Archive for June, 2017


JUNE 2, 2017 by Taylor Hoblitzell

Elektra Sandarusi and Dana Suleymanova are our 2017 Summer Interns at DiverseWorks.  We asked them three fun questions to get to know them a little better. Continue reading to learn some fun facts about them.

  1. What is your favorite Houston, Texas getaway? Why?

Dana: My fav H-town getaway is a close tie between a restaurant and an art museum.  Every time I’m in Houston, I like to visit The Menil Collection. There is always great artwork displayed and I like the architecture of the space and the accompanying bookstore and park. A close second is a restaurant in East Downtown called “Huynh”. They have the best Vietnamese food in Houston and that’s a fact. Also, the Montrose area is cool and funny things always happen on Montrose.

Elektra: My favorite Houston getaway would probably be the international district! I grew up in Thailand, so when I go to the Hong Kong Market the foods and the smells remind me of home. I also can’t get enough of bubble tea!

  1. What is your favorite/most memorable piece of artwork you have seen this year?

Dana: This question is difficult because I have seen a lot of great art this year. I think some of the most powerful is probably an exhibition and not a specific piece. The University of Texas’s Studio Art MFA Thesis exhibition at the Visual Arts Center was amazing in terms of the caliber of work. It was great to see a lot of graduate students bring their ideas to fruition and create very strong work. I may be biased because they were my colleagues and friends, but I was super proud of what they exhibited and encourage everyone to look up the documentation of that show.

Elektra: Since moving back to Houston I love exploring downtown and the museum district, particularly all the street art murals. I feel like they explore the vibrant and colorful side of Houston that I hadn’t seen when I lived here.

  1. If you could be a kitchen appliance, what would it be? Why?

Dana: I would be a toaster because they are spontaneous and full of surprises. You never know when the toast will jump out.

Elektra: If I were a kitchen appliance I would be a dutch oven or a slow cooker, because I am worth the wait.

Be sure to say hello to Dana or Elektra if you see them around this summer at DiverseWorks!