Winter Holiday Art Market
Fresh Arts will host their 13th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM), bringing together Houston creatives for a weekend art sale that offers a unique mix of fine art and handmade crafts. Shoppers can browse handcrafted items from a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, clothing, soaps and more from emerging and established independent artists.
Over a decade ago, there was a need in the Houston community for an arts market that would foster professional growth, connect art lovers to creative makers and support artists across a variety of disciplines. Fresh Arts stepped in to develop WHAM, a grassroots initiative that has since grown to generate over $1 million in sales for the Houston arts community with more than 600 artists participating in the exposure-boosting event.
This year’s WHAM marks the final installation of the event as Fresh Arts shifts focus to provide a deeper level of support for artists through new programs such as an annual Artist Summit, which will provide skill-building tailored to the evolution of the local arts economy. WHAM has held a special place in the creative Houston community for many reasons, not least of which is the diversity of art disciplines showcased, from painters to poetry buskers and everything in between.
On Friday, November 16, WHAM will kick-off with an “Ugly Sweater”-themed Preview Party and Happy Hour from 6-10 pm. Guests can purchase tickets to access early shopping, an open bar, light bites and festive live entertainment. WHAM will be free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, from 11 am to 8 pm and 11 am to 4 pm, respectively.