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Nancy Traded Up... For The Texas Hill Country
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 • Posted April 8, 2009

Nancy Sterling is a Mason artist and a member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. She is one of the group’s founding members and served as its first secretary. In addition to her talent, she has a wonderful smile and a great “wit” about her; if your paths have not crossed, I am here to introduce you to her.

While she is a girl from Ohio who has spent many years living in Arizona and Virginia, through help from a daughter, she and her husband, Hunter, have called Mason home for the past few years. The family also includes four children: one daughter and son living in Texas; plus, another son and daughter living in Virginia. Also, eight grandchildren!

In fact, when I asked my favorite question of how she came to “find” Mason, she replied: “My Texas daughter was given the responsibility of not only choosing the town and finding the house but I also said that it had to be about two hours away from San Antonio and a small town with lots of trees”. She continued with “Hunter requested a house on a hill because he was tired of the floods.  Lisa did do her job thoroughly!” 

The relocation info was finished with, “My husband and I moved from Norfolk, Virginia, to be near a daughter who lives in San Antonio. We arrived in Mason on December 9, 2005, at 10 p.m. and were greeted with a glorious sight of Christmas lights beginning with the Lutheran Church on Highway 29…what an absolutely warm welcome from such a quaint small city!”

While visiting with Nancy about her art work, she said that she had loved art in grade school and had sketched a lot while raising her family. When her retirement days arrived from the civil service, a neighbor suggested that now was the time for art lessons. Nancy took the advice and fell in love with all that she was learning. While the medium of watercolors once was her choice and she was often told that it was her best work, oils was her first favorite medium and she has returned to that love.

When asked for a comment regarding her work, she replies: “If I could only paint the beauty that I see in my mind!  I try to express it as best I can and at times I am very happy with the end product...and other times it is like writing a story, it needs a rewrite!”

NOTE: The public is reminded that they are invited to the Second Annual Art Show and Sale hosted by the FAAHC. The show will be held the first weekend in May in Mason, Texas, at the M~Squared Gallery. The gallery is on the northeast corner of Mason’s historic square. The Friday night Gala begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. They are on sale at the Mason Chamber of Commerce office. The Gala was a huge sensation last year and the membership is striving to not disappoint this year. In addition to the Friday night event, the hours for the remainder of the weekend are: Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 12-noon to 4 p.m.; admission is free both of these days.

Several members were profiled last year. They included those who use the painted medium, as well as, jewelry, photography, pottery and other works.

This month more talent will be introduced.

Mark your calendars for the first of May and come enjoy a varied field of creative work! Mason and the Hill Country are ready to say, “Welcome!”

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