Houston Arts & Entertainment Scene: Spring is in the Air and the Art at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park

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Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park unfolds Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nestled amidst the towering Texas pines, more than 300 visual and performing artists from around the world will transform the park's meandering trails into an outdoor art gallery blooming with juried art and multi-cultural Houston entertainment.

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    The art festival, staged the March weekend of the 28-30th this year, was ranked #3 in Sunshine Artist Magazine's 2006 "200 Best" Festivals, the top-selling art festivals in the country voted by the artists.

Spring 2008 Festival's featured artist Bruce Holwerda will highlight the field of artists with his fantasy art painting, "In the Fast Lane."

Showcasing works representing 19 media formats, of its 300 visual artists, two-thirds will be returning and one-third will be first-time participants.

To engage budding artists, the Festival sponsors an Emerging Artists program for Houston-area high school students to create and exhibit their installation art. Younger children will enjoy the Creative Zone, an interactive area with such offerings as mask making, face painting, painted rock art and wax hand sculptures for Houston entertainment. Proceeds of donations made in the Creative Zone go to the Festival's participating Houston non-profit partners.

Houston Arts Alliance produces the performance stage with multi-cultural musical and dance entertainment Saturday and Sunday. There will be live piano music in the Broadway Across Houston Broadway Cafe and a world-premiere dance by CORE Performance Company. International food and beer and wine cafes serve a host of culinary delights.

The City of Houston, Budweiser Select, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, and KTRK-TV are sponsors of the Festival, which is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Over the past 37 years, the Art Colony Association, the 501c(3) organization that produces tow Bayou City Art Festivals per year, has raised more than $2.4 million for local non-profit organizations, recipients of a percentage of Festival net proceeds.

Admission to Houston's popular March entertainment and arts-filled weekend event is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

There is no public parking in Houston's Memorial Park. For information on free shuttle services, schedules and pre-sale discount tickets, visit http://www.bayoucityartfestival.com or call (713) 521-0133.

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