First Friday Art Walk coming Aug. 4, logo contest closing

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Shops and galleries on Marble Falls Main Street will host First Friday Art Walk Friday, Aug. 4, and, on the same night, a winner is to be chosen in logo contest organizers are sponsoring.

Even visitors on a getaway weekend for Highland Lakes fun in the sun can appreciate stepping out of the heat 5-8 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and seeing something new. The town has three galleries devoted strictly to art—Galleries on Pecan Creek in Old Oak Square, Marta Stafford Fine Art and the Highland Arts Guild Gallery—but art and handmade items line the walls of downtown gift stores staying open late as well.

“Some people were surprised to find so much art,” said Ruth Peterson, proprietor of Trendz at 203 Main Street. “We served refreshments for the first two events and we will again Aug. 4.”

A number of shops offer jewelry and items handcrafted by artists from all over the state. That includes Creations by Diana at 215 Main Street.

“I make jewelry and design all kinds of things in the shop myself,” said Diana Penales, the shop's owner. “We are a 'unique boutique'.”

Of course, the length of Main Street outdoors is a gallery of sorts, lined with entries in the annual Sculpture on Main exhibit sponsored by Highland Lakes Creative Arts (www.hlcarts.com).

Logo Contest

“A call has gone out to anyone interested, to submit an original logo design, to be used in advertising the Marble Falls First Friday Art Walks,” said local artist and Art Walk volunteer Betty Biesler. “There is only one rule: for it to be an original design.

“Take the finished logo to The Galleries at Pecan Creek in Old Oak Square, 309 Main Street, before Aug. 4.”

Biesler said copies of the five best logo entries will be distributed to participating galleries and merchants so visitors can vote for their favorite. The winning piece will make its debut representing the events in September.

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