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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008

Rosemary Davis began her art career in elementary school. Living in San Antonio at the time, she took the bus to the Witte Museum every Saturday morning for art lessons. At the age of eleven years, one of her pieces was displayed in the Museum and then made part of the Museum exhibit on the Riverwalk during Festival.

A frequent visitor to Mason during her childhood, Rosemary spent much time at the home of her grandfather, G.T. Gibbons, a retired Methodist minister, who lived just a block from the square. As her father, Kermit Gibbons, was also a Methodist minister, the family moved frequently and Rosemary always considered Mason her only home town. Retiring to Mason was a true homecoming.

Rosemary first attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, and then transferred to the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Art. A short story of hers, “The Long Black Shadow,” was published in a national magazine and was awarded Best First Story of the Year during her sophomore year. Marrying John Davis while still a student, she finished her degree at Trinity University after the couple moved to San Antonio.

Over the years, Rosemary has taught many art classes in addition to her public school classes and at every level from kindergarten to high school, even teaching child development classes at U.T.S.A. At retirement, she was Gifted and Talented Facilitator for an elementary school in Seguin.

Rosemary continues as a freelance writer and has written for trade magazines and educational publications over the years. In retirement, she spends much time painting in her studio and is an active member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. She works in oil, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media currently favoring Texas landscapes and plants, though paintings of real people doing real things has always been one of her loves.

Rosemary started the Storytelling Stage at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio in 1981 and she continues to organize and manage that stage. She serves on the board of the Tejas Storytelling Association, a five-state regional storytelling organization and is currently president of that group. She has become a storyteller, herself, and has appeared on stage at the Texas Storytelling Festival, the Krost Symposium, the Fulton Mansion, the San Antonio Zoo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, and numerous other venues.

Rosemary loves to cook and specializes in artisan breads. She grows many varieties of herbs and when and when she is not busy with other projects, she keeps an extensive vegetable garden.

John L. Davis, Rosemary’s husband, has recently retired as Executive Director of the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio and has joined Rosemary in living in Mason full time. John is author of many Texana books, including The Texas Rangers: Images and Incidents and Exploration in Texas, Ancient and Otherwise. John, himself a noted storyteller specializing in ghost stories, will be signing copies of a couple of his books during the Starving Artist Show. John has appeared on several shows on A&E and the History Channel, discussing Texas Rangers, Texana, Ghosts, and Haunted Houses, among others.

Rosemary and John Davis will be participating in Mason's 3rd Annual Starving Artist Show. The show will be the last Saturday in October (October 25) from 10am-5pm. The even takes place on the sidewalks of Mason's downtown square. Please, make plans to spend a relaxing day in Mason enjoying and encouraging the talent of local artists! Also, this would be an excellent opportunity to pick up unique Christmas gift!

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