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Eric Halen 1Gallery M Squared is proud to support these amazing artists.

Mr. Eric Halen, Associate Concert Master, the Houston Symphony,

Featuring violinists Eric Halen and Kiju Joh,

violist Sheldon Person, and cellist Brinton Smith.

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Eric Halen joined the Houston Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in 1987. In 1997, he assumed the position of Associate Concertmaster. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Central Missouri State University, he received his master’s degree at the age of 20 from the University of Illinois, while studying with Sergiu Luca. At age 23, he became artist/teacher of violin at Texas Christian University. Mr. Halen has performed in solo and chamber music programs in the U.S. and abroad, including solo appearances with the St. Louis and Houston Symphonies. 

 As a chamber musician, Mr. Halen has collaborated with many pre-eminent artists including violinist Sergiu Luca, cellists Gary Hoffman and Lynn Harrell, and pianists Christoph Eschenbach and John Kimura Parker. Locally, Mr. Halen has made frequent guest appearances with DA CAMERA of Houston, and CONTEXT. As a member of the Houston Symphony Chamber Players, he has toured the U.S., Japan, and Europe. Critics have described Mr. Halen’s violin playing as “sterling”, and “tenderly expressive and dramatic”. A review in the Chicago Sun-Times of Mr. Halen’s performance of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” states, “…as the final, sustained tone of Eric Halen’s violin faded to close… there was no doubt that the evening had offered the best kind of virtuosity.” Mr. Halen plays a violin made in 1616 by Antonio and Hieronymus Amati.

Kiju Joh, originally from Chicago, Illinois, has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2007. She earned her Master of Music degree in chamber music performance under a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There she was a member of the Arreaux String Quartet in the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music. Ms. Joh also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Northwestern University, where she was a student of Myron Kartman and Blair Milton. Her principal teachers also include Betty Haag-Kuhnke, Victor Aitay, and Robert Hanford. Ms. Joh enjoys performing orchestral and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Each summer, she travels to Asia and performs as a member of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, a touring festival orchestra directed by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung. Ms. Joh’s orchestral experience includes performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She has also made solo appearances with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, violist Sheldon Person currently lives and works in Houston, Texas, where he is a member of the Houston Symphony. He was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a guest with the London Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sheldon has served as the Assistant Principal Viola of the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. He has also appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. 

As First Prize winner of the 2005 Royal Overseas League’s Bernard Shore Viola Competition in London, Sheldon appeared in recitals throughout London, including an appearance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. As a member of the Artea String Quartet, Sheldon performed throughout the UK, including concert appearances at Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, the Brighton Festival, Buckingham Palace, and live on BBC Radio 3. Since moving to Houston, he has performed twice on KUHA Houston Public Radio. 

Sheldon holds degrees and certificates from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Alberta. His principal teachers have included Atar Arad, David Takeno and Karen Ritscher. 

Sheldon performs on a modern viola by Theodore Skreko that won the Silver Medal for Tone at the 2010 Violin Society of America Competition.

Praised by New York Newsday for “extraordinary musicianship...forceful, sophisticated and entirely in the spirit of the music,” American cellist Brinton Averil Smith's performances have elicited rave reviews around the world, praising virtuosic performances and musical ideals rooted in the golden age of string playing. Smith’s debut recording of Miklós Rózsa’s Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on Koch Classics won widespread international critical acclaim, including the annual Gramophone Awards Issue which praised Smith as a “hugely eloquent, impassioned soloist,” and continued, “The sheer bravura of Smith’s reading is infectious.” His recording of Fauré’s Piano Trio and Après un Rêve with Gil Shaham was selected as one of BBC Music magazine’s best albums of the year and the American Record Guide praised their performance as “Stunningly beautiful”, continuing “I cannot imagine a better stylistic match for Shaham”

Mr. Smith has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Houston Symphony since joining the orchestra as principal cellist in 2005. Prior to this, he was the first musician chosen by Lorin Maazel to join the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Smith's North American engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts and with orchestras throughout the country. A passionate advocate of unjustly neglected repertoire, Mr. Smith recently gave the North American premiers of rediscovered works of Jean Sibelius and Alexander Zemlinsky. His performances have been broadcast on CBS's Sunday Morning and on the radio throughout the U.S., including NPR’s Performance Today and Symphonycast.

An active chamber musician, Smith has collaborated with violinist Gil Shaham on numerous occasions including Carnegie Hall's Gil Shaham and Friends series. He has also collaborated with cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell, violinists Cho-Liang Lin, James Ehnes, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Sarah Chang, soprano Dawn Upshaw, pianist Jonathan Biss and members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Berg quartets. Smith has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Sarasota Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series, the Killington Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Brevard Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival and is an artistic director of the Restoration Chamber Music festival in Galveston. As a student, he was a prize winner in the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition and in several consecutive Juilliard concerto competitions and was invited to perform at the American Cello Congress. Mr. Smith is currently a member of the faculty at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and has given masterclasses throughout the United States, including at the Aspen Music Festival, the New World Symphony and the National Orchestral Institute.

The son of a mathematician and a pianist, Brinton Averil Smith was admitted to Arizona State University at age 10, where he took courses in mathematics and German and, at age 17, completed a B.A. in mathematics. He subsequently became a student of Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California, where he was also a teaching assistant in the mathematics department, and completed work for an M.A. in mathematics at age 19. He then studied with the renowned cellist Zara Nelsova at The Juilliard School, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann. Mr. Smith resides in Houston with his wife, the pianist Evelyn Chen, and their daughter, Calista.









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Paper Cuts II, “DEEPER” is closing on Sunday, August 31, 2014, and Gallery M Squared would like to acknowledge several individuals who made the exhibition a huge success.

Our jurors, Mr. Patrick Palmer, Dean, and Studio School Faculty Chair as well as Department Head of Art History at the Glassell School of Art, and Mr. John de la Cruz a member of the Art Colony Association’s Board of Directors, producers of the Bayou City Art Festivals held twice each year. Without their combined eye the array of talented artists presented would not have come together, and we thank them for their time, energy, and for all they do to make the Houston Arts Community a more vibrant, and beautiful community to be a part of.

The amazing artists who worked to create new works for this exhibition, and their families who support them in their creative undertakings are to be commended. Each of you is so appreciated, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you bring to the arts community here in Houston.

A very special “THANK YOU” is in order for Mr. Edward Gafford to whom we at Gallery M Squared oweso much. Mr. Gafford made all 68 of the presentation frames for this exhibition. With out support from individuals such as Mr. Gafford, we would beunable to achieve our goals in a timely manner. If you have ever sat on one of our green benches, viewed art on our green walls,  held on to the banister, or watched a movie inside of the Heights Theater, know that Mr. Edward Gafford supported you as well. We gain so much from his knowledge, experience, and generosity in his support for the arts community. Be on the look out for more artist support coming your way from this amazing individual.

As always, we thank the public for their support, and remind ourselves, it is for the public’s appreciation, and enjoyment, we do what we do.

Max B. Harrison

Michael P. Kubis

Gallery M Squared


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  • Stephanie

    Even after over 10+ years of collecting from Gallery M Squared, I am still excited every time I walk in the door for a new exhibition. The passion for art and offering a space for artists to share their narratives with an audience shines through out the gallery. It is what keeps me coming back time and time again.

  • Jason Piszczatowski

    Well said Max! It’s great to read the backstory behind your path into the arts, truly inspirational. I look forward to hearing more stories from artists at Gallery M Squared and sharing some of my own. Cheers!





 by: Max B. Harrison

I have been asked by several individuals to give explanations about our gallery, and the exhibitions we present. Some works by participating artists in this year's Paper Cuts II, ""DEEP" exhibition are included as a form of caffeine for those who choose to read my ramblings and doubling as examples of work we exhibit.

Gallery M Squared seeks out, and accepts works for exhibition based on submissions, individual or group commitment to the arts, and/or individual concepts. Working with comprehension, honest expectations, set limitations, and a clear goal, we assist those with vision, and understand, “presentation is paramount.” We encourage relationships between artist, galleries, and art patrons from Houston and beyond.

This year's jurors for our annual open call are, Dean and Studio Faculty Chair of the Glassell School of Art and John de la Cruz, member of the Art Colony's Association, Board of Directors. Their selections were based on any work executed by the artist and submitted on plain printer paper. Our jurors used these examples as a means of acceptance into the exhibition. Basic elements such as  texture, value range, balance, editing, repetition, juxtaposition, and line make up the core criteria for selected works.

Hillaree Hamblin Hillaree HamblinMy eye owns what it sees, and it is my obligation as a gallerist to present, exhibit, and encourage works of every genre which catch my attention in some form or fashion. This is my job, and I take it seriously.  As an individual I have been influenced by art my entire life and I owe so much of this blessing to my grandmother who was forever painting, creating small sculpture of papier-mache or river stones, whatever she could find, or working with her piano students on their lessons. Her house was filled with creativity, and I loved my summer visits.  "Art speaks of who we are. Focus and refocus your vision, look within, to discover the symbols, colors, and the hidden meaning of your message.That's a great rooster Max!" I still hear her words.

At the age nine my father died, and his words come to me when I get down on Tarina FrankTarina Frankmyself, or am dissatisfied, "Max, you can't be an artist, you should be an engineer, or a geologist. These are respectable positions.” I wasn't discouraged by my father from creating art, but by no means was I encouraged to do so. It has taken my lifetime to begin to, and maybe understand why he felt the way he did. He witnessed his mother, my "Granna" raise five children alone after the death of his father, her husband. I have a few cherished paintings by Martha Harrison with hand written price tags of .15 and .25 cents barely visible on their backs. I feel he simply saw his mother as suffering to make a living, and wanted something more for himself and his children. He too owned what his eyes saw.

Carlo Fantin Carlo FantinAfter working in construction I finally landed a position with Sears, where I worked in shipping and receiving until I could no longer endear the corporate setting, so I headed to New Orleans. This is where I started working in productions and was able to find work at Hunt Production Company, Blaine Kern Studios, and Mardi Gras Producitons building sets, assisting with events, working with different crews on floats, commercials, and a couple of movies et cetera, you know, fun stuff. In the late 80's my mother became very ill, so I moved home to give her the care she had given me. At some point she asked me to finish my education. It took me a long time to keep my promise, but I did. She didn't get to see me graduate with honors from the University of Saint Thomas Houston, Texas. She did get to see me begin my journey, and my promise kept me going, I was going to be a geologist.

Randall MosmanRandall MosmanI butt heads a lot, and in college I made it half way through the geology department before I was informed by the Chair of the Department, "I was not cut of the right cloth." He asked me if I needed help withdrawing from the university, so I informed him I did not require any help changing my major, and I went and declared Art History as my new core and tossed in Theology, and Philosophy as minors for good measure. At that moment I know I had been denying myself a true passion. Moving forward, and never looking back I have had the opportunity to meet amazing individuals, all of whom have inspired, and motivated me to listen more closely to the stories artists tell. I work with love, honesty, and integrity for the benefit of other like-minded people, artists, patrons, and those wishing to hear the stories, or have that one on one conversation with an artist by examination of their work. To aid in these narratives is a true joy for me, so I embrace it, and throw all I have into it.

Juan Aaron Castillo Juan Aaron CastilloWe opened Gallery M Squared in 2001 and are always amazed with what challenges each day brings. My personal goals have been reached, and my dreams far surpassed because of the people I have encountered. Artists, and patrons alike bring so much to the community, and we are happy to a part of this community. I wish to help tell the stories of many, and we as a gallery are doing just that. We provide information for those who ask, and share freely our knowledge and understanding of presenting an exhibition. We are here to share with all who walk in, and encourage each of you ask the question, "What does it mean?"

"This is the Power of Art."

Header detail by: Luton, Nancy. "Remnants IV" 2014. Mixed media on paper. Gallery M Squared.

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Gallery M Squared is an art gallery dealing in original art by local, national, and international artists, located in Houston’s historic Heights district. Welcome to our official online headquarters.

Solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, installations, film, photography, music and dance performances are all presented at Gallery M Squared. We work towards our goal of supporting the arts, and artists of all genres by working with those who have a vision. Public interest is always a focus and it is for the publics enjoyment artists, curators, and galleries do what they do.

Gallery M2Gallery M Squared became recognized for efforts in community involvement as soon as we opened. Max and Michael care for the Heights as a historical work of art in itself. More importantly about the people of our community which make it great! There is a unique blend of culture that happens in the inner city. Gallery M Squared is recognized for being at the very heart of celebrating every bit of it!

We aim to embrace the city in which we are located and a focus on the culture upon which our exhibitions and collections are based.

The gallery maintains two exhibition spaces in the Houston Heights totaling more than 7,000 square feet where twelve to fourteen exhibitions are presented each year, many accompanied by publications.

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