Houston Heights neighborhood has long been recognized as a community that not only supports the arts but is home to many of the country's top artists. That distinction is about to get even better.
Gus Kopriva, owner of Redbud Gallery on 11th Street, spearheaded a large-scale public art exhibition titled "True North" along the esplanade of Heights Boulevard as part of a larger initiative to expand the placement of public art pieces throughout the city.
The esplanade, a declared Scenic Right of Way from White Oak Bayou to 20th Street, has long been a place for people to enjoy, with native treescapes, flower gardens, drinking fountains, jogging trails, benches and gazebos. But now, in partnership with the City's Parks and Public Works departments, the area is also a major location for public art exhibits.
The goal of the "True North" sculpture project is to organize an exhibition that showcases and recognizes local works of contemporary art by Texas artists in a setting that is accessible to the entire community.
The sculptures will remain through November 2014, but if you spot a piece of art you love, all eight pieces are for sale, from $5,000 to 28,000. The project was made possible through Houston Arts Alliance and City of Houston grants, along with private donations.
Participating artists include Carter Ernst, Dan Havel, Paul Kittelson, Lee Littlefield, Patrick Medrano, Steve Murphy, Dean Ruck, and Ed Wilson.