Second Saturday Open Studio is a real Houston secret. I’ve been patronizing businesses and events in Sawyer Yards (The Silos, Silver Street, Spring Street Studios, and Winter Street Studios) for YEARS and I JUST made it to my first Second Saturday Open Studio—and it was amazing!
What is it you ask? MAGIC. No but really, it’s a super cool experience and activity to do once a month with friends, visiting family, or on a date.
On the Second Saturday of the month, the whole building opens up to the public from 12-7pm and artists play music, have food, and are present to chat about their art. I had a blast putting a name to the face of one of my favorite muralists Luisa Duarte, visiting a Verny Sanchez whom I met during HUE Mural Fest, and meeting many others along the way!
Wander through the maze of warehouses and discover an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, textiles, printmaking, mixed media and more. The event is free and there is plenty of parking. Here’s a map: http://bit.ly/SawyerYardsMap
This conglomerate of warehouses continues to evolve as an art destination in Houston —you might know it by the giant “ART” sign off Sawyer designating the first ward as the Art District of Houston. Or the incredible, larger than life Rail to the Sea mural. Or if you’ve been a fan of any of our mural posts— the continually changing Washington Avenue Arts District mural collection painted on the side of the walls.
With the influx of new businesses opening, the Washington Corridor is continuing to transform into a destination. After you’re done perusing the art, head to Holler Brewing for a beer or Local Pho for a bite to eat (highly recommend the vegetarian pho!). Or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous a climb at Momentum Climbing gym! Want more about the Washington Corridor Area? Check out our Newsonian Guide for all our favorite spots!