'3 Ponies,' first new Sculpture on Main sale

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With the three-piece sculpture installation, '3 Ponies,' are members of the board of directors of Highland Lakes Creative Arts (HLCA), Sherri White and Carolyn Bates, and the sculptor, Johnny Shipman. The colorful metal sculpture from Sculpture on Main in Marble Falls is the first of the year-long exhibition to be sold.

Highland Lakes Creative Arts (HLCA) has announced the first purchase in the permanent sculpture installation initiative of Sculpture on Main.

Eleven sculptures were introduced at the opening of the 11th annual event Dec. 2. Although entries in the show remain on exhibit along Marble Falls' Main Street, all are for sale.

The colorful set of metal sculptures, “3 Ponies” by Johnny Shipman has been purchased by an anonymous donor who already has named the three to represent family residences. The stallion will be named Kosse for a Limestone County family ranch, the mare will be called Dallas and the colt will be Rocky, for a Rockport residence.

Shipman has exhibited all over the Central Texas Area and several years in the Sculpture on Main event, selling several premier pieces to local patrons.

Highland Lakes Creative Arts board member Carolyn Bates said, “the arts is so appreciative of this generous donation and patron for their interest in continuing to support their vision and mission.”

HLCA was formed in 2016, with a vision to support and promote all of the creative and performing arts in the Highland Lakes. Sculpture on Main is one of the opportunities it is organizion for experiencing all types of creativity, “bringing opportunities that open minds” and connecting students and teachers to HLCA.

“HLCA would like to say a huge thank you to the over 4,000 people who have made their first year successful beyond their expectations,” said Bates. “Social Media 'Friending,' posting, contact interest to the arts organization, memberships, donors, sponsors, volunteers – the arts so appreciate everyone who is sharing their vision, commitment and collaborative efforts.

HLCA is contacting local businesses and art patrons to encourage their interest in purchasing or commissioning works for Sculpture on Main. These significant installations, as desired by the purchaser, will be featured on a future Sculpture Trail Map for the Highland Lakes, along with major marketing and advertising, Bates said.

“For individuals, this initiative offers an opportunity to select a premier work and financially donate to a non-profit that is in alignment with their artistic passion,” she said. “Thirty percent of the purchase price is donated to sponsor all of HLCA non-profit initiatives. Additionally, the Sculpture Trail Map will further HLCA focus on Marble Falls and the Highland Lakes area as being 'The Art Destination for the State of Texas.'”

To learn more about HLCA, visit their website: www.hlcarts.com, and to become a member to enjoy 'members only' events.

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