Spark Creativity and Directly Support 40+ Local Artists at Midtown Houston’s Virtual Art Market

There’s no denying we can all benefit from the hope and joy inspired by Midtown Houston’s art community. This year more than ever, we must make that extra effort to connect. Plus, local artists continue to innovate and create despite challenges posed by the necessity of social distancing. They need our support, and we need theirs, which is why Midtown Houston is taking our classic ‘Art in the Park’ event virtual this year.

The aptly themed virtual market, Art is Still in our HeARTs, gives you the chance to contribute to the longevity of Midtown’s creative scene from the comfort of your home. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 3, 2021, and access Midtown Houston’s Facebook page starting at 10 a.m. to enjoy curated entertainment and unique interactive activities. 

So what can you expect from this opportunity to engage with over 40 local artists directly? 

You’re not going to want to miss it.

Spark Your Creative Side at Midtown’s Largest Virtual Market

When we invest in local artists, we enrich our community and make it possible for the arts to thrive despite difficult times. For this reason, our virtual Art in the Park event will feature a diverse selection of artistic disciplines, including sculpture, mixed media, glass, and more. But we also want to get you interacting with your creative side. 

There will be guided vision board-making taught by artist Melba Lee and Kindness Rocks painting led by artist Marissa from Chakra Creations. Both activities will help you look toward a brighter future and share your positive spirit with others.

You’ll also have the chance to learn the ultimate personal art, Henna, at home. This temporary dye can be painted in any preferred design onto your skin. Our teacher, Macy of Henna Love – Houston, will provide individualized instruction so you can add this skill to your self-expression toolbox.

Check out event details here to make sure you order the necessary supplies ahead of time.

Enjoy Culinary Flavor and Musical Delight From the Comfort of Your Home

We would normally host Art in the Park events at Elizabeth Baldwin Park. We want to ensure you can still experience the park’s classic green peacefulness, so this year we’re incorporating recordings from the area and other Midtown landmarks. 

To add to the experience, we want to get as many of your senses involved as possible. That means taste, smell, and sound. We’ll be featuring Midtown restaurants on our website so you can order fresh, curbside food while simultaneously supporting local eateries. 

Plus, we’re bringing music to your ears with entertainment provided by Soul/R&B Quartet Vanguard Collective, Jazz Saxophonist Woody Witt Trio, and a Tejas Roots band led by Nick Gaitan. Just because life has looked very different in the past year doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on live music from Midtown performers. 

Interact With and Support Local Midtown Houston Artists 

We’ve saved the best part of this event for last: The incredible artists! 

Our list of participating artists is long and brimming with talent, but we’d like to focus on a few creators you’re going to love. There’s Shannen Garza Hakim, owner of Womxn on the Moon, which specializes in colorful handcrafted resin jewelry like lapis lazuli rings and rose quartz hoop earrings made from natural stones and resin flakes.

Shannen Garza Hakim’s social-enterprising business focuses on uplifting female artisans, making inclusive branding for all women, and inspiring community engagement through fundraising for non-profit organizations.

Additionally, the event will showcase artist John Domont, who spends weeks to months creating multi-layered, mixed-media oils on linen. His paintings evoke the light of surfaces, nature, and inspiration. You’ll appreciate the thought and time that goes into each of his pieces.

We’re also featuring Linda Morgan Soders, who works in 3D mixed media and offers abstract, contemporary pieces composed of materials like clay, wood, metal, and fiber. She sells items incorporating found objects, such as hand-painted leather earrings and asymmetrical clutch purses through her business Asante Originals

Make a difference in local artists’ lives while also celebrating your creative expression during our virtual Art in the Park event. We can’t wait to see you there! 

Art in the Park is underwritten and coordinated by the Midtown Management District — a State of Texas designated Cultural Arts and Entertainment District. With gratitude, a portion of this event is made possible by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and a Mayor’s Initiative Grant through Houston Arts Alliance.