Uptown Art Center director Rebecca Doll updated members of the Blanco Woman’s Club on center classes at their monthly meeting February 13 at the Blanco Library. Art Department chair Peggy Welch, wearing a Mardi Gras mask and tossing beads to the members, explained that she had created the mask at a recent Mardi Gras party at the center.
Giving a little background on herself, Doll explained that she has moved to Blanco with her family and that “things have been moving into place miraculously” since the first of the year, with classes already underway, taught by 11 “gifted instructors.”
Doll assured members that it is not too late to enroll in a class or to suggest a class by calling the center or coming by. A listing of classes can be found on the center’s web site, uptownblanco.com/artcenter. The center, housed in a historic building on Third Street, includes a clay studio and three other studios for drawing, photography, painting, and paper-making classes.
The paper-making class will be coordinated with Blanco’s annual Lavender Festival, incorporating lavender into the paper. Doll explained that dryer lint can be used to make paper and encouraged members to start saving it. What Doll terms “life art” classes such as macramé’ and crocheting will also be offered.
The center also serves as a gallery, with art and sculpture pieces available for viewing and sale. Fine art supplies and children’s art supplies are available for those who wish to buy locally and avoid a trip to Austin or San Antonio. Instructors include local residents Marcia Cash, Joanne Evett, and sculptor Bob Gottschall.
Civic Department chair Shirley Beck announced an Upcoming Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Woman’s Club on April 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Blanco County Court House. Local groups will speak on what is going on in the community.
Blanco Library Board member Gwen Risinger brought plans for the proposed Blanco Library, expressing her pleasure at progress made on the new building, which is anticipated to cost around $5 million. President Nell Krueger added that most of the money raised at last December’s Silver Tea for the library expansion was donated by Woman’s Club members.
Blanco County Sesquicentennial chair Sue McFarlin gave members an overview of events planned during 2008, beginning with a re-enactment of the arrival of the first four Blanco families in covered wagons on March 8. Events of the day will also include a re-enactment at the Old Blanco County Courthouse of the charter creating Blanco County. Members voted to assist as hostesses in events throughout the year. Member Suzette Connell brought her design for the sesquicentennial, a cowboy hat surrounded by bluebonnets and the slogan: “Blanco County: 150 Years of Friendly.” Members were also reminded that March 8 is the date set for Texas Authors: A Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gem of the Hills Community Center.
After the meeting was adjourned, guests Charlene Pace and Elizabeth Higganbotham, as well as associate member Edythe Knox, were greeted by members. Hostesses Mary Jane Holden, Kathleen Inglish, Vickie Pautz, and Millie Jones served finger sandwiches (some in the shape of hearts), a fruit platter, and a veggie tray, along with spiced tea and coffee. The table was decorated in a Valentine motif with white, red, lavender, and pink anemones and ranunculus from the Arnosky Flower Farm.