Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Celebrates Fall with Debut of New Event and New Footprint

Houston, TX – August 14, 2014 – Touted as one of the nation’s top ten annual outdoor fine art events, the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014, produced by Art Colony Association, will turn Downtown Houston into an entertainment mecca October 11-12, 2014 from 10am to 9:30pm on Saturday, October 11 and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, October 12.

Boasting 300 national and international juried fine and visual performing artists working in 19 media, artists will display their fine and pop original works ranging from decorative and functional furniture to digital and traditional photography; pastel drawings to oil and acrylic paintings; clay to wood; jewelry, textiles and leather goods to mixed media and sculpture during this two day affair.

Featuring fine art and fine craft showcased by Amber Marshall, Amanda Armistead Pechacek and Larry East as well as 2014 featured artist Ella Richards, whose dramatic and elegant pieces are self-described as “scissor drawings,” Bayou City Art Festival is one of Houston’s most anticipated bi-annual outdoor events.

With Houston’s iconic skyline as a backdrop, the Downtown festival will take on a slightly sleeker footprint due to work being done downtown. Susan Fowler, Executive Director of Bayou City Art Festival says of the new blueprint, “We’ve always been happy with our layout that involves winding around City Hall. However, this year, the reflection pond is under construction, so we’re embracing the change and actually looking forward to our audience enjoying a new design that basically allows them to explore the art in a single loop.”  Fowler adds, “In many ways, this season’s event will be our sophisticated and modern festival, so it’s only fitting that our more simplified layout reflect that too.” In order to better accommodate patrons with the altered arrangement, there will be three entry points this year at Walker/Bagby, Dallas/Bagby and Sabine Bridge/Allen Parkway.

New to the fall festival this year, is the exciting debut of Bayou City After Dark on Saturday night featuring music and libations. Fowler describes Bayou City After Dark as, “An evening art festival featuring concerts and cocktails that will happen on our first day, October 11 from 5 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve always had a Saturday night event, but in the past it’s been a VIP Art Heist.” She continues, “We thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could find a way to celebrate the festival in a more public way? To relax, drink and listen to great music on a Saturday night downtown.”

An arts and cultural destination for the entire family, locals and out-of-towners alike, the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown offers a fun-filled weekend of art, entertainment, music, food, wine and beer featuring the popular Green Mountain Energy Children’s Creative Zone, the Adult Creative Zone, the Microsoft Xbox Experience, as well as festival fare offered from some of Houston’s most popular food trucks with beverages from top-tier sponsor Stella Artois, wine from around the world in the William Hill Art of Wine Café, Barefoot Wines, Deep Eddy Vodka and Sweet Leaf Tea.

Ticket pricing for adults all day is $15.00, After Dark only $10.00, children (ages 3-12) $3.00 and are available for purchase online at www.artcolonyassociation.org.

VIP parking will be available under the City Hall Annex and event parking is at posted rates in area parking garages and Theater District parking.

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 43rd year, the Art Colony Association has raised more than $35 million for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. This collaborative nonprofit event puts 100 percent of the proceeds back into the community through Art Colony Association’s 16 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 and volunteer assistance. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.

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(Houston, TX – August 14, 2014) Touted as one of the nation’s top ten annual outdoor fine art events, the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014, produced by Art Colony Association, will turn Downtown Houston into an entertainment mecca October 11-12, 2014 from 10am to 9:30pm on Saturday, October 11 and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, October 12.

Boasting 300 national and international juried fine and visual performing artists working in 19 media, artists will display their fine and pop original works ranging from decorative and functional furniture to digital and traditional photography; pastel drawings to oil and acrylic paintings; clay to wood; jewelry, textiles and leather goods to mixed media and sculpture during this two day affair.

Featuring fine art and fine craft showcased by Amber Marshall, Amanda Armistead Pechacek and Larry East as well as 2014 featured artist Ella Richards, whose dramatic and elegant pieces are self-described as “scissor drawings,” Bayou City Art Festival is one of Houston’s most anticipated bi-annual outdoor events.

With Houston’s iconic skyline as a backdrop, the Downtown festival will take on a slightly sleeker footprint due to work being done downtown. Susan Fowler, Executive Director of Bayou City Art Festival says of the new blueprint, “We’ve always been happy with our layout that involves winding around City Hall. However, this year, the reflection pond is under construction, so we’re embracing the change and actually looking forward to our audience enjoying a new design that basically allows them to explore the art in a single loop.”  Fowler adds, “In many ways, this season’s event will be our sophisticated and modern festival, so it’s only fitting that our more simplified layout reflect that too.” In order to better accommodate patrons with the altered arrangement, there will be three entry points this year at Walker/Bagby, Dallas/Bagby and Sabine Bridge/Allen Parkway.

New to the fall festival this year, is the exciting debut of Bayou City After Dark on Saturday night featuring music and libations. Fowler describes Bayou City After Dark as, “An evening art festival featuring concerts and cocktails that will happen on our first day, October 11 from 5 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve always had a Saturday night event, but in the past it’s been a VIP Art Heist.” She continues, “We thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could find a way to celebrate the festival in a more public way? To relax, drink and listen to great music on a Saturday night downtown.”

An arts and cultural destination for the entire family, locals and out-of-towners alike, the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown offers a fun-filled weekend of art, entertainment, music, food, wine and beer featuring the popular Green Mountain Energy Children’s Creative Zone, the Adult Creative Zone, the Microsoft Xbox Experience, as well as festival fare offered from some of Houston’s most popular food trucks with beverages from top-tier sponsor Stella Artois, wine from around the world in the William Hill Art of Wine Café, Barefoot Wines, Deep Eddy Vodka and Sweet Leaf Tea.

Ticket pricing for adults all day is $15.00, After Dark only $10.00, children (ages 3-12) $3.00 and are available for purchase online at www.artcolonyassociation.org.

VIP parking will be available under the City Hall Annex and event parking is at posted rates in area parking garages and Theater District parking.

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 43rd year, the Art Colony Association has raised more than $35 million for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. This collaborative nonprofit event puts 100 percent of the proceeds back into the community through Art Colony Association’s 16 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 and volunteer assistance. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.

 

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