Gleeking for a Good Cause

For the second year in a row, I am on the Host Committee for DiverseWorks’ Luck of the Draw Summer Auction. This is one of DW’s biggest events of the year, and one of the quirkier and memorable events in Houston each year. The concept is simple. DW asks artists from around the country to donate small works of art that are sold throughout the evening. Numbers are then drawn to determine who gets first crack at the 200+ pieces. As this is a DiverseWorks event, you can expect a great crowd, food and libations. And, to get you properly Gleeful, they’ve invited the choir from  Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts to perform at the event.

Art Change tickets start $100 (the price goes to $125 if you purchase after June 1.), but you can guarantee a Top 20 position for $250 (NOTE: Top 5 tickets costing $500 have sold out.) Regardless of what ticket you purchase, you’re getting a piece of art at a great price. Luck of the Draw is great because it introduces you to art collection in a fun and exciting way.  Not interested in owning a unique piece of art? No problem, you can still be part of the fun for $25.

To purchase tickets: Contact Tracey Morton at or call 713-223-8346.

Now, if you can’t wait to get your artsy Glee action on, DiverseWorks is hosting a Glee Season Finale Watch Party at Lucky’s Pub on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 PM.

Friday Fun: Just A Walk in the Art

It should come as no surprise that my first post for the Schipul Blog would be related to the arts. This weekend is the 13th Annual Bayou City Arts Festival Memorial Park (a Schipul client). The Bayou City Arts Festival is one of the premiere visual arts events to occur in Houston every year. The Festival features artwork from over 300 artists in 17 artistic media. Oh, and our CEO, Ed, was one of the jurors for this year’s festival!

We hope you can make it out this weekend. Note there is no parking available in Memorial Park for the event. You will need to catch the shuttle at the Northwest Mall or Downtown. Shuttles run from 9:30AM to 7:00PM Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 28. I advise taking the Downtown shuttle, that way you can grab a bit to eat Downtown before heading home.

In any case, it’s not like you’re not going to be outside in the beautiful weather this weekend. Why don’t to take in a little art with all that fresh air?

Friday Fun: Art Box Show!

Ben Gillin Art Box

Who knew that boxes could be so artsy?  Step aside moving, Crayola and donut boxes – the Art Box Show is here!

Join Schipulite Ben Gillin and  his lovely bride Maria Navarro for this fundraising art event at Bering and James Gallery this Friday, December 4th (12 – 10pm) and Saturday, December 5th (12-6pm).  Each artist was given a wooden box to decorate and manipulate however they saw fit.

The Art Boxes will be for sale at a flat rate of $125, with proceeds going to the artists and DePelchin Children’s Center.  Fun, great art, super artists — all for a good cause.

Via Colori Houston – street painting for a great cause

ViaColori image

The Schipul gang are crazy fans of the Houston Via Colori street painting festival, an annual event that benefits The Center for Hearing and Speech.   Every year artists from all over the country descend upon the sidewalks of Houston to draw, sketch, color and amaze – all for a tremendous cause.

This isn’t anything like the summertime driveway scribbles you may have loved as a kid, this is fine art at its most pedestrian (well… at least NEAR the pedestrians <grin>) and temporary.     Be sure to swing by to view the over 200 artists and their work (including one of our Schipulites – Ben Gillin!), listen to music and watch dance performances, take a Houston Center for Photography   101 lesson and so much more!

What:   Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival
When:   Saturday + Sunday, November 21 – 22, 2009
Where:   Sam Houston Park (Allen Parkway and Bagby)

Photo thanks to Flickr user I-SEEN-IT

Friday Fun: Celebrating 1 year of Caroline Collective!!

Houston's Caroline Collective Turns one!!
Houston's co-working space Caroline Collective Turns one!!

We love Houston’s Caroline Collective co-working space!!!

They are a great member of the Houston Community, providing office and desk space for hard working geniuses, meeting space for great arts and other organizations and one heck of a great venue for parties, fundraisers… you name it.

Hard to believe they’ve been around an entire year!   If you’re in the Houston area this weekend, be sure to drop by Caroline Collective (4820 Caroline) on Saturday (June 6th) from 6-10pm for food, booze, music and great people.   Congratulations Caroline crew!

Welcome to our Blog and the Schipul Arts Page!

The Schipul office is pretty diverse, but one thing we have in common is our love for the Arts, especially the homegrown stuff.   So we thought, what better way to celebrate the inaugural Schipul blog post than with a celebration of the Arts Community in Houston.

Oftentimes, Artists just don’t get the recognition they deserve, so we wanted to create a Schipul page just for them!   We try to hit up as many of the events hosted by the artists on this list as possible (from shows by our fav graffiti beat boys to events hosted by a Houston staple, the Orange Show) but it is easy to lose track of what’s going on in such a busy city.

To cut down our frantic end of day gtalk messaging and Twitter DM’s searching for something cool to do, we created this page and wanted to make it public to you. what is wrong?

Check out the Schipul Page for a comprehensive list of who’s hot in Houston Arts… and PLEASE if we left anyone out, tell us about them in the comments section!!!   We know there is a ton more aweseome artists our there and we would love to hear about them.