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(Jan 18th, 2015)

The brilliance of this installation is that you have to experience, all at once, the static and movements of lights and change of colors.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2015-Solils/20150119-Bruce-Munros-FIELD-OF/47037525_wKk3G 

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From Discovery Green website:

Field of Light
Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site specific installation is now on display along the Brown Promenade through (NOW EXTENDED) Feb. 22, 2015 and it is illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily. The prime viewing hours of the exhibit are after dusk.

The art installation is free to view but we respectfully ask that you do not touch the artwork.

About the Art
Munro originally conceived the idea for Field of Light in 1992 during a trip through the red desert of central Australia, when he sketched a landscape of illuminated stems that would wait like dormant seeds in a dry desert, to bloom at night. The idea remained in his sketchbook until 2004, when he finally had space and resources to execute it. It has since been specifically re-imagined for sites across the globe. The Discovery Green Field of Light comprises 4,500 radiant, frosted glass spheres atop slender stems connected by illuminated fiber optic. The spheres and stems wait quietly until dusk and then bloom with gentle rhythms of colored light as darkness falls over the park.

About the Artist
Born in 1959, Bruce Munro completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic, England. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney, where he learned about design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to Southwest England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire. He and his wife Serena have 4 children. His work has been exhibited by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the de Rothschild Foundation, 
Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2015 he will exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bruce Munro is noted for his immersive site-specific installations that employ light to evoke emotional response, often in an outdoor context and on a monumental scale. His practice is a mediation of memory and of moments of shared human connection, and incorporates a fascination for components and an inventive urge for reuse.

Artist Statement
“I discovered light as a medium first in my professional career, outside of fine art. I had been a painter in British art schools but needed to earn a living and found myself doing that in Australia, manufacturing display signs using a glowing ultra violet plastic whose properties I just loved. When I decided to work in light, I chose it very carefully because I felt that I had too many thoughts and ideas about everything and I needed some kind of focus. I thought that by working in a medium that was very pure and true I could then have the opportunity to express lots of different ideas that filled my head.” – Bruce Munro

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(Dec 16th, 2014)

Have always enjoyed this tradition. It is a wonderful thing that MECA does this every year. Not unlike walking through the neighbourhood with lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival when growing up in Singapore.

La Posada is a community-based reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Posada festivities traditionally begin on December 16th and continue through January 5th. In this reenactment, a procession with lit candles and seasonal songs approach the doors of neighborhood houses in the Old Sixth Ward. A musical fiesta ensues with traditional food, drink, and a piñata for the children.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20141216-La-Posada/46717047_SJDCJ9

 

(Dec 31st, 2014)

Ringing in the New year with Ars Lyrica at Hobby Center. Wonderful setting with great early music, good food, and good people.

“A festive evening of celebration and beautiful music featuring soprano Melissa Givens and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte. Grammy nominee and plucked string expert Richard Savino curates this holiday-inspired program, which includes Spanish and Latin American Baroque classics”.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20141231-FELICES-FIESTAS/46697323_kSzTzx 

 

 

(Dec 27th, 2014)

First Annual DocFest. In honor of Dr Robert Morgan. Former and current HSPVA alums gather to celebrate at The Ensemble Theater. Everette Harp was also inducted into the HSPVA Jazz Hall of Fame.  http://www.docfestjazz.org/

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Jazz-In-Photos/2014-Live-Gallery/20141227-DocFest/46638492_mvNdHH

(Dec 24th, 2014)

Festival of Lights adventure continues. This year we explore a new subdivision in Pearland, TX. The folks over there at Green Tee Terrace takes Christmas decorations very seriously.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141224-Festival-of-Lights/46558853_mMzJ7m

[Stage] The Liar

(Nov 12th, 2014)

Highlights from UH School of Theater and Dance “The Liar”.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Stage/Top-Theater-Photos/20141114-The-Lia/46458519_KMTZFG

(Nov 14th, 2014)

From Ars Lyrica notes:

The first of a season-long tribute to the great Bach dynasty, this program includes a rarely performed ode by Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, his younger brother Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s cantata Die Amerikanerin, plus patriarch Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved “Coffee Cantata” in a new staging by Lynda McKnight. Featuring soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, tenor Zachary Averyt, and baritone Mark Diamond. This program will also be given at Cornell University on October 3, 2014, as part of an international conference on the music of C. P. E. Bach.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20141114-Bach/46400358_CbRpqb

(Dec 13th, 2014)

A new event for me. Festival of Lights by the ocean. 51st Annual Boat Lane Parade at Kemah Boardwalk.

One would think that if you own a $50 million mansion size boat, and you are participating in a Christmas Themed Boat Parade, you would be very inclined to go all out in lights and decoration. Alas, some decided that it was just more fun to show up with no lights or minimal effort decorations.

It was a good thing that the parade attracted more than 100 participants of boats of all sizes, and more than a few decided to really make it worth the poor public’s while.

Special mention to Boat #25 who outshined the even the biggest boats with their lights.

 

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141213-Kemah-Christmas-Boat/46374683_SsVLMX

 

(Nov 23rd, 2014)

Buffalo Bayou Silos Series finale and closing party for Transported + Renewed at Silos III: Comunidad & Matriz(x). Silos III featured artists Ramon Barela and Jonathan Jindra’s art projected onto the 60-foot silos and artist Sharon Engelstein’s whimsical sculpture Whatever Floats. In addition, Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl and FrenetiCore Dance will join forces for a series of dance performances; numerous flow artists including members of Mental Dexterity Special Operations and Agents Cilantro, Ms. YET, and Nigel created a party atmosphere with roaming dance and illuminated float arts; and the band Satellite d’Homme, presented by Lunaface Promotions, performed their unique hip-hip, soul, prog-rock, psychedelic tunes.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141123-Silos-III/46369334_srPGqZ

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[Stage] The End of Side A

(Dec 3rd, 2014)

New play “The End of Side A” by Kendall Kaminsky. Presented by University of Houston School of Theater and Dance.

Superb.

More images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Stage/Top-Theater-Photos/20141203-End-of-Side-A/46313850_MCX6Fr