On Saturday starting at 2:00 at the Houston Public Library Plaza downtown the Texas French Alliance for the Arts teamed up with http://www.9eme.net/, a Paris collaborative of street artists with support from the French Consul General and dozens of French sponsors including Air France, Schlumberge, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations to launch “Open the Door” a unique series of artworks and exhibits presented at the Houston Public Library Plaza.
TFAA curator Carine Parker LaMoine explained that the underlying concept is the metaphor of opened doors of dreams and opportunities. Artist painted works of all genres on both sides of 12 door-shaped canvases mounted on a circle of fames that can be turned in either direction. Observers are invited to view the paintings from inside or outside the circle and “open” or “close” any number of doors, resulting in different effects. She stated that the goal was to highlight organizations that used art to change people's lives.
Ramon Forque, artistic director of 9th Concept joined Lamoine on stage as she introduced the group of French artists who were present and contributed to the project.
The kickoff celebration included music by the brass band, a flute duet, modern dancers, storytellers, and continuous interaction between the artists, local writers, and the public. The exhibit will open to a total of 60 doors in different venues for the rest of the month.