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Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014 Announces Featured Artist Ella Richards and Unveils One-of-a-Kind Festival Artwork

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014 Announces Featured Artist Ella Richards and Unveils One-of-a-Kind Festival Artwork

 

(Houston, TX – September 29, 2014) The Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is proud to announce Featured Artist, Ella Richards and unveil the official artwork created specifically for Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014. The one-of-a kind piece was inspired by what Ella calls “Houston’s International and young feel.”

 

Upon being selected as the featured artist, Ella excitedly states, “Being in Houston among the top artists in the country is an award on its own. Being selected as the best among them was unexpected. Being selected as the featured artist is the realization that all of my fears about being an artist are groundless.”

 

In making the announcement, Susan Fowler, Executive Director of Bayou City Art Festival says, “We are excited and privileged to spotlight Ella Richards as our featured artist for the fall festival. With Houston’s iconic skyline as a backdrop, the Downtown event has taken on an urbane ambiance and Ella has certainly captured the essence of the atmosphere we are creating.” Fowler continues, “This season’s event has been described as sophisticated and modern, so it’s only fitting that our official artwork convey that image and Ella’s creation certainly is sleek and elegant.”

 

Ella’s unique artwork usually receives two questions upon first site, is it a drawing or is it a painting? The answer is, it’s neither, it’s what Richards dubs “scissors drawings.” A meticulous process, which begins as sketches from everyday life that are developed into panels that become one piece of paper with everything that is not part of her vision cut away with tiny German manicure scissors in one continuous cut. Often an error or a line too thin will destroy the effort and she must start over. Cutting each piece can take three to five days as a result. The delicate gluing process that affixes the image to watercolor paper must be invisible to the observer. It must suspend, effortlessly and transparently on the sheet. Gluing alone can take a full day.

 

A twenty-five year resident of Greenwich Village in New York City, Ella studied to be a pediatrician in the Soviet Union before moving to America. Her interest in art, driven by art books and other picture books, were anchors for her childhood with Russian/Soviet art later playing an integral influence. When she was younger, she experimented with watercolors taking inspiration from Dutch Renaissance, Bruegel, Rodchenko, Serov, Repin and Malevich. On a whim one day, she cut one of her watercolors out of paper and her distinctive process began.

 

The evolution of her cutting is best described by her, “Over the years my style of cutting has developed from solid outlines resembling traditional silhouettes into thin lines, which resemble brush strokes. As my proficiency with scissors increased and my lines grew ever thinner, I began to realize that my art could resemble a black and white drawing or painting.”

 

Ella enjoys capturing the little moments, not just from today, but times past as well. Working best in her own small space in Greenwich Village, she can do the drawing and cutting sitting at her desk overlooking Astor Place. If that view is insufficient inspiration she walks the streets of New York City to satisfy her hunger.

 

Her work has been featured by The Paper Cutter’s Guild and has been shown in galleries from Chicago to Norway. Awards and recognition abound including: 2014 Kimball Park City Utah, Best in Show, mixed media; 2014 Magic City Birmingham, best in Category; Third place at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2013 and 2012 St Louis Art Fair, Volunteer T-Shirt Artist.

 

Featuring fine art and fine craft, the Bayou City Art Festival is one of Houston’s most anticipated bi-annual outdoor events offering a fun-filled weekend of art, entertainment, live music, food, wine and beer. Boasting 300 national and international juried fine and visual performing artists working in 19 media and touted as one of the nation’s top ten annual outdoor fine art events, the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014, produced by Art Colony Association, will turn Downtown Houston into an entertainment mecca October 11-12, 2014 from 10am to 9:30pm on Saturday, October 11 and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, October 12. New to the festival this year is Bayou City After Dark, an evening of art, concert and cocktails with Martha Wash of The Weather Girls fame and Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters.

 

NOTE: A time lapse video showing how the intricate scissor drawings are created can be viewed here:http://www.scissorsdrawings.com/#!what-is-a-scissors-drawing/c14ak

 

Discounted, advance tickets on sale now through September 30, 2014 at http://bit.ly/1uFL7l0. Regular ticket pricing for adults all day is $15.00, After Dark only $10.00, children (ages 3-12) $3.00 and are available for purchase online atwww.artcolonyassociation.org.

 

VIP parking will be available under the City Hall Annex and event parking is available through WinPark located at 1100 Smith Street Garage.

 

For updates on social media, follow the official event hashtag #HouArtFest, like the Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/houstonartfest or follow on Twitter @houstonartfest and Instagram @houstonartfest.

 

About Bayou City Art Festival:

Now in its 43rd year, the Art Colony Association has raised more than $35 million for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. This collaborative nonprofit event puts 100 percent of the proceeds back into the community through Art Colony Association’s 16 nonprofit partners. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.

 

Media Contact: Brittany Zucker, (713) 787-0401brittany@brittanyzucker.com


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