Art Exhibit by Williamson County Art Guild in Library Through Sept. 26

The Williamson County Art Guild exhibits examples of their members’ work in the exhibit space on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library through September 26. The exhibiting artists will be available for conversation at an artists reception in the library on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 1 pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The art guild, a nonprofit organization that works to stimulate interest in art in Williamson County through exhibits, artists’ programs, and sponsorship of scholarships and workshops, meets monthly in the library. Read more about the guild at wcartguild.org.

Nearly 60 works are included in the current exhibit, including “Tulip” by Diana Einwich, above.

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.

Cactus Groove: Smooth Jazz in the Library Sept. 20

Cactus Groove will perform in the library on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm. This group specializes in jazz and blues from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. They have played in the library in the past, and people always ask us to have them back–so here they are!

Cactus Groove is: Bryan Moore on keyboards, Erich Prinz on sax, and Mac Stringfellow on bass.

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

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.

Art in the Library: Photographer Christy Hullum Aug. 2-28

The Georgetown Public Library hosts a solo exhibit of photographs called “The Invisible World: Infrared Photography by Christy Hullum” August 2-28 in the upstairs gallery area.

Landscape photographer Christy Hullum uses a modified digital camera to capture near-infrared light, which is usually invisible to the human eye. The near-infrared spectrum reveals a world similar to ours, but outrageously different at the same time. Chlorophyll in plants and trees reflects infrared light, creating shiny silver and pink leaves like cotton candy dreams. The surface of water becomes crystal clear, revealing what is lurking in the unseen murky depths. The atmosphere is peeled away, revealing dark blue skies and brilliant clouds. Take a journey into the world just out of our sight, and meet the photographer at an artist’s reception on August 6, 6-8 pm.

The exhibit can be viewed beginning Aug. 2 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. All prints are available for purchase.

For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551.

 

Minnie & Ella Jordan Return to Play Live at the Library Aug. 23

Minnie & Ella Jordan will appear next in the Georgetown Public Library’s “Live Music at the Library” series. They will perform on Sunday, August 23, at 2 p.m. in the library Lobby.Minnie and Ella Jordan

Minnie & Ella Jordan play swing, hot jazz, and standards from the ’20s and ’30s. They sing and play fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar, and mandolin. They performed in the library last year as well, and there have been many requests to invite them back. For more information about the sisters, visit their Facebook page.

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.

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

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

Cienfuegos Will Be Live in the Library on July 19

Latin favorites Cienfuegos will appear next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. They will perform on Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. in the library Lobby.

Cienfuegos performs a diverse array of Latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha. For more information about Cienfuegos, visit their Facebook page.

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.

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