The women-run Houston Art Gallery is building a community of art lovers with special exhibitions and events galore

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IIt seems like Houston is bursting at the seams with art and culture, with galleries across the city displaying incredible talent and creativity. ELLIO Fine arta trendsetter in the Houston art gallery, celebrates its first birthday this November.

ELLIO was founded in 2021 by Trish Matute with the help of her esteemed former collaborators and art lovers Harwood Taylor and Brian Freeze. With a vision to celebrate art’s profound purpose, Matute’s goal is to open an art gallery in her hometown. Her vision began to come to life when she came across a dream location in a historic building in a prime Houston location, right on the Bayou at 3201 Allen Parkway. The 100-year-old building was formerly the home of the Stages Theater and the Children’s Museum.

Matute partnered with a pro bono branding agency and off we went to the races. Despite the daunting mission of opening a gallery while the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing.

“It really all came together,” says Matute. “While it has been difficult to open a gallery during a pandemic, all doors have opened up for us. The community has been incredibly supportive and artists we’ve worked with wanted to join us on this journey – as did fantastic new talent.”

Matute envisioned ELLIO as a place where people can come to see new art and serious collectors looking for their next addition.

“We love it when people just stop by and talk about artists and artworks,” says Matute. “We always want to create a space where people feel welcome to just be with the art.”

Welcoming the community to the gallery and introducing Houstonians to new art is now the mission of the ELLIO team. Focused on building community and relationships, the gallery shows people all the benefits that art has to offer aside from being just visually stimulating.

The 1,500 square meter gallery usually has at least 50 works of art on display at any one time. By up to 30 artists from all media and disciplines. From sculpture and painting to prints and photography.

Since opening, the gallery has hosted several solo exhibitions, including New York painter and photographer Leslie Parke, Texas sculptor Tara Conley, and Houston painter Joan Steinman. In just one year, ELLIO has invited artists from across the nation as well as a few from Europe.

In August, ELLIO held its first group show during The Heights’ White Linen Night Party, which focused on art, music and community.

ELLIO even plays a role in the commissioning and management of a huge public art. The gallery commissioned artist Ender Martos to undertake a major public art project commissioned by a technology-focused Fortune 500 company. Entitled “Rebirth of Technology,” the 30′ x 25′ outdoor sculpture is constructed of steel, limestone and LED lighting.

Kicking off a new art season, ELLIO recently engaged Texas multidisciplinary artist Sarah Sudhoff for a solo exhibition titled Material Witness in conjunction with fotofest, featuring work by the Cuban-American multidisciplinary artist. Sarah received a grant from the City of Houston, funded by the Houston Arts Alliance, to further explore the issue of domestic violence through her artwork and to engage with the community. 10% of proceeds from the exhibit, which ended in October, went to support the Houston Area Women’s Center’s mission.

As for the future of ELLIO, the talented, art-loving trip has big plans. After a groundbreaking first year, the gallery has big plans to continue its mission of bringing a diverse group of artists to the forefront and nurturing valuable relationships with its collectors.

The Color Box Group Show, scheduled to take place on November 11th to celebrate the gallery’s one year anniversary, will benefit the Coolxdads Organization with an artsy cool vibe.

In addition to this month’s celebratory group show, the gallery is hosting a solo show by Houston artist John Pavlicek. In 2023, the first show of the year will be a solo show by Houston artist LaMonte French, the first artist to join ELLIO Fine Art.

Yes, the art just keeps coming at ELLIO.

See ELLIO Fine Art for more information full website or visit the gallery at 3201 Allen Parkway Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also arrange a private tour with one of the gallery’s consultants to see new works of art in the impressive rooms.

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