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.

City Facility Closings on July 3 – 4

Many City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Friday, July 3 and/or Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Friday, July 3: Facilities Closed

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street

Friday, July 3: Facilities Open

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive (Terminal open, business office closed)
  • Outdoor Pools: River Ridge, Village, and Williams Drive pools open 1 to 7 p.m., Tennis Center pool open 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue (closing early at 6 p.m., indoor pool and splash pool closing at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive (facility and pool close at 6 p.m.)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Saturday, July 4: Facilities Closed

These City facilities with weekend hours will be closed on Saturday, July 4:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue (facility and splash pool closed)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive (facility and pool closed)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street

Pools schedule for July 4

On Saturday, July 4, the outdoor pools at River Ridge, Village, and Williams Drive will be open from 1 to 7 p.m.

Regular solid waste and recycling collection

There will be regular solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Friday, July 3.

Please place residential solid waste carts and recycling bins at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. For questions about trash or recycling collection, call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, July 3 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

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.

Volunteer Needed to Serve on Library Advisory Board

Call for a Volunteer to serve on the City of Georgetown’s Library Advisory Board

The Library Advisory Board was established for the purpose of participating in the continual update of the Long Range Plan for the City of Georgetown Library and to serve to promote library programs and services in the community.

Members must reside in the Georgetown city limits or the ETJ.

If you are interested in serving on the Library Advisory Board, please complete a 2015 Library Advisory Board Application. You may also attach a resume (no more than 2 pages).

Please mail applications and resumes to:
Shelley Nowling
City of Georgetown
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627
or
Email it to shelley.nowling@georgetown.org and jessica.brettle@georgetown.org

The deadline to submit an application to the Library Advisory Board is June 12, 2015.

Please contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651 with any questions.

Bluegrass & Country Live at the Library for Father’s Day

The Sieker BandBluegrass and country musicians The Sieker Band will appear next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. They will perform on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby, performing a special Father’s Day concert.

The Sieker Band maintains a busy performing schedule, including playing at the Kerrville Folk Festival in May.

Rolf & Beate Sieker started their professional music career in Berlin, Germany. They played many concerts in Germany, toured throughout Europe, appeared on television and radio, and recorded five albums, two in Nashville and three in Berlin. In 1997 they moved to Nashville and since 2000 they have lived near Austin, live music capital of the world.

Rolf Sieker was one of the first 5-string banjo players in Europe. In 1975 he recorded the first bluegrass album in Germany. In Europe, Rolf played with Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Mark O’Connor, Dave Dudley, Bill Clifton and many more. He won the Texas State Banjo Championship in 2001. He recorded studio sessions with Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, Kelly Willis, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Dale Watson, Red Volkaert, Trace Atkins, Rod Moag, Julie Chadbourne, Lantana, Bruce Robison, The Carper Family, Malford Milligan and many others. Rolf now also plays with Bob Schneider’s Texas Bluegrass Massacre, which was named ‘Best Performing Bluegrass Band’ at the 2008 and 2009 Austin Music Awards.

Beate Sieker plays acoustic guitar and occasionally upright bass. Her vocals have become the trademark of The Sieker Band, generating a lot of fans. Influenced by Texas singer/songwriters, her repertoire consists of songs written by Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Steven Fromholtz, Willie Nelson, Steve Gillette, Karla Bonhoff, Ian Tyson, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Monroe and many others. Beate is one of the finest rhythm guitar players around.

For more information about The Sieker Band, visit siekerband.com or read this interview with Rolf Sieker from the Central Texas Bluegrass Association Newsletter.

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. Come enjoy a Father’s Day concert with us!

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

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 peterfletcher.com.

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.

Red Poppy Festival on the Square April 24 – 26

The poppies have splashed the town in red—a sure sign it’s time for the Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown’s energetic celebration of spring. Join us on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas April 24 – 26 for three days of music, entertainment, and family fun.

JM Montgomery guitar-webThe Friday night concert with Dysfunkshun Junkshun starts at 7 p.m. The music on Saturday starts at 11 a.m. and goes through the concert and street dance with Roland Waits and the Wayward Travelers at 6 p.m., followed by Two Tons of Steel. The Saturday night headliner at 9:30 p.m. is John Michael Montgomery. The music and fun continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities such as the car show, parade, children’s area, or vendor booths. Bring your own chair if you are coming to listen to the music. Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Bike Ride on Saturday at 8 a.m., the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m.

To celebrate 25 years of being the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, Georgetown is launching the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition celebrating all things poppy. Winners will be announced on stage during the Saturday night concert.

The official 2015 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 each at the Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. T-shirts are available at the festival.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. (Or see an online map at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.) The largest displays of red poppies can be seen in the residential areas of Old Town north and east of the Town Square.

Street Closures

Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24, Austin Avenue will be closed from Seventh to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to poppy.georgetown.org/files/2012/01/2015-Parade-Map1.pdf. Detailed street closure information can be found at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/parade/street-closures.

Free Shuttle on Saturday

A free shuttle will run on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Avenue. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.

Event Parking

The Williamson County parking garage at Rock Street and Fourth Street and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets (next to Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King, Jr. Street at W. Eighth Street and at W. Sixth Street are also available. There is no charge for parking.

Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 24.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.