On Saturday, I braved the cold and went to the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival.
Via Colori is a two-day, annual art festival that attracts hundreds of artists, both local and around the country (and even some from Mexico!). Companies, institutions, and people around the Houston community “sponsor” blocks on the street, and artists paint those blocks with chalk. Some of the artists are seriously young, too!
Next to each block is a bucket where you could donate to vote for your favorites. All proceeds go to the Center for Hearing and Speech, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping deaf children listen, speak, and read.
The artists paint their work over the two days, and since I only went on Saturday, I wasn’t able to see the completion of most of the paintings. Still, it was an absolute honor to be able to watch these artists work and to talk with them.
The following pictures are some of my favorite pieces or pieces that I really wish I could have seen finished. They’re by no means the only artwork that was there, though!
Notice her jacket–she just graduated from high school this year. Cue the feelings of inadequacy.
I don’t even need to see the rest of it. Those eyes are absolutely breathtaking on their own. (I’m determined to hunt down the finished version of this, though.)
The Houston Texans bull.
The beginning stages of John F. Kennedy.
HARRY POTTER. The girl who was painting this was in middle school. MIDDLE SCHOOL.
This entire painting was painted using spray paint. SPRAY PAINT.
I never knew anything like this existed in Houston–I had such a marvelous time, and I was in such awe the entire time. (Although I would have preferred slightly warmer weather, but I wasn’t the one who had to sit out there for two days straight and paint, so I guess I don’t really have a right to complain.) I’m definitely coming back next year! And I’ll know to leave my Sunday free so that I can see the completed works, too.
Do you feel inadequate yet?
Ever been to anything like Via Colori?