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Via Colori 2013

Every year, all year, I look forward to one event in November. No, it doesn’t include a turkey, mashed taters, or crazy shoppers punching and shoving each other. My favorite event isn’t even my birthday on November 21st. No ladies and gentlemen. Since 2007, I have happily participated in the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival, which benefits the Center for Hearing and Speech.

This year, as with previous years, I was partnered up with a random event sponsor. Most of the time, I do not know anyone in that company, nor have I ever been involved with the company. However, to my surprise, just weeks prior to the event, I received an email about my sponsor from Lisa Benitez, the Via Colori event coordinator. In the message Lisa said that this year’s festival would be highlighting the cornerstones of Houston. She wanted to know if I could be the artist to highlight the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

I was elated.

Actually, I was as excited as a little girl with unlimited access to a candy bar. With chocolate unicorns. And cotton candy clouds.

Here is why:
(1.) In 2008 and 2009 my artwork won gold medals and went on to auction at the The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Once in a lifetime opportunity.
(2.) In the summer of 2008, I received a scholarship for the Western Art Academy, a three week art boot camp program sponsored by the Rodeo. LOVED it.
(3.) In 2009, I was blessed with a four year scholarship to attend any Texas college or university!

Therefore, Lisa’s e-mail made me smile from ear to ear. Did I want to be the artist with the honor to highlight the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo? Why, yes. Yes I did. The organization has already done so much to bless me- this was the least I could do to say thanks!

As cold, rainy, and miserable the weather may have been, we went out there and gave it our best!Via_Colori_3 Via_Colori_9 Via_Colori_1

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