4th of July Celebration, Creativity, Debra Hadsall, Sara Winters, Uncategorized, Young Women

Art and a Hill Country 4th of July Celebration

 

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Two years ago I was seeking refuge in an art gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.  The whole 4th of July joy for me was being reduced by all the tourists who frequent the Berg on holidays and the downtown area was packed, even in the Texas heat. It all seemed a little overdone and commercial.  So I slipped into a beautiful little oasis at an art gallery.  The gallery describes its purpose to be: Graceful Discoveries. Finding something special that satisfies your senses, speaks to your soul, and fills your heart with joy.  My husband and I found that to be true There I met a local artist, Sara Winters.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because I posted about it on the 4th in 2015.  Some things are worth repeating.

The change of pace and the feel of the gallery was noticeable.  We landed at the right place to reframe the celebration of our country’s independence.All this freedom we enjoy was better displayed for me in the artwork, including Sara’s little painting which is shown above (it’s since been sold).  I found this piece to be simple and nostalgic in a meaningful way.  More authentic, simple,  and colorful in a perfect way, than the  commercialism flash and noise usually associated with the 4th.

I think I love her painting even more because she is such an interesting person and she spent time with me showing some of her other pieces.  Sara stands out among the other artists to me because she is a young woman with small children and is self taught.  Her studio is not in town, but out in the country where barns have multiple uses.

To have art placed in the gallery where we met, the artist has to be really good at what she or he does.  So, my amateur art appreciation opinion of Sara’s work is validated by experts.

Happy 4th and I thank Sara for the afternoon that has led to us still being in touch off and on for the last two years.  Our visit even inspired me and some other women to go with a group of middle school students to the gallery.  It was an amazing experience for everyone.

I see the afternoon in the gallery with so much art about nature and people as the way we truly are in the United States in our normal day-to-day living.  The story of freedom, and all that we are offered were apparent to me that afternoon.   We have the freedom to pursue our dreams.   It doesn’t have to be all noise and splash to be enjoyable.  It can be found in a small painting and a conversation with someone who is new to us and may have abilities we don’t have, but can enjoy and appreciate.

Happy 4th of July.

 

 

 

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4th of July Celebration, Creativity, Debra Hadsall, Sara Winters, Uncategorized, Young Women

Art and a Hill Country 4th of July Celebration

 

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Having an author’s blog feels like a luxury.  My other blogs and websites are targeted for a specific purpose. This one is my go-to place when I experience something personal that touches me and is so special that I sense others might like to share the experience.

This post is celebrates our annual 4th of July holiday. It’s about how a quick stop to a local art gallery can remind us all about the beauty of our country, and the amazing talent of our artists and business owners.

My husband and I were escaping the summer heat (and the added holiday tourists blocking Main Street) in Fredericksburg, Texas. We stopped by Whistle Pik Galleries during the city-wide monthly Art Walk. The Fredericksburg area attracts a lot of artists and those who appreciate art. Whistle Pik’s tagline is: Graceful Discoveries. Finding something special that satisfies your senses, speaks to your soul, and fills your heart with joy.  We found that to be true.

Going to an art gallery is a great alternative to the normal 4th of July activities.  There is also an added bonus in Fredericksburg because the galleries offer complimentary sampling of wines from the local wineries along with amazing artwork.  Often the artists are in the galleries and we met one, Sara Winters, who spent time telling us about her paintings which are being showed in this lovely gallery. We learned about her huge painting titled Wimberley.  Please click here to view a photo of this interesting piece of art.

The Wimberley painting is 48″x60″.  For those of us who aren’t artists, it is hard to imagine painting something so intricate and large. The logistics of working with such a big surface are pretty interesting. Sara is an accomplished self-taught artist.  She is also one of the youngest artists I have met on our visits to galleries.

The painting is stunning and feels very Texas Hill County. Now it is also a part of Texas history. Wimberley is one of the small and very charming towns in the Hill Country which was literally swept away recently by the Blanco river. The water rose quickly creating a fierce flood that flowed with great speed and power without consideration for anything in its path.  Lives were lost, homes destroyed, and the beautiful trees which seem so rooted and grand in Sara’s painting, are now broken and damaged.

Sara’s stunning artwork is one reminder of what was.  The photos she showed us of how the trees look today are the reality of what remains.

This 4th of July, I celebrate artists, art galleries, and the Texas Hill Country.  I celebrate a painting which not only captures the unusual strength of old and strong trees, but serves for all times as a striking visual reminder of a beautiful spot in Wimberley, Texas,  as it looked before the river roared through.

Sara had a smaller painting titled The Fourth and Flowers which you may view by clicking here.  It seems appropriate to give you an opportunity to enjoy this too on the day we celebrate our freedom and independence!

Enjoy!