First Ward is Blooming

A public art installation lead by artist Carol Simon.  The project involves creating a public art installation on a 150 ft fence on Houston Avenue in the First Ward using approximately 10,000 upcycled water bottles. 

About Carol Simon:

Carol Simon is an emerging, self taught artist. She considers herself an abstract expressionist painter but she also makes sculptures out of up-cycled materials. 
She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in both Texas and California. Simon is a native Houstonian and an alumna of the University of Texas in Austin. She taught art and art history to elementary students at City Artworks and covered the art scene as contributing writer for the Houston Inner Looper Newspaper. Most recently, she organized a women’s art club to view and experience art. 
In 2016, after working with several different upcycled materials in her art pieces, visiting Prague and seeing several community art installations, she decided to lead a community wide public art project for the First Ward of Houston, using 10,000 water and soda bottles to form a colorful flower garden on a 150 ft fence on Houston Avenue and Edwards Street. She holds regular work sessions for the installation at her studio for public and private groups as well as having individuals and businesses collecting bottles 
Carol doesn't paint or create with preconceived ideas. She is spontaneous and uses her intuition as her guide. Her technique involves pouring, splattering, blowing and moving ink and paint with different tools as well as making gestural marks on the canvas. Carol experiments with different mediums but uses alcohol inks in most of her paintings after she discovered the spontaneity and magic that alcohol inks create as well as the vibrant colors that bring each piece to life. Many of her works are on plexi-glas to let the transparency of the inks spill onto the wall displaying a three dimensional, silhouette effect. Simon’s gets her inspiration for many of her pieces from the glass artist, Dale Chilhuly.

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America's Changing Face

Demographers project that one in five Americans will be of mixed racial heritage by 2050. In fact, multi-racial people, through their blend of language, culture, religion, language and genetics, are already redefining what it is to be American.  AMERICA’S CHANGING FACE (ACF), a probing two-hour documentary film for broadcast on PBS, examines the emergence of this growing phenomenon. In-depth stories of mixed race couples and families in cities such as Houston, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York, as well as in suburbs and rural communities, will reveal what this diversity means to the future of our nation. Houston, regarded as the most culturally diverse city in the country, provides an especially intriguing profile, considering its location within a conservative southern state and its key role as an immigration pivot point.

 Executive Producer Mark Carreno and Ray Telles Producer/Director tackle poignant issues such as prevailing social attitudes toward mixed race and the challenges ahead for this evolving group in the coming decades. ACF will incorporate a sensitive historical analysis of attitudes towards interracial families throughout the history of our nation, In this timely documentary we will get to know the featured subjects up close and learn how they continue to adapt to the social, educational and professional situations of their daily lives.

 Supporting these personal narratives will be interviews with experts in the fields of history, sociology, jurisprudence, philosophy and religion. Their analysis will provide context and insight into the culturally rich, often complex lives of these mixed-race families.

View the most Recent Work by our Producer/Director, Ray Telles on YouTube, 
 American Masters - Pedro E. Guerrero Preview PBS 

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All Gut Things

 Texas German, a unique German dialect developed in Central Texas, was once a thriving language with over 110,000 dominant speakers at the end of the 19th century. Today, however, it’s on the verge of extinction. With the death of a language, soon follows the culture. All Gut Things chronicles the rise and fall of the Texas German through the eyes of the last generation of native speakers, and the people that are attempting to preserve it. 


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Terra Nostra Ensemble

TERRA NOSTRA ENSEMBLE is Houston's innovative new ensemble dedicated to the performance, promotion, and preservation of music by Latin-American and Iberian composers. The music we play pays homage to our heritage and fills a void in the traditional classical chamber music repertoire.

Terra Nostra Ensemble was born out of the necessity to establish a Houston-based musical group that would speak to the heritage of the area’s sizeable Latino population. In early 2016, founding Terra Nostra members Mauricio Oliveros and Jackson Guillén discussed the possibility of creating a Latin-American string quartet which would focus on performing music composed by Latin-American composers. After further research and meetings with different art entities in the city, the idea evolved to encompass a larger ensemble that would focus on music from Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.

Encouraged by this impulse, five musicians got together in an apartment in the Montrose area to begin the planning of what would become Terra Nostra Ensemble. There was no name, no venue, no repertoire – just five excellent musicians from five different countries and backgrounds, with the common goal of jumpstarting something new and exciting for the musical and artistic life of the Houston community.

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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.

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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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