Sawyer Yards

Sawyer Yards Spring Stroll features celeb-designed birdhouses and lots of art

Sawyer Yards Spring Stroll features celeb-designed birdhouses and art

 Dana McWhorter, April Ryan at Sawyer Yards Artists Stroll
 Dana McWhorter, April Ryan. Photo by Jack Potts
Matt Shamway, Carolyn Romey, Alex Vargas, Corey Guesset at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Matt Shamway, Carolyn Romey, Alex Vargas, Corey Guesset. Photo by Jack Potts
Guests perusing the artist birdhouses on display at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Guests check out the special artist-decorated birdhouses. Photo by Jack Potts
Linda Robicheaux, Celan Bouillet at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Linda Robicheaux, Celan Bouillet. Photo by Jack Potts
Brad Dupuy, David Czar at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Brad Dupuy, David Czar. Photo by Jack Potts
Participating artists in celebrity birdhouses, April Murphy, Chris Silkwood, Nicola Parente, Susan Tietz, Taft McWhorter at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Celebrity birdhouses artists April Murphy, Chris Silkwood, Nicola Parente, Susan Tietz, and Taft McWhorter. Photo by Jack Potts
Jeanne Ruberti, James Ruberti at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Jeanne Ruberti, James Ruberti. Photo by James Potts
Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Art was everywhere. Photo by Jack Potts
Event chairs Monica Melgar, Janet Roe with Houston Arboretum director Debbie Markey at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Event chairs Monica Melgar, Janet Roe with Houston Arboretum director Debbie Markey. Photo by Jack Potts
Trish Motolinia and Harralyne Landrove check out the celebrity birdhouse by Sharon Kopriva and Chris Silkwood at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Trish Motolinia and Harralyne Landrove check out the celebrity birdhouse by Sharon Kopriva and Chris Silkwood. Photo by Jack Potts
 Dana McWhorter, April Ryan at Sawyer Yards Artists Stroll
Matt Shamway, Carolyn Romey, Alex Vargas, Corey Guesset at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Guests perusing the artist birdhouses on display at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Linda Robicheaux, Celan Bouillet at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Brad Dupuy, David Czar at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Participating artists in celebrity birdhouses, April Murphy, Chris Silkwood, Nicola Parente, Susan Tietz, Taft McWhorter at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Jeanne Ruberti, James Ruberti at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Event chairs Monica Melgar, Janet Roe with Houston Arboretum director Debbie Markey at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll
Trish Motolinia and Harralyne Landrove check out the celebrity birdhouse by Sharon Kopriva and Chris Silkwood at Sawyer Yards Artist Stroll

What: Spring Biannual Art Stroll & Sale.

Where: Sawyer Yards.

The scoop: Hundreds of Houstonians circulated among five buildings  — Silver Street Studios, Spring Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos and Winter Street Studios — to check out the work of 300 artists who office at the sprawling complex in the historic First Ward. On display, and available for sale, was an inspiring array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry. 

To capitalize on the Earth Day theme, organizers asked many of the artists to design and decorate art-inspired birdhouses, with proceeds of sales going to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. In addition, eight one-of-a-kind birdhouses designed by Houston celebrities in partnership with select Sawyer Yards artists were auctioned at the Pre-Party & Silent Auction earlier in the day.

Participating pairs included Mayor Sylvester Turner and Nicola Parente; Buzz 94.5 morning show host Rod Ryan and Taft McWhorter; sculptor David Adickes and Justin Garcia; former Mayor Annise Parker and Michael Golden; artist Sharon Kopriva and Chris Silkwood; Heights real estate agent Bill Baldwin and Patrick Palmer; KPRC2 weatherman Frank Billingsley and April Murphy; and chef Monica Pope and Susan Tietz.

The artists host open studios the second Saturday every month; the next one is May 13.

Who: Seen in the crowd were event chairs Monica Melgar and Janet Roe, Houston Arboretum director Debbie Markey, Dana McWhorter, April Ryan, Brad Dupuy, David Czar, Matt Shamway, Carolyn Romey, Alex Vargas, Corey Guesset, Jeanne and James Ruberti, Linda Robicheaux, Celan Bouillet, Trish Motolinia, and Harralyne Landrove.