Docuseries Paints Houston Arts Community as Resilient and Inspired

Filmmaker and artist MoNique LeRoux’s new project, currently in production, follows 14 local creatives as they overcome the challenges of 2020.

EmotinalSedimentOneandTwo-2019

In Covid-era Houston, there's a group of artists determined to bring a set of issues into focus — in a positive light. “This is history in the making," says MoNique LeRoux of the current political, social and economic climate.


LeRoux is currently producing a docuseries about Houston creatives who are coping with logistical challenges and anxiety associated with running an art-related business in 2020. Meet Houston's Artists follows 14 multi-level career artists as they continue to create amid a pandemic, recession and period of great social unrest. Throughout the episodes, LeRoux chats with muralist Amy Malkan, figurative painter Hugo Perez, cityscape artist Lauren Luna and others at locations like The Silos and Hardy & Nance Studios. Each episode will primarily be dedicated to a different artist; all episodes will be livestreamed on social media beginning in November.

LeRoux interviews artist Hugo Perez for the docuseries.LeRoux interviews artist Hugo Perez for the docuseries.

The filmmaking team felt called to document the current state of the art world, but also to provide a break from the negativity that has seemingly overtaken our screens. LeRoux, herself a full-time artist painting and podcasting from her residential studio, says that the project “beautifully communicates that if there's a will, there is a way" — something she knows a little about.

A military veteran, former cop and ex-firefighter, LeRoux has endured countless challenges and is able to view life from several different perspectives. “I use my past knowledge from being a Hazmat technician and firefighter in my art," she says, referencing her use of fire and chemistry in her resin-laden, 3-D abstract pieces. “I see beauty in destruction at times, much like a reset or rebirth. How colors flow and move — I see them as emotions, and on the canvas is where I have the most control and freedom to express myself."

LeRoux's own artistic journey, including stories about how she met each of the other film subjects throughout her career in Houston, will be documented throughout all of the episodes. Those interested in and inspired by this project can donate to the Meet Houston's ArtistsKickstarter.

AT TOP: Artist and filmmaker MoNique LeRoux with her mixed-media works, 'Emotional Sediment One and Two'

Art+Culture

Crane at Minute Maid Park, located near his two Downtown restaurants, Potente and Osso & Kristalla

In the fifth annual portfolio, meet the icons whose ambitions and accomplishments have shaped those of America’s most fascinating city — and the new titans guiding Houston to an exciting future. Presented in partnership with Residences at The Allen and Bentley Houston

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places

FOR MANY, NOTHING shouts summer more than a fresh, farm-grown tomato. What you find in supermarkets just can’t compare. Oh, the tender flesh warmed by the sun. The savory delight of the tangy juice drizzling down one’s chin. Homegrown tomatoes bring us to our knees with their juicy flavors! BLT, anyone?

Keep ReadingShow less
Food