Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bayou City Artists...Part 2

And here's Part 2 of the Houston artist write-up. There will also be other artists from around the Houston Metro, so don't miss them either. The complete list of artists is here.

Bayou City Art Festival Artists
The canvas works of Ray Phillips tell tales of both struggle and redemption. Layering many images together, the contemporary artist creates finished pieces with a gritty, urban feel. Trained at the Glassell School, Phillips has worked in both the musica and graphics industries. Ceramic artist John Whitman's goal is to make "pottery with a presence." Creating stoneware pottery since 1988, Whitman creates bowls, jars, pitchers, and other items that stand out from the usual crowd.

A man after my own heart, former Mechanical Engineer Eric Ober traded the world of pumps and pulleys for sculpture in 1999. His works include everything from large, outdoor installations to wall sculpture to his signature series (pictured). Kevin Peterson's art will make you a good way. Placing images of children alongside stacks of bullets and graffiti, his works are strong and rich. He uses many different textures and 3D elements to make his paintings come alive.

I can say from experience that these artists are top notch. I had the pleasure of speaking with and viewing Kevin Peterson's art at the 2007 Winter Sale at the Winter Street Studios. I've also been a patron of the Bayou City Art Festival for about 6 years, and it keeps getting better. With all these Houston artists plus many more from the Houston Metro, we can definitely say to the art world that Houston is where it's at!

The Festival runs from 10:00am - 5:45pm on Friday, March 28 - Sunday, March 30 each day. Tickets are $10 for adults ($8 in advance from the website), and children under 12 are admitted free. And with a performances and a cool Creative Zone especially for kids, you can make art a family affair!

Hope to see you there. Cheers.

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