Gallery Georgetown 2015 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 5-10 pm. It is a community-wide tour of art galleries, exhibition spaces, and studios now in its fourth year. Gallery Georgetown benefits the Georgetown Art Center: participants can support the art center by purchasing the evening’s original 5×7″ artwork or bidding on silent auction artwork.
Participating Gallery Georgetown venues open from 5-8:30 are:
A Premium Blend
Artisans Connect Gallery
Atelier Thomas Anselment
The BiG Shop
Kathleen McElwaine Art
The Gallery at One Love Tattoos
Southwestern University Fine Arts Gallery
Visual Arts Club at Sun City
The Courtyard at Two Rivers Retail
Georgetown Public Library
The Williamson Museum
Each art venue listed above will be open to the public from 5 pm to 8:30 pm to showcase an art exhibition, a performance, or a demonstration. The Gallery Georgetown Shuttle will run between all of the venues. Participants are encouraged to visit as many venues as possible before they close at 8:30.
At 6 pm, the Georgetown Art Center will open, showcasing and selling 5×7″ art pieces priced at $20 and $50, as well as silent auction artwork. After the art tour ends at 8:30 and the other venues close, everyone will gather at the Georgetown Art Center for a reception to announce the winners of the silent auction pieces. Winners will be announced at 9:30 pm.
The last Gallery Georgetown Shuttle run will be at 10 pm when the party concludes.
Thursday, Oct. 8, there will be a Preview Party where participants can view the silent auction artwork before the night of the event. One piece that will be included in the silent auction is Lost in Your Charms by Leslie Kell, the artist whose work graces the cover of the Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide for 2015-16 (shown at left).
Join with Georgetown residents, visitors, and artists for an engaging evening of art on Oct. 10, and consider coming to the Preview Party Oct. 8, as well. Gallery Georgetown is a great arts tradition in Georgetown and a wonderful way to spend time with friends.
The Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Public Library are the locations for the 2015 Art Hop exhibit. Now in its eighth year, the Art Hop is a statewide arts competition that celebrates Texas artists. Hundreds of artists from 71 cities across Texas entered works in the competition; 150 works of art from 112 artists were selected to be exhibited in the show.
Winners in the competition are listed on the Georgetown Art Center website.
The competition categories included 2D Abstract, 2D Representational, 3D, Photography, and Printmaking. The 2015 Art Hop Judge Panel included Fidéncio Duran, Claude Van Lingen, Jason Makepeace, Donna De Cesare, and Lynwood Kreneck.
An artist reception and awards ceremony was held on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2-5. The progressive reception took place at both the Georgetown Art Center and at the Georgetown Public Library in sequence.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will run at both locations through Oct. 31. The Georgetown Art Center is at 816 South Main Street, and the Georgetown Public Library is at 402 West 8th Street. For more information, visit georgetownartcentertx.org.
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The Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Pearson, will perform in the library on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 pm. The program will consist of arrangements of earlier period works by Bach, Palestrina and Saint-Saëns as well as works by contemporary composers for guitar ensemble including Roland Dyens, Francis Kleynjans and Jürg Kindle.
The Austin Classical Guitar Community Ensembles have been in existence for well over a decade and offer performing opportunities for adult amateurs and professionals in the Austin community. The community guitar ensembles play frequently in Austin and the surrounding areas. The ensemble program also hosts the ACG Fest each spring and invites other guitar ensembles from Texas and the Southwestern region to Austin to perform and premiere a new composition for guitar ensemble each year.
Eric Pearson is originally from Western New York and serves as the director of Austin Classical Guitar’s community ensembles. Formerly the Executive Director of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Program of Jamestown, New York, Mr. Pearson also taught in public schools and has maintained a private studio for over a decade. As a performer, he has worked with Rich Little, John Bacon, and Bruce Johnstone, among others, and has toured frequently as a member of the Fredonia Guitar Quartet. In addition to his duties as director of the Community Guitarists program, he also serves as an educator in ACG’s outreach program that currently works with guitar programs in over 50 Austin ISD schools.
Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Come and go, or have a seat in the library Lobby and enjoy the concert. The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.
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The Visual Arts Club Studio serves as a gallery and educational center for more than 200 artists working in varied media and styles. Continue reading “Sun City Visual Arts Club Studio”
The Texas Society of Sculptors has announced the award winners in their eighth annual summer show, which is hosted by the Georgetown Public Library and funded in part by sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board.
Art historian and curator Sarah C. Bancroft was the judge for this year’s competition. She has held curatorial positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. She specializes in modern and contemporary art. Awards, which were made at the artists reception July 19, are below along with Ms. Bancroft’s comments.
Emergence by Dianne Sonnenberg (stone). “Small and perfectly formed, the simple elegance of this sculpture beautifully captures the essence of “emergence” through abstract organic form. A wholly satisfying and mesmerizingly beautiful sculpture.”
Thumb Sucker by Bob Ragan (stone). “This straightforwardly fantastical sculpture of a thumb sucker is, like [Ragan’s] Donkey Fish and Water Wheel, a spectacle of nonsensical whimsy. Witty and well-executed in limestone.”
Cowboy by Janette Keating (bronze). “This small, detailed sculpture captures the silent gumption of a lone cowboy at rest, shirt off, legs askew, head in hand, hat on. A successful and lighthearted portrayal of a Western archetype.”
Honorable Mention mixed media, clay, plaster, concrete
When in Doubt, Be Kind by Dar Richardson. “A lovely portrayal of rabbits as caricature, these two beasts are a vision of contentment and friendship. Charming and goofy rabbits make good.”
Honorable Mention metal
El Alacran by Tom Bishop. “The large-scale rendering of a scorpion in bronze is beautifully complemented by the wooden base on which this frightful creature perches.”
Honorable Mention wood and stone
Trumpeter Swan by C. D. Weaver. “This striking sculpture wonderfully utilizes found wood to celebrate and convey the Trumpeter Swan. An approachable and arresting work that also nicely represents the surprising scale of real-life swans.”
Juror’s additional honorable mentions
Jazz by Pat Moberley Moore. “An evocative sculpture that successfully brings to life the power of song in the form of this soulful jazz singer. Of particular note is the patterned patina on this lovely sculpture, and the elongated nature of her form.”
Librarian by Olaniyi Akindiya. “The delicious variety of the public library’s offerings conveyed through the use of delectable boxed foodstuffs from the pantry. Using materials at hand to create a work both immediately recognizable and wholly original.”
Library Staff Pick
Forty Million Years too Late by Bob Coffee. The library staff makes the choice for one of the awards each year. This sculpture of a raccoon family’s encounter with a fossil captured the library staff’s imagination.
More than 60 pieces were entered in this year’s exhibit, which will remain in the library until September 25. The 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 library is at 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.
For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Texas Society of Sculptors holds their eighth annual summer show in the Georgetown Public Library June 28-September 25. The pieces pictured here, Contemplation by Julie Kemper (above right), and Infinite Possibilities by Joe Kenney (lower left), are two of about 60 works of art included in the exhibit, which is hosted by the library with sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board.
On Sunday, July 19, from 1-3 p.m., the sculptors will assemble on the library’s second-floor Bridge for an awards ceremony and reception, to which the public is invited. Art historian and curator Sarah C. Bancroft is the judge for this year’s competition. She has held curatorial positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. She specializes in modern and contemporary art. The library staff makes the choice for one of the awards. During the reception the artists will be available for conversation and questions.
On the day of the reception, Austin musical group Cienfuegos will perform in a return engagement, bringing diverse Latin music with a focus on Cuban styles back to the library. They will perform in the lobby on July 19 from 2-4 p.m. The library’s Live Music in the Library events are informal and free to the public, a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. You may come and go or take a seat and enjoy the whole show, but this month we hope you’ll also take time to enjoy the sculpture throughout the building.
Sculpture demonstrations will be held in the Lobby of the library on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. Several of this year’s featured sculptors will demonstrate their techniques and processes in sculptural mosaics, modeling in wax and clay, and the creation of bronze sculpture. The public is invited.
The 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 library is at 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.
For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551.
Sculptor Terry Tunes will be honored at a public reception on Sunday, June 21, at 1 pm at the Georgetown Public Library. The library is thanking Mr. Tunes for allowing three of his works to be exhibited in and around the library. The sculptures—a banana, a guitar, and an Easter Island head—are frequently photographed from a distance and admired up-close, as they are covered entirely in small toys.
If you are an art lover or if these sculptures have just brightened your day during the months they have been on exhibit, please stop by the library Sunday for refreshments, say thank you to the artist, and enjoy a final look at these very popular artworks, “Exploding Plastic Inevitable,” “Easter Island Everywhere,” and “Woodstock 45.”
The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 W. Eighth Street.
“Robert Williamson” by Lucas Adams faces the Williamson Museum on Austin Avenue on the downtown Square. Continue reading ““Robert Williamson” by Lucas Adams”
“Got It!” by Rod Garrett is on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth Street. Continue reading ““Got It!” by Rod Garrett”
“Horatio II” by Marla Ripperda is located in Rivery Park. Continue reading ““Horatio II” by Marla Ripperda”
Judith Shriner’s image A Quarter of Four covers the utility box at Seventh Street and Austin Avenue on the downtown Square. Continue reading ““A Quarter of Four” by Judith Shriner”
Davin Hoyt’s image Thru covers the utility box at Eighth Street and Austin Avenue on the downtown Square. Continue reading ““Thru” by Davin Hoyt”
“Madonna and Child” by Charles Umlauf is located outside the Lois Perkins Chapel on the campus of Southwestern University. Continue reading ““Madonna and Child” by Charles Umlauf”
“Waterin’ the Work Mules” by Bob Coffee is on the northeast corner of Main and Seventh streets on the downtown Square. Continue reading ““Waterin’ the Work Mules” by Bob Coffee”
“Henry C. Matysek” by H. Clay Dahlberg is on the lawn of the Williamson County Courthouse in the center of the Square. Continue reading ““Henry C. Matysek” by H. Clay Dahlberg”
“Harry L. Gold” by Lucas Adams is a bronze bust at the northwest corner of Main and Seventh streets on the downtown Square. Continue reading ““Harry L. Gold” by Lucas Adams”
“Danielle’s Dream” by Dan Pogue is outside the Ninth Street entrance to the Georgetown Public Library, which is at 402 W. Eighth Street. Continue reading ““Danielle’s Dream” by Dan Pogue”