Friendswood art group targets larger audiences with outdoor performance at Baybrook


For over a decade, Friendswood Fine Arts has brought art to the public through its annual Art in the Park at Stevenson Park.

The non-profit group is bringing the event this year to a different location but with the same principle.

Art On the Lawn on November 21-22 at Baybrook Mall will continue the tradition of showcasing artists and their work at an open-air festival free to the public and offering activities for adults and children, music and entertainment, including appearances by performance artists and the Bay Area Ballet Company. The organizers accept sponsors and volunteers for the event.

But the main show will be art, including various demos featuring graffiti, street painters, and chalk art.

Art in the Park, which debuted in 2010, was canceled last year due to the pandemic. According to FFA director Sangie Gardner, Art on the Lawn will be an opportunity to expand what is his group’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“When Baybrook Mall invited us, we thought it would be perfect because of the new green space (The Lawn at Baybrook Mall),” Gardner said.

What:A free event featuring artists and their work at an outdoor festival.

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 20 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 21.

Address: The Lawn at Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX.

Admission: free


To volunteer:

Contact: 281-996-7700

The event also ties into the holiday season, taking place the week before Thanksgiving and providing more foot traffic and the opportunity to showcase more vendors. At the last event in 2019, Art in the Park featured nearly 100 vendors. This year’s event will feature interactive activities, including demonstrations and other learning opportunities.

“You can learn about painting, waxing, pencil art, pottery, woodworking and all other types of art,” Gardner said.

Art on the Lawn is a jury event, which means that participating artists have gone through a selection process. Artwork shown must be handmade, not manufactured, and artists must complete an application and submit photos of their work and provide detailed summaries of their art. Visit for an application and artist rules and requirements.

The event is a chance for those in the community who are looking for works of art, but it is also an opportunity for the community at large who may not have access to the original art or do not know where to find it.

“You already have this integrated presence (at the mall),” said Sara Peters, co-founder and co-director of FFA. “So from a presenter’s point of view, you kind of have your audience waiting for you, and that’s exciting. “

With previous shows at the park, “most of the people who have been coming for the past 10 years are only minutes away from us,” said Peters. “By moving it around the mall, I think we’re exposing the arts, what we’re doing and what we’ve done to a whole new group of people.”

The goal is to raise funds for the FFA to sponsor art installations or donate to local schools and community projects. Artists from across the country will be on hand to showcase their work for sale.

As a child, Peters remembers her mother taking her to community events that showcased various aspects of the city’s culture and history and how these trips influenced her and introduced her to a new world outside. of his.

“As an adult I think it’s important to put these really cool things in the hands of people who might not be looking for them or maybe haven’t seen them before,” she said. declared.

“Over the past decade my kids have grown up watching their moms do this crazy big festival where thousands of people go out, and for me as a parent, I think it shows them the world is bigger,” she declared. “If a kid happens to be in the right place at the right time at the mall this weekend, the event may be something they have left. “

With events like Art On the Lawn, the FFA hopes to promote local and national artists through various formats, especially as the pandemic emerges, a period during which many artists were unable to showcase their work due to closures. public events.

Buying art to own it is an experience Gardner hopes to extend to the community.

“When you look at art it touches you and you think of the person who took the time and created a piece,” she said. “It’s also subjective, and when you look at a piece, you look at a moment that the artist has captured in time, or maybe he has touched an emotion. Do you want to hang it in your house, wake up in the morning and see it in your bedroom? You know it when you see it.

“There are people who go out and search for years to find a perfect piece,” Gardner said. “Does this energize my house or create a mood in your house?” Artwork can be dramatic, uplifting, and it can depend on how you want to feel.


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