Smither Park

 

Smither Park, sponsored by the Orange Show Foundation for Visionary Art, will be a testament to what can be done with "stuff" when artists are in charge.  Echoing the textures and shapes of folk art, the entire park will explore what it feels like to be a human being, with shapes, textures, and images of people being people.  Many artists will be involved, under the direction of Dan Phillips, who will render architectural structures drafted by Eubanks Architects and installed by Goodchild Builders.  The City of Houston is on board, as is the neighborhood in which it will be built.  It will feature a memory wall, a grotto, a tunnel, and a tower which will house a "quarter roll," whereby a quarter follows a complicated pathway, pulled by gravity.

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Artists from the area are participating in phase one of the park, the 400 ft. long Memory Wall.  

#1 - Alvia Wardlaw & TSU students #19 - Joy Mullett #37 - Dennis Starks
#2 - Alvia Wardlaw & TSU students #20 - Joy Mullett #38 - Mayte Porras
#3 - Barbara Denson #21 - Paige Johnson #39 - Mayte Porras
#4 - John Kerr Smither #22 - Paige Johnson  #40 - Mayte Porras
#5 - Debbie Wetmore #23 - Kate Kendall #41 - 44 Sharon Plummer
#6 - Debbie Wetmore #24 - George Boone               Vicki Hensen
#7 - Stephanie Smither/Gena Atwell    #25 - Linda Judge Zapalac               Toni Van Zant
#8 - Stephanie Smither/Gena Atwell #26 - April Donovan               Holly Beadles
#9 - Veronica Bucio #27 - Carroll Ison #45 - Barbara and Marks Hinton
#10 - Michael Martinez #28 - Juan Vargas and neighborhood kids #46 - Barbara and Marks Hinton
#11 - Marsha Phillips #29 - Welches & Squires   #47 - Kelli Robinson
#12 - Mayte Porras #30 - Blake Miller #48 - Juan Vargas
#13 - Matt Gifford #31 - Connie Caruthers #49 - Matt Gorgol & CNDR
#14 - Sabrina Bedford #32 - Mary Anne Fried #50 - Carol Peters
#15 - Ester Lee #33 - Shelley Buscher/Marilyn Brooks/Deb Elliott   #51 - John Gregory
#16 - Edie Wells #34 - Shelley Buscher/Marilyn Brooks/Deb Elliott #52 - Gary Williams
#17 - Edie Wells #35 - Corazón Rodriguez #53
#18 - Shannon Bryant #36 - Nancy Rivera

 

 

 

 

 

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