REGISTRATION 2017 Basic Business Skills

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION: Basic Business Skills (for visual artists)
hosted in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston

led by Taft McWhorter

Friday, April 28, 2017  // 10:00am to Noon


Late fees apply. Walk-ins welcome at the door.

Early registration: (ends Thurs., April 27 at 4pm)
$5/Fresh Arts members and UH students** :: $10/general admission

**If you are having difficulty receiving your discount, please email:

Late registration: (after 4pm, Thurs., April 27 or at the door)
$10/Fresh Arts members and UH students :: $20/general admission

Want 50% off all of Fresh Arts workshops + events and access to other local discounts and members' only opportunities? 

For more information about becoming a Fresh Arts member, visit our Membership page.


University of Houston campus

Fine Arts bldg (near the Blaffer Museum), Room 110 

4173 Elgin Street. Houston, TX 77004

Take entrance #16 off Cullen Blvd or entrance #18 off Elgin.

**There is a fee to park. Please allow ample time for parking.

la speranza

La Speranza brings historically informed performances of chamber music spanning repertoire from the Baroque to Romantic eras to Houston communities in order to illuminate and explore the link between music and wellness.

Before the turn of the 20th century, string and wind instruments were generally built for more intimate concert settings than the large symphony orchestra concerts of modern times. Chamber music performances were very common and brought people together in homes or small concert halls. The raw-sounding warmth of the period instrument reminds us of ourselves as humans. Our imperfections and weaknesses may hinder us as individuals, but together we can create something of beauty and meaning that transcends the individual.

La Speranza was founded by violist Yvonne Smith in 2016 in her dream of sharing this transcendent beauty with audiences everywhere in Houston, and eventually the country. At La Speranza, we seek to bring the transformative experience of historically informed performance to our audiences through our concert series and free community concerts.

At La Speranza, our instruments are as close as possible to what would have been used to premiere the works we perform. This means our stringed instruments are equipped with gut strings and no chin rests, shoulder rests, or endpins. Our wind instruments are originals or copies of originals from the appropriate era, and instead of a Steinway, we use fortepianos or harpsichords as our keyboard instrument of choice.

La Speranza exists to illuminate and explore the connection between historically informed chamber music performances and our overall wellbeing in each one of our concerts.  We might be performing in a concert hall or a hospital room, a living room with fifteen people or a theater with five hundred people, but our goal is always to bring the unforgettable intimacy of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic era chamber music on period instruments to communities all over Houston and the United States.

Fresh Art fiscal sponsorship program helps artists and arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.

2017 Registration: Funding Strategies for Arts Projects

Funding Strategies for Arts Projects
hosted in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston

led by Susannah Mitchell, Executive Director of the Washington Avenue Arts District

Price: $10.00



Selected participants for Artist INC must pay the $150 course fee which includes all materials including a copy of Jackie Battenfield's The Artist GuideEven with the participant fee, the program is heavily subsidized. As a result of this subsidization, participants are required to attend ALL sessions of the program, baring illness or emergency. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by 4pm. 

Please contact if you need to make special payment arrangements.


Credit/Debit Card, PayPal, or check. 

Checks are payable to FRESH ARTS and can be mailed (or dropped off) to the Fresh Arts' office:

FRESH ARTS (attn: Angela)
1502 Sawyer Street, Studio 103
Houston, TX 77007 

Drop off hours: M-F, 10am-5pm

Healing Illustrations Series

Healing Illustrations is a series of large hand-printed silkscreen posters that will be created by artist Christine Olga Smith over a year, derived from the series of illustrations the artist previously drafted concerning healing and therapy. This series consisting of eight pictures, approximately one meter high each, will be exhibited in a public setting, with the final destination being in a hospital. Through each piece the goal is to communicate compassion and understanding towards women in the Middle East and the Mediterranean and their families who have faced an illness such as breast cancer. 

Through each print, the goal is to convey elements from these societies’ unique and elaborate cultural traditions, as well as universal imagery, texts and symbolism associated with spirituality. This project will be completed in one year and work in collaboration with representatives of the sponsoring company, organization, the chosen venue, ambassadors of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries as well as women who have been raising awareness on illnesses such as breast cancer, or other illnesses in those regions

Click here to view the drafts of this series.

About the Artist:

Christine Olga Smith grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  After graduating from Parsons School of Design (Paris & NY) with a degree in design for communication in 2008, founded her own art space dedicated to cultivating and promoting contemporary art practices internationally in a small coastal town of Porto Heli. It is an area that has a lot of history and nature. The company started out as an art gallery and then grew into a multi-functional art space used exhibits, art workshops and studio time.  A lot of the work on Blue Fig Art Etsy was developed in the original location, which has now moved to Glyfada, a coastal suburb of Athens.  

Christine's work has exhibited in Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Nations in Geneva, with artists from the Middle East (’10), in New York at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (’12), at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses (’13) where she is also a curator, at SG Gallery in St. George Lycabettus (“Dreams and Think Positive” Nov. & Dec. ’11) and the Evgenidou Foundation (Eco ’09), in Athens.   Most recently her series of oil paintings from nature entitled "Compositions in the Greek Landscape 2014" were on exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi in April, 2014, then subsequently the second series was exhibited in New York in 2016. Her design project My Sun II was exhibited in Views Bahrain with Al-Riwaq Gallery, and her short animation, Like, Share & Follow: Sea Turtles Hatchingwas exhibited as part of the Post Studio Micro Residency Show, Houston, Texas, 12/’16


Fresh Art fiscal sponsorship program helps artists and arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.

2017 Workshop Registration: Project Proposals


Early registration: (ends Thurs., March 2 at Noon)

Price: $10.00

Jazz Houston Inc.

Jazz Houston is dedicated to promoting the cultivation of Jazz Music through performance and education. The organization will program its first series of concerts starting in the Fall of 2017 and seek to partner with existing community music education programs to bring Jazz to the Houston area schools, senior facilities, medical centers, and the community at large. Through our work, we will celebrate jazz by performing and presenting musicians from our city, state, and throughout the world that were and are major contributors to Jazz through the celebration of their legacies and the performance of their musical output.


Fresh Art fiscal sponsorship program helps artists and arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.

Cineball Individual Ticket


Price: $0.00

Cineball Underwriting - $600 Best Supporting Actor/Actress

-4 tix to the Cineball 
-Acknowledgment on Fresh Arts website

Price: $600.00

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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