Carolyn Garcia Gallery & Museum District Artist Guild
The Carolyn Garcia Gallery is located in the Museum District Eye Center in a building owned by Dr. Charles and Carolyn Garcia, a Houston artist. She founded the Museum District Artists Guild in 2004 and the Carolyn Garcia Gallery in 2009 to further the exposure of emerging and established artists. In 2009, Carolyn and Charles bought an early 20th century building on Montrose Boulevard housed an Italian restaurant, a dancewear store, a fish market, the Sierra Grill restaurant and several bars.
After remodeling the building the Garcia’s have utilized the the space as the Museum District Eye Center during regular business hours (M-F 8-5) and The Carolyn Garcia Gallery on weekends and by appointment. The Garcia's host the artists receptions and donate a portion of sales to local charities such as the American Diabetes Association, the Houston Area Women’s Center, The Gulf Coast Lupus Foundation, Community Family Centers, as well as and faith based non-profits providing healthcare to the underserved.
The Houston Museum District is an association of 20 museums, galleries, cultural centers and community organizations located in Houston,Texas dedicated to promoting art, science, history and culture. The Houston Museum District currently includes 20 museums that recorded a collective attendance of just over 8 million in 2012. All of the museums offer free times or days and 11 of the museums are free all the time. Bordered roughly by Rice University, the Neartown area and Texas Medical Center, the Museum District specifically refers to the area located within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park. The Museum District is served by four stops on the METRORail, one specifically named for it and is easily accessible from US 59, State Highway 288 and Main Street.
The beginnings of the Museum District are found in 1977, when it became apparent that some action needed to be taken to provide easier access to the museums of the area. This call for community improvement evolved into the non-profit Montrose Project by the mid-80s but changed into the Museum District Development Association of Houston (MDDAH) shortly thereafter.
Based on the works of this organization, the Museum District was formally recognized by the City of Houston in 1989. The founding organization was dissolved in 1994, but the Museum District is now under the auspices of the Houston Museum District Association, founded in 1997. The Museum District attracts visitors, students and volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities to learn about and celebrate art, history, culture, and nature around the world.