Own a Piece By Matisse for $25

On Saturday, November 13, from 6pm-10pm, Avenue CDC will host the 14th Annual Art on the Avenue at Winter Street Studios. The silent auction, the largest annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Houston's Washington Avenue and surrounding communities, will feature originals from over 250 Texas artists--and one famous French Modernist.

That's right. A lithograph of Henri Matisse's Sorrows of the King (1952) will be raffled off on Saturday evening ($25 gets your name in the pot). The piece is a classic example of gouache découpée, a term used to describe the specific method of découpée (French for collage) that comprised the artist's final body of work, created from cutouts of paper covered with gouache (an opaque, water-based paint). The artist, hailed as the "Master of Color", would devote days to meticulously applying layer upon layer of paint to high-quality paper in order to achieve the truest, most vibrant shade for his cutouts.

For serious strategizers there's a preview party on Thursday, November 11 at Winter Street Studios (6pm-9pm) offering early access to items up for bid in addition to food and live entertainment. The preview party will also include the presentation of the 2010 Knobbie Award to Camden's Ric Campo.

Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door on each day of the event.

Thursday, November 11: $100 (Includes entrance on Saturday)

Saturday, November 13: $20 advance / $25 day of event

Raffle: $25

All proceeds from Art on the Avenue go to Avenue CDC. Over the past 9 years the organization has leveraged more than $40 million in investments, including the development of 85 single-family homes and 325 rental units ("Art opens doors to affordable housing"). In addition, Avenue CDC provides free homebuyer education and counseling services to more than 500 families each year. For information regarding Art on the Avenue or Avenue CDC: 713-864-8099 or www.avenuecdc.org.

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