Discover Silver Street Tour!
This summer, Fresh Arts invites you to take a guided studio tour once a month of a featured building on the Sawyer Yards Creative Campus! This event is in conjunction with the Sawyer Yards Second Saturday open studios. Spend the afternoon wandering through five re-purposed warehouses and discover an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, textiles, printmaking, mixed media and more. It’s a laid-back way to meet some talented artists, explore the Washington Avenue Arts District, and maybe find a treasure or two!
The buildings are located in Houston’s historic First Ward as part of the Washington Avenue Arts District. With over 300 artists in residence, this area houses the 2nd largest concentration of working artists in the nation.
Featured building tour for July 8th is Silver Street Studios
Tour begins promptly at 3pm at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007
About the Artists
John Bernhard is a Swiss-American artist and photographer who traveled North America extensively before settling in Houston, Texas 1980. For more than three decades he has chosen the medium of photography to explore the everyday world from new perspectives, breaking away into different pathways of artistic expression. He continues to devote all of his energy taking photographs and bringing them together to enhance their meaning with visual interplay.
Born in Venezuela, Luisa Duarte is a visual artist and world traveler with extensive ties to Latin America. As an artist with formal training in architecture, Duarte also found early inspiration in the geometric abstraction movement, all of which is loosely referenced in her work. Line and color provide important structural bases for an exploration of themes related to fragility-- understanding fragility as a range of experiences and events that trigger meaningful change and growth. She engages with these themes through a variety of techniques and mediums, which include monotypes, digital art, and objects.
Angela Fabbri, was born in California and raised in Mississippi, but her home is here in Texas where she has lived since 2006. She discovered her passion at an early age and has been painting most of her life. Most recognized for her use of color and various textures, Fabbri, has unique techniques seen throughout her work. In her various series, you will see paintings on canvas as well as more industrial materials including sheet metal and wood panel. Angela's work is held in private collections across the nation as well as corporate offices including the AIG building and the City Centre. Her Houston studio is at Silver Street Studios and is appointment only.
2016 Hunting Prize finalist and native Houstonian, Justin Garcia, attended the University of Houston Bauer Business School but soon realized this was not the right direction for him and returned to his first passion: painting. Through art Garcia began his struggles to understand himself and his surroundings and to search for a personal truth. For two years he painted in a boating storage unit with all his belongings stacked in the back. As he sought a path with a deeper meaning, he taught himself by making mistakes through exploration and experimentation. In the ensuing years, Garcia released seven series of work and following the seventh series, he took two years away from the art scene to analyze and document what he learned. With the effort of these seven series and a depth of experience behind him, he spent several months isolated in central Mexico. There he mapped and constructed blueprints for a theoretical model called Humanity’s Sustainable Infinite (HSI). In late 2015 he announced the completion and publication of his first book, One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream, a retrospective of his seven series in which Garcia’s personal truth carried some universal meaning.
Additional studio tours for Summer 2017:
3pm Discover the Silos Studio Tour
3pm Discover Spring Street Studio Tour
On the second Saturday of each month, the artists of the Silos, Silver Street, Summer Street, and Winter Street Studios open their studios to the public from 12-5pm. Spring Street opens from 2-7pm. Free entry and free parking.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON AVENUE ARTS DISTRICT
The Washington Avenue Arts District is a state recognized cultural district in Houston, TX. Already, the District is home to several converted warehouse studio buildings which house over 250 studios of artists and creative entrepreneurs, as well as vast amounts of exhibition and event space. Because of this unique congregation of creative space, the District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in the country!