Rain or Shine – Houston Via Colori 2013

Lilibeth Andre, 2012 Houston Via Colori, The Jaguar Knight. An illustration from my book, The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant.

Lilibeth Andre, 2012 Houston Via Colori, The Jaguar Knight. An illustration from my book, The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant.

This weekend I will be painting my 8th street painting for Houston Via Colori, sponsored by the Center for Hearing and Speech. The festival is a Rain or Shine event so as I sit here sharing that with you and hearing the rain coming down I want to reminisce on past experiences and the other year we appeared to be rained out.

It was 2009 and we, as good artist troopers, showed up downtown. The rain had impeded progress…As good rock stars donating our artistic work for a wonderful cause in a 2-day festival where we crawl on the ground in our hands and knees to do what Michael Angelo did on his back and produce art on the downtown Houston pavement right outside of City Hall…we were ushered into the VIP tent while the Via Colori crew decided it was good to proceed or not. This tremendous crew does a fantastic amount of prep work for us.

Lilibeth Andre, 2011 Houston Via Colori, Self-Portrait, pastel on 10 foot by 10 foot pavement.

Lilibeth Andre, 2011 Houston Via Colori, Self-Portrait, pastel on 10 foot by 10 foot pavement.

When we typically arrive at the festival we already come with our supplies and event T-shirt. The squares we paint on are already marked on the street, we know who our sponsor will be, we have a tent with additional supplies at our disposal, there is food and beverage for us, and we can begin to set up for our masterpiece, because I should tell you that each artist does his very best work that weekend to lay on the ground and create a breathtakingly large piece of temporary art that takes two days to create in front of 3,000 people, and know that it will be safely washed away on Sunday evening by the Houston Fire Department, all to support the work The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston.

Lilibeth Andre, 2010 Houston Via Colori, detail of an 1,800 square foot mural, photo with the model.

Lilibeth Andre, 2010 Houston Via Colori, detail of an 1,800 square foot mural, photo with the model.

As we tinker and do our rituals to prepare ourselves for our work the morning sun begins to shine on our artwork between tall sky-scraping buildings. The paintings begin to take form. Cameras begin to arrive, the live music begins to beat in various corners of the festival, and food smells, laughter and gasps are heard as the public parades between squares.

The themes are all family-oriented and speak to each artist. They are what the artist wants to share with the Houston audience.

In 2010, I joined a team of 8 artists to create a design by Melanie Stimmell. The image included classical themes, cherubs and some of the real young rock stars that the Center for Hearing and Speech serves. Loving to work on classical art, I was very excited to participate. I got to work on my 13×13 foot area and helped paint other cherubs, clouds and connecting art to finish the 1,800 square foot piece in the two-day.

Lilibeth Andre, Channel 11 for Via Colori, An 8 foof by 8 foot square of the newly recognized last piece of work by Raphael.

Lilibeth Andre, Channel 11 for 2010 Via Colori, An 8 foof by 8 foot square of the newly recognized last piece of work by Raphael.

Earlier that same year, I was invited to create a classical piece for Debra Duncan’s morning show, Great Day Houston, on Channel 11. The theme of her show was Viva Italia, and I got to greet her as she arrived on her bike–in European mode– at the station with my little Italian skills of bella and ciao, so I focused on what I do best, the international language of art and brought together this piece by Raphael. I chose the piece because I  had recently found that the piece was being recognized as the last piece of art created by Raphael, one of my favorite artists since I had studied him in school–several moons ago.

Lilibeth Andre, Houston Via Colori, An attempt to recreate Michael Angelo's marble sculpture, David, in flesh and bone.

Lilibeth Andre, 2009 Houston Via Colori, An attempt to recreate Michael Angelo’s marble sculpture, David, in flesh and bone.

My love for the classics inspires my art work every day. It has moved me to bring this work to the Houston Via Colori, either through the representation of the work of the masters, or through my own creations, and to share it with the community at a bigger scale in downtown Houston.

So as I sit here waiting for the rain to stop and remember the fun I’ve had in this free family festival, I think of the opportunity to contribute, in art, to this great event offered by the Center for Hearing and Speech. I can relish on the adventure of creating live artwork, bigger than a canvas, in this weekend gathering of over 200 artists to share one of my favorite things and contribute to the community.

Lilibeth Andre, 2008 Houston Via Colori, a detail of Botticelli's Venus, pastel on pavement.

Lilibeth Andre, 2008 Houston Via Colori, a detail of Botticelli’s Venus, pastel on pavement.

This  year will be no different, I  have prepared a composition that will include a second illustration from my book, The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, to offer an opportunity to share my art and to teach about the Aztec culture through a visual artistic interpretation. The generous sponsor of my square this year is Key Energy Services, a key business representative in our community.

I hear the rain stopping. I will leave you now and prepare to head downtown to do my piece of the Via Colori production. Hope you can come down and see it.

P.S. If you take a picture of my work, send it to me so I can post it on one of my upcoming posts. Include your name so I can credit your work too.

P.P.S. If you want to see more of my work you can visit my website!

❤ Love and Peace

Open Studio & Houston Via Colori – November Calendar

Invitation to Guiton St. Artists Open Studios

Invitation to Guiton St. Artists Open Studios

November brings my art calendar to a close with two events: The Guiton St. Artists 2013 Fall Open Studio and the 2013 Houston Via Colori. These are two opportunities to see my work in two different environments, the intimate environment of my studio, and the public street painting festival in downtown Houston where several thousand visitors attend the free event.

Details are listed below:

2013 Fall Open Studio – Guiton St. Artists, 4848 Guton St., Houston, Texas 77027

 

The Guiton St. Artists invite you to their Open Studios where they present their latest works for your viewing pleasure. This year, the Fall Open Studios will take place on:

 

Saturday, November 16. Doors open from Noon to 8 pm.

 

Participating Artists: Bruce Williamson,   Jerrie Powell,   Candice Goodwin,   Linda Bukema,   Billie Chasen,   John Daniel,   Verlinde Doubleday,   Maggi Dunwoody,   Janis Edel,   Rosa Herst,   Eleanor McCarthy,   Mary McJunkin,   Sunny McKinnon,   Lenore Prudhomme,   Caroline Ratliff,   Helene Rob,   Tahamia Spain,   Paula Winter,   and   Lilibeth André.

 

Live Music Schedule:

 

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm     Jeff Taebel, Eclectic

 

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm     Little Outfit (canceled)

 

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm     Filip Blachnio. Classical pianist

 

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2013 Houston Via Colori

2013 Houston Via Colori in downtown Houston will take place on November 23 & 24. Live music, food, and 200 artists creating temporary street art surrounding City Hall.

See samples of my past contributions to Via Colori from 2007 to today,  HERE.

 

I will once again create an original pastel art piece on a 10 foot by 10 foot square of pavement outside of City Hall. Work is rigorous and most of the time I will be crawling and squatting on the road to prepare my square, set the drawing and add the color to model my image. I will learn the name of my sponsor next week.

My subject is yet to be determined. I am entertaining suggestions and will make my selection no later than Thanksgiving Day so tell me your idea of what you would like for me to consider.

I really appreciate when visitors take photos of my work during the event and if you send me your photo I will credit you and post it here.

I hope to see you at these two events.

 

 

 

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