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MEET RON ELLIO'S OF ELLIO'S FINE ART IN RICE VILLAGE

MEET RON ELLIO'S OF ELLIO'S FINE ART IN RICE VILLAGE

June 07, 2021

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron ELLIO Fine Art.

Ron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began the company in 1980 after 10 years with a New York publishing company dealing primarily with small edition original prints. Since my degree is in painting, those years provided invaluable business experience and clientele required to start the company. During my first visit to New York in 1970, it was recommended that I read an interview with the renowned dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. When asked how he came to be an art dealer, the essence of his answer was “…to be an intermediary between (artists) and the public, to clear their way and to spare them financial anxieties. If the profession of art dealer has any moral justification, it can only be that.” This appeared to me to be the very thing I was looking to do and it came with the benefit of being morally justifiable. That immediately became and remains our mission statement.

Has it been a smooth road?
A few years ago, I read an interview with someone of note in the fashion industry. I assume he was approximately the age I am now, because when asked a similar question about his career, he replied that it was only in being able to look back over his career in decades that he realized it couldn’t have happened any other way. I felt that this was somehow profound. I feel very fortunate that I can honestly say the road has been mostly smooth. I credit this primarily to the wonderful city of Houston and the extraordinary group of people who have devoted their careers to this company.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ELLIO Fine Art, Inc. – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Today we represent approximately 50 artists: painters, sculptors and printmakers working throughout the United States and Europe. I’m most proud of the longstanding relationships we enjoy with this group of artists, as well as the many relationships, we so value, with clients who have become our close friends through the years.

Our conceptual aspirations are expressed by a tagline in our logo, “Encouraging Thoughtful Perception.” We encourage those who are interested in enriching their lives to take advantage of the unique opportunity the gallery’s concept has to offer.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I moved from here from Dallas in 1971. My favorite thing about this city is its people and the warmth they exude. We feel so fortunate to have participated in varied ways within the community, particularly regarding opportunities to support and partner with the many charities and organizations that help make Houston such a world class city.

I try to stay positive, so it’s difficult for me to answer a question which so pointedly asks for a negative one. However, there are a few things, like leaf blowers, machines that make unnecessary loud beeping noises when in reverse and those people who feel obligated to share their cell phone conversations with everyone within a fifty foot radius. That said, this “least” list is ubiquitous in our society as a whole, and not peculiar to our city.

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SCAPED SENSES

SCAPED SENSES

June 07, 2021

"Scaped Senses" is an interactive art installation conceived by artists Nicola Parente and Tami Merrick. Community workshops created 1,700 painted PVC grass strands surrounding the labyrinth mulched walking paths. Over 600 feet of recycled vinyl signs were painted by YES Prep East End students working with art instructor Michael Healey. The painted vinyls were woven into a central basket sculpture by volunteers. Visitors are invited on a meditative walk into the center of the labyrinth.

The installation is on view through January 19, 2018. Learn more on on the official page.

In loving memory of Josue Flores (2004-2016)

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THE ARTIST'S WEST-INSPIRED WOODSCAPES EXHIBIT IN HOUSTON COINCIDES WITH THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO.

THE ARTIST'S WEST-INSPIRED WOODSCAPES EXHIBIT IN HOUSTON COINCIDES WITH THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO.

June 07, 2021

Fine artist Jeffrey Brosk has always lived in New York City, but he has identified with and celebrated the West in his art since his first trip there in 1971. Geographically, his fourth-floor studio in SoHo is far removed from the deserts, mesas, valleys, and mountains he loves. But spiritually, while he’s creating, it’s close indeed. Of late, Brosk has been working on West-inspired woodscapes for a show in Houston he purposely scheduled to coincide with the city’s 2018 rodeo and livestock show. “This was done because of the big influence the Western landscape has had on my work — and also because I have not missed that rodeo for 25 years,” he says. In anticipation of his upcoming exhibition, we talked with Brosk about how the Western landscape became his muse.

“As a young architecture grad student in the early 1970s, I had volunteered to work for Paolo Soleri, a well-known visionary architect, doing construction at the Arcosanti project near Prescott, Arizona. I thought if I was to be an architect I needed some building experience. I did learn about pouring concrete and other construction methods, but the most important experience was seeing the expansive Western landscape for the first time. This experience was the most important visual event in my career. It totally changed my artistic and spiritual view of the world. I cannot overemphasize the spiritual impact the Western landscape had and continues to have on my life view. It remains my spiritual and aesthetic guide.

“When I turned from architecture to fine art, I initially used wood as a medium because it was more affordable than concrete and steel. But I started to be drawn to the beauty of it and was taken with the possibility of collaborating with wood as a distillation of the larger notion of nature. Today, my whole body of work in wood can be seen as an homage to the Western landscape — it is abstracted and distilled in all my pieces. In some, I have undulated wood to bring to mind the wavelike prairies. In others, wood that has been stained then partially sanded can evoke the sky or flowing rivers. The texture and grain of the wood might recall details in canyon walls or the light and shadow of the plains.

“My wife, Patti, and I often horseback ride and hike in remote areas of Western states to experience the beauty, spiritual nature of the landscape, and the power of the expansive vistas. I’m always learning visual lessons on these outings. The first time I saw Monument Valley, I realized that a sculpture should have an impact from a distance, and that when you approach it there should be details that are not visible until you get closer. The Western landscape has taught me so much — not just about things like perspective, scale, and the play of light and shadow, but also about myself and how to live life every day.

“The exploration of the power and majesty of nature in the western United States is critical to my inspiration. There is beauty in all environments, but the Western landscape touches something in my inner soul that has been a continual blessing.”

Jeffrey Brosk’s one-man show Shadow Space will be on view March 8 through April 7, at Ellio Fine Art Inc. in Houston. Find more on the artist at jeffreybrosk.com and jeffbrosk.com.

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ELLIO'S WEDDING VENUE GIVEAWAY

ELLIO'S WEDDING VENUE GIVEAWAY

June 07, 2021

ELLIO'S Fine Art is pleased to giveaway use of The Annex for a wedding free* of charge, in the Fall of 2020 or the Spring of 2021! We have witnessed an abundance of kindness, generosity, and perseverance over the past weeks, and feel inspired to offer some hope and happiness during this difficult time.

Understanding that many weddings have been postponed or cancelled due to Covid 19 scheduling conflicts and financial hardships, we hope this shines a light for all brides and grooms to be!

TO ENTER:

1) Like the instagram post

2) Follow Gremillion & Co.

3) Comment with your dream wedding date or if you are entering for a friend/family, tag them in the post

April 23rd is the last day to enter and the lucky couple will be announced April 24th

 

*WEDDING VENUE GIVE AWAY DETAILS

Winner of the wedding venue giveaway will have the opportunity to host their special day surrounded by our dynamic collection of contemporary art paired with unique architecture. The 6,000 square foot Annex Building features an upstairs, downstairs and adjoining sculpture garden that accommodates larger groups of up to 150 guests for weddings and receptions. ($6,000 value)

Venue giveaway does not include security guards, valet, the use of the IBC Bank parking garage (required) and catering. Some restrictions are required including a hold harmless indemnity document for the event that must be signed as well as insured and bonded caterers and bar service, all detailed below.

The Annex (upstairs, downstairs, and sculpture garden) for a three-hour party, includes 2-3 hours for setup beforehand and 1-2 hours for cleanup after event.

 

Requirements:
Please note that all required documents must be signed 30 days prior to the event. If the event is planned with less than 30 days remaining, all required documents are due the same day as the booking of the event.

Insurance and Rental Requirements:

§   Renter must sign an Indemnity & Hold Harmless Agreement.

§   Caterer must provide a $1,000,000.00 minimum Certificate of Liability Insurance with Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. listed as the Certificate Holder.

§   Renter must present a $1,000,000.00 minimum Certificate of Liability Event Insurance with Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. listed as the Certificate Holder, including liquor liability.

Catering:

§   Renter will be charged a $500.00 cleanup deposit if a non-preferred caterer is used.

§   Caterers may not cook inside of the gallery. We recommend an outdoor popup tent for any cooking needs.

Cleaning/Trash:

§   • Renter or caterer is responsible for cleanup and excessive trash, and their own trash bags.

Parking/Valet:

§   Renter must use valet parking for groups over 20 guests.

§   Those who have received a discounted or donated rental must pay for the use of the IBC parking garage for $200 plus tax.

Security:

§   Renter is required to hire security at the price of $35/hr. per guard with a minimum of 4 hours paid by check or cash day before the event. Number of guards needed is based on the gallery’s discretion. Two guards must be present if there is alcohol served. Security must begin shift 30 minutes prior to the event and must be present during event breakdown until the gallery is officially closed.

Vendor Rules:

§   Ellio Fine Art, Inc. must approve vendors contracted prior to the event. All companies must     carry proof of insurance, applicable health certificates and local business licenses.

§  Ellio & Co. Fine Art, Inc.’s rental agreement supersedes any contract a renter may arrange with other vendors.

§  Ellio & Co. Fine Art, Inc. must be advised of any deliveries planned prior to the setup time.

§   All vendors must pick up rentals between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. the next business day to respect our neighbors.

§   Tape/adhesive is not allowed on the floors.

 

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