Woman-owned Houston art gallery builds community of art lovers with special exhibits and events galore

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IIt seems like Houston is teeming with art and culture, with galleries across the city showcasing incredible talent and surges of creativity. ELLIO Fine Artstastemaker in Houston’s art gallery lineup, celebrates its first anniversary in November.

ELLIO was founded in 2021 by Trish Matute with the help of her dear former colleagues and art enthusiasts Harwood Taylor and Brian Freeze. With a vision to celebrate the deeper purpose of art, Matute set his sights on opening an art gallery in his hometown. Her vision began to come alive when she stumbled upon a dream location in a historic building in a prime Houston location, just off the bayou at 3201 Allen Parkway. The century-old building once housed the Stages Theater and the Children’s Museum.

Matute teamed up with a pro bono branding agency, and off we went to the races. Despite the arduous mission of opening a gallery with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everything really started to fall into place,” says Matute. “While it was difficult to start a gallery during a pandemic, all doors opened for us. The community was incredibly supportive and the artists we had worked with wanted to join us in the adventure, as well as some fantastic new talent.

Matute envisioned ELLIO as a space where people come to discover new art and serious collectors who are looking for their next addition.

“We like people to stop and talk about the artists and the artworks,” says Matute. “We always want to create a space where people feel welcome to come and be around art.”

Welcoming the community to the gallery and introducing Houstonians to new art is now the mission of the ELLIO team. The gallery focuses on building community and relationships, as well as introducing people to all the benefits that art has to offer besides just being visually stimulating.

The 1,500 square foot gallery typically has at least 50 works of art on display at any one time. From no less than 30 artists who cover all mediums and disciplines. From sculpture and painting to prints and photography.

Since its opening, the gallery has hosted several solo exhibitions, including those of New York painter and photographer Leslie Parke, Texas sculptor Tara Conley and Houston painter Joan Steinman. In just one year, ELLIO brought in artists from all over the country, as well as a few from Europe.

In August, ELLIO held their first group show at The Heights’ White Linen Night Party focused on art, music and community.

ELLIO even plays a role in commissioning and managing massive public art. The gallery tapped artist Ender Martos to complete a major public art project commissioned by a technology-focused Fortune 500 company. Titled “Renaissance of Technology,” the 30-by-25-foot outdoor sculpture is made of steel, limestone, and LED lighting.

To launch a new artistic season, ELLIO recently enlisted Texas-based multidisciplinary artist Sarah Sudhoff for a solo exhibition titled “Material Witness” in tandem with fotofest, featuring works by the Cuban-American multidisciplinary artist. Sarah received a grant from the City of Houston, funded by the Houston Arts Alliance, to explore the topic of domestic violence through her artwork and engage with the community. 10% of proceeds from the expo, which ended in October, went to further the mission of the Houston Area Women’s Center.

When it comes to ELLIO’s future, the talented traveling art enthusiast has big plans. After a groundbreaking first year, the gallery has big plans to continue its mission of bringing a diverse group of artists to the fore and cultivating valuable relationships with their collectors.

The Color Box Group Show, which will take place in the space on November 11 to celebrate the gallery’s first anniversary, will benefit the Coolxdads organization with an arty cool atmosphere.

In addition to this month’s festive group show, the gallery is hosting a solo show by Houston artist John Pavlicek. In 2023, the first show of the year will be a solo exhibition by Houston artist LaMonte French, the first artist to join ELLIO Fine Art.

Yes, art keeps coming to ELLIO.

For more information, see ELLIO Fine Art’s full website or stop by the gallery at 3201 Allen Parkway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. You can also schedule a private tour with one of the gallery’s advisors to view new artwork in the striking space.

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