A NEW ART DISTRICT
Jon Deal, Todd Johnson, Frank Liu & Steve Gibson
By Susan M. Bynam
There’s a lot of growth brewing in the Greater Houston metropolitan area and Houston developer JON DEAL, along with other co-developers, investors and partners, are not only primed to take advantage but are seasoned to transform even the most neglected spaces and properties into inspired places that spark creative and cultural experiences.
The Washington Avenue Arts District incites ingenuity and resourcefulness of some of the most historically significant sites within Houston’s landscape. The re-imagined 267,000sf commercial campus of Winter Street, Spring Street and Silver Street Studios coupled with the soon-to-be 79,000sf Rice Silos on Sawyer Street (circa summer 2015) are home to a populace of innovative tenants, where creativity and productivity embrace one another, catalyzing dreams to become reality. From artists to graphic designers to PR firms, architects, design firms and even theater companies, this Arts District lineup boasts of robust talent like none other. There’s Nicola Parente, Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Patrick Palmer ¬– all artists dwelling within Winter Street Studios. Artist Justin Garcia, Damsel White Label Bridal Company, sculptor Eva Graf, jeweler Nichole Dittman, at Silver Street Studios. Theater companies Mildred’s Umbrella and Stark Naked, aerial arts center Vault, VR photography designer Syd Moen, artist Fariba Abedin, artist Jane Eifler, entertainment extraordinaire Puppet Pizazz and even this magazine, LOCAL, all call Spring Street Studios home. Yet, it takes skill, a keen eye, vision and a knack for most things different to evolve into a community of unwavering flavor and distinctiveness that enables us to see where we are going and also where we have been over the years.
Per Deal, “As a veteran developer (his first redevelopment project, Afton Oaks, done in ’92 and which he still owns), I am most motivated by the challenge and satisfaction of repurposing old buildings. The collaborative relationship with developers, homebuilders and investors in Silver Street Studios – FRANK LIU, STEVE GIBSON and PAUL HOBBY; my partner with Spring Street, Winter Street, The Silos and other ventures, TODD JOHNSON; and collectively our unified vision – is certain to create broad scale destinations which will yield great things for the Washington Avenue Arts District., as we continue to work on joint projects.”
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 come celebrate Winter Street’s 10 Year Anniversary 6–9pm with The Originals gallery show. Tour 75 open studios and view work from 95 current resident artists. Enjoy cocktails and bites.
Interested in “Second Saturdays Open Studios” at Winter, Spring and Silver Street Studios on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14. Visitwww.artsdistricthouston.com for more info.