Art On The Avenue

Houston's largest charity art auction brings in big bucks for affordable housing

H-Town's largest charity art auction supports affordable housing

Art on the Avenue Model Stephanie Long shows off Violet Peacock’s design while posing with Dianne Webb
Model Stephanie Long shows off Violet Peacock's hat and clothing designs while posing with Dianne Webb. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez
 Chris and Kendall Hanno at Art on the Avenue
Chris and Kendall Hanno. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez
Over 500 pieces of artwork and jewelry were available for bid at Art on the Avenue
Over 500 pieces of artwork and jewelry were up for bids at Art on the Avenue. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez
Whisk Crepes Cafe
Designer Kelly Buckner poses with Mai Le, who is wearing Buckner's wearable art jewelry. Photo courtesy of Whisk
GONZO247 creates a special piece of work live for attendees using his signature style at the Art on the Avenue Preview party.
GONZO247 creates a special piece of artwork live at the Art on the Avenue fundraiser. Photo by John Lewis
Marie Caplan, Mary Lawler and Beth Wolff at Art on The Avenue
Marie Caplan, Mary Lawler and Beth Wolff. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez
Carl Trovallo, Brian Anderson, Meredith Kendrick take a moment from bidding on artwork to pose for a photo at the 19th annual Art on the Avenue
Carl Trovallo, Brian Anderson, Meredith Kendrick. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez
Hayley Perez and Tara Quell enjoy the diverse collection of artwork at the 19th annual Art on the Avenue Preview Party
Hayley Perez, Tara Quell. Photo by John Lewis
Mayor Annise Parker welcome guests and discusses the impact of the funding garnered from Art on the Avenue
Mayor Annise Parker discusses the impact of funds raised at Art on the Avenue to provide low-cost housing for artists. Photo by John Lewis
Art on the Avenue Model Stephanie Long shows off Violet Peacock’s design while posing with Dianne Webb
 Chris and Kendall Hanno at Art on the Avenue
Over 500 pieces of artwork and jewelry were available for bid at Art on the Avenue
Whisk Crepes Cafe
GONZO247 creates a special piece of work live for attendees using his signature style at the Art on the Avenue Preview party.
Marie Caplan, Mary Lawler and Beth Wolff at Art on The Avenue
Carl Trovallo, Brian Anderson, Meredith Kendrick take a moment from bidding on artwork to pose for a photo at the 19th annual Art on the Avenue
Hayley Perez and Tara Quell enjoy the diverse collection of artwork at the 19th annual Art on the Avenue Preview Party
Mayor Annise Parker welcome guests and discusses the impact of the funding garnered from Art on the Avenue

What: 19th annual Art on the Avenue.

Where: Winter Street Studios.

The scoop: The Heights-area venue was Art Central as nearly 600 supporters turned out to bid on 545 paintings and jewelry created by 285 artist and 35 student artists, with proceeds benefiting Avenue CDC, which builds affordable housing for artists, seniors and low-income families. A couple of days earlier, 250 guests attended a preview party, where they got an early opportunity to bid on the art and heard Mayor Annise Parker speak on the importance of Avenue CDC's mission.

The offerings ranged from paintings by Earle Staley, Kermit Eisenhut and Marlo Saucedo to an amazing hat and bejeweled leggings designed by Violet Peacock's Lindsay Halpin and wearable art jewelry created by Kelly Buckner. Graffiti artist GONZO247 created a special piece of artwork live for the occasion.

The two evenings raised more than $200,000 for the non-profit.

Who: Avenue CDC executive director Mary Lawler, preview party host Dianne Webb, Janet and Paul Hobby, William Griffin, Minette Boesel, David Adickes, Joseph Havel, Steve Kirkland, Beth Wolff, Jon Deal, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Sandra Porter, Shari Koziel, and Lauren Fisher, who jetted in from Washington, D.C., for the weekend.

Also in the crowd: Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Kathryn and Richard Rabinow (Kathryn's digital artwork was in the show), David and Lesley Work, Jamie and Kacey Bryant, and Bob and Cynthia Card.