Summer at Sawyer Yards Art Tour featuring Winter Street Studios

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2101 Winter Street

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Fresh Arts presents Summer at Sawyer Yards Art Tours

This summer join Fresh Arts for an intimate look at the artists of Sawyer Yards, Houston’s largest, most eclectic group of artists and makers. Beginning this May, visitors can explore the creative campus’ through five monthly guided tours and featured artist talks. Learn the history of the Sawyer Yards’ repurposed artist warehouses and spend the afternoon discovering an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, textiles, printmaking, mixed media and more. It’s a laid back way to meet some talented artists, explore the Washington Avenue Arts District, and maybe find a treasure or two!

Summer at Sawyer Yards Art Tours are presented by Fresh Arts and held in conjunction with Sawyer Yards’ monthly Second Saturday open studio events which are always free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 10

Summer at Sawyer Yards featuring Winter Street Studios

Since 2005 Winter Street Studios has been and continues to be one of the most exciting work spaces for Houston’s creative community. An old furniture factory scheduled for demolition has become the home of 75 art studios for over 87 local artists. Winter Street Studios, under the vision of Jon Deal and Avenue CDC, has laid the floor plan for a centralized, thriving arts community inside the loop.

  • 2:00pm: Member Cocktail Hour (members only)*

  • Members meet at Dianne Webb's studio #C6. Fresh Arts members will be treated to a selection of readings from Next Iteration Theatre Company's 2nd Annual Intercultural Play Reading Series performed in early May 2017 at MATCH.

*Cocktail events are for exclusive for Fresh Arts Members only. All studio tours are FREE and open to the public with registration.

Fresh Arts' Membership Program is designed to cultivate meaningful relationships between artists and arts organizations and those businesses and patrons who support their endeavors. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OR LEARN MORE.

About the Artists

Geoff Wilder

Studio #B12

It all started in Houston, from the age of 5 taking art classes at The Glassell School of Art, excelling in the arts at Lamar High School and graduating from the Art Institute of Houston, I knew I needed to create. I moved to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in 1997 and lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 17 years building custom homes in Aspen, Snowmass, and Vail. There I concentrated on custom carpentry projects and making art out of recycled material from job sites.

Working with primarily exotic hardwoods and an assortment of metals, I try to find a balance between the two as a metaphor of life. My art reflects the combination of Humans coexisting with organic materials.

In July 2014 I relocated back to Houston to pursue my career in art full time.

I’ve been featured in Galleries in Aspen, CO, Glenwood Springs, CO., Colorado Springs, CO., Monument, CO., Houston, TX, Round Top, TX, and New Orleans, LA.

Trá Slaughter

Studio #17B

I am a self-taught artist, from the lovely southeast coast of Texas, continuously learning and evolving my art as I go through life. Painting and creating art for me are as necessary as water and air. It is a way to escape the day-to-day grind, but it is also my way of taking life and making it beautiful… no matter what the circumstance or situation, beauty resides in everything. Creating art is my way of finding that beauty, and releasing it back into the world. I look at painting as therapy and a means to express myself in a way and style that is my own. As an artist, I see it as my duty and responsibility to show the everyday in a new way. I find beauty in the regular… regular people, doing regular things. From a stranger sitting at a bus-stop, to my daughter playing, to my pets lounging in a window sill. It could be a bird sitting on a fence post, or even a face in the crowd on the street. My mission is to show people the beauty in the every day around them. To show that regardless of what it is, there is beauty everywhere in everything.

UP Art Studio

Studio #B11

UP Art Studio is a Houston, Texas-based organization that facilitates art projects for urban and contemporary artists, communities, and corporations, locally and globally. UP Art Studio specializes in public art projects, mural and art commissions, project management, gallery art shows, event planning, photography, design, and artist collaborations.

UP Art Studio is currently directing the award-winning Mini Murals project (, converting traffic signal control cabinets into works of art and transforming communities, in addition to several public art initiatives in Houston, including a Mural and Public Arts program to bring more public art to the city of Houston and beyond. UP Art Studio was founded by Noah and Elia Quiles.


Saturday, July 8

Summer at Sawyer Yards featuring Silver Street Studios

Silver Street is an arts and event complex that includes a 20,000 square foot event space and 70 creative studios.

Saturday, August 12

Summer at Sawyer Yards featuring The Silos

This exciting renovation of one of Houston's most iconic silo buildings promises to bring even more creative energy to the vibrant creative heart of Houston. Located in the thriving Washington Avenue Arts District, the Silos at Sawyer Yards features 55+ creative workspaces along with the opportunity to bring restaurant, retail, showroom, gallery, office space and more.

Saturday, September 9

Summer at Sawyer Yards featuring Spring Street Studios

Spring Street Studios is a redevelopment and preservation project in Houston’s historic First Ward Arts District. Located at 1824 Spring Street, in the former Harris Moving & Storage Building, the refurbished building now houses 80 unique artist studios and a beautiful gallery corridor.


Fresh Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit, is committed to the growth of a thriving, innovative, and diverse arts sector in Houston. We enhance Houston's art community by promoting local artists and arts organizations and creating meaningful connections between artists, arts organizations, and patrons of the arts.



The Washington Avenue Arts District is a state recognized cultural district in Houston, TX. Already, the District is home to several converted warehouse studio buildings including Sawyer Yards' creative campus which houses over 300 studios of artists and creative entrepreneurs, as well as vast amounts of exhibition and event space. Because of this unique congregation of creative space, the District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas!



Located near downtown Houston in the Washington Avenue Arts District, Sawyer Yards is one of the largest creative campuses in the nation - a total of 7 repurposed warehouse buildings over 36 acres, housing over 300 working artists and multiple independent small businesses.


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