What: Spring Biannual Art Stroll & Sale.
Where: Sawyer Yards.
The scoop: Hundreds of Houstonians circulated among five buildings — Silver Street Studios, Spring Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos and Winter Street Studios — to check out the work of 300 artists who office at the sprawling complex in the historic First Ward. On display, and available for sale, was an inspiring array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry.
To capitalize on the Earth Day theme, organizers asked many of the artists to design and decorate art-inspired birdhouses, with proceeds of sales going to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. In addition, eight one-of-a-kind birdhouses designed by Houston celebrities in partnership with select Sawyer Yards artists were auctioned at the Pre-Party & Silent Auction earlier in the day.
Participating pairs included Mayor Sylvester Turner and Nicola Parente; Buzz 94.5 morning show host Rod Ryan and Taft McWhorter; sculptor David Adickes and Justin Garcia; former Mayor Annise Parker and Michael Golden; artist Sharon Kopriva and Chris Silkwood; Heights real estate agent Bill Baldwin and Patrick Palmer; KPRC2 weatherman Frank Billingsley and April Murphy; and chef Monica Pope and Susan Tietz.
The artists host open studios the second Saturday every month; the next one is May 13.
Who: Seen in the crowd were event chairs Monica Melgar and Janet Roe, Houston Arboretum director Debbie Markey, Dana McWhorter, April Ryan, Brad Dupuy, David Czar, Matt Shamway, Carolyn Romey, Alex Vargas, Corey Guesset, Jeanne and James Ruberti, Linda Robicheaux, Celan Bouillet, Trish Motolinia, and Harralyne Landrove.