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Time tested ARTISTIC SURVIVORS of floods, gentrification, and pandemics for THIRTY YEARS!

This small cluster of Artists' warehouses, galleries & businesses of this hidden pART of Houston downtown will open their doors for their annual ONE DAY ONLY event of working Artists' studios, exhibition spaces, galleries & local businesses.  This event takes place in the original, historical, oldest surviving warehouse district in Houston.

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10am-9pm

FREE & open to the public.

This secret neighborhood has undergone radical changes. Come see what is happening in the studios & on the streets of this neighborhood where daring artists as urban pioneers risked & settled once upon a time in “unwanted real estate” on the edge of downtown Houston!


Participants displaying artwork:

  • Bisong Art Gallery

  • Hardy & Nance Studios

  • Mother Dog Studios


  • Clay Crawford

  • Faded Decade


  • NDT Seals

  • Platinum Parking

  • Studio 713

  • The Suite Life

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For more information, contact:

John Runnels

Mother Dog Studios

720 Walnut Street

Houston, TX 77002


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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

Mother Dog Studios, the oldest surviving Artist-run warehouse in Houston, is ARTCRAWL headquarters and will present the art exhibition "WHAT IF ?", curated by John Runnels.

Mother Dog Studios

720 Walnut Street

Houston, TX 77002


Description and history of Mother Dog Studios

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Charlie Jean Sartwelle

John Carroll Runnels

Louise Schlachter

Ken Mazzu

Liz Conces Spencer

Jeff Reese (Solomon Kane)

Kevin Cromwell

Sara Lucinda Ince

Chloe Magun (Beryl Rivkah)

Molly Koehn

Carolina Borja

Amber Terriaco

Wendy Wight

Tra Slaughter

Anthony Riojas


Charlie Jean Sartwelle

Ken Mazzu

Louise Schlachter

Jeff Reese (Solomon Kane)

Molly Koehn

Trina McIsaac

Jim Hatchett

Patrick Medrano

Ginger Davis

Henry Clark


Clay Crawford

1200 Rothwell Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Clay Crawford

Faded Decade, the underground standard in streetwear.

820 Richey Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Faded Decade

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


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.

1333 Sterrett Street

Houston, TX 77002​


Located in Bienville Furniture Company

NDT Seals

Platinum Parking

1016 N San Jacinto Street

Houston, Texas 77002

Entrance on Walnut St. and Rothwell St.

Platinum Parking

Studio 713 - Music Studios.

Owner: Ricky Rich

849 Richey Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Studio 713

The Suite Life has been in business for over 13 years and offers Modern Day cuts and shaves. They are known for their old-school barber shop vibe and classic shave and cut styling. Their staff went through extensive training and has mastered virtually every style (vintage, classic, modern look).

1204 Nance Street

Houston, Texas 77002


The Suite Life - Houston's Luxury Barbershop


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History of Buildings

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Erie City Iron Works: 1305 Sterrett Street & 1310 Nance Street

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

Hardy & Nance Studios: 902 Hardy Street

Hardy & Nance Studios, founded by Donald Tucker, is located in Houston’s historic, downtown Art Warehouse District. Some of the buildings in this area have been home to area artists for as many as 60 to 70 years, putting it among the oldest remaining urban art colonies in America.

Hardy & Nance Studios
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Mother Dog Studios: 720 Walnut Street

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…

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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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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.

Bienville Furniture Company
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