A LITTLE OVER two years ago, Houston multi-disciplinary artist Candice D'Meza received an unexpected phone call with the news that her estranged father, a Haitian immigrant who served in Vietnam and was absent for most of her life, was in a Brooklyn hospital, brain-dead. D'Meza flew to New York and, as the next of kin, suddenly found herself navigating "a storm of paperwork" regarding a man who she barely knew. That night, D'Meza was compelled to record what she was feeling, unfiltered, in writing.

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FIRST, THANK YOU for clicking the link and reading this first sentence. Now look up from your smartphone or shift your gaze away from laptop screen. Is there a window in the space where you are seated? Take a moment to look at, and then through, the window. What do you see? Is there potential for respite from the confines of your room, or the portent of something dangerous that is best viewed from behind the glass?

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OPENING THIS FRIDAY, Collect It For The Culture III isn't just a museum-quality group show featuring works by 40 stellar Houston artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation; it is also a bold initiative to educate first-time collectors on how to buy a piece of art and support the city's art-making community for the long-term.

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