A New Take on Community Art

Houston’s first farm-centric community is tilling new ground again, this time forging an artistic alliance that may be Texas’ first-ever collaboration between a museum and a master-planned community.

The partnership between Harvest Green in Richmond and the KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend is already bearing fruit, dotting the development’s landscape with art that is as local as its homegrown fruits and vegetables.

KCAM artist-in-residence Mark Deleon first collaborated with Harvest Green to transform a shed at the on-site Village Farm into a work of art with the help of residents, students from Travis High School — located in Harvest Green — and the George Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program in May.

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Deleon is charged with creating additional murals at various locations within Harvest Green, as well as series of paintings inspired by the development’s ambiance. A painting by Deleon, created during the community’s Earth Day Extravaganza in April, already hangs in Harvest Green’s new amenity center, The Farmhouse. The series also will be housed in the facility.

Harvest Green will host KCAM’s annual Artist-in-Residence Exhibition in September. The two-year-old program is designed to provide professional and up-and-coming artists with opportunities that will help them succeed in their careers. A reception will be held for Deleon as he unveils his paintings from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The exhibit will run for four weeks.

Established in 2013, the KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend is a non-profit institution dedicated to presenting contemporary art to the public. For more information visit www.kcamfortbend.com.

Harvest Green has experienced robust sales since opening in 2015 and continues to grow, with more than 250 homesites being released this spring and summer. Eleven builders offer homes priced from the $240,000s. The Harvest Green Village Farm hosts a weekly farmers market and numerous resident events throughout the year. Residents can lease a portion of land on the farm to grow their own produce or can have backyard gardens installed when they build their homes. In addition, much of the development is landscaped with herbs and other edible plants. Learn more about Harvest Green at www.harvestgreentexas.com.

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