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This Years Selected Artist to Host Art on the Avenue’s Preview Party is Nicola Parente

 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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Reductive Abstract Artist Nicola Parente’s “Pelagico” Solo Exhibition Opens at Gremillion & Co Fine Art on Oct 18

Opening Reception: Friday October 18, 2013, 6-8PM
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc.  2501 Sunset Blvd. Houston, Texas 77005 – Tel 713-522-2701
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment


“I need the sea because it teaches me.” – Pablo Neruda


Nicola Parente has long been captivated by the lessons offered by the sea. From his childhood home on the southern Italian shores of the Adriatic Sea to his life now on the Texas Gulf Coast, Parente has been shaped and inspired by his experience of the sea. In his new series of reductive abstract paintings entitled Pelagico, Parente beckons the observer to consider both the sea that lies within and the expanse of sea that brings life to the world.


The paintings in this vibrant series capture the paradox of the sea that may be observed as, at once, contemplative calm and wild abandon. Parente’s use of negative space and a ground of white draws the observer into the experience of serenity, while his introduction of undulating black lines and flashes of brilliant blues and iridescent greens bring forceful energy and movement to his work.


“Pelagico celebrates the deep connection that the sea makes with all inhabitants of our planet,” according to Parente. “Water is essential for life. While some may view the seas as boundaries that separate, I see connection. The water that spans the globe touches and unites the shorelines of all the continents. The seas are shared in common with all, connecting and sustaining all life,” says Parente.


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“Intervals” 2013 features prestigious artists Nicola Parente, Maria Cristina Jadick, Tudor Mitroi, and Masaru Takiguchi at Lone Star College Kingwood Fine Art Gallery

Intervals Exhibition, A quartet of artists meet to share unique visions through painting, sculpture, and installation work at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s art exhibit, “Intervals 2013.”


Maria Cristina Jadick, Tudor Mitroi, Nicola Parente and Masaru Takiguchi will display recent works in the college’s Fine Arts Gallery from Oct. 10 to Nov. 6.


An open house with refreshments will be held on Oct. 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the gallery, followed by four artist talks Oct. 17 from 12:30-2 p.m.


“We are excited to display work by highly respected artists/educators,” said Kris Larson, gallery director. “‘Intervals coincides with U.S. Citizenship Week’s city-wide ceremonies and celebrations. What better time to see art that addresses opportunities found here, where yesterday’s dream and today’s choice meet.”


LSC-Kingwood’s Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center, is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on “Intervals 2013,” call 281-312-1534 or email

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Nicola Parente Featured for Texas Top Thirty Exhibition

Art on Fifth Gallery – 3005 South Lamar,  Suite C 110 B, Austin, Texas 78704

September 23 – October 19, 2013

A curated collection of the paintings of many of Texas’ most outstanding visual artists.

Organized by Austin artist Allison Gregory, PAWS for a PURRpose, benefiting the Texas Humane Legislation Network and the South Texas College of Law Animal Law Clinic, is a statewide charitable public art event and auction consisting of 60 unique fiberglass sculptures (a sampling of which will be on display) of the pets we so dearly cherish. Artfully painted dog and cat sculptures of various sizes, shapes and poses will be included. Allison has selected many of the top artists in Texas to participate in this event. Many of these artists are museum-collected, and all were selected because of their unique style and prominence in the art world.

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Artist Nicola Parente’s Site Specific Art Installation “Colony Collapse” Brings Unique Awareness to Declining Honey Bee Population

Photo by Aaron Courtland


“If the bees disappear, mankind would have only 4 more years of life.”

          – Einstein


Houston-based artist Nicola Parente combines his keen artistic vision with his concern for the earth’s delicate ecosystems in his new work entitled Colony Collapse. This site-specific installation of over 2700 recycled brown paper bags lined from floor to ceiling results in a man-made honeycomb. Parente’s creation is an intricate display of organic volume, combined with sound and projection of a bee colony inside the tiny 8x10ft space of Micro Scope 1824, an experimental art space at Spring Street Studios.


     The project began buzzing on March 20th and will be on exhibit through May 2013. With this installation Parente aims to make the viewer more aware of the worldwide decline of bee colonies and open a dialogue about the importance of a pesticide-free food chain. According to Parente, “bees play a vital role in a wide variety of ecosystems as pollinators and the bee population is an important part of our evolutionary chain… I hope everyone who experiences this exhibition will walk away with an awareness and be inspired to do their part in making sure of the bee’s survival”.


     Bees provide massive economic benefits to human society, both through the production of honey and, even more importantly, the pollination of a large variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and flower crops. The economic value of honeybees in the U.S. alone has been estimated at $8-12 billion. Over 3 million colonies of bees have died in the USA since 2006 and over a thousand millions of bees have died in this period in the world.


     Born in Mola di Bari, Italy in 1966, Nicola Parente currently lives and works in Houston.  Working in a variety of media, he engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter within the urban environment. Most recently, Parente was the featured artist in the Bayou Review, a literary and visual arts journal published by the University of Houston Downtown. In 2011-12, Parente had a solo museum exhibition, featuring 30 paintings, at the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas, Mexico, as well as a solo exhibition at Seranade Art House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The artist’s work is represented in Houston by Gremillion & Co., Fine Art.


The micro scope project, an Invest in Houston venture curated by David A. Brown and Michael Crowder, is all about experimental spaces for installation-based work. The first project site, micro scope 1824, is located at Spring Street Studios -1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007.  The 8×10 ft space will be the site of several more experimental installations this year from artists including Ian Anderson, Mark Masterson and Monica Vidal.


Opening Artist Reception - Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM - the microscope 1824 located at Spring Street Studios (MAP) - Viewing hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM through May 31, 2013


Press on Colony Collapse:

Keogh, Madeleine, “Artist: Nicola Parente” H-Town Art, A study of Art and Artists in Houston Texas, July 12, 2013

Deliso, Meredith, “Capsule Art Reviews: Colony Collapse”, Arts, Houston Press, May 15, 2013

Anspon, Catherine D., “Bee’s Knees”, Paper City, Home + Art Issue, Houston, May 2013

Deliso, Meredith, “Capsule Art Reviews: “Alissa Blumenthal: A Small Retropsective,” “Colony Collapse,” Eric Fischl: Cast & Drawn,” “Janice Jakielski: Constructing Solitude,” “Unwoven Light””, Houston Press, May 1, 2013

Deliso, Meredith, “Behind the Buzz at Spring Street Studios”, Visual Arts, Houston Press, April 16, 2013

Editors, “Buzz of the town: The Nicola Parente Art Opening”, The WITS Blog, April 10, 2013

Glentzer, Molly, “Colony Collapse creates big buzz in small space”, Houston Chronicle, Zest, April 7, 2013

Radley, Witney, “Sticking up for the bees: Artist painstakingly brings attention to Colony Collapse Disorder”, CultureMap, April 6, 2013

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Artist Nicola Parente Named One of Houston’s 100 Creatives by Houston Press

100 Creatives 2013: Nicola Parente, Abstract Painter and Photographer

By Steve Jansen, Houston Press, Wed., Mar. 20 2013

Click on Image to read full article.


Photo by Aaron Coutland

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Abstract Artist Nicola Parente is honored to be selected as the featured artist for the Bayou Review, A Literary and Visual Arts Journal, The University of Houston DT

The Bayou Review, A Literary and Visual Arts Jounal, Volume 26, Issue I, University of Houston DT

By Ana Laurel, General Editor

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Fine Art Photographer Nicola Parente selected for Houston Center for Photography 2013 Print Auction Exhibition

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Abstract Painter Nicola Parente Featured in Award Winning Documentary “Collector’s Waltz”

“Collectors Waltz” Premiere & Soundtrack Performance:
 An Award Winning Documentary Film by Writer/Director Michel Muylle,  featuring Artist: Nicola Parente, Lucinda Cobley, Joseph Cohen, J. Antonio Farfan, Daniel Kayne, and McKay Otto. Soundtrack by Kristine Mills.
@ M2 Gallery 
339 West 19th St, The Heighs, Houston, 77008 
Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

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Laura U Features Artwork by Nicola Parente for Inaugural Fall Art Fare

Laura U, Inc. inaugural Fall Art Fare event will feature the works of abstract artist Nicola Parente benefitting Communities in Schools on October 24, 2012, 6-9 PM.  Laura U Interior Design was recently awarded Best of Show by the American Society of Interior Designers, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (ASID TGCC). Over the last five years Laura U, Inc. has won 12 ASID awards. This year Laura U won an additional four awards: Residential Project over 3,500 square feet, Kitchen (Honorable Mention), Residential Singular Space and 2012 Best of Show.


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