Arielle Masson

The Future is Not What it Used to Be
March 26th- April 23rd

2627 Colquitt
Houston, TX 77098
Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 11AM- 5PM & by appontment


Mexican born French artist Arielle Masson has lived and worked in Houston for the past 25 years.  She received her M.F.A. from The University of Houston and was one of the first local artists accepted into the CORE Fellowship at the Glassell School, MFAH.

For the past twenty years, Arielle has been developing her own unique form of Quantum Surrealism.  Her paintings employ a multi-layered geometric structure with ecological overtures along with elements of Latin American magic realism.

Arielle Masson has exhibited in Houston and throughout the world over the last 20 years including six exhibitions at New Gallery.  Her show opens Saturday March 26th2011, with a reception for the artist from 6pm to 8pm at New Gallery: 2627 Colquitt, Houston, TX 77098.

Artists of the Art Award & Auction

The following is the TFAA Art Award and Auction 2011 Artist List. Each of these talented artists was featured in the auction for his or her work. Please click on the following links below to learn more about each of these exciting artists.

Hillevi Baar
Unravel, 2010
Approx: 96 x 22w x 18 inches, Graphite, ink, Mylar
Estimated value: $2500
Dberman Gallery (Austin)



William Betts
Couple, Miami Beach, 2010
23 x 35 inches, Acrylic paint on reverse drilled mirrored acrylic
Estimated value: $5800



Veronique Chalandar
37 cm = 14.6 inches, Steel
Estimated value: $1000




Josef Cohen
Proposition 136, 2009
26 x 25 inches, Reclaimed latex and enamel on walnut
Estimated value: $3500



Tara Conley

You Be the Fireman and Come Save Me, 2008
H 2 1/2 x W 41 x D 3 inches, Cast Bronze
Estimated value: $1750



Melanie Crader: It has always been my own little personal exhibition space. I carefully arrange and rearrange the items that are displayed there. I wonder if, as the thief was searching through my panty drawer, they paused to appreciate the carefully curated objects around the top of my dresser., 2008
6 x 23 x 17 inches, Enamel and flocking on recycled wood
Estimated value: $3000



Rebecca Driffield: Her work can be desrcibed as a figurative painter, predominantly concerned with the portrayal of the human face; her paintings are often expressionist, of psychological depth, using cinematic “framing”.  She also makes portraits of an unusual originality, such as this work called Blue Jazz.

Bruno de Monès
Untitled, 1993
50x60cm = 19.7 x 23.6 inches, Canon 24×36 argentic photography
Estimated value: $2000



Daniel Farioli

Strato, 2007
1.41 x 2m = 55.5 x 78.7 inches, Canvas on Wood : Special Photo Printing anti UV on canvas, Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, Pencils, Inks, Varnish anti UV protection.
Estimated value: $5000



Rebecca Driffield
The Green Earth, 2010
80 x 80 cm = 31.5 inches, oil paint on linen
Estimated value: $6592 (5000 euros)



Orna Feinstein
Quantum Dynamics # 18, 2010
49 x 35 inches, monoprint on paper and plexiglass
Estimated value: $4000



Francesca Fuchs
Tiles, 2010
16 3/8 x 19 inches, Hand-pulled lithograph on paper, Edition of 20
Estimated value: $1000



Regine Gaud
Three Clones (triptych), 2005-2010
3 times 35 x 35cm = 3 times 13.8 x 13.8 inches, plexiglas and canvas
Estimated value: $1680



Susan George
Ocean Sky 11 – An American in France, 2010
14.25 x 30 inches, oil on paper – Framed
Estimated value: $3900
N/A, Harris Gallery, Koman Fine Art, Verd Beach (Florida), Lydon Art (Chicago), Haleyon Gallery (London)



Antoine Grospiron- Jaccoux
I will never know you, 200930 x 40 cm = 11.8 x 15.7 inches, Digigraphy

Estimated value: $2000



Joe Havel
Untitled, 2006
24 x 19 inches, acrylic and ink on mylar
Estimated value: $3500



J. Hill
(perfect) Practice makes everything perfect, 2009-2010
71h x 22w x 32d inches, Audio Track, Wood, Fabric
Estimated value: $5500
PG Contemporary



Geoff Hippenstiel
Arrangement, 2010
Oval 16 x 20 inches, Oil on canvas
Estimated value: $1200




Allison Hunter

Untitled (parakeets), 2009
20 x 50 inches, photograph facemounted to non-glare plexi-glass
Estimated value: $4000



Selven O’Keef Jarmon
Voices Like This Live in Houses Such as These, 2008
10 x 12 inches, Scrap Metal, Wood, Card Board, Plastic, Rock and audio (recordings of South African songs)
Estimated value: $5000



Mick Johnson
Oranges and Lemons, 2009
24 x 24 inches, MDF and Rubberized Paint
Estimated value: $2750



Dennis Jones
Mockingbird with Cactus, 2009
36 x 24 inches, Acrylic on canvas
Estimated value: $1300



Darryl Lauster
Transferware Porcelaine, 2008
12 x12 x 5 inches, porcelaine
Estimated value: $1500



Jonathan Leach
W.Y.S. 2, 2010
7H x 18W x 30L inches, Acrylic on Plexiglas
Estimated value: $2000



Jean-Baptiste Lyonnet
Rouilles, 2010
130 x 98cm = 51.2 x 38.6 inches, oil, pigments, acrylic
Estimated value: $1500



Arielle Masson
Tropical Torsion, 2010
12 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
Estimated value: $1000 each



Libbie Masterson

Round Top with Moon (3FJ6475), 2009
24 x 36 inches, Light Jet Print
Estimated value: $1450

Wade Wilson Gallery


David Mc Gee
Satre & Camus, 2010
30 x 22 « inches, watercolor on paper
Estimated value: $4500



Marcelyn McNeil
When Words Are All We Have, 2010
28 x 48 x15 inches, archival folded paper, selected text, cotton string, wood base. Repetitive paper forms are printed with text and then sewn together
Estimated value: $3200



Olivier Moriette

BIG II, 2010
100 x 80 cm = 39.4 x 31.5 inches, Color Etching
Estimated value: $1705 (1300 Euros)



Nicola Parente
Urban Awakening, 2010
24 x 17.25 inches, Acrylic ink, charcoal powder on synthetic panel
Estimated value: $4000



Susan Plum
Weaving Language II, 2010
68h x 7.5w x 5 h inches, flameworked glass, acrylic
Estimated value: $3000



Lisa Qualls
Buffallo Mask, 2010
48 x 36 inches, graphite on clayboard
Estimated value: $4500



Martin Reyna
Perspective, 2010
diptych : 55×46 cm each = 21.7 x 18.1 inches, Watercolor on paper maroufl‚ on canvas
Estimated value: $ 2 600



Susie Rosmarin
Pattern Painting #4, 2010
21 x 21 inches, acrylic on canvas
Estimated value: $5500



Gail SiptakCrows, 2010
36 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas
Estimated value: $2400




Adam Steiner
An Autumnal Tale, 2010
70cm x 60 cm = 27.6 x 23.6 inches, Ink on Paper
Estimated value: $1200




Jean-Damien Thiollier
Embarcadère, 2004
25 x 95.5 cm = 9.8 x 37.6 inches, Etching on copper plate, eau forte
Estimated value: $1247 (950euros)




Wendy Wagner
I’m Not Talking to You Anymore, 2010
18 x 18 inches, Acrylic paint, tinted gesso, pencil, colored pencil on museum illustration board
Estimated value: $1250



Bruce Williamson
The Model, 2003
30 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
Estimated value: $2200

Dick Wray
Housewarming, 2007
24 x 18 inches, Oil and mixed media on canvas
Estimated value: $7000

Acoustic Shadows

Acoustic Shadows: An Exploration of the Sense of Space An audiovisual immersive and interactive installation

Acoustic Shadows at the Dallas Museum of Art

November 2011–October 2012

Transformations conference at the C3 : May 17, 2012

Reactive Environment:
Introduction: Acoustic Shadows is an audiovisual and interactive installation, conceived by Agence 5970, and is currently showing at The Dallas Museum of Art in The Center for the Creative Connections (C3) through Spring 2012.

‘Acoustic Shadows’ is an audiovisual immersive and interactive installation, based on a modern Interpretation of the Myth of Orpheus. The spectator is enveloped into a multi-sensory and reactive recursive System, composed of the physical space, 3-dimensional sound, and projected images. The System actually ‘listens’ for changes in the environment generated by the presence and movement of the spectator, and modifies the audiovisual content accordingly. The reflection and absorption of sound waves upon bodies create the auditory manifestation of silent movement, which, in this context is termed, ‘Acoustic Shadows.’

The scene depicted in the work represents Orpheus, surrounded by Shadows of the Underworld, and consumed by the physical manifestation of the particular shadow of Eurydice. The interactive installation is mainly supported by a sonic environment that envelopes the visual experience and offers a multi-sensorial immersion, in which the traditional dichotomy of the object & subject and of the observer & the observed is erased, giving way to the emergence of a sensitive space in which the present entities dialogue by means of the visual and auditory manifestations of their presence. The center of the work is the sensitive audiovisual domain in which traces (or acoustic shadows) are imprinted upon a shared fugacious environment.

‘Acoustic Shadows’ integrates
• Linear audiovisual components that contribute to the symbolic representation of the Myth of Orpheus.
• An acoustic and visual system that detects movements.
• A device that generates visual and sonic representations of these movements.

Scientific & Philosophical Foundation
‘Acoustic Shadows : an Exploration of the Sense of Space’ attempts to simulate perceived presence, or
awareness of the otherness. The scholarly study is inspired by James Gibson’s theory of Ecology of Perception, in that we inspect perceptual awareness as directly related to one’s surroundings. In other words, we are not exhibiting signals of pseudo-otherness rather creating a milieu where otherness imprints itself on the environment.

The physical interactive installation creates a sonic environment which envelops the visual experience; as
opposed to the classical frontal representation, in order to mirror the tactility of sound and to shift from
audiovisual representation to multi-sensory immersion. The traditional dichotomy of the object and the subject, the observer and the observed, is challenged, revisited and progressively replaced by the emergence of a meaningful environment in which these entities dialogue by exchanging manifestations of their existence. ‘Acoustic Shadows’ was inspired by Frank Dufour’s academic research regarding auditory perception of moving objects in space. During this research, he discovered that listeners, placed in a diffused sonic field, could be aware of the presence and movement of silent objects in this environment. This awareness is acquired by the perception of slight transformations applied to the spectrum of diffused sound, by the presence and movement of these objects.

The first scientific documentation of Acoustic Shadows has been published, Fall 2011, in Sound Effects, An
Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience. Audiovisual Projection System & Movement Detection. The core of the system is composed of a Pure Data program, fulfilling the following functions:
– Linear projection of the film and sound in surround 5.1 format
– Analysis of the data issued from an infrared camera and microphones & calculation of models.
– Real-time remix of images deducted from models of movements
– Synthesis and diffusion of sounds deducted from models of movements by hyper-directional speakers.

Acoustic Movement Detection
The phenomenon of perception of acoustic shadows is reproduced by the use of two types of sensors :
• A system composed of 3 hyper-directional speakers and two microphones that analyzes the variations
of intensity and spectral content of the sonic environment in the space.
• An infrared camera aimed at the public analyzes its movements.
The information deducted from these sensors is then recomposed to construct visual and sonic models thatrepresent the size of the bodies in movement, the position, direction and speed of these movements.

Hyper-directional Speakers
The hyper-directional speakers utilized are the Audio-Spot Light AS 24.
Depending on the size and geometry of the space, the installation requires 2-4 speakers of this type.
The speakers create a zone in which specified sound is perceived to contribute to the organization of space and the representation of ‘sonic shadows.’

Acoustic Coverage:
Visualization & Sonification of Movements
The models produced by the analysis of movements pilot the choice of pre-recorded visual sequences
whose superimposition on the linear film is modulated in a continuous fashion by the analysis of incoming
information. These same models inform the sonic synthesis system that feeds into the hyper-directional

The C3 was envisioned, within the Museum, as a point of attraction and convergence of new audiences and emerging artistic exploration. The installation of Acoustic Shadows in this space, contributes to the general movement of experimentation launched by the direction of the Museum. The exhibit is supported and surrounded by educational venues and workshops oriented towards targeted publics.

Acoustic Shadows was first presented in a linear version for a concert with Le Laboratoire Musique et Informatique de Marseille (MIM), on February 10, 2011 at La Cité de la Musique, Marseille, France, under the title, « Soft Thresholds » and, in a limited interactive version at La Fondation Vasarély, Aix, France, April 15 to May 17, 2011, under the title, « Acoustic Shadows ».

Dale Chihuly Exhibit with TFAA Board Member


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum: The Gala in the Garden on Friday, May 4 to celebrate the next-day opening of the exhibition, Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum. The gala will feature an evening of magic, dining under the stars amidst the magnificent works of art by Dale Chihuly and the beauty of the gardens.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m. and dessert and surprise entertainment at 9:30 p.m. Dale Chihuly will address the attendees during the reception, and the guests will be invited to tour the gardens to view the illuminated sculptures before dinner. Dining will be in three separate gardens with Kent Rathbun and Neiman Marcus’s Kevin Garvin cooking for the underwriters and Gil’s Elegant Catering providing dinner for Garden and Patron tables.

Kaki Hopkins is the Chair; Honorary Chairs are Margaret Crow and Caroline Rose Hunt. Honorary Dinner Chairs are Vera and Bob Thornton. Honorary Dinner Hosts include Cheryl and Steve Coke, Mary Anne and Richard Cree, Holly and Tom Mayer, Joyce and Harvey Mitchell, Nancy Rutchik, Debbie and Brian Shivers, and Mary and Richard Templeton.

Apollo Chamber Players of Rice University Concert

Concert Title: Folk Colorings of the Impressionist Masters

Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor (inspired by the composer’s Basque
ancestry) Satie: Choses vues a droite et a gauche; sans lunettes (Things Seen Left to Right; Without Glasses)

Debussy: Clair de Lune. A set of French Folk melodies arranged for strings!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 4:00pm in the Duncan Recital Hall @ Shepherd School of Music in Rice University: 6100 Main Street.

$20 General/$15 Senior/$10 Students

Art Award and Auction

TFAA 2nd Art Award and Auction

The Winners of the 2011 Art Award & Auction:

First Place: David McGee

Art Award and Auction

Second Place: Daniel Farioli

Third Place: Jonathan Leach

Kickoff reception at Martha and Richard Finger’s Home – Jan 20, 2011
VIP Preview at Wade Wilson Art – March 22, 2011
Art Award and Auction at the Decorative Center of Houston – March 30, 2011

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To view all of the pieces from the 2011 Art Award & Auction click here

TFAA’s Art Award & Auction was a great sucess! For details on how the event went see the re-cap below. Click here to view this re-cap in French.

This year the TFAA held their 2nd biennial “Art Award and Auction” on Wednesday, March 30 at Decorative Center Houston. Around 250 guests attended this event, including French gallery owners Virginie Boissiere and Natalia Jimenez-Gomendio who flew in from France in order to meet with participating artists, galleries and experience the dynamic art scene of Houston. Mickey Henry, President of TFAA welcomed guests and discussed TFAA’s mission of promoting the exchange of art, culture and education.

40 artists from both Texas and France participated in this event. Honorary Chair Lynn Wyatt and Honorary Selection Chair Judy Nyquist presented First Place Winner, Houston’s David McGee, with the TFAA Artist Award for Excellence – a 10-day artistic residency in France custom tailored to his specific interests. His piece, entitled “Sartre & Camus,” is a watercolor on paper featuring portraits of hip-hop artists identified as French philosophers. French artist Daniel Farioli, who traveled all the way from Nice, was recognized as the Second Place Award Winner, and Third Place went to Jonathan Leach.

McGee states, “For some time now I have been engaged in an on-going dialogue with the labeling system, American looking and cinematic nature of European classical painting. French painting in particular, in which I have a long running interest. Also, it is not lost on me that the rich history of African American ex-patriots in Paris has made my trips to that city fruitful ones. So it is indeed a delight and honor to have this opportunity at this point in my career to explore this great city even further. My sincere thanks to TFAA and all involved.”

Devin Borden carefully installed each of the pieces of art. Most pieces participated in a silent auction and guest showed great interest in many of the works. Among all the pieces, the works of Lisa Qualls, Allison Hunter, Olivier Moriette, Bruno de Monès, Joseph Cohen and winner David McGee were included in the live auction conducted by gallery owner and well-known auctioneer Wade Wilson. Approximately $100,000 was raised at the event. A portion of the proceeds benefits Texas Children’s Cancer Center in support of the Arts in Medicine Program while a portion goes back to the artists.

The sponsors who made the event possible include (alphabetically listed): Abuso Catering Co., Air France Delta KLM, Air Liquide, Louis Vuitton, Mayer Brown LLP, PCM USA, Schlumberger, The Tasting Room, Total USA, Urban Craft Custom Builders and many private individuals.

TFAA has supported or facilitated over 60 projects in its first 6 years including the world famous Bernar Venet sculpture project in Hermann Park in 2010 and in Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land in 2011. Look forward to the next 3rd biennial Art Award and Auction in 2013.

Date: March 30, 2011
: Decorative Center Houston
5120 Woodway @ Sage (enter on Sage)
Houston, TX 77056

Installation design by Devin Borden

Honorary Chair: Lynn Wyatt
Event Chair: Martha Finger
Event co-chair: Laure Parise & Joelle Petit
Honorary Selection Chair: Judy Nyquist
Media sponsor: 

Part of the proceeds benefit: 
Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Arts in Medicine Program

Texan Artists

Hillavi Baar/ William Betts/ Joseph Cohen/ Tara Conley*/ Melanie Crader /
Orna Feinstein / Francesca Fuchs */ Susan George/ Joe Havel/ J.Hill/
Geoff Hippenstiel/ Allison Hunter */ Selven O’Keef Jarmon*/
Mick Johnson/ Dennis Jones/ Darryl Lauster */ Jonathan Leach/
Libbie Masterson */ David Mc Gee */ Marcelyn McNeil/
Nicola Parente/ Susan Plum*/Susie Rosmarin */
Gail Siptak/ Lisa Qualls/ Wendy Wagner/
Bruce Williamson/ Dick Wray *

French Artists

Veronique Chalandar/ Bruno de Monès/ Rebecca Driffield/
Daniel Farioli/ Régine Gaud/ Antoine Grospiron-Jaccoux/
Jean-Baptiste Lyonnet/ Arielle Masson/ Olivier Moriette
Martin Reyna/ Adam Steiner/ Jean-Damien Thiollier

* published in Texas Artists Today book edited by Catherine Aspon

For more information on the art and art pieces, visit:

For more information about each individual artist and their website, please visit:

March 22 & 23, 2011
Wade Wilson Art
4411 Montrose, Suite 200b
Houston, TX 77006

The winner of the TFAA Artist Award for Excellence, David McGee, received a completely organized and funded art/cultural excursion to France.  David McGee was chosen by the Selection Committee which consists of:

  • Catherine Anspon – Social and Fine Arts Editor of Paper City
  • Dominique Chastres – Project Manager, TFAA Paris
  • Claudia Schmuckli – Curator of the Blaffer Gallery
  • Wendy Watriss – Artistic Director of Fotofest
  • Bill Arning – Director of Contemporary Art Museum Houston
  • Toby Kamps – Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection
  • Alison Greene – Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the MFAH
  • Marc Pottier – Curator and art advisor in Paris, France


Thanks to our generous sponsors:


Abuso Catering Co.
Delta KLM Air France 
Louis Vuitton

Louisa S. Sarofim
Lynn Wyatt

Air Liquide
Mayer Brown LLP
Martha and Richard Finger
Nightingale Code Foundation
Nathalie and Bastian de Zeeuw

Dennis and Susan Carlyle
Peter Cohen
Consulate General of France
Viviana and David Denechaud
Jerry and Nanette Finger
Josh Hill
James L. Robertson
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Marcy Taub Wessel
Schlumberger USA
The Tasting Room
Urban Craft Custom Builders

Gallery Partners
Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery
Wade Wilson Art

Media Partner
Paper City

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Ars Lyrica Paradise 2011

“Paradise Found”

Friday, September 23, 2011
7:30 pm
Zilkha Hall Hobby Center for the Performing Arts


Join Ars Lyrica, a Grammy-nominated early music ensemble for their season opener on September 23 at 7:30pm at Zilkha Hall Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The  2011-12 season of Transformations begins with “Paradise Found”,  a journey from worldly torment to heavenly ecstasy, featuring French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci in her Houston début with core Ars Lyrica string and continuo players.

Domenico Scarlatti: Pur nel sonno almen tal’ora
Couperin and Rameau: Instrumental works
G. F. Handel: Gloria in excelsis Deo

“Ricci…is a sensation, vital on stage and a dazzling coloratura. ” — Los Angeles Times
“a stunning virtuosity” —Opera Magazine
“Lots of bold, bright, nosethumbing fun.” —Records International

Tickets for “Paradise Found”: Call the Hobby Center Box office at 713.315.2525 or go

Ars Lyrica MFAH Concert

Grammy-nominated Ars Lyrica Houston fills the exhibition galleries of Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris with music for an aristocratic home, with viol virtuoso Mary Springfels, violinist Sean Wang, baritone Charles Stanton, and artistic director Matthew Dirst on harpsichord. This exhibition reimagines the lifestyle of elite 18th-century Parisians through the activities of a single day: dressing, writing, collecting, eating, and evening entertainment. Join us to celebrate Ars Lyrica’s first performance of the 2011-2012 season and the opening day of the MFAH exhibition.

Sunday, September 18 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Second Floor, Audrey Jones Beck Building

3pm Concert

Limited campstool seating available.  

Admission to this afternoon program is open to the public and free with general museum admission.

7pm Concert

Stay after the 7pm concert and enjoy our season kick-off party with a reception to meet the performers and light hors d’oeuvres.  Also season subscriptions will be available for purchase during the reception.

Tickets are $15 each and available on the MFA Houston website.

Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre

Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre 

Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre Presents: Third Course featuring a piece set to Debussy’s Clair de Lune

May 5, 6 & 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002

Walsh says: “After my creation of The Afternoon of a Faun set to Debussy’s L’après-midi d’un faune, I became more interested in the composer’s other work, notably his Clair de Lune, and I thought it would make for a fascinating subject to interpret.”

Clair de Lune is considered to be the most adventurous movement of Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque for piano—the rest of the suite is clearly in the Baroque style—and even the composer said that he did not like what he composed in the rest of the suite because of its strict adherence to the style. Debussy’s L’après-midi d’un faune is considered a symphonic poem, a piece of music that evokes the content of some type of literary or visual piece of art. Clair de Lune, taken from a poem by French Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine, is engaged with a similar dialogue between art and music which Walsh finds compelling. Verlaine’s poem uses abstract imagery to embody the themes of melancholy hidden beneath the flamboyant disguises of bergamasques, or French masqueraders. “I am looking forward to creating movement that reframes this piece of music that we, as a culture, have such a familiar relationship with,” says Walsh. Walsh’s revisualization of this iconic work will be created for DWDT Company Member Domenico Luciano.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $52 however, there is a special $5 discount for TFAA associates.  Visit for tickets and enter Promotion CodeTFAA or call 713-315-2525 and mention the TFAA code.  (No minimum number needed.  Offer not valid on VIP Opening Night Package or Casting Couch.)

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