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.


Summer Movies in the Park Series

Movies in the Park - Big Hero 6 (website)

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Movie: Big Hero 6 (PG)

Thursday, October 29, 2015 (in conjunction with our Halloween Festival)
Movie: Disney’s Halloweentown (PG) Movie will start at 6:45 p.m.

The movies will be held in the gazebo area of San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. The movie will begin at sunset, approximately 8:45 p.m.

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.

Transit Plan Youth Open House on July 20

An open house meeting on the Transit Development Plan for Georgetown will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20. The open house will be at the Parks and Recreation Administration office at 1101 N. College Street. The Transit Development Plan is a working blueprint for a fixed-route bus system in Georgetown.

Anyone is welcome to attend this open house meeting. The City especially encourages youth and youth organizations in Georgetown to attend and share ideas on transit needs. For example, with respect to youth, what is a reasonable bus fare? What days of the week and hours of operation should be considered? What key destinations should be served for bus routes? What should be the age limit for unaccompanied youth?

City boards and commissions providing input on the Transit Development Plan include the Commission on Aging, ADA Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Board, and the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board.

The Transit Development Plan, initiated by the City of Georgetown and Capital Metro, will help define service plan needs for fixed-route bus service in Georgetown, including routing, service hours, frequency, and boundaries. The plan will help to determine the most appropriate services and requirements for providing bus service in the community, accounting for the varied needs of the area’s population and employment markets. This plan also will include recommendations for connections to potential future high-capacity services that are currently being evaluated through the Project Connect North Corridor Study.

The Transit Development Plan will provide a blueprint for fixed-route bus service in Georgetown. Implementation of the plan will require funding by the City Council and Capital Metro in the future. The anticipated start of fixed-route bus service is 2017.

Downtown Low-Down Meeting July 15

Come find out about upcoming City projects and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, July 15.

The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth Street. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:

  • New parking lot at MLK and Eighth streets
  • Downtown parking study
  • Art Center and Library events
  • Updated historic preservation ordinance and processes
  • National Register Historic District expansions
  • May 2015 Transportation Bond
  • Second Street utility, street, and sidewalk project
  • Sidewalk accessibility ordinance
  • Main Street façade and sign grants
  • Downtown sales tax trends
  • Downtown West plans

Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 to Jackson Daly at (512) 931-7679 or at

Public Safety Operations and Training Center Grand Opening

The City of Georgetown will hold a grand opening for the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center on Friday, July 10. A ceremony and ribbon cutting event with Mayor Dale Ross starts at 2:30 p.m. A come-and-go open house will be held the next day on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

PSOTC entry1b-1000The Georgetown Police Department and Georgetown Fire Department Administration moved into the new center on February 2. The facility is located at 3500 DB Wood Road next to Fire Station 5.

The 76,000 square-foot main building of the new center houses all Police Department employees as well as Fire Department administration, fire and life safety, plans review, and Code Enforcement employees. The center also houses the City’s emergency operations center, 911 emergency communications center, CSI lab, secure interview suite, volunteer area, victim services area, fitness area, locker rooms, defensive tactics training room, and large training room.

Training elements of the facility include a 17,000 square-foot tactical building with classrooms and reality-based training bay, as well as a slow-speed driving track.

Energy-efficiency features of the center include outdoor LED lights, energy-efficient indoor lights fixtures, and room occupancy sensors, as well as windows, skylights, and light wells that allow natural lighting to reach both floors.

Landscaping includes native and drought tolerant plants to reduce water use. Vegetated drainage areas allow storm water to be absorbed rather than running off the site.

The architectural design team for the center included Architects Design Group and KAH Architecture. Bartlett Cocke General Contractors was the construction contractor for the $29.3 million facility.

Georgetown voters approved funding for the facility in a bond election in 2011.

The new center replaces the former main police department building at 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. That 1910 historic Light and Waterworks building will be repurposed as one component of the Downtown West campus, currently under development.

Map to the Public Safety Operations and Training Center:

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.

Downtown West Public Meeting July 15

808 MLK 2015-b1000The City of Georgetown will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 15 to gather community input on the Downtown West project. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Hewlett Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street.

The Downtown West project involves the redevelopment of three existing City buildings with nearby improvements for festivals and events. The City has hired the Lawrence group, an architectural and planning company, to design the redevelopment project based on input from the City and the community.

GCAT 2015-b800The first phase of the project includes redeveloping the vacant 1987 former public library building at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (top photo) as City Hall, and redeveloping the Georgetown Communication and Technology Building at 510 W. Ninth Street (middle photo) as the Municipal Court building. (Click on photos for larger versions.)

A second phase involves developing programming and design concepts for the historic Light and Waterworks Building at 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (bottom photo) and a proposed festival space along west Eighth Street.

The public meeting on July 15 will be the first step in a two-month programming phase to listen to ideas from the community.

A second public meeting to present the initial results of the programming phase will be held in August. Schematic design is scheduled to begin in the fall with construction tentatively scheduled to being next summer.

Light and Waterworks 2015-b1000The Lawrence Group is a St. Louis-based firm with additional offices in Austin, Charlotte, and New York. Past public projects include the Travis County Commissioners Courtroom and the University of Texas at Austin’s Belo Center for New Media, as well as several adaptive reuse projects.

For more information about the Downtown West project contact Jackson Daly at (512) 931-7679 or

Low Water Crossing along Randy Morrow Trail

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is releasing water from Lake Georgetown due to high lake levels caused by recent rainfall.

A release rate over approximately 250 cubic feet per second will close the low water crossings along the Randy Morrow Trail. Please do not attempt to cross any part of the trail that water is flowing over, and obey any barricades that may be present.

Visit the Lake Georgetown website at to see the current release rate.

The Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating options for the replacement of damaged sections on the pedestrian crossing over the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park. The bridge was damaged in the Memorial Day weekend flooding.