Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Performs May 17

PETER FLETCHER 6687 8X10 croppedClassical guitarist Peter Fletcher plays next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. He will perform on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour to promote Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, released in 2014 on Centaur Records.

Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, an all-Grieg album for which he wrote the guitar transcriptions. CDs will be available at the concert. He performed this same concert at Carnegie Hall in April.

Other works on the program will include Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringCourante from the Third Cello Suite, and Prelude in C minor and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000.

Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’ Terpsichore; Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos; a Fandango by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, and two Catalonian folk songs arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.

In addition he will perform a very special version of the traditional Shaker Hymn Simple Gifts, transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.

The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.

For more information about Peter Fletcher, visit

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Peter Fletcher’s tour is conducted under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. Come and go, or have a seat in the library lobby and enjoy the concert. For more information, contact Dana Hendrix, GPL Fine Arts Librarian, at (512) 930-3624.

The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.

Call to Artists: Mural Project in Downtown Georgetown

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for a mural to be located on the rear wall of 711 S. Main Street, Georgetown, TX.

Mural Details:
• The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to the downtown of Georgetown.
• The mural will be approximately 23 X 15 ft. (please see photos of site below).
• The exterior wall is stucco.
• The mural should include the metal gutters, air conditioning unit, door, pipes, vent, and meters.
• The address “711” is required to be on the door. The mural can incorporate the number 711 on the door or should leave space to accommodate the address.
• The owner is open to ideas from the artist, but prefers bright colors and a mural with a narrative. The owner does not want a mural consisting of just geometrical shapes.
• The wall contains two windows. The owner is open to proposals incorporating the windows or covering the windows in some fashion.
• Special note: The building is the oldest building on the historic downtown square. However, the owner isn’t requiring the mural refer to the history of the building or Georgetown in particular.
• There is no application fee.

Proposal Deadline:
5:00 P.M. Friday, April 24, 2015

E-mail proposals to:

Artist will receive $3,000 stipend.

Initial Payment:
50% of the stipend will be paid within two weeks of a signed letter of agreement. 50% of the stipend will be paid upon completion of the mural.

Material reimbursement:
Artist will receive up to $500.00 in material reimbursements (with receipts and subject to a signed letter of agreement). Artists will be asked to include a budget in proposal. Additional funds may be approved by the Arts and Culture Board if appropriate.

Completion Date:
All work must be completed prior to Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Please structure and label the proposal sections using the headings:
Part 1: The Written Proposal
Contact Information:
Full Name
Telephone Number
E-mail address
Illustrations of Proposed Work
Proposals must contain between 1 and 5 sketches or digital illustrations of the proposed mural.
Detailed project Description (1 page maximum, 12 pt. font)
Please include the following descriptions:
• A literal description of the mural.
• A description of the concepts in the proposed mural.
• How will this work contribute to a visitor’s experience of downtown Georgetown?
• List maintenance the mural will require, if any.
• An artist statement describing mural experience and interest in the project.
Materials budget
Material reimbursement is available up to $500.00. The materials budget may be increased depending on justification and approval of the Arts and Culture Board. Please submit a detailed materials budget.
Part 2: Support Materials/Previous Work
• Proposals should be accompanied by 5 to 10 images of previous work. Files should be submitted in a .pdf format and will be acknowledged upon receipt.
• Resume – Maximum 2 pages per artist.

Additional requirements:
Artist shall be responsible for preparation of the surface to ensure strong adhesion for durability and longevity. This may include a primer and other preparation necessary for the optimum bond of the paint to the wall.
Two applications (two coats) of Anti-Graffiti/ultraviolet protective coating must be applied on the surface and top of the finished art that will provide resistance to vandalism and the weather. Please include the cost of the protective coating in the budget. The mural must be approved by Eric Lashley, Library Director, before this protective coating is applied.

The artist will be selected by members of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and the owner of 711 S. Main St., Georgetown, TX 78626. The Board and owner will select a proposal they feel fits the building and will provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to downtown Georgetown.

Submissions must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Send electronic submissions to Lawren Weiss at

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Eric P. Lashley at 512-930-3551 or

711 S. Main Street View 3
Historical marker on front of 711 S. Main St.
711 S. Main Street View 1
Back of 711 S. Main St., showing entire mural site
711 S. Main Street View 2
Detail of mural site


Grants Help Fund Wide Variety of Georgetown Arts and Culture Opportunities

Georgetown arts and culture nonprofits received grants totaling $20,000 in the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards process for 2015. The grants will fund events taking place in Georgetown this year between February 1 and September 30. Events that are free to the public received special consideration in the grant process.

Grants awarded were:

$500 East View High School Band, for the Rodney Klett Band Clinic
$1,000 East View High School Percussion Ensemble, for percussion and steelpan drum clinics
$2,500 Georgetown Art Center, for the Kumbh Mela exhibit and events
$2,500 Georgetown Festival of the Arts, for a free concert and fireworks
$2,500 Georgetown High School Jazz Program, for a Jazz Festival
$2,500 Georgetown Symphony Society, for the 2015-16 symphony season
$2,500 Palace Theater, for shows adapted to audience members with special needs
$1,500 SU Native organization, for its 11th annual Powwow
$2,000 Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, for its Pops Concert
$2,500 Williamson Museum, for the Courage and Contradiction exhibit

The organizations that received funding will recognize the Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs, and will submit a report to the board after the event with a description of the use of the grant funds.

The next call for Georgetown Arts and Culture Board grant applications will be issued in 2016.

Texas Commission on the Arts Approves Cultural District

Georgetown’s cultural district designation was approved by the board of the Texas Commission on the Arts at their meeting on Thursday in Austin. Georgetown’s was one of five new cultural districts in cities across Texas approved by the commission.

The Georgetown cultural district includes the 40-block area of downtown included in the Downtown Historic Overlay, centered by the Williamson County Courthouse Town Square. Arts and cultural attractions in the district include the Palace Theatre, Williamson Museum, Georgetown Public Library, Grace Heritage Center, downtown art galleries, and shops with hand-crafted items. Other artistic and cultural elements in the district include the Victorian-era architecture around the Square and outdoor public art. The Georgetown Art Center is under construction in the district and will open this month.

Georgetown’s cultural district application earned 930 out of 1,000 possible points from the TCA evaluation panel. Only one other city—Houston—earned a higher score. Evaluators commented that, “Georgetown’s cultural assets are very rich and seem to be growing regularly. The city is building a great public art program, and this will be important in attracting visitors and citizens to the cultural district. The community has a reinvestment zone in place, and this is a key component for development and investment.”

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Pictured in the photo taken at TCA board meeting are (left to right) Eric Lashley, Jim Bob McMillan, and Dr. Gary Gibbs. Lashley is the director of the Georgetown Public Library and staff liaison to the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board. Jim Bob McMillan is the deputy director of the Texas Commission on the Arts. Dr. Gary Gibbs is the executive director of the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The cultural district designation will allow Georgetown to apply for grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts. The designation also will be a marketing and tourism tool for Georgetown businesses, nonprofits, and local government.

The TCA has approved 24 cultural district designations in Texas cities, including the five districts approved on Thursday and 19 existing districts. For details, go to

This video provides an overview of the Georgetown cultural district.