Feb 01, 2016 08:38AM
● By Dia
Southlake Town Hall. Sixteen years ago, the Southlake Women’s Club started Art in the Square as a way to raise funds for the community and showcase renowned and emerging artists. Collecting more than $2 million in donations along the way, the event has obviously been a huge suc- cess, one that the community looks forward to each year. (And, by the way, it’s been ranked as the No. 8 arts festival in the U.S. according to ArtsFair Sourcebook.)
Though the festival won’t happen ’til April, The Strokes of Art in the Square kicks off the celebration with an event featuring visual arts, music, food and wine. Art in the Square is a juried art competition, meaning that the more than 150 featured artists have been carefully selected from among the many hundreds of applicants. At this kick-off event, the public will have the opportunity to view some of these featured artists and cast their votes for the coveted 2016 People’s Choice winner.
Last year, Austin artist David Bjurstrom took home the prize with his drawing entitled “Windmill.” It’s easy to see why: Looking at the highly intricate graphic pencil drawing of a windmill, it’s hard to tell that it is a drawing and not a photograph. Since last year was his first year at the festival, Bjurstrom says winning the People’s Choice Award made him feel welcomed in the community. And this year, as a result, his work will be featured on the commemorative t-shirts.
The Strokes of Art in the Square event is co-sponsored by the Southlake Arts Council, Art in the Square/Southlake Women’s Club and Apex Arts League, a charitable organization that promotes art, artists and art education in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Are you ready to embrace the arts? We sure are.
Date: February 21
Location: Southlake Town Hall