Looking for something cool and creative to do this weekend? The Bayou City Art Festival, produced by Art Colony Association is back at Houston’s Memorial Park as one of the top ten outdoor fine art events in the nation. The festival will take place on Friday, April 29 from 11am to 6pm; Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10am to 6pm. This year’s featured artist is April Murphy, who specializes in capturing nature, pets and whimsical fantasies using vivid colors and animated characters. Festival patrons will enjoy a vibrant walk through Memorial Park as they take in the sights of artwork from 19 different disciplines and enjoy an array of delicious, local foods.
“I’m excited about welcoming more than 300 artists from all parts of the country as we celebrate this milestone year at Art Colony Association,” said Executive Director Bridget Anderson. “This festival has been around for 45 years, and it’s a honor to share this 3-day weekend with such a diverse group of artists, community leaders and of course, Houstonians.”
This celebration of fine art offers attendees the chance to listen to live music, eat fresh and local food, enjoy libations, and much more. Children’s activities include interactive fun with the “Bubble Lady,” Hillary Scullane, who specializes in creating over-sized, captivating bubbles for all to enjoy. This year’s nonprofit partners are the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, UH Clear Lake and Print Matters, who will be on-site providing arts and crafts activities in the Children’s Creative Zone.
The community partner is Give Us Paws, who provides free, in-home training and certification of eligible candidates’ existing dogs as service animals for disabled veterans, especially those with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)/emotional disabilities.
Anderson said, “In addition to celebrating the unique, variety of hundreds of artists, we’re committed to being a vehicle for arts education among students as well as promoting cause-driven art that helps raise awareness about the environment, animal cruelty, the elderly and more.”
Houston artist Sharlene Bozeman recently launched the Compassion Blankets Project which aims to help nurture the elderly in nursing homes and convalescent centers in Houston. Her artwork has been transferred onto beautiful blankets that will be donated throughout the city. In addition, Katherine Mason will be featured among the artists who give back, with a portion of proceeds from her artwork benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Artists specializing in the use of sustainable material include, Ana Huberman Lazovsky, Charlie Hardwick, Anne London and Tony Parana to name a few.
To empower budding artists, the festival includes a Middle School Art Competition, which will feature the artwork of 30 local students on the festival grounds. High School students are participating as a part of The Emerging Artist Program which features outdoor, 3-D pieces created by Local students.
Tickets for the event are on sale now for $15 at www.artcolonyassociation.org. They increase to $17 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free and tickets for children 6-12 are $5. Shuttle buses return this year at Northwest Mall for easy access to festival grounds in front of the admission gates. Shuttle tickets are on sale now for $3 (they will increase to $4 at the gate). Uber is offering a free ride for first time users, by using the promo code BCAF16.
For updates on social media, follow the official event hashtag #HouArtFest, like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/houstonartfest, or follow on Twitter @houstonartfest and Instagram @houstonartfest.