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Bayou City Art Festival Returns to In-Person Events in Downtown Houston in October

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Artwork by Featured Artist, McKenzie FiskArtwork by Featured Artist, McKenzie Fisk

Houston's art scene this fall will be interesting. While most arts organizations seem to be reopening after the influx of vaccines in Houston, Houston is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases of unvaccinated people. In the midst of this, businesses are desperate to reopen.

One of Houston's largest art festivals, The Bayou City Art Festival, will take place at Sam Houston Park/Allen Parkway October 9-10, 10am-6pm. The Bayou City Art Festival is produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc., a 49-year old nonprofit dedicated to producing art festivals and supporing local nonprofits in Houston. The festival is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston and Houston Arts Alliance.

In 2020, like many Houston events, the festival was forced to close and opted for a series of virtual events.

The festival's 2021 featured artist is McKenzie Fisk, a painter from Los Angeles. Fisk's work uses endangered species and at-risk species to create empathy in the viewer. In an interview at Sour Harvest, Fisk says, "I think it’s important to see how integral human interference is in causing the degradation of whole species. And that only human intervention and policy will stop it. The pieces are meant to start a discussion about the plight of the individual animals more than point a finger at any one particular institution. There’s no perfect solutions, but hopefully there’s a willingness to learn and broach the hard discussions necessary to save these species."
The painter has created a series of semi-surreal works posted on Facebook that highlight the concerns of the pandemic:
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"Social Distancing"The Art of McKenzie Fisk

“Social Distancing”

Our current state of the world. Imagine these beautiful, huge creatures going around in circles breaking apart pieces of their circular homes, wearing down the planks as they repeatedly cross the same path over and over again. With each step they potentially make their path ever smaller, each creak promising a new break in the near future.
Then again, elephants can swim so they aren’t in any real danger. It may a feel like the world is closing in on us, but this too will pass.
But if you go outside, please #wearamask.
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"Comfort"McKenzie Fisk

“Comfort” - a 16x16” oil painting part of my sold-out show currently up at @thinkspace_art

🦖This piece encompasses an idea that we all feel sometimes - does what we do truly matter? How much effort should we put in to control the fate of ourselves, others, of the animals we are trying to protect? Or in the end, is there a big meteor thats going to end everything anyway?
Fisk's artwork is fitting for the strange time we are in right now: A liminal, purgatory space where it is still unclear whether we will see a way out of this pandemic.
The Bayou City Art Festival will feature art from over 19 disciplines, including painting, jewelry, sculpture, and more. The event will feature food trucks and a kid's Active Imagination Zone.
Early bird tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 6-12, five and under free. Prices will increase after September 24 to $18.
According to the website, The "Bayou City Art Festival supports artists, local nonprofits, and promotes the powerful impact that art has had on the Houston community for nearly 50 years. We are grateful for the support of our partners and 2021 sponsors."

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