|White Linen Nights in The Heights, 2012.|
It was white hot indeed on August 4th 2012, when The Heights neighborhood of Houston (where I live) hosted their annual end of summer festival "White Linen Nights". Every shop, restaurant, and art gallery opened their doors and offered refreshments and entertainment to what seemed like the whole city! Each year, the White Linen Nights festival lets me discover a new feature of my neighborhood, and this year was no different:
The old Georgian Sunday School near my house (built in the late 1890's) had stood neglected and decaying for years, but in recent weeks the building had seen a lot of work and renovation. On the days leading up to the festival, white banners were hung on the facade, signifying that the building would be open for visitors. I was excited to see what new venture had been installed in the old school house, and happy that the old building had been given a second chance at life:
Nizza Mosaic Studio in The Houston Heights.
While the upper floors still function as a Sunday School, the bottom floor turned out to be a Mosaic studio and gallery; its owner and director Roxana Nizza was very kind to show me around and talk to me about her beautiful work. Roxana comes from an artistic family, and has been creating mosaics since 1995; her new gallery functions as a working studio and showcases her work and the work of several local artists, and offers classes for all levels of mosaic students.
A Medieval hunting scene is slowly developing on Roxana's table.
Roxana Nizza, owner of Nizza Mosaic Studio, stands next an artists conceptual sketch for her current mosaic project.
We bid good bye to Roxana and her artistic friends, and walked out into the night. The usually quiet streets were now bustling with thousands of Houstonians, joyfully celebrating in the sultry summer air.
The scene on White Oak Drive.