presents Second Saturday and Artist Talk

As part of Sabine Street Studios’ special holiday Second Saturday event, fine artist Jumper Maybach invites art lovers to visit his gallery and hear a special talk about his unique process and background, bringing art to the world through a variety of mediums, from original art and prints to home decor and fashion accessories.

The studio will be open for extended Second Saturday hours from 12-8 pm, with a 30-minute artist talk beginning at 5 pm.

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Luxe plastic surgery center injects River Oaks with cutting-edge techniques, posh recovery suites, secret access, and more

A-list treatment

With the holiday season in full swing and many prepping for a new look for the new year, image-conscious Houstonians have a new option for cutting-edge cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery in one of Houston’s most elite neighborhoods.

Nuveau Plastic Surgery + Medical Aesthetics, a local leader in cosmetic medical procedures, has quietly opened a sleek new facility in River Oaks (3720 Westheimer Rd.). Owned and operated by renowned (and board-certified) plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Lee, the facility offers myriad reconstructive surgeries for men, women, and children, as well as beauty treatments, touch-ups, and more.

Aside from top-of-the-line technology, instrumentation, and treatments, the boutique center has personalized service and features to the tony RO crowd. A secret entrance ensures privacy for discreet clients, much like similar operations in Los Angeles and New York.

Another top-drawer feature: Tastefully appointed pre-op and post-op suites keep patients in-house, rather than having to leave posh treatment centers and head to crowded hospital rooms for recovery.

In keeping with Lee’s insistence on a medicine-first approach, anesthesia for patients is provided by Medical Anesthesia Associates, an MD-only group.

A cut above

Notably, the center places a primary focus on plastic surgery, which, for the uninitiated, has a clear distinction from cosmetic surgery. Randy Rakes, managing partner, tells CultureMap that it’s important for clients to understand the difference.

“You have to understand, you have to go through hundreds of hours of training and cases — face and the entire body — to get that board certification, and go through rigorous testing in order to meet that specification,” he says.

Why is that important? The industry, Rakes notes, is rife with practitioners such as “OBGYNs or dermatologists or people who have not really been trained in the art of plastic surgery, who take a class somewhere and learn how to do liposuction or a fat transfer — and then they're ‘experts’ in aesthetic surgery.”

That’s especially key when selecting a provider for highly invasive — and potentially serious — procedures such as facelifts, eyelid surgeries, tummy tucks, liposuction, rhinoplasty, breast lifts and augmentations, breast reconstruction, and more, Rakes adds.

In an era of Instagram beauty demands, more choosy clients are opting for streamlining facial features. To that end, Lee is one of a select few surgeons in the U.S. who regularly performs “V-Line '' surgery. The set of procedures, popularized in South Korea where Lee honed many of his skills, aim to narrow the width of the jawline and the face.

Aesthetics with an expert eye

Lee’s elegant, 5,500-square-foot center is adorned with CASA Houston designs, Italian-influenced finishes, and soothing elements evocative of a modern art museum or luxury spa. The facility houses a Visia Skin Analysis Studio and seven treatment suites aesthetic work such as Botox, microneedling, VI peels, Halo Laser Resurfacing, Moxi Non-Ablative Laser, Broad Band Light Photofacials, Coolsculpting, Emsculpt, and more.

Rakes says that his registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and estheticians are elite, by design, as he and Lee insist on credentials. “All of our injectors are licensed in the State of Texas,” he says. “Most places don't have that, the reason being is that they are much more highly skilled than a traditional, regular nurse injector. So they have a much higher skill set. The people who do our lasers and things of that nature have 10 to 15 years of experience, so clients know that they're getting the best possible treatment with the best possible devices — we own every medical device that's considered cutting edge in the industry.”

Facing forward

Rakes, a longtime medical industry processional with a keen eye for trends and technology, says that his clients aren’t just looking for traditional services, but new technologies and treatment, such as PRP and other regenerative therapies. “I think patients are kind of moving a little bit away from the traditional Hyaluronic fillers like Restylane and really looking for something with a more natural approach.”

His treatment teams stimulate collagen with fillers such as Radiesse, “and then we combine that with energy-based devices to even further lift the tissue and work as a synergy between using the injectable and the device, because the combination of both of those things give the patient the best possible results,” Rakes notes. Lee and Rakes also focus facial care on medical-grade skincare brands Alastin, Revision, and Elta MD.

A global scope

Aside from his board certification in plastic surgery, Lee has also trained in craniofacial and pediatric surgery. His medical mission work has taken him to Thailand, Haiti, and Cambodia, where he has performed surgeries for nonprofits such as Operation Smile and Smile Train for those in need.

Those in need of non-traditional treatments can also trust Lee, says Rakes, who points to Lee’s work in the cosmetic and plastic surgery-obsessed Korea. “Some of the Korean techniques are much more advanced than the techniques that are available here in the United States,” says Rakes. “Dr. Lee does a lot of things that other physicians here just don't do.”

Those interested should book early, Rakes advises, as the holiday and new year rush is in full swing. The center offers “pre-buying” slots where clients can reserve space and time. “We’ve been very busy,” says Rakes, noting the local celebs who’ve shared the work they’ve received there on social media. “I think people come here because they know they’re getting the very best treatment and results available.”

Photo courtesy of Nuveau PlasticSurgery + Medical Aesthetics

Nuveau's sleek River Oaks center boasts designs from CASA.

Beloved Houston urban farm toasts local culinary legend with new cooking courses and classroom

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For longtime Houston food insiders, Peg Lee needs no introduction. A lifelong local culinary instructor, she has been a fixture in the food scene since the 1970s, where she (often humorously) led cooking classes at Houston Community College.

She was a no-brainer to found and direct Rice Epicurean's cooking school. And the newly launched Central Market made waves in 2001 by enticing her to launch its now wildly successful cooking school, which, thanks to Lee, has lured top national and international chefs and food names.

Along the way, Lee mentored now well-known chefs such as Robert Del Grande, Greg Martin, and Mark Cox.

Quite apropos, the Houston legend is now the namesake for a new cooking school in one of the city's most beloved urban green sanctuaries, Hope Farms. The Peg Lee Culinary Classroom in Hope Farms' Gathering Barn now hosts field trips, classes, tastings, and free cooking demonstrations for children and adults.

Locals can also book the charming space, spearheaded by Recipe for Success/Hope Farms founder Gracie Cavnar, for cooking parties and cooking classes for anywhere from four to 24 students. Those interested can find more information on classes, which center on Cavnar's passion for healthy eating, and more here.

As for the classroom, visitors can expect a white, farmhouse-style kitchen with custom cabinets and high-end appliances, all reflective of a home kitchen. Butcherblock countertops, matte black accents, and farm-made tables and more adorn the space, while a Wolf Induction cooktop, A GE Café Smart Five-in-One Wall Oven, and other state-of-the-art appliances get folks cooking.

Fittingly, classroom water is tied into the farm's new rainwater capture system for the ultimate in sustainability.

“Peg was one of my earliest mentors in the imagining and crafting of what Recipe for Success Foundation would become,” Cavnar noted in a statement. “Then, when we began programing, she rolled up her sleeves and got to work, helping us teach children to cook and bringing her many resources to help us raise money and awareness for our efforts. It is my deepest honor to pay her tribute with the naming of our classroom.”

New craft brewery bringing 'bold American beer,' Texas comfort food, live music, and more to Sugar Land

Sugar land's new craft brewery

Houston’s growing craft brewery scene will add a new outpost in Sugar Land. Talyard Brewing Co. recently began construction on a 15,000-square-foot production and tap room that will open in early 2024.

Located in Imperial, a massive mixed-use development on the site of the former Imperial Sugar refinery, Talyard will occupy a three-and-a-half acre site that will include a beer garden with shaded seating areas, pickle ball courts, a playground, and a stage for live entertainment.

Principals Keith Teague and Chuck Laughter are Sugar Land natives and neighbors who bring experience from the business world to Talyard. In a release, Teague says that intend to serve “bold American beer” paired with a food menu of Texas comfort food made from locally sourced ingredients.

“We want to push the boundaries of style and tradition by combining old practices and new,” Teague added.

Ultimately, the brewery’s 20-barrel brewhouse will be capable of producing 10,000 barrels per year. For now, brew master Sean Maloney is dialing in recipes on a test system. Formerly of 8th Wonder Brewing, Maloney has been working on the West Coast and recently finished the World Brewing Academy’s Master Brewer Program, administered by the Siebel Institute in Chicago and the Doemens Academy in Munich.

“As I’m sure is the case for many ventures like ours, the idea of starting a craft brewery was hatched over beers in the backyard,” Teague said. “Sean attended high school with Chuck’s son, and over the years, we’d see him at family gatherings during the holidays when he was visiting from the West Coast. Those backyard beer sessions turned into area brewery tours together, and eventually the idea of sharing our passion here locally was born.”

Talyard will add to Imperial’s extensive entertainment options. The area also includes Constellation Field, home to the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, a weekly farmers market, and the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.