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Sculpture on Main Street Fest is Nov. 9-10

Sculpture on Main in Marble Falls features an outdoor art exhibit along downtown streets. This year's display kicks off with the Street Fest on Nov. 9-10. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Part of creating art is drawing inspiration from the world around you. And hosting a major art exhibit in a public space is really no different as Highland Lakes Creative Arts members pulled from other sculpture displays when it came to this year’s Sculpture on Main.

“It’s going to be better than ever,” said Bill Rives about Sculpture on Main, an outdoor art display in downtown Marble Falls. “We made some connections this year with the Texas Society of Sculptors, and that led us to some new ideas. We’re not recreating what we saw in other towns but just making some new connections and spicing things up here.”

The big addition this year is the Sculpture on Main Street Fest on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, in downtown Marble Falls. The free event is 3-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. It’s open to the public.

Several members of the Texas Society of Sculptors will display and sell their work during Street Fest. Some of the artists whose work Highland Lakes Creative Arts selected for the 2018-19 Sculpture on Main will also attend, so it’s an opportunity for people to meet the sculptors and hear where they got their inspiration. You can even watch a stone carver in action.

“We’ve partnered up with the Halfpennys at the Uptown Art House, and they’ll be open so you can go in there and buy a beer or some wine and come on over to the big tent across the street, a sip and stroll,” Rives said. “We’ve even lined up the one-and-only Pauline Reese to come out and perform both days.”

Reese will take the stage from 5-7 p.m. Friday and 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

Highland Lakes Creative Arts created Street Fest after learning about Round Rock’s Sculpt Fest in a roundabout way. Several board members were visiting Georgetown, which also has an outdoor sculpture display downtown, when a Texas Society of Sculptors member told them they needed to check out Sculpt Fest, which is held every spring.

The idea of Marble Falls Street Fest sprang from those conversations and visits.

The heart of Sculpture on Main remains the art that becomes part of downtown Marble Falls for the next year or two. Highland Lakes Creative Arts puts out the call for entries across the country and beyond, which brings in a number of creative, talented artists. A committee selects the sculptures, which are then installed around downtown Marble Falls.

This year, along with two permanent pieces, Sculpture on Main will have 14 sculptures.

The only hiccup this year is the actual installation. Organizers had planned to install the new pieces in the weeks before Street Fest, but city of Marble Falls crews — which do the installation — have been busy cleaning up from the Oct. 16 flood.

“All the artists have been so understanding about it when we told them what was happening,” Rives said. “We’re hoping to get the new sculptures installed the week after Thanksgiving.

“But Street Fest is still a go,” he added. “What a great way to celebrate the arts and just enjoy downtown Marble Falls. I encourage anyone who hasn’t been in downtown Marble Falls in the past three, six, or more months to come down and see just all the great things happening here.”

Street Fest, he added, is a great time to do just that.

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