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2012 Art Car Parade Winners Release Final

2012 Art Car Parade Winners Release Final

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2012 HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Over $18,000 in prize money awarded to outstanding artists 
HOUSTON (May 17, 2012) –
Saturday May 12
th
marked the 25
th
Anniversary of the Houston Art CarParade presented by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the largest and oldest parade of itskind in the world. This year
ʼ
s event featured 277 entries from all over the country, including 126 that hadnever participated in the Houston Art Car Parade before.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker
led thecharge and waved to the crowd of near 300,000 in Steve Braithwaite
ʼ
s “Big Banana Car,” joining co-Grand Marshals
Houston Texans players J.J. Watt & Connor Barwin
who cruised in David Best andGregory Fleeman
ʼ
s “Big Noise From Biloxi,” a first place winner in 2007.The following day, the Orange Show awarded over
$18,000
in prize money to artists after a judgingprocess that included criteria such as overall theme, craftsmanship, design, originality andtransformation. The 2012 Houston Art Car Parade judges included Art Car Museum founder
AnnHarithas
, Orange Show founder and celebrated art collector
Marilyn Oshman
, Orange Showsupporter and arts patron
Manny Sanchez,
sculptor and University of Houston professor
KaneenSmith
and photographer
Irv Tepper
.Taking the top award of the year, the
Mayor
ʼ
s Cup
, that included a $2000 cash prize, was the exquisite
“Mr. Green
,” a 12.5-foot tall walking and screeching monster created by renowned Houston artist
Mark“Scrapdaddy” Bradford
. Bradford and his wife Nicole both rode on the entry, Nicole controlling Mr.Green with “reins” and Mark controlling him with a series of intricate shifts and levers. The entry wascreated entirely of recycled scrap metal and made it
ʼ
s debut in this year
ʼ
s parade.An
hour-long special
of this year
ʼ
s Houston Art Car Parade, featuring interviews with local artists andhistory of the Orange Show and the Houston Art Car Parade, will air this
Sunday May 20th
at
6pmCST
on
KIAH-TV
 
CW39
.
Below is the complete list of winners in all 14 categories:Mayor
ʼ
s Cup - $2000 prize and Grand Trophy
Entry #126 -
“Mr. Green”
 
by Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford
(Houston, TX)
First Place Art Cars - $1500 prize and Grand Trophy
Entry #3 - “
The Big Banana”
by
Steve Braithwaite
(Coopersburg, PA)Entry #214
- “Low Rider from Corpus Christie”
by
The Leal Brothers
(Corpus Christi, TX)Entry #120 –
“Earth, Wind and Fire… and Water”
by
Jefferson Davis High School
under thedirection of
Rebecca Bass
and
Paloma Garner,
and sponsored by
vitaminwater
(Houston, TX)Entry #77 – “
The Gold Digger”
by
John Avanzini
(Fort Worth, TX)
- more - 
Media Contacts:
Katy Mayell713-978-5050katy@onthemarkcom.com
 
Jonathan Beitler 832-964-9932 jonathan@jonathanbeitler.com 
 
 
2/ART CAR PARADE WINNERS 
Second Place Art Cars
Entry #41 –
“Radio Flyer Wagon”
by
Bob Castanada
(Alameda, CA)Entry #239 –
“Mayan Temple Art Car
” by
Dennis McNett
(Brooklyn, NY)Entry #169 –
“Tired and Feathered”
by
Joe Haden
(Crockett, TX)Entry #189 –
“Regina the Hippo Car”
by
Cliff Portis
, owned by
Mary Jane Hedke
(Buda, TX)
Third Place Art Cars
Entry #18 –
“Brunnehilda
ʼ
s Encore”
by
Houston Grand Opera
(Houston, TX)Entry #100 – “
Centenni-Owl
” by
Rice University Art Car Class
(Houston, TX)Entry #20 –
“A Little Bit of Nonsense”
by
Randy Blair
(Katy, TX)Entry #177 –
“Sentra-saurus
” by
Carrie Moschitto
, owned by
Perri Harper
(Houston, TX)
Low Rider Performance - $1,500 prize
Entry #58 –
“The Boss”
by
Sheila Villarreal
(Houston, TX)
Low Rider Appearance
First Place - $1500 prize 
Entry #212 –
“Low Rider from Corpus Christie
” by
The Leal Brothers
(Corpus Christi, TX)
Second Place 
Entry #213 –
“Low Rider from Corpus Christie”
by
The Leal Brothers
(Corpus Christi, TX)
Third Place 
Entry #157 –
“Azteca Gold”
by
Jesus Jimenez
(Houston, TX)
Contraption
First Place - $1000 prize 
Entry #21 –
“Fried Chicken”
by
Bob Wink
(Bellville, TX)
Second Place 
Entry #14 –
“Oscar the Friendly Dragon”
by
Julian Luna
(Houston, TX)
Third Place – Tie 
Entry #98 –
“The Lazy Man
ʼ
s Ladder”
by
Larry Carpenter
(Houston, TX)Entry #152 –
“Pop Art Cart”
by
Harry “Bruiser” Goldberg
(Houston, TX)
Cycle
First Place - $500 prize 
Entry #114 –
“Manvel High School Art Bikes”
by
Manvel High School
(Houston, TX)
Second Place 
Entry #19” –
A Little Bit More Nonsense”
by
Jonathan Blair
(Katy, TX)Third PlaceEntry #39 –
“Sofacycle”
by
Julian Luna
and
Rebecca Bass
(Houston, TX)
- more - 
 
 
 
3/ART CAR PARADE WINNERS 
Daily Driver Art Car
First Place - $1250 prize 
Entry #202 –
“Vanadu”
by
Clarke Bedford
(Hyattsville, MD)
Second Place 
Entry #87 –
“Skully”
by
Mark Esteban
(Houston, TX)
Third Place 
Entry #208 –
“Dizzy”
by
Jared Nicholson
(Salt Lake City, UT)
Painted Car
First Place – $1200 prize 
Entry #61 –
“Mi Vida
” by
Johnny Herrera
(Houston, TX)
Second Place 
Entry #288 –
“Jazz, An American Phenomenon”
by
Charles Washington
(Houston, TX)
Third Place 
Entry #136 –
“Bubbles LaRue”
by
Robynn Sanders
, owned by
Karen Olds
(Houston, TX)
Music
First Place - $750 prize 
Entry #295 – “
The Tom Kennedy Space Bus”
by
Larry White, Adam Adams
and
Monica Acuna
 (Houston, TX)
Second Place 
Entry #233 –
“Last Concert Café
ʼ
s Journey to the Other Side featuring The Hightailers and TheTribal Lillies”
by
Dawn Fudge and gang
(Houston, TX)Third PlaceEntry #255 –
“The Fighting Fish Tank”
by
Leif Hart
, owned by
Andrew Levy
(Morristown, NJ)
Performance
 
First Place - $500 prize 
Entry #270 –
“Melvin The World
ʼ
s Only Wacky Wheeler”
by
Robert Sommerbel
l (Madison, WI)
Second Place 
Entry #247 –
“Q-Fest
ʼ
s Mommie D”
by
Chicano Laundry and Stephanie Saint Sanchez
(Houston,TX)
Third Place 
Entry #167 –
“The Cowboy Dave Show”
by
David Gregory
(Houston, TX)
Freedom of Speech
First Place - $500 prize 
Entry #179 –
“Driving + Texting = Wrexting”
 
by Madeline and Paul Galindo
 
- more - 
 

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