Crisp fall weather beckons visitors and locals to get out for a leisurely walk around the Historic Square in Mason, Texas on Friday Nov. 1 , 10am-7pm and Saturday Nov,2 10am-5pm to enjoy the charming, friendly atmosphere at the participating locations of Mason ARTWALK.
November’s MasonARTWALK offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to spend the weekend in a variety of lovely and historic Bed and Breakfast establishments Mason has to offer or just a lazy Saturday visit to the 15 art galleries, wineries, specialty boutiques and museum that have either permanent collections or exhibits or both!
“Mason has a real allure that you don’t find in just any Hill Country small town. Many people here are art enthusiasts or artists themselves who have gravitated to this place because of the ease of living and diverse interests of the population. There are locals who ranch here and newcomers who are just beginning, well known artists like Bill Worrell, people who have lived their lives here and people who have built successful family-owned businesses. Our schools are known for their academic excellence and tennis prowess. We claim degreed folks from Art disciplines to PHD’s in physics and everything in between. Over the past month or two you might have seen Kix Brooks (Brooks and Dunn) and his son here at the Wine Bar for a couple of songs or noticed Academy Award winner Hillary Swank stopping in on the way to her boyfriends’ ranch. For the small town we are there are some pretty cool things going on and one of them is Mason ARTWALK” said Cerise Carter, co-chair of the event.
On Friday only at the M Bevan Eckert memorial Library enjoy the sketches, oils and watercolor of local Kenneth Loeffler whose works are pre-1971 and the seventh grade classes dog sculptures created from newspaper, clay, cardboard and paint- each of which is finished off with a ribbon collar and dog tags!
The Thing is….Boutique Feature local artist Rachel Yount’s abstract paintings. Rachel, whose degree in Art Education is from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania works with local art students in Mason. The Thing is …will also feature wearable art and their permanent collection of paintings and sculptures.
The Shooting Star will be showcasing pastels and oils by Linda Granberry and Dr. Sherra Thiesen as well as silver by L.L. Graham and jewelry by artist Carolyn Copeland. There is much to see in this store so don’t miss it!
The Painted Tree Studio, just off the Square, is taking reservations to participate in a Rock-n-Paint party Friday, Nov 1. Session One will be 4-5:30pm and Session Two 6:30-8pm. Individuals or the whole family can attend as artist Bridget Langdale guides everyone in the painting of fall designs on local river rocks. Rocks, aprons, paint, brushes, music and design suggestions will be provided. Cost is $20 per person and non-participating parents can accompany their young artist free of charge. Call 325 805 1176 for reservations.
Sandstone Cellars Winery will be open for tasting tours and the latest T-Shirts designed by artist Bill Worrell are out and available. Also Bill’s newest book about Sedona, Arizona —Places of Mystery, Power and Energy is on sale!
Mason Gallery will be featuring a large collection of bronzes by acclaimed local artist Gene Zesch as well as art by Larry Dyke, Martin Grelle, G. Harvey and Kenneth Wyatt. Their wide selection of western art is a treat for the eye. Mason Gallery offers professional framing, as well.
Artist Anna Gillespie will be featured at the Artisan Gallery in November. One block off the Square, go by and enjoy the plein air art work in oils and her sought after paintings of the Hill country landscapes. The mission of the Artisan Gallery is to promote local artists and their work. There are ten artists showing currently.
Arnold Art Gallery features upcoming young artist Jeremiah Ibera’s drawings and ceramics. He hails from San Angelo. This collection goes out of the realm of normal expectaions and goes into a more creative mode. Light refreshments will be served Friday 5pm-7pm.
Every visitor to Mason should avail themselves of the opportunity to spend time at the Mason Square Museum where some pieces of art go back 18,000 years! Recent works of art are available to the public from Kyle Martin, Willburn Shearer, Lola Hohn, LaverneLee, Matt Hey and many more.
Compass Rose Cellars tasting room invites you to drop by and sample their latest offerings. They are just a half-block off the Square.
Please visit www.masonartwalk.org for walking tours maps, information and we links for some locations or call Mason Chamber of Commerce for Bed and Breakfast information and other Mason information at 325 347 5758.