Parente Creates Outdoor Interactive Poet Trees for Writers in the Schools Poetry Month

Nicola Parente partnered with Writers in the Schools (WITS) to transform trees into “poet-trees” in Houston during National Poetry Month. Parente dressed trees at Buffalo Bayou Park and the East End Esplanade on Navigation. Visitors were encouraged to write a poem, sentiment or thought and hang it on the trees. This interactive installation had more than 10,000 visitors over the course of 6 weeks.

This project is funded through a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to the artists, Ren Mitchell Creative, East End Foundation, Houston Public Library, Buffalo Bayou Park, Discovery Green, BCycle, and Culture Pilot.

2016: Parente Supports Art on the Avenue, Avenue CDC

Nicola Parente donates original artwork to support Avenue CDC with its mission. This is Houston’s largest charity silent art auction, supporting local artists and Avenue CDC’s programs to build affordable homes and strengthen communities. For over ten years Parente has been participating in Art on the Avenue. Art on the Avenue benefits Avenue CDC, raising funds for: development of affordable single-family homes,  development of quality affordable multi-family and senior rental housing,  homebuyer education and counseling programs, community building and strengthening civic engagement, and after-school tutoring and recreational programs for residents of our rental communities. Celebrating 25 years, Avenue CDC is dedicated to revitalizing Houston’s Northside community and to improving the lives of low- and moderate-income residents. Avenue CDC builds homes and communities where families thrive. 

Winter Street Studios: 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007

Preview Party: 6 pm to 9 pm, Thursday November 3, 2016
Featuring: Moodafaruka
Individual Tickets – $100 in advance, $125 at the door.
Preview Party tickets grant admission for both Thursday and Saturday nights.

Auction & Party: 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday November 5, 2016
Featuring: Texas Johnny Boy
$40 through Oct. 31, $50 at the door

 

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2016: Artist Nicola Parente Donates Original Artwork to support Writers in the Schools “free to be” Gala

Nicola Parente has been a long-time friend and supporter of Writers in the Schools (WITS). He has taught as a visiting artist with WITS for many years and believes that their program makes a huge difference in our community. This years Free to Be gala is on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at The Astorian. WITS will honor Sara Speer Selber, a longtime friend and community advocate. As the former leader of AIDS Foundation, she partnered with WITS to launch Camp Hope, the first camp for HIV-positive children. This will be an inspiring and fun evening with student stories, poems, and the next Youth Poet Laureate of Houston. #free2be

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6pm | The Astorian | Lisa HelfmanHonorary Chair  | Mitra Woody and Ryan LeachCelebration Co-Chairs  | Beth BernalAuction Chair

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2016: Art Car Museum, Rørpost Collaboration Project, an International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition

Art Car Museum, Rørpost Collaboration Project, an International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition:

2 COUNTRIES (Denmark and Houston) – 4 EXHIBITIONS – 42 ARTISTS – 84 WORKS OF ART, Art Car Museum.

Exhibition on view September 10 thru October 30, 2016. Art Car Museum Hours Wednesday though Sunday 11-6pm.

Opening reception: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 – 10 PM, 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, Tx 77007, USA.