Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Sculptor Kimber Fiebiger won first-place honors at 2008's festival and is the featured artist this year.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Sculptor Kimber Fiebiger won first-place honors at 2008’s festival and is the featured artist this year. Photo by Ben DeSoto

Ah … autumn in Houston. When one’s thoughts turn to … art? Texas’ largest metropolis will take gallery-hopping to the streets at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, October 10-11. The festival, nestled around City Hall and Hermann Square, the Houston Public Library Plaza, and Sam Houston Park, also provides an opportunity to walk in downtown’s streets. From its homegrown, bohemian beginnings as the Westheimer Art Festival, the Bayou City Art Festival has garnered numerous statewide and national awards over the past decade. With 300 juried national and international artists in 19 media formats ranging from paintings to pottery, jewelry to textiles, photography to metalwork, discoveries abound for both the discerning eye and those who “know art when they see it.” This year’s featured artist, Kimber Fiebiger, owner of Joan of Art gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, showcases her award-winning, whimsical bronze sculptures at the fest. To cool your heels from a ll of that walking, take in the “Art on Water” floating art installation at City Hall’s Hermann Square Reflection Pool, with continuous performances both days. Satisfy your thirst at the nearby Art Bar. And the festival is for palates as well as palettes-this year’s Epicurean Adventure offers cooking demonstrations from top regional chefs along with wine tastings. Call 713/521-0133;

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