An Art Smackdown and Fund-Raiser from the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts

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If the winner is French, he gets to come to Houston. If the winner is a Texan, then he's on his way to France for three weeks of museum tours. Oh, and the kids at Texas Children's have more money for art supplies during their hospital stays.

Wednesday night, the winner of a competition between French and Texas artists, whose work in contemporary painting and sculpture was judged by art experts from both places, will be announced at the second Art, Award & Auction hosted by the non-profit Texan-French Alliance for the Arts.

Event Chair Martha Finger told Art Attack that the alliance has been working to foster more of a relationship between Texas and French artists. Some of the French artists have already been here at the hospital, working with terminally ill children, she said.

A judging panel looked at the work of 40 artists, she said. She said it's interesting to see how they use different mediums and styles. " The French seem to be a little more graphic than Americans from what I've seen," she said. They hope to have about 350 potential buyers at the event at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway.

Five percent of the proceeds go to the Texas Children's kids.

Ticket information is available at info@texanfrenchalliance.org.

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