Sidewak Sunday has art with heart. World Famous Designer, Gourmet Sno-Cones, Art & Sculptures Made From Tennis Balls, Live Music, and of course our famous Vanilla Vodka Lemonade. You won’t want to miss this party.
Join The Zina Garrison Academy & World Famous Designer Kelly Gale Amen as we unveil the art created by the youth of the academy during the inspiring Paint Day. Sidewalk Sunday, July 28th becomes all about the art created by these amazing people and the children whose lives are forever changed through the art and hearts at the Zina Garrison Academy.
About the Zina Garrison Academy: The mission of ZGA is to develop stars in the classroom, on the tennis court, and in the community by providing educational support, positive role models, parent education, and excellent tennis instruction. The Zina Garrison Academy provides 50 weeks of free programming each year for all children in the Houston area. This tennis and leadership academy was founded in 1992 by legendary tennis professional and native Houstonian Zina Garrison. Over the past two decades, the Academy has targeted under-served youth, helping them to discover their individual talents, stay healthy and fit, and become future leaders in the community while learning the sport of tennis. During this period, the Academy has provided services to over 25,000 children.
Pictured in the gallery from left to right Nikki Araguz, Kelly Gale Amen, Alene Levy and Melissa Bondy
Kelly Gale Amen, born in 1949, is a native of Weatherford, Oklahoma. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA), Kelly moved to Houston in 1972 to begin his professional design career. He started his own design business, KGA Inc., in 1974 and has been an influential participant in the Houston arts & design community for decades. He is a founding member of NSID/ASID.
Kelly’s work has been featured in all available media, from a feature on HGTV’s Extreme Homes to frequent highlights and features on his design projects in the local print press. His work is published in books and magazines distributed nationally.
In the 1990’s Kelly began creating his own Art Furniture to give voice to his personal vision. At the time artists were fomenting a movement to include functional art within the arena of fine art. Architects and Designers were creating functional work to augment their portfolios and allow their artistic work to be legitimized within that realm. He is also a founding member of the American Society of Furniture Artists.
His KGA Triple Benches are on display as a permanent installation in Houston’s Shady Groves Victims Memorial at Tinsley Park. Kelly is proud to have had one of his Memorial Benches installed in Houston’s Bob Lanier Public Works Building. He also has his Art Furniture in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Thomas P Stafford Air and Space Center in Weatherford, Oklahoma, the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma, to mention a few installations.
Kelly has thrown his support behind many charitable ventures throughout his career, adding his special slant on how to engage and reward those involved in fund raising as well as those receiving the benefit of those funds. Some of those organizations are: The Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Aids Foundation Houston, and most recently, the Zina Garrison Foundation.
Starting in 2007, Kelly branched out with the signed & numbered edition collections, partnering with Susan G. Koman for the Cure, The Stafford Air & Space Museum, and the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing organizations.
With his activities ranging through tireless support of the arts to active participation as a creator of Art Furniture and sculpture, Kelly enjoys a reputation internationally for cutting edge concept and design.
Delicious Gourmet Sno-Cones will be made fresh by
Join Us Sunday July 28th 1-6pm
A portion of the proceeds of all of the ZGA/KGA Paint Day Art will directly benefit
Come and be the change in some young persons life.
Kelly Gale Amen is the fearless leader, driving force, life essence, and inimitable mover and shaker behind KGA Design.