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3/16/2008 Houston-- From Bollywood to conjunto, flamenco to children’s choirs, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park will offer a variety of arts presentations for Festival-goers’ musical and dance entertainment. The award-winning juried art festival takes place March, Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The multi-cultural performers will take to the Houston Arts Alliance Stage Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will join more than 300 fine artists and dozens of international food and wine café vendors in transforming Memorial Park into a one-of-a-kind outdoor art gallery offering a host of visual, performing and culinary delights.

The performing artists, along with art demonstrations are presented by the Houston Arts Alliance. Bayou City Art Festival is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. In addition, pianist will play pieces from the upcoming musical theater season at the Cadillac’s Broadway Across America Houston Broadway Café.

The entertainment schedule is:

Saturday, March 29
noon – Houston Young Artists Concert
1 p.m. – MECA Mariachis
2 p.m. – Carlos Maldonado y Grupo Fuerte-Houston Community Services ; CORE Performance Company “Last Flight of the Heron”
3 p.m. – Okem International Band (Reggae)
4 p.m. – Gitanerias Flamenco; CORE Performance Company “Last Flight of the Heron”
5 p.m. – Jazz Education Angel Lane Brass Band
Sunday, March 29
11 a.m. – Shri Natraj School of Dance (Bollywood and Indian folk dancing)
noon – Houston Children’s Chorus
1 p.m. – Two Star Symphony
2 p.m. – Exclamation Dance Company; CORE Performance Company “Last Flight of the Heron”
3 p.m. – Express Children’s Theatre
4 p.m. – Houston Concert Band; CORE Performance Company “Last Flight of the Heron”
5 p.m. – Conrad Johnson Youth Orchestra The Codwell/Willowridge Connection

“You won’t need to leave the park if you’re hungry or thirsty – refresh yourself at the wide range of international food and beer and wine cafes,” said Joe Pogge, president of the board of the Art Colony Association, producer of the Bayou City Art Festivals.

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park was ranked #3 in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “200 Best” Festivals, a list of the top-selling art festival events in the U.S. voted by the artists.
Spring 2008 Festival’s featured artist Bruce Holwerda will highlight the field of artists with his painting, “In the Fast Lane,” which blends fine art with illustrative cartooning. Of the 300 visual artists, two-thirds will be returning to the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park and one-third will be first-time participants. Showcasing works representing 19 media formats, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park covers the gamut, including clay, drawing/pastel, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

To engage budding artists, the Festival sponsors an Emerging Artists program encouraging area high school students to create and exhibit their installation art in the park. Younger children will enjoy the Creative Zone, an interactive area designed for children and families to explore the fun of art with such art projects as spangles that dangle, chalk designs, spring dioramas, mini art car building, ornamental rocks and wax hand sculptures. All proceeds of donations made in the Creative Zone are divided equally among the Festival’s non-profit partners.
The City of Houston, Budweiser Select, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, and KTRK-TV are the Festival sponsors. The Festival is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Over the past 37 years, the Art Colony Association, the 501c(3) organization that produces the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, has raised more than $2.4 million for local non-profit organizations. This year three new non-profit organizations have been added to the Festival’s 2008 Non-Profit Partners, City Artworks, Houston Center for Photography and Project Row Houses. The complete list of Nonprofit Partners includes: Art League Houston, Bering Omega Community Service, DiverseWorks Art Space, Downtown YMCA, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center, Memorial Park Conservancy, Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Several Dancers Core, SPARK School Park Program, Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA). They will receive a percentage of Art Festival net proceeds.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
There is no public parking in Memorial Park. The Festival provides free shuttle service 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to and from Memorial Park on Friday from Northwest Mall on Hwy. 290; and on Saturday and Sunday from Northwest Mall and Downtown: Memorial Drive at Rusk, Rusk at Smith and Smith at Capitol.

For schedules and further information check www.bayoucityartfestival.com or call (713) 521-0133.