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“Vibrant Expressions” Art Show in The Woodlands celebrates colorful traditions of Pakistan and energy of American West

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On Thursday, July 20, The Woodlands Art Gallery and Studios hosted the opening reception for “Vibrant Expressions: Celebrating the Colorful Traditions of Pakistan and the Energy of the American West” Art Show featuring art by Mohammad Ali Bhatti and members of The Woodlands Art League.

View photos and videos from the reception on the Hello Woodlands Instagram and Facebook pages:

The art show will be on display at The Woodlands Art Gallery and Studios until September 15, 2023.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti is a Pakistani American painter and an art professor who lives in Houston. The past few years he has focused on the cowboy and ranch lifestyle in his artwork, inspired by taking long road trips across Texas to Lubbock to visit his son at Texas Tech. His compositions are vibrant with influences from both his portrait and abstract artistic skills, capturing the rich cultural heritage of the Southwest. When he’s not in his art studio, you can find Dr. Bhatti teaching a variety of art classes, using a combination of demonstration and hands-on instruction. Learn more about Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti at

The Woodlands Art Gallery & Studios offers original fine art from regional artists and guests share it is more “like a home in the woods rather than a cavernous art gallery” – in fact most of the furniture is from the gallery owner’s previous home.  Artist and Owner Emily Chiles Startz moved to the “Best Town to Live In,” The Woodlands, Texas, and opened The Woodlands Art Gallery & Studios in December 2021. Emily also has her art studio in the gallery where she creates abstracts, landscapes, and portraits. The gallery sells art from featured artists, displays art on a consignment basis from local artists and works of art from their art-loving neighbors, and sell used books in their Reading Room. The Woodlands Art Gallery & Studios is open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., and is closed Sunday and Monday.

Learn more about The Woodlands Art Gallery & Studios and upcoming shows and events at