On September 30, Crush Wine Lounge was transformed into an art auction house for 56 artworks donated by Montgomery County artists that were sold with proceeds of over $6,400 being donated to Interfaith’s Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. Musician and vocalist Gideon Bustmante (aka “The Painter”) performed throughout the evening, singing songs of anguish, hope and recovery. This heart-and-art felt event was a joint effort between The Woodlands Arts Council, The Woodlands Art League, Conroe Art League and The Crush Wine Lounge.
Mike Bass, Executive Director of The Woodlands Arts Council, and Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith, spoke about how art and community service are part of The Woodlands’ foundational pillars — part of George Mitchell’s original vision for The Woodlands. Heather Joy Puskarich, the Cultural Arts Director for The Woodlands Arts Council and an artist as well, spoke about her donated work, Another’s Gaze, which is a macro image of her eye comprised of 320 social media images of rescue and kindness in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Woodlands Arts Council Board President Deb Spiess thanked the many local artists who contributed their time, energy and donated art for this important cause. Special thanks to John Hallett from The Conroe Art League for all his help in organizing the show.