Houston’s Most Important Art Auction Moves to Winter Street: The New Mecca Hosts Two Huge NightsBY Catarina Williams // 11.06.17
Kelly Moran's "Fun for Two," 2015
Andrew Goocock's "Structural Drawing," 2017
Claire Cusack's "Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover"
Ayad Fadel's "Power of Wishes"
Diane Gelman's "All Tarted Up"
Frances Carter Stephens' "Summer So Sweet," 2017
Lynet McDonald's "Longing For You"
Michael Golden's "0-Connected-, 22," 2017
Ken Mazzu's "Ben Milam Hotel #5"
John Hovig's "Clearing," 2017
Fariba Abedin's "Color Field #122," 2017
Jonathan Clark's "Super Blue Colored Pencil"
Earl Staley's "Portal Series #85 with Cupids," 2016
This year’s annual Art on the Avenue takes place at Winter Street Studios, the current hot spot for artist studio spaces and exhibitions. Art on the Avenue — Houston’s largest art-based silent charity auction — features more than 250 local artists whose works range from jewelry to painting and sculpture.
Not only do ticket purchases and silent auction proceeds benefit local artists, they serve a larger need as well. The nonprofit Avenue Community Development Corporation (or simply Avenue CDC) is an affordable housing developer. Since its founding in 1991, Avenue has developed 890 units — 186 single-family homes and 704 rental homes.
For true art lovers, a big draw is the Preview Party, which offers first access to the offerings included in the auction. There’s also a Buy It Now option to score an acquisition before bidding at the main event opens to the public on Saturday.
Bites and beverages will be served from local faves such as Jenni’s Noodle House, FM Kitchen & Bar, Fusion Taco, Fat Cat Creamery, BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, JKCO from Javani King, and Poptails.
PaperCity steps up again as media sponsor.
What: Art on the Avenue Preview Party and Auction/Party
When: Preview Party: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 to 9 pm; Auction & Party: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 6 to 10 pm
Where: Winter Street Studios
Who: Preview Party chairs Ellie Sweeney and Jessica Pierce; honorary chairs John Cryer III, co-owner of Sawyer Gallery & Studios; Geraldina Interiano Wise; co-owner of Sawyer Gallery & Studios; culinary curator and former PaperCity assistant digital editor Jailyn Marcel; guest juror Paul R. Davis, curator of collections, The Menil Collection. The silent auction features and supports 250 Houston artists including Fariba Abedin, Joe Aker, Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Penny Cerling, Jonathan Clark, Claire Cusack, Jane Eifler, Kelly Moran, Ayad Fadel, Lynet McDonald, Becky Soria, Frances Carter Stephens, Diane Gelman, Michael Golden, David Graeve, Andrew Groocock, Janet Hassinger, John Hovig, the Glassell’s Patrick Palmer and Ken Mazzu, and Rome Prize talent Earl Staley, among others.
Tariff: Preview Party $100 in advance, $125 at door; Saturday tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Images in slideshow curated by PaperCity arts editor Catherine D. Anspon.