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Do­brostan by Natalia Wiernik Open­ing Re­cep­tion: Fri­day, March 18, 6:00 – 8:30 pm The Artist will be present. On view: March 18 - April 16, 2016 Anya Tish Gallery 4411 Mon­trose Blvd.• Hous­ton, TX, 77006

Anya Tish Gallery is de­lighted to present Do­brostan, a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of new and re­cent pho­to­graphs by multi-me­dia, Poland-based artist Natalia Wiernik. In the Pol­ish lan­guage, the word “Do­brostan” means “to be in a state of well be­ing”, or “com­fort”. This ex­hi­bi­tion is in con­junc­tion with the 2016 Foto-Fest Bi­en­nial, and will mark Wiernik’s in­au­gu­ral solo ex­hi­bi­tion in the United States.

A leader among a new gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tive Euro­pean artists and rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally for the lush op­ti­cal ca­coph­o­nies she or­ches­trates, Wiernik com­bines her ex­pe­ri­ences as a painter, pho­tog­ra­pher, and graphic artist to weave to­gether por­traits of off­beat mod­ern “fam­i­lies”. Hinged on the no­tion that emo­tional con­nec­tions are of­ten formed through shared val­ues and ex­pe­ri­ences, the sub­jects of each pho­to­graph are linked to­geth- er through a vis­ual-kin­ship of shared oddities and ec­cen­tric­i­ties rather than ge­nealog­i­cal ties. The ex­trav­a­gant pat­tern and texture, both abun­dant and de­lib­er­ate, si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­struct ho­moge­nous set­tings, sug­gest­ing the fore­ground and back­ground have be­come con­tin­u­a­tions of each other, and ren­der each sub­ject dis­tinctly vis­i­ble within it’s kin­dred en­vi­ron­ment. Familiar yet ec­cen­tric, the baroque at­mos­phere of Wiernik’s works in­vite a nos­tal­gic pro­jec­tion of per­sonal nar­ra­tives, caus­ing the viewer to in­ter­nal­ize each pho­to­graph’s frame­work while ex­alt­ing one’s own mem­o­ries into sur­real mythol­ogy.

Natalia Wiernik was re­cently in­vited to Paris to col­lab­o­rate with Le Fi­garo Mag­a­zine, and se­lected pho­to­graphs from that project will be on view in this ex­hi­bi­tion. Wiernik has won nu­mer­ous awards for her work, in­clud­ing the Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Award; the PDN Photo An­nual Award, New York City, New York; the In­ter­na­tional Photo Awards, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia; and the Paris Pho­tog­ra­phy Prize. In 2011, the artist was cho­sen to rep­re­sent Poland in the Kün­stler­haus In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Con­test in Mu­nich, Ger­many. Wiernik is a re­cip­i­ent of na­tional grants from Poland’s Min­istry of Cul­ture as well as the Min­istry of Science & Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, and is cur­rently pur­su­ing a PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.

Please visit the web­site (www.hcpl.net) or call the li­brary at 281-376-4610 for more in­for­ma­tion and to regis­ter for these classes. The classes are held in the Bar­bara Bush Li­brary Friends Com­puter Lab at 6817 Cy­press­wood Drive in Spring.

Bald­win Boettcher Li­brary On­go­ing English As A Sec­ond Lan­guage

The Bald­win Boettcher Li­brary Staff pro­vides ESL classes for folks who want to learn to speak English or im­prove their English speak­ing skills. Our be­gin­ning classes are sched­uled on Mon­days, 6-7:30 pm; Fri­days 1-3 pm; Our in­ter­me­di­ate ESL classes are on Wed­nes­days, 6-7:30 pm and Thurs­days, 1-3 pm; Our con­ver­sa­tional English class is on Tues­days 10-12 pm; Our ad­vanced English class is on Tues­days 4-5 pm. Call the li­brary at 281-821-1320 for more in­for­ma­tion about the ESL classes.

Bar­bara Bush Branch Li­brary Ev­ery Thurs­day noon-1pm Yoga For Stress Relief

Cer­ti­fied yoga in­struc­tor, Linda Popinksi, of­fers this free class ev­ery Thurs­day from 12:00-1:00 in the Earl El­liott Room at the Bar­bara Bush Branch Li­brary, 6817 Cy­press­wood Drive in Spring. Both men and women are wel­come. Bring your own yoga mat and a beach towel.

Bar­bara Bush Branch Li­brary Ev­ery Fri­day noon-2pm French Classes with Marie

Come and learn French with Marie on Fri­days from 12:00-2:00. The class is in­ter­me­di­ate level and so some knowl­edge of French is re­quired. No reg­is­tra­tion is nec­es­sary. The class will meet in the Robin Bush Room at the Bar­bara Bush Branch Li­brary, 6817 Cy­press­wood Drive in Spring.

AREA TOURS

Big Thicket Dis­till­ing Ev­ery Satur­day noon, 2pm, 4pm Big Thicket Dis­till­ing Tours

Big Thicket Dis­till­ing of­fer tours at 12, 2 and 4pm on Satur­days. $10 per per­son. In­cludes a dis­tillery tour and tast­ing of our prod­ucts. Make your reser­va­tion on­line at BigThick­etDis­till­ing.com Big Thicket Dis­tillery’s tele­phone num­ber is 936666-1341

Con­roe Art League By Ap­point­ment Con­roe Art League

127 Si­mon­ton, Con­roe TX 77301 The Con­roe Art League in­vites all Mont­gomery County res­i­dents and friends to come in and see their award-win­ning artists and their mas­ter­pieces. They are lo­cated at 127 Si­mon­ton, Con­roe 77301. Their gallery ex­hibit in­cludes paint­ings, prints, sculp­tures, pot­tery, jew­elry and much, much more. If you are won­der­ing what to do for fun this sum­mer, con­tact Kerry Con­kling at ker­ryart127@gmail.com to ar­range a guided tour of the 103 year old his­toric gallery for groups of from 5 – 25 peo­ple. Your free tour in­cludes re­fresh­ments (cof­fee, af­ter­noon tea or happy hour) and an artist demon­stra­tion. This would be great fun for cou­ples or for a group of friends.

South­ern Star Brew­ing Satur­days 2pm South­ern Star Brew­ing Co.

1207 N. FM 3083 East Con­roe, TX 77303 South­ern Star Brew­ing Co in­vites ev­ery­one to come and en­joy a free tour of their brew­ery on Satur­days start­ing at around 2pm. The tour in­cludes one free beer and there is no reser­va­tion or sign up re­quired. Oh My Dar­ling! Hot Dogs will be there to serve up some of the best ar­ti­san hot dogs around! Chil­dren are al­lowed at the brew­ery pro­vided they are with a le­gal guardian. Un­ruly chil­dren will be asked to leave Due to health code, Dogs are not al­lowed inside the ac­tual tast­ing room, but are al­lowed out­side Ab­so­lutely no out­side al­co­hol is per­mit­ted on brew­ery prop­erty South­ern Star Tast­ing Room Hours Fri­days 5pm - 9pm Satur­days noon - 6pm For more in­for­ma­tion on the tours or any­thing else re­gard­ing South­ern Star Brew­ing call 936441-2739 or visit them on the web at www.souoth­ern­star­brew­ing.com

GAM­ING

Begin­ner HeroClix Sun­days at 4:30pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 HeroClix is a fun game that al­lows play­ers to pit their fa­vorite Heroes and Vil­lains against each other in com­bat! Bat­tle char­ac­ters from mul­ti­ple se­ries, from Lord of the Rings to the Jus­tice League! Who will reign vic­to­ri­ous on the fields of bat­tle? For begin­ners or ca­sual play­ers

HeroClix Tour­na­ment Night Mon­days at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 HeroClix is a fun game that al­lows play­ers to pit their fa­vorite Heroes and Vil­lains against each other in com­bat! Bat­tle char­ac­ters from mul­ti­ple se­ries, from Lord of the Rings to the Jus­tice League! Who will reign vic­to­ri­ous on the fields of bat­tle? For more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, and com­pet­i­tive play­ers

Netrun­ner Meetup Night Mon­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Netrun­ner is an amaz­ing liv­ing card game, with an amaz­ing story and amaz­ing game me­chan­ics. Play­ers com­pete us­ing one of two decks they con­struct, ei­ther the Cor­po­ra­tion or the Run­ner. In a Ma­trix style world, Run­ners jack into the com­puter sys­tem in or­der to hack into the Cor­po­ra­tion’s sys­tems in or­der to dis­cover their se­cret agen­das. Ca­sual meetup night for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els

X-Wing Meetup Night Tues­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Star Wars X-Wing is a fun and in­no­va­tive dog­fight­ing game, in which you must de­feat your op­po­nents in space com­bat! Use ships from the Star Wars uni­verse as you con­struct your cus­tom squadrons, and fight for ei­ther the Em­pire or the Rebel Al­liance! Ca­sual meetup night for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els

Poke­mon League Wed­nes­days 5pm - 8pm Space Cadets Col­lec­tion Col­lec­tion

27326 Robin­son Road #117 Oak Ridge North, Free and open to all. Learn to play, trade cards, have fun with friends and make new friends. Earn free League only Poke­mon foil cards by play­ing 7 games (DS or card). On any given week we have 25-40 play­ers aged from 6-40+ (yes we have moms and dads that play also :)

World War Wed­nes­day Wed­nes­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 This is a meet up for all our His­tor­i­cal themed minia­tures games. Bolt Ac­tion, Flames of War, and Saga play­ers re­joice! We have tables as well as beau­ti­ful ter­rain for play­ers to use. It’s a great event for both begin­ners and vet­er­ans alike, and a great way to spend a Wed­nes­day! Ca­sual meetup night for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els

Magic Com­man­der Night Wed­nes­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Test your met­tle in one of Magic the Gath­er­ing’s most pop­u­lar mul­ti­player for­mat! As one of the most fun and ca­sual for­mats for Magic, Com­man­der night is a blast! Play­ers Con­struct a 100 card deck with no du­pli­cates al­lowed, and play in a multi-man game lead­ing to some crazy shenani­gans. See you on the bat­tle­field! Ca­sual meetup night for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els

War­ma­chine and Hordes Meetup Night Thurs­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 War­ma­chine and Hordes (com­monly known as Warma/Hordes) is an awe­some Minia­tures game where play­ers as­sume the role of a general lead­ing their war­riors into com­bat. Con­trol amaz­ing ma­chines called Jacks or har­ness the wild power of pow­er­ful beasts and mon­sters to de­stroy your ad­ver­saries. Ca­sual meetup night for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els

My Lit­tle Pony Col­lectable Card Game Thurs­days All Day Space Cadets Col­lec­tion Col­lec­tion

27326 Robin­son Road #117 Oak Ridge North Come learn how to play the My Lit­tle Pony col­lectible card game. Free event each week.

Magic Draft Night Thurs­days at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 Play­ers pur­chase 3 booster packs from stan­dard (de­pend­ing on what the group votes to draft), and an ad­di­tional 2 booster packs of any avail­able ex­pan­sion to add to the prize pool! Play­ers then con­struct a 40 card deck from the con­tents of their draft to com­pete with, battling for prizes and glory! Fun event for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els, and per­fect for play­ers to ex­pand their col­lec­tion For more De­tails go to: https://www.face­book.com/ events/340064569532538/

Fri­day Night Magic Fri­days at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 Ex­pe­ri­ence one of the most in­tense and fun Stan­dard Magic tour­na­ments in the area ev­ery Fri­day at Fat Ogre! Play­ers bring a 60 card Stan­dard le­gal deck to com­pete in a mas­sive tour­na­ment! A fun night for play­ers of all ages and ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els, Fri­day Night Magic is your premier Magic event. Fun event for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els For more De­tails go to: https://www.face­book.com/

events/510118335795397/

Warhammer Meetup Night Fri­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 A fun meetup night for both Warhammer Fan­tasy and Warhammer 40k play­ers, Fat Ogre has an amaz­ing com­mu­nity for Warhammer. A great night for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els, new play­ers can feel free to stop by and learn! Fun event for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els

Hero Clix Satur­days 3pm – 5pm Space Cadets Col­lec­tion Col­lec­tion

27326 Robin­son Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Come on out and learn how to play Hero Clix. We are an of­fi­cial HeroClix tour­na­ment site , so come and en­joy the fun. We have added a full line of Hero Clix items.

Mar­val Dice Masters League Satur­days 5pm – 8pm Space Cadets Col­lec­tion Col­lec­tion

27326 Robin­son Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Learn how to play this ex­cit­ing new game, which sold out all over the na­tion as soon as it was re­leased. It is an in­ex­pen­sive game to start , at around $15 for a starter and $1.00 for boost­ers. If you have ever played the dace game Quar­riors, this will seem familiar to you, as it is cre­ated by the same com­pany. Join us!

Board Game Night Satur­days 5pm – 8pm Space Cadets Col­lec­tion Col­lec­tion

27326 Robin­son Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Bring your fa­vorite board or card game. Meet up with friends or make new ones while you are here! Please only bring all ages ap­pro­pri­ate games. Mo­nop­oly any­one? We want ev­ery­body to be able to par­tic­i­pate.

Magic Mod­ern Tour­na­ment Satur­days at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics

525 Saw­dust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 A fun tour­na­ment for Magic the Gath­er­ing play­ers to test their com­pet­i­tive skill with ac­cess to older and more pow­er­ful cards. Play­ers bring a Mod­ern le­gal deck com­prised of 60 cards, and com­pete for prizes and glory! Play­ers may use any Magic the Gath­er­ing card printed af­ter 8th edi­tion, with a few spe­cific ex­cep­tions. Fun event for play­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els For more De­tails go to: https://www.face­book.com/ events/1376049572715159/

SUP­PORT GROUPS

Free 2B Sup­port Group Tues­days, 6:45-8:30pm Faith Bi­ble Church, The Wood­lands

FREE 2B is a faith-based code­pen­dency sup­port group, where those fac­ing re­la­tional dif­fi­cul­ties can share their strug­gles and be­gin the process of restor­ing healthy bal­ance in their lives. Free 2B is open to the pub­lic for in­di­vid­u­als and cou­ples 18 and older and is free to at­tend. For an in­for­ma­tion packet, email Scott at free2b@con­sol­i­dated.net.

NATALIA WIERNIK, GIRL WITH A ROOSTER

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