South Main Arts Festival
A juried and curated artistic event in celebration of the Month of the Arts…
Located near Grace Heritage Center | 817 S Main St
2023 DETAILS COMING SOON!! Check back regularly for updates and announcements about the upcoming 2023 South Main Arts Festival on Saturday, October 21! Applications for artist booth exhibitors will open on April 1 and close on June 30. Details and submission link will be available here.
Last year’s 2022 South Main Arts Festival details are below. We can’t wait to share the program for 2023…
Celebrate Georgetown’s inaugural South Main Arts Festival dedicated to the fine arts and located in the new South Main Arts District – a project that received Cultural District grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Shop the juried artist booths for a variety of artistic media while viewing the yarn bomb installation that was designed and created by Preservation Georgetown, the Knitting Cup, and passionate fiber artists and volunteers from the community! Enjoy food trucks, live music and ribbon dancers throughout the day, kids arts activities and pottery by Cordovan Art School…and an outdoor theatrical performance, too. The evening’s live music headliner is Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster Artist, Sue Foley, so be sure to join us for her performance at 5pm!
The City of Georgetown’s Water Conservation Team is looking to bring awareness to sustainable watering resources with the vibrant addition of art to rain barrels. The first annual Painted Rain Barrel Project will coincide with the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program’s Autumn Art Stroll, South Main Arts Festival, and the Water Conservation Team’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” events in October 2022.
The barrels will be displayed around City facilities and local businesses downtown, before and during the South Main Arts Festival. All painted barrels will be available to purchase via a silent auction that will run through the course of the Autumn Art Stroll and South Main Arts Festival.
Ribbon dancers performing throughout the day
- 11 a.m. – Theatrical performance by the cast of Champs’ Choice (preview for the interactive musical comedy exclusively playing at Barrels & Amps in Georgetown)
- 12 p.m. – Soulful blues by folk duo Winkler Mill
- 1 p.m. – Cosmic folk rock by Vaydra
- 2 p.m. – Soul pop by Stacie Agnew
- 3 p.m. – Indie pop/alt country by Matt Cassidy
- 5-6:30 p.m. – Live musical performance by headliner and TCA Touring Roster Artist Sue Foley!
Artist booth and vendor directory coming soon!
Grace Plaza Artists
- The Knitting Cup Textile Art
- Markus Lindsey Photography
- Orvilla’s Creations Custom Designed Jewelry
- Virginia Headley Fine Art (Encaustics)
- Zoee Xiao Artworks (Watercolors)
SOMA Park Artists
- Cordovan Art School & Pottery Parlor
- Langlois Designs Jewelry
- Mark Stalnaker – ATX Ink
- ShadowWorks Jewelry
- Sunshine Sunbeams Glass
- Wendy Michelle Davis (Paintings)
9th Street Artists
- Experience Wildlife Photography
- Laura Barrett Jewelry
- Lynn Kessel Art
- Plein Air Austin – Purchase paintings created during the Art Stroll’s Plein Art Paint Out from October 20!
Pictured: Sue Foley and guitar “Pinky’s Blues”
Georgetown Art Strolls
The Arts and Culture Program hosts two semi-annual Art Strolls in the fall and the spring where participants can engage in interactive arts experiences at arts and culture facilities and arts based businesses across the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District that include artist demonstrations, performances, live music, and art shopping opportunities.
Start your Stroll at any of the (3) check-in locations to pick up your Stroll badge. Then continue your Stroll across the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District to visit and shop at the participating arts and culture venues and view Georgetown’s popular collection of public art murals and sculptures. Enjoy complementary food and beverages exclusively for Art Stroll patrons with an Art Stroll badge, as well as discounted Art Stroll cocktails!
Printed maps will be available at Art Stroll badge check-in locations and each venue. Or click here for the online map: Spring Art Stroll Map 2023
And be sure to plan your Stroll around the scheduled programming, too!
- 5 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library’s Hewlett Room – Artist talk with Yasaman Mehrsa, the artist behind the 175th Anniversary Mural, Still Making History
- 5:30 p.m. at the Williamson Museum – Art student award ceremony and artist reception
- 6 p.m. at the 175th Mural (Austin Ave & 9th St) – Mural dedication
- NEW!! 6:30 p.m. at Grace Chapel – Artist Talk with Lucas Adams
- 7 p.m. in the South Main Arts District Park – Artist reception for sculpture artist, Scott Shubin
Participating Venues & Programming – Stroll badge pick up at designated locations on the map
African American Shotgun House Museum STROLL BADGE LOCATION – (801 West St) – Enjoy live music and BBQ from Hello Sweetie! The Shotgun House Museum will be open for tours, and be sure to check out the Preserving History mural by local artists Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark.
Georgetown Public Library & Little Lemon at the Library – (402 W 8th St) With your Art Stroll badge, enjoy the exclusive dessert bites and $4 Art Stroll cocktails by Little Lemon at the Library in the Library’s Poppy Plaza, along with live music and performance. View the art exhibits inside the Library, and then at 5 p.m., mural artist Yasaman Mehrsa will give an artist talk about the design and installation of the 175th Anniversary Mural, Still Making History.
Georgetown Palace Theatre’s “Palace Playhouse” Location – STROLL BADGE LOCATION (216 W 8th St) Attend the artist reception for the Williamson County Art Guild’s art exhibit while enjoying live performance inside the Playhouse by Palace Theatre artists! There will also be live music and performance in Tin Barn Alley with mocktails from Southbound Sips for Art Stroll patrons with an Art Stroll badge.
Artisans Connect Gallery – (800 S Austin Ave #105) – Enter through Tin Barn Alley to view the large format pop-up exhibit sponsored by Artisans Connect Gallery. Be sure to also visit the dedicated Artisans Connect gallery space to view and purchase artwork while mixing and mingling with the featured artists. Show your Art Stroll Badge and Receive 10% OFF a Single Item. Artworks showcased in the gallery are uniquely crafted by local and Central Texas artists.
Williamson Museum – (716 S Austin Ave) – View the many historical and artistic exhibitions at the Williamson Museum and celebrate the 175th student artists at their featured artist reception. At 5:30 p.m. the student award winners will be announced.
Williamson County Tax Office/175th Anniversary Mural location – (Corner of Austin Ave & 9th St) – At 6 p.m. join the artist Yasaman Mehrsa and City and County representatives at the 175th Anniversary mural, Still Making History, for a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the work of public art.
Prima Dora – (114 W 8th St) – Visit this premier Georgetown art gallery to view and purchase artwork from a treasure trove of local and Central Texas artists showcased in the gallery. Enjoy demonstrations from featured gallery artists as you continue to make your Stroll across the Downtown Cultural District.
Georgetown Art Center – (816 S Main St) – View the featured exhibition, The Beauty of Botanical Beasts by Anna Lisa Leal, at the Georgetown Art Center during the Spring Art Stroll. Enjoy live music in the Art Center Splash Pad by Mega’ Tune, and be sure to shop the gift shop for unique artisan gifts.
Grace Heritage Center STROLL BADGE LOCATION- (817 S Main St) – Grace Heritage Center is in the heart of the new South Main Arts District with the Georgetown Art Center just across Main Street and the South Main Arts District Park right behind the chapel. Shop the artist booths in Grace Plaza and explore Grace Chapel during guided tours by Preservation Georgetown, while listening to live music from Mega’ Tune outside the Art Center. At 6:30pm, Preservation Georgetown will feature a special Artist Talk by Lucas Adams in Grace Chapel.
South Main Arts District Park & Sweet Lemon Kitchen – (Behind Grace Chapel) – While shopping the artist booths in Grace Plaza, step over to the South Main Arts District Park to enjoy small bites and $4 Art Stroll cocktails by Sweet Lemon Kitchen and featured exclusively for Art Stroll patrons. At 7 p.m. celebrate the new sculpture, Flow by Scott Shubin, at a special outdoor artist reception.
Artist Booths in Grace Plaza
Gareth Ellis/Blue Shed Design – Click here to view artwork
Markus Lindsey Photography – Click here to view artwork
Art photography has always been a passion for Markus Lindsey. Wildlife, landscapes, and street photography have become a renewed passion as they bring back the roots of the old 35 mm film days. After being a long time Canon photographer, Fujifilm is now the camera system of choice. You can find Lindsey every weekend at a market or festival with prints and greeting cards for sale.
Orvilla Mcdaniel/Orvilla’s Creations – Click here to view artwork
Orvilla McDaniel is a Wire Wrap Jewelry Artist, and draws her inspiration from nature’s beauty, like curling vines and swirls in the ocean waves. Her intent is to frame God’s creations by hand weaving and wrapping different gauges and shapes of sterling silver and copper wire to frame semi-precious gemstones, pearls and shells. By combining these techniques she creates unique jewelry pieces to be cherished by others.
Betsy Murphy Art – Click here to view artwork
“I am a creative and have been since I was old enough to pick up a pencil or paint brush. Painting and drawing have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents valued the arts and encouraged me to pursue a career in visual art. I graduated with a BFA in Art Education from The University of Texas and a master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University. In addition to my own artistic practice, I taught art in Texas public schools for 30 years. More recently I worked as an Assistant Professor of Instruction and Field Supervisor at UT Austin. In 2019 I was honored to receive the Texas Art Education Association’s award of Art Educator of the Year for Higher Education and in 2021 was named a TAEA Distinguished Fellow.” Betsy Murphy
Nick Ramos/Graphismo – Click here to view artwork
Nick Ramos is an award-winning graphic artist who creates professional logos and print material by day, and turns his doodles into sought-after artwork in his free time.
Originally from Brazil, Nick moved to the United States when he was a child. He attended Boston’s Massachusetts College of Art. He left in 1991, by which time he was already the Art Director at the Delamarter Advertising Agency in Concord, MA. In 1992, he started freelancing as a graphic designer, which was the very beginning of Graphismo.
Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheons
12 p.m. | Thursday, April 13 | Friends room at the Georgetown Public Library
The quarterly Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon returns at noon April 13. Pack your lunch and join us at the Georgetown Public Library for a presentation by principal of Wang Architects, Gary Wang, AIA. His presentation, “Art as Art, Landscape as Art, Architecture as Art,” explores how the built environment can connect the public to – and even become – public art. Wang Architects is located in Georgetown, and Gary also teaches design and architecture at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Updates from arts and culture stakeholders in the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District will follow Wang’s presentation.