Wimberley Goings-On In Mid-September

While I like to think that popular opinion has never really held sway over my generally rabble-rousing sense of perspective, what functions as my peanut gallery – a group of hyperintelligent friends who read my writing (which, they insist, is an enigmatic form of masochism), and like to give me advice/throw stones over cocktails after their collective perusal (which, I insist, is a pitiable form of sadism) – has spoken:  perhaps a little heavy on the grumpdom, and not timely enough.

Well, allrighty then.

So, I got me a double-whammy:  A preview that arrives almost three weeks prior to the event date, accompanied with an uncharacteristically gleaming positivity (as an allergic reaction to the CBB (Cantankerous, Bitchy Blogger) of last post, railing on Lora Reynolds’ latest collection from outside the gallery’s front window).

On September 18th and 19th, The Wimberley Valley Art League is hosting the 2009 Artist Studio Tour from 10am to 5 pm.

The artists that are welcoming you to their working environment over this weekend are:

Lilli Pell
Andre duRand
Bob Cook
Mary Fulton
Rodney Bursiel
Zanna James
Bill Meek
Ronnie Weeks
Sue Ellen Stavrand

I have intentionally not previewed the work before posting this blog, because I’d prefer to recommend it due to its hill country location, and it struck me as a pleasant counterpoint to the last blog posting of which I had little nice to say in the wake of seeing very little of the collection.   For those unaware, Wimberley is located about 45 minutes southwest of Austin, west of San Marcos.  Best known to musician folk like me as the ground upon which Willis Alan Ramsey first tread and wrote (and continues to write?) incredible songs , it’s the type of little town that has its own little trip with notta whole lotta shaking going on, and that’s exactly the point.  As a dearly beloved of mine said recently –

“…it’s not like anybody’s getting transferred to Wimberley…”

My last blog took great exception to the notion of the high art establishment of gallerys (and the publications that cover them) legitimizing – if not downright partying with – absurd, grandiose gestures of little meaning to anyone, beyond being self-congratulatory gestures to the artists, critics and gallery owners themselves.  I recommend this Studio Tour if only for the fact that it exists wholly separate from that way of thinking.

Folks live out in Wimberley because they want to, not because they have to.  And in the most ideal sense, I like to believe that said decision alone might make for interesting frames of mind and perspectives that would give way to some compelling, unique visual art.

Dig that weekend in mid-September, y’all…

also by CCGrady

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