SAINT MARK – Over the past 12 months, the Price Center Arts Committee has overseen the installation of 10 new permanent outdoor works of art in the Centre’s showcase garden. A special outdoor reception celebrating all the art is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to all, and live music by Gary Taylor and light refreshments will also be featured.
Art Garden Party guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists behind the works, including the two most recent installations, which will be dedicated at the reception. A colorful mural of local flora on the wall of Feltner Alley and three mosaic benches under the garden’s largest heritage pecan tree bring the current number of outdoor artworks in downtown greenspace to 11.
The two recent additions were funded by local owner and art enthusiast Melissa Hodgkins in memory of her late husband George Forrester. Local artist Michelle Wilson (Hagerty) created the walkway mural and the creative team behind River City Glassworks – Kat Welch and Sondra Kretschmar – were selected for the bench project. Everyone will have some of their small works of art available for purchase that day.
“The beauty of our garden space is that there is still something that blooms, grows or changes in some way, throughout the year,” said Clay DeStefano, General Manager. “Adding all this art helps make the spaces all the more appealing as greenery and flowers grow and recede around the original works throughout the year,” he added. “It’s almost like a secret garden because you discover something new every time.”
In addition to Diana, the beautiful painted mermaid sculpture that has graced the front corner of the Garden since 2018, the Center last spring added a mosaic bust, recycled glass wind chimes, a fused glass mobile, clay bees, ears cement elephant, a mosaic sundial, recycled flowers, and a living chair in the Garden area. A recently added winding path in the middle of the front garden also offers viewers the opportunity to admire the works while enjoying the magnificent plant specimens.
Funds to purchase the outdoor art came from direct donations and proceeds from rotating community art exhibits that are created, organized, and directed by the Price Center’s Arts Committee. The San Marcos Arts Commission provides some funding for the shows.
For more information about art exhibits at the Price Center, please call 512-392-2900, stop by the Center at 222 W. San Antonio St., or visit price-center.org or Facebook @ Price Center & Garden.