LOCAL Houston | The City Guide August 2017 - Page 50

GOING PUBLIC ARTIST SHANE ALLBRITTON IS ON THE RISE By Tim Moloney | Photography by Carl Fehres Photography of Artwork by Woven Waves - Polyvision, Synthesis - Gallucci Design, DOG+CATenary - Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola, Never Forget - City of Cornelius, Radiance - Scott Weaver Photography, Time In Motion - Pablo Gimenz-Zapiola, Sectio Aurea - Polyvision THE GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER HAS REALLY STEPPED UP ITS PUBLIC ART GAME. NO LONGER JUST A WAREHOUSE FOR OTC AND TRADE SHOWS AND INDUSTRY MEETINGS, THE CONVENTION CENTER IS EXPERIENCING NEW LIFE AND YEAR-ROUND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH RESTAURANTS, EVENT PROGRAMMING AND A STRONG FOCUS ON PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS (CHECK OUT CULTURAL PROGRAMS MANAGER CHRISTINE JELSON WEST ON PAGE 66). ALONG WITH DISCOVERY GREEN AND AVENIDA HOUSTON, IT’S BECOME THE CULTURAL HUB OF THE EAST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN. One person playing a part in it: artist SHANE ALLBRITTON, shot here in front of her Earth & Skyline, which portrays images of Houston environments from various altitudes that are conflated into an abstract composition combining imagery of multiple days, weather conditions, seasons and times of day. From a distance, the overall mural reflects a lively, vibrant impression of Houston’s various elevations from bayou images near the bottom, merging upwards into images of city life and nature, and further upwards into the Houston skyline. Houston-based Allbritton has a degree in fine arts and 20 years of extensive work designing interpretive spaces and interactives for numerous museums and visitors centers – around the country and around the world, in addition to her own personal art. A partner in the firm of RE:site with fellow artist Norman Lee, Allbritton bridges the disciplines of visual communication, art and experience design. Her collaborative work with Lee spans a range of projects from comprehensive environmental graphics to art installations, including large-scale murals, donor recognition systems, wayfinding, media design, suspended art, sculpture and painting. You think you’re busy? In a