Houston Newsmakers: US Rep. and 5th Generation Texan Morgan Luttrell says he’s ready to lead
This week, Host Khambrel Marshall sits down with newly-elected and fifth-generation Texan Morgan Luttrell from the 8th Congressional District. He tells Marshall that although he is ready to lead his district, he’s also weighing in on several topics such as the nation’s support to Ukraine amid the Russian-Ukraine war.
Houston Rodeo art: 72 outstanding creations from 2023′s fierce student art contest
Each year, thousands of Houston Rodeo attendees marvel at the top-notch Western art displayed in the NRG Center. From sketches, pastels and watercolors, to oil and acrylic on canvas and even clay sculptures, the outstanding student-made artwork in the Hayloft Gallery rivals that of seasoned professionals.
Mayor Turner to unveil 10 art commissions created during COVID-19 pandemic for Houston airports
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will join the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Houston Airports Tuesday to unveil 10 works of art commissioned by the City of Houston during the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.
For your home: DIY and custom doormats!
With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve got a fun DIY project you can do at home, FOR YOUR HOME. Or you can gift one to a friend or family member for Christmas! Houston Native Eboni Roberts, Founder and Creative Director of Kicky Mats stopped by to demonstrate this creative and artsy craft with Courtney and Katherine—guest hosting for Derrick Shore today!
Click2Win: Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa $500 Gift Card Sweepstakes
Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa wants you to look and feel your best. That’s why they’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a gift card to experience Houston’s original anti-aging wellness center with a fully integrated Medical Spa.
Click2Win: Bayou City Art Festival Tickets
Bayou City Art Festival returns to Memorial Park March 25 - 27! 300 artists from every corner of North America, representing 19 different disciplines, will once again join together with tens of thousands of art-loving patrons in Houston for three days full of art, music, food, and entertainment.
You can score a Cezanne or Van Gogh at a Texas oil tycoon’s $200 million Impressionist art auction -- but it’ll cost you some Monet
A collection of Impressionist paintings procured by the late Texas businessman and philanthropist Edwin Lochridge Cox is expected to amass in excess of $200 million when it goes to auction at Christie’s in the fall.
White Oak, Buffalo Bayou to become new home of new art mural dedicated to migratory birds
"Confluence" is currently being developed near UH-DowntownHOUSTON – A new mural is being installed at two of Houston’s bayous near the University of Houston-Downtown dedicated to the migratory birds of Houston’s major waterways. The mural, titled “Confluence,” is being developed by Jane Kim, co-founder of Ink Dwell studio and commissioned by Houston Parks Board and in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. It tells a story about birds and how they seasonally change color to attract mates, explained a news release. Measured at about 223 feet in length, the mural’s background will serve as a map of Houston’s bayous. AdThe mural began development this month and is set to complete between four to six weeks, the release said.
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M
The Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday March 1, 2021, for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britains World War II leader. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)LONDON – A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain’s World War II leader. The pre-sale estimate was 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, and the previous record price for a Churchill painting was just under 1.8 million pounds. Churchill gave the painting to Roosevelt as a memento of the trip. The painting was sold by the Jolie Family Collection.
Up Art Studio Houston’s new program looking for local artists to paint “mini murals”
Those are what Up Art Studio Houston is calling “mini murals,” and they’re giving emerging Texas artists a chance to showcase their designs on them…as well as get PAID to do so! The Mini Murals Program has already paid local artists over $300,000 over the past 5 years, and it has many upcoming opportunities for commissions in 2021. Mini Murals is an award-winning program curated and managed by UP Art Studio, and commissions artists to paint small-scale murals on traffic signal control cabinets and other utility cabinets in the right of way in diverse neighborhoods of Texas cities. Over the past 5 years, UP Art Studio has commissioned artists to paint more than 300 Mini Murals. AdTo apply to join the Artist Registry, artists should visit the Artist Info page at MiniMurals.org, or Up Art Studio.
This is how you can register to make art that will change the look of the Houston area
Midtown Houston has partnered with UP Art Studio to create relevant, unconventional mini murals in the district. HOUSTON – Houston-area artists can show off their creativity by painting mini murals in several Texas cities. UP Art Studio, who curated the award-winning program, put out a call for artists to paint small-scale murals on traffic signal cabinets and other utility cabinets in diverse Texas neighborhoods. Upcoming project commissions include City of Houston Districts C and H, East Aldine, League City, La Porte, and Near Northwest. Interested artists can join the Mini Murals Artist Program registry at any time.
What to know about ReelAbilities Festival 2021, showing the best of music, art, and film from people with disabilities
ReelAbilities 2021 will take place virtually and the public is invited. HOUSTON – This year’s ReelAbilities Festival will take place virtually and Houstonians are invited to view the best of music, art, and film. The ReelAbilities festival will also feature a music, art, and movie festival featuring contributions made by talented people with disabilities. The events are free and anyone can attend to view showings, or purchase art from talent. AdTo see the full schedule and for more information on movie showings and the music festival, click here.
Yates High School graduate bringing Black Lives Matter mural to Third Ward community
HOUSTON – A Jack Yates High School graduate is bringing a massive mural to Houston’s Third Ward community. The Black Lives Matter-inspired street painting is located across from the school on West Alabama Street. Floyd was also a Jack Yates High School graduate. He continued: “I’m doing this because I feel like this will send out a great message to us in this community and also a message to people who don’t think Black Lives Matter. There will be a parade with students from Texas Southern University and Jack Yates High School.
Houston Zoo selling Valentine’s-themed paintings by animals
With a little help from their keepers, animals at the Houston Zoo have gotten to work creating the most adorable pieces of art to fundraise money for their friends in the wild. From elephant kisses to hearts painted by sea lions, rhinos and red pandas, the Houston Zoo is offering a range of Valentine’s Day-themed art. The custom art pieces range from $50 - $300 and include an unmatted flat canvas, a photo of the animal artist, and domestic shipping. During this experience, participants will be able to choose their own paint colors and interact with zookeepers as they assist the animals in creating the art pieces. Click here to view the gallery of animal art pieces ready for purchase or click here to book a virtual painting experience.
Learn the artistic technique of glass blowing at Juggernaut Glass in the Heights
HOUSTON – After the popularity of the Netflix show ‘Blown Away,’ more and more people have gotten interested in the art of blowing glass. Glass artist Will Jackson at Juggernaut Glass in the Heights took us into his glass-blowing studio to talk about some of the technical aspects of their equipment and tools, the different seasonal craft techniques, and the classes they offer throughout the year. With such a fragile material, often things can break - which can be frustrating…but it also makes the successful projects that much more rewarding and fulfilling. Working glass is a fascinating process, and in Will’s opinion, it’s one of the only art forms where the subject appears more beautiful during creation than the final product. Glassblowers are blessed to be able to see this transitional form, the art is the process, and the byproduct that’s left is the final piece.
Seismique, a new 40,000-square-foot interactive art museum, now open on Houston’s west side
Seismique, a new 40,000-square-foot art museum located on Houston’s west side, just recently opened its doors. The mind-bending, interactive experience is filled with immersive exhibits and stunning displays designed to both entertain and inspire guests. The space features 40-plus exhibits, including 9 million LEDs, lots of bright colors, and plenty of cool sound elements. The multi-dimensional, immersive concept features works of art by dozens of artists, many of them originating from Texas. Visit Seismique at 2306 South Highway 6, or for more information just visit seismique.com.
Have you seen the new mini murals in Houston? They have an important phone number on them
HOUSTON – Four new “mini murals” have installed around Houston’s Northside area as part of a project to bring attention to human trafficking. You can find the murals on Airline Drive at Crosstimbers, Airline Drive at Cavalcade, Jensen Drive at Crosstimbers, and Moody Park. A mural in Houston's Northside has the number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline installed to bring awareness of the issue. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The day also celebrates #WearBlueDay, designed to educate the public to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to respond to law enforcement.
Out-of-this-world, interactive art museum touching down in Space City next week
Houston-area art fans and UFO enthusiasts, are you ready for a close encounter of the art kind? A new, interactive museum will soon touch down in Space City. The “technology-fueled experiential” art museum dubbed Seismique will pack its 40 exhibit rooms with extraterrestrials, artificial intelligence, immersive art, and dazzling light displays meant to inspire a sense of wonder, according to a release. The concept is the brainchild of Steve Kopelman, principal and COO of Escape the Room — the largest escape room company in the United States. The space will display works by over two dozen established and emerging artists -- many of whom are based in Texas.
2 local artists design mini murals highlighting COVID-19, social justice in Midtown
Midtown Houston has partnered with UP Art Studio to create relevant, unconventional mini murals in the district. HOUSTON – Midtown Houston and UP Art Studio commissioned local artists to create mini murals that focused on the global pandemic and social justice issues. They have more than 300 mini murals currently on display. It also includes representation of children from different backgrounds to capture what a truly inclusive community might look like. “I thought it was important that the artists selected use this opportunity to create work that was relevant and important to them,” said Cynthia Alvarado, Operations Manager at the Midtown Management District.
Voices of Houston: Discovery Green honors unsung Houston heroes in its winter art installation
HOUSTON – A group of unsung heroes is getting well-deserved recognition as the faces of Discovery Green’s latest art installation and exhibit. The Houston community is made better by his unwavering spirit and commitment. Driven to increase awareness and acceptance of the neurodiverse population at every societal level, Russo is deeply involved in the Houston community from the workplace to broader social activities. The art installation and exhibit at Discovery Green is open to the public from December 12 through January 18. KPRC 2′s Voices of Houston and Houston Life are proud partners on this project honoring our community’s unsung heroes.
This new Monopoly-inspired art installation shows gentrification in Third Ward
HOUSTON – Houston artist Marc Furi has unveiled a new original art piece. Titled “I Love 3W,” the Monopoly-inspired installation illustrates the result of gentrification in Third Ward. The piece highlights well-known gentrified places and streets like McGowen Street, Moore & Moore Townhome Builders and South McGregor. The illustration can be viewed at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art. “I Love 3W” also features an online shop.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston will unveil new building for modern and contemporary art Nov. 21
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will unveil its new modern and contemporary art building Nov. 21, marking the completion of the museum’s multi-year expansion of its Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to a release. In celebration of the opening, the museum will offer free general admission to all three of its gallery buildings during opening weekend, and to the new Kinder Building through Wednesday, Nov. 25. The building will increase MFAH exhibition space by nearly 75 percent, according to the museum’s website. The building will display the museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art.
New ‘Color Field’ art installation at U of H sure to brighten your day
HOUSTON – Looking for another way to add a little color to your day? How about taking a walk around the University of Houston’s new ‘Color Field’ art installation. The pieces then weave through the areas surrounding the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, Butler Plaza and Lynn Eusan Park – off University Drive. The exhibit will be at the University of Houston through May 2021. You can also interact with the installation virtually, click HERE for more information.
Check out these 8 stunning sculptures in Houston Heights before they’re gone
With a mission to create an outdoor public exhibition, TRUE NORTH, a Heights Boulevard sculpture project, collaborated with notable Texas artists to construct eight sculptures in the Houston Heights community. The project including sculptures representative of regional works of contemporary art is located alongside the esplanade’s jogging trails. The eight sculpture exhibit features unique works including a carbon sink, dodecahedron, wind vane and weather station and more. “TRUE NORTH’s mission is to organize an outdoor public exhibition on the esplanade of Heights Boulevard — representative of regional works of contemporary art — for the enjoyment of our community and visitors and to advance the understanding and appreciation of art,” the Houston Heights Association states on its website. Houstonians are welcomed to explore the diverse works through December.
“Invisible” art brings rainy day smiles
(NBC NEWS) – The streets of Eau Claire, Wisconsin are proving that art and nature can go hand-in-hand. A recent project by the Eau Claire Rotary Club has placed “invisible” messages on the sidewalks that reveal themselves when it rains. With their normal fundraising events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotary Club treasurer Tom Giles says the rain activated art is their way of giving back to the community. “It is always just a reminder that you can create art wherever you are,” Rotary Club member Sarah Stackhouse says. “Whether it is singing in the rain or dancing in the rain, you’re able to enjoy the art in your own way.”Read more: https://bit.ly/312P375
Inside Houston’s Art Of The World Gallery for Hispanic Heritage Month
HOUSTON – September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Art of the World Gallery is currently showcasing the art of five different Hispanic artists. Stop into the gallery, which is located located in River Oaks, to see pieces from Lita Cabellut, Fernando Botero, Oswaldo Vigas, Wifredo Lam, and Oscar Saborío. Their current main exhibition is Lita Cabellut’s ‘The Colors That Remain.’ She is best known for beautiful large pieces, that capture her subjects in different moments and emotions. The Art of the World Gallery is free to the public, but they also have a partnership with Artika where $500 from any book sales from Lita Cabellut and Fernando Botero goes straight to supporting the Houston art community and local artists. Watch as Lauren Kelly chats with the gallery’s art advisor, Rebecca Rios, about the beautiful pieces they have to see and purchase.
New website helps people find and enjoy the many wonderful murals throughout Houston | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2
New website helps people find and enjoy the many wonderful murals throughout Houston | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2Published: July 22, 2020, 3:30 pmHouston has tons of beautiful murals and art installations all over the city, but do you know where they are all located? HoustonMuralMap.com is a new website that has done all the work for you. Elia Quiles and Alex Barber of ‘Up Art Studio’ chat with Lauren Kelly about helping people find, visit, and enjoy the many wonderful murals throughout Greater Houston.
Here’s how Houston-area artists can earn a $1,000 grant through Red Bull
HOUSTON – Calling all artists in the Houston-area! Red Bull wants to help the art community with direct funding to save the arts. The Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program, first established in Detroit, is an unrestricted grant aimed to help encourage artists to continue their work. Two artists in each participating city will be given a monthly lump sum of $1,000 to kick-start their projects in an effort “to support them to continue their work during this difficult moment.”Winning artists can also showcase their work on Red Bull Art’s social media channels. To be eligible, artists must be 18 years or older and have a CV or resume.
Color Field sculptures coming to UH-Main campus this October
HOUSTON A splash of color will make its way to University of Houston this October. Color Field, which consists of bright-colored, large sculptures will make its debut at UH-Main Campus in October. Color Field will introduce and create accessible connections to color theory, providing opportunities for guests to interact with objects as they think about the impact of color on our lives, said Allison Glenn, curator at Crystal Brudges Museum of American Art in a statement. See a preview of Color Field below. Installation view, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2019.
Houston-themed art installation in River Oaks features Instagram-worthy photo ops at no cost
HOUSTON A new art exhibit inspired in our very own Space City has landed in the River Oaks District. HUESTONE, conceptualized by local artist and architect James Glassman, is an immersive art installation that features 32 colored panels each named after the citys heritage and subculture, according to the River Oaks District website. Some of the panels include Candy Paint, Liftoff, Queso and Selena.There are also three Houston-themed backdrops named Space City, Astro Turf and Wes Anderson that make for Instagram-worthy photos. The exhibit is free of charge and will be open through Sept. 20. Visitors must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing a mask or face covering and practicing social distancing.
One Good Thing: Teachers colorful and creative sidewalk chalk brings joy to neighbors
QUEENS, New York A teacher in Queens, New York is using chalk to uplift the spirits of students at home. Jennifer Marino-Bonventre is drawing sidewalk art. She has recreated characters from several Disney films like Cars, Toy Story and Up. Jennifer is an English teacher -- not an art teacher -- so she was surprised when her art started getting attention. People have dropped off chalk, flowers and even signs to show their gratitude to her talent and for the hope it brings.
9 of the USs wildest, weirdest and most spectacular outdoor art experiences
After months of lockdown, there may be no better cleanse for the human spirit than art. As Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Below are some of the country's best outdoor art experiences. Paul), Franconia Sculpture Park aims to provide an experience that piques the curiosity of both rural and urban audiences. Back in town, the Breckenridge Public Art Collection displays more than 30 outdoor sculptures inspired by the mountains, wildlife, mining history and more.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Get to know these skilled local artists from Sugar Land
Today were featuring local artists from Sugar Land. Noe Chapa is a professional barber based in Sugar Land who makes haircutting and beard lineups look easy. This home-based baker from Sugar Land specializes in custom-made cakes for all occasions. This talented Sugar Land couple specializes in capturing memorable moments for weddings, maternity shoots, pageants and more. Shehlzan Sheraz is a professional henna artist based in Sugar Land.
Melania Trump launches childrens art project on 100th anniversary of womens right to vote
First lady Melania Trump on Monday announced she would be launching an artwork-focused project for children to celebrate the 100th anniversary of womens right to vote. The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was adopted on August 18, 1920. "For decades, women leaders lobbied, marched, and protested for equality and their right to vote in the United States," Trump said in a statement. Historically, first ladies have been voices of empathy or compassion during times of upheaval in the United States, whether to shore up support after a national tragedy. Johnson, who was from the south, took it upon herself to make the trip, despite protestations from the United States Secret Service about the dangers of protesters, possibly even bomb threats.
Houston Symphony forced to make layoffs, other budget cuts to offset projected $11M deficit
The Houston Symphony announced it is now forced to make layoffs and other budget cuts to offset its projected $11 million deficit in the 2020-2021 season as the organization prepares for a reduction of sales due to capacity limitations. With COVID-19-based limitations on earned and contributed income, there are no revenue-based paths toward reaching a balanced budget in 20202021, officials for the Houston Symphony said. The symphonys staff count will be reduced by 21 positions, from a full- and part-time staff total of 83 to 62. Despite taking immediate pay cuts in March, staff members will now take on additional cuts to salary and benefits. Symphony musicians are working with management to identify what their contribution will be to finish closing the deficit.
The Woodlands launches Township Together initiative to highlight positive artwork, creativity in the community
The Woodlands Township created an initiative to showcase positive artwork and creativity in the community amid this challenging time. Local residents are encouraged to share their uplifting artwork to be featured on the Township Together web page. Featured work, so far, includes sidewalk chalk art, painted rocks, and more. Here are guidelines for artwork submissions:Photos containing graphic, obscene, or explicit content will not be considered for the Township Together web page or social media postings. Creatives can submit their artwork through social media by using the hashtag #TownshipTogether or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A soda company is printing a Houston-area artists inspirational design on 40,000 bottles
Local artist Richard Walsh from Richmond had posted a picture to their Instagram to spread hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the intention to spread hope to neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic, Walsh drew a chalk illustration that said were all in this together.Now, that comforting message will be shared with thousands. Walsh was contacted by Jones Soda, a company known for their collectible bottle labels. The company will be printing Walshs artwork on 40,000 bottles of Jones Soda as a part of its new Message in a Bottle initiative to help spread hope and inspiration amid a challenging time. Click here to find where you can purchase Jones Soda.
Artist paints mural of George Floyd on The Breakfast Klub
HOUSTON A popular Houston restaurant in Midtown and a local artist created a new mural to honor George Floyd. Colls and her family, visiting from Georgia, came straight to The Breakfast Klub from the airport. The Breakfast Klub used this space to make an impact for more than a decade and inspire change. Our goal is to have this appreciated by Houstonians and by Americans and have the message that its communicating, said owner Marcus Davis. To be a source of empowerment and inspiration for the community.The mural is expected to be finished Thursday evening.
Houston artist Donkeeboy creates mural to honor George Floyd
HOUSTON – A local artist created a tribute to George Floyd in Houston’s Third Ward. Floyd’s face covered a wall of the Scott Food Mart, near where he grew up. He has angel wings with a halo that reads, “Forever breathing in our hearts.”The artist known as Donkeeboy finished the artwork early Tuesday morning. “I got asked to come out here and paint and it's an honor that I even got an opportunity to do this. I really wanted to do this, so I can highlight the life of George Floyd,” said Donkeeboy.
Check out this award-winning artwork by a Fort Bend ISD student that will be displayed in the US Capitol
A Fort Bend ISD student has been named a winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Kaylee Yu, who is a sophomore at Austin High School, won the competition for her oil painting titled “Leap of Faith.”Fort Bend ISD announced Yu’s award-winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C. for an entire year. Over the past eight years, six Fort Bend ISD high school students have been named winners in Olson’s district competition.
Klein High School junior recognized for her ‘Pledge to Distance’ artwork by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
KLEIN, Tx – A Klein High School junior is making a difference amid the coronavirus pandemic by starting an artwork campaign to raise awareness on social and physical distancing. Sneha Shenoy started the “Pledge Distance” campaign to encourage the public to distance away from one another and to increase the usage of social media and videoconferencing to stay connected. So proud of Klein High School junior Sneha Shenoy for starting the @PledgeDistance campaign. https://t.co/HGzT8Rrp8V pic.twitter.com/qxZzVZ7sTk — Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) May 8, 2020“So proud of Klein High School junior Sneha Shenoy for starting the @PledgeDistance campaign,” she wrote on Twitter. To learn more about the “Pledge Distance" campaign, you can visit their Twitter account.
Meet our KPRC 2 Kids ‘Artists of the Week!’
HOUSTON – Last week, parents had the opportunity to upload their child’s Houston Life artwork from our KPRC 2 Art Assignments. Here are our four “Artists of the Week” for our Houston Life assignment. Meet HarrisonMost creative was awarded to four-year-old Harrison from Houston (KPRC)Harrison loves going to Astro’s games with his dad. Meet MelindaMost Colorful was awarded to nine-year-old Melinda from Houston (KPRC)Melinda is nine years old and lives in Houston. Meet TylerMost Uplifting was awarded to nine-year-old Tyler (KPRC)Tyler is nine years old and lives in Missouri City.