HOUSTON - Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, in partnership with 14 local non-profit organizations, is taking over the recently renovated Sam Houston Park on October 12th and 13th to offer Houstonians the chance to interact with more than 300 artists from across the nation, as well as to present native Houstonian, Syd Moen, as this fall’s featured artist and showcase her famous “little planets.”
Born and raised in Houston, Moen is best known for her spherical panorama photographs of Houston and Galveston landmarks, a series given the name, “little planets.” Though she’s explored a variety of art forms, Moen found her niche in this unconventional photography method, which includes altering the form of panoramic photographs to create a round shape. Through this distinctive medium, viewers are able to enter the realm Moen creates within a piece, making her work that much more special. The “little planet” series was created with the premise of transforming a singular location into a world unto itself.
“As a native Houstonian, I grew up attending the Bayou City Art Festivals,” Moen said. “To be chosen as this year’s featured artist is an absolute honor. Photography is the core resource for my explorations of self-expression, and I’m very excited to be able to share this with the patrons of Bayou City Art Festival Downtown as this fall’s featured artist.”
While Bayou City Art Festival Downtown celebrates more than 300 national and local artists from across the country, Kelly Kindred, the festival’s executive director, is proud to present a Houstonian at this year’s festival and commend the city’s local talent while giving back to the community.
“Houston is not only a melting pot of various cultures, but also incredible art media and Bayou City Art Festival takes pride in celebrating its local artists and art forms, as well as those from across the country, and is honored to present one of our city’s own, Syd Moen, as this year’s featured artist,” Kindred said. “I’m happy to offer Houstonians the chance to not only view and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork but also to interact with the artists, all while giving back to our non-profit partners.”
The festival offers an array of exhibits where patrons can admire and purchase diverse media of art. The festival also features activities for children in the Green Mountain Energy Creative Zone, special areas for adults including a wine garden and an Adult Creative Zone presented by The Tinderbox, which will be new to the festival this year, and dozens of food and beverage vendors. This year, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is revamping its music line-up and will present live entertainment on the Bayou City unlimited Stage, which will allow festival-goers an opportunity to see performances from local and regional acts such as the Suffers, the Kashmere Stage Band, Bombon, Hardproof Afrobeat, and many more.
Bayou City Art Festival is a non-profit organization that provides financial support to non-profit partners and one hundred percent of proceeds from festival tickets and food and beverage sales are given to them. For its fall festival, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown has partnered with 14 local non-profit organizations, which volunteer their time to help to staff the festival. These organizations include The Orange Show, Lawndale Art Center, SNAP and Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The festival attracts at least 30,000 art patrons each year and has raised more than $3 million since it began more than 40 years ago. This year the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will be held at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are free for children 2 and younger, non-members may purchase tickets online or at festival doors for $15 for adults and $3 for children 3 through 12. Pre-sale tickets are $12 for adults and can be purchased online up to two weeks before the festival.
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