Houston Charity Auction Brings Good From Two Somber Events

A Houston gallery is paying tribute to a legendary musician while helping the area’s flood victims.

Picture of Tammy Dowe, Robert Hodge and Beth Younger Purprich
L-R: Esperson Gallery founder Tammy Dowe with artist Robert Hodge and handbag designer Beth Younger Purpich, who plan to donate works for the auction.

Anyone on social media probably knows that two of the biggest trending stories lately have been Houston's historic flooding and the death of the musician Prince. So when a local art gallery owner decided to hold an auction to raise money for people affected by the flood, she found a creative way to do so.

"Whether it's wearable art from our designer in residence, or sculpture, or canvas works, we tried to pick pieces that have a little bit of purple in them, because Prince was known as the ‘Purple One,’ says Tammy Dowe, founder of Esperson Gallery at Green Street.

The Princeabration is twofold: It'll raise money to support flood victims, while paying tribute to Prince.

Dowe says 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit flood relief fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Local artist Robert Hodge is donating some of his work and is even creating some pieces especially for the event.

"I'm going to keep Prince in mind. I want them fun. I want them affordable, so it's going to be a surprise for everybody."

The Princeabration will include bands playing Prince covers, with versions ranging from bluegrass to hip hop. It gets underway Friday night at 6:30 inside the Esperson Gallery at Green Street in downtown Houston.

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