In 1991, Nancy and Oliver Goldesberry opened an art gallery because they believed Houston needed a place where locals could see the expressive possibilities of crafting in clay, metal and wood. Today the beachhead they established has been extended to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and hundreds of local artists experimenting to create sculpture, jewelry and installations that touch us in profound ways.
The Gallery is noted for representing craft artists who bring not only the human touch but an awareness of the spirit to their work. Among their oldest friends is Robert Weimerskirch, whose totemic sculptures have been recently succeeded by vivid expressionistic paintings which you can find at the gallery. The clay sculptures of Kenneth Baskin remind us of industrial forging equipment, civilized to be companionable, and the wall-mounted ceramics of Dennis Smith seem to be antiques that have taken on a weird life of their own.
For their 20th anniversary exhibit, Oliver and Nancy have brought the most recent sculptures of Michigan-based Mark Chatterley who contemplates the cycle of life in his sculpture. You'll find Oliver
at the front desk on most days, happy to show you around, and even share his expertise as an interior designer.
Nancy and Oliver look forward to forging even stronger connections between art lovers and artists who are working in the world of fine craft. They've helped many of us feel comfortable buying art to enrich our lives.
Photos by Christine Tremoulet