A quartet of Houston art scene royalty will be the grand marshals for the 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade. Mixed-media metal artist and longtime political activist Gertrude Barnstone, painter John Alexander and conceptual collaborators The Art Guys share the honor. Marilyn Oshman, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art founder and chairman of the board, says the foursome is being recognized not only for their individual careers but for their continued support of the Orange Show and Houston arts community. Some 110 of this year's 260 parade entries are new to the party. Among them is internationally acclaimed Welsh artist Andy Hazell, who has created celebrated large-scale public art installations across the United Kingdom. Last year Mark Bradford's Mr. Green claimed the top prize with his huge monstrous Green Man that walked in from of his equally strange twisted metal car.
There are a host of weekend events related to the parade, such as the Main Street Drag, a Sneak Peek at Discovery Green, the Art Car Ball, live music, kids activities and more. See the Art Car Parade at 1 p.m. Allen Parkway at Waugh. For a full schedule of events, call 713-926-6368 or visit thehoustonartcarparade.com. Price vary.
May 11-12, 2013