In the New Testament, the word ‘saints’ is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community. From very early times, however the word ‘saint’ came to be applied primarily to persons of heroic sanctity, whose deeds were recalled with gratitude by later generations. The liturgical churches (Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal & Greek Orthodox) honor these saints on All Saints Day and throughout the liturgical year. All Saints Day is November 1st. Beginning in the 10th century, it became customary to set aside a day – sort of an extension of honoring the heroic saints – by honoring and remembering the saints that have lived among us. The ones unknown in the wider fellowship of the Church, who have touched our lives in so many ways….spoken and unspoken. This day is called ALL SOUL’S DAY and is celebrated on November 2nd. It is a day of remembrance of family members and friends who are no longer with us, and yet never far from our hearts.
Uptown 244, will be featuring artists Bridget Langdale and Carol Conlee of Mason Underground. This creative duo will turn Uptown 244 into a sacred space with a ‘Day of the Dead’ altar. The altar is a place of honor for the departed souls. On it are items, we remember them by - a photograph, a well loved article of clothing, a hat, or perhaps a favorite food. The arch over the altar (one of Bridget’s covered wagon bows) represents a sacred opening. It frames the altar and is decorated with live and bright-colored tissue paper flowers. “We Stand On Their Shoulders”….short performance art will be presented by Carol and Bridget at 5:30, 6:30, & 7:30pm. Guests will be invited to participate by adding their love ones names to the closing ceremony and to light a candle in their honor and remembrance. (Best to arrive 10 minutes before a performance time.)
Lamplight Designs, where you will enjoy art work in the ally by Sheryl Ranne and Deborah Hofmann.
Nonie’s Espresso & Deli: Painted Tree Studio will have paintings on display. Grab a cup of coffee, a couple of friends, select a painting and sign up to PAINT & SIP. Ask Bonnie about this fun experience.
Red Door Antiques: Out of town. Look through the window and come back next month when the door will be open.
Cindy Zemis-Morris Studio: Closed for more creative time…check us out next month.
Square Museum: Showcasing the history of Mason County.
Gems of the Hill Country -Lapidaries & Jewelers Come see our new display cases, fabulous new jewelry….we have doubled our space. During the Art Walk enjoy seeing beautiful Mason Topaz, gem cutting demonstrations, and refreshments.
Fort Mason Real Estate & more : The new space at 118 Ft.McKavitt will house the Real Estate firm and art work.
Kyle Martin Studio: Studio open…come upstairs to view work in progress.
Artisan Gallery: Come see local artists work of….Rosemary Davis, Al Dreyer, Anna Gillespie, Jan Keller, Nan Loeffler, Carolyn Nixon, Brinda Pape, Nancy Sterling, Tom Tannehill, & Sherra Theisen.
Mason Gallery: Always a must see spot on the art walk.
The Shooting Star: Come see a selection of local artist works.
The Petal Patch: Proud supporter of local artists…crosses, jewelry, crochet art, and silk flower arrangements.
Sandstone Wine Bar & Gallery: Local artist work on display PLUS a place to extend the art walk beyond 8pm with a great glass of wine.
Each of you are a SAINT who walk among us in Mason, Texas. Come in your everyday ‘saintly’ clothes or wear a costume, find that mask that you always wanted to put on….let the child in you surface. It’s going to be a cool, First Friday Art Walk in Mason and how wonderful that it falls on All Soul’s Day. Plan on an evening of art, remembrance of our departed love ones, and an opportunity to visit with neighbors, friends and other saints like yourself. Look around at our community of saints, whom live and walk among us, and know that you are greatly blessed.