Galleries | Art
The artists of Winter Street and Spring Street studios present their spring artists’ exhibition “Art.” On Friday, April 12th from 6-10pm, over 110 artists in both buildings will open their studios to show new work and receive guests. This evening is one of two times each year when the public is invited inside to see some of the finest art in Houston. A variety of art works will be showcased, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media, and jewelry. Admission is free and complimentary valet parking will be available.
As part of the event artists in both buildings will participate in “Boxes for Freedom,” benefiting Freedom Place, a project of Arrow Child and Family Ministries. Participating artists will render a sampling of their work on special 12”x 12” wooden box canvases that will be sold for $100. A portion of the proceeds from each box will benefit the charity. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to purchase a piece from some of Houston’s most sought-after local art talent, while giving back to the community.
Freedom Place is a comprehensive care and recovery center for underage American girls who have been rescued from the nefarious world of domestic sex trafficking. The facility is located just outside of Houston on a 110-acre wooded campus. It is a healing environment that provides a variety of services on-site such as medical care, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric evaluation and treatment, mental health counseling and education. Clients are coached and mentored on daily living skills and spiritual development to help prepare them to leave the facility and lead an independent life.
Winter and Spring Street Studios are the anchor buildings of the First Ward Arts District near downtown Houston. The Winter Street building was a furniture factory in the early 1900’s and was scheduled for demolition before being saved by local entrepreneur Jon Deal and made over into 75 art studios and a gallery space. A sister property, Spring Street, opened in 2011 after renovations were completed on the old Harris Moving and Storage Building. Together the two buildings house the largest collection of professional artists in Texas. The buildings host several major art-related events held annually in Houston, including Fotofest, Houston Press’s Artopia, Houston Modern Market and Art on the Avenue.