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Colorful art auction brings in big bucks for neighborhood revitalization

Art auction brings in big bucks for neighborhood revitalization

Steve Stephens and Anne-Laure Stephens, from left, Mary Lawler and Peter Kelly at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Steve Stephens and Anne-Laure Stephens, from left, Mary Lawler and Peter Kelly at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Nicola Parente and Raphaele at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Nicola Parente and artist Raphaele at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Mayor Annise Parker and Mark Masterson at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Mayor Annise Parker and Mark Masterson at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Thomas Stroh, left, and Jason Holoubek at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Thomas Stroh, left, and Jason Holoubek at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Chad Neal, from left, Jacqueline Kenneally, Michelle Hung and Robert Raney at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Chad Neal, from left, Jacqueline Kenneally, Michelle Hung and Robert Raney at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Mayor Annise Parker and Monica Vidal at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Mayor Annise Parker and Monica Vidal at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Mary Lawler, from left, Steve Kirkland, Peter Kelly and Jay Hamburger at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Mary Lawler, from left, Steve Kirkland, Peter Kelly and Jay Hamburger at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Terry Leavitt Chavez at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Terry Leavitt-Chavez at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Ardis Bartle, left, and Meg Poissant at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Ardis Bartle, left, and Meg Poissant at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Julie Authier, left, and Crista Hanser at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Julie Authier, left, and Crista Hanser at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Cynthia and Bob Carr at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Cynthia and Bob Carr at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Ana Ramos, from left, Lorena Morales and Tracy Meyer at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Ana Ramos, from left, Lorena Morales and Tracy Meyer at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Kimberly Davenport, left, and Mayor Annise Parker at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Kimberly Davenport, left, and Mayor Annise Parker at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
crowd, venue at Art on the Avenue November 2013
The scene at Art on the Avenue. Photo by © Mark Hiebert/Hiebert Stock Photography
Steve Stephens and Anne-Laure Stephens, from left, Mary Lawler and Peter Kelly at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Nicola Parente and Raphaele at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Mayor Annise Parker and Mark Masterson at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Thomas Stroh, left, and Jason Holoubek at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Chad Neal, from left, Jacqueline Kenneally, Michelle Hung and Robert Raney at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Mayor Annise Parker and Monica Vidal at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Mary Lawler, from left, Steve Kirkland, Peter Kelly and Jay Hamburger at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Terry Leavitt Chavez at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Ardis Bartle, left, and Meg Poissant at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Julie Authier, left, and Crista Hanser at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Cynthia and Bob Carr at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Ana Ramos, from left, Lorena Morales and Tracy Meyer at Art on the Avenue November 2013
Kimberly Davenport, left, and Mayor Annise Parker at Art on the Avenue November 2013
crowd, venue at Art on the Avenue November 2013

What: A colorful two-day art auction that benefited the Avenue Community Development Corp. in its quest to revitalize Washington Avenue and Near Northside neighborhoods with affordable housing.

Where: Winter Street Studios

The 411: The works of more than 250 local artists dotted the walls of the urban warehouse for the 17th annual "Art on the Avenue" fundraiser. The auction kicked off with a preview party chaired by Houston-based artist Nicola Parente on Thursday. The collection was curated by Rice Gallery's Kimberly Davenport, who selected a handful of prize winners that included Mark Masterson for his painting Royal Fire Brigade and Monica Vidal for Falling Hive Study with Pendants. Earning honorable mentions were Holly Hoyt Miscovich's It Happened So Fast and Rita Jordan's A Hero's House.

A performance by the Houston VIP Poetry Slam Team, bites by Cuchara, Beavers, Café Brussels and Jenni's Noodle House and potations mixed with Izkali tequila added to the party ambiance.

A large crowd gathered Saturday night for the main event, with entertainment by Texas Johnny Boy and a buffet provided by El Patio and Georgia's Market Downtown. There was much to celebrate as "Art on the Avenue" raised $200,000, a 15 percent increase from last year's event.

Who: Mayor Annise Parker, Amegy Bank president Steve Stephens and wife Anne-Laure, Judge Steve Kirkland, Avenue CDC executive director Mary Lawler , developer Jon Deal, Tammi Merrick and Chad Neal.