Houston’s Only Black Female Owned Gallery is Showing Diverse Art Power — Bisong Makes an Impact

Bisong Art Gallery, located in Houston’s historic Warehouse District, is all about featuring a diverse lineup. Expect a balance of new and established Houston artists showcasing abstract, figurative, and realist works, with something for everyone.

Owner Carla Bisong opened her namesake gallery in 2013 after working 13 years in investment banking. Bisong’s first love has always been art — a passion she developed at a young age. In her childhood home, she became intrigued by how calm her mother’s seascapes made her feel.

Growing up, she made frequent visits to The Menil Collection, Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Artist Talk and Special Remarks from Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

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March 12, 2021

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Bisong Art Gallery artist talk to feature solo exhibitor Wayne Bell and presentation of resolution to gallery by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Houston’s longest-running, Black, female-owned commercial art gallery and owner to be honored with official Harris County resolution during evening artist reception on March 22

Houston, TX— The Bisong Art Gallery, located in the Warehouse District’s original Erie Ironworks Building, (1305 Sterrett Street), will present solo exhibitor Wayne Bell for an artist talk about his body of work, W.A.T.E.R.: What are the Expectations after Rebirth, on March 22, 2021, 5-7p.m. During the event, the

gallery and its founder, Carla Bisong, will be honored for long levity in and impact on the arts sector, via special presentation of a formal, official resolution by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Commissioner Ellis will attend and make remarks.

“As the gallery celebrates its seventh year of operation, we are energized to have the opportunity to support regional artists like Wayne Bell who share Bisong Art Gallery’s commitment to elevating access to the arts for all,” said gallery founder Carla Bisong. “It is also a distinct honor to welcome Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis to our space to make remarks as he presents us with an official resolution. This is a special moment to celebrate, as we mark our time as Houston’s longest-running sole proprietor of a Black, female-owned commercial art gallery, right here in Downtown Houston. Warehouse District eager to share WayneBell’s artwork, as well!”

Artist Wayne Bell’s color-rich, abstract oil works are grouped to allow the viewer to observe and analyze both close-up and from afar the perceptions created at first glance and in-depth, upon more extensive analysis. Distantly reminiscent of certain Mark Rothko-employed color blending and layering techniques, the artist allows the viewer to consider an initial “surface” reaction versus deeper color plays and meanings via the titles of each work. Bell will discuss the body of work and be available to take a deeper dive per work, including his standout piece “Beautiful Like Me” during his March 22 artist talk and reception.

Masks are required for entry, and all facility safeguards remain intact. Open to the public, but RSVP is strongly recommended to reserve your guest slot. To RSVP, please email info@bisonggallery.com.

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The Bisong Art Gallery |Downtown Houston | Warehouse District | 1305 Sterrett Wednesday-Saturday:1pm–5p.m. |Available by appointment. | Tel.:713.498.3015

Art Valet: It’s an eventful time in Houston’s Art scene.

Lauren Luna recently announced that she accepted positions as an art professor at Lone Star and San Jacinto colleges. Luna is known for her Houston skyline paintings and murals.

Luna teamed up with Carla Bisong, owner of Bisong Art Gallery, to form D.R.E.A.M. Affect Foundation. Their goal is to encourage minorities to pursue degrees in the arts by providing scholarships for high school seniors who plan to major in fine arts in college.

Luna and Bisong host an annual art auction featuring local well-known artists to raise money for the chosen student. The Second Annual Scholarship Fundraiser is Saturday, Jan. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at Bisong Art Gallery, 1305 Sterrett St. Visit their website, dreamaffect.org, for information on applying for the scholarship.

Redfin: How to Incorporate Art into Your Home

“Art does not have to match the couch. If a work of art moves you, buy it. The biggest mistake I see in homes are paintings being displayed too high on the wall. The middle of the painting should be at eye level.”

– Carla Bisong, Bisong Art Gallery

Contact us at (713) 498-3015 or info@bisonggallery.com for more information.