Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Returns Oct. 10-11

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Returns Oct. 10-11

The Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2015 will take place from October 10-11, welcoming more than 300 artists to one of the nation's top ten annual outdoor fine art events. Following record-breaking success at the spring festival in Memorial Park, the fall festival is shaping up to be another one for the books, attracting artists from across the nation, with artwork in 19 disciplines.

This year's featured artist is Harold Siefert, a Houston-based sculptor specializing in cast bronze with a thorough, yet uninhibited approach to developing artwork. Although cast bronze is a difficult and time-consuming medium to work with, Siefert fully appreciates the process and the final outcome each time. Letting his imagination guide him, with no preliminary sketches, his vision often changes significantly throughout the process and he has come to accept the evolution of his work.

"My most popular series, the Home-Bodies, was created following the death of my father," said Siefert. "I drew inspiration from the birdhouses that my father had throughout the yard of our home, combined with the attributes of my close friends and formed them into personalized Home-Bodies. It still warms my heart to see the reactions of art collectors who appreciate my work inspired by my father and close friends."

Celebrating 44 years of service and innovation, the board and staff are excited to feature a sculptor for the 4th time in the history of this Houston tradition.

The festival layout will return to its past design, with access to more green space throughout the newly renovated Hermann Square Park. Houston's favorite food trucks will be on site, adding to the wide assortment of food and beverage options.

This year four Houston non-profit organization will be awarded with proceeds from the the festival. The non-profit partners for the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2015 are the American Diabetes Association, University of Houston Clear Lake, City Art Works, Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Tickets are on sale now at www.artcolonyassocation.org. The cost for adult tickets is $15 and $5 for children ages 5-12. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Use YCYS Promo code for discounted tickets https://bcafdt2015.eventbrite.com/?discount=BCAF_YCYS

For updates on social media, follow the official event hashtag #HouArtFest, like the Facebook page or follow on Twitter @houstonartfest and Instagram @houstonartfest.

About Bayou City Art Festival:
Now in its 44th year, the Art Colony Association Inc. has raised millions of dollars for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. Proceeds from the events go back into the community through Art Colony Association's nonprofit partners. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.






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