This morning was the 11th session of Houston’s Creative Mornings, an international organization of talks based around a changing monthly theme. This month’s talk on Education was at the Museum of Fine Arts and, being just a few blocks away, I jumped at the chance to get one of the coveted tickets to the free event. Considering that last month I managed to miss it by trying to reserve a ticket the day after reservations opened, I was thrilled to make it to this one.
Greeted with gifts (a cute wooden ornament! temporary tattoos! free notebook!) and an interesting breakfast spread (I’m not sure what that nut-toffee concoction was, but it was good) provided by the event’s generous sponsors, I sat back in the theater eager to hear the morning’s talk. I seemed to have forgotten that gathering creatives is like herding cats, because the 8:30 event probably started somewhere more along the lines of 9:17 or so, but I won’t complain. The show started with an acoustic set by Peter Tijerina of Young Girls, whose short songs carried emotion well within their constraints. The talk itself was given by Jay Berckley of Episcopal High School (as well as impressive musical experience) in a last minute switch. For a talk that was apparently arranged for yesterday, the man is a damn good public speaker. The full talk will be on the CMHouston site relatively soon (all sessions have full videography), and I highly recommend seeing his high energy talk on inspiring youth and bringing creative sparks into their lives.
After the talk we were all offered tours of the museum itself, which was taken up by surprisingly few people–I’m guessing most people had things like work to attend to, but I was more than happy to be guided around some of the works. I have a feeling my tour, consisting half of Monet paintings, may have been designed partially to encourage us to buy tickets to the Monet exhibit currently at the museum. Nevertheless, we got an interesting little tour comparing various portraits and impressionist works by our very quick-footed tour guide. I’m honestly surprised we didn’t lose anyone in the tour, and it was still longer than the 45 minutes that were apparently set for the tour. Nevertheless, the museum’s galleries are gorgeous, and I wouldn’t mind taking a more leisurely tour in the future.
I lucked out as I was going back to my car in that the Glassell art school maintained by the museum was doing their student art sale, which was a real treat. The show extends through tomorrow, and there are a large number of art pieces for various budgets available–I’m personally horribly envious of whomever of you takes home Owl and Woodnymph, an oil painting I would have snatched up if it weren’t for the claws of grad student budget and Christmas time frame. In addition to oils, there are watercolors, sketches, statues, ceramics, and jewelry available, so if you have the chance to head over and spend anything from $15-1500, definitely give the gallery a look. If you’re broke like me, looking is always free, and the sculpture garden out back is a grand place to sit around after.