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Lights of Houston – An Interactive Light Painting Art Exhibit

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is proud to share the picture galleries from the Lights of Houston Event with you. If you would like to download high quality pictures of your light painting photo for print, please visit our Flickr gallery»


June 27th – June 28th – 2014

In preparation for the event, Matt, Che and several members of the Brazilian Arts Foundation have been collaborating to produce an arts exhibit in the streets of our great city of Houston. The show involves movements that come from different Afro-Brazilian dances as well as the Brazilian martial art of capoeira. They are captured, brought out of the darkness and frozen in time, by light painting and the wonderful photography techniques used by Matt and Che. It has been a great experience to create, participate and collaborate by expressing the vibrancy of Brazilian arts through light and photography in no better location than our city’s landmarks and neighborhoods. We would love to have you come and be part of our interactive light painting event, where you will have the opportunity to play with light painting and to create your own images.

"Brazilian Arts Foundation is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance"

Behind the Scenes of Lights of Houston

Matt Crawford and Che’ Rickman – Photographers

Che Teaxs by Light Portrait matt_crowfordMatt Crawford and Che’ Rickman are a husband and wife collaborative. They have been working artistically since the 1990’s and having fun doing it.  Light Painting is something they enjoy and have traveled the world shooting with the most established light painters. Commercial clients include GDF Suez and Ford, but more importantly Matt and Che’ collaborate with other artistically minded people and organizations to create custom images. Che’ received her MFA in Sculpture from the UofH in 2005 and has been making and displaying art since then. Che’ has also has worked to further Education in the Arts with such organizations as Cooperative for After School Enrichment, Harris County Department of Education, Aurora Picture Show, Young Audiences of Houston, Fotofest, and Brazilian Arts Foundation to reach students with a creative and empowering message.  Che’ currently teaches Art at Helms Dual Language Academy. Matt began his career in media production as a theatre sound designer. Over the years he has developed a balanced skill set in all things Production.  Matt has a battalion of clones that do production and post production audio, video production, photography and project producing. Matt prefers to stay in motion and creatively engaged. These images were shot as single exposures during 6 nighttime shoots.  We shot 6 nights for about 5 hours a night.


Paulette Vargas: – Broadcast Journalism and Photography

Paulette_bio_editedPaulette is a Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Houston who started as an intern with the Brazilian Arts Foundation this February. With a background in print and broadcast journalism, she is know bringing her photojournalism skills to the BAF, nurturing different channels like the BAF newsletters, website and Social Media. She recently completed the Portuguese Intermediate II level here at BAF and is passionate about learning the language and embracing the Brazilian culture that the foundation has to offer. Her goals are to be able to use her language skills and education in journalism to be able to travel and work in South America and Europe. Now, she has had the opportunity to work and learn from photographers Matt Crawford and Che Rickman in preparation for the Lights of Houston exhibit. “It’s been an invaluable experience to work and collaborate with Matt and Che. They have introduced me to the world of light painting and its techniques. I also have come to realize the difference between working with professionals and perfectionists, and I have so much respect for their work.” ~Paulette

Event details

Private Preview for BAF Members and Guests: June 26th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm Open to the Public: – Friday June 27 – Saturday June 28t – 7:00 – 10:00 pm Cost: Free Where: Brazilian Arts Foundation Cultural Center – 1133/35 E. 11th Street, Houston, TX 77009



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