Artist Nicola Parente partners with Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, in creating a birdhouse benefiting Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Celebrity Birdhouse Silent Auction benefiting the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Saturday April 22, 2017 | 3-5 pm | Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring St, Houston)

Silent Auction of birdhouses created by pairing of local celebrities and celebrated Artist at Sawyer Yards. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was paired with artist Nicola Parente. Other Houston celebrity / artist pairs include: Rod Ryan / Taft McWhorter, Sculptor David Adickes / Justin Garcia, Former Mayor Annise Parker / Michael Golden, Artist Sharon Kopriva / Chris Silkwood, Bill Baldwin / Patrick Palmer, and KPRC2’s Frank Billingsley / April Murphy.

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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



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


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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2013 Paws for a PURRpose

PAWS for a PURRpose is a Texas statewide charitable public art event consisting of 60 beautiful works of art on fiberglass sculptures of the pets we so dearly cherish. Life-size dogs and cats of different sizes, shapes and poses will be included along with two mini-cows and a few surprises. Internationally known artist Allison Gregory has selected 43 of some of the top artists in Texas to participate in this event. Many of these artists produce museum-quality work, and all were selected because of their unique style and overall quality of work.

2013: Art for Hope

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Nicola Parente donates art work to raise money for Bering Omega Community Services, Art for Hope 2013. To learn more about Bering Omega or to make a donation please Bering Omega dot org

2011: Artist Nicola Parente selected for a Juried Exhibition Benefitting the Texas-French Alliance for the Arts and Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Forty Texan and French top talents will be represented at the art auction, each competing for the TFAA award. The 2011 TFAA award is a 10 day residency in France or Texas. Selected Artists include:

Hillevi Baar, William Betts, Véronique Chalandar, Joseph Cohen, Tara Conley, Melanie Crader, Bruno de Monès, Rebecca Driffield, Daniel Farioli, Orna Feinstein, Francesca Fuchs, Régine Gaud, Susan George, Antoine Grospiron-Jaccoux, Joe Havel, J. Hill, Geoff Hippenstiel, Allison Hunter, Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Mick Johnson, d.r. Jones, Darryl Lauster, Jonathan Leach, Jean-Baptiste Lyonnet, Arielle Masson, Libbie Masterson, David Mc Gee, Marcelyn McNeil, Olivier Moriette, Nicola Parente, Susan Plum, Lisa Qualls, Martin Reyna , Susie Rosmarin, Gail Siptak, Adam Steiner , Jean-Damien Thiollier, Wendy Wagner, Bruce Williamson, and Dick Wray

Honorary Chair: Lynn Wyatt – Honorary Selection Chair: Judy Nyquist – Event Chair: Martha Finger – Co-Chairs: Laure Parise and Joëlle Petit

TFAA Award Selection Committee: Judy Nyquist Honorary Selection Chair – Catherine D. Anspon Social and Fine Arts Editor, PaperCity – Bill Arning Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston – Alison Greene Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the MFAH – Toby Kamps Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection- Claudia Schmuckli-Drutt Director, the Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston – Wendy Watriss Artistic Director, Fotofest – Dominique Chastres TFAA Paris, France – Marc Pottier Curator and art advisor in Paris, France

Benefitting: Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Arts in Medicine Program. The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (also known as TFAA) is a 501c(3) non-profit cultural organization. It was founded in 2005 by former Consul General of France, Denis Simmoneau and a group of enthusiastic Francophile foundations, corporations, individuals. TFAA’s mission is to promote and facilitate artistic and educational exchanges between Texan and French cultural institutions and artists, by engaging visual, performing and the litterary arts.

AUCTION PREVIEW, open to the public, bidding encouraged
Wade Wilson Art (4411 Montrose Blvd #200B)
March 22 and 23, 2011, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Benefitting Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Arts in Medicine Program
March 30th, 2011, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Decorative Center Houston
5120 Woodway at Sage (enter on Sage)
Houston 77056
Valet parking
Attire: Casual Chic, Champagne reception
Price: $80 per person, $150 per couple, $100 per person at the door.

2010: Multiple Sclerosis Art Bike

Discovery Green and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star present ART BIKE 2010, on view March 22 through April 25

ART BIKE 2010 is a month-long installation of over 20 bikes that have been transformed by local artists to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society: Lone Star. Houston’s top ranking artistic and creative minds transformed used bikes into a living exhibit with the hope of providing a visual representation for Society’s theme of “keep moving.”.  Artists include Natali Leduc, Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Nicola Parente and John Berry transform bikes to raise funds for MS; see their creations and 20 more works by Houston notables at Discovery Green.
Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is no cure, and MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

2010: Heart Deco, American Heart Association

photocrati galleryHeart Deco Art Exhibit, Raising Awareness for the American Heart Association, May – June 2010

Nicola Parente is one of ten artist chosen to participate in this years Heart Deco Project to raise awareness for the American Heart Association. Grayco Partners and The Belle Meade at River Oaks will be presenting artworks by Nicola Parente, Wendy Wagner, Richard Fluhr, Quinton Alberto, Kermit Eisenhut, Loli Fernandez-Andrade Kolber, Charlie Ferguson, Travis Hedemann, Tra Slaughter, and Sarh Golightly. Also made possible by Heart Deco sponsors: Grayco Partners, Brighton, Humana, DHL Global Forwarding, and Tini Mendenhall-Sosa. The ten hearts will be on display from May 25 through June at The Belle Meade at River Oaks apartment complex and will then be moved to the Highland Village shopping district.