Art on the Avenue, Houston’s ultimate “buy local” fundraiser, is coming back to Winter Street Studios for two nights in November. The event kicks off Thursday, Nov. 1 with a VIP Preview Party and the main auction and party is on Nov. 3. Both at Winter Street Studios.
Nearly everyone involved has roots in the Heights, works here or is currently living here. If you live in the Heights neighborhoods or just frequent the area for events, shopping or eating you are of course invited, and I highly encourage you to attend this amazing fundraiser.
With nearly 500 original works from more than 250 local artists, Art on the Avenue is Houston’s ultimate “buy local” fundraiser.
Now in its 22nd year, the event has grown to become the city’s largest silent charity art auction, benefiting the community revitalization efforts of non-profit community development organization Avenue, which in the aftermath of Harvey, have become more important than ever. Not only does each art purchase support Avenue’s mission to build affordable homes and strengthen communities – but it also gives back to Houston’s thriving arts community and the artists who make the event possible.
Here’s the lineup with Heights highlights. Bill Baldwin of Boulevard Realty and Fady Armanious of Tootsie’s join Art on the Avenue as this year’s honorary chairs. The VIP Preview Party on Thursday, Nov. 1 gives guests an exclusive “first look” and the opportunity to bid on the artwork prior to the main Auction and Party on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Preview Party will once again feature a reprise of previous years’ art-inspired bites, curated by restaurateur and raconteur Shepard Ross (yep, Heights guy) Recently I received the list of participating chefs that include International Smoke, Jonathan’s The Rub, Poitín, B&B Butchers, Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatiers, Che Figata Gelato and two concepts from the highly anticipated Bravery Chef Hall – Atlas Diner and BOH Pasta – all will be offering up art-inspired bites for guests to enjoy.
Famed Heights mosaic artist Chris Silkwood and Heights mover and shaker Kelly Simmons are Preview Party hosts.
Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery (303 E. 11th St) served as a guest juror and curator of the main gallery.
Both nights feature culinary treats, beverages, and entertainment, bringing good people together from all over Houston for a good cause. Mobile bidding is available.
Preview Party – Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 – 9 p.m. $100 in advance; $125 at the door (include admission to Saturday auction). Auction and Party – Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 – 10 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. A Wassily Kandinsky Limited Edition Lithograph, 1957, will be raffled.
Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St., Houston, TX 77007. Valet Parking available. To purchase tickets visit: avenuecdc.org/art-on-the-avenue
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com