Foltz Fine Art: Houston Gallery Features Texas Modernists

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Artist Charles Schorre, Acrylic on canvas titled Aqua Spring, 1973 (61 X 84 inches)

Artist Charles Schorre, Acrylic on canvas titled Aqua Spring, 1973 (61 X 84 inches)

Foltz Fine Art (formerly William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art Gallery) is a Houston art gallery featuring not only modernist artists from Texas but from a specific time as well. Sarah Foltz became the sole owner in 2017.

The focus is to present the modern art of well-credentialed and -recognized individuals. They have created their pieces ranging from the years 1900 to 1975 or thereabouts. Contemporary artists are now represented as well under the new ownership, according to the website.

Modernism, as an art form in western societies, is generally defined as late-19th to mid-20th century art. More specifically the art was created from the 1860s to the 1970s. Many influences were felt during those times including industrialization and more people starting to live and work in cities. People eschewed old ideas and this trend not only influenced art, but architecture and literature as well.

Realistic art was replaced with impressionism, pop art, abstraction, cubism and other ideas. Many famous artists produced their works from this period.

Artist Dr. Robert Rogan

Dr. Robert Rogan is one such featured artist. Their show in August of 2016 had most of the art by Robert Rogan spotlighted in a central room of this contemporary art gallery.

This Houston, Texas gallery has changed locations from the first time we became aware of it. What drew our attention to it in the first place was the fact of their representing the art of Robert Rogan. He is my husband's uncle. A home on Brun Street in the Montrose area of Houston was our first introduction to this contemporary art gallery. Some of the art initially hanging in the Beaumont home of Bob and his dear wife Ann was shown and sold there.

The final work assignment for Robert Rogan was as the Professor of Art and head of the art department at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He still lives in his art-filled home in Beaumont.

John O'Neil was the other highlighted artist in this show. Numerous other prominent artists had selected pieces on view in what they titled their Summer Encore and Inventory Sale.

The newer modern location at 2143 Westheimer Road has sleek polished wooden floors and open beamed high ceilings with plenty of lighting. There is ample space to display art in the various rooms on the walls, as well as the open floor space. It is utilized judiciously from what we have seen.

Permission was given to me to take the photographs shown in this post. These photos show a small sample of what there is to view if visiting this gallery featuring mid-century modern art.

For quite some time, Westheimer Road, in front of this art gallery, was torn up undergoing renovations and improvements. Many a business has not survived that long and protracted turmoil. According to William Reaves, their dedicated art patrons prevailed in their attempts to visit the gallery despite the obstacles.

William Reaves

In reading about William Reaves, he has been active within the art community of Texas for quite some time. He has also authored a book titled Texas Art and a Wildcatter's Dream: Edgar B. Davis and the San Antonio Art League.

Artist Karl Umlauf (b. 1939) Oil paintings titled Oil Refinery, 1959 & Industry, 1959

Artist Karl Umlauf (b. 1939) Oil paintings titled Oil Refinery, 1959 & Industry, 1959

Foltz Fine Art

Sarah Foltz is an expert in fine art appraisals. She joined forces with William Reaves as not only a highly sought after art appraiser but also as the gallery director and co-owner since June of 2013, and now the sole owner of Foltz Fine Art.

If one is appreciative of mid-century modern art and looking to add some pieces to a personal collection, then this is the Houston art gallery to visit. Exhibitions are regularly changed, so there is always something new to admire.

Education regarding the different types of modern art created by these influential artists is easy to absorb. Whether attending one of the many gallery talks or looking leisurely at one of the numerous catalogs, visitors can quickly further their art knowledge. Research and publication regarding the types of art they feature are vital to the principals of this gallery. Of course, they are also there to interact one on one with visitors.

Location and Hours

I hope that you have enjoyed this small introduction to what Foltz Fine Art has to offer visitors as well as patrons. If you live in Houston, Texas, or are planning a visit, be sure to stop by the gallery. Their regular hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday to Saturday. They can be reached at 713-521-7500 to set up an individual appointment. Their address is 2143 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77098.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2020:

Hi Ellen,

They are sending out notices and showing art online these days. People can contact them for individual appointments. That is how they are surviving the effects of Covid-19 these days. Thanks for your comment.

Ellen on August 12, 2020:

Texas has so much to offer from its wide selection of artists. Hope this gallery is managing to survive during the pandemic.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

Most good art galleries try to have new exhibits on display in a timely manner to encourage more visits and possible sales. Glad you enjoyed learning about this one.

Rosina S Khan on July 09, 2020:

Foltz Fine Art is intriguing. It is also amazing that the exhibitions are changed regularly so that there is something new to admire every time. Thank you, Peggy, for such a superb contribution.

Robert Sacchi on May 31, 2020:

Seems a great city to live in.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Houston is indeed a great place for the arts. Even people who are not interested in entering a museum or an art gallery get to see lots of public art on the streets, in parks, etc.

Robert Sacchi on May 30, 2020:

Houston is a great place for those interested in art.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Foltz Fine Art Gallery is one of many excellent galleries in the Houston area. What sets it apart is the fact that they specialize in the type of art that they represent.

Robert Sacchi on May 29, 2020:

Another place to go when visiting Houston or an article and pictures for the rest of us. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

I am pleased that you enjoyed looking at the art and learning about this art gallery.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

While this might have the appearance of a museum, it is a commercial art gallery. Glad you enjoyed the virtual visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2020:

Hi Linda,

It will be so lovely when we are all able to resume things like enjoying art galleries and other venues safely. In the meantime, thanks for your visit. Stay safe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

I did see some items in the hundreds on up to thousands of dollars for sale in this gallery. I may not have spotted the least expensive items.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2020:

Thanks for showing this wonderful art gallery with lovely art pieces. This was a treat to watch and read. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 12, 2020:

A wonderful collection of art, in this beautiful art museum. I liked all of these paintings. It must be a nice experience to see such a great collection.

Thank you for sharing another article, with full of interesting information.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 11, 2020:

You've shown some lovely paintings in this article. I'm hoping to look at more paintings where I live when the time is right.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 11, 2020:

My kind of gallery! You've shown some lovely works in their collection. I'm sure you'd need a high limit on your credit card to shop there though. ;) Thanks for sharing this gem from your area!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Foltz Fine Art Gallery does carry a great amount of modernist art from Texas artists. We happen to appreciate the works of my husband's uncle and like other art as well. Our Uncle Bob is such a fine gentleman and is so talented.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 11, 2020:

I like Robert Rogan's art and was surprised to read he was your husband's uncle. That is just wonderful. This is a very nice museum and I liked the paintings, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Virginia,

I am pleased that you enjoyed this piece. Thanks for your comment.

Virginia Billeaud Anderson from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Thank you for the informative piece.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Mary,

I am happy to share information like this with you and others. We have a significant number of art galleries here in Houston.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 11, 2020:

Another beautiful gallery I want to visit. I get to know Houston quite well now from your articles here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

My husband and I enjoy all types of art, also. Glad you enjoyed a brief look at this gallery featuring modernist art from Texas artists.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Liz,

We do enjoy the arts in Houston! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I am happy to be able to feature this gallery with the modernist painters. Glad you enjoyed viewing some of their paintings and sculptures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

We do have a beautiful piece of his art hanging in our living room.

Lorna Lamon on May 11, 2020:

How lovely to see a relatives art displayed in such a wonderful setting. I love art in all its forms and there is certainly a great selection on view in this gallery. An enjoyable read Peggy.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 11, 2020:

Art is well catered for in Houston. I really appreciate your high quality photos and information about the artists.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 10, 2020:

I may not be able to draw stick figures, but I can sure appreciate fine art. Loved this tour, Peggy!

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 10, 2020:

I like this eclectic mix of contemporary art. Your husband’s uncle is a talented guy. Hopefully he has gifted you with a work or two.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

Hopefully, I will find the article you did about your sister's artwork. I would enjoy viewing it.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 10, 2020:

This was another interesting read. There's nothing I like better than visiting an art Gallery. I liked the " Portrait Of A Young Girl " My sister Eva was an artist, and I have many of her paintings in my home. I did a piece on her and my paintings. I don't remember the title. Thanks again.

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