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Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Announces 2018 Houston Non-Profit Beneficiaries
News Release
Thursday, February 15, 2018

A portion of the proceeds from the three-day outdoor fine art festival will benefit seven local charities 

HOUSTON -The 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), has selected seven local non-profits that will benefit from a portion of the proceeds of the event. The three-day celebration will be held Friday-Sunday, March 23- 25, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and will spotlight over 300 artists from around the country representing 19 different disciplines in Memorial Park.

"Our non-profit partners work hard to provide the greater Houston area with services and support that is essential to enriching the local community," said Sara Eakens, Program and Volunteer Director of ACA. "We are grateful for the support from our sponsors, festival attendees and volunteers that help us raise funds for our non-profit partners."

Each non-profit provides volunteers and has the option to host a crafting station in the Direct Energy Children's Creative Zone. The seven non-profit partners benefiting from the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park include:

As the nation's premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will feature music, food trucks, beverages, entertainment, the Direct Energy Children's Creative Zone and much more. For the past 47 years, ACA, has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their artwork to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. The participating artists, some new and some returning are selected by a new jury every year.

This year's featured artist, Lisa Telling Kattenbraker, is a contemporary batik artist from Olympia, WA that creates stories based on inner landscapes, feelings, thoughts, ideas and memories. Introduced to batik in high school, it quickly became a significant piece of her life. She has practiced this medium for 20 years, each day finding new ways to tap into the potential of herself and her art. Batik involves an evocative process of working on tightly woven white cotton fabric that has been prepared to accept dyes and waxes.

Sponsors for this year's Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park include Acura, Carvana, Direct Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Just Energy, KRIS Wines, LeafFilter, Power Home Remodeling, Southern Journey and Stella Artois. In-kind media partners include About Magazine, ArtHouston, CKW Luxe, Everfest, Greensheet Media, Hot in Houston Now, Houston CityBook, Houstonia, JMG Magazine, Key Magazine, La Subasta, Patch Houston, Swoon Memorial, Urban Swank and Yelp.

Online tickets are on sale now until the day of the event at www.artcolonyassociation.org. Tickets online are $12 for adults and $5 for children 6 - 12; children five and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults. Also available online are two-day passes for $20 and family passes (two adults, two children tickets) for $30. Discounted tickets for Veterans and Seniors will be available at the gate. On-site public parking is not available, but shuttles are provided from Northwest Mall to the Memorial Park Festival site. Round trip shuttle ride is $4 per adult and children under 12 ride free.

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

About Bayou City Art Festival:

Entering its 47th year in 2018, the Art Colony Association has raised $3.6 million for local non-profit programs through the festivals. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and nonprofits. 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 and volunteer assistance. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.




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