2019 Bayou City Art Festival Brings Artistic Diversity

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Houston’s largest art festival transforms downtown streets into artistic avenues bursting with colors and culture October 12-13.

As one of the top fine art festivals in the country, the 48th annual Bayou City Art Festival is a weekend where art lovers can interact with artists and view and purchase original world-class art, prints, jewelry and sculptures.

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The Bayou City Art Festival brings diverse artists to urban Bayou City Art Festivals and supports local nonprofit organizations. Photo courtesy Katya Horner

This year’s featured artist is Clifton Henri, an award-winning photographer and visual artist from Chicago. Influenced by imagery from the Civil Rights Movement and the Harlem Renaissance eras, Henri’s photographs are based on personal and shared experiences of humanity. He joins 300 other artists from around the country, representing 19 different artistic disciplines, at this fall arts extravaganza.

Clifton Henri's The High Road
Featured artist Clifton Henri’s “The High Road” was taken in Accra, Ghana. The boy standing tall on top of the tire has made an adjustment in his perspective while seeing a different point of view. The yellow wall represents the environment, which Henri believes affects the individual’s upbringing. The title is the inspiration Henri found by Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” quote. Photo courtesy Clifton Henri

In addition to traditional art exhibits, the event has plenty of entertainment and live performances along with a school art competition plus beverage stations and food trucks to keep bellies full and spirits high. Nonprofit partners host hands-on art activities for all ages in the Children’s Creative Zone which features giant bubbles and caricature artist Bonnie Blue.

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The ACA has raised more than $3.6 million for local education and nonprofit programs from proceeds of its festivals.
Photo courtesy Katya Horner

“The atmosphere of the fall festival in the heart of Downtown Houston is remarkable and gives patrons the ability to experience artwork under the iconic Houston skyline,” says Roger Bare, Executive Director of the Art Colony Association (ACA).

The Bayou City Art Festival is October 12-13 and benefits Houston nonprofits. Two-day, family or individual passes are on sale now. Kids five years and under are free.


Cover photo courtesy Katya Horner

Lisa Davis lives in Austin and is the Editorial Assistant for Texas Lifestyle Magazine and an honors graduate of Concordia University Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations.

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