Houston City Scope April 2016
ARCHWAY GALLERY PRESENTS SIDEWALKS, FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS BY FIKRY BOTROS
Archway Gallery presents Sidewalks, featuring photographs by Fikry Botros. The exhibition is part of the city-wide ‘Participating Spaces’ celebrating the FotoFest 2016 Biennial and will be on view April 2 – May 5. Now in its 18th year, FotoFest is the United States’ largest and longest-running international photography festival. The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 2 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the gallery.
The photographs in this exhibit were taken by the artist as he explored daily life on the sidewalks of various cities around the world. Botros’ favorite photographs are those where the scene is unperturbed and uninfluenced by his presence. He enjoys the challenge of having little, or no, control over the lighting, the action or the angle. Botros explains, “I love how photographs extract scenes from their context and how their limitation to represent only one combination of light and dark and focus creates a different visual impact than what we see by our continuously darting eyes.” Botros tends to prefer black and white when photographing people but he also uses color when it complements the subject. Three of the photographs in this exhibit have been selected by National Geographic as part of the “Daily Dozen” and “Photo-of-the-Day” features.
Based in Houston, Botros is an engineer by education and spent his entire working career in the oil and gas industry. He is a resident member of Archway Gallery. A collection of his photographs is available at fbotros.com.
PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL STUDENT RECEIVES SILVER KEY AWARD
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the oldest and most prestigious art and writing contest in the country, has selected its regional winners for the 2015-2016 school year. Presbyterian School is proud to announce that eighth- grade student, Nicholas Yum, is a 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing contest winner. Nicholas competed in the Photography Art category against other 7th-12th graders in the region and won a Silver Key Award. Three other eighth-grade students including Claire Duval, Gunther Hess and Lily Kyriakides-Crowe received honorable mentions for their photography submissions. Each year, over 250,000 students in grades 7 through 12 compete through regional programs for regional awards and exhibition opportunities.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization, which identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
LIVING LEGENDS OF AVIATION AWARDS
International business aircraft broker Janine Iannarelli stepped out on the Red Carpet in Beverly Hills with long-time friend Deana Blackburn and colleagues, celebrities, media super stars, aerobatic pilots and giants of aviation and aerospace at the 13th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards dinner and reception on Jan. 22.
The Living Legends of Aviation are recognized for their accomplishments in aviation and include entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, record breakers, astronauts, pilots who have become celebrities, and celebrities who have become pilots.
Iannarelli and Blackburn flew from Houston to attend the star-studded black-tie event at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Iannarelli, founder and president of Par Avion Ltd., is considered a pioneer among women in the business aviation industry with more than 30 years of business aviation experience.
Notables attending the Red Carpet Awards event were John Travolta, The Official Ambassador of Aviation and Living Legends host; former astronaut and Living Legend Gene Cernan; international broadcast journalist and instrument-rated pilot Miles O’Brien, who was honored with the “Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award; and award-winning aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton.
HLSR WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP BAR-B-QUE CONTEST WINNERS
The 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest was held at NRG Park Feb. 25-27. The 2016 contest received more than 250 entries for judging, with three international teams competing for the first year from Great Britain and Japan. After three days of marinating, smoking and barbecuing, Bull Dog Mountain Cookin’ Crew 2 of Houston took home top honors as overall grand champion. The full list of winners are:
Overall Grand Champion – Bulldog Mountain Cookin’ Crew 2; First Runner Up – Washington County Go Texan; Second Runner Up – Xtreme Texas Cookers 4
Brisket Champion – Xtreme Texas Cookers 4; First Runner Up – Cool Smoke (2015 Jack Daniel’s Invitational Winner); Second Runner Up – Valero Texas Gasoline Alley Cookers 1
Ribs Champion – Bulldog Mountain Cookin’ Crew 2; First Runner Up – Comcast Business 4; Second Runner Up – Grills Gone Wild Iowa (2015 American Royal Winner)
Chicken Champion – Washington County Go Texan; First Runner Up – Bulldog Mountain Cookin’ Crew 3; Second Runner Up – Damnifino Team 3
Go Texan Best Barbecue – Washington County Go Texan; Runner Up – Lavaca County Go Texan
Dutch Oven Champion – Jasper County Go Texan; First Runner Up – Red’s Young Guns; Second Runner Up – Refugio County Go Texan
Specialty Awards – Most Colorful Team – Holy Cow Cookers; Runner Up, Devil’s River Mountain Men; Go Texan Most Colorful – Metro Go Texan 4 and Road Dog Cookers; Runner Up, Jasper County Go Texan; Most Unique Pit – Fowl Feathered Cookers; Runner Up, Lost Village Cooking Team; Best Team Skit – Brazos County Go Texan; Runner Up, Holy Cow Cookers; Cleanest Team Area – Chevy Cookers; Runner Up, Limestone County; Go Texan Recycling – Calhoun County; Recycling – Brisket Cases.
Houston City Scope April 2016