CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — The right sculpture in the right place has a way of changing the landscape.
“My wife liked the piece. It brightens up the front yard and adds color to the landscape,” said Mark McCary, a Marble Falls attorney. “The glass catches the sun and does very nice rays.”
McCary purchased the sculpture, titled Lollipop’s III, and displays it in front of the couple’s business at 600 Ave. G.
The piece was part of the 2012 Sculpture on Main exhibit, which featured about 30 sculptures on loan and for sale by artists from across the country.
The seventh annual Sculpture on Main and Quick Draw Plein Air Competition on Oct. 18-19 will feature nearly two dozen new pieces installed along and around Main Street.
From steel and rock to glass and bronze, the classical and abstract pieces come in all shapes and sizes and range in price from $1,000 to $60,0000.
“It was quite reasonable. It is very unique,” said McCary of his purchase. “It’s a great way to introduce folks to art and the creativity that is out there.”
WHAT: Sculpture on Main Exhibit and Quick Draw Plein Air Competition
WHEN: Unveiling is Oct. 18-19 with reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and Sip N Stroll 2-6 p.m. Oct 19
WHERE: Sculptures and Sip N Stroll in downtown Marble Falls; reception at Visitors Center, 100 Ave. G
COST: Display is free; reception is $25; Sip N Stroll is $20
FOR MORE: www.sculptureonmain.com
Julia Adams, events coordinator for the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, said the installation of 26 new pieces will begin Oct. 17 for the upcoming exhibit.
“It attracts the artist community for anyone who likes art and sculptures,” she said. “Last year, we had five sculptures that were sold, which is great.”
This year, organizers have added a plein air (outdoor) art competition, where a dozen artists will compete by capturing downtown images in a 90-minute period.
Also, organizers changed the location of the artist’s reception.
The reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Visitors Center, 100 Ave. G. The cost is $25 per person.
On Oct. 19, Sip N Stroll is 2-6 p.m. and costs $20 for wine and hors d’oeuvres during a tour of sculptures along the exhibit route in downtown Marble Falls.
Maps will be available in the 200 block of Main Street. Live music is planned at Third and Main streets. Visitors can sponsor a sculpture for $150.
The public can tour downtown for free.
Adams said, over the years, the exhibit has helped mold Marble Falls into an art destination as well as created an economic boost for the community.
“Marble Falls, because of where it’s nestled, is a good place to come visit. But, because it’s a small town, it has that good feeling,” she said. “(Visitors and artists) come here and stay here, helping our local business.”
Go to www.sculptureonmain.com for more information. The sculptures remain on display throughout the year.