After 23 years of living in Mason I have seen some changes that make me proud of our small town. As an artist, I am most excited when these changes occur in the arts, something I’m convinced enhances the quality of one’s life like no other endeavor. In its purest sense, nothing else in life elevates the spirit, except faith, like art does. We need art in all its forms to make a rich and satisfying life.
Let me take stock: since I’ve moved here, Mason has had a fine art photographic gallery, something unusual even for bigger cities in Texas; we have had several noted professional artists move here and add to those already in residence; we now have professional writers in Mason, both native and newcomer; we now have a fine arts association; there are three art galleries on the square; our high school has an art program and facility second to none; the Odeon theater is hosting musical concerts and performances equal to any big city; and I could go on.
With respect to the Odeon, it is a rare treat to have an actual Flamenco guitarist WITH dancers in such a small venue like we had there this past Saturday night. Their performance was electrifying — I’m sorry that everyone in Mason couldn’t see it. Such talent rarely graces the stages of small towns and these opportunities should be taken advantage of. The Odeon, now in a fund-raising campaign to complete the facility as a fine arts performing center, will be hosting many similar events in its mission to enhance our city’s quality of life.
Mason will always maintain its small-town heritage and character, which is one of many qualities that make it charming and attractive. And with the more recent additions of the arts, this qualifies Mason as a truly great place to live. Thank you, Mason, for your support of the arts and remember: the best is yet to come.
For further information on the Odeon Theater, please go to http://TheOdeonTheater.com.