Community Painting Party – “Preserving History” Mural

On Thursday, October 24th from 9am-7pm, the Arts and Culture Board will host a community painting party for community members to come out and help paint portions of the “Preserving History” mural that honors Mary Smith Bailey, founder of the Mary Bailey Head Start Center in Georgetown.  This is a unique opportunity to engage and collaborate with local artists Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark as they create an artistic backdrop to the historic African American Shotgun House.

You must sign up for a one-hour time slot to paint.  There are 6 openings available per time slot, and all materials are provided.

To sign up for your time slot, please call or email Amanda Still, Arts & Culture Coordinator, at (512) 930-8471 or arts@georgetown.org

Location: Georgetown City Hall; 808 Martin Luther King Jr St

 

“Preserving History” Mural at City Hall and the Historic African American Shotgun House

The “Preserving History” mural by Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark will start to take form at the back of City Hall in late October 2019. Because the mural will also form a backdrop to the Historic African American Shotgun House, the Arts and Culture Board worked with the non-profit that operates the Shotgun House – Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association – to identify a theme that is important to the surrounding neighborhood and the constituents of the GCCMA. After reviewing several resources on the history of the neighborhood and meetings with GCCMA, a major theme that emerged was preserving history during a time of integration. While the major achievement of integration was the equality of access to services and educational opportunities to all groups of people in the community, another consideration was the importance of preserving history and culture during this period of major growth and change. When facilitating any growth and innovative changes within a community, such as the creation of public art murals and the construction of innovative programming spaces, it’s important to honor the culture and history of the area. The theme of integration can be applied to all scenarios that require a collaboration between different groups across generations and cultures: from integrating schools, to making way for rapid growth and development within a City, to the collaboration between artists of different levels of experience and styles.

Mary Smith Bailey was chosen as the subject of the “Preserving History” mural because she was an important local figure who helped steward many children in Georgetown through a period of historic growth and change. In 1953, Mary Bailey founded The West Side Kindergarten, the first preschool in the area to offer educational preschool services to non-white children. She believed that “preschool children benefit most from an educational environment that helps them develop self-confidence, the ability to get along with and help others, and the desire to learn. Today, hundreds of students and many changes later, the Mary Bailey [Head Start] Center continues to teach Georgetown children of all races the importance of learning”. (Histories of Pride, Thirteen Pioneers Who Shaped Georgetown’s African American Community)

Local portrait artist, Devon Clarkson, will paint the image of Mary Smith Bailey as the focal point of the mural. Devon’s experience includes local art exhibitions, as well as being the selected poster artist for the 20th Anniversary Red Poppy poster. Norma Clark, a local artist and graduate from Southwestern University, will create a montage of inspired abstract images that can be recognized as children and students participating in athletic and educational activities. Norma is an established professional artist whose experience includes numerous solo and group exhibitions across Central Texas. The collaboration of these two artists represents the integration of different artist styles to create something innovative and new while honoring and preserving culture and history.

On Thursday, October 24th, the Arts and Culture Board will host a community painting party for community members to come out and help paint portions of the mural.  For more information on how to participate, please click here.

City Hall Gallery Features Artwork by Gary Anderson

The current exhibit at City Hall features local artist Gary Anderson from July 1 – September 31.

“Compelled to explore discarded, anachronistic, and misplaced items, Gary Anderson’s work endeavors to offer objects an afterlife within other forms. By performing repetitive and rhythmic artistic tasks, he creates families of related shapes and textures, resulting in the discovery of new sets, groups, and configurations. Individual reincarnated works materialize in their newly assigned place, beckoning us to contemplate and reflect.”

The Gallery Wall at City Hall will exhibit two local artists per year, an exhibition of Georgetown Independent School District Advanced Placement student artwork, and an exhibition of Southwestern University student artwork.  Local artists interested in being considered to exhibit may submit their resume and portfolio to arts@georgetown.org

Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants Awarded

At the July 2019 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local poetry, literature, visual art, music, theatre, and film events and programs in Georgetown.

The Georgetown arts and culture community is expanding and developing quickly, as evidenced by the number of arts and culture organizations that have never applied for a Georgetown Arts and Culture grant before.  In addition to the traditional art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage grant applications, it’s great to see funding requests for poetry, literature, and film.  Non-traditional musical perfomances such as pop-up, outdoor Baroque concerts and symphony performances of popular cartoon theme songs, as well as theatre arts performances such as magic shows are some examples of new genres popping up in our local arts and culture scene.

The events and programs funded in this grant cycle include:

Austin Opera for Austin Opera LIVE at the Georgetown Public Library – $661
Cinematic Symphony for Toon Tunes – Animation Concert – $1200
Elementary GISD Librarians for San Gabriel River Reader Author Presentation – $1760
Georgetown Poetry Festival for Georgetown Poetry Festival – $700
Georgetown Texas Photography for Georgetown Texas Photography Festival Co-Hosted by the Williamson Museum (Second Annual) – $772
Magic Hotline for Magic Mondays at Boys and Girls Club! – $500
New Vintage Baroque for New Vintage Baroque Pop-Up Concert Series – $1142
The Georgetown Palace Theatre for Inclusion in the Theatre – $1200
Southwestern University for Georgetown Green Film Series – $865
Writers’ League of Texas for Texas Writes: Georgetown – $1200

Funds are for events and programs taking place in Georgetown between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

City of Georgetown Sculpture Tour – Call for Entries is Now Open!

2019-2020 City Sculpture Tour

The Call is now open!  The City of Georgetown invites entries for its annual City Sculpture Tour – a juried, year-long outdoor exhibition in Georgetown’s historic Cultural District.

Sculpture Tour applications will be accepted June 1 – August 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 tour. Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration. Please provide two or three photographs of each piece, showing different angles. The artist submission form will be live at 12:01 am on June 1, 2019 and will close at 11:59 pm on August 1, 2019.

Sculpture Tour Entry Form

From the applications submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select up to 15 2019-20 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions in September.

“Matching Pair” by Dan Pogue; 1st place award winner in the 2018-2019 City Sculpture Tour

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in November 2019 and remain on display until October 2020. Delivery is the artist’s responsibility; sculptures will be installed by City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation staff working with the artist.

All sculptures selected for the 2019-2020 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Checks will be mailed in December.


“40 Million Years Too Late” by Bob Coffee; 2nd place award winner in 2018-2019 City Sculpture Tour

Awards will include:
$1,500 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$750 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$500 Honorable Mention (up to 13 will be awarded)

Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the City on any sculpture sold during the exhibit. Once installed, sculptures are covered for theft or damage by City insurance.

Proposals will be submitted through Submittable.com. Please read the entire call before submitting your proposal.

The proposal form in Submittable will require:

Contact information

Full Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address

Sculpture Description

Title of sculpture
A literal description of the sculpture
Message, meaning, or symbolism of the piece
Materials
Dimensions
Pad Size Requirement
Weight
Price

Images of Sculpture

Proposals must include at least two images of each piece from different angles (upload)
Please submit a separate entry per sculpture

Support materials/Previous work

Proposals should be accompanied by 5 to 10 images of previous work (upload)
An artist statement describing sculpture experience and interest in exhibiting
Resume (upload)

Additional Requirements

The sculpture must be a minimum of 3 feet in height.
The sculpture must be able to withstand pedestrian traffic and touch.
The sculpture design must allow for the piece to be bolted down or weigh enough to be secure.
Artist must be able to deliver and pick up artwork on the timetable listed above.

Proposal deadline: 11:59 P.M. August 1, 2019

If you have any questions about the application or the selection process, please call Amanda Still, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at 512-930-8471 or email amanda.still@georgetown.org.

Call for Grant Proposals Now Open!

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects occurring Oct. 2019-March 2020 .

Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply.

The grant proposal form for events and programs occurring Oct. 2019-March 2020 will be live at 12:01 am on June 1, 2019 and will close at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2019. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

For more information, please visit the grant page.

Mayoral Proclamation for Mary Ellen Butler, Georgetown Palace Theatre

The Mayor and the City of Georgetown would like to pay tribute to Mary Ellen Butler of the Georgetown Palace Theatre for her contributions to the arts and culture scene of Georgetown and honor her for her extraordinary talents and achievements.  The Mayor will present Mary Ellen Butler with a mayoral proclamation at 6 PM on June 11 at the regular Council meeting.

Mary Ellen Butler directed her first play, Our Town, at the Georgetown Palace Theatre in 2002.  She served on the board of directors of the theatre and was hired as the Artistic Director in 2003.  She remained in that position until her retirement in March, 2019.  Mary Ellen played a critical role in bringing the Palace from near-bankruptcy to a multi-million dollar non-profit organization.  She helped establish the Palace as an anchor for the downtown which assisted Georgetown in becoming recognized as an official Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

“Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 was proclaimed “Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day in a Mayoral Proclamation for the art students from Eastview High School who were selected to participate in the City of Georgetown’s Utility Box Art Project.

“Lady of Georgetown” by Mya Stoessel was selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board for the utility box at the corner of 7th Street and Austin Avenue.  “Colorful Georgetown” – a collaborative piece by Makenna Baylor, Cassidy Salyer, and Beti Wain – was selected for the utility box at the corner of 2nd Street and Austin Avenue.

Several pieces of student artwork were submitted for consideration to the Arts and Culture Board by Eastview High School art instructor, Jessica Sobhani, during an open call for artwork submissions for public art in Georgetown.  The art students selected and the EVHS Art Department recognize the value of public art to the community and the City of Georgetown, and the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board are honored to add “Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” to the City public art collection.

Artists are encouraged to submit their artwork during open calls throughout each year.  For the latest news on open calls, please subscribe to the Arts and Culture newsletter by submitting your information on the arts.georgetown.org home page.

Public Art at the new City Center

On March 25th, the City of Georgetown celebrated the grand opening of two City buildings that are part of a civic campus for City government offices. Known as City Center, the new civic campus includes City Hall and Council and Court buildings as well as the existing Georgetown Public Library that opened in 2007, the Historic Light and Water Works office building, and a public parking lot on Eighth Street.

The great news for Arts and Culture in Georgetown is that the new City Center has integrated pieces of public art into the architectural design of the spaces!

The Municipal Court features a mosaic tile mural titled El Árbol (The Tree) by J. Muzacz. The El Árbol mosaic mural was inspired by a well-known vista from the Jim Hogg Campground at Lake Georgetown.The 50,000 unique glass pieces represent the diversity of Georgetown and were sourced from suppliers all over the country – of Italian, Chinese and Mexican origin. The tiles were then hand-placed over a three-month period and installed using trade techniques. The wall above the transaction window of the Municipal Court exhibits a printed reproduction of original acrylic paintings by artist, Kevin Greer, and titled DayScape Wonder.

The City Hall rotunda features a mural by Mike McConnell and was created using vector graphics and printed on vinyl. The artwork, Bluhole Park, was inspired by photos taken of the San Gabriel River. The curved gallery wall of the lobby will exhibit quarterly rotating artwork by local artists and students. The inaugural exhibition features work by beloved Georgetown artist, Carol Light. Seven framed 12×12 paper collages complete the impressive installation of her work. If you are a local artist and would like to be considered for nomination to this invitational program, please send a digital portfolio and resume to info@arts.georgetown.org.

Sculpture Tour map is live!

After a great collaboration between the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and Arts and Culture departments, we are pleased to present an interactive map of this year’s Sculpture Tour.

Navigate the pieces by clicking the images at the bottom of the map or by clicking the numbers on the map itself.

To view the Sculpture Tour Map, please click here.

Call for proposals for events occurring April-September 2019

The call for grant proposals for events occurring April-September 2019 is now closed. Applicants will be notified once the Arts and Culture Board has reviewed all of the proposals.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board invites grant proposals for art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects twice each year. Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,400.

Please note individuals and organizations are only eligible for one Arts and Culture grant per calendar year.

The grant proposal form will be live at 12:01 am on December 1, 2018 and will close at midnight on December 31, 2018. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

Some of the information requested on the form will be:

  • Contact information for primary contact for proposal who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal
  • Event or project title
  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources (e.g., donations, ticket sales, other grants)

Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Are free and open to the public
  • Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • Have a cultural tourism or economic impact (e.g., events that may attract people who also attend other arts & culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown)

Organizations or individuals that receive funding will be required to follow up by:

  • Recognizing the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

If you have questions, please call or email Lawren Weiss at 512-930-3552 or lawren.weiss@georgetown.org

Call for Artist Proposals: Art for City Buildings

Project:  The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Municipal Court. Three areas have been identified for artwork. A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own unique vision for the space.  Below are the details and dimensions of the three areas that are open for entries.

Area #1: City Hall Rotunda

  • Dimensions: 88 feet X 3.5 feet (28- foot diameter)
  • Topic: None/Artist’s choice
  • Medium: Digital art submission. This area is a continuous band at the base of a dome. Half of it will be drywall and the other half will be on glass.  The glass section will have 19 windows, the artwork will go on the glass but not on the metal mullions dividing the glass; see pictures below for more information.  Digital submissions will be accepted for this area and the winning submission will be printed on vinyl and installed by the City of Georgetown. Digital submission can include, but are not limited to: photographs, computer renderings, and photographs of original artwork (paintings, sculpture, colored pencil etc.).  The submission must address the horizontal nature of the space and fit the dimensions accurately.  The submission does not need to account for the window divisions; simply a rectangular design is
  • Digital Requirements for Printing: 100 ppi at the size of the image (88’ feet x 3.5 feet) or 200 ppi at half the size of the image (44 feet x 1.75 feet). File format: flattened TIFF or PSB
  • Digital Requirements for Submitting Proposal: The full size file will be too large to upload to Submittable. Please submit a smaller JPG version of the artwork that conveys the image and concept for the Arts & Culture board to review.  Be prepared to provide the full size file if your application is selected as the winning submission. In this image,  is an example of how the digital submission can be entered as one file or multiple files.  You do not need to account for the window divisions or transition location from drywall to glass. 
  • Artist Stipend: $5,000

Area #2: Municipal Court Transaction Window

  • Dimensions: 22 feet X 5 feet
  • Topic: None/Artist’s choice
  • Medium: Digital art submission. This area is above the transaction window on drywall. Digital submissions will be accepted for this area and the winning submission will be printed on vinyl and installed by the City of Georgetown. The digital submission can include, but are not limited to: photographs, computer renderings, and photographs of original artwork (paintings, sculpture, colored pencil etc.). The submission must address the horizontal nature of the space and fit the dimensions accurately.
  • Digital Requirements for Printing: 100 ppi at the size of the image (22’ feet x 5 feet) or 200 ppi at half the size of the image (11 feet x 2.5 feet). File format: flattened TIFF or PSB
  • Digital Requirements for Submitting Proposal: The full size file will be too large to upload to Submittable. Please submit a smaller JPG version of the artwork that conveys the image and concept for the Arts & Culture board to review.  Be prepared to provide the full size file if your application is selected as the winning submission.
  • Artist Stipend: $3,000

Area #3: Municipal Court Lobby Wall

  • Dimensions: 21 feet X 16 feet
  • Topic: None/Artist’s choice
  • Medium: The wall will be reinforced with plywood to allow for some additional weight and a variety of art mediums. The artwork can include, but is not limited to: paint, wall mounted sculpture, photos, mosaics, wallpaper etc.  The artwork can be one large piece or multiple small pieces that work together to make a large piece.
  • Artist Stipend: $5,000
  • Material Stipend: Artist will receive up to $2,000.00 in material reimbursements (with receipts and subject to a signed letter of agreement). Artists will be asked to include a budget in proposal.  Additional expenses may be approved by the Arts and Culture Board if appropriate.
  • Completion Date: All work must be completed by December 15, 2018.

How to submit: Proposals will be submitted through Submittable.com: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit. A separate proposal must be submitted for each area.  Artists are allowed to submit no more than two proposals per area.

Proposal Deadline:  Midnight September 30, 2018

Selection: The artists will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and notified by October 19, 2018.

Application fee: None

Payment: An initial payment of 50% will be paid within two weeks of a signed letter of agreement and 50% will be paid upon completion of the artwork installation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sarah J. Blankenship at 512-930-8471 or sarah.blankenship@georgetown.org

 

Images of each area below

Area #1: City Hall Rotunda | 88 feet X 3.5 feet |Area highlighted in yellow

Area #2: Municipal Court Transaction Window | 22 feet X 5 feet |Area highlighted in yellow

Area #3: Municipal Court Lobby Wall | 21 feet X 16 feet |Area highlighted in yellow

City of Georgetown 2017-2018 Sculpture Tour Call for Entries and Application

Blue Healer by Faith Schexnayder is a 2016 Sculpture Tour piece on Main Street.

Please see 2018-2019 information here: https://arts.georgetown.org/call-for-entries-sculpture-tour-2018-2019/

NOW OPEN June 1-Aug. 1, 2018


**This call closed Sept. 1, 2017. Thank you to all the sculptors who submitted pieces for consideration!

The Arts & Culture Board’s decisions will be made and communicated to you by Sept. 30.**

The City of Georgetown has issued a call for entries for its annual Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the bustling Georgetown Cultural District.

Sculpture Tour applications will be accepted May 1 – Sept. 1. Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration. Please provide two or three photographs of each piece, showing different angles.

From the applications submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select the nine 2017-18 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions by Sept. 30.

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in early November 2017 and remain on display through October 2018. Delivery is the artist’s responsibility; installation will be done by City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation staff working with the artist.

Strength by Julio Sanchez de Alba was a piece in the 2010 Sculpture Tour in front of the Georgetown Public Library.

No honoraria will be paid; instead, all nine sculptures selected for this year’s Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize based on judging that will take place in November by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Checks will be mailed in December. Awards will be:

$1,500 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$750 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$500 Honorable Mention (seven will be awarded)

Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the City on any sculpture sold during the exhibit. Once installed, sculptures are covered for theft or damage by City insurance.

The online application form is below. Or if you prefer you can print the City of Georgetown Sculpture Tour Application and then email or mail the form and images.

If you have any questions about the application or the selection process, please call Dana Hendrix at 512-930-3624.

Georgetown Arts & Culture Board Awards Grants to Local Organizations

At its November 2016 meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $20,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects in Georgetown.

The amounts and projects funded in this grant cycle are:

Festival of the Arts, for support of the 2017 festival: $3,000
Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association: $1,000
Georgetown High School Theatre Dept. Booster Club for Thespian Festival scholarships: $2,000
Georgetown Symphony Society for support of the 2016-2017 season: $3,000
Georgetown Palace Theatre to help fund inclusion shows: $3,000
Senior University for technical equipment for lectures: $1,500
SU Native organization for support of 2017 Powwow: $1,500
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra for funding two Georgetown concerts: $3,000
Williamson Museum for an interactive exhibit: $2,000

Funds are for events in Georgetown taking place in Georgetown between December 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

For more information about the work of the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, visit arts.georgetown.org/georgetown-arts-culture-board.

Carol Light

Carol Light and Mayor Dale Ross at the Nov. 8, 2016 City Council Meeting
Carol Light and Mayor Dale Ross at the Nov. 8, 2016 City Council Meeting

Carol Light’s contributions to arts and culture in Georgetown were recognized Nov. 8, 2016  in a proclamation at a City Council meeting that acknowledged her career and lifetime of service to the arts.

Mayor Dale Ross remarked on Light’s contribution as an artist at the meeting. “Carol Light is a very talented artist and a wonderful representative for Georgetown’s strong arts community. She has helped to build the art community here over the decades through her teaching and encouragement of other artists, and she has enriched life in Georgetown by sharing the inspiring body of work she has created in her 45+ years in Georgetown as a professional artist. She is a person who inspires creativity and joy through the arts,” said Mayor Ross.

In 2015, Light was selected as one of just a handful of local artists commissioned to create artwork to be exhibited in the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, which opened in July. Light collaborated with Sue Bishop Spahn on a 14-foot-long painting called “Grazing the Fault” that hangs now behind the reception desk in the upscale hotel. (See page B1 of the July 31, 2016 Williamson County Sun for a profile and a picture of “Grazing the Fault.”)

Light’s art has been exhibited internationally, and has won awards in a number of juried shows. Her work was carried by Spicewood Gallery and Design Studio in Austin, and by Hill Design + Gallery in Georgetown. She works primarily in watercolor and mixed media.

carol-light-in-studio
In her studio

Light, 86, says, “I am still making art, mostly mixed media lately. I work on paper and canvas, and I love handmade papers and collage. It’s so much fun to be in the creative process—it’s a different world. It transports you like books and reading do, but putting color down on paper is a special joy for me.”

Light is a third-generation floral designer who worked as a young woman in Austin for the family business, Belding Flowers, which served the needs of customers like Lyndon Baines Johnson and John Connally. She worked as a floral designer until 1976. When asked how she was first inspired to take up art, she said, “We were not taught much art in high school, but my parents owned the retail flower shop in the Driskill Hotel in Austin, and you learn a lot of design in the floral industry.”

In addition to that on-the-job training, Light attended Tarleton College in Stephenville, Texas and also The University of Texas at Austin. She left college in order to study art more intensively, and she took summer courses at Louisiana Tech University in Rustin, Louisiana.

Light and her husband and sons moved to Georgetown in 1969, into a house she still occupies. She works in a studio on the property that was rebuilt from the remains of a barn with a sweeping view of the countryside.

carol-light
A recent work in collage

In 1980, she became an art instructor and she continued to teach art until 1996. “Most artists,” she said, “have to supplement their income. Artists are trying to say something in a nonverbal way….while you are practicing and working on those creative goals, you have to support yourself, so I took up teaching—then I found out what a joy it was. I ended up travelling and teaching all over the state. It was so inspiring to teach other artists and see them develop.”

In June, her farm was the site for a “Curated Picnic” for creatives organized by Light with graphic designer and artist Nick Ramos, owner of Georgetown graphic design firm Graphismo. Ramos says, “Carol is a pioneer, an inspiration, a true guiding light. The never-ending desire to learn keeps her young. She has mentored endless numbers of artists, citizens, and children in our community. She was there at the beginning of the Williamson County Art Guild. Her words, kindness, talent, and smile are a source of energy that will inspire anyone that crosses her path.”

In addition to her teaching, Light has worked in other ways to foster local creativity. She has a history of involvement in local arts groups, having served as president of the Williamson County Art Guild and judging art exhibits, as well, including the 2012 Art Hop, a statewide competitive exhibit hosted by the Georgetown Art Center.

 

Awards Announced in Texas Society of Sculptors 9th Annual Summer Show

The Texas Society of Sculptors has announced the award winners in their ninth annual summer show, which is hosted by the Georgetown Public Library and funded by sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Seventy pieces were entered in this year’s exhibit, which will remain in the library until September 23.

The current exhibit can be viewed all the hours the library is open: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board donated $1,800 for cash awards.

Christina Rudofsky, staff member with Round Rock Arts, was the exhibition awards juror for this year’s competition. Awards, which were announced at the artist reception July 17 in the library, are listed below.

John Mark Luke and Thunderbirds, 2016First Place Award

Thunderbirds by John Mark Luke (mixed media; natural tree branches, eps styrofoam, steel)

Lady News by Vera SmileySecond Place Award

Lady News by Vera Smiley (red paperclay, acrylic paint, collage, epoxy, wood)

 

Fast Break by Michael SynatzskeThird Place Award

Fast Break by Michael Synatzske (bronze)

 

System by Jonathan SandersHonorable Mention Award–Mixed Media

System by Jonathan Sanders (steel, concrete, tar, found object)

 

The Gift by Dan PogueHonorable Mention Award–Metal

The Gift by Dan Pogue (bronze)

 

Seven Sisters by Bob RaganHonorable Mention Award–Stone

Seven Sisters by Bob Ragan (Florence white limestone)

 

Librarians’ Choice

Thunderbirds by John Mark Luke (mixed media; natural tree branches, eps styrofoam, steel)

The library staff makes the choice for one of the awards each year. This sculpture, which also took first place in the overall competition and is pictured above, captured the library staff’s imagination.

 

Sculpture Demonstrations Sept. 17

Sculpture demonstrations will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-3 pm in the library Lobby. The demonstrations are a come-and-go event, free and open to the public. Participating sculptors will be:

Frank Maglio (metal and stone)
Dar Richardson (clay)
Joe Kenney (bronze)
Mary Griffin (bronze)
Bill Stuewe (wood)

For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551. The library is at 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas.

Red Poppy Art on the Square April 4-May 5

Blood of Heroes by Jen RoseAttendees at Georgetown’s 2016 Red Poppy Festival April 22-24 will also enjoy an outdoor art installation of thousands of deep red ceramic poppies by artist Jen Rose. The poppies will blanket the west lawn of the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown’s downtown Square. The piece, entitled “Blood of Heroes Never Dies,” commemorates Texas World War I veterans and it will be on display from April 4 through May 5.

Individual poppies will be available for purchase for $10 apiece at the Visitor Center, 103 W. Seventh Street on the Square. Proceeds will benefit Puppies Behind Bars, a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs for combat veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan who have suffered a physical injury, including traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Blood of Heroes Never Dies” was a collaboration between artist Jen Rose and Clive Siegle, a history faculty member; both teach at Richland College. The original installation included 5,171 ceramic red poppies installed on the campus of Richland College for Veterans Day 2015 as reminders of the 5,171 veterans from Texas who died in World War I. The Georgetown installation will include about 4,000 poppies “planted” by volunteers.

Henry Purl Compton (nicknamed Okra) helped Georgetown to become the Red Poppy Capital of Texas when his service as a Corporal in the Army during World War I ended and in 1919 poppy seeds he collected in northern France were planted in the yard of his mother’s home on Seventh Street in Georgetown.

The poppies installation on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn is on loan from the artist, Jen Rose. The display is co-sponsored by the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture, the City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Williamson County, and The Williamson Museum.

Georgetown Arts & Culture Board Awards Grants to Local Organizations

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved just over $20,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools in November. The grants will help fund local art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects in Georgetown.

The amounts and projects funded in this grant cycle are:

Festival of the Arts for two Festival events (a film presentation and a concert): $2,280
Frost and Williams elementary schools for Learn to Draw assemblies with Mark Kistler: $2,230 and $1,508 respectively
Georgetown Art Works for expenses associated with the exhibit Working Colors – The Work of Henry Isaacs: $2,280
Georgetown Heritage Society for a fundraising event called The Amazing Heritage Quest: $1,520
Georgetown Symphony Society for assistance with its 2015-2016 season: $2,280
Georgetown High School Theatre Dept. for shelving and plays to create a play scripts library: $1,520
Handcrafts Unlimited for advertising/marketing: $1,140
Georgetown Palace Theatre to help fund inclusion shows: $2,280
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra for funding a pops concert: $2,280
Williamson Museum for Hispanic Heritage Month expenses: $760

Funds are for events in Georgetown occurring between December 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

For more information about the work of the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, visit arts.georgetown.org/georgetown-arts-culture-board.

Public Reception for Muralist Aug. 7 at Georgetown Art Center

Muralist Joe Magnano will be honored at a public reception on Friday, August 7, from 6-8 pm at the Georgetown Art Center. The public is invited, and the event is free of charge. The reception will mark the completion of Magnano’s mural, “Jumping Around,” on the alley side of the oldest building on the historic downtown Square, 711 S. Main Street. He began the mural in June working under a commission from the City’s Arts & Culture Board.

Magnano is a Waco-based fine artist who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Artist Students League of New York City. The finished mural provides a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to the downtown. Magnano’s mural has a nature-and-wildlife theme with a bit of Texas mythology thrown in for fun, and is vibrant and playful. The mural features a Texas sunset, bluebonnets, bats, cacti, an armadillo, and three jackalopes that are perched on structures of the wall itself. To see photos of the wall and the developing mural, click here.

The Georgetown Art Center is at 816 South Main Street.

Artist Begins Mural on Oldest Building on the Square

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Mural July 16

Joseph Magnano has his work cut out for him. He will spend much of July attending to the back of the oldest building on the historic downtown square, 711 S. Main Street. He began work in June beautifying this uninspiring 23 x 15 foot wall, and has already made strides on the stucco surface, working under a commission from the City’s Arts & Culture Board.

Joseph Magnano at the mural site

Magnano, pictured at right at the mural site, is a Waco-based fine artist who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Artist Students League of New York City. The mural will provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to the downtown. Magnano’s mural will have a nature-and-wildlife theme with a bit of Texas mythology thrown in for fun, and will be vibrant with color, full of life, inspirational to all ages; fun and playful.

Magnano’s proposal said, This mural is designed to … bring back memory of the simple beauty and expressions that are provided by nature and its wildlife. Nature tells its own story when it looks at us. It’s important to recognize how nature observes us as settlers and how that is ingrained into culture, heritage, preservation; which is relevant to Georgetown’s acknowledged agrarian beginnings.

Eric Lashley, Georgetown Public Library Director and staff liaison to the Arts & Culture Board, said, I am very excited about this project.  I hope it inspires other building owners to consider allowing the Arts and Culture Board to add additional murals to the downtown in the future.

Magnano working on the mural July 2, 2015Magnano working on the mural July 2, 2015 Mural July 16The mural, Jumping Around, on July 16, 2015. 711 S. Main Street before work on the mural began711 S. Main Street before work on the mural began

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board issued the call for artist proposals for a mural to be located on the rear wall of 711 S. Main Street earlier this year. Nine proposals were submitted, and at its May meeting, with design approval from the building’s owner, the board selected Magnano’s submission. The target date for completion of the mural is August 1.