Art Colony Association Announces New Board President, Featured Artist and Big Changes Ahead

The Producers of The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2015 to Spotlight Texas Artist

Houston, TX, February 6, 2015 – The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2015 will take place from March 27- 29, welcoming more than 400 artists to one of the nation’s top ten annual outdoor fine art events. As organizers prepare for the three day affair, the  Board of Art Colony Association (ACA), which produces the Bayou City Art Festivals, has elected Joseph K. Plumbar to replace the position that was previously held on an interim basis by John De La Cruz. The Board places on record a deep sense of appreciation of the services rendered by John de la Cruz during his tenure as the interim President of the Board.

Celebrating 44 years of service and innovation, the board and staff welcome changes and a new approach to internal leadership. One of the first changes to the organizations structure includes empowering ACA staff to work from a holacratic model which aims to organize the association around the work that needs to be done and reaching long-term goals.

“Moving forward, we strive to be an organization that thrives on transparency. Ultimately, our focus is on investing right back into the Houston arts community and we feel that the best way to do that is to implement a model that reflects that community,” said Plumbar. “Artists have accomplished great things collectively, and we believe that the ACA staff will too, with a shared responsibility model.”

In addition the board welcomes philanthropist and Dolce Vita Day Spa owner Fernando Aramburo, marketing expert Paul Pettie and oil and gas consultant Michel Muylle.

The Bayou City Art Festival is ranked number six among the nation’s top ten annual outdoor fine art events by Sunshine Artists Magazine. Sunshine is the leading publication for art and craft shows, and their annual rankings are determined by artists sales.

“We’re proud to be ranked among the top ten festivals in the country, and I think it says it a lot about the quality of artwork not only in Houston, but across the nation. It’s important that artists continue to have places to showcase their work, and we’re grateful to be able to provide it,” said Plumbar.

Known for its serene, natural environment, the outdoor festival has become one of the most highly anticipated spring events, offering arts, crafts, entertainment and more for the entire family.

This year’s featured artist is Gregory Arth, whose signature style of art is known as Sculptural Cubism which started in the 1980’s with a focus on famous faces. His featured artwork for this year is a part of his tree series, which is inspired by the old oak trees on his property that surround his home and studio, some of which are well over 100 years old.

Changes at the festival this year include replacing the entertainment stage with access to more green space and intimate, street-style performances by local artists. For the second year at the spring festival, Houston’s favorite food trucks will be on site, adding to the wide assortment of food and beverage options. To enhance the parking experience, all patrons will be able to park at Northwest Mall, where a shuttle service to the park will be provided.

Returning this year is The Middle School Art Competition and The Emerging Artist Program, which is offered to enrolled Houston area high school students and offers artistic teams the opportunity to create and display large scale, 3-D, site specific, outdoor public art works. Both programs have been broken records this year, with total applications exceeding 300 students, a record high.

Advance tickets are on sale now until for just $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12) at www.artcolonyassociation.org.

High resolution images from past festivals at Memorial Park can be downloaded by clicking here. For updates on social media, follow the official event hashtag #HouArtFest, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/houstonartfest or follow on Twitter @houstonartfest and Instagram @houstonartfest.

About Bayou City Art Festival:
Now in its 44th year, the Art Colony Association Inc. has raised millions of dollars for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. Proceeds from the events go back into the community through Art Colony Association’s nonprofit partners. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.

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