Awards announced in 2018-19 Sculpture Tour

“Matching Pair” by Dan Pogue

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Marble Falls sculptor Dan Pogue the First Prize award in this year’s Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the busy Georgetown Cultural District. Pogue won for his piece “Matching Pair,” a bronze piece that depicts two zebras facing each other.

Second Prize went to Bob Coffee for his piece “40 Million Years Too Late,” a bronze sculpture depicting a raccoon family discovering a fossil fish and wondering where their meal went.

Sculpture Tour artists and their awards are:

First Prize:
Dan Pogue, “Matching Pair”

Second Prize:
Bob Coffee, “40 Million Years Too Late”

Honorable Mention:
Cindy Debold, “Glee”
Frank Maglio, “Jumping Through Hoops”
Cat Quintanilla, “Ms. Olive”
Marla Ripperda, “Fischer” and “Cat & Fiddle”
Anthony St. James, “Joie De Vivre”
Jay Schaan, “Quest for Knowledge”
Laura Sturtz, “Breaking Bounds” and “Hands”

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board  selected these eleven 2018-19 Sculpture Tour pieces from a total of 23 pieces submitted for consideration by 15 artists. Sculptures will remain on display through October 2019.

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

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 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”

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.”

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Get the latest at facebook.com/artsgeorgetown or at arts.georgetown.org.

Dar Richardson

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross, left, and sculptor Dar Richardson

Local artist and arts organizer Dar Richardson was recognized July 16, 2017 when Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross read a proclamation making the day Dar Richardson Day in Georgetown.

The proclamation was planned as a surprise to Richardson. The Georgetown Arts & Culture Board had suggested the proclamation as a way to recognize Richardson’s role in curating the Georgetown Sculpture Tour, serving on the Arts & Culture Board, initiating the annual Texas Society of Sculptors exhibit at the Georgetown Public Library, and more, but the event organizers and City staff kept the plan a secret.

The surprise proclamation was read by the Mayor at the awards reception for the Texas Society of Sculptors Tenth Annual Show. The text of the proclamation reads:

“Whereas Dar Richardson is a Georgetown artist who has enriched the lives of others through his work; he has carved wood, sculpted in clay, created mixed media sculpture, painted in enamel, made 3-dimensional mosaic works, and even sung on stage at the Palace Theatre and with the San Gabriel Chorale;

“Whereas Dar Richardson is a local arts organizer who has promoted the arts in Georgetown in many ways including by serving on the City Arts and Culture Board, and has helped to provide artists with venues to show their work including contributing to the beginnings of the Georgetown Art Center;

“Whereas Dar Richardson has sparked interest and excitement in children and adults alike about doing art, whether during sculpture demonstrations at the library or teaching clay sculpture workshops at Rock House;

“Whereas Dar Richardson initiated the popular Texas Society of Sculptors Show at the Georgetown Public Library, which is now in its 10th year showing more than 80 works of art by artists from around the state;

“Whereas Dar Richardson has coordinated and curated the City’s outdoor Sculpture Tour during its first eight years providing visitors to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas with surprise, delight, and beauty;

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DALE ROSS, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, do hereby proclaim July 16, 2017 as

DAR RICHARDSON DAY
In Georgetown, Texas”

After the proclamation was read, Richardson was asked to speak, so he stepped to the microphone. “I’ve been asked to say a couple of words,” he said to the 75 or so people assembled on the second floor of the library. He paused and then said simply, “Thank you,” before he smiled and stepped away from the podium to rounds of applause and handshakes.

Eric Lashley, director of the Georgetown Public Library, said, “It has been wonderful working with Dar for the past ten years with the annual sculpture show in the library, the outdoor Sculpture Tour around the Square, and his service to the Arts & Culture Board. Dar is a leader in the arts and culture community and he deserves this recognition for all he has done for our community.”

2017 Red Poppy Festival Call for Art

The City of Georgetown announces The Call For Entries for the 2017 Red Poppy Festival Poster Art.

The Winning Artist will receive:
-$500 Cash Award
– Artist’s Reception (First Friday, April 7, 2017)
– 2’ x 4’ Street Banner

-The Artist will retain ownership and all rights to their artwork.
– The Artist will agree to have their artwork reproduced for the poster, street banners, City of Georgetown websites, advertisements and any collateral materials created to promote the 2016 Red Poppy Festival.

Requirements:
-The art submission must be an original work of art.
-The final artwork will be reproduced as a 16” x 20” poster (portrait or landscape), therefore it needs to fit these proportions.
-Artist is responsible for shipping the winning artwork to the Georgetown Visitors Center.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 18, 2016

For details, visit https://visit.georgetown.org/2017-red-poppy-festival-call-for-art/.

The Table on Main with Jazz by La Grosse Tete Oct. 2

highRes_TableonMain150517_043-750x500Imagine an evening with friends sharing local food and drinks at a long wooden table in the heart of downtown Georgetown underneath the stars of a Texas sky. You can be a part of this one-of-a-kind event on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas while helping Georgetown celebrate October as National Arts & Humanities Month.

The Georgetown Main Street Program is pleased to announce the Table on Main 2nd annual event. The Table on Main is an outdoor dining experience in historic downtown Georgetown on Main Street between 7th and 8th Streets from 6 – 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. The event showcases the best of downtown Georgetown’s restaurants while highlighting the arts in partnership with Brookwood in Georgetown (BIG) and live jazz music by La Grosse Tete.

For reservations and details, visit https://mainstreet.georgetown.org/play/table-on-main.

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, 2016 First Place Award

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

Lady News by Vera Smiley Second Place Award

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

 

Fast Break by Michael Synatzske Third Place Award

Fast Break by Michael Synatzske (bronze)

 

System by Jonathan Sanders Honorable Mention Award–Mixed Media

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

 

The Gift by Dan Pogue Honorable Mention Award–Metal

The Gift by Dan Pogue (bronze)

 

Seven Sisters by Bob Ragan Honorable 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.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts

The Music on the Square summer concerts start on Friday, June 3 on the Courthouse lawn. These free concerts each Friday in June, July, and August start at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner-to-go from a local restaurant, and enjoy an evening of great live music.

Music on Square Ximenez 1-350Here’s the lineup for the summer:

June 17 – Blue Vibe Band Playing Blues, Rock & Jazz Classics

June 24 – Woundloose Band Playing Classic Rock & Classic Country

July 1 – Square Tones Band Playing Americana Sounds (John Denver, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor Covers) & Classic Rock
July 8 – Bluegrass Showmen Playing Bluegrass
July 15 – Wilson String Family Band Playing American Popular Tunes
July 22 – Bob & Johnny Playing Classics from the 70’s & 80’s
July 29 – Jimi Lee Playing Acoustic Jazz

August 5 – Mike Hamilton – Jazz Saxophonist
August 12 – Detentions Acoustic Playing Coastal Vibe
August 19 – Adan Davila Playing Rock-A-Billy
August 26 – Roland Waits Playing Country/Southern Rock/Oldies

Concerts are sponsored by the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Williamson Museum, and the Downtown Georgetown Association.

For more information, go to the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Red Poppy Artist Jen Rose and Clive Siegle to Speak at Georgetown Art Center May 1

Artist Jen Rose and and Clive Siegle, a historian, will speak at the Georgetown Art Center on Sunday, May 1, at 2 pm, about their collaboration on “Blood of Heroes Never Dies,” the current art installment in Georgetown’s downtown Square. The talk is free and open to the public.

Both Rose and Siegle teach at Richland College. They are the collaborators behind the current outdoor art installation of thousands of deep red ceramic poppies on the 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 remain on display through May 5.

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Individual poppies from the display are 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.

Visit this page to read more about the art installation in Georgetown.

 

Arts & Culture Guide 2016-2017 Submissions

UPDATE ON ARTS & CULTURE GUIDE PROGRESS

May 12, 2016

The Guide will include PHOTOGRAPHS, CALENDAR ENTRIES, and ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTIONS. You can look back at the 2015-16 Guide for a reminder of what we included last year.

The text and photos you submit may be used in the guide and also on the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture website, Calendar of Events, and Facebook.

In Process: Organizations use the web forms below for submissions of photographs, calendar entries, and organization descriptions
May 15: Deadline for Sept 2016-Feb 2017 calendar entries for exhibits and events, with indications of which entries will have photos
May 31: Deadline for photograph submissions, for March 2017-Aug 2017 calendar entries for exhibits and events, and for organization descriptions
June 9: Brownbag Lunch—opportunity for update, questions, discussion of Guide
July 11: Organizations review their events and pages
July 14: Brownbag Lunch—opportunity for update, questions, discussion of Guide
July 15: Deadline for corrections to organizations’ events and pages
August 1: Final file goes to printer
August 11: Brownbag Lunch—opportunity for update, questions, discussion of Guide
September 8: Brownbag Lunch—opportunity for update, questions, discussion of Guide
TBA date in September: Printed copies of the new Guide available!
TBA date: Evaluation of Guide process and effectiveness measurements



SUBMITTING PHOTOGRAPHS

For photos, please send the highest resolution image possible. Good quality printed materials require a minimum of 3,000 pixels and dpi of 300. Please title the files with very basic caption or credit information. For instance: “Amy Smith in The Importance of Being Earnest 2015 photo credit Mike Smith” – this puts the really helpful information right with the image for us. If no photo credit is required, just leave that off. Listed photographers will be credited in the masthead.

Early on, please contact visiting artists to get their publicity photos. We would also like event photos and building/location photos—-preferably different shots than were used last year. If you have had new photos taken over the past year, please send those along. If you have an event coming that would lend itself to photography and you don’t have budget to hire a photographer, please let me know asap and I’ll see if I can contract someone to get some shots we can use.

Please submit photos via this Uplink for large files or upload them with your calendar entry in the form below.


SUBMITTING CALENDAR ENTRIES

 


SUBMITTING ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTIONS

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.

Call for Exhibit Proposals for Georgetown Public Library

art hop wallLocal artists who are interested in exhibiting their work in the Georgetown Public Library in 2017 can submit proposals through May 31.

The library highly values artists and their work. During each year’s open call (March through May), artists and organizations are invited to submit proposals for exhibits in the next year.

Artists who are interested in exhibiting in the library can download the needed information at https://library.georgetown.org/finearts/art/#exhibiting

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.