If you've been down Heights Boulevard lately, you may have noticed something a little different along the esplanade from the 400 block to the 1800 block. I am, of course, talking about the eight wonderful sculptures that make up Trail of Art, a curated sculpture exhibit masterminded by local artist Chris Silkwood and Gus Kopriva, owner and Director of Redbud Gallery. This is the third exhibition of its kind curated by the dynamic duo following the success of their previous projects True North in 2014, and True South in 2015. Silkwood and Kopriva had long dreamed of putting together a large-scale public art exhibit when in 2014, a City's Initiative Grant and fiscal sponsorship under Fresh Arts finally allowed this dream to become a reality - and they have been unstoppable ever since.
This year's offering Trail of Art, also a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts, features Texas-based artists Robbie Barber, Keith Crane, Chris Silkwood, Kelley Devine, David Graeve, Alex Larsen, Patrick Renner, Ariane Roesch and Kaneem Smith. The exhibits have been incredibly popular with residents and businesses within the Historic Heights, as well as visitors from all over the U.S. The exhibit's opening was even attended by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (as pictured above with the lovely Fresh Arts gals), so it's safe to say that this year's project has so far been a success. Trail of Art will be in place through December 15, 2016 - we definitely recommend going to see it while you can!
Interested in putting together your own public art exhibit? Sign up here to join Chris Silkwood and representatives from Weingarten Art Group and HAA Civic Art Department for a moderated panel discussion with Houston artists who've successfully navigated the public realm to organize cultural performances and projects.