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Sculpture on Main unveiling Dec. 2

Sculpture on Main unveils the new exhibits on Dec. 2 in downtown Marble Falls. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

MARBLE FALLS — Organizers of the Sculpture on Main have shaken things up a bit this year, but all for the best.

"We moved the unveiling and kickoff to December," said Carolyn Bates of Highland Lakes Creative Arts. "We did that for a couple of reasons. One was there was so much going on in October (the previous opening date), we didn't want it to get lost. But we also think by moving it back to December, we can take advantage of the Christmas and holiday season. We know there are a lot of people in town that weekend."

Sculpture on Main is an outdoor art celebration that runs all year, but the new 11 pieces of art are officially "unveiled" on Friday, Dec. 2. City crews and sculptors have already installed several pieces, but more are on the way.

This marks the exhibit’s 10th year, and organizers believe it will be one of the best.

"We really tried to raise the bar in not only the art we get but the attention we get from the art world and around the country," Bates said.

The innovative exhibit has helped put Marble Falls on the art world map, drawing art fans and casual observers but also demonstrating to other communities how it's done.

Most of the pieces are on Main Street, but a smaller exhibit and art programs are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. that day at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista.

"We'll have some smaller pieces on display in the pavilion," Bates said. "But there will also be music and art demonstrations."

This year's Sculpture on Main judge, Susan Norris, will give one of the demonstrations as will other artists. The event during the day at the pavilion is free and open to the public.

Highland Lakes Creative Arts is also hosting Meet the Artist reception at the pavilion starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $65 each.

The reception also features paella on the patio by local chef Rafael Garcia, Choccolatte’s famous custom desserts and gourmet holiday bar, wine, and live music. Plus, the Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park will serve as a backdrop to the event.

Tickets can be purchased at hlcarts.com.

"On Friday, we'll have volunteers at the pavilion and on Main Street who can answer questions and help out with Sculpture on Main information," Bates said. "We're excited about Sculpture on Main, what it means to the local art community, what it means to the city, and how it really celebrates the arts here in the Highland Lakes."

And if you miss the events and activities Dec. 2, you have the rest of the year to explore the Sculpture on Main pieces.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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