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Magnificent seven artists contribute works to first-ever Bayou City Art Festival gallery exhibition

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24 Susan Fowler, from left, Eric Lee, Syd Moen, Charlie Hardwick,  Jeannie Maddox, Tra Slaughter and Nicola Parente Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Nicola Parenta, front, kicks up the fun with Susan Fowler, from left,  and artists Eric Lee, Syd Moen, Charlie Hardwick, Jeannie Maddox and Tra Slaughter. Photo by © Ray Redding
20 Ludmila Luman, from left, Natalia Nikitina and Anastasia Molodtsova Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Ludmila Luman, from left, Natalia Nikitina and Anastasia Molodtsova. Photo by © Ray Redding
17 Kayler Williams Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Kayler Williams. Photo by © Ray Redding
16 Katherine Orellana Ross, left, and Marianne Mayeaux Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Katherine Orellana Ross, left, and Marianne Mayeaux. Photo by © Ray Redding
14 Jodie Eisenhardt and Tim Collins Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Jodie Eisenhardt and Tim Collins. Photo by © Ray Redding
18 Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez. Photo by © Ray Redding
13 Enid Sanchez and Dr. Roland Maldonado Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Enid Sanchez and Dr. Roland Maldonado. Photo by © Ray Redding
11 Dennis Murland Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Dennis Murland. Photo by © Ray Redding
9 Courtney Perna Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
Courtney Perna. Photo by © Ray Redding
6 The scene at Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
The scene from the Seven Selected Artists benefit at Hyde Park Gallery. Photo by © Ray Redding
24 Susan Fowler, from left, Eric Lee, Syd Moen, Charlie Hardwick,  Jeannie Maddox, Tra Slaughter and Nicola Parente Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
20 Ludmila Luman, from left, Natalia Nikitina and Anastasia Molodtsova Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
17 Kayler Williams Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
16 Katherine Orellana Ross, left, and Marianne Mayeaux Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
14 Jodie Eisenhardt and Tim Collins Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
18 Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
13 Enid Sanchez and Dr. Roland Maldonado Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
11 Dennis Murland Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
9 Courtney Perna Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014
6 The scene at Seven selected artists benefitting Bayou City Art Festival July 2014

Artist Nicola Parente and Kelly Kindred had their work cut out for them: Select a handful of works from a field of willing artists for the Seven Selected Artists exhibition at Hyde Park Gallery, benefiting the Bayou City Art Festivals

With Parente's expertise and Kindred's contacts as director of artist relations for the biannual festival, the duo succeeded as more than 400 art enthusiasts turned out for opening night of the festival's first-ever gallery exhibition. Featured works by artist Jeannie Maddox, Syd Moen, Tra Slaughter, Eric Lee, “Uncle” Charlie Hardwick, Eric Ober and Vic Lee were up for grabs and will be on exhibit and for sale through Aug. 23. 

Gallery owners Dennis Murland and Terry Hamman along with Bayou City Art Festival executive director Susan Fowler welcomed the throng that worked their way not only through the exhibition but also through the food offerings from the likes of Seasons 52, Sorrel Urban Bistro, Qin Dynasty and Beavers.

As the show continues, Ober, Slaughter and Moen will give an artists talk on Aug. 7 and artist Lee will be spotlighted at the closing reception on Aug. 21.

In the artful mix were board members Dr. Roland Maldonado, Nadia Trutenko, Claire Bond, Mary Paulette and John de la Cruz, plus Katherine Orellana Ross, Edward Sanchez, Marianne Mayeux, Enid Sanchez, Kim Padgett, Jodie Eisenhart and Susan and Neal Hirsch.

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