Mason, Texas was once again the hub of much art activity this past weekend. Everyone driving through town or simply around the square on Friday evening knew, without a doubt, that a party was either about to begin or was already in progess on the northeast corner of the beautiful, historic square.
Lights were strung from the second story windows with large bundles of brightly colored ribbons added for good measure; they both seemed to “wave” to everyone passing by and to say, “Come join us!” Trees adorned with more colorful ribbons lined the sidewalk and offered space for guests to visit as they moved between the art show in the M2 (Squared) Gallery, artist Kyle Martin’s loft studio and the corner room that offered “refreshments”.
A very diverse presentation of art was available for the guests to enjoy and many purchases either for “self” or “gifts” were made during the weekend event. The exhibit consisted of fifty-eight (58) entries; this included the painted mediums of acrylics, oil and pastel, photography, as well as, beautiful jewelry and pottery.
Prayers for good weather were answered once more. As everyone who works on “winning projects” knows, it takes many workers to have a successful event. Artists and the non-artists are to be congratulated for all their hard work.
Finally, as the page is turned on this year’s event, the Fine Arts Association would like to say “thank you” with great sincerity to Dick Stengel and the M2(Squared) Gallery for providing the opportunity to use this most unique location. Many guests commented throughout the weekend on how perfect the site was for the function.
Further special appreciation goes to Gerry Gamel and the Mason County News staff, Amanda and the Brady Standard, the Editor of the Junction Eagle, Dorothy and the Menard News for providing the needed coverage to promote this event. (FAAHC’s membership embraces this four county area.)
The Mason Garden Market, as well as, The Petal Patch and Willows are likewise extended a note of warm appreciation for their much needed assistance.
Finally, “Thank You” to family, friends and each of “You” who helped create another successful show. We hope to see you next year on the first weekend in May!
SPECIAL NOTE: Dorrett Townsend’s Cactus/Experimental won the “People’s Choice Award”. It was Mason County’s good fortune sixteen years ago when the Townsend family chose this county to be their home. Congratulations, Dorrett … you are truly one of Mason’s “Gems”!
Photography by: Kyle Martin and Willeda Rea