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WIMBERLEY ROTARY CLUB STEPS UP TO THE PLATE
WITH ARTS SCHOLARSHIP GALA

Ros HillEllen BermanJimmy Harwell


As school budgets tighten, the visual and performing arts are the first to suffer...

Wimberley is blessed with an abundance of renowned artists and talented young people. After observing the widening of a void between need and resources, the Rotary Club of Wimberley initiated an Arts Scholarship Gala whose proceeds go 100% towards the arts and youth enrichment programs in the Wimberley Community.

This festive event will take place on Friday night April 16, 2004 at The Historic Fischer Hall. According to Warren Gilbert, art gala chairman, the evening will be a lot of fun. Cactus Pryor will be the evening's Master of Ceremonies. Ten artists will be present with their work. 

Altogether,  seventeen pieces of art will be auctioned throughout the evening, expected to bring in bids from the hundreds to thousands of dollars. 

Auction items include a Weeks Rocker as seen in Texas Monthly and offered by furniture maker Gary Weeks. This rocking chair is Gary's original design and the signature piece of Gary Weeks and Company. Every curve, contour, angle, and dimension was generated by its contribution to comfort, every joint tested for strength and longevity and every view refined as sculpture. Every surface is finished to delight the hand.

Rotary Club President Todd Mackenzie said, "I am going after one of these rockers! The bidding will start at $750.00 and these chairs retail for more than $2000, not to mention the fact that they are absolutely beautiful."

Jimmy Harwell is offering three of his sculptures for charity auction. Harwell's sculpture is three-dimensional life form in welded steel or cast bronze. Each piece is hand sculpted and of original designs often life sized and always mesmerizing; his technique allows him to work the metal as if it were clay. The resulting texture offers the viewer to look and touch and watch: the roadrunner catching, the egret fishing, the lizard as he climbs to his dinner. " We are thrilled to have Harwell's work as part of our auction," says committee member and Emily Ann Theater Director Ann Rollings.

Ellen Berman, one of Wimberley's most renowned artists, is offering her painting Two Pomegranates for auction. This is an absolutely beautiful piece, according to Gilbert. Ellen Berman says of her work, "...painting pictures of objects from the most ordinary worlds - the table, the kitchen, the grocery store - allows me to look at these objects long and differently. In a way, it's like trying to live an examined life. It's paying attention. The challenge becomes how to transcend the ordinary." Berman's work is highly collectible.

The evening will be very exciting and entertaining. The auction will include several musical interludes with performances by The Little Divas and opportunities to mingle with the artists, friends and neighbors who share the desire to support the arts and youth enrichment.

Artist Bill Meek is offering for auction one of his unique and beautiful glass sculptures for which he has become known. Meek says that he is happy to be a part of the project and is excited that a portion of the proceeds will support Arts for the Heart, a program to which he and his wife Valerie volunteer a great deal of their time.

Wade Butler, wildlife artist, has offered and is painting a special piece for the auction. Butler's first medium was graphite pencil; after learning to create strong pencil wildlife drawings and gradually improving his drawing skills, he began hand-tinting prints of his pencil drawings to learn more about color and eventually moved into opaque watercolor paintings. Butler introduced himself to water mixable oils and bronze sculpture and now creates paintings in gouache and water mixable oils and has produced two bronze sculptures. He has exhibited in many of the most prestigious wildlife art shows in the United States including the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina; the Ducks Unlimited Wildlife Show in Kansas City, Missouri and the Oklahoma Wildlife Art Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wade Butler has offered and is painting a special piece for the auction.

Other artists participating are Tim deJong, Rodney Bursiel, and popular illustrator, Ros Hill. There is also a very interesting and unique mixed media abstract piece by Bale Creek Allen, and a beautiful watercolor by Suzanne McBride.

The menu is awesome and will feature quail and New York Strip. Tickets for the event are $75. and can be purchased by calling any member of the Rotary Club of Wimberley or Terrie Bursiel at All Wimberley Lodging (512-847-3909). Checks, cash, and most major credit cards are accepted. 

The goal of this event is to raise $10,000 to support the arts and youth enrichment programs in Wimberley through art scholarships, support of programs such as Arts for the Heart and the Emily Ann Theater, Cultural Youth Exchange Programs and the visual and performing art programs in our local schools. "With the community's support I know we will surpass out goal," says Gilbert.

Join the team the team and help support arts at Fischer Hall on April 16th. Y'all come!

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