If you haven’t heard, Houston’s Visual Arts scene is on the rise and I am so here for it!

From Mixed Media, to Artopia at Winter Street Studios, the Mini Murals adding character to sidewalks, and now Art Blocks—the Bayou City is currently making its mark with cool visuals. With the help of local/non-local artist sculpting the streets with vibrant installations, Art Blocks is the cities latest gem!

This past Saturday was opening day for Art Blocks, and downtown welcomed Houstonians with a “block” party, The Big Bash. The event showcased performances from local entertainers including: VauLt Dance, Second Lovers, Dj Sun, and The Suffers just to name a few. The bash also called for a Beer Garden, featuring a Stella Artois beer & food truck.

With most art events, good vibes are the key ingredient to a good time and Saturday was no exception. Attending with my friends and cousin, I was granted the opportunity to catch up on the latest gossip, admire downtown’s recent make-over, listen to dope jams, and sip on the slightly sweet Stella Artois. It was a damn good time, and I advise everyone to go and visit ASAP!

Art Blocks Houston The Big Bash

Giving flirty lewks in front of the Jessica Stockholder’s “Color Jam Houston’s” color wall.

The art initiative filling three blocks was created by the Houston Downtown Management District. The gallery covers the 900-1100 blocks of Main St., giving Main Street Square a much needed face-lift. Now downtown employees can have an exciting view of color palettes and gaze at the artwork during lunch hour.

The Downtown District Public Art Committee, and the professional services from Weingarten Art Group,  partnered with artist and designers such as Patrick Renner, Jessica Stockholder and New York-based collective YesYesNo to create these installations; some of them include, Color Jam (color wall), the Trumpet Flower, Marquee’s, and Más Que La Cara (more than the face).

The next event at Main Street Square is Pinot’s Palette at Trumpet Flower, on May 18, 2016 from 6-8 pm. This event is outside, and light bites will be provided by Phoenicia Foods. Stay locked in the website for details on registration.

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