suckling is continuous

installation at freed park in the heights
at corner of houston ave. and white oak

saturday, feb 9
unveiling (sans the veil)/meet the artist

Green Valentine. (by Elaine)
Houston Artist Kathy Kelley creates new sculpture for Freed Park HOUSTON, TX (January 15, 2008): Buffalo Bayou ArtPark (BBAP) and Heights Beautification Project (HBP) are pleased to present a year-long art installation by local artist Kathy Kelley at Freed Art and Nature Park located at the corner of Houston Ave and White Oak Blvd. Kelley was commissioned to create a piece of site specific art that embodied the ideas of sustainability and recycling, and will be unveiled on February 9, 2008 as part of the 5th annual Green Valentine Tree Planting.

Artist Kathy Kelley was chosen from several proposals submitted to BBAP for the Green Valentine project. Her sculpture is titled “Suckling is Continuous.” Kelley will be creating three large spheres shrouded in found tire elements. She explains the sphere was chosen for its reference to the ongoing nature of our consumptive behavior, and the tire scraps are drawn from elements used in transporting us to and from the objects of our desires.

Kathy Kelley graduated with her MFA from the University of Houston in 2006. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Houston Arts Alliance in 2008, and was awarded Best of Show in the Seven-State Biennial Exhibition at the University of Science and Art of OK Art Gallery in 2007. For more information on Kathy Kelley visit http://kathrynkelley.blogspot.com/ .

BBAP is an artist run, non-profit organization that places temporary art in public spaces across Houston and Harris County. BBAP is partially funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. They are also supported by grants from the Wortham Foundation, the Brown Foundation and Houston Endowment, along with many friends and neighbors. For more information please visit www.bbap-houston.org.

Green Valentine is Co-sponsored by the Heights Beautification Project and the City of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department. HBP is a citizens’ volunteer group based in The Heights who collaborate on beautification projects in the community. For the past five years, HBP volunteers have planted hundreds of trees at Stude Park and near the White Oak Bayou as part of the Green Valentine Tree Planting. For more information please visit www.greenvalentine.org .

The green art installation was made possible by the generous support of Jaysen Clark, Heather and Randall Davis, Robin and Charles Reimer, BJ and Bob Shell, Monsour Taghdisi and Becca and John Thrash.