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artcrawlhouston 2021
Free Admission
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10 AM - 9 PM

The ORIGINAL & HISTORICAL Downtown Artists’ Warehouse District will open working art studios and exhibition spaces to the public for the official 29th Annual ARTCRAWLhouston2021.


Since 1992, the tradition of the artists "open studios" takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Visitors have the opportunity to pARTicipate in the live/work/show spaces of these neighborhood "urban pioneers”.  The mission of the ARTCRAWL is to assist the public in understanding contemporary art by directly involving the visitors in a dialogue with local artists in the Artist Warehouse District of Downtown Houston.


DATE: One day event, Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 10AM to 9PM. (Some warehouses will be open on Sunday)



(North of Downtown between San Jacinto, Interstate 10 and McKee Street) 


PARKING: Street parking available at each participating warehouse and at Reef Parking, 1016 N. San Jacinto




​CONTACT: John Runnels at, 713.229.9760


 ALL CDC, state & city guidelines for COVID-19 will be followed by ALL pARTicipating buildings!




This year's event marks the 29th anniversary of Artistic Survival from flooding, demolition & gentrification in an ever changing cluster of Artists’ warehouses in the 4th largest city in the United States.


This year's pARTicipants in Houston’s ORIGINAL cluster of artists’ warehouses and business sponsors include:


  • Bisong Art Gallery

  • Hardy & Nance Studios


  • Mother Dog Studios

  • NDT Seals

  • Reef Parking

  • Cake Life Co.


An exciting, never-seen-before addition to our ARTCRAWLhouston2021 walk-about experience, will be the collaboration with Chalk Crawl (  Artists will transform sidewalks & pavements into ARTWORKS to guide visitors through the neighborhood.


MOTHERDOGSTUDIOS, the oldest surviving Artists’ warehouse in Houston, is ARTCRAWLhouston2021 headquarters 

and will present an exhibition entitled FACEtoFACE-Portraits.SELF.portraits- a response to the isolationism created by Covid-19.

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Pete Dickson


dedicated to:


Peter Dickson

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Bisong Art Gallery specializes in contemporary art from emerging and mid-career artists.  The gallery exhibits a variety of mediums from paintings, photography, hand blown glass, sculptures, mixed media, and public art.

Bisong Art Gallery
1305 Sterrett Street
Houston, TX  77002

Located in Erie City Iron Works

Bisong Art Gallery

The 1st Annual Chalk Crawl Houston is a chalk-art infused family-friendly scavenger hunt celebrating all things Houston.

Chalk Crawl
Houston, TX

Chalk Crawl

The work of m ARCHITECTS represents a context driven design process with careful attention to detail backed by technical know-how. They offer a full range of client focused design services including architecture, interior design, planning and urban design, sustainability, and brand design. They specialize in commercial, education, and healthcare projects.


1206 Nance Street

Houston, TX 77002

Located in the former Fifth Ward Hotel


Mother Dog Studios, the oldest surviving warehouse in Houston, is ARTCRAWL headquarters and will present the art exhibition "Face-to-Face: Portraits. Self. Portraits", curated by John Runnels.

Mother Dog Studios

720 Walnut Street

Houston, TX 77002


Description and history of Mother Dog Studios

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Mother Dog Studios

NDT Seals Inc, founded in 1992, is a family-owned and managed business. They design, manufacture and distribute the patented NDT Inspection Plug and NDT Inspection Point Labels. These products are used in the Process Safety Management and Mechanical Integrity efforts underway in the refining, chemical, petrochemical, paper and pulp, household products, food processing, and transportation industries.

NDT Seals

1333 Sterrett Street

Houston, TX 77002​


Located in Bienville Furniture Company

NDT Seals

Reef Parking

1016 N San Jacinto Street

Houston, Texas 77002

Entrance on Walnut Street and Rothwell Street

Reef Parking

Cake Life Co.

Local cakery in the best little part of downtown! They specialize in custom cakes for any occasion. Cake tastings available by appointment only.

Cake Life Co.

801 William Street

Houston, TX 77002

(832) 716-8699

Located in Bienville Furniture Company

Cake Life Co.
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For more information, contact:

John Runnels

Mother Dog Studios

720 Walnut Street

Houston, TX 77002


History of Participants' Buildings

Erie City Iron Works: 1305 Sterrett & 1310 Nance

Erie City Iron Works dates back to1906 and used to be an iron foundry warehouse where metal was delivered by railroad and stored until it was sold to builders. The metal used to build Houston came through here first. The warehouse has been converted into lofts. Some artists live there, using their places as studios to showcase their work. The other tenants are up-and-coming businesses.

Bisong Art Gallery is located at this building.

Bisong Art Gallery
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Fifth Ward Hotel: 1206 Nance

The former Fifth Ward Hotel building is a near-miraculous survivor of Victorian commercial architecture in Houston. Built in 1883 as a hotel, it was three stories tall with load bearing masonry walls of locally produced brick and cast iron columns supporting timber framed floors. By 1915, the hotel had closed and the building saw a succession of uses. During the 1950s, the two upper floors were removed because the masonry walls were near the point of collapse and the remainder of the historic building was concealed behind sheet metal siding. After a disastrous electrical fire in 1993, the last owner abandoned it. The structure was sensitively rehabilitated in 2002 by Rice Construction Company in consultation with historic preservationist Anna Mod.

In 2003 Michael Morton, AIA of m ARCHITECTS reconfigured the interior for use as an architecture studio and art gallery.

Former Fifth Ward Hotel
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Mother Dog Studios: 720 Walnut

Mother Dog Studios is the oldest surviving artists studios warehouse space in Houston. Surrounded by universities, cathedrals, jails, warehouses, architectural sculptures and skyscrapers somewhere in the natural forest and the cultural forest. Mother Dog Studios is unequivocally in the heart of the vortex of the 4th largest city in the United States. Founded in 1984, by Charlie Jean Sartwelle and John Runnels, it is a 22,000 square foot warehouse with 25 artist studios and an expansive exhibition space called the Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art…

Mother Dog Studios
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Bienville Furniture Company: 1333 Sterrett / 801 William St.

The Bienville Furniture Company Building on Sterrett Street is Houston’s little touch of European charm with that patina we used to only find in New Orleans. In 1973, home to Reggie Bowman’s Plastics company… the folks who invented the Beverage Buddy can holder that hooks onto your car window. Until around 1994, it survived as Bienville Gallery. We assume it was eponymously named after the Founder of the City of New Orleans Jean Baptiste Le MoyneSieu de Bienville. Thanks go to Pete Dickson for historical archives.

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