Boerne's first Art al Fresco Public Art Exhibition opened in the fall of 2015. A temporary exhibit, Art al Fresco is an "art on loan" program consisting of 9 chosen pieces which incorporate a variety of materials including welded steel, bronze, blown glass, and others.
Created by the City of Boerne and juried by the Public Art Competition Committee, Art al Fresco is a walkable adventure for visitors and residents and is located throughout the city's historic downtown-known as Boerne's Hill Country Mile-and along Boerne's Trail system.
What's more, the City of Boerne wants your input! Visit the link below and help pick "Boerne's Choice" by voting for your favorite sculpture. The artist voted "Boerne's Choice" will be recognized by the City at the close of the competition.
Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures is a biennial exhibition and sale intended to raise awareness and promote conservation of the hill country’s natural resources. Juried artists are paired with land owners and given access to private property to create artwork inspired by experiencing the land. The exhibition was at Cibolo Nature Center in April in conjunction with Boerne Professional Artists’ Parade of Artists. In the next few columns I will feature the winning artists.
On Saturday, July 11 Carriage House Gallery, COSAS, J.R. Mooney Gallery and Texas Treasures Gallery/River South Art & Design Center in Boerne will stay open until 8:00 p.m. for the monthly Second Saturday Art and Wine Tour. A free shuttle is available. For information and a map go to www.secondsaturdayartandwine.com.
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.
We’ve set a tentative schedule for our 2017 mini-workshops. They include:
January 14th - Julie Jarvis - Creative Journaling
February 11th - Bill Hensley - Intermediate Sketching
March 11th - Don Darst – Oil Painting
April 15th - Marin Phillips - Plein Aire
May 13th - Kristen LaRue - Soul Storyteller
June 10th - Paula Lay – Watercolors