Al Dreyer is a native Texan. He earned his BA degree from Baylor University with German and Spanish majors. Following graduation, he entered the Federal Civil Service system in 1967 with the Department of the Air Force in San Antonio. In the time following, he lived in Panama for five years, returned to the United States and worked in New Mexico, Illinois and Texas at the Installation, Major Command and Air Force levels.
On his resume one will, also, find that he managed and directed the Civilian Position Management program for the USAF in Europe (1979-85); was Chief of Air Staff level Human Resources Inspection Team (1985-87); and the Chief of Civilian Personnel at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany (1987-92). Al retired in Germany in 1993.
Like many artists, Al states that he has always been “interested in the arts”. His overseas work allowed for many opportunities to visit the museums, gallery/workshops throughout Europe. Once he and Jutta returned to Texas in the early 2000s, with Jutta’s persuasion to actively get involved with painting, he chose watercolor as his medium and took an evening course that was offered as a New Braunfels Community Education Program. Once “involved”, he joined the New Braunfels Art League and continued with his lessons until the move was made to Mason.
Al and Jutta made Mason their home in 2003. They have two sons; one lives in San Antonio and the other is in Seattle. Both Al and Jutta are wonderful volunteers for the Mason community. Al has worked with the Mason Square Museum, Mason County Library and the Mason County Historical Museum. He is also a translator of German historical documents and personal letters.
He is one of the founding members of the local Fine Arts Association of the Hill County. (This group includes the counties of Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard.) Like other artists often do, he is “visiting other mediums to see if watercolors are my one true love”. Al and the other artists are all busy preparing for their upcoming show the first of May.
NOTE: The Second Annual Art Show and Sale hosted by the FAAHC 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 Mason’s Chamber of Commerce office. The Gala was a huge sensation last year and the membership is hard at work to bring you a great event 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. In addition to the painted medium, the show will also include jewelry, photography, pottery and other works.
Mark your calendars and come enjoy a day or a weekend in Mason and the beautiful Hill Country. Everyone is waiting to say: “Welcome!”