Boerne Art al Fresco

art al fresco

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.

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Best Of Show

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.

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Boerne Performing Arts continues to bring exceptional professional international performing arts to the hill country with the announcement of their 2018 season. Previews of these world-class performing artists are available at, where you can download a 2018 Season Ticket Order Form for the three-concert series and special event. Or you can call 830-331-9079 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All performances will be at 7:30pm at the state-of-the-art Boerne Champion Auditorium.

Perhaps the highest level of musicianship that has been presented by Boerne Performing Arts will be a total of 35 virtuoso musicians performing a full concert ranging from Broadway – to Ragtime – to full orchestration of the classics. These extraordinary musicians are the acclaimed Accordion Virtuosi of Russia and will perform in Boerne on February 15, 2018. The accordion is a very highly-regarded, respected and revered instrument in Russia, and Boerne will get to enjoy this amazing performance by an ensemble that began in 1943, during the siege of Leningrad.

Boerne Performing Arts has presented artists from North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia ... and for the first time they will be introducing artists from a new continent ... South America on January 23, 2018. Direct from Buenos Aires, Tango Fire will sizzle on stage with their twelve spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians, as their show promises an electrifying evening that showcases some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the dance business!

The overwhelming favorite show that has been experienced by the FOR KIDS programs offered by Boerne Performing Arts is the TAO drummers from Japan. With an all-new show, “Drumheart”, the internationally acclaimed percussion artists who have transfixed audiences worldwide, will be back to mesmerize another 1,000 students (plus 1,000 concertgoers at the evening show) with their modern, magical and mystifying performance hallmarking the ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming on April 13, 2018.

With numerous requests for a repeat performance by the vocal wonders from down under, a special event has been added to the three-concert series that will feature The Ten Tenors in their brand new show, “Wish You Were Here!” This musical tribute is a celebration of musical legends lost before their time. Honoring artists from David Bowie to Amy Winehouse to John Lennon, The Ten Tenors will take you on a feel-good excursion through some of the world’s greatest hits on February 20, 2018.



“John Cody” is a heartwarming, humorous tale about John and his friend Beau who experience (in John’s mind anyway) a trek to join up with a trail drive circa 1871. Set in the 1980’s, James Earl’s “John Cody” is an engaging tale with adventure and danger that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. James’ goal now is to obtain financing to have it produced as an independent film. Any assistance our readers can provide in suggesting investors would be highly appreciated! A four and a half minute mock trailer is currently available on You Tube (search “John Cody Trailer”). Filmed in and around Boerne, the trailer features supportive friends Mick Mikulenka, Bill James, Glynn Praesel, Tema Palmer, Mike Davis and Jonathan Cluck, with Dan Palmer as cinematographer and editor.

James has written several stage plays in past years to include “Trail Drive 1871” which played both at the Josephine and Charline McCombs Empire Theater in 2000 and 2001 respectively, as well as co-writing “Wake up Jacob!” with Greater Tuna Theater’s Corky Williams which premiered at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville in 2006. Additional works include ”Centauro”, “Heart of Gray”, “Old Bastard”, “Pard” and “Brown’s Bills.”

Many may recall James performing for a number of years with his band the Arbuckle Boys, for which he was front man and lead singer using the stage name Jim Chilcote. Portraying a cowboy band of the 1870’s, they maintained a busy schedule playing conventions, fairs and private parties, singing for the likes of President (then Governor) George W. Bush, Governor Rick Perry, and former First Lady ”Lady Bird” Johnson, to name a few.

James’ full time employment these days is with the city of Fair Oaks Ranch as Building Official, but spends the bulk of his free time fleshing out new ideas for future screenplays. Please check out the “John Cody Trailer” on You Tube, post a comment, and help James get this wonderful screenplay filmed! Contact James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Art Waddle & Art In The Park

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.

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Art & Conservation People’s Choice Award

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.”

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Arts In The Hill Country

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.

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Salina Loriaux and Keith Klabon, Military Vets who are Art Therapists, will be featured in July at the Carriage House Gallery on Rosewood Avenue in Boerne. They will be showing and selling their artwork and sharing stories of their use of art as therapy for disabled veterans. Scheduled speaking times for Saturday, July 8 are Keith at 6 p.m. and Salina at 7 p.m.

Salina Loriaux graduated with Honors from Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. After experiencing 9/11, Salina enlisted in the United States Army and graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California as a Korean Linguist. She served as a Korean Linguist, Intelligence Analyst in the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. During her military service, her husband was medically evacuated from Afghanistan and became a Warrior in Transition Unit Soldier (WTU) at Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC). Her time spent at BAMC as a service member and military spouse reignited her passion for the healing arts.

She went on to pursue a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, graduating with a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Art Therapy and Creativity Development and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. Salina is currently the resident Art Therapist at San Antonio Behavior Healthcare Hospital treating the adult and adolescent populations.

Salina uses acrylic paint and mixed media, applying a texture as a base, adding more throughout the execution of the piece and using wet and dry brush technique to add dimension and contrast.

Keith Klabon was born in Chicago Illinois on February 1,1969. He grew up mostly in the mountains outside Golden Colorado on a small ranch. Keith is a disabled Navy Veteran with seventeen years of service as a Naval Air crewman and Ordinance man. His paintings of murals and aircraft were created for various spaces and squadrons while serving abroad, mainly in the Pacific regions.

While on active duty Keith studied Landscape design, horticulture and professional piloting at numerous universities and colleges. After being injured on active duty, Keith focused on a variety of art mediums and studied art for twelve years at several universities, colleges and art institutions.

A reenactor of the Texas Revolution and American Mexican War and an aviation enthusiast, Keith lives and works in San Antonio. Keith works with limestone, steel, copper and wood in addition to doing work in ceramics.



Have you made the public art walking tour yet? As part of the City of Boerne’s public art master plan, new installations of temporary public art for 2017 are displayed throughout Boerne’s Hill Country Mile and Boerne’s Trail System. The sculptures are for sale and the City of Boerne will purchase at least one for the permanent collection. The public is also invited to vote for their favorites. Maps are available in the City offices, the Chamber and various locations throughout Boerne. There is also a Otocast App that can be loaded to your phone so you can listen to a description about each piece as you walk along the paths featuring the sculptures. The Boerne newspapers are also featuring a photo and description of each installation.

Email Connie McFall Clark if you have a success story or event to share.

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Boerne, TX 78006

Phone: (210) 269-8349

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The Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCArts) is a 501c3, non-profit organization that has been nationally recognized as a regional Business Committee for the Arts (BCA)...

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