Beginning its third year of existence, MasonARTWALK, in the historic Hill Country city of Mason, Texas, is prepared to welcome local art lovers and tourists to a great Fall season. On October 4th from 10am-7pm and Oct 5th 10am -5pm MasonnARTWALK‘s now fifteen participating locations invite art enthusiasts from near and far to come to Historic Mason Square ,look for the purple flags around Historic Mason Square at participating galleries ,shops, wineries , museums and specialty boutiques who exhibit art from local and Texas artists.
“We have taken a great step forward over the summer,” said Co-Chair Cerise Carter.
“We have added new participating locations- Compass Winery and Lilacs n Calico&Co. and we are very proud to announce that our new website www.masonartwalk.org is up and ready with lots of visual details and information. It offers an updated Walking Tour Map of our participating locations, some of whom have relocated on Mason Square and offers links to participating location websites.”
“Additional planned efforts are under way to ‘get the word out’ to the public around Texas about MasonARTWALK . Our event information is being placed on as many Hill Country –related websites and Texas art and tourism websites as possible,” said Joyce Arnold, Co-Chair of MasonARTWALK.”It is time Mason becomes top of mind, right alongside Fredericksburg, for our vibrant art community. We are just a short drive from their excellent event. People need to know they can take advantage of being in the area and add Mason to their weekend art getaway. This is why we made it a Friday and Saturday event.”
To add to this effort Mason ARTWALK volunteer and Artist Rachel Yount will be appearing on San Angelo local television program Concho Valley Live and news segments in their local news on Oct 2nd to let the audience know about MasonARTWAKLK’s Fall Schedule.”I am really looking forward to being able to tell everyone about the great art, history and fun Mason and MasonARTWALK have to offer.”
Along with regular gallery and art offerings there will be new and special exhibits for the MasonARTWALK event. Compass Rose Winery will have artisan jeweler Dottie Moon presenting her jewelry and beadwork that is handcrafted, one-of-a –kind pieces from semi –precious gemstones, pearls, turquoise, coral and more.
Arnold Art Gallery will have a Digital Photography exhibit by Barbara Riley called Epicurean Landscapes II, what she calls “whimsy encased in the gorgeousness of Dutch still life and Romantic landscape paintings.” The artist will be greeting art lovers in person from 5pm-7pm Friday evening Oct 4th.
Mason Gallery will be showing works by artist Larry Dyke, Kenneth and Harvey Wyatt, Martin Grelle as well as Mason artists Gene Zesch and Dorrett Townsend.
On Friday Oct 4th until 5pm at the M. Bevan Eckert Memorial Library visitors can enjoy the fantastic bronze Old Yeller statue dedicated to the memory of Mason native Fred Gipson who wrote the book along with beautiful works in the pointillism style by Susan Bosse.
The Thing Is Boutique offers sculptures, prints and paintings by local Artist James Mangum, fabulous hand painted fabric designs by Monika Astara and Leila Reynolds. Especially for MasonARTWALK they will feature charcoal, pastels and watercolors of Mason artist Renee Walker.
New MasonARTWALK participant Lilacs n Calico & Co. will feature basket weaving art by Mildred Willman Todd of Mason. Ms. Todd is an accomplished basket weaver schooled in North Carolina, Indiana and Arkansas in the craft. She taught the art for over fifteen years before retiring. Her favorite baskets which involve the use of antlers will be shown.
Don’t miss the Sandstone Cellars Winery collections of sculpture by world-renowned Mason Artist and resident Bill Worrell. Wearable art, paintings by various local artists and pottery are on view at their Tasting Room and Wine Bar.
The Mason Artisan Gallery offers the work s of ten local artists from the Mason area in a variety of media and is a great collection to peruse. Red Door Antiques has enlarged their space on the Square and are showing beautiful antiques and oil paintings. The Petal Patch will be open until 5pm each day showing their collection of art and wearable art by local artists. The Shooting Star presents a great range of art to wander through and enjoy. The Mason Square Museum is a treasure that should be include in any trip to Mason.
Market Square offers beautiful designs by Toni Hurlbut Shandon Camarillo Whitson and one-of-a –kind recycled wood furniture by Rick Fogel. Gems of the Hill Country creates jewelry with topaz cut from Mason County topaz by the owner Diane Eames, GG. Visitors can reserve their spot at The Painted Tree Studio for Saturday 2pm -4pm PAINT ‘n SIP- a great way to learn to create your own art by having “how to” instructions with a diverse group while enjoying Mason ambiance! Reservations required.
Don’t miss the Fall season of MasonARTWALK!