Whatever Floats

Quick change of party venue introduces guests to creative EaDo lab where anything is possible

Quick change of party venue introduces guests to creative EaDo lab

Pat Jasper, from left, K.C. Gifford, Laura Medard, John Salinardo, Nicole Trevino,  Jonathon Glus and Alton LaDay at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Pat Jasper, from left, K.C. Gifford, Laura Medard, John Salinardo, Nicole Trevino, Jonathon Glus and Alton LaDay. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
John Salinardo, from left, Florian Mutschlek and Jasmine Richardson at HAA Iluminación November 2014
John Salinardo, from left, Florian Mutschlek and Jasmine Richardson. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Mark Horn, Alton LaDay and Jonathon Glus at HAA Iluminación November 2014
John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Mark Horn, Alton LaDay and Jonathon Glus. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Yvette and Scott Hill at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Yvette and Scott Hill. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Ken Broughton and Fabene Welch at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Ken Broughton and Fabene Welch. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
John Smither, from left, Cynthia Ivy, John Rinando and Dennis Starks at HAA Iluminación November 2014
John Smither, from left, Cynthia Ivy, John Rinando and Dennis Starks. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Diane Barber, left, and Karen Niemeier at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Diane Barber, left, and Karen Niemeier. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
D.J. Sun at HAA Iluminación November 2014
DJ Sun. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
The venue at HAA Iluminación November 2014.
The venue. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
8949 Craig and Tatiana Massey at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Craig and Tatiana Massey. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
8944 Heath LaPray, left, and Travis Torrence at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Heath LaPray, left, and Travis Torrence. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
8939 Minnette Boesel and Angel Quesada at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Minnette Boesel and Angel Quesada. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
Pat Jasper, from left, K.C. Gifford, Laura Medard, John Salinardo, Nicole Trevino,  Jonathon Glus and Alton LaDay at HAA Iluminación November 2014
John Salinardo, from left, Florian Mutschlek and Jasmine Richardson at HAA Iluminación November 2014
John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Mark Horn, Alton LaDay and Jonathon Glus at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Yvette and Scott Hill at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Ken Broughton and Fabene Welch at HAA Iluminación November 2014
John Smither, from left, Cynthia Ivy, John Rinando and Dennis Starks at HAA Iluminación November 2014
Diane Barber, left, and Karen Niemeier at HAA Iluminación November 2014
D.J. Sun at HAA Iluminación November 2014
The venue at HAA Iluminación November 2014.
8949 Craig and Tatiana Massey at HAA Iluminación November 2014
8944 Heath LaPray, left, and Travis Torrence at HAA Iluminación November 2014
8939 Minnette Boesel and Angel Quesada at HAA Iluminación November 2014

Quick on their feet, the Houston Arts Alliance crew decided that moving this party from the Buffalo Bayou Silos to Houston Makerspace was the right thing to do as precipitation threatened to rain on this social parade. And so the mix-and-mingle "Iluminación: A Bayou Bash" soirée on Friday went on indoors as though that had been intended all along.

The neat thing was, as HAA's Transported + Renewed project hoped when it focused its energies on spotlighting the cultural provenance of Houston's East Downtown, the change of location introduced some 200 partygoers to an EaDo workshop lab where anything is possible — with a little elbow grease.

As sparks flew when a couple of artists welded an unrelated HAA-funded art project, vibrant contemporary time lapse projections by Pablo Gimenez Zapiola dazzled in a raw ambiance itching with creative possibilities. Sharon Engelstein's kooky and inflatable Whatever Floats sculpture proved to be a charming backdrop for selfies and group shots. Adding to the gritty milieu were on trend tunes courtesy of DJ Sun.

Chairs Tatiana and Craig Massey, Jessica Crute and Eduardo Garza, and Heath LaPray and Travis Torrence orchestrated the scene that included indoor open bars stocked with bevs by Deep Eddy Vodka, Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Hendrick's Gin, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., SlimRitas and Barefoot Wine. Food trucks GastroPunk, Nom Mi Street, The Golden Grill and Porch Swing Desserts had plenty to share with the chatty throng.

Enjoying this pop up environment with HAA president and CEO Jonathon Glus and Folklife + Traditional Arts director Pat Jasper were Minnette Boesel, Diane Barber and Karen Niemeier, John Bradshaw Jr., Mark Horn, John Smither, John Salinardo and Yvette and Scott Hill.