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

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

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

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

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

John Mark Luke and Thunderbirds, 2016First Place Award

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

Lady News by Vera SmileySecond Place Award

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

 

Fast Break by Michael SynatzskeThird Place Award

Fast Break by Michael Synatzske (bronze)

 

System by Jonathan SandersHonorable Mention Award–Mixed Media

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

 

The Gift by Dan PogueHonorable Mention Award–Metal

The Gift by Dan Pogue (bronze)

 

Seven Sisters by Bob RaganHonorable Mention Award–Stone

Seven Sisters by Bob Ragan (Florence white limestone)

 

Librarians’ Choice

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

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

 

Sculpture Demonstrations Sept. 17

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

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

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

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.

 

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.

Gallery Georgetown Annual Art Tour Oct. 10

Gallery Georgetown

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:

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Artisans Connect Gallery
Atelier Thomas Anselment
The BiG Shop
Kathleen McElwaine Art
The Gallery at One Love Tattoos
Rustics
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.

Arts & Culture Guide 2015-2016 cover imageThursday, 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.

Art Hop Exhibit at Art Center and Library Oct. 2-31

Art Hop Library WallThe 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.

Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble to Perform in Library Oct. 18

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.

Awards Announced – Texas Society of Sculptors Exhibit

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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.

First Place

Emergence by Dianne SonnenbergEmergence 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.”

Second Place

Thumb Sucker by Bob RaganThumb 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.”

Third Place

Cowboy by Jannette Keating

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

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 Alacrán by Tom Bishop

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 SwanTrumpeter 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

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 Akindiya Olaniyi

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

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.

Public Reception for Muralist Aug. 7 at Georgetown Art Center

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

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

The Georgetown Art Center is at 816 South Main Street.

Artist Begins Mural on Oldest Building on the Square

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Mural July 16

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

Joseph Magnano at the mural site

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Society of Sculptors 8th Annual Show June 28-Sept. 25 at Library

Kemper-Julie-Contemplation-view01The 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.

Kenney-Joe Infinite Possibilities_view02On 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.

Artist Terry Tunes to be Recognized at Library

Exploding Plastic Inevitable by Terry Tunes“Exploding Plastic Inevitable” by Terry Tunes

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.

"Woodstock 45" detail by Terry Tunes“Woodstock 45” detail by Terry Tunes "Easter Island Everywhere" by Terry Tunes“Easter Island Everywhere” by Terry Tunes "Woodstock 45" by Terry Tunes“Woodstock 45” by Terry Tunes