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Bayou City Art Festival Producer Art Colony Association, Inc. Welcomes New Board of Directors Members, Elects Officers
HOUSTON (January 19, 2022) - The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Bayou City Art Festival, announced the addition of Rebecca Gentry, Kelley Robinson, and Debra Denny to its Board of Directors. ACA also named board officers, including:

  • Mike Pede, President
  • Allen Brivic, Vice President
  • Mary Paulette, Treasurer
  • Mitchell Cohen, Secretary
“I am excited to congratulate our elected officers along with Rebecca Gentry, Kelley Robinson, and Debra Denny as new members of the Art Colony Association Board of Directors. With their unique skills and advanced knowledge in their industry, they join us to kick off our 50th anniversary and enhance our mission to bring art events to the Houston community while raising awareness for art education and programs that enlighten and inspire all Houstonians,” said Kelly Batterson, Executive Director of ACA.  
Rebecca Gentry serves as Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, at the University of Houston. She oversees campaign strategy and manages fundraising and external engagement activity for the Systemwide Public Art Program. Throughout her career, she has held executive advancement leadership positions in museums, historic homes, nonprofit organizations, and foundations. Gentry received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and completed certificate work at the Reynolda House Museum of Art. 
Rebecca Gentry
Kelley Robinson
Kelley Robinson is the Media Director at BrivicMedia, Inc. and has been part of the media industry for 13 years. She has managed successful campaigns in the healthcare, energy, nonprofit, senior living, travel, and real estate industries. Robinson is the 2019 Media Alliance of Houston recipient of Agency Digital Professional, the 2018 winner of Media Director of the year, and the 2020 Spirit of AAF Houston. She values strong relationships with her clients and industry peers and serves on the Media Alliance of Houston and American Advertising of Houston boards.
Debra Denny is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial, LLC and a business owner. During her time in Portland in the 1980s, Denny discovered her love for art, and supporting local art communities. As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, Denny is a strong advocate and longtime supporter of local and national organizations promoting equality and change for the community. She also serves on the board of Gender Infinity, Inc. as Treasurer.
Debra Denny
On March 25-27, 2022, Bayou City Art Festival will celebrate 50 years of providing unique art experiences and education for the greater Houston area by bringing diverse artists to Bayou City Art Festivals while supporting local organizations and promoting the impact that art has on the Houston community. As the nation’s premier spring outdoor art festival in the U.S., Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park will provide guests with the opportunity to meet 300 artists, view original works, and purchase one-of-a-kind art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, functional art, and more. The three-day festival features two entertainment stages, a food truck park, a craft beer and wine garden, additional live entertainment and beverage stations throughout the festival, an Active Imagination Zone, a VIP Hospitality Lounge, and much more. An exhibition of student artwork composed of the top 30 finalists from the Middle School Art Competition will also be featured.
Online early bird tickets will soon be available at for $15 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and children under five are free. Adult tickets purchased after March 15, 2022, are $18. VIP Hospitality Lounge tickets are $60 and include admission to the festival. Online pre-purchased tickets are required to enter the festival. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and can only be purchased online.
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About Bayou City Art Festival:
Since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, the Art Colony Association, Inc. has raised more than $3.6 million for local nonprofit programs from the proceeds of its festivals. Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Bayou City Art Festival is ranked among the best in “Fine Art and Design” by Sunshine Artists Magazine. The festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance.
Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit