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Mason ART WALK for May Offers Delightful Diversity of Exhibits
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013

Mason County enjoys its status as the heart of the Hill Country wildflower displays and the Topaz capital of Texas. But our reputation in the city of Mason as an art destination is growing!

On Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th we invite everyone to come to town and experience the Mason ART WALK. More than a dozen participating galleries and businesses will open their doors to you from 10am until 7pm on Friday and from 10am until 5pm on Saturday revealing a wealth of artwork, sculpture, string art, wearable art, pottery, functional ceramics and more! Simply look for purple flags around and adjacent to Historic Mason Square. Walking tour brochures are available at all of these participating locations.

The Thing Is Boutique located just North of the Square on Highway 87 welcomes you with Texas artists’ paintings by Susan Bosse; paintings, sculptures & photographs by James Mangum; wearable art by Monika Astara & Leila Reynolds & from Art of Cloth in Ohio, Rose Corrick. Also, proudly displayed is handcrafted jewelry from Texas artisans Nan Loeffler & Karen Meador. More from the Lone Star State are handmade aprons, bibs & bags by Maria Gonzales; soaps & lotions by Nuluv Nubians. And, experience the taste of Texas from Fredericksburg Farms!

Just around the corner on Mason Square is Market Square, a unique home goods and décor store. One-of-a-kind furniture by artist Rick Fogle who will be on-site Friday and Saturday to discuss his unique creations made from locally reclaimed wood.

Red Door Antiques is proud to announce the opening of its new, additional space which will feature new additions of paintings and antique furniture. Look for the purple flag next door to Hinckley’s Country Store.

The Shooting Star has new offerings to show off this May from artists James and Sidney Mangum and Linda Granberry. You can also see new selections of Linda Graham silver, Sherie Clarkson’s herbal products and – best of all – a store-wide sale!

In the center of the block of Ft. McKavitt Street on Mason Square is one of Mason’s more recently opened galleries – The Arnold Art Gallery. Owner, Joyce Arnold, and Director, Cathie Tyler, herself an accomplished artist and longtime instructor from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area have truly reached out to bring new art and talented exhibitors to Mason. In May, the Gallery will present photographer and teacher, Eric Weller. A series of gelatin silver prints entitled Bare Naked Tree reflects the artist’s interest in landscape photography. Mr. Weller, whose works are included in over two 250 public and private collections has more than 60 national and regional awards to his credit. He will be present to greet Gallery visitors from 5pm until 7pm on Friday, May 3rd. The exhibit will be on display all day Friday and Saturday during Mason ART WALK.

The M. Beven Eckert Library features Artist of the Month Judy Schoenfeld’s oil paintings and paper-cutting art. Also on exhibit are Libby Hahn’s prize-winning cross-stitch work, a Doreen Cardenas quilt and 7th Grade Mason Public School’s “Put a Lid on It” project. Permanent works in oil and acrylic by Sheri Wheeler and Rosemary Davis have been added in the foyer.

Moving adjacent to the Square remember to visit Sandstone Cellars Wine Bar and Gallery. In the garden areas on bold display are life-size sculptures by world-renowned artist Bill Worrell. In the Gallery you can peek in on his fabulous paintings, smaller sculptures, ceramics and wearable art. Also, featured are the functional ceramics of Lynda Scott Haupert. In the Wine Bar allow yourself the time to enjoy the acrylic works of Kyle Martin, Spider Johnson’s Marquetry – a unique art form of wood inlay, and many more artists.

Off the square one block on Live Oak is Mason Artisan Gallery. They will be celebrating Spring with a living art display of flowers and cacti.

Please check your ART WALK tour brochure for directions off the Square to the Painted Tree Studio. Texas Tech BFA and accomplished painter and art instructor, Bridget Langdale, will host a 2-hour Paint ‘n Sip party Friday, May 3rd from 5pm until 7pm. Visitors can enjoy some wine and learn to paint their very own acrylic Bluebonnet Study. On Saturday, May 4th the Paint ‘n Sip will focus on Cactus Blossom Studies. Call ahead for reservations at 325-805-1176. The cost is $30 per person. The Painted Tree Studio will also hold a great 2-day sale on artwork, acrylic painting, wearable art, jewelry, art supplies and inventory!

Please note that Mason Gallery on Historic Mason Square will be closed for the weekend of the May Art Walk.

For further information please contact Cerise Carter at 817-307-3449 or Kristi Nunez at the Mason Chamber of Commerce at 325-347-5758 or masontexas@hctc.net.

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