Gallery Preview Nights
Museums aren't Houston's only art venue. The city's gallery scene is one of the hottest in the country, with Thursday and Friday preview parties, open to all, serving as a weekly pulse-reading of local creative energy. It's a bit spread out, from River Oaks (Texas Gallery; 2012 Peden Street; www.texgal.com) to Midtown (Inman Gallery; 3901 Main Street; www.inmangallery.com), the Heights (Hiram Butler/Devin Borden, 4520 Blossom), and Montrose (where Barbara Davis, Wade Wilson, and other dealers show off the artists they represent at 4411 Montrose), but that just makes gallery-hopping all the more fun. There's often wine and cheese, and the presence of well-heeled collectors rubbing shoulders with artists in grubby blue jeans is guaranteed.