Nancy Littlejohn Fine ArtPromise of a New Day

Scooter LaForge is a New York-based artist who is showcasing two series of works titled East Village Flowers and Elsewhere on Culture Place. LaForge writes, "The East Village Flowers series is inspired by wildflowers I see while running in Manhattan’s East River Park. This space, on the edge of the East Village neighborhood, is my refuge. During the summer, I collect dried flowers there to make arrangements in my studio. Mixing dried and fresh blooms, I make tableaux for my paintings. I love nature in tandem with the city, and I am fortunate to live near a river flanked by a beautiful park." The Elsewhere series was inspired by his residency at the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The works are informed by ‘automatic drawing,’ a method championed by Dadaists, who adapted André Breton’s automatic writing practice into mark-making during the early 20th century. Breton defined Surrealism as “pure psychic automatism.” Hilma af Klimt, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso are some of the artists who have expressed themselves through automatic art-making. 

LaForge surrenders rational control in the making of psychic paintings. Accident and chance are integral to his art-making process in general—whether making paintings, combines, or sculptures. His works are a walking journal of images where ideas are explored and refined. LaForge approaches painting intuitively, absorbing what surrounds him and working on the canvas with agility and focus—drawing from a fertile inneremotional realm and an extensive painterly vocabulary.

His paintings have been shown at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, the Friedrichshof Museum in Vienna, and the Spritmuseum/Absolut Art Collection in Sweden. 

NLFA gives the Houston arts community well-deserved recognition in the National and International art world. Bringing 30 years of experience as a patron, collector, art advisor, and gallerist, Littlejohn delivers an experience unlike anything you’ve seen. In 1998 she opened what has been noted as the most avant-garde gallery in Texas, bravely showcasing emerging talent through exhibitions, performances, and thoughtfully curated multi-disciplinary events. Today, NLFA represents the very best Nationally and Internationally recognized established and emerging contemporary artists.

Nestled in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood in Houston, Texas, Nancy Littlejohn thoughtfully renovated the 5,000 square foot modernist masterpiece originally designed and occupied by world-renowned architect S.I. Morris in the early 1970s. “Seth Irvin Morris and his architectural firm left a timeless imprint on the Houston skyline, from the first-of-it’s-kind Astrodome to downtown’s trapezoidal Pennzoil Place skyscraper to the Williams Tower that looms high over the Galleria”. NLFA is a destination surrounded by the city’s best boutique design firms, antique emporiums, flower shops, and restaurants.

Ms. Littlejohn’s civic work includes serving as a board member of the Houston Symphony and past board president of the Houston Symphony League, board member of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Blaffer Art Museum University of Houston, the Moores School of Music University of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Guild, Lawndale Art Center, the advisory board of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Littlejohn has also been recognized for her work with the AIDS Foundation Houston, Escape Family Resource Center, FotoFest International, Houston Art League, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the MFAH, and the Rothko Chapel.