Friday, December 24, 2010

Artist Kevin Peterson Wins BEST OF SHOW at Bayou City Arts Fesitval 2010

We're so happy for Kevin Peterson, a featured Houston artist at Wonderwild since Day One. Everyone at Wonderwild has been so enamored with his artwork (the term obsessed is more like it!). You can find more about Kevin here.

Here's what Kevin has to say about his own work:
My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It's about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Loving the bread

Heights got a little cooler with the addition of Kraftsmen's new bakery on 22nd and Lamar. Chef Scott Tycer and his wife Annika have made the Kraftsmen in Montrose (outside dining area) and this new location two of the best places to eat with your kids in Houston. The place is airy and open, sort of like a hip place you'd find in Brooklyn, NY. This is a great place to bring the kids as they have a small area dedicated to the little ones. But better than that are their selection of baked goods that appeal to all ages. One tip: try the monkey bread. It's darn good. And if you have to share it with your kids, it breaks off easily into bite-sized pieces and doesn't get crumbs everywhere like muffins or croissants.

The last time I went to visit, two staff members were on the dock next to the bakery refurbishing old chairs. Like I said, it reminds me of the cool places in Brooklyn, NY.