Special Events

Vox Local Arts Mixer V (V+LAM 5)

Annual mixer + outdoor arts night market dedicated to providing a platform for advocacy-oriented Houston artists.

 Vox Culture’s milestone fifth annual Vox Local Arts Mixer (V+LAM 5) is just around the corner. 

This fun and diverse arts mixer will feature Central Texas/Vietnamese Fusion barbecue, a seafood boil, and French pastries created by local chefs, while celebrating both established and new and fast-rising names in the Houston arts scene. The mixer allows Houstonians to engage with painters, photographers, poets, dancers, jewelry makers, and more. Artists are selected for V+LAM through their contributions towards Vox Culture's advocacy projects. Guests will have the opportunity to view live performances and live art, and purchase any work exhibited by featured artists, with 100% of those proceeds remaining with the artist.

In addition to bar bites and drinks from The Phoenix, other food vendors featured at the Vox Local Arts Mixer will be Khói Barbecue, Julie's French Pastries, and Friends of The Phoenix Seafood Boil Team. Additional vendors include Space Montrose.

Proceeds from tickets will support a bike ride organized by the Friends of The Phoenix group benefiting the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF). While Free Entry tickets are available, a $5 per person ticket is also available and proceeds will be donated to the Galveston Bay Foundation. The $5 ticket option guarantees V+LAM guests eligibility to enter a gift prize give away competition that is to take place at the event. RSVP IS REQUIRED

Artist line-up includes: TX Salsa Congress; The Outspoken Bean; Betirri Bengtson; Robyn Blodgett; Vanessa Longoria (Longoria Living); Nguyen T. Nguyen (Wind Photography); Ileana Đujić (Foxy Pearl); Justin Earl Grant; Mariela G. Dominguez; and Yulia Drozdova.

Aug 23, 2019
While Free Entry tickets are available, a $5 per person ticket is also available and proceeds will be donated to the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF). The $5 ticket option guarantees V+LAM guests eligibility to enter a gift prize give away competition that is to take place at the event. RSVP IS REQUIRED. 
$0-$5 per person
6:15 pm to 9:15 pm
Kid Friendly:
Friday Time & Price:
6:15pm-9:15pm / $0-$5 per person

Expert Panel: How to Collect Fine Art

Join the conversation as an expert panel of artists, gallerists, and collectors talk about what it means to start an art collection!

Expert Panel Discussion: How To Collect Fine Art

Join the conversation as an expert panel of artists, gallerists, and collectors talk about what it means to start an art collection!

Afraid to make that first art purchase? Unsure what to expect? Join the discussion on July 25th as artists, gallerists, and collectors talk about what it means to buy your first piece of art and what it all entails. We will gather at 6:00 and start the conversation around 6:15pm. Refreshments will be provided.

We've assembled this panel of experts to cover everything you want to know. We will start with the basics to help you understand the art you see for sale in galleries and then move on to cover questions about valuation and art as an investment. Feel confident shopping for art so that you can enjoy the process.

There will be a live Q&A after the panel discussion ends.


Rachel Gardner, Artist + Collector
Rachel Gardner is a Houston based mixed media artist specializing in sculpture and painting. She is best known for her life-size wolf sculptures. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally including New York City, Germany, and Greece. Rachel is locally represented by Cindy Lisica Gallery and also teaches Design and Sculpture as an art professor at Houston Baptist University. She also enjoys collecting art from local artists and work found on her travels. Her home and studio are located in the Houston Heights where she lives with her husband, daughter, and expecting a baby boy. 

Jodi Grogan, Owner of Jack Rabbit Gallery
Jack Rabbit Gallery is a fun, accessible fine art gallery located in Houston, Texas. We are proud to present an amazing collection of contemporary artists from around the world. Conveniently located in the historic Houston Heights, the Gallery curates works in a variety of styles to suit any taste and any budget. Houstonians and visitors alike will appreciate the colorful and diverse gathering of artistic genres.

Yvonamor Palix, Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts

Yvonamor Palix French/ Mexican
Internacional Art Gallery Owner.
Owned and operated Espace d’Art Yvonamor Palix in Paris’Bastille quartier for over 23 years then opened a branch in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma. Participated regularly in the Major Internacional Art Fairs: FIAC, Basel, ARCO, Chicago, MACO, Miami- Basel, ArteBa, Art Athens, Gramercy Park.  Served on the selection committee of FIAC, ARCO and Art Chicago. The gallery curated touring exhibitions of its artists for institutions and museums.  Consult website for list of artist represented. Among the clients of the gallery are Bernard Arnaud, Francois Pinault Foundation, JUMEX, Pepsi cola, France, UBS, the World Bank, Jean Paul Gauthier, Dolce & Gabana, Madonna.  In 1994 six of the Gallery’s artists were selected for the official pavilions of the Venice Biannual.  Yvonamor Palix currently works and resides in Houston where she enjoys promoting young talents as well as established artists through curated exhibits in private venues or her new Concept Space located in the Historic Houston Heights. 

Dana Caldera, Artist + Curator
Jul 25, 2019
6:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
6:00-7:30 PM Free
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Summit Kickoff + Reception

Join Fresh Arts for an evening kick-off to the first annual Fresh Arts Summit! Featured presentations include a performance by Son Kiss'd Dance Theater, an artist talk with famed Houston artist GONZO247, and a dynamic talk on the state of today's artists. with featured Keynote Speaker Diane Scott.  

This event is FREE and open to the public.

About the Keynote Presenter:

Described by artists she’s worked with as a “goal fairy,” Diane Scott uses the power of artists’ stories and community to take the magic out of the “non-art” part of a successful artist’s practice. Diane creates processes, systems, networks and carefully curated experiences to help collegiate arts faculty employ her tools in their personal artistic practices and then mentor the processes with their students. Founder and designer of the nationally recognized Artist INC artist professional development program, Diane now focuses on bringing her tools into the undergraduate arts arena both as an Associate Professor of Arts Management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and through her writing, research, and workshops.

Jul 19, 2019
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
5:30PM - 7:00PM, Free

Summit Kickoff + Reception

Summit Kickoff

Keynote Presentation 

+ Reception

Friday, July 19, 2019

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Silver Street Studios

Free and open to the public


Join Fresh Arts for an evening kick-off to the first annual Fresh Arts Summit! Featured presentations include a performance by SonKissd Dance Theater, an artist talk with famed Houston artist GONZO247, and a dynamic talk on the state of today's artists. with featured Keynote Speaker Diane Scott.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Note: Registered Summit attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to signup for "Mentor Power Hour" Dine-Arounds with select presenters and artists following the Keynote Presentation. 

About the presenters:

Featured Keynote Presenter: Diane Scott

Described by artists she’s worked with as a “goal fairy,” Diane Scott uses the power of artists’ stories and community to take the magic out of the “non-art” part of a successful artist’s practice. Diane creates processes, systems, networks and carefully curated experiences to help collegiate arts faculty employ her tools in their personal artistic practices and then mentor the processes with their students.  Founder and designer of the nationally recognized Artist INC artist professional development program, Diane now focuses on bringing her tools into the undergraduate arts arena both as an Associate Professor of Arts Management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and through her writing, research, and workshops.


Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. aka GONZO247 was born and raised in Houston, Texas. GONZO was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit as a self-taught artist in 1985. He opened Aerosol Warfare Gallery, founded The Graffiti & Street Art Art Museum of Texas (2015), produced an Aerosol Warfare video series, established a Houston Wall Of Fame (the city’s first largest art production of its kind), has participated in over 50 exhibitions and art projects while also working with top brand campaigns that speak to urban communities.  He has evolved his studio art from aerosol on canvas to aerosol on layered plexiglass using a backwards painting technique.  He creates art on a local, national and international level.  He is well known as an upstanding artist and an early-on pioneer in the graffiti and street art genres in Houston, Texas; he manages Aerosol Warfare and continues to create art, murals and team-based productions. He has served several communities in his local hometown Houston, Texas through teaching his medium and volunteering his time to fellow artists and art groups throughout his career.  Some of the local organizations he has worked with are TEDxYouth Houston, Avenue CDC - Art on The Avenue, DiverseWorks, Fresh Arts, Houston Arts Alliance, The Orange Show Center and Project Row Houses.  

SonKiss'd Dance 

SonKissd Dance Theater was founded in January of 2012 by 3 free spirited, professional and energetic dancers with a call on their lives to inspire through performing arts and entertainment. It all began with one piece of choreography titled The Sound of Silence performed by the 3 founding members. The Sound of Silence was a 4minute routine using the movements of Contemporary, Jazz, and Street dance with no music, no words and no sounds. Not knowing how the audience was going to respond, they took a risk and it instantly paid off. After the companys debut performance, Sonkissd realized they had something people wanted and that was quality entertainment with an encouraging message. After performing in top venues around the city such as the Wortham Theater and the Hobby Center and collaborating with top Contemporary and Modern dance teams in Houston, Sonkissd Dance Theater decided to start producing their own shows. On April 27, 2013 Sonkissd Dance Theater produced their first production, The Chronicles of Creation. Now four years later with a full roster of performers Sonkissd has produced dozens of shows between Houston, Charlotte and New York City including their most outrageous production yet, Moving Mountains which was set at the Texas Rock Gym. With their ability to do anything they put their minds too, Sonkissd created an hour long, sold out production with dancers dancing and swinging 20 feet in the air on rock walls that included live painting and poetry. Sonkissd takes pride in the continued stories and comments on how their productions leave audience members inspired and uplifted which pushes them to keep creating and providing inspirational art.


Silver Street Studios, 

Building Entrance #1

2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007


Jul 19, 2019
FREE and open to the public
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday Time & Price:
Prresentation begins promptly at 5:45pm.

Arts Resource Expo

Arts Resource Expo

Friday, July 19, 2019


Silver Street Studios

2000 Edwards St. - Building entrance #1, Houston, TX 77007

Free and open to the public.

Get in touch with local arts resources! 

Featured organizations and professionals will share their resources in an open networking format. The Arts Resource expo is geared towards artists and other creative entrepreneurs looking to tap into local resources.


Powered by Fresh Arts the Arts Resource Expo is hosted in conjunction with the 1st annual Fresh Arts Summit and in partnership with Houston Arts Alliance Disaster Resources Expo & Symposium.


Featured organizations:


Fresh Arts

Sawyer Yards

Houston Arts Alliance

Jerry’s Artarama

Higginbotham Insurance


Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance is sponsoring the expo and facilitating the following resources:

TX-CERA (Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance) teach artists how to recover their assets after a flood.

Performing Arts Readiness will provide sample documents to help entrepreneurs develop a plan to ensure their safety in case of emergencies large and small.

HAA will provide Hurricane Preparedness Guides specific to artists and arts organizations, as well as the CERF+ Studio Safety Guide.

Galveston Historical Foundation will also be in attendance to share their resources and information.

Jul 19, 2019
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
12Pm = 2PM, Free

25th Annual Gala


Celebrate 25 years with us! The dinner will be proceeded by a hour and a half reception. The evening will feature live music, a seated dinner, both live & silent auctions. The dress is formal/cocktail attire and there will be complimentary valet.  


Open Reception: 5:30 pm

Dinner Served: 7:00 pm

*Early bird ticket prices will be in effect until July 31, 2019.
If you're interested in getting reserved seating or purchasing for a table of 10 check out our main website, there is an early bird special for those too!

Sep 21, 2019
5:30 pm
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Linocut Demonstration and Artist Talk with Kelly Moran

MYSTIC LYON is excited to host a Show and Tell by artist Kelly Moran on July 20 from 5-6:30pm. The artist will discuss the process for creating her work currently on view at Mystic Lyon as a part of PrintMatters' PrintHouston 2019. The event will include a linocut demonstration and its printing without a press.

New York Native Kelly Moran is a printmaker and object maker who lives and works in Houston, TX. She is currently maintaining a printmaking studio in Houston Heights. She is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts and The New Orleans Contemporary Museum. Her works are in numerous private collections and corporate collections. She has exhibited throughout Texas and also nationally and internationally.

Her artistic practice draws on contemporary events, personal life, and intuition to compose her well-crafted, multi layered universal images. Kelly is an avid collector of ephemera from the 1800’s to 1970’s, getting constant inspiration from their time-specific and timeless color combinations. They are mined by Kelly to find treasured images from another time that speak volumes about our culture, where we are now and then. The content of her images can be straight forward or not.

Kelly Moran has a BFA in painting from Louisiana Tech University 1982. She studied ceramics at the University of Houston graduate program 1983-84, participated in the artist collective “Little Egypt Enterprises”, 1984-87 and was associate director of “Texas Collaborative”, 2003-2011, a place where national and international artists collaborated to make prints.

Mystic Lyon specializes in art and Recreational Aesthetics, Mystic Lyon is an artist-instigated space located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street in Houston's historic Fifth Ward neighborhood. In addition to public art installations, Mystic Lyon offers weekly organic food deliveries, house concerts, meditation and sound sessions, community coffees, and reading groups. It also plays host to the Fifth Ward Badminton Club, Root Lock Sessions, and the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce.

PrintMatters Houston is a Houston-based 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote traditional and non-traditional printmaking, encourage print collecting, and to further the professional growth of its members.


Nickel Views by Siver Black
Urban Animals by Kelly Moran
In collaboration with PrintMatters for PrintHouston 2019

Show extended to August 3!

Jul 20, 2019
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
5pm - 6:30pm / FREE

Nap Church's Southern Naptist Convention

a series of Community Naps

We will be congregating for some community naps at Mystic Lyon on Saturday, July 13 from 5-6pm and 9-10pm and on Sunday, July 14 from 11am-noon and again from 2-3pm.

Pillows and blankets will be available on a first come first served basis. Participants are also welcome to bring their own favorite pillows and blankets. This series of community naps is free to attend.


Schedule of events:
Saturday, July 13, 5pm—Liminal Recognition Nap
Saturday, July 13, 9pm—Storytime Nap with writer, musician and artist Kelly Moore
Sunday, July 14, 11am—Nap for incorporating Pleasure Aesthetics
Sunday, July 14, 2pm—Vibrational Somatics: Healing Gong Nap

These napping and sonic meditations are part of a series of workshops lead by artist Emily Sloan and referred to as Recreational Aesthetics and are funded in part by a Let Creativity Happen Grant from Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston.

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Napping Affects Performance (NAP) is a performance and participation project providing community naps (since 2009) in collaboration with various performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or contexts.

Emily Sloan is an artist, curator and educator. Her art practice has led her on many adventures including a faux burning house, Victorian lampshades on City of Houston lamp posts, messages on the ground out of mulch and debris, misting shade clouds made out of lampshades, Mobile Nap Deliveries, funeral wakes for the undead, baptisms out of a pick-up truck, an art gallery in a refrigerator, a neighborhood badminton club, founding the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce and opening Mystic Lyon--an art space in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward.

Kelly Moore is a writer, musician, and artist in Houston, Texas. She teaches writing at the University of Houston and djs for Rice Radio’s Chickenskin show. She is currently using her PhD in Creative Writing to make magnet poetry out of fun botany words like “glabrous” and “spatulate.”

5007 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
July 13 - 5-6pm and 9-10pm
June14 - 11am-noon and 2-3pm

Jul 13, 2019 to Jul 14, 2019
5:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
5pm and 9pm / FREE
Sunday Time & Price:
11am and 2pm / FREE

Cultured Cocktails benefiting Acid Test

Since its inception in 2018, Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails has raised nearly $100,000 for Houston Area artists and arts organizations.

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, May 9th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support Acid Test. So enjoy a drink or two, meet the Acid Test team, and take-in Boheme's bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support Acid Test so don't be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for Acid Test.

About Acid Test:
Based on an award-winning short film, Acid Test is about a teenage girl who launches a rebellion against her family fueled by Riot Grrrl music, a dysfunctional family, and LSD. The feature film is an activist film. With a female lead of Mexican descent, our story showcases much-needed diversity on screen as part of a need in the film industry and film market for more diverse content. We are also showcasing that diversity behind the camera: as a female writer director, it is vital to me to be part of the changes needed in my industry in hiring women and people of color in crew positions. We've also partnered with Houston Community College (HCC) where I teach filmmaking full-time to offer students an opportunity to train on our feature film set to gain valuable professional experience while also earning credits toward their degrees. All crew are local to Houston and all of our cast are either local or originally from Texas.

About Cultured Cocktails:
Cultured Cocktails is a community building fundraiser in celebration of the arts and takes place EVERY Thursday during the 5:00-8:00PM happy hour at Boheme Café & Wine Bar (307 Fairview St.). Each Cultured Cocktails event features a different local artist, arts organization, or arts project. Participating artists and arts groups receive 10% of all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour. 

Powered by Fresh Arts, the Cultured Cocktails program is generously sponsored by Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar.
Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that champions artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art. www.FRESHARTS.org
Jul 4, 2019
5:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
Happy hour: 5-8pm
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Sawyer Yards Second Saturday - Out of This World!

Come to Sawyer Yards for a special Second Saturday open studio and art market in celebration of the Moon landing’s historic 50th anniversary!

Sawyer Yards is part of history as one of the largest creative communities in the nation and we can’t wait to join Houstonians in celebrating the Moon landing’s historic 50th anniversary. On the Second Saturday of every month, Sawyer Yards invites the public to tour more than 350 open art studios, explore an outdoor makers market and grab a craft brew with friends and family. July’s Second Saturday will be out of this world with a variety of space-themed fitness offerings, craft beer and interactive art experiences throughout the campus. From 6-10 p.m., Sawyer Yards will host the following activities in conjunction with the outdoor Market at Sawyer Yards and Second Saturday Open Studios:

- Relive the experience of being in space with projections of the solar system in the old Silos train shed and clips of the moon landing shown on the historic Riviana Rice silos

- Enjoy a specialty craft beer and space-themed movies at Holler Brewing Co.

- Grab your friends for space-themed photo opportunities in select buildings

- Create your own artwork at Expressions in Molten Metal with Houston-artist Jack Gron, an interactive experience that allows the public to create their own design in a resin sand scratch block that will then be turned into a cast aluminum block by Gron’s mobile foundry. Bring your creativity and let it shine!

Free and open to the public!

Participating Studios 12 - 7 pm:
Spring Street Studios | 1824 Spring St., Houston TX 77007
Sabine Street Studios | 1907 Sabine St., Houston TX 77007

Participating Studios 6 - 10 pm:
Silver Street | 2000 Edwards St., Houston TX 77007
The Silos at Sawyer Yards | 1502 Sawyer St., Houston TX 77007
Winter Street Studios | 2101 Winter St., Houston TX 77007
Summer Street Studios | 2204 Summer St., Houston TX 77007

Jul 13, 2019
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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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