Yep, Glass Art and Beads is 13 years old in August! Six of those years we have been here at The Marketplace mini-mall. And we’ve morphed over the years. We started as a little art store that featured artwork by a few Houston artists including my husband and me. Now we are twice our original size and feature over a dozen artists and hundreds of original resale art, decor, and curiosities.
This August we are proud to display Rikki Mitman’s newest creations, Hobo Codes. She recreated the painted symbols used by Hobo’s since the 1930′s to give other hobo’s heads-up about towns along the railroad, their main mode of transportation. Rikki’s medium is enamel on copper mounted on reclaimed, wire-brushed redwood. Pictured here are the first eight we had in the store. We sold most of these last two weekends. Rikki has since made another nine, which are in the store right now.
The top red Hobo Code reads “Get out of town!”. From left to right on the bottom: “Campground”, “Jobs Available” and “Doctor”.
Besides August being our birthday, it’s also our mini-mall’s Hot August event. This year it’s going to be a sidewalk sale. We have recently added quite a few new stores to our mall. Our Hot August Sidewalk Sale will be the perfect time to show off the many diverse stores we have at The Marketplace. Besides the dozen or so artists featured in our Glass Art and Beads store, the mall has two wonderful potters, a stained glass maker, lovely handmade and vintage jewelry, painters and so much more. That’s on top of all the antiques and collectibles. Did I mention free food and drink? Yep.
Today I’ve been busy getting information out about our Glass Art and Beads 13th birthday this month. I came across some pictures I took at our store recently. Besides the dozen or so artists we feature in our store we also have hundreds of art resale, glass, pottery and interesting items from around the world. These pictures give you a glance at some of the wonderful pieces I’ve gathered in one place.
Our store is a rather wandering type of place. Our main store is up front on the main drag of our mini-mall. Down an alleyway we also have a large glass alcove where we display all our colored glass for sale. In the afternoons, when the sun is setting, the room is charged with bright colorful light. I hang some Swarovski crystal here and there to create those great rainbows.
And then there is a small store we call our “Blue Room” with it’s large collection blue and white Asian, English and European items.
We have a pottery “corner” and “Miniatures Wall” where we display over a hundred very tiny things. Up front, right outside our door, I have one of my favorite displays of Mexican and South American pieces. It just goes on and on. We hope you’ll stop by our store on your way through Houston. We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Check our “Store in Houston” for more information.
We are all so excited about this coming weekend at The Market Place mall. If you’ve been to our mini-mall before you know that every unique little store is owned by a small business entrepreneur. Some opened just a year or two ago; some over 30 years ago. From antiques to eclectic art and decor, we each love what we sell, and love what we do. Please come and visit our wonderful world this coming weekend.
Annual Christmas Extravaganza!
December 19 and 20, 2015, Saturday & Sunday
10 am to 5 pm
at The Market Place
10910 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77043
Free Food and Drink!
Don will be demonstrating how he makes Lampwork Beads.
Ann will show you how she creates Clay Flowers.
Gigi and other artists will be demonstrating their art too.
And Sales! And Sales! And Sales! And Sales!
Each store owner has a sale going! At Glass Art and Beads we represent over 15 artists so there are a wide array of original gifts. Along with original art, we offer really awesome resale items. I love display and decor pieces from around the world. At Glass Art and Beads we’ve created inviting niches all around our store to show off our resale. Yes, it’s that great! So, on Saturday and Sunday we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate towards any resale treasure for every $100.00 you spend in our store. Ann, The Clay Flower Lady store just two doors away from us, is making the same offer.
Please come and visit with us this weekend and enjoy all the wonderful comradery and outright fun we have when we celebrate our Annual Christmas Extravaganza!