There’s something catching about the annual Houston Vintage Market & Festival, happening this weekend. I, of course, presumed it was my love of markets and pop-ups that got my attention. Since my first attendance five years ago, I’ve noticed different groups and individuals joining. I’m sure we all have our reasons.
For those that like nostalgia, whether it is a bygone era, cars, planes, radios or fashion and accessories, Houston Vintage brings all that together. Vintage vendors and enthusiasts gather for the annual celebration at Houston’s first air terminal at the art deco 1940 Air Terminal Museum Friday evening and all day Saturday, November 10 and 11.
Keeping every event fresh and challenging, a different theme is chosen to focus the event around. Last year was the 1970’s, the year prior, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii. This year’s event date is Veteran’s day, so a USO of the 1940’s theme was chosen. Free admission is being offered to veterans who show up in uniform and/or present military ID at the ticket desk.
At the preview party Friday evening, most guests dress the part, too, everything from dancing – including a performance by Houston Swing Dance Society – to the music will be from the 1940’s. A 40’s themed runway fashion show will be the highlight of the evening.
Saturday’s activities start in a truly unique way with Miss Houston Vintage 2016 Mimi Irvin, along with Houston Vintage co-organizer Maria Martinez make their grand entrance in two vintage T-18 Tiger Flight planes. Nothing like a flyby to start a show.
Get all the details including tickets on the website at HoustonVintage.com. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, TX 77061.
Last month, I wrote about the new art sculpture installation on Art Alley at Sawyer Yards. All of the sculptures have an interactive element for the public to participate in different ways.
Saturday afternoon there is an all-ages opportunity to participate in Syd Moen’s sculpture titled, “The Bridge.”
“‘The Bridge” a virtual bridge, both literally and metaphorically,” Moen wrote on her Facebook page. “A panoramic view from a bridge overlooking buffalo bayou has been transformed via reflection onto polished stainless steel. Surrounding the core sculpture is a woven steel fence to which the public is invited to collaborate with me and connect with others by placing their own ‘love locks’ on the structure.”
“The goal of the project is to provide a spatial experience as the viewer moves around the artwork,” Moen continued. “The inclusion of the collaborative and interactive ‘love locks’ fence is an opportunity to acknowledge the concept that love is a bridge to tolerance and unity.”
Moen will have a couple of table’s set up near her sculpture for people to decorate their love locks. Bring your own lock or buy a lock from Moen with 80% of the proceeds benefitting Barrio Dogs, barriodogs.org.
Art Alley is where The Market at Sawyer Yards is located, 1502 Sawyer St. The sculpture exhibit is located in the parking lot between the Silos and Winter St. Studios. Both an interactive and printable maps are here: sawyeryards.com/map.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com