Nearly 80 exhibiting galleries gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, a chance for the local community to get a look at dynamic creations from around the country. Installations—such as Troy Stanley's gently moving Zephyr and R.MUTT, Buster Graybill's urban escape vehicle—contribute to the vast diversity of exhibit, during which guests can simultaneously enjoy the art and shop.
And if all that art seems a bit overwhelming, you can take part in TCAFs robust weekend of events, all designed to offer additional insight, link pieces thematically, and grant access to some of the fair's most exciting artists and curators. The "Under $5,000" tour highlights some of the collection's most dynamic and affordable pieces, and the "Artist Residencies" panel brings together four experts to discuss the impact of residency programs on their communities. You can also listen in as one of Houston's top gallery owners offers insight on the contemporary-art world and top-secret sculptor handshakes in her "Insider Information" talk.
Lauded by People magazine in 2010, Children's Museum of the East End strives to promote learning through play, propelling kids throughout 4,000 square feet of classrooms and interactive exhibits designed for toddling tykes aged 0 and older. At some of the museum's 13 permanent exhibits, kids can strike a chord at the Musical Forest, crest rolling waves at a seafaring ship, paint a creative masterpiece at the drop-in art studio, and crawl up through a hollowed-out log into a tree house. Along other erudite roads, windmills spill their revolutionary secrets and potatoes metamorphose into potato chips when taunted with persistent crinkling of a cellophane bag. Outdoor mazes and gardens liberate cooped-up minds, freeing them to scamper along twisted trails and fragrant greens.
During your tasting for two ($5 value per person), you'll sample five different red and whites from Osprey's superb selection. The award-winning grapen goodness is culled from lively vinifera vines creeping across the 90-acre grape growery. Spend time sipping in Osprey's comfortable tasting room and scouring the sky above the sun-bathed rows of green for soaring ospreys, who guard grapes from liquor-loving kobolds. The take-home bottle of 2006 reserve chardonnay ($15 value), a full-bodied sip that's ripe with aromas of tropical fruit, toasted oak, and vanilla, has a well-balanced acidity that pairs well with seafood and sea-smoothed stones. Check Osprey's Dominion's schedule of events to see when there's live music.
• Saturday, August 20, at 4 p.m. • Friday, August 26, at 8 p.m. • Saturday, August 27, at 4 p.m. • Tuesday, August 30, at 8 p.m. • Wednesday, August 31, at 2 p.m. • Wednesday, August 31, at 8 p.m. • Friday, September 2, at 8 p.m. • Saturday, September 3, at 8 p.m. • Sunday, September 4, at 7 p.m.