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ART FEEL: Art Exhibit at Eccentric Art Gallery runs through June

June 8, 2018

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ART SEE: The selected works of artists Douglas Walton, Joseph Kraham, Candance Gardemal, Lynn Krupa, Paula Pilllow, Victoria Kovalenchikova and Kellie Nedd are on display at South Woodlands Art Gallery (SWAG) in Oak Ridge North through the end of June.

The two-year old SWAG is an interesting concept for an art gallery. During the day, the space is a series of individual rooms that link together to form Salon Beaux Cheveux. However, each room has a beautiful, large custom door that can slide to hide the shampoo bowls and styling swivel chairs in it to cleverly transform the building’s hallways into a rectangular art gallery for evening exhibits. Such was the case several when SWAG celebrated its latest exhibit with a party. Not one blow dryer was seen or heard as SWAG-repped artists sipped champagne and ate customized macarons, chatted up their art for sale and rubbed elbows with area art patrons and enthusiasts.

SWAG is the brainchild of Salon Beaux Cheveux owner, stylist and Spring resident Kellie Nedd. She is also a mixed media artist herself and owner and director of SWAG. Her assistant director is Chris Carrillo, formerly of Laura Rathe Art Gallery in Houston. Together, they have curated 25 works in “The Selected” exhibit that runs through June.

Like the aforementioned sliding doors, the whole SWAG operation is similar to a Rubik’s Cube. For example, if a piece represented by SWAG is of interest, Nedd or Carrillo can easily move it from the hallway gallery to a nearby alcove where, in its new position, there is greater distance for the potential buyer to stand and examine the art work to further contemplate a purchase. In keeping with this rotation spirit, every six weeks, Nedd and Carrillo hope to offer up a new exhibit to the north Houston art scene.

With 15 hair stylists with multiple clients perusing the art works each day, the artists represented at the space are getting incredible exposure to a cross-section of the area’s population. And the art for sale, by default, serves a myriad of purposes to the public—from education to entertainment and decoration and of course, potential investment.

Although selling art in an alternative venue is not something new—many restaurants and coffee houses across the globe have walls filled with art for sale—what does feel new is the spirit in which SWAG was conceived: an artist selling other artists’ works alongside her’s in a space where the art of hair styling is performed—giving the whole conceit a scene-within-a-scene composition.

There is a quirky, homespun “can do” Texas essence at SWAG. With four pieces from “The Selected” exhibit already sold, Nedd and Carrillo are inadvertently telling art snobs everywhere that you can indeed pair great art with great hair and have great success.

SWAG is free to the public and open Mondays 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., Tuesdays - Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit SWAG at 27562 Robinson Road in Oak Ridge North (although technical address says Conroe) and visit Facebook for further information.