The old show business comment, “He stole the show,” took on new meaning at Booker-Lowe Gallery, when the seventeen Australian Aboriginal paintings for the long-scheduled “Desert Dreamings” exhibition, disappeared from the front porch of the gallery, where they were left by a postal employee despite the gallery being closed that day.
“We were devastated,” said gallery owner Nana Booker, “but fortunately, the artists co-operative at Yuendumu in Australia’s central desert, agreed that ‘the show must go on’, and are working hard to rush us a new collection of paintings. We know the artists’ work well, but don’t yet have images of the new paintings, so the show will be a bit of a surprise for everyone!”
“Desert Dreamings: Paintings by Aboriginal Artists of Yuendumu” will open with an Australian wine reception, 5:30-7:30 pm, Thursday, 26 September, at the gallery located in the convenient Rice Military neighborhood at 4623 Feagan Street, Houston. Desert Dreamings will run through to Thursday, 14 November.
During the reception, representatives from Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) will conduct a drawing for two free tickets to the Broadway musical, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” depicting the outrageous and fun adventures of three friends (female impersonators) traveling through Australia’s outback to a gig in the central desert town of Alice Springs. “Priscilla” will open Sunday, 29 September, and run through Saturday, 12 October, at the Hobby Center. More information and tickets can be found via the TUTS website.
According to Booker, who also serves as Australia’s Honorary Consul for Texas, “ ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is an iconic Australian film, and has been recreated as an adult-theme musical. Priscilla features Tony Award-winning costumes, terrific and memorable songs, and a great message about friendship. When we heard ‘Priscilla’ was coming to Houston, we decided the timing was perfect for a new exhibition of colorful Australian desert art by our friends at Yuendumu.”
Booker-Lowe is the longest-running Australian Aboriginal art gallery in the Americas, and stocks hundreds of paintings, carvings and works on paper ranging in price from under $300. to more than $30,000.
The gallery, located at 4623 Feagan Street, Houston, is open 11 am – 5 pm, and by appointment. For more information, contact Booker-Lowe at 713.880.1541, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gallery’s website, www.bookerlowegallery.com, will carry more information about “Desert Dreamings,” and images of the new paintings as soon as they are available…and if you see any Aboriginal art on your thrift store visits, let them know — it might be their stolen artwork!