Jazz Exchange with UHD
and the Conservatoire de Paris
Once Upon a Door
Preview Party: 6 pm to 9 pm, Thursday November 13, 2014
Public Event: 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday November 15, 2014
Winter Street Studios: 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007
This year’s 18th Annual Art on the Avenue will be chaired by Mark Montgomery, Houston City President of BBVA Compass. It is a two-night event attended by some 1,000 Houstonians. It showcases the work of more than 250 local artists in a fine art silent auction with proceeds from art sales shared between the artists and Avenue CDC. We are
pleased to announce that this year Christine West, Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center, will be our guest curator. At the Preview Party on Thursday, November 13, 2014, guests will have a first look at the art for auction and an opportunity to bid and purchase art prior to the public event on Saturday, November 15th.
RAFFLE DRAWING: Carlos Cruz-Diez “Induction Chromatique à double fréquence Olympic Centennial Harmonie 42.” Ed. 32/50. (Pictured above, courtesy of the Atelier Cruz-Diez and the Sicardi Gallery.)
Raffle tickets may be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100. 600 total tickets to be sold. (Click here to purchase)
Drawing: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm. You do not need to be present to win.
For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez (born 1923) has experimented intensively with the origins and optics of color. The MFAH and the Cruz-Diez Foundation presented the first large-scale retrospective of this pioneering Franco-Venezuelan artist in 2011 to critical acclaim. We are greatly honored that the Atelier Cruz-Diez and the Sicardi Gallery have donated this stunning piece to benefit the programs of Avenue CDC.
Please join us for a unique moment of celebration and learning, at the first TFAA Annual Corporate Luncheon on November 13, 2014, 11:30 am-2pm.
Celebrate with us Texan and French philanthropy over a French 3-course lunch: international executives, key stakeholders, community leaders and renowned guest speakers will share their visions and thoughts for the future of our multicultural city’s art ecosystem. Artists will perform during lunch.
You will also have a chance to get a glimpse of TFAA’s ambitious programming, hear about our success stories and meet some of our fantastic corporate and cultural partners.
Please mark your calendar for Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel: join us for a special dose of inspiration, create a sense of community through an innovative and stimulating program, network with Houston’s cultural and business leaders in a relaxed and creative environment.
Call us today to reserve your seat, at 832.978.5191 or Monique@TheEventsPlus.com. Tables and seats are still available for purchase.
Please join the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts as our VIP guest for the opening night of the Houston Fine Art Fair. Please see some pictures en avant-premiere! Artworks from Walid Zouari, Sebastien Boileau, Skunkdog and Robert Hodge.
Please CLICK HERE to print your pass: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/texan-french-alliance-for-the-arts-vip-pass-tickets-12736391891.
Un tres grand merci to our sponsors including GDF-SUEZ, TOTAL, Air France, TECHNIP and Schlumberger, for their support and for believing in TFAA’s programs and vision.
Un tres grand merci to all our volunteers who will be volunteering on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for TFAA. This is so appreciated ! You are an important key to our community!
Celebrate Houston as an Arts Mecca
Discover the 4th annual HFAF, a celebration of Houston’s visual arts. HFAF has established itself as a must-attend art experience. Set to international standards, HFAF offers its most spacious and impactful art viewing experience to date. This year, curators thoughtfully assembled a list of 60 displays from 17 countries. This well-curated and expansive selection showcases promising up and coming artists, mid-career and the masters from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the US.
Each year, over thirteen thousand fairgoers return to reconnect with past exhibitors and discover new ones. HFAF is an opportunity to uncover treasures for your home and office. There is easy access at NRG Center, with convenient parking and a valet option.
Join the astonishing action this weekend!
1- Skunkdog, were you familiar with Texan-French Alliance for the Arts prior to participating on this project?
Yes, I had heard of it from friends living in Houston. And I had received pictures of the open door exhibition.
2. What drew you to participate in this project?
Participating in a project is always a challenge especially when the support/material is original.
3. What are your thoughts on Public Art and did your experience with Open the Door (OTD) change your perception or understanding of the potential impact this art form can have on a community? Please explain.
I have participated in several projects in which the artworks were exhibited in the street, like the cow parade or the Cool globe and the funny zoo in Marseille. It’s great fun to see the reactions of people on the street and the reactions are often surprising. What I like in all of that is the reactions of the children who are usually enchanted by what they can see on the street. But the art on the street should certainly trigger the interest of people who have no access to art in their daily lives.
The idea of a door painted on one side by one artist and the other side by another artist opens a set of amusing questions & answers. I liked it so, and I hope to get a chance on my return to Houston to meet local artists. In each city in each country, artistic approaches are different, and art is nourished by encounters and exchanges. I painted Houston differently, the city, the people have influenced me. We always grow up when we travel and work in a country that is not ours. I have already participated in these kinds of projects and I’ll do it again for it is important to experience art in the street.
4. What was the most important thing you learned from it and/or what surprised you about this process?
You always learn when you paint away from your studio, the most important thing was the encounter with the people who opened their doors to realize this project. the astonishing diversity of the American people, their good spirit and their hospitality.
I am a painter who uses energy, the word and who follows his instinct. I never know where I go when I start painting, I adapt to the support and I try to paint my everyday life. I liked expressing and giving a little piece of France with my painting.
5. How did this project enhance your connection with or understanding of Houston and Houston’s multi-ethnic communities (given the diverse locations of the doors across Houston)?
I am impregnated with American culture, music, cinema, painting. Expertise is different between old Europe and the new world, but the ideas are often consistent. Global thinking is taking place all around the world, only the sensitivities and the way we express ourselves change from a continent to another. With the emergence of street art, language has become identical. From the encounters that I made in Houston, I can say that multiculturalism is obvious here as it is in my city of Marseille.
6. Did this project impact your community, family or organization? How? Any final thoughts? For example, what artistic doors would you like to open in the future (individually, collectively or institutionally)?
I will able to tell you more upon my return to Houston, a month and a half spent here does not allow me to answer you, but what I can say is that the French people in Houston are sensitive to this project.
The foreign sun,
it squints upon
A bed that is never mine
As friends and other strangers
From their fates try to resign
Leaving men wholly, totally free
To do anything they wish to do but die
And there are no trials inside the Gates of Eden
Date: October 20-25, 2014
Locations: To be confirmed soon
Barolosolo Cirkus Company from Carcasonne will perform July 3 and 4 at Discovery Green with Houston’s own Cirque La Vie and FrenetiCore Dance Company. Barolosolo will perform their show “ile O” for the first time in Texas, a mix of comic physical theater, aquatic poetry, and music. The event is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs, pets, and picnics.
The event is from 7-10 p.m. The schedule is as follows:
7 p.m. FrenetiCore Dance Company
7:40 p.m. Barolosolo’s performance of ”ile O”
8:30 p.m. Cirque La Vie
9:30 p.m. Barolosolo’s performance of “ile O”
More information can be found here.