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Plein Air Paint-Out and Photo-Shoot
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Posted April 11, 2012

Round-em up…it’s time for the 3rd Annual Art in Art weekend. It’s a two day event when Plein Air Artists (which is a fancy word for painting outside) come to the area to paint or bring their cameras to capture our historical buildings and beautiful landscape. The two day weekend is April 13-14th.On Friday the 13th, Mason Texas will be the focus. There is no charge but registration is required in order to receive a bright yellow ID lanyard. This lanyard will give you permission to walk on private property for the day. Fran Hoerster and Bridget Langdale selected areas where artist would enjoy. Fran did an historical write up on each of the spots and asked permission from each of the land owners. A map noting each of the sites will be available for the registered artists. In addition to the ID, & map, the registrants will receive a welcome packet. Thanks to Bonnie Beam for gathering items from various merchants in the area, plus chamber brochures to put into the packets. Good to Go has offered their store as the Registration Location.Many in the Mason community have come forward to be involved behind the scenes to make this annual event a special one for the artists. Carol Conlee worked to write this year’s four page event document, to take orders for the Tuscan Saturday lunch, and prepared the ID lanyards/badges. Thank you to the landowners for their one day permission for artists to be on their property. These artists go to several small towns throughout the year, but we are creating a WOW experience for them this year in Mason. The Classic Car group in the area will be displaying their hotrods in front of the Odeon. Scott Zesch will be at the Square Museum to sign his book CAPTURED. Local cowboys have been invited to stroll the sidewalks in their current or 1800 attire for modeling opportunities. Tommy and Brenda Koepke will be dressed in their Cavalry period costumes. And anyone else is welcome to join in with the fun on this day. Saturday the 14th will be held at the Hoerster Ranch in Art, Texas. Kim Hoerster came up with the idea of hosting ART in ART two years ago. At the ranch they will have horses, cowboys, and the San Gabriel Pioneers come and set up a day camp as models for the artists. This year a Tuscan-style boxed lunch will be brought to them by Mary Scholibo of Sister’s Catering. Mary will be driving down the main road at the ranch at high noon, ringing a dinner bell to let artist know to stop their art work, walk to the road and pick up their lunch. Artists will be gathering for dinner each of the days at six to share their day’s experiences and show others what they were able to CAPTURE. So if you see then…ask about their day.When I talked about the Art in Art weekend, the Mason Community got excited about being a part of this weekend. They loved the idea that the registered artists would be wearing something (the yellow lanyard) that would identify them. In this way everyone can wave, say hello, welcome them to Mason and invite them to come back. Have you always wanted to learn to draw and paint outdoor landscapes? The ART in ART weekend may inspire you to want to learn how, so there is a beginner Plein Air class scheduled for May 4-5. Contact Bridget at 325-805-1176 for more information.

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