HANH ART + RETAIL THERAPY CELEBRATES EXPANSION IN BRIGHT COLOR WITH HOUSTON DYNAMO SOCCER STARS
By Connie Kwan-Wong | Photography by Quy Tran, Omar Marcos | Date: September 17, 2015
Houston award winning artist Hanh Tran invited a host of guests to celebrate in bright color the expansion of her brand into a 970-Square-Foot ‘Art + Retail Therapy’ gallery, with an event that evoked many of the artists trademark characteristics. Among guests were friends of the artist, Houston Dynamo’s Kofi Sarkodie and Michael Lisch, along with TV's Rita Garcia, Rashi Vatts, Darian Ward and Daniel Gotera.
The artist showcased an exhibition to include her signature oil on canvas paintings in Heavy, sweeping, broad strokes of thick oil paint that creates a three-dimentional affect. The works depicted nature, people and abstract expressionism. The artist also showcased her ‘wearable art’ pieces of painted handbags, bracelets and homeware.
Guests were treated to a champagne reception offered by Ouisies table, following a walk down the ‘blue carpet’ after a luxurious welcome by Porsche who participated in the event. Neal Hamil painted models wearing dresses splashed in bright paint, created for the event by the artist greeted guests.
Violinist Kelsey Maxwell kept the guests entertained throughout the evening as they enjoyed sumptuous bites courtesy of Del Fresco’s Grill, Ousies Table and cocktails provided by Deep Eddie Vodka. In celebration of the occasion a ‘Hanh Art + Retail' cake was created for the event by Edible Moments inspired by the artists work, “floating on contentment.’
The Hanh Gallery first opened a ‘by appointment only’ space in 2005, however following the expansion of her accessories line, combined with the launching of her twice monthly painting parties, and painting therapy classes, she required a space that would combine all of her offerings together with the opportunity to collaborate with other retailers. The artist commented, “I’m delighted to take this next step on this journey and to share it with others. I am excited to offer Houston a space where art can be enjoyed not just through the exhibits but the opportunity to share my passion with others and ignite their creativity through creating their own work.”