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View of City Hall and Hermann Park at the Bayou City Art Festival 2019
Posted: October 19, 2019 at 5:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (8)

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Bayou City Art Festival

The Bayou City Art Festival is a biannual event.  Each spring, it is held in Memorial Park, and every fall, this festival graces the streets of downtown Houston.  This juried art show features artists from places near and far. The wide variety of art in this outdoor environment has almost every imaginable medium represented and most importantly price ranges to suit just about anyone’s wallet.

October 12th and 13th were the dates of this art happening in 2019.  It was a glorious weekend, and people could stroll the grounds and surrounding streets from 10 AM to 6 PM.  My husband and I spent many hours there on Saturday.  People can purchase tickets for one day or both days.  With about 300 artists displaying their works, I can easily understand why people might wish to spend parts of two days there.

City Hall and Hermann Square

The display centerpiece of the Bayou City Art Festival in the downtown area of Houston is City Hall and the expansive lawn area of Hermann Square with the lovely reflection pool.  Its address is 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. Surrounding streets are blocked off to accommodate the many additional artist booths, food trucks, and entertainment which spills over into Sam Houston Park.   The Houston Public Library central campus is adjacent to City Hall.

George Hermann was a well-known Houston philanthropist and had many things named after him, including Hermann Hospital and Hermann Park.

Hermann Square Plaque

Hermann Square Plaque

Crowds milling about during the festival

Crowds milling about during the festival

Downtown Houston during the Bayou City Art Festival

Downtown Houston during the Bayou City Art Festival

Hermann Square during the festival

Hermann Square during the festival

Pretty reflection pool in Hermann Square

Aiding Nonprofit Organizations

The Art Colony Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization.  They, along with grants from the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance, put on this Bayou City Art Festival each year.  The beautiful part about this, other than getting to see and potentially purchase good art, is that they raise funds to support local nonprofits in our area.  Consequently, this year, the money went to the Houston SPCA, Museum of Fine Arts Houston,  Ronald McDonald House Charities in Houston, and Galveston, among others.  Click here to see the full list of charities.

Bayou City Art Festival 2019 Downtown Houston

Bayou City Art Festival 2019 Downtown Houston

Art by Jay Long at the Bayou City Art Festival

Art by Jay Long at the Bayou City Art Festival

Artist Dania Olivares standing in front of some of her mixed media pieces.

Artist Dania Olivares was standing in front of some of her mixed media pieces.

Chris Vance Paintings - He was the featured artist at this very festival in 2018.

Chris Vance Paintings – He was the featured artist at this very festival in 2018.

Chris Cumbie Art at the Bayou City Art Festival

Chris Cumbie Art at the Bayou City Art Festival

Adam Homan metal sculpture

Adam Homan metal sculpture

Featured Artist

At each spring and fall festival, there is a featured artist.  This year it was an award-winning photographer by the name of Clifton Henri.  My husband and I happened to see him on a local television show before seeing him in person at the Bayou City Art Festival.  Mr. Henri states that he likes to tell stories with his photographs regarding cultural and world issues.  On his website, he mentions being influenced by the Civil Rights Movement.  He does with photography what local artist Charles Criner does with his paintings and lithography.

Featured artist Clifton Henri standing on the right

Featured artist Clifton Henri standing on the right

Photography art of Clifton Henri

Photography art of Clifton Henri

Photograph by Clifton Henri

Photograph by Clifton Henri

The asking price of this signature piece by Clifton Henri is $6000.

The asking price of this signature piece by Clifton Henri is $6000.

Children’s Creative Zone

In a portion of Sam Houston Park was the Children’s Creative Zone.  All of the nonprofits benefiting from this show had booths where the children could be creative and have fun.  Spread out in the lawn area were colorful red chairs where parents could rest while watching their children run, play, and chase bubbles at the time we were there.  Jennifer Lang, who wore a colorful outfit with bubbles on it, continually made immense bubbles that would break apart and had children, as well as adults, smiling.  I know that it had me wearing a big smile on my face!  Others could also try their hand at making bubbles.  Even some children were doing it.

Children's Creative Zone area in Sam Houston Park at the Bayou City Art Festival

Children’s Creative Zone area in Sam Houston Park at the Bayou City Art Festival

Jennifer Lang in her bubbles outfit

Jennifer Lang in her bubbles outfit

Having so much fun with bubbles!

Having so much fun with bubbles!

So Much to See and Enjoy!

In addition to the hundreds of artists who had everything from magnificent paintings to quirky and fun ones, imaginative sculptures, both large and small, jewelry of all types, beautiful glass art, and so much more, there were performers making music and food trucks and vendors selling beverages.

Jimmy Ellis digital art at the Bayou City Art Festival

Jimmy Ellis digital art at the Bayou City Art Festival

Paintings by Vladimir Ovtcharov

Paintings by Vladimir Ovtcharov

Local artist <a href="https://aprilmurphy.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Murphy</a> who was the featured artist in Memorial Park in 2016.

Local artist April Murphy who was the featured artist in Memorial Park in 2016.

People walking by sculptures by Eric Ober at the Bayou City Art Festival.

People were walking by sculptures by Eric Ober at the Bayou City Art Festival.

Sheryl McDonald Art at the downtown festival

Sheryl McDonald Art at the downtown festival

Artist Jerry Locke mountain stone sculptures

Artist Jerry Locke mountain stone sculptures

Unique staging for jewelry sales in this booth at the Bayou City Art Festival

Unique staging for jewelry sales in this booth at the Bayou City Art Festival

Art by Syd Moen

Art by Syd Moen

Food Trucks at the Bayou City Art Festival

Food Trucks at the Bayou City Art Festival

Zachary Lerner, one of the entertainers at the Bayou City Art Festival in downtown Houston.

Zachary Lerner, one of the entertainers at the Bayou City Art Festival in downtown Houston.

Reimagined works of antiquity by Mark Whitcomb

Reimagined works of antiquity by Mark Whitcomb

More repurposed forms of art by Mark Whitcomb

More repurposed forms of art by Mark Whitcomb

Circuit Board Art

Many things caught my eye as we roamed the grounds, but one thing, in particular, drew me in to take a closer look.  Gregory Arth was awarded the Best in Show ribbon for the 2018 downtown show at the Bayou City Art Festival.  He uses old circuit boards when he creates his art.  Hopefully, my photos will show how intricate his pieces are and why I chose to take a closer look at them.

Gregory Arth got the 2018 Best of Show ribbon for this piece of his art.

Gregory Arth got the 2018 Best of Show ribbon for this piece of his art.

Closer look at this piece of art

A closer look at this piece of art

Gregory Art posted answers to questions about his art.

Gregory Art posted answers to questions about his craft.

Einstein by Gregory Arth

Einstein by Gregory Arth

Gregory Arth Art at the Bayou City Art Festival

Gregory Arth Art at the Bayou City Art Festival

Houston Arts

Houstonians celebrate the arts!  Whether they like going to museums to view the collections or homes and gardens like Bayou Bend, which is now a part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the choices are many.  One never need even enter a museum, studio, or art gallery to see artistic expressions of art.  Public art is abundant in our beautiful city, as well as the Houston metro area.  Colorful murals and sculptures dot the landscape in parks as well as on buildings or adjacent buildings.

What is featured on this page is a mere sample of what there was to see and enjoy at this fall Bayou City Art Festival.  In other words, if you missed it, or have never attended it, there is always next year!  It is one of the many festivals in Houston that will repeat next year.  Look for some of the same artists as well as new ones who will be on the roster.  In conclusion, it is an enjoyable, eye-opening experience!

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  • November 21, 2019 at 12:31 am Christy B

    Art aiding non-profits and food trucks – What more could I ask for?! Terrific to learn about this art festival and see the art through your post, Peggy. I felt like I was there!

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    • November 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm Peggy

      Hi Christy,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed this virtual view of the Bayou City Art Festival. I appreciate your comment.

      Reply
  • October 30, 2019 at 5:13 pm Pamela Oglesby

    This festival looks like great fun. I would love to see the art festival area. Overall, this looks like a huge festival that would require a bit of walking to se everything.

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    • October 30, 2019 at 5:44 pm Peggy

      Hi Pamela,

      Yes, one must wear good walking shoes to be able to take in the sights and sounds of this art festival.

      Reply
  • October 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm Virginia Billeaud Anderson

    Thanks Peggy, the images of downtown buildings and park are splendid. Clifton Henri is does fine work.

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    • October 24, 2019 at 10:01 pm Peggy

      Hi Virginia,

      Downtown, where this Bayou City Art Festival is held, is certainly scenic. Glad you liked my photos. Yes, Clifton Henri certainly does take excellent photos!

      Reply
  • October 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm Bruce

    The scope of this show was overwhelming. Had no idea it had become so large and varied. Good job showcasing and describing the event.

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    • October 20, 2019 at 3:13 am Peggy

      Hi Bruce,

      Glad you liked it. The spring show is supposedly even larger! It was a fun experience getting to see and experience it.

      Reply