Cypress Student Selected to Participate in Street Painting Festival

Cypress, Texas (November 8, 2013) - Cypress Lakes High School senior Diana Lopez has been selected by The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS) to participate in the seventh annual Via Colori street painting festival Nov. 23-24, during which the streets of downtown Houston will transform into an unconventional art gallery.

Jersey Village High School students work on a mural during the Via Colori event in 2012. Jersey Village students will work as a group on two squares during the 2013 event.

Jersey Village students work on a mural during the Via Colori event in 2012. Jersey Village students will work as a group on two squares during the 2013 event.

Lopez will join nine fellow emerging artists from Houston area high schools in the Via Apprendista section, each creating a 6-foot by 6-foot street art mural at the festival. Each high school artist has signed on to volunteer their time and talent for this local grassroots event in hopes of increasing public access to art. Via Colori attracts thousands every year with its distinctive and massive colorful chalk murals, celebrating the art of creativity and benefiting children with hearing impairments.

“I have participated in this event for the past two years, so being selected for independent work is an honor,” Lopez said. “Working on my own mural is going to be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking! Via Colori has become a very important event for me; I love the experience and I care for the cause. I hope to give back to Via Colori for what the event does for our community, for artists, and for students through my work.”

Via Colori was introduced to Houston in 2006 to celebrate the Italian Renaissance art of street painting while benefiting CHS, a non-profit organization that teaches speaking, listening and literacy skills to children with hearing impairments.

Cypress Lakes High School senior Diana Lopez will create her own mural in the Via Colori street painting festival, set for Nov. 23-24 at Hermann Square in downtown Houston.

Cy Lakes senior Diana Lopez will create her own mural in the Via Colori street painting festival, set for Nov. 23-24 at Hermann Square in downtown Houston.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 in downtown Houston at Hermann Square and the surrounding streets. Admission is free for everyone.