10th Annual Islamic Arts Festival

The 10th annual Islamic Arts Festival will be held on December 9th and 10th, 2023, from 10.30 AM till 5.00 PM, at the Masjid Al-Salam, 16700 Old Louetta Rd., Spring (Houston). TX 77379. The festival will feature art from renowned artists from all across the USA and is the largest and oldest festival of Islamic arts in the USA.

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Arts Festival. This will be our special EXTRAVAGANZA event with many special activities and art events planned around the two-day festival. To mark our 10th- anniversary many famous traditional Islamic Art experts are visiting the festival. These include illumination artist Behnaz Karjoo from New York, Geometric art expert Jennifer Usman from Chicago, Geometer and ceramic artist Paul Barchilon from Colorado, and Calligrapher Moina Sajjad from Dallas. These artists will conduct illumination and Islamic Geometric art workshops during the festival. To register for these classes see the links below.

Islamic Arts Society aims to share the rich heritage of Islamic Arts. The society organizes events to celebrate Islamic culture and promote the positive image of the Muslim community. Art is a common language and binds diverse communities. By promoting Islamic arts, we hope to promote mutual understanding and bring the broader American community together.

In an effort to build bridges between communities, we organize art events in libraries and museums and host Islamic art education days as well as lectures and classes in schools and colleges. The main event is the annual Islamic Arts Festival which has been held annually since 2014 and even during Covid-19 when we took the festival online. The festival brings people of all ages, ethnicities, and faiths for a weekend of fun, festivity, and learning.

During the two-day festival, visitors will have the opportunity to see the work of artists who will be available in person. They will be able to browse through our festival hall and purchase magnificent pieces of art for their homes. Visitors will also be able to take part in interactive art sessions, learn about Islamic art and culture, as well as enjoy ethnic cuisine from food trucks. In addition, there will be live demonstrations on calligraphy, henna tattoos, Ebru, painting, Arabesque pattern coloring, and lots of children’s art activities. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Children’s Museum of Houston will be overseeing the children’s art programs.

Get ready for a fun-filled two-day program!

Free Admissions! All Welcome!


Meet Internationally Acclaimed Artists

The Magic of Islamic Geometric Pattern.

Ceramic artist and Geometer Paul Barchilon will conduct a workshop during the 10th annual Islamic Arts Festival. In a first-of-its-kind event during the festival Mr. Barchilon from Boulder, Colorado will teach students about the fascinating Islamic Geometric patterns that adorned mosques and madrassas centuries before they were introduced in Western Europe.

In this 90-minute workshop, students will be introduced to Islamic Patterns. Using nothing but a compass and a straight edge we will learn how to make beautiful star patterns and interlocking tile designs. The techniques taught are easy to learn and use – regardless of artistic skill or previous experience.

Begin a magical journey of discovery within the circle and explore the infinite variations possible. Ceramic artist and geometer Paul Barchilon makes the complex simple and explains things in a way anyone can understand.  He has taught this program to thousands of middle school students for over 15 years and everyone ages 12 and up is welcome.

The workshop will be held at 3.30 PM on December 9th at 16700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, TX 77379 (Second Floor).

Cost is $35 per student. All supplies will be provided.

Illumination Painting Workshop at the Islamic Arts Festival.

Internationally acclaimed Tazhib/ Illumination artist Behnaz Karjoo from New York will conduct a workshop during the 10th annual Islamic Arts Festival. In a first-of-its-kind event during the festival, Behnaz will teach students about the fascinating Islamic illumination and arabesque patterns that adorn pages of sacred manuscripts.

In this 90-minute workshop, students will learn about classical illumination art called “Tazhib”. Students will receive step-by-step instructions and guidance on painting an enchanting design. No prior knowledge is necessary and both adults and mature teenagers are welcome.

Tazhib means “to make golden” hence the abundant use of gold. It is a sacred art often used in conjunction with the art of calligraphy, decorating the borders of the Quran, the names of God, the Hadith, and the poetry of the sages. It is a precise art of geometry and symmetry, involving intricate recurring patterns. Explore the beautiful floral and vegetal patterns that interlace and intertwine and create classical Islamic art. Students ages 12 and up are welcome to register for this class.

The workshop will be held at 3.30 PM on December 10th at 16700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, TX 77379 (Second Floor).

Cost is $35 per student. All supplies will be provided.

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About The Islamic Arts Society

The Islamic Arts Festival is organized by the Islamic Arts Society. The Islamic Arts Society aims to share the rich heritage of Islamic Arts. The society organizes events to celebrate our culture and promote the positive image of our community among Muslims and non-Muslims. Art is a common language and binds diverse communities. By promoting Islamic arts, we hope to promote mutual understanding and to bring the broader American community together.

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9th Annual Islamic Arts Festival 2022

Sweet Memories of Previous Art Festivals

Come Enjoy the Rich Heritage of Islamic Arts

Invite your friends, family and neighbors!

Not just an art show! There is Food too!

First feast your eyes on art and then join in a feast for your stomach! There is a variety of food available. There will be Food Trucks with ethnic cuisines from faraway lands.

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