The 46th Annual Bayou City Art Fest is Family Fun!
For 46 years, the Art Colony Association, Inc. has (ACA) provided unique art experiences for the Greater Houston community by producing Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall.
For the past four decades, ACA has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their artwork to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. The participating artists, both new and returning are selected by a new jury every year. Over 300 artists from around the country and 19 different disciplines will showcase their art at the 2017 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on Friday – Sunday, March 24 – 26, 2017.
As one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world class art. The outdoor festival will feature music, local food vendors, beverages, entertainment, gigantic bubbles with Hilary Scullane, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more. A percentage of the proceeds will support the festival’s non-profit partners. ACA has selected the following six non-profit partners for the 2017 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park: Cause to Give Us Paws, ESCAPE Family Resource Center, Fresh Arts, Lawndale Art Center, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Arc of Greater Houston.
This year’s featured artist, Amanda Bennett, is a mixed media artist that transforms mid-century advertising, acrylic mediums and photography into a mash-up on plywood, inspired by pop art and funk style. Bennett remembers painting with her grandmother as a child, who used a spatula as her primary tool. However, it wasn’t until years later, staring at the blank walls of her loft in Birmingham, Alabama, that Bennett rediscovered her passion for art. As a Huntsville, Alabama native, Bennett spent 10 years in Nashville, where her music-inspired art gained local attention. She now resides in New Orleans, where the city’s rhythm, color palette, and energy stirs and ignites her creative process.
ACA provides promising student artists an educational initiative and opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional venue, interact with talented artist and experience a jury process with its Direct Energy Middle School Art Competition and Emerging Artist Program. The top 30 local middle school finalist from the Direct Energy Middle School Art Competition will display their art at Memorial Park. Also, local high school students will feature their 3-D art at the Emerging Artists Sculpture Garden. ACA will present the Middle School Art Competition awards on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. and the Emerging Artist awards will follow.
Online tickets are on sale now until the day of the event at www.artcolonyassociation.org. Tickets online are $12 for adults and $5 for children 6 – 12; children five and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults. Also available online are two-day passes for $20 and family passes (two adults, two children tickets) for $30. Discounted tickets for Veterans and Seniors will be available at the gate. Donations are also being accepted online.