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.

Parente to Showcase Etchings at Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair

Bringing Publishers, Printmakers and University Print Programs from the state of Texas to show at Flatbed Press for two days.

The FLATBED CONTEMPORARY PRINT FAIR, working in conjunction with PRINT Austin 2014, will provide a venue for printmakers and print publishers to showcase work to the public and give printmaking demonstrations. Printmakers, print publishers and university print programs from the state of Texas will be on hand to apply to represent their work and programs through a print fair format.

Nicola Parente is prominently featured in the exhibition Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair 2014 at the Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibition showcases the great range of printmaking techniques in practice today, from traditional woodcuts to complex monotypes and hybrid prints. The show is presented in conjunction with Burning Bones Press and PrintAustin 2014 and features Parente’s etchings, Pelagico 6:53 AM,  Pelagico 2:42 PM and Pelagico 7:27 PM, (pictured above) curated by master print maker Patrick Masterson.

2013: Nicola Parente Selected Artist to Host Art on the Avenue’s Preview Party

17th Annual Art on the Avenue: Guests to this year’s event will have the opportunity to bid on original artwork from more than 250 artists including painting, sculpture and jewelry pieces, and the chance to bid on packages including travel, dinners, entertainment, spa experiences and more.

Avenue CDC’s mission is to improve our community by developing affordable housing and economic opportunities, while preserving our area’s cultural, economic, and historic diversity. “To meet the tremendous need for quality affordable housing, Avenue CDC develops homes for purchase and rental. We provide homebuyer education and counseling to help working families buy and maintain their own homes. We promote economic development and offer supportive services such as computer labs and after-school programs that enrich the lives of individuals and families we serve.”

Kimberly Davenport, Director of the Rice University Museum, agreed to jury a portion of this years Art on the Avenue show. She selected approximately 40 pieces (from over 400 work submitted) to be hung in the main gallery during the event. Nicola Parente’s piece was amongst those pieces selected from Davenport.

This year’s raffle includes a framed print from acclaimed British print master Damien Hirst. Art on the Avenue is supported by dynamic Houston community leaders including Honorary Chairman Steve Stephens, President of Amegy Bank, and Mayor Annise Parker, who serves as an Honorary Committee member.

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