Monday, July 25, 2011

Red Poppy Festival - Call for artists

The Red Poppy Festival planning committee is seeking submissions of artwork for consideration for the 2012 Red Poppy Festival poster. Artwork must be original and depict some facet of the Red Poppy Festival. The entry deadline is October 28, 2011. Contact Cari Miller with the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (512) 930-3585, or write her at

The 2011 Poster artist was Patricia Lyle. To learn more about this member of our guild, or to see more samples of her work, please visit her website.

September Guest Speaker

Robbie Ortiz is a cubist artist based in Austin, TX. Robbie participated in the 2009 edition of the banner project and will be our first guest artist at our September 6th meeting. To see his work, you can check out his website.

To learn more about Robbie Ortiz, check out his brief interview with KLRU interview

We'll see you in September!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mexic-Art Museum Call for Artists

Dia de los muertos Altars

In conjunction with the 28th annual celebration of El Día de los Muertos the Mexic-Arte Museum is seeking artists, community groups, and individuals to create unique commemorative altars for display in the Mexic-Arte Museum galleries. Altars will be presented in conjunction with our Día de los Muertos exhibition Death to Dollars and will be on view from October 7-November 13, 2011 and during the Museum's annual Viva la Vida festival on October 22, 2011.

For more information, Please visit the Mexic-Arte Museum's Website

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Art Hop 2011 _ Call for Entries

I just want to remind everyone that Georgetown Art Works is currently having a call for entries for the 2011 Art Hop. This will be the 4th edition of the competition with several thousand dollars in prizes. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2011. Check out the link above to find more about submitting your work.

The Banner Project 2011 - Current

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"Boots" by Jean Townsend

I am happy to announce that I am currently working on the 2011 edition of the banner project.
This year's banner project working title is "Current" and I am glad to announce in that I have received a grant to make the project a reality.

Happy Trails, the original banner project was considered a huge success and today, the banners hang at the East View High School ( formally the 9th grade enter).

Originally, I had turned down the project (several tines) , but in light of the Police Station bond having passed in the spring, I think that it's very important to keep the arts in the forefront. Specially, since there's a grass root effort happening to bring the Arts Center into the current Police Station.

This year's banner project will be a little different. The project is not limited to local artists, but of course, everyone is welcome to submit their work. The banners will be used around Georgetown downtown and public library ( for several years) during the month of October, in order to celebrate the month of the arts. Eventually, they might find a home in our future Art Center. The images can really be anything, but we are hoping to feature theater and other performing arts as well. Artists can feel free to forward this information to other fellow artists.

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- Artists can submit 1 or 2 of their favorite images. Please email low resolution to nick@graphismo.con subject matter: Banner Project 2011
- The banners are 2 feet wide x 4 feet tall, therefore the artwork needs to have similar proportions. It does not have to be the exact size, but the images might have to be cropped slightly. Images that do not work on this format will be automatically disqualified.
- If selected, Artists will need to provide a high resolution reproduction of their image. This can be provided via email or a disk. Images must be 6" wide x 12" tall, 300 DPI, RGB. They will also need to provide a photograph of themselves and a short biography. Windberg Enterprises in Georgetown can scan or photograph your work at a affordable price.
- Selected artists will be featured in both an exhibit program/book, as well as a banner project directory) that will be available to the general public. Every participating artist will receive a copy of the exhibit program/book. Additional programs will be sold to help raise funds for the project. There might also be a deck of cards featuring the images, that will also will be sold, in order to raise some additional funds for the project.
- Selected artists will have to sign a waiver agreeing to have their images reproduced in the event's website, program/book, deck of cards and any advertisement related to the event. We will not use, sell or reproduce an artist image without their approval.
- Deadline for submission: July 31, 2011. There's no cost to enter, but there's a limit of 2 images. Participants will be notified by Friday, August 5th if they have been accepted or not.

If you have any questions, please email:

I look forward to seeing great art from everyone.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Architect, pencil portrait by Kirk Witmer

9x12" - Pencils on 50lb paper

Six months ago I bought a box of pencils thinking I'd try my hand at drawing with just pencils. Yesterday I finally got around to opening the box, so here's my first serious attempt at a portrait done with pencils. Did this all on one day, in about 8 hours. Since this is something new for me, your critique is welcome.
Who is he? I hear you ask..... Frederick Law Olmstead toured through Texas in 1853 with his brother, a horse, a pack mule and a Colt Navy revolver. He ended up writing a book entitled "A Journey through Texas", but some years later he went on to become the landscape architect that designed New York City's Central Park. Imagine that!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

WCAG July First Friday Gallery Report

The July heat has not stopped our WCAG artists from displaying art at the Framer's Gallery, just off the square in Georgetown, TX. There were also lots of people out enjoying the First Friday festivities which included great art, food, beverages and the sound of bluegrass music coming from the square. The vote for People's Choice Winner was close and the happy winner is Chuck Fletcher for his photograph, "Red Mistress." Congratulations Chuck! Chuck gets to hang one piece of art for free during August.

If you would like more information about participating in the First Friday events, just check out the latest monthly newsletter. Or, contact me (Connie Hartsfield)... your WCAG Gallery Chairperson at