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Carol McKee's "Fire and Ice"

Holiday-Hip Tip: "Wham" Bam!

by Constance Shook | Houston magazine | November 11, 2011

Kicking off the holiday shopping season for culture vultures, non-profit art org Spacetaker's three-day Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) touts works by more than 60 local artists, luring thousands of art lovers through a maze of paintings, sculptures, fabric art, photography and pottery Nov. 18-20.

Among the artists featured is painter and sculptor Kelley Devine, whose work was featured on the cover of Houston magazine last year. Devine's recent pieces include acrylic paintings and drawings centered around themes of femininity.

Meanwhile, Lisa Chow's playful sense of imagination and storytelling is evident in her colorful up-for-grabs collection of abstract paintings and drawings, the likes of which have been commissioned by big-name bizzes like Urban Outfitters.

And Carol McKee's oil paintings take many shapes and sizes: Some are tall, skinny and multi-paneled, while others, like "Fire and Ice," pictured, are a wash of color on epic-scale canvases.

Tickets to WHAM's preview party Nov. 18 from 6-10PM are $20. The market is staged at Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter St., 713.868.1839).