Itchy Acres Art Experience

Join The Orange Show for a very special Itchy Acres Experience on Saturday, March 24, 4pm - 9pm (Saturday, April 21 is our rain date).

Enjoy an evening of fun, food and music at Houston’s very own and most unique artist enclave. We will have a cookout on the CarBQ, live music (bring your own instruments and join in!), and studio tours to see where the magic happens. Studio tours will run from 4-6pm, then stay for the food and music beginning at 6pm


The group size is limited to the first 100 to sign up. Registration deadline March 16.




What, you may ask, is Itchy Acres??? It is a compound of studios, workshops and houses populated by artists, their art and their dogs. When artists Paul Kittelson and Carter Ernst moved there in 1989, the lot was covered in poison ivy and they christened their new empire “Itchy Acres”. The poison ivy is gone and now the area has grown over the years into a bona fide artists’ community where about 30 artists live within blocks of each other.



Ed Wilson, a longtime and celebrated Houston-based sculptor, has been exhibited numerous times, both nationally and internationally. His public sculpture projects are well-known throughout Houston, including his piece Soaring In The Clouds, a permanent installation at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Environmental, social and political contradictions motivate Wilson to explore topics as diverse as a German concentration camp to the clear-cutting of forests and trees. Wilson combines a variety of metals and methods in his work. A single piece often includes steel, cast iron, stainless steel, and even found metal elements, and may be produced by an amalgamation of welding, forging, and casting. For Wilson, sculpture is about image-making, and his marriage of political content with potent and poetic imagery recalls such sculptors as Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Luis Jimenez, Kiki Smith, and Paul McCarthy.


Magdalene Boltz-Wilson, was born and lived in Germany where she taught school until she and Ed Wilson found each other. They married and Magda joined Ed and moved back to Houston. Magda is a multi-faceted artist who uses methods that can be done manually or on a simple press: block printing, collagraphy, and silkscreen. She uses paper that she "scoops" herself from recycled old newspapers. Her works are motivated by political and historic issues, social systems, educational dysfunction, and personal experiences as a woman that induce her criticism, but also irony.


Paul Kittelson, works in a multitude of media and large-scale public art projects, and has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the world. For over 25 years, he has engaged the larger public audience through temporary site-specific works and community-based projects, and has completed several large-scale permanent installations that have become Houston landmarks, including "Take-Off" at Hobby Airport, "Heritage Lanterns" at Root Square across from Toyota Center, and "Bayou Beacons" located on I45 at Buffalo Bayou. Kittelson's expressive use of materials and witty sense of subject matter have carried over to his more recent work dealing with domestic imagery (food and furniture) in an absurd and evocative fashion that is characteristically Kittelson. In addition he is a Houston artist with a great humor (Houston Heights fans may remember his Big Lawn Chairs displayed on Heights Boulevard in 2014) and talent as well as a professor at the University of Houston.


Carter Ernst, a Texas-based artist who resides in Houston. Through her practice she has mastered mediums of all sorts, and presently focuses on recreating images found in nature, particularly of animals that she finds on the Itchy Acres property in North Houston. Carter's technique is one that produces a kind of reality with attitudes that she has perfected from beauty to scary with a touch of humor and personality for the viewer. The creatures almost seem lifelike and engaging (did you see Big Dog on Heights Boulevard?). Carter has been teaching for many years and is currently an adjust professor at the University of Houston. She has public art installed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and has completed several Spark Parks, most notably the Garden Oaks Bookscape. Carter also collaborated with Paul on “Take-off” and the “Heritage Lanterns”.


Ray and Lourdes Balinskas, in their shared passion for art history, preservation and world travel, call to mind a pair of Indiana Joneses. Ray is an art conservator who opened the doors of Preservation of Art in Houston over twenty five years ago. In 1995 he opened Balinskas Imports to bring samples of other cultures in the form of decorative and utilitarian objects of art. Lourdes Balinskas is an art historian with a passion for colonial Spanish artwork and iconography. She was in the editorial and publishing business for eleven years until she joined Ray to pursue the hunt for treasures and artifacts.


Tim Glover has taught at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, Texas since 2013. He has received commissions from the City of Houston, Houston Metro Light Rail, The Children’s Museum Houston, the University of Houston and more recently, “Light Garden” at the WOW Roundabout in Houston, Texas. As a board member of Buffalo Bayou Art Park he was instrumental in bringing the 18thInternational Sculpture Conference to Houston in 2000. Mr. Glover has received numerous grants and honors for his professional achievements including the distinguished Pollack-Krasner Award, the Presidential Scholars Program, Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education and several artist fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance. His sculptures have been exhibited across the state of Texas, the United States and in several foreign countries. Glover’s work is in public, private and corporate collections in the US. He recently had a major retrospective exhibition at the LHUCA in Lubbock, and recent work at Houston Baptist University and The Art Car Museum 2016.

Location: Itchy Acres
331 Martin Street
Houston , TX 77018

Date: March 24, 2018, 4 p.m. - March 24, 2018, 9 p.m.