The Heights Pages - Summer 2016

Trail of Art – Heights Boulevard

2016-06-02 12:55:35

Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery and local artist, Chris Silkwood are pleased to announce their third curated sculpture exhibit along the esplanade of Heights Boulevard. The sculptures are in eight locations on the boulevard from the 400 to the 1800 blocks. The exhibits have been immensely popular to the residents and businesses within the Heights and to visitors from all over Houston and beyond. Gus and Chris invite visitors to enjoy photo opportunities alongside the sculptures, to post them on favorite social media sites and to simply feel the joy of this whimsical exhibit by strolling, cycling or driving the boulevard. Mayor Sylvester Turner celebrated the installation by attending the artist reception and enthusiastically declared his support of such public art exhibits. The goal of “Trail of Art” is to provide an exhibition that is a representation of regional works of contemporary art along the esplanade for the enjoyment of our community and visitors. “Trail of Art” is a partnership with the City of Houston Parks Department, Houston Arts Alliance and Fresh Arts. Project funding was provided by Heights area residents and Houston businesses who generously support public art. The sculptures are available for purchase upon closure of the exhibition in mid December. If interested, please contact Gus Kopriva at Redbud Gallery. 713.854.4246 or The exhibition will be in place from March 15 – December 15, 2016. 400 Block - Patrick Renner Title: “Harbinger” 2016 Patrick is well known for his 180’ long “Funnel Tunnel” sculpture that occupied an entire Montrose Avenue block across from the Art League building. Patrick is a graduate of Houston’s HSPVA and holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His material selection is derived heavily from the use of found and repurposed wood. 600 Block - Alex Larsen Title: “Bashing Block” 2016 Alex Larsen’s exhibitions have spanned throughout Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. He is a mixed media artist in both his paintings and sculptor with a whimsical flair to many of his pieces. 800 Block - Ariane Roesch Title: “Achieving New Heights” 2016 Ariane is known for her soft sculptures sewn from fabric, ink drawings, installations with light wire and the occasional ukulele gig. She says, “I’m interested in the human situation and how the human drive is not only to make things work but to constantly better the functionality of an object or system as well as ourselves.” 900 Block - Robbie Barber Title: “Stroll in the Park” 2010 Robbie holds a BFA in sculpture from East Carolina University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is an Associate Professor in sculpture and 3D Design at Baylor University since 2000. Having grown up in rural North Carolina, Barber is interested in the depiction of unheralded, everyday subject matter. 1300 Block - Chris Silkwood and Keith Crane Title: “Flower Power” 2016 Chris Silkwood is a modern glass mosaic artist with a studio of ten years at Winter Street Studios. She is a community activist in public art, reforestation and preservation projects. Chris served on Mayor Turner’s transition team for Quality of Life with a focus on Arts and Culture. Her work was featured in a major exhibit at the Nave Museum and has been utilized in both film and television productions. Her boulevard sculpture is a collaboration with steel artist Keith Crane. Keith Crane is an outsider artist who does his creating in the spare time away from his corporate job. When contemplating a new art design, he draws inspiration from his large, motley collection of once discarded treasures-those objects that once made something tick. Keith is known to animate his creations with clever lighting and mobile features. Keith and Chris have collaborated on several works over the years. 1200 Block - Kelley Devine Title: “Yellow Tree” 2016 Kelley is a Winter Street Studio based artist who works in a variety of media to explore issues of society and self. Extremely well known for her paintings, she holds a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. Devine describes herself as a “mother, artist, entrepreneur and an avid cyclist.” Kelley was the 2016 featured artist for the Houston Heights Associations Spring Home & Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner. 1600 Block - David Graeve Title: “Humanity 3072” 2016 David studied art at the University of Minnesota with a focus on sculpture and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. He has received a multiple of awards with exhibitions across the US, France and Denmark. David is known for his large scale public art projects and more recently the colorful balloon project at Discovery Green. 1800 Block - Kaneem Smith Title: “Matriarch” 2016 Kaneem is a Spring Street Studio artist. Her fiber based sculptural installations draw inspiration from a familial and historical standpoint, personal experience and the human condition. The fibers she works with such as natural cotton, wool and burlap are associated with cultural memories that transform ‘space’ without altering its organic integrity.

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