Nationally and Internationally known photographer, Patrick Melon, will exhibit his work alongside the children of Zina Garrison Academy (ZGA). The exhibit will encompass culturally diverse black and white as well as color photos from each artist's travels, capturing the communites and everyday life experiences that surround them. This is the first photography exhibit for the children of ZGA. Proceeds from sales will benefit the ZGA foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Houston's historic Third Ward community.
ABOUT Zina Garrison Academy
The Zina Garrison Academy was founded in 1992 by tennis legend, Zina Garrison. Garrison, better known as Coach Z, wanted to give young people the same opportunities that she was afforded as a young tennis player in Houston. The Zina Garrison Academy (ZGA) provides 45 weeks of free programming each year for all young people in the Houston area. ZGA not only provides world-class tennis instruction, but also provides college preparatory classes, wellness and nutrition lessons, interactive garden instruction, ACE training, and so much more! Visit us at zinagarrison.org #isupportrzga
ABOUT Patrick Melon
Patrick Melon is a New Orleans native who puts an emphasis on capturing the culture and everyday essence in his hometown. Pursuing his passion has put him in the midst of photographing some of the world's best-known Grammy-award winning artists like PJ Morton of Maroon 5, Solange Knowles and many others. Despite the perceived luxury afforded by some of these opportunities, his favorite place to shoot remains the streets of New Orleans.
Patrick’s photography has been featured in the prominent Art Basel Exhibition at Miami Beach and he's the official photographer of Chicago's Lollapalooza.
ABOUT Bria Lauren
“We grounded ourselves in providing a voice to the voiceless.” - htxpplproject
Bria Lauren was born and raised in Houston's Third Ward. She is 1/2 of the htxpplproject, a queer people of color collective based in Houston. Bria, and her partner Morganne Nikole cultivated the project to allow people the chance to share their stories and promote social change through shared experiences and respected differences. Bria has been instrumental in capturing the culture of the Third Ward before gentrification. The collective’s most recent works were featured in “The Real Life” exhibition at the Lawndale Art Center.
ABOUT Winston Contemporary Art⎮Art For Good
Winston Contemporary Art is a new gallery in Houston's Kirby District that features art from around the world. Both inside and outside the gallery walls, WCA sees itself as collaborators and facilitators, bringing compelling art to our community in new and innovative ways. WCA seeks like-minded artistic, non-profit and private partners across Houston, the state of Texas, and beyond to bring meaningful art experiences to the Houston community in a way that is accessible, and that encourages participation from everyone they touch.