Houston is home to a large and diverse arts and theater community that is well-known across the country. In fact, Houston’s eight performing arts organizations have more than 12,000 seats and is second only to New York City for more seats in one geographic area. Houston also has a full complement of art museums and critically acclaimed galleries, and the museum district is one of the largest campuses in the country.

What you may not know is that Cypress, our corner of the metroplex, is home to many talented artists and makers, including the Purple Elephant, a community of local artists who offer unique, amazing works of art in different mediums and host classes for those who want to learn. You’ll read more about these artists in this issue.

I’m also very excited to introduce you to other artists in our community. Grant Manier is an amazing young man who uses what others might throw away to create unique three-dimensional pieces of art that are also available in prints. Alfredo Montenegro, originally from Peru, creates beautiful murals for commercial and residential clients using different techniques: oil or acrylic on canvas or painted directly on walls and ceilings.

Michelle Becker, owner of Ruth Pataine, is the creator of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Each piece is handmade in her studio with metal, stones or gems, and she can create a unique piece for you or your significant other just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of the arts in our community, the School of Rock off Fry Road is cultivating the new generation of rock stars. From strings to drums and keyboard to singing lessons, they’ll have your child (or you) rockin’ in no time!

I hope you enjoy the issue, and I’ll see you around town!