Call to artists: Mural project

Project 

Mural – 215 W. 8th Street –“Honoring the past and innovating the future.” The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for a mural to be located at 215 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX.

Mural details

  • The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors that represents the City’s vision of “honoring the past and innovating the future.”
  • The mural will be approximately 21 ft. x 15 ft. (please see photo of wall at end of this page). The mural should start at approximately 2 ft. above the ground.  Currently, vehicles park in front of the proposed mural location and images will be obstructed from the bottom of the mural to approximately 5 ft. from the ground.  In the future, a sidewalk will be installed in front of the mural and therefore, there will be less of the mural obstructed.  Please keep this in mind for the design of the proposal.
  • The exterior wall is painted stucco in good repair.
  • The mural should include the metal gutters.
  • There is no application fee.

Proposal deadline: 5:00 P.M. April 6, 2018

Stipend: $3,000

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 mural.

Material reimbursement

Artist will receive up to $1,500.00 in material reimbursements (with receipts and subject to a signed letter of agreement).  Artists will be asked to include a budget in proposal.  Additional funds may be approved by the Arts and Culture Board if appropriate.

Completion date:  All work must be completed prior to Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Artists are allowed to submit no more than two proposals.

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.

Illustrations of proposed work

  • Proposals must contain between 1 and 5 sketches or digital illustrations of the proposed mural (upload).

Detailed project description (500 words maximum)

  • A literal description of the mural.
  • A description of the concepts in the proposed mural.
  • How will this work contribute to a visitor’s experience of downtown Georgetown?
  • List maintenance the mural will require, if any.
  • An artist statement describing mural experience and interest in the project.

Materials budget (250 words maximum)

  • Material reimbursement is available up to $1,500.00.   The materials budget may be increased depending on justification and approval of the Arts and Culture Board.  Please submit a detailed materials budget.  The City will assist with procuring scaffolding, ladders, and other pieces of equipment necessary.

Support materials/Previous work

  • Proposals should be accompanied by 5 to 10 images of previous work (upload).
  • Resume (upload).

Additional requirements

Artist shall be responsible for preparation of the surface to ensure strong adhesion for durability and longevity.  This may include a primer and other preparation necessary for the optimum bond of the paint to the wall.

Two applications (two coats) of Anti-Graffiti/ultraviolet protective coating must be applied on the surface and top of the finished art that will provide resistance to vandalism and the weather.  The mural must be approved by Eric Lashley, Library Director, before this protective coating is applied.

Selection

The artist will be selected by members of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and the building owner. The Board and building owner will select a proposal they feel fits the building and best represents the City of Georgetown’s vision of “honoring the past and innovating the future.”

Submissions must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 6, 2018.  Artists will be notified about the Board’s selection by Friday, April 20, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Eric P. Lashley at 512-930-3551 or eric.lashley@georgetown.org.

Here are two views of the wall. The grayscale section is where the mural will be, incorporating the metal guttering.

Dr. Paul Gaffney

Dr. Paul Gaffney, left, and Mayor Dale Ross

Dr. Paul Gaffney’s contributions to arts and culture in Georgetown were recognized  in a mayoral proclamation at the next City Council meeting on February 27, 2018.

The proclamation came on the heels of Gaffney’s retirement from Southwestern University December 31 after nearly 40 years teaching, Continue reading “Dr. Paul Gaffney”

City searching for new Arts and Culture Coordinator

The City of Georgetown is searching for an Arts and Culture Coordinator to assist the Library Services Director with the coordination, planning, organizing, and execution of arts and cultural programming.

The essential functions of the position include:

  • Coordinates, plans, organizes, and executes arts and culture programming for the City of Georgetown.
  • Encourages and assists the presence and activities of local artists, arts organizations, and creative industries and promotes community-wide arts participation.
  • Responsible for maintaining the City’s arts and culture website, e-newsletter, and social media outlets.
  • Cooperates and coordinates tourist efforts with the Library, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Main Street Program to promote tourism to Georgetown and the Downtown Cultural District.
  • Responsible for maintaining the City’s Cultural District designation through reporting and programming.
  • Serves as a staff liaison for the City’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board, providing recommendations and guidelines related to art selection.
  • Provides oversight of the Arts and Culture Grants program.
  • Provides oversight of public art installation projects.
  • Assists the Library Service Director in writing grant applications and grant management.

For more information and to apply for this position, visit georgetown.org/jobs and scroll down to click on Arts and Culture Coordinator.

Awards announced in Sculpture Tour

Mary Morse and “Kite”

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Austin sculptor Mary Morse the First Prize award in this year’s Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the busy Georgetown Cultural District. Morse won for her piece “Kite,” a bronze piece that depicts a woman on a beach gazing up into the sky.

Second Prize went to Anthony St. James for his piece “Freshwater Cowgirl,” a steel sculpture depicting a swimming mermaid holding a blue butterfly.

Sculpture Tour artists and their awards are:

First Prize:
Mary Morse, “Kite”

Second Prize:
Anthony St. James, “Freshwater Cowgirl”

Honorable Mention:
Cindy Debold, “Imagination”
Peter Mangan, “Blood Brother”
Sun McColgin, “Thor’s Hammer” and “Tanzanian Torpedo”
Dan Pogue, “Mystic Flight”
Jay Schaan, “Ladder Man”
Dave Speer, “Barn Martian”

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board  selected these nine 2017-18 Sculpture Tour pieces from a total of 41 pieces submitted for consideration by 21 artists. Sculptures will remain on display through October 2018.

Five of the works are installed on Main Street and four are located outside the Ninth Street entrance to the Georgetown Public Library, including “Kite” and “Freshwater Cowgirl.” Click here to view a printable Sculpture Tour Map.

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City selects nine new sculptures for 2017-2018 Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown has contracted with eight artists to participate in its Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the bustling Georgetown Cultural District. The previous group of  Sculpture Tour works will all be removed by the artists no later than Nov. 1 to make space for the new pieces.

Sculpture Tour artists and their selected works for the next twelve months are:

Cindy Debold, “Imagination”
Peter Mangan, “Blood Brother”
Sun McColgin, “Thor’s Hammer” and “Tanzanian Torpedo”
Mary Morse, “Kite”
Dan Pogue, “Mystic Flight”
Jay Schaan, “Ladder Man”
Dave Speer, “Barn Martian”
Anthony St. James, “Freshwater Cowgirl”

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board  selected these nine 2017-18 Sculpture Tour pieces from a total of 41 pieces submitted for consideration by 21 artists. Sculptures will be installed in early November and will remain on display through October 2018.

Five of the works will be installed on Main Street, and four will be located outside the Ninth Street entrance to the Georgetown Public Library. Installations will be done by the artists working with the staff of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Click here to view a Sculpture Tour Map.

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.

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Two GISD art students honored at City Council meeting

Two art students from Georgetown ISD were acknowledged with a mayoral proclamation at the Sept. 26 City Council meeting.

Mikaela Simmang is a senior at East View High School whose work was featured in the Georgetown Art Center’s GISD High School AP Exhibit this year. Also this year, she was the recipient of 2 gold seals at the State of Texas Visual Arts Scholastic Event. She won Best of Show at the prestigious 31st District Congressional Art Show for her painting “Cherry on Top,” as well.

Annabelle Richardson is a senior at East View High School whose work was featured in the Georgetown Art Center’s GISD High School AP Exhibit, and she was the recipient of the prestigious Top 1 Percent National Scholastic Award for her painting “Parachute.”

Call for arts and culture grant proposals

Beginning on June 1, 2018 the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board invites grant proposals for art, music, theater, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between October 1, 2018 and March 30, 2019. 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. The grant proposal form is found online through Submittable here. The deadline for grant proposals is midnight on Saturday, June 30, 2018. 

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

  • Offer free admission
  • 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 by name in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board no later than July 31, 2019, with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions by July 31, 2018.

If you have questions, please call or email Sarah Blankenship, Arts & Culture Coordinator at 512-930-8471 or sarah.blankenship@georgetown.org.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW


 

Economic Impact: The Role of the Arts and Culture Sector in Georgetown, Texas

In 2017 the City of Georgetown contracted with TXP, Inc., an Austin economic analysis and public policy consulting firm, to conduct an economic impact study over the role of the arts in Georgetown’s economy.

That study was completed and presented to the Georgetown City Council in April 2017. Travis James, Vice President for TXP, authored the study. Travis, who leads TXP’s efforts in economic impact studies, statistical analysis, and strategic planning, worked closely with Georgetown arts & culture leaders and spoke to the public about the study at a February 11 Creative Georgetown event.

A PDF of the final report is available here:

Economic Impact: The Role of the Arts and Culture Sector in Georgetown, Texas

A recording of Travis James’ presentation of the report findings to the City Council can be viewed here:

April 25, 2017 City Council Workshop

 

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.

City to issue call for Sculpture Tour submissions May 1

The City of Georgetown will accept applications for its annual outdoor Sculpture Tour beginning on May 1, 2017. Nine works of art will be selected, and sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium no honoraria will be paid; instead, all nine sculptures selected for this year’s Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize ranging from $500 (Honorable Mention) to $1,500 (First Prize). Sculpture Tour pieces will be publicized on the City’s Arts & Culture website at arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour, on City social media, in the City Reporter that goes out to all utility customers as well as City e-newsletters and more. Press releases will be sent to all local media, as well.

The deadline for applications to the Sculpture Tour will be Sept. 1, and artists will be notified of final decisions by Sept. 30. Sculptures are to be installed in early November 2017 and remain on display through October 2018.

The Sculpture Tour was begun in 2009 by Georgetown sculptor Dar Richardson working with Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley, and it was conceived as an invitational exhibit. Many thanks are due to Dar for his years of invaluable service on the City Arts & Culture Board and with the Sculpture Tour. Dar has asked the City to take the Sculpture Tour selection process over. Beginning with the 2017 Sculpture Tour, City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board members will review applications and make recommendations to City staff for each year’s selections.

Full details and application information are now available at arts.georgetown.org/sculpture-tour-application. Questions can be directed to Dana Hendrix, Fine Arts Librarian at the Georgetown Public Library, at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or 512-930-3624.

A survey of artists, musicians, actors, writers, and other creatives in Georgetown

The City of Georgetown has contracted TXP, Inc. to analyze the economic impact of the arts in the city. The focus of the study is to document the role of arts and culture in Georgetown’s local economy. This survey is intended to gather primary data on Georgetown’s arts community and will help frame the rest of the study.

If you earn money through art, music, theatre, writing, or other creative efforts in Georgetown, Texas, please follow this link and respond to this brief nine-question survey: Survey of Artists, Musicians, Actors, and Other Georgetown Creatives.  

If you have any questions about the survey or the resulting study, please contact:

Eric P. Lashley
City of Georgetown, Library Director
512-930-2513

or

Travis James
Vice President, TXP
512-328-8300
travisjames@txp.com
www.txp.com

A survey to assess the impact of the arts on Georgetown’s downtown

The City of Georgetown has contracted TXP, Inc. to analyze the economic impact of the arts in the city. The focus of the study is to document the role of arts and culture in Georgetown’s local economy. This survey is intended to gather primary data on the relationship between downtown businesses and the local arts community. The information gathered in the survey will help frame the rest of the study.

If your business is a part of the Georgetown, Texas downtown area, please follow this link and respond to this brief four-question survey: Survey of Georgetown Downtown Businesses

If you have any questions about the survey or the resulting study, please contact:
Eric P. Lashley
City of Georgetown, Library Director
512-930-2513

or

Travis James
Vice President, TXP
512-328-8300
travisjames@txp.com
www.txp.com

Attend Creative Georgetown on Feb. 11

Creative Georgetown is an event for everyone who has an interest in the arts in Georgetown—whether you have attended one play or acted in many, taken in an exhibit at the art center or taken a painting class, enjoyed a historical downtown tour or stumbled upon a concert on the Square, you are invited to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to provide their thoughts about the future direction of the City’s role in arts & culture in Georgetown, and to learn about the wide-ranging art, music, theatre, and cultural opportunities for audiences, learners, makers, and doers at all levels.

No advance registration is necessary, but the Creative Georgetown Facebook event page will be used to help us get an approximate head count in advance. If you are on Facebook, please indicate your interest there!

Schedule for Creative Georgetown Event
February 11, 2017 at the Georgetown Public Library
402 W. 8th Street

8:30 am
Breakfast Mixer

Friends Room

8:30 am-noon
Networking for Artists, Musicians, Writers, Galleries, and Arts Organizations

Announce your presence! Artists, musicians, arts organizers, galleries, and arts educators, please bring your business cards, flyers, etc. for others to pick up at Creative Georgetown. Designated bulletin board space and table space for such literature will be available beginning at 8:30 am, and after the event it will be used to update mailing lists and the content on the arts.georgetown.org site, as well.
Friends Room

9:00 am
Welcome
Jane Estes, Moderator
Member, City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board
Writer and Texans for the Arts board member Jane Estes will give an overview of the event and an introduction to City of Georgetown arts & culture structure and services.
Hewlett Room

9:15-9:45 am
Overview of City of Georgetown Economic Impact Study

Travis James
Vice President, TXP, Inc.
Learn about an important study of the economic impact of the arts in Georgetown that the City is currently conducting with TXP, Inc., an economic analysis and public policy consulting firm founded in 1987 in Austin. The study will investigate the impact of the arts sector in the local economy.
Hewlett Room

9:45-10:05 am
Let Your Voice Be Heard: Advancing and Accessing Public Resources for the Arts in Texas
Ann Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
Ann Graham has a deep passion for the arts and the role that they play in building and strengthening our communities. Texans for the Arts is a non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that works to protect and increase public funding for the arts.
Hewlett Room

10 am – 2 pm
Hands on History: Vintage Valentines 

Hands on History programs are monthly events organized by The Williamson Museum. They are free for children of all ages. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning about past Valentine traditions. Children will make their own vintage Valentine.
Downstairs Lobby

10:05-10:20 am
Break for Coffee and Networking

Friends Room

10:20-11:10 am
Arts Organization Presentations
Art, music, theatre, and cultural opportunities for audiences, learners, makers, and doers at all levels. Local arts organizations each give a fast 5-slides-in-5-minutes overview of the opportunities they offer, from how to exhibit your art to education options to volunteering and more.
Hewlett Room

11:15 am-noon
Professional Development for Artists Workshop: Exploring Promotional Tools & Techniques

Promotion of one’s own work is challenging and important whether you are in the visual arts, performance, music, or writing. Whether you are a hobbyist or professional, you are likely thinking about digital marketing, the artist’s brand, proposal submissions, networking, and more. This session will help you evaluate your needs and clarify your goals and also help guide possible future learning opportunities for Georgetown creatives. View Diane’s presentation slides here.
Diane Gaume, Moderator
Owner, Artisans Connect
Hewlett Room

Door Prizes (Door prize ticket submissions close at 10:45; winning numbers will be posted at 11; must be present to win)
Secondhand Prose Used Book Store gift certificate
Red Poppy Coffee Co. gift certificate
Set of 5 ceramic poppies from the Blood of Heroes Never Dies installation by Jen Rose and Clive Siegel
Admission for two to Palace Theatre performance
Books about Georgetown’s history from the Georgetown Heritage Society
Admission for two to performances at Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts
Gift voucher for $475 from Anna Kraft Photography to apply toward a photoshoot and portraits

Participating Organizations
Georgetown Art Center
Georgetown Festival of the Arts
Georgetown Heritage Society
Georgetown Independent School District Fine Arts
Georgetown Palace Theatre
Georgetown Public Library
Georgetown Symphony Society
Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University
The Williamson Museum
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra

Newly Added Participants as of 2/3/17
Agape Theatre
Central Texas Pastel Society
Georgetown Film Conference

Any questions or suggestions about Creative Georgetown can be directed by email or phone to Dana Hendrix, Fine Arts Librarian at Georgetown Public Library, at 512-930-3551.

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.

 

Sculpture Demonstrations Sept. 17 in the Library Lobby

IMG_0455Come and see sculptors demonstrate their craft on Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library lobby. The demonstrations are a come-and-go event, free and open to the public. Participating sculptors include Dar Richardson (clay), Vera Smiley (mixed media), Mary Griffin (bronze), and Linda Wilde (sculptural mosaics).

The Texas Society of Sculptors’ Ninth Annual Summer Show can be viewed through 9/23/2016 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 library is at 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.

For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551.

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Ellsworth Peterson

After receiving his doctorate in music from Harvard, Georgetown native Ellsworth Peterson realized his dream of coming home and building a career that has enriched the lives of students, residents and visitors through music.

His many contributions to the arts were acknowledged by a mayoral proclamation naming Jan. 24 as Ellsworth Peterson Day. The recognition took place at the beginning of the Jan. 24 City Council meeting.

“I don’t think there is anyone as influential as Ellsworth Peterson in terms of the arts and culture scene in Georgetown,” Library Services Director Eric Lashley said. “Georgetown is fortunate that Ellsworth continued to contribute to arts and culture well after he retired from Southwestern University. This recognition is well deserved.”

Peterson, who was born Nov. 22, 1933, attended Georgetown schools where he was taught by well-known first grade teacher Annie Purl before attending Southwestern University.

“After a two-year period of military service—I played oboe in the Eighth Army Band in Korea—I attended Union Theological Seminary in New York, where I received a master’s degree in sacred music, and Harvard University, where I received my doctorate,”  Peterson said.

He returned to Georgetown in 1965 as the Margaret Root Brown Professor of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, where he taught for 37 years. He has also served as an organist for Georgetown’s First United Methodist Church and university organist at Southwestern.

Peterson smiles when he is asked about changes in Georgetown’s arts scene over his lifetime.

“Things have changed in Georgetown,” he said. “The coming of Sun City has brought more people with time to help in the arts, and just the way the town has grown overall means we can do so much more now.”

Peterson has been organizing public arts events in Georgetown since 1982, including five Brown Symposia at Southwestern University focusing on the works of Mahler, Britten, Shostakovich and Messiaen as well as the arts and culture of Thailand.

Peterson also established a program at Southwestern that brought music professors from Thailand to teach students to play Thai Classical music.

Peterson traveled to Thailand seven times, teaching Western music to students in the Thai language. His facility with the Thai language led to some translation work in addition to including Thai music in the SU curriculum.

“Hearing our SU students playing Thai instruments was one of the highlights of my career,” he said.

Peterson retired from Southwestern in 2002.

“Ellsworth Peterson is one of the most significant members of our arts and culture community in Georgetown,” said Laura Sewell, Sarofim School of Fine Arts Administration manager at Southwestern University, and member of the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. “It seems that Ellsworth’s constant motivator is how to give Georgetown the very best in culture through music. In so many ways his life is about how to make us all better as a community and we cannot be more grateful for his dedication to Georgetown and all of us.”

After retiring from Southwestern, Peterson worked to create the annual Georgetown Festival of the Arts, which arose from conversations with colleagues over coffee at Cianfrani Coffee Co. about ways to bring people who love classical music together.

He has now served as artistic director of thirteen festivals each of which focused on a major composer or group of composers. Each festival includes multiple concerts and lectures in various locations throughout Georgetown, including a free community concert in San Gabriel Park that is followed by a fireworks show.

“I’ve enjoyed being involved with the festival over the years very much,” Peterson said. “One of the biggest thrills of all was seeing student musicians from Georgetown High School and East View High School performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’ with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra musicians during the 2013 concert in the park.”

He said he stays in touch with several former high school students, many of whom have gone on to become professional musicians.

In addition to continuing work with the festival, Peterson is teaching a Senior University class this spring about the composers featured in this year’s festival Great Britons, which will focus on three British composers. He also writes the program notes for Georgetown Symphony Society concert programs.

“I love teaching, and this gives me the opportunity to do that,” he said. “I enjoy doing research and having the opportunity to meet people and really try to give people with an interest in classical music these opportunities.”

Peterson has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2009 Community Arts Leadership Award presented by the Performing Arts Alliance of Georgetown, the 2010 Martha Diaz Hurtado College Town Award presented by Southwestern University and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and of the 2010 Future Trails Award presented by the Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation.

2016-2017 Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide

Guide 2016-2017 CoverThe new edition of the City’s Arts and Culture Guide is now available. The Guide includes a calendar of art, music, theatre, and cultural events in town from September 2016 through August 2017, as well as an arts and culture business directory, a Cultural District map, and other features.

The Guide lists events offered by Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts, The Williamson Museum, the Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown Heritage Society, Georgetown Symphony, Georgetown Festival of the Arts, Georgetown Public Library, the Georgetown Palace Theatre, and the Georgetown Independent School District Fine Arts Department.

The custom cover artwork by Leslie Kell features a collage of Georgetown photographs in a digital piece that Ms. Kell constructed in the style of stained glass.

Pick up a free printed copy of the Guide at the Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown Public Library, Visitors Center, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, or The Williamson Museum, or click on the cover image at left to visit the digital version of the 2016-2017 Arts & Culture Guide.

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