The District Darling - Lori Raijman

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Give us your elevator pitch - what is The Arts of Healing all about?

The Arts of Healing is an annual art show where physicians exhibit their work at select retailers in Houston’s prestigious River Oaks District. From the visual displays of painting and photography, the musical offerings of rock or classical, these doctors and surgeons showcase their talent during this one special event. Funds for the selected charity are raised in a variety of ways- direct donation, sponsor/physician dinner, and a percentage of the total sales throughout the hosting retailers.

In addition to being an enlightening evening, these doctors’ artwork deepens their connections between one another, their patients, and the Houston medical community at large. The Arts of Healing event allows these participating physicians to stand out in the medical community as they share their gifts, talents, and appreciation for that matters closest to their hearts: the spread of creativity and the support of their patients.

You’re at River Oaks District and all of a sudden it’s time for dinner - where do you go to grab a bite to eat?

Toulouse for the Tuna Tower and a glass of Veuve!

The Arts of Healing is all about doctors with a passion for the arts in addition to their work. What’s a hobby or passion of yours (besides art) that you’d like to share?

Writing! I love the process of taking the time to find the right words to convey my thoughts, or simply to honor a moment in time by putting it down on paper. I have a myriad of notebooks around our house that are filled with my writing.

The way you dress can be an artistic statement - what store do you pop into at River Oaks District when you need to add a little sparkle or pizazz to your canvas?

Hmmm… that’s a difficult one because there’s not just one place. I can always find something fantastic in Etro, Dolce & Gabbana or Alice & Olivia- and I am officially now loving the AKRIS collection!

When someone comes to visit Houston from out of town, where is the first place you take them?

First stop - our home. It’s my favorite place.

Describe the Houston art scene in three words.

Growing, Diverse, Exciting.

It’s fall in Houston, but it’s definitely still hot and humid. How about cooling down with some ice cream at Amorino. What’s your flavor of choice?

I really don’t want to choose just one. Isn’t it a rule to order multiple scoops? Let’s go with mandarin orange, or something cheesecake. Or maybe chocolate. ☺️

What is the best advice you’ve been given when it comes to pursuing your passions and career goals?

Stay true to your intentions.

What aspect of The Arts of Healing are you most excited for this year?

We’ve added some new talent to our already fantastic lineup of physician/artists. The level and the diversity of what you’ll see is quite something. It really is something to see the honor the community gives the doctors, and in tern the vulnerability the doctors are willing to share with the public. I love the way Houston rallies around their own.

On a personal note, it is a way for me to honor my parents, as they both passed of lung disease. It seems to me that there is not enough awareness of lung disease and lung cancer. Our event is one way to raise money and awareness for something that affects so many.

When you’re not around beautiful art, where else do you like to go in the city for inspiration and fun?

Home for me, is the most inspiring, fun place in Houston - especially if it is filled with family.

Erin Suvalsky