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.

Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland design an Artistic Bus Shelter for Houston METRO

“Flower of Life” Art Design Installation created by Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland.
The shelter is located at Stella Link @ Cheena Drive

Leadership Houston XXXII partnered with METRO to create four artistic bus stops with the theme “Houston, City of Opportunity”. Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland were chosen amongst over 100 entries to design a METRO bus shelter. Parente and Courtland’s collaborative “Flower of Life”  is a permanent bus shelter located at Stella Link Road @ Cheena Drive.  

According to Parente and Courtland “The flower of life, a sacred geometry symbol represents what Houston is all about. Opportunity and growth is all around us. Whether you’re native or a transplant, Houston welcomes all. This welcoming attitude is what makes Houston such a diverse city. The culture of Houston is ever-evolving which leads to opportunity, hence the flower of life.” Art Consultant Michele LaRocco (Your Art Girl) was instrumental in the art selection process. Other chosen artists include Syd Moen and Kelly Devine.