Francis & Christy Brown
Preview Party hosts Caroline Graham and Jane Eifler pose with Kara Niles from Avenue CDC and Nicola Capuzzo.
Ellie Sweeney, Jessica Pierce, Cherri Carbonara
Scott Cartwright, Jennie Lynn Weitz
Luis Estrada from Tout Suite prepares a bite for the 20th Annual Art on the Avenue Preview Party.
Mary Lawler, John E. Walsh, Debra McNulty
Mary Lawler, Chell Cassallo, Brian Ellison, Juror Jennie Ash
Jason Richburg of Lee’s Creamery prepares a doughnut ice cream sandwich.
Kathryn Rabinow, Barbara McKnight
Evan Black, Nicola Parente, Molly Rivers
Trish & Rock Morille
Cathy & Ted Zwieg
Norberto Clemente, Melissa Socorro
Richard Hester, Taylor Ragsdale
Justin & Julianne Hickey
Matt & Tina Ford
Patrick & Emily Renner
Rocki & Doug Oehl, Cameron & Maddie Palmore
Tommy & Karli Shaw
Derrick Mitchell & Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell with their son, Derrick Mitchell.
Corbin Young, Shelly Janczak, Chris Watson
Sarah Grimmer, Brett Shulman
Culinaire’s Jerome Kaiser, Chef Barbara McKnight, Nicholas McMillan, Miguel Hernandez
Kevin Begnaud, David Riddle
What: Art on the Avenue
Who: Art on the Avenue chairs and hosts Jane Eifler and Caroline Graham; Avenue CDC Executive Director Mary Lawler; artists Kathryn Rabinow, Patrick Renner, Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Ken Mazzu, among others; honorary event chair John E. Walsh, Jr.; director of the Mayor’s office of cultural affairs Debra McNulty; Culinaire chef Barbara McKnight; Art League Houston’s Jennie Ash; fashionable guests included Tommy and Karli Shaw, Cathy and Ted Zwieg, Norberto Clemente, Melissa Socorro, Justin and Julianne Hickey, to name a few.
PC Moment: Avenue CDC hosted its 20th annual Art on the Avenue at the Winter Street Studio on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. This two-night event was in celebration of 25 years of Avenue CDC and gathered a crowd of nearly 1,000 guests — standing firm as Houston’s largest charity silent art auction.
During the Preview Party, guests wandered the event space, listening to live music, eating light-bites, and art and jewelry made by local artists. PaperCity‘s Jailyn Marcel and James Brock curated the food that featured such delights as lobster bisque from Culinaire, strawberry and salmon crostini’s from Tout Suite, donut ice cream sandwiches from Lee’s Creamery, and more. Guests were treated to smooth music by Moodafaruka as they previewed and bid on the eclectic art featured.
Guest Juror Jennie Ash of Art League Houston of selected the winners of the evening, with Brian Ellison‘s photograph taking first place, Page Piland‘s mixed media artwork in second place, and Marlo Saucedo and Chell Vassallo took home honorable mentions for their separate pieces.
On Saturday evening, rhythm and blues musician Texas Johnny Boy rocked the house, as guests attended the auction and party, enjoying food provided by El Patio.
This PaperCity sponsored event ultimately featured art from more than 300 local artists, and raised more than $200,000 towards assisting Houston communities by developing affordable homes and housing for residents, providing home-buyer education and counseling programs, and more.