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One of the biggest art bashes in Texas: It's time to vintage warehouse party

Together, Spring and Winter Street Studios comprise the largest concentration of working artists in Texas . . . and this Saturday night they're swinging open their studio doors for one absolutely massive art exhibit.

The free event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. at both vintage warehouse spaces and will feature the usual art opening fare (light hors d'oeuvres and wine) as well as music.

On hand to discuss their work will be more than 100 artists, including Italian-born painter Nicola Parente, who recently enjoyed a major exhibition at the renowned Manuel Felguérez Museum in Zacatecas, Mexico.


RIGHT: Nicola ParenteTo The Other Side, c.2011, acrylic, ink and charcoal powder on synthetic panel.

RIGHT: Fariba Abedin, Perception 44, acrylic on canvas, 31" x 47".

"A lot of people don't realize what's going on in these buildings on a daily basis," says Sara Jackson, spokesperson for both studio spaces. "At Spring Street, for example, there are not only tons of artist studios, but also theater companies, marketing agencies and magazines. There's even an acrobatics studio."

Ultimately, the diverse community of studio dwellers makes for a dynamic environment that attracts major area artists like Fariba Abedin, who shows with Wade Wilson.


RIGHT: Cary ReederJust Peachy, acrylic on canvas, 34" x 37".

Click through to catch a quick preview of some of the pieces at Saturday's open house. Remember . . . it's all for sale.

RIGHT: Printmaker-painter Mark Masterson's Royal Fire Brigade.

RIGHT: Marsha Glickman, On the Journey.

RIGHT: Artwork by Pat McHenry.

RIGHT: Wood block by printmaker Piyali S. Dasgupta.

RIGHT: Monica VidalInitiation Ritual, 2012, gouache on paper.

RIGHT: Julie WillanBalance, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48".