Join fans of neighborhood art walks at the third annual Art Waddle in Boerne from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9. The event is called an art waddle, because that’s what the ducks do along Cibolo Creek and in neighborhoods in Boerne. More than forty local artists will display their work, which will be for sale, in yards at fourteen homes in the heart of the city’s historic “Flats” district along Cibolo Creek. Meet the artists and see plein air (painting outdoors) demonstrations. The family-friendly art waddle begins at 204 W. San Antonio Ave., where maps will be distributed to neighboring homes. Collaborating with the Hill Country Council for the Arts, the event will help support scholarships to Summer Art Camp at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. For a sneak peak at the art and participating artists, visit the Facebook page of the Boerne Art Waddle.
The People’s Choice award at the Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures went to Omar Garza from Marble Falls for his oil painting, “Turkey Tail At Edge Falls”. Garza explains, “Edge Falls in Kendall Country is a hidden gem in the Hill Country. Because of its seclusion, it has been able to maintain its beauty. It is located on Curry Creek, with a 35-foot waterfall when the water is running, and a pool below with a depth of 30 feet. Downstream from the pool is a stream with pools of water that are a beautiful turquoise color.”
The Texas Hill Country is a wonderful place to live and visit and offers a variety of beautiful scenery and numerous activities. The small towns in the area offer many opportunities to enjoy the arts – from literary to performing to visual.
I recently joined the Bulverde Area Arts Center and met an artist that has an interesting story. Many thanks to BAAC member Buzz Heye for sharing his copy with me, which I edited to fit this column.
How does a woman wind up teaching art to a bunch of Russian orphans who are descendants of convicts on the Siberian island of Sakhalin? First she elopes with a United State Marine then she works his way through civil engineering school at Texas A&M as a secretary – a job she hated. Fortunately, using her skills as an artist, she was soon promoted to the position of Artist I and put in charge of designing brochures and other promotional materials for the Engineering Extension Service.
Cheryl Sutter Wooten obtained her very valuable art skills first by observing her creative father work as a designer and inventor and her mother’s work as a gardener. She studied art at the University of California at Irvine and Fullerton College. After her husband’s graduation from Texas A&M, he got a job with Exxon. With each of many moves, Wooten found work at each location in jobs as varied a dental assistant to map making – along with raising two children along the way.
While working with the orphans in Russia Wooten found they had no concept of creativity. They were good with their hands, but had to be taught the idea of creating something of your own. She taught them creativity with almost a missionary zeal; even getting an art house in Houston to donate and ship a large case of materials. In Norway and Glasgow, Wooten taught art to homeschoolers.
Still with Exxon, her husband was transferred to Houston and then was sent to Angola. Wooten decided to stay in Texas and bought seven acres in Somerville where she took up residence with goats, sheep, chickens, guineas, ducks, geese and dogs that all came with the property. Wooten and a friend opened an art gallery in Somerville, a town that wasn’t quite ready to support the arts at that time. She gave short seminars about art at the local schools. Before leaving the area Wooten promoted a series of festivals, Arts at the Lake and initiated the Keep Texas Beautiful program in Somerville.
Wooten has studied at Chouinard and Glassell Art Schools and has taken many watercolor workshops. At the behest of her daughter-in-law, Wooten now lives in the hill country and has memberships in the Canyon Lake Art Guild, the New Braunfels Art league, the Fredericksburg Art Gallery and The Gallery at Round Top. She is an elite signature member of the Watercolor Art Society in Houston which requires having been juried into at least five international shows. She is a valued member of the Bulverde Area Arts Center. Check out her website at www.cheryls-art.com.
Kathleen McBride, Boerne Professional Artist, is the artist of the month exhibiting her works at Boerne Visitor Center during the month of December. According to Kathleen’s website: In the process of exploring the hand forged arts, Kathleen soon discovered a kindred connection to fire and glass first through glass fusing, then adding lamp (torch) work, and more recently kiln casting sculptures and glass blowing. “The richness and purity of color through the artistic medium of glass and its combinations along with the endless possibilities to create, allows me to feed a hungry part of my soul.” Kathleen’s original wall, window and free standing glass creations span a range from realism to abstract and from casual to refined elegance. “My art is my play time, my meditation time ... my reconnecting with me time. I want people to feel freedom, fun and flow when they view my work.”