Has the world gone virtually … mad? Perhaps, but some things are going to have to remain in-person experiences.
Outdoor markets are top on my list and I plan to keep both my art markets open, with proper spacing between exhibitors, of course. This Saturday is the Market at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., and the first to be held in the evening, from 5-9 p.m., during this pandemic.
Sawyer Yards is home to Holler Brewing Co., a small-batch craft brewery. According to a recent survey conducted by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, two-thirds of Texas craft breweries may not survive the year under the current operating restrictions in Texas.
Do your part in keeping Holler Brewing open. Buy some beer and then shop the Market at Sawyer Yards. It’ll be warm, so you may want to head back for another cold one. Holler is located at 2206 Edwards St, Ste. A. Parking is available there, too, and the market is a short walk through the long hallway. Learn more at hollerbeer.com.
Festival going online
The big festivals around the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Festivals must have huge crowds to survive and that just isn’t working in the current environment.
Houston’s own Bayou City Art Festival made a big announcement this week.
The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), the producer of Bayou City Art Festival, has announced plans to reimagine and reinvent Houston’s signature art event. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown was originally scheduled for Oct. 10-11.
“The decision to convert our Bayou City Art Festival Downtown to a virtual experience was difficult, but the health and safety of our community and our festival family is our top priority,” said Kelly Batterson, the ACA executive director.
ACA also announced the launching of a fundraising campaign in partnership with the City of Houston to support the arts and their nonprofit partners. The Save Our Art – One Passion. One Purpose. One Community campaign will help ensure the Bayou City Art Festival’s return to Memorial Park and Downtown Houston and it’s programming in the community.
Planning is underway now for several fundraising events, including virtual happy hours with celebrity artists.
The Bayou City Art Virtual Experience will take place on Oct. 5-11 and feature an art auction, virtual performances and art projects for kids of all ages with Bayou City Art Festival nonprofit partners, creative activities with Bayou City Art Festival sponsors and more. Stay tuned to the website, artcolonyassociation.org, for more details.
Virtual Summit set for weekend
For online artist readers of Art Valet, head over to FreshArts.org and sign up for its Virtual Summit. It takes place live beginning Friday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m and Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is perfect for finding new ways to operate in today’s “climate.” Topics include financial sustainability, legal issues, digital marketing, virtual collaborations and self-care strategies and will feature a mix of webinar presentations and artist-led panel discussions.
Join the summit live to ask questions and share comments with the presenters and panelists in real time. Sessions will be recorded and archived for limited replay access and shared with registered attendees.
Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.