Houston has, in my opinion, become a great place to tour murals. This week, I got notification of one more to join the ranks and it’s just the latest community art initiative in the Northside community.
To help cultivate hope, inspire younger generations and create a safer home for all in the Northside community, students from Yes Prep Northside have come together to create a new public art piece, the “Eyes of the Northside.”
“This mural is just one example of how young people can help create lasting, positive change in the Northside community,” said Jenifer Wagley, deputy director of Avenue. “We are thrilled to partner with Yes Prep Northside and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts to create this beautiful public art piece that embodies the Northside’s vibrant spirit, and hope that it will serve as an inspiration for all looking to create a safer, more prosperous community.”
Yes prep Northside students and the Eyes of Northside Mural. First Saturday Art Market artists Joel Anderson, Monica Melgar, Taylor Clendennen and Lenora Palacios will have their studios open on June 30 for Summer Series Art Stoll & Sale (contributed photos).
The mural’s design, created in collaboration with Yes Prep students and graphic designer Mary Anne Pennington, features three prominent sets of eyes that gaze out over the Northside community, each representing the neighborhood’s past, present, and future.
Avenue, which has served as a convening agency in the Northside since 2002, donated the fence at its Homeownership Center for the mural’s installation. The project, supported by LISC Houston, is a collaborative effort between GO Neighborhoods and the “From a Space to a Place” initiative, a youth mentoring program from the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts that uses a creative, hands-on approach to ensure a holistic and educationally diverse experience for students.
Best part about murals is, except for the elements and landlords, they tend to stick around awhile. The mural is located on a fence next to the Avenue Homeownership Center at 707 Quitman. By the intersection of Quitman and Freeman Streets, just off North Main St.
Friday evening 5 – 9 p.m., June 30 (and again on July 28), the Artists at Sawyer Yards and Fresh Arts are teaming up for an evening of great local art, music and refreshing cocktails with Houston’s largest creative community; the annual Summer Series. View the work of hundreds of artists in four studio buildings – Silver Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos and Winter Street Studios. Add live music and food trucks and you have the perfect evening of meeting new artists and shopping a fantastic array of artwork.
Naturally, there are First Saturday Arts Market artists you can visit at the event. In Winter Street Studios – 2101 Winter St., Taylor Clendennen and Linda Hardy Studio 11, Angie Spears #28A, Lenora Palacios #C4 and April Murphy, #3B. In The Silos at Sawyer Yards – 1502 Sawyer St., find artists Joel Anderson #114 and Richard Hall in #134 upstairs on the Mezzanine. In the brand new edition at Summer Street Studios – 2204 Summer St., find Monica Melgar in #106. Silver Street Studios – 2000 Edwards St.
Luckily for the artists attending First Saturday Arts Market, the show is Saturday evening, so they can sleep a little late. We will be open 6 – 10 p.m., just east of 540 W. 19th St. The Tomes, Houston’s latest rising stars perform their own brand of folk rock starting at seven. Check out our food trucks, wines and all the artists at 1stSatArtMarket.com
Thanks are in order to you, readers, for voting my show as the number one art gallery in The Leader Readers’ Choice Awards. Thank you! I will never turn down a complement as cool as that.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com