According to the pedometer on my phone, visiting art festivals is a healthy activity. To the tune of about four miles a day at Bayou City Art Festival last weekend.
It was an amazing weekend for an art show too, excluding the rain Friday night. I’d say only the food trucks weren’t concerned for our health, but when are they?
If you’re envisioning me zig-zagging across Memorial Park like little Billy from the cartoon Family Circus, you’d be close. I was, in fact, visiting with the 21 Houston area artists who were in the show. Not all, but quite a few have done my shows, so congratulations were in order.
The following artists deserve mention in the paper, big congrats to Charlie Hardwick, Angie Spears, Kristen Kramlich, Jefferson Woodruff, Adriane R. Wiltse, Terry Fromm, Rodney Butler, Joel Anderson, Gaston Carrio, Isabelle Dupuy, Tra’ Slaughter, April Murphy, Homer Allen, Andy Gonzalez, Lauren Luna, Anahait Garzoyan, C.S. Ellington, Syd Moen, Cory Cannella, Kenneth Hudson and Stephanie Shroyer.
April 1 is first Saturday (no fooling) so you know where to find me: First Saturday Arts Market. I’m excited because our favorite band returns to perform. The former Heights residents John and Rebecca Stoll call their band Grifters & Shills. They bring more smiles, toe tapping and impromptu dancing than any other group. Their mix of originals and old-school Americana is the perfect kind of festival music. Catch them in the afternoon 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.
Allison Bishop is a singersongwriter who moved to Houston just this January, and I can tell you, we should be celebrating because she is great. Her voice, stories and original bluesy, rock-style are the perfect combos to get our day started.
Find music clips, artist interviews and the full roster including preview images of the art on the website. The market is located next to YogaOne Studios at 540 W. 19th St and is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1stSatArtMarket.com.
Tea+Art at 613 1/2 W 19 St. will host a wine and cheese reception for Glassell School Ceramic Student Art Show Saturday afternoon 2-5 p.m. The body of work will remain on display through April.
Tea+Art is a tea bar and amazing art gallery space. Open Thursdays through Sunday, follow them at teaplusart.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet. com.