HOUSTON, Texas (April 11, 2011) – The Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park held March 25-27 was a huge success, raising more than $150,000 to benefit local arts and service organizations, as well as Houston parks. Over 25,000 people came out to enjoy the three day festival featuring 18 types of artistic media and showcasing artists from across the nation.
“Thanks to the continued support of Houston and the art community, we are pleased to announce another successful festival!” says Kim Stoilis, Executive Director of the Bayou City Art Festival. “We can’t think of a better way to spend our 40th anniversary than with the wonderful people of this city and sharing our love of art.”
A true melting pot of artistic talent, patrons had access to paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, metal works and much more. The 2011 Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park awards went to the following juried artists:
Festival Artist Awards:
- Best in Show: Jarrod Eastman- Paintings (acrylic/oil)
- 1st Place:John Charbonneau- Photography
- 2nd Place:Aaron Hequembourg- Mixed Media 2D
Best Booth: Pam Kehoe-Peterson- Jewelry
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Curatorial Award for Excellence in Sculpture: Janice P. Ho
Cadillac Best of Show Houston Artist People’s Choice Award: Tracy Elliot, Jewelry artist from Friendswood, Texas
Local high school artists also participated in the award-winning festival with the “Cadillac Emerging Artists” installation. The program provided talented student artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional venue, interact with other artists and gain knowledge of the jury process. The “Cadillac Emerging Artist” award-winners are as follows:
- 1st Place:“Books” by Addie Anderson from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts
- 2nd Place:“Devolution” by Wanru Ji, Quanyn Shi and Anya Troshkina from Clear Springs High School
- 3rd Place:“Enter Here” by Ava Barrett from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts
- Cadillac Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award:“Devolution” by Wanru Ji, Quanyn Shi and Anya Troshkina from Clear Springs High School
With hourly Houston Arts Alliance performances, appearances by the infamous Tree Man, DiVine, The Living Garden, and food from around the globe, Memorial Park had something for every taste! Kids and parents alike had a blast in the Gexa Energy Creative Zone as 1,350 sun photos were developed, 200 pounds of rocks painted, 1,200 mini-art cards decorated and almost two miles of wire used to make tree sculptures.
For more information on the 40th
Annual Bayou City Art Festival, please visitwww.bayoucityartfestival.com
. Mark your calendars for the Downtown festival coming in October!
Festival sponsors include Houston Area Cadillac Dealerships, CultureMap.com, Gexa Energy, Houston Chronicle, KTRK-TV ABC 13, New York Times and Budweiser Select 55.
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Established in 1972, the Art Colony Association
(ACA) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing high quality art festivals and events to provide financial support to local non-profit organizations. Over the past 40 years, the Art Colony Association
, producer of Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall and Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring, has raised more than $2.5 million for local nonprofit organizations. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com
for more information.