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Post date: Nov 13, 2017
Ugly Sweaters Have More Fun!By Micah Starkey, WHAM 2017 InternOf all the countless holiday traditions out there, none of them have quite the personality of the beloved ugly sweater.  Last year, we dubbed our Friday Night Preview Party an ugly sweater affair—because who doesn’t want to spread some joy by wearing a silly, quirky, even ugly sweater!WHAM is a celebration of all things crafty,...
Post date: Oct 25, 2017
Interview with WHAM participant, Michael Leanes7/6/17Tell me about yourself and your work.I started making furniture almost two years ago now. I was finishing undergrad in psychology. I never thought I would get into this. I started doing it for fun. I few people liked what they saw and started buying my stuff. A hobby turned more into something that I thought, “Hey, I can do this.” Now I’m at...
Post date: Oct 24, 2017
Interview with WHAM participant, Tony Paranáwww.tonyparana.com  |  Facebook: Tony Paraná  |  Instagram: @tonyparana6/22/17Tell me your story. What brought you to your art?I did a little bit of work when I was young. When you’re a kid, you don’t know what you really want to do or what you’re going to be. Painting was a distraction at the moment, but I was a kid. I...
Post date: Oct 18, 2017
MEET THE 2017 WHAM ARTISTSAdriane R Wiltse DesignsARA ColorsAra Katherine CeramicsBetsy Evans CeramicsBeyond HerBig Ant StudiosBirch & GoldberryBlack Tea Cafe DesignBrenda Grands DesignBurning Bones PressChauncey and CocoChaz & LolaCindy Schulze JewelryClaire Drennan KnitwearClosed CurveCultured Critter CollectiveDiamond Dust StudioDirigible DesignsDomestic PapersDoni Langlois -...
Post date: Oct 11, 2017
Welcome (Back) to WHAM!by Micah StarkeyThese days, October can only mean one thing—the holiday season is upon us! For the Fresh Arts team this means our favorite time of year is back—it’s WHAM season, Houston!  And by WHAM we mean the Winter Holiday Art Market, duh!We are excited to once again be kicking-off the holiday season and decking the halls of Winter Street Studios for a three-day...
Post date: Sep 12, 2017
In light of the unbelievable devastation recently unleashed on Houston and surrounding areas of the Texas gulf coast, Fresh Arts is joining with partners across Texas to raise funds for local artists affected by Hurricane Harvey. The arts are a huge player in local economies throughout Texas, with Americans in the Arts reporting $7 billion in spending by cultural audiences last year in Texas...
Post date: Sep 5, 2017
EMERGENCY FISCAL SPONSORSHIP FOR ARTISTSFor a limited time, Fresh Arts is waiving membership fees for our fiscal sponsorship program to artists and arts projects affected by Hurricane Harvey, and will accelerate the application process and provide access to Fresh Arts crowdfunding platform to help artists raise money for relief and recovery as quickly as possible. Fiscal...
Post date: Aug 28, 2017
UPDATED on 9/12/2017EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR HOUSTON ARTISTS (and non-artists too!)In light of the unbelievable devastation Hurricane Harvey has unleashed on Houston and surrounding areas of the Texas gulf coast, Fresh Arts has compiled an "Emergency Resources for Artists" Google Spreadsheet that can be found here. The sheet includes national emergency...
Post date: Aug 21, 2017
One of Fresh Arts fiscally sponsored projects is bringing vibrant colors to First Ward! Carol Simon, local artist and creator of First Ward is Blooming, seeks to involve the community in this innovative beautification project. When finished, the public art installation will consist of 10,ooo painted and cut water bottles arranged like a flower garden on a 150 ft fence along Houston Avenue....
Post date: Nov 1, 2016
It's official, the return of WHAM is now less than three weeks away! In anticipation of the eleventh appearance of  Houston's favorite annual art market, we have been talking to some of the artists who will be participating this year. This week Fresh Arts gal Sarah Stevens caught up with fashion illustrator Rongrong DeVoe to get an exclusive insight into her life, work, and her thoughts...

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