$min_len) { $new_str[$i] = $string; $i++; } } $t_name = implode(" ", $new_str); unset($new_str); $t_name = preg_replace($pattern, $replace, $t_name); $t_nameL = strtolower($t_name); return $t_nameL; } // PCL Output function pcl_output($id) { if ($id == 0) return false; $query1 = tep_db_query("select c.parent_id, cd.categories_name from " . TABLE_CATEGORIES . " c, " . TABLE_CATEGORIES_DESCRIPTION . " cd where c.categories_id = $id and cd.categories_id = $id"); $pcla = array(); while ($pc_values = tep_db_fetch_array($query1)) { $pc_header = $pc_values[categories_name]; $parent_id = $pc_values[parent_id]; $type = "c"; $query2 = tep_db_query("select c.categories_id, c.parent_id, cd.categories_name from " . TABLE_CATEGORIES . " c, " . TABLE_CATEGORIES_DESCRIPTION . " cd where c.parent_id = $id and c.categories_id = cd.categories_id"); while ($q2v = tep_db_fetch_array($query2)) { $q2_id = $q2v[categories_id]; $q2_head = $q2v[categories_name]; array_push($pcla, "$q2_id$q2_head"); } } $i = 0; $cPath = tep_get_path($id); echo ""; foreach ($pcla as $key => $data) { $split = explode("", $data); $p_id = $split[0]; $p_head = $split[1]; $cPath = tep_get_path($p_id); if ($i == 2) { echo ""; $i = 0; } echo ""; $i++; } echo "
Shop our Online Catalog: ". $pc_header . "

"; } // Sub Topic Sister Linking function sub_topic_links($starting_topic_id) { echo ""; //echo ""; $parent_query = "SELECT parent_id FROM topics WHERE topics_id='". $starting_topic_id ."'"; $parent_results = tep_db_query($parent_query); $parent_id = tep_db_fetch_array($parent_results); $parent_id = $parent_id['parent_id']; if ($parent_id == 0) { $parent_id = $starting_topic_id; } /* $parent_name_query = "SELECT topics_name FROM topics_description WHERE topics_id='". $parent_id ."'"; $parent_name_results = tep_db_query($parent_name_query); $parent_name = tep_db_fetch_array($parent_name_results); $parent_name = $parent_name['topics_name']; $parent_name = preg_replace('/ /', '', $parent_name); */ $i = 0; $topics_query = "SELECT t.topics_id, td.topics_name, t.parent_id FROM topics t, topics_description td WHERE (t.parent_id='". $parent_id ."' OR t.parent_id='". $starting_topic_id ."') AND t.topics_id = td.topics_id ORDER BY td.topics_name"; $topics_results = tep_db_query($topics_query); while ($subs = tep_db_fetch_array($topics_results)) { $topic_id = $subs['topics_id']; $topic_name = $subs['topics_name']; if ($subs['parent_id'] == 0) { $tPath = "tPath=". $subs['topics_id']; } else { $tPath = "tPath=". $subs['parent_id'] ."_". $subs['topics_id']; } if ($i == 0) { echo ""; } if ($topic_id != $starting_topic_id) { echo ""; $i++; } if ($i == 3) { echo ""; $i = 0; } } echo "
Related Topics:
  • ". $topic_name ."
  • "; } // Sister Artile Linking function sister_article_linking($current_id) { $fetch_cat = tep_db_query("SELECT at.topics_id, t.parent_id, td.topics_name FROM articles_to_topics at, topics t, topics_description td WHERE at.articles_id = $current_id AND at.topics_id = t.topics_id AND td.topics_id = t.topics_id"); while ($result = tep_db_fetch_array($fetch_cat)) { $tID = $result['topics_id']; $pID = $result['parent_id']; $tName = $result['topics_name']; } if ($pID == 0) { $tPath = "tPath=". $tID; } else { $tPath = "tPath=". $pID ."_". $tID; } echo ""; echo "

    "; sub_topic_links($tID); echo "

    "; echo "Back to main topic: $tName
    "; $link_builder_query = tep_db_query("SELECT ad.articles_id, ad.articles_name, at.topics_id, at.articles_id FROM articles_description ad, articles_to_topics at WHERE at.topics_id='$tID' AND at.articles_id = ad.articles_id ORDER BY ad.articles_name"); while ($link_builder = tep_db_fetch_array($link_builder_query)) { $a_id = $link_builder['articles_id']; $a_name = $link_builder['articles_name']; $aPath = "articles_id=". $a_id; if ($current_id == $a_id) { } else { echo "$a_name
    "; } } print ("
    "); } ?> Houston Art and Culture Scholarship Winners

    HAAC Scholarship Winners

    Houston Art and Culture Scholarship Winners

    First Place: Anat Ronen

    Anat Ronen is a Houston based selftaught artist. Until 2008, she was working in administrative positions in numerous jobs. She wasn't confident of her artistic skills, and did not think to practice them professionally. The breakthrough came as a surprise, when facing a life changing decision to try working in the field. Anat started to advertise her services on CraigsList and from one client to the next, gathered experience and confidence in her ability to provide good products.

    In 2009, Anat went public with four murals on the Galveston Causeway, each 90 feet long. This came after a job offer she just didn't say no to. Not sure what to expect, she just did it, and was surprised to see the results. Since then, she completed more than a hundred larger and smaller scale murals on highways, commercial spots, schools and in private homes throughout the Houston area.

    Following her motto "never say no", she stumbled upon the opportunity to participate in her first street painting experience
    Via Colori 2009 where she represented a radio station. Having a great time, she enthusiastically said yes when offered to participate in the collaborative mural orchestrated by Melanie Stimmel Van Latum in Via Colori 2010 and now ecstatic to be the featured artist in 2011. Anat recently participated in the international art festival in Sarasota in November 2011, creating vertical art as a part of the famous chalk festival.

    A native of Israel, Anat has established her home in Houston, TX with her husband and son. They are very happy to live in such a diverse, growing, friendly and active city. Anat works alone with technical assistance from her husband, Ori. Anat paints her murals in acrylics and latex and has a diverse portfolio
    from digital medium (website and graphic design) to mixed media to traditional canvases and smaller drawings and illustrations. Every project is an opportunity to create new ways to achieve a result everyone is happy with.

    Her primary drive is to be original, so projects always start from scratch. She listens to the needs, learns about the clients and combines all the ingredients to make a satisfactory result. Her past in business administration and marketing is useful when it comes to design
    she has the ability to think like the business owner and at the same time, put herself in the client's shoes and understand what type of design would work best. Anat is very thankful for her talents and for her ability to make a living from what she loves.

    Please visit Anat's site at www.houston

    Second Place: Timothy Snider



    There is no formula to any of my work – I work from compulsion, rather than working simply because I fancy myself artistic or because I’m relaxing or on display or whatever.  That bein said, I do from time to time get stuck in a loop and turn out a series of work that runs along a common line.  I think the three pictures submitted here with this letter are more related, less all-over-the-place than the smorgasbord of work I normal put forward, and so should not be seen as indicative of my range. 

    I have done many shows, gallery and street, in the past, and so am not a novice, even if I am a bit out of the loop.  I take commissions, take them seriously, and so am practiced at that as well.  A happy customer is often times a repeat customer, so I always give 100% on every job.

    Third Place: Jimmy Houston

    I am a self-taught artist and a storyteller. I’ve told my stories with film, animation, paint and the written word.  I count it a great blessing to be able to interpret and render the images of my imagination.

    At the University of Texas, I studied film and animation and graduated with a degree in Radio TV Film.   Later, I painted murals, faux finishing and commissioned paintings.

    I have exhibited at ZEN Art Space in the Houston Galleria, at Elder Street Gallery, Heights Studios and Gallery, War’Hous Visual Studios, Watson Gallery, and the 2010 and 2011 Houston Art Crawl.   In 2009, I was a finalist in the Hunting Art Prize.  Two of my works were chosen for the 2011 Lawndale Art Center’s “Big Show.”

    I am fascinated by the idea of discarded history and a sense of collective nostalgia.  In my paintings, I seek to express a vision of a world that has been left to others.  Cartoonish varmints serve as guides into a forgotten existence.  They often bring a dark humor to the structures and symbols of humanity they interact with. 

    My use of black and white and sepia tones developed from my background in film.  My frequent use of found objects is my way of uniting and redefining the past and the present. 

    As I continue my journey, my heart and vision remain with storytelling.