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, 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