"Oil Sketches by Kim Dingle" at Houston's New House Gallery

Categories: Visual Arts

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There used to be a lot of "house galleries" in Houston, Montrose bungalows turned into exhibition spaces. But the real estate boom and townhome craze of the late '90s and early 2000s took care of most of them.

Hopefully, artist Sharon Engelstein is leading a revival. Engelstein and her husband, painter Aaron Parazette, have turned the front parlor of their 1920 bungalow into a great gallery space.

The Front Gallery's inaugural show features L.A. artist Kim Dingle's oil sketches -- brushy, gestural images of chubby-legged little girls in puffy-sleeved white dresses, white socks and black Mary Janes.

Neither saccharine vintage children's illustrations nor creepy Henry Darger characters, Dingle's girls are decidedly self-possessed. Pouting, clowning or angry, they wear frilly clothes symbolic of the stereotypical "girlishness" they choose to ignore.

The show runs through November 26 at Front Gallery, 1412 Bonnie Brae, 713-298-4750.



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