Houston Living: Artopia 2012

On January 28th the artsy, the cultured, the foodies, and the fashionable all came to the converted warehouses of Winter Street Studios to celebrate Houston's art life during the annual Artopia.  There was delicious food provided by local restaurants, continuous musical entertainment, fashion shows organized by Houston designers and boutiques, and all of this activity was surrounded by the works of so many of our city's young and talented artists. 

My friend, photographer Bhavin Misra, was there camera in hand, capturing the vibrancy of the event.  Bhavin kindly has allowed me to use some of his photos, which I now share with you:

Young talent at Artopia.

Young talent at Artopia.

Fashion at Artopia.
Fashion at Artopia.

Meanwhile, a freight train whistled by the converted warehouses of Winter Street Studios.
Along with the art, fashion, and music, three dance companies graced the stage of Artopia that evening: Talento Bilingue de Houston, The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and Cuadro La Tempestad.  Judging by the enthusiasm of the crowd (and tainted by my own very biased opinion considering my membership), I would venture to say that Cuadro La Tempestad's flamenco show was the performing highlight of the evening. 

Flamenco footwork at Artopia.

Flamenco footwork at Artopia.
Gabriella "La Tempestad" dances Alegrías.

The flamenco troupe is led by dancer and director Gabriella "La Tempestad" (who started the show dancing an "Alegrías" in a red storm of ruffles), and includes Eya Tkachenko in dance, and Marisol Monasterio and (yes, that's right) myself in dance and song, with guest artist Valdemar Phoenix on the guitar. 

Valdemar Phoenix at Artopia.

Nadia Palacios Lauterbach of Cuadro La Tempestad.
We closed the night at Winter Street Studios in true gypsy style by performing a "Fin de Fiesta Bulerías" (literally the end of the party), but the celebration continued with an after-party at Sawyer Park.

Gabriella "La Tempestad" dances Bulerías.
Marisol Monasterio of Cuadro La Tempestad.
Eya Tkachenko of Cuadro La Tempestad.
Cuadro La Tempestad takes a bow.

Many thanks to Bhavin Misra of Userofreality Photography who photographed our performance and let me us his pictures.  All image by Userofreality Photography.


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