The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) has announced the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2022 featured artist is Daryl Thetford, a mixed media artist from Chattanooga, TN. Thetford, along with 300 artists from around the country representing 19 different disciplines, will showcase their art at the 50th Anniversary of Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on March 25 through 27, 2022.
Thetford’s work is the result of selecting a single original photographic image followed by digital layering of dozens of original photographs. A process, which takes an average of 40 hours, includes using torn and weathered hammered handmade paper, various mediums, and acrylic paint to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The images Thetford uses include culturally familiar pieces, images based on the inner struggle with modern society, and the human sense of isolation in the noise of the modern world. Described as graphic, modern, pop, and contemporary, Thetford’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States.
In 2022, Bayou City Art Festival will celebrate 50 years of providing unique art experiences and education for the greater Houston area by bringing diverse artists to Bayou City Art Festivals while supporting local organizations and promoting the impact that art has on the Houston community. As the nation’s premier spring outdoor art festival in the U.S., Bayou City Art Festival will provide guests with the opportunity to meet artists, view original works, and purchase one-of-a-kind art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, functional art, and more.
The three-day festival features two entertainment stages, a food truck park, a craft beer and wine garden, additional live entertainment and beverage stations throughout the festival, an Active Imagination Zone, a VIP Hospitality Lounge, and much more. An exhibition of student artwork composed of the top 30 finalists from the Middle School Art Competition will also be featured.
Online early bird tickets will soon be available at www.bayoucityartfestival.com for $15 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and children under five are free. Adult tickets purchased after March 15, 2022, are $18. VIP Hospitality Lounge tickets are $60 and include admission to the festival. Online pre-purchased tickets are required to enter the festival. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and can only be purchased online.
Since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as the Bayou City Art Festival, the Art Colony Association, Inc. has raised more than $3.6 million for local nonprofit programs from the proceeds of its festivals. Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall have provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. The festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.
Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to subscribe to the group’s newsletter, please visit ArtcolonyAssociation.org.
WHAT: 50th Annual Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on March 25-27, 2022.
WHEN: March 25-27, 2022.
WHERE: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Drive in Houston