Foltz Fine Art: Houston Gallery Features Texas Modernists

Updated on May 19, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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) | Source

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 Robert Rogan, oil on canvas titled Refinery, c. 1960, 44X50 inches
Artist Robert Rogan, oil on canvas titled Refinery, c. 1960, 44X50 inches | Source

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.

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Postcard featuring this particular art showArt titled Shapes of the City, 1962 - Yellow Abstract, 1962 & Landscape, 1956 by Robert RoganRobert Rogan art at Foltz Fine ArtCentral room in the art gallery displaying the work of Dr. Robert RoganCentral room looking out into another part of the galleryLithographs by Robert RoganPanhandle Fields and Red Roof by Robert Rogan at Foltz Fine Art
Postcard featuring this particular art show
Postcard featuring this particular art show | Source
Art titled Shapes of the City, 1962 - Yellow Abstract, 1962 & Landscape, 1956 by Robert Rogan
Art titled Shapes of the City, 1962 - Yellow Abstract, 1962 & Landscape, 1956 by Robert Rogan | Source
Robert Rogan art at Foltz Fine Art
Robert Rogan art at Foltz Fine Art | Source
Central room in the art gallery displaying the work of Dr. Robert Rogan
Central room in the art gallery displaying the work of Dr. Robert Rogan | Source
Central room looking out into another part of the gallery
Central room looking out into another part of the gallery | Source
Lithographs by Robert Rogan
Lithographs by Robert Rogan | Source
Panhandle Fields and Red Roof by Robert Rogan at Foltz Fine Art
Panhandle Fields and Red Roof by Robert Rogan at Foltz Fine Art | Source

Contemporary Art Gallery

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.

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Artist Dorothy Hood – Navajo Diptych, 1980 Artist Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) Builders, 1940 Foltz Fine Art View Artist Bill Reily mixed media sculpture titled Who?, 2005 Artist Reynold Arnould (1919-1980) Abstract Figure, c. 1950 View of the galleryExterior of Foltz Fine Art Artist Pat Colville (b. 1931) Untitled Pieces painted in 1950s Artist Jack Erwin (1920-2009) Hillsboro R.R. Station
Artist Dorothy Hood – Navajo Diptych, 1980
Artist Dorothy Hood – Navajo Diptych, 1980 | Source
Artist Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) Builders, 1940
Artist Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) Builders, 1940 | Source
Foltz Fine Art View
Foltz Fine Art View | Source
Artist Bill Reily mixed media sculpture titled Who?, 2005
Artist Bill Reily mixed media sculpture titled Who?, 2005 | Source
Artist Reynold Arnould (1919-1980) Abstract Figure, c. 1950
Artist Reynold Arnould (1919-1980) Abstract Figure, c. 1950 | Source
View of the gallery
View of the gallery | Source
Exterior of Foltz Fine Art
Exterior of Foltz Fine Art | Source
Artist Pat Colville (b. 1931) Untitled Pieces painted in 1950s
Artist Pat Colville (b. 1931) Untitled Pieces painted in 1950s | Source
Artist Jack Erwin (1920-2009) Hillsboro R.R. Station
Artist Jack Erwin (1920-2009) Hillsboro R.R. Station | Source

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 | Source

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.

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Artist David Adickes (b. 1927) Bird Man in White, 1965 Artist Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) Nude Reclining, 1972 Bronze Mixed Media Assemblage titled The White Knights Horse, c. 1966 by Artist David McManaway (1927-2010) Foltz Fine Art View Gallery Art View Artist Kermit Oliver (b. 1943) Nest Robber, 1991 Artist David Cargill (b. 1929) Mahogany titled Family, 1945 Gallery viewClockwise from Lt. – Flood, 1936 by Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) – Untitled, 1938 by Mildred Norris Compton (1912-1981) & Tree in Pasture, 1941 by Carl Benton Compton Foltz Fine Art View Artist David Cargill, 1972 bronze titled Land, Sea, Air III ( 15 X 10 X 3.5 inches)Artist Emily Guthrie Smith (1909-1986), Oil on canvas titled Portrait of a Young Girl, 1948 (28 X 22 inches)Artist Harold Bugbee (1900-1963), Oil on canvas board paintingsArtist Henri Gadbois, Acrylic on canvas titled Tree Highway, 1965 (34 X 36 inches)Gallery ViewGallery ViewArtist Al Barnes (b. 1937) Kerr County, 1975 Artist Warren Hunter (1904-1993), Oil on canvas titled Cattle DriveBack room of the galleryBack room of the galleryBack room of the galleryBack room of the gallery
Artist David Adickes (b. 1927) Bird Man in White, 1965
Artist David Adickes (b. 1927) Bird Man in White, 1965 | Source
Artist Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) Nude Reclining, 1972 Bronze
Artist Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) Nude Reclining, 1972 Bronze | Source
Mixed Media Assemblage titled The White Knights Horse, c. 1966 by Artist David McManaway (1927-2010)
Mixed Media Assemblage titled The White Knights Horse, c. 1966 by Artist David McManaway (1927-2010) | Source
Foltz Fine Art View
Foltz Fine Art View | Source
Gallery Art View
Gallery Art View | Source
Artist Kermit Oliver (b. 1943) Nest Robber, 1991
Artist Kermit Oliver (b. 1943) Nest Robber, 1991 | Source
Artist David Cargill (b. 1929) Mahogany titled Family, 1945
Artist David Cargill (b. 1929) Mahogany titled Family, 1945 | Source
Gallery view
Gallery view | Source
Clockwise from Lt. – Flood, 1936 by Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) – Untitled, 1938 by Mildred Norris Compton (1912-1981) & Tree in Pasture, 1941 by Carl Benton Compton
Clockwise from Lt. – Flood, 1936 by Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) – Untitled, 1938 by Mildred Norris Compton (1912-1981) & Tree in Pasture, 1941 by Carl Benton Compton | Source
Foltz Fine Art View
Foltz Fine Art View | Source
Artist David Cargill, 1972 bronze titled Land, Sea, Air III ( 15 X 10 X 3.5 inches)
Artist David Cargill, 1972 bronze titled Land, Sea, Air III ( 15 X 10 X 3.5 inches) | Source
Artist Emily Guthrie Smith (1909-1986), Oil on canvas titled Portrait of a Young Girl, 1948 (28 X 22 inches)
Artist Emily Guthrie Smith (1909-1986), Oil on canvas titled Portrait of a Young Girl, 1948 (28 X 22 inches) | Source
Artist Harold Bugbee (1900-1963), Oil on canvas board paintings
Artist Harold Bugbee (1900-1963), Oil on canvas board paintings | Source
Artist Henri Gadbois, Acrylic on canvas titled Tree Highway, 1965 (34 X 36 inches)
Artist Henri Gadbois, Acrylic on canvas titled Tree Highway, 1965 (34 X 36 inches) | Source
Gallery View
Gallery View | Source
Gallery View
Gallery View | Source
Artist Al Barnes (b. 1937) Kerr County, 1975
Artist Al Barnes (b. 1937) Kerr County, 1975 | Source
Artist Warren Hunter (1904-1993), Oil on canvas titled Cattle Drive
Artist Warren Hunter (1904-1993), Oil on canvas titled Cattle Drive | Source
Back room of the gallery
Back room of the gallery | Source
Back room of the gallery
Back room of the gallery | Source
Back room of the gallery
Back room of the gallery | Source
Back room of the gallery
Back room of the gallery | Source

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.

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rajan,

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

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Chitrangada,

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

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        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 W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        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.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        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 W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        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 W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Virginia,

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

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        Virginia Billeaud Anderson 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Thank you for the informative piece.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

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

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        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 W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

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

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        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 W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

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

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 weeks ago

        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.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

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

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        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 W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ruby,

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

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        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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