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The Original and Historical Downtown Artist’s Warehouse District will “open house” their working art studios and gallery exhibition spaces to the public for the Official ARTCRAWLhouston2023, a one-day event on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 10am to 9pm. Some venues will be open for viewing Friday and Sunday.


This year’s event marks the 31st Anniversary of Artistic Survival by an all-volunteer-artist-run, non-organization in the 4th largest city in the United States. Over 100 Artists will pARTicipate in Houston’s original cluster of artists warehouses: Bisong Art Gallery, Hardy & Nance Studios, MotherDogStudios.

Sponsors: Clay Crawford, Collaborate Architectsm Architecs, Platinum Parking, Studio 713

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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

MotherDogStudios, the oldest surviving Artist-run warehouse in Houston, is ARTCRAWL headquarters and will present the art exhibition "WHAT IF? SOMETHING from NOTHING", curated by John Runnels.

Mother Dog Studios

720 Walnut Street

Houston, TX 77002


Description and history of Mother Dog Studios

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"WHAT IF? SOMETHING from NOTHING" EXHIBITION ARTISTS: Charlie Jean Sartwelle, John Carroll Runnels, Ken Mazzu, Jeff Reese (Solomon Kane), Steven Potter, Jonas Criscoe, Will Maxen, George Krause, Saran Alderson, Liz Gates, Gustavo Solorzano, Trina McIsaac, Jim Hatchett, John Slaby, Fernando Casas

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: Charlie Jean Sartwelle, John Carroll Runnels, Louise Schlachter, Ken Mazzu, Liz Conces Spencer, Jeff Reese (Solomon Kane), Molly Koehn, Sara Lucinda Ince, Kevin Cromwell, Steven Potter, Veronica Gaona, Jonas Criscoe, Kristin DeMatteo, Will Maxen, Ron Gordon, Wendy Wight

ENTERTAINMENT: Acoustic vocal trio Heights Fools on Stools and songwriter/singer Kevin Jefferies.

FOOD: French Corner food truck at 3pm


Clay Crawford

1200 Rothwell Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Clay Crawford

Collaborate: Planners, Architects, Project Managers, Developers, Branding. They provide innovation and creativity thorough communication, collaboration, and careful resource management.

1206 Nance Street

Houston, TX 77002

Located in the former Fifth Ward Hotel


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.


Platinum Parking

1016 N San Jacinto Street

Houston, Texas 77002

Entrance on Walnut St. and Rothwell St.

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Studio 713 - Music Studios.

Owner: Ricky Rich

849 Richey Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Studio 713
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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
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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…

Mother Dog Studios
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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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