Street Art Bash

Mini Murals party celebrates ambitious art project that creates beauty in unexpected places

Mini Murals party celebrates art project that finds unexpected beauty

News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Melissa Ragsdale Darragh, Radu Barbuceanu
Silver Street Studios rocks with artists, artwork for auction and 1,200 guests including Melissa Ragsdale Darragh and Radu Barbuceanu. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Lisa Appleby, Cirque Noir performer, Lauren Valentino
Lisa Appleby, Cirque Noir performer, Lauren Valentino. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Cody Heath, Katie Nolet, Kathy Nguyen, Tony Huynh
Cody Heath, Katie Nolet, Kathy Nguyen, Tony Huynh. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Amanda Ducach, Allan Rodewald, Magen Pastor
Amanda Ducach, Allan Rodewald, Magen Pastor. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Brandi Coatsworth, Vic Tamborella
Brandi Coatsworth, Vic Tamborella. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Francoise Henry, Mickey Henry, Minnette Boesel
Francoise Henry, Mickey Henry, Minnette Boesel. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Fernanda Oloro, Caroline Oliveira, Alex Arzu, Mila Arzu
Fernanda Oloro, Caroline Olivera Alex Arzu, Mila Arzu Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Karine Faure-Massartic, Sebastien Boileau, Sujiro Seam , Elia Quiles, Quiles, Jeff Weatherford
Karine Faure-Massartic, Sebastien Boileau, Sujiro Seam, Elia Quiles, Noah Quiles, Jeff Weatherford. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Kristen Ufer, Tra Slaughter, Sandra Williams
Kristen Ufer, Tra Slaughter, Sandra Williams. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Brandon Cregler, Gabriel Prusmack, Ashley Crosby
Brandon Cregler, Gabriel Prusmack, Ashley Crosby. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Shelby Nicole, Geoff Mann
Shelbi Nicole, Geoff Mann Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Patty and John McCann
John McCann, Patty McCann. Photo by Mo
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, scene
Silver Street Studios rocks with 1,200 guests and art up for auction. Photo by Morris Malakoff
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Melissa Ragsdale Darragh, Radu Barbuceanu
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Lisa Appleby, Cirque Noir performer, Lauren Valentino
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Cody Heath, Katie Nolet, Kathy Nguyen, Tony Huynh
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Amanda Ducach, Allan Rodewald, Magen Pastor
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Brandi Coatsworth, Vic Tamborella
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Francoise Henry, Mickey Henry, Minnette Boesel
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Fernanda Oloro, Caroline Oliveira, Alex Arzu, Mila Arzu
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Karine Faure-Massartic, Sebastien Boileau, Sujiro Seam , Elia Quiles, Quiles, Jeff Weatherford
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Kristen Ufer, Tra Slaughter, Sandra Williams
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Brandon Cregler, Gabriel Prusmack, Ashley Crosby
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Shelby Nicole, Geoff Mann
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, Patty and John McCann
News, Joel, Mini Murals, Sept. 2015, scene

You know you're stepping inside an honest-to-goodness art party when the first thing you experience is creativity in your face.

Just past the check-in at "Mini Murals: Beyond the Box" at Silver Street Studios Saturday, a wall caked with a collage of UP Art Studio logos painted in graffiti served as a makeshift step-and-repeat where many fine-tuned their selfies prior to being allured by the pièce de résistance.

That would be the ambitious art exhibit that featured many of the street artists who participated in the first phase of the Mini Murals project, which transformed more than 30 traffic signal control cabinets into colorful art. Works by Tra Slaughter, Sebastien "Mr. D" Boileau and Anat Ronen and a myriad more lured visitors who wanted to support the program's future via silent and live auctions.

At the helm of the public art initiative are UP Art Studio founders Elia and Noah Quiles, who were celebrating the conclusion of the pilot phase and the launch of the succeeding challenge: A campaign to fund the painting of more than 100 boxes in 2016.

Chaired by Kathlyn Curtis and Rob Todd alongside honorary chairs Houston City Councilman Larry Green and Minnette Boesel, "Beyond the Box" included daring silk dance performances by Cirque Noir, poetry readings and high-decibel tunes.

Complimentary bevs by Deep Eddy Vodka, Karbach Brewing Co. and Mountain Dew paired well with jambalaya boudin balls from Harold's in the Heights and spreggrolls (a fried egg roll inside a spring roll) from Saigon House.

Amid the crowd of 1,200 were Ernie Manouse, Judge Steve Kirkland, Consul General of France Sujiro Seam, Jeff Weatherford, Robin Davidson, Magen Pastor, Louis Jullien, Francoise and Mickey Henry, Cynthia Alvarado, Diane Barber and Karen Niemeier, Susannah Mitchell, Sandy Fishlock and Allan Rodewald.

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