Piñatas on the Esplanade 2018

Sculpture Exhibition

Piñatafest 2018 is a community event in the East End Cultural District coinciding with Cinco de Mayo. Piñatafest celebrates the ancient cultural tradition of piñata-making and its long-lived presence throughout Houston's 2nd Ward. The event will showcase original sculptures inspired by traditional piñatas on the Esplanade at Navigation, created by Texas-based artists and juried by Dennis Nance, Maureen Penders, and Patricia Restrepo. Piñatafest 2018 includes family-friendly activities, crafts, a variety of local street vendors, and the East End Houston Mural Ride led by artist and writer, Celestina Billington and BikeHouston.


Cristal Aldrete 
Texas Art Aslyum + Nicole Baer
John Branch
Sebastian Gómez de la Torre
Kristina Kolosova
Jesse Lott
Leslie Nguyen
Emmanuel Nuño Arámbula
Emilia Pardo
Josué Rawmirez 
Sayra Vallejo
Alex Winemiller

May 5, 2018 
2600 Navigation Blvd
12 PM - 4 PM
May 5, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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JMV Spring Festival 2018

art exhibit, dance, live music, acting performance

JoMar Visions' big Spring Festival is here as well as its eighth anniversary this month of May, in conjunction with our open studios.

Come for this big celebration. There will be live music by Smith DeVille, dance and acting performance by ImagineNation Theatre and Saint Arnolds is sponsoring this event with their amazing beer while everyone enjoys the best art the city has to offer. Yessss!
May 6, 2018
- Live music by Smith DeVille. - Dance and acting performance by ImagineNation. - Free Saint Arnold's beer for all guests and participants. - Free & open to the public- Plenty of on site Parking- Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres - Drinks served by  AR Bartending Service.
3:00 pm

7th Annual Star Wars Art Festival! May 5-6, 2018

warhous, dandee warhol, star wars, may the 4th

One of the biggest May The 4th Art Festival in the country! Coming back to you guys for our 7th annual event that gets bigger and bigger each year! Family friendly event that everyone can enjoy!

Over 100+ artists and vendors, sponsors, DJ's, food trucks and cosplays! 

Costumes encouraged!

ADDRESS: 215 Grove St. Houston, TX 77020

VIP Preview opening party: Friday May 4, 2018 (6-10pm) $25

Public Opening: Saturday & Sunday May 5-6 (12-6pm both days) $7 online ($10 at the door)

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DISCLAIMER: This event is not affiliated with or approved by Lucasfilm

May 5, 2018 to May 6, 2018
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Saturday Time & Price:
12-6pm, $10 door (kids 12 under FREE)
Sunday Time & Price:
12-6pm, $10 door (kids 12 under FREE)


Solo exhibit with fine art by Marie Casamayor-Harvey

Passion! represents Marie’s journey of life in three countries and events that helped shape her emotionally.  She creates oil and acrylic paintings, collage, drawings, mixed media works and sculptures. She incorporates strong boundaries and borders, different materials, the use of rough sandpaper, detached pieces, torn paper and rips, interlocking parts - almost like puzzle pieces, and bold colors mixed with muted tones to create truly powerful images. Her passion comes through in her body of work.

About the artist:

Marie E. Casamayor-Harvey is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas.  Marie was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba to a Cuban father and a Colombian mother.  Marie left Cuba at the age of 6 months and moved to Colombia, South America, where she spent her formative years.  She moved to the United States at the age of 12.

“My mission is to explore and experiment with different mediums and techniques to express and communicate my thoughts, ideas and feelings to the viewer.”

“My goal is to spark a dialog and make a connection between the viewer and my work of art; that pure harmony between the viewer and the image, a “vibration of the soul and inner pulsation,” as Kandinsky called it. My duty is to ignite people's souls.”

Apr 28, 2018
-Unique fine art by Marie E. Casamayor-Harvey - Free & Open to the public- Plenty of on-site Parking- Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres- Drinks served by  AR Bartending Service.
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Shelter in Place: Keliy Anderson-Staley

SITE Gallery Houston presents the inaugural public installation of Keliy Anderson-Staley’s Shelter in Place.

This will be the first presentation of Keliy Anderson-Staley’s temporary sculptural structure, Shelter in Place.
The simple structure, sheathed in original tintype portraits of
hundreds of Houstonians, will be installed in an outdoor space under the
train shed at the Silos.

Each tintype plate is a powerful portrait of an individual and the
entire piece a portrait of the broader community. The structure is an
expression of the strength and resilience of Houston’s communities, but
also our collective fragility and vulnerability in the face of natural
and environmental catastrophe. Although the project has been in
development for a number of years, the project has taken on new
significance in the wake of Harvey, and many of the portraits have been
made since the storm.

The installation will only be up and open to the public for one week, so plan to see it while you can! Refreshments will be served at the opening reception. on April 21.

Shelter in Place was funded in part by the
City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and by the Cynthia
Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Apr 21, 2018 to Apr 28, 2018
Additional time info: OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 21, 5:00 – 9:00
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Monday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Exhibitions Opening Reception

Main Gallery - Teresa Baker: Return; Second Gallery - Robert Dunne, Robert Erickson, Jamey Hart, Lael Marshall, Yoella Razili, John Tallman

Gray Contemporary is pleased to announce two exhibitions, in the Main Gallery Teresa Baker: Return, and in
the Second Gallery a group exhibition including Robert Dunne, Robert Erickson, Jamey Hart, Lael Marshall,
Yoella Razili, John Tallman. All exhibitions open April 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, and will continue through May
12, 2018.

Main Gallery

Teresa Baker: Return

Growing up, our white cotton towels used for drying dishes were hand-embroidered with flowers. They were
never to be used for drying hands. Doilies were used to cover dressers or really, any wood furniture. They were
always white and starched and had to remain clean. Handmade quilts were to be covered with standard store
bought blankets so we didn’t get the quilts dirty or they didn’t fade in the sun.

There was a care for objects--a reverence for even the seemingly simplest items--because they had a
This consideration of objects comes from my German North Dakotan heritage on one side and my
Mandan/Hidatsa tribes on the other. The Mandan/Hidatsa’s relationship to objects is more spiritual, involving
ceremony, place, animals, and people. The sense of using the common materials you have in front of you is a
concept found in both backgrounds.

I am continuing that use of common materials--primarily yarn and astroturf in this current work. Astroturf
reminds me of materials used for sweat lodges-old carpets and blankets that are not highly regarded, but cover
the top of willow structures and used to facilitate ceremony. Yarn allows for line to be added and shapes to be
made. Mark and color develop until the object becomes its own.

About the Artist:

Teresa Baker (b.1985) is Mandan, Hidatsa and German from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in
Mandaree, ND. Solo exhibitions include: Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; The Luggage Store
Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Interim, San Francisco, CA and the Art studio, Inc. Beaumont, TX. Select Group
exhibitions include: The Alice, Seattle, WA; The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, San Francisco, CA; di Rosa, Napa, CA; Kiria Koula, San Francisco, CA; Et Al, San Francisco, CA and
Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA. She was a Tournesol Award Artist-in-Residence (2013-2014) at the Headlands
Center for the Arts, an Affiliate Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2014-2015) and Artist-
in-Residence at The MacDowell Colony (2015). Baker received an MFA from California College of Arts, San
Francisco, CA and a BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University, New York, NY. She currently lives and works in
Beaumont, TX.

Second Gallery

Robert Dunne, Robert Erickson, Jamey Hart, Lael Marshall, Yoella Razili, John Tallman

In the Second Gallery is a group exhibition in which is focused on the playfulness and experimentation of
building a visual language with materials by combining painting and sculpture. In Jamey Hart’s juxtaposition of
materials within the green painted shaped wood and multi-colored beads in Hard Feelings or the recycling and
redefining of wood in Yoella Razili’s wall construction, each artist finds a link in their varying material to create a
singular distinction of visual language. Robert Dunne’s minimal shapes formed with plaster and scrap wood
derived from visual and physical memories of his environment, while somewhat altered the shapes feel a sense
of familiarity from their traditional usage. In the work of Robert Erickson and Lael Marshall you see a similar
approach in using the wood stretchers to create a sculptural three dimensional aspect to the chosen stretched
material. As Erickson’s are stretched with polyester in which rectangular shapes of ink are suspended on,
Marshall’s oddly angled shapes are stretched with solid dyed abaca paper. In John Tallman’s Green (untitled)
two almost identical oval shapes of wood soaked in green acrylic with a glossy finish are stacked though slightly
off kilter creating a sense of an echo. This work joins the idea of painting and sculpture effortlessly. Combined
these works exhibit a sense of exploration in materials that display painting and sculpture in a uniformed

About the Artists:

Robert Dunne (b.1968 Ireland) has exhibited widely throughout Europe and abroad, he has had two solo
shows in 2017, one in the Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy and another in Linenhall Art Centre, Ireland. Also during
that time he was selected for a number of group shows; `Absolute`, Boecker Contemporary, Germany. `Winter
Open 2017`, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. `Harvest`, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy. `In White`, Graze
Galleria, Warsaw. `Black Box` traveling exhibition curated by Boecker Contemporary: France, Belgium and
Germany. `Dirty Filthy Painting` Byron School of Art, NSW, Australia. `Combined’ Gray Contemporary, Houston,
Texas, USA. He studied in the Cleveland Institute of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, and
received his BFA from the National School of Art and Design.

Robert Erickson (b.1972, Newark, DE) Exhibited throughout the United States over the last 20 years. Recent
group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art - Tucson, Tucson Arizona, 57w57Arts, New York, NY.
Additional selected exhibitions: Dropped Frames - Curated by JPW3, Elk Gallery, New York, NY. Accident
Blackspot, - Curated by Jim Lee, Freight&Volume, New York, NY. Accident Blackspot, Markus Winter Gallery,
Berlin, Germany. The Lurking Hole Gallery, Nottingham, UK. Received a BFA University of Delaware, 1997.
Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Jamey Hart (b.1992, Erie, PA) has been exhibiting paintings actively throughout the United States and
internationally over the last half a decade. His practice focuses tightly on the way a thing comes into being, like
a rock or a snowball, compacted and varied. The work orbits the material language of abstract painting and
reveals the potential therein. He has been included in publications such as Reciprocal Magazine, ArtMaze
Magazine, Lula Japan, and New American Paintings. Selected solo exhibitions include Slow Pace Time at Front
Gallery in Houston, TX and What’s Now From Then at Frame 301 in Beverly, MA. He has shown in group
exhibitions in Bellport, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw, POL, Los Angeles, CA, and Boston, MA. Hart graduated in
2014 from the Cleveland Institute of Art where he studied painting. He is currently living and working out of Erie,

Lael Marshall (b. 1968, Seattle, WA) has exhibited her work in galleries and arts organizations including
57W57 Arts, NYC, Dieu Donné, NYC, , BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY, The Riverside Art
Museum, Riverside, CA, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, Eugene Binder, Marfa, TX,
ParisCONCRET, Paris, SNO, Sydney, ABContemporary, Zurich, Beers Contemporary, London, A3 Gallery
Moscow, Les Moulins de Villacourt, Le Pont-de-Claix, France, mitart gallery, Basel, and ars agenda, Munich.
She received her BFA from The University of Michigan and her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich,
Germany. She currently lives and works in Ridgewood, New York.

Yoella Razili is an Israeli-born artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work belongs to the non-objective
art movement and spans a range of media including found materials and paint. Razili received her Master of
Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in 1981. Since then, she has exhibited her artwork internationally in the USA,
Israel, Korea, France, and Italy.

John Tallman (b. 1969, York, PA) has exhibited work at the Drawing Center and OK Harris Gallery In New
York, and at various galleries and museums in the United States; Sydney, Australia; Leiden and the Hague in
the Netherlands; Bonn and Siegburg Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Athens, Greece. He received his BFA in
Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and his MFA in painting from the University of Washington
in Seattle. He currently works and lives in Nashville, TN. 

Apr 7, 2018
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Tuesday Time & Price:
11-5pm & free
Wednesday Time & Price:
11-5pm & free
Thursday Time & Price:
11-5pm & free
Friday Time & Price:
11-5pm & free
Saturday Time & Price:
11-5pm & free
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Toy Art Car Parade & 12x12 Art Show

Join artists from all over Houston at our 12×12 Art Show where all the art is, you guessed, 12″ x 12″!

Houston is known for having the largest Art Car Parade in the world, but the fun does not have to stop after the parade this year, because, during the 12x12 show, ROCKSTAR Gallery is having a parade of its own… a toy art car parade! There will be local craft beer, food trucks, and music!

The parade is at 6, the 12x12 art show will follow, the cars will be on display after the parade for you to view, some will even be for sale!

This is a parade that everyone can participate in! To enter 12x12 art or a car, click here:

Admission is free! Donations are appreciated so that we can continue putting on State-Of-The-Art-Shows for you to enjoy!

Apr 21, 2018
6:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
6pm - 10pm & Free


5926 Moonmist Drive
77081 Houston , TX
United States
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Call for Sculpture Proposals

East End Piñatafest 2018

Apply Today:


  • $1000 | FOLK & FUNK


  • $400 | CRAFT & DESIGN 


  • Patricia Restrepo
  • Exhibitions Manager & Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Houston

  • Dennis Nance
  • Curator, Galveston Art Center



Piñatas on the Esplanade invites creatives and makers to construct sculptures inspired by the tradition of Piñata making. The Piñata Festival’s vision is to celebrate Houston’s connection to folk art and funk as well as neighborhood cultural traditions.

Each applicant accepted will receive a modest stipend to create their sculpture. There is no cost to enter. Accepted sculpture proposals will be exhibited on the iconic Navigation Esplanade in conjunction with family-friendly Piñatafest activities. 

Jurors will announce awards on Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 pm on the wooden deck in front of the Original Niñfas.

Entry is open to individuals as well as collaborative groups. All participants must be 15 years of age or older.

Due Date: Apr 1, 2018
Contact Name: Stephanie Darling
Phone: 8327040437
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Art Night at LCD Gallery: "Art & Currency - Artistic Reinterpretation of Cash and Coins"

Contact Name:
Marianne Bruvel
Contact Phone:

Please join us for Art Night to view the most captivating and topical exhibition of the season "Art & Currency - Artistic Reinterpretation of Cash and Coins". 

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Artists: Robin Clark, Jason Hughes, Justine Smith, Oriane Stender, Finn Stone, Bran Symondson, Dan Tague, Lauren V. Tickle, Mark Wagner, Stacey Lee Webber, Robert Wechsler, C.K. Wilde

"Money is a funny thing: Comprised of pieces of paper and cumbersome bits of metal, it makes pockets and wallets bulge. We count it, save it, lose it, earn it, and spend it. But do we really look at it? The attention and detail of currency from around the world is its own artistry. Many coins and notes are objects of art in and unto themselves. In an age when our transactions are increasingly electronic and cold hard cash is becoming obsolete, Art & Currency takes a closer look at the aesthetics, utility, function, and beauty of money. 

While it's obvious currency has utilitarian worth as a material object, one that is circulated to support economies and lives, on a broader scale, currency also refers to expression, prevalence, and reputation. Ideas gain currency, we are told. Thus Art & Currency can be seen as an arena of exchange regarding the many ways to see money in addition to the many ways we might define fine art. In this way, Art & Currency uncovers and examines layers of value (monetary, cultural, intellectual, political, aesthetic) to ask valuable questions about worth, substance, meaning, significance, and attraction. 

In its most basic form, Art & Currency starts a conversation - about the value of money and art, about the aesthetics of worth, about the importance of beauty and utility. Many of the works from these artists combine currencies from all over the world in just one piece - making the currencies inclusive to one another and allowing them to co-exist and be rearranged, to work together as a whole. In this way, this exhibition demonstrates that money only seems private or personal. What Art & Currency does is demonstrate the interconnections of the human via currency."


The exhibit is on display until March 31, 2018.

LCD Gallery
114 Main St. - 5th Floor
Houston Texas 77002
Phone: 808-280-1804
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


Fresh Arts |  The Silos at Sawyer 1502 Sawyer St, Studio #103 Houston, TX 77007