Visual Arts

Boxes for Freedom

Winter Street and Spring Street open doors tonight for free exhibitions, including a charity box show event

By Eric Harrison April 12, 2013


Nicola Parente's installation Colony Collapse at the Spring Street Studio

Image: Michael Hardy

 The Winter Street and Spring Street studios will open their doors tonight from 6-10 p.m. for their spring exhibition titled Art. More than 100 artists will show work, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media and jewelry at the First Ward galleries near downtown. The Boxes for Freedom charity event will be featured as part of both shows. 

Big Spring Exhibition and Charity Box Show
Friday, 6-10pm
Winter Street Studio (2101 Winter Street) and Spring Street Studio (1824 Spring Street)

Participating artists will create a sample of their work on special 12" x 12" wooden box canvases that visitors can buy for $100. A portion of the proceeds from each box will benefit Freedom Place, a care center for underage girls who have been rescued from domestic sex trafficking.

Located on a wooded campus outside of Houston, the Freedom Place facility is a project of the Arrow Child and Family Ministries that provides services such as medical care, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric evaluation and treatment, mental health counseling and education to American girls who have been victimized by sex trafficking.

Part of the exhibit at the Spring Street Studio will be Nicola Parente's Colony Collapse, pictured above. It is a site-specific installation comprised of more than 2,700 recycled brown paper bags that are lined from floor-to-ceiling to make a man-made honeybomb. It is designed to bring attention to the worldwide decline in bee populations and the importance of a pesticide-free food chain. Built inside an 8" x 10" experimental space at the studio, the piece includes sound and a projection of a bee colony.

Admission is free and complimentary valet parking will be available. The Winter Street and Spring Street studios anchor the First Ward Arts District, east of downtown near Washington Avenue and Sawyer Street.



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