Colleyville Courier, April 30, 2012

Art in the Square is a Feast for the Senses

Anyone who winds around the city’s roundabouts is familiar with Jane DeDecker’s sculptures, but Art in the Square showcased her work even more.

DeDecker, a sculptor, traveled from Loveland, Co. by airplane, but had assistants haul several big sculptures to Southlake Town Square for the event. She set up on the northwest corner of Rustin Park, next to where the city placed her poignant statue, “The Ties That Bind” in which a father is tying his son’s shoelace.

“It’s kind of nice to see how people are receiving it,” DeDecker said. “I think it’s nice for them to get to know me a little better.”

It’s her first time at Art in the Square, which drew thousands to the city over the weekend. The event, put on by the Southlake Women’s Club, has grown since it started in 2000. It was ranked 8th out of 100 art shows in the country by ArtsFair Sourcebook, a national listing of juried art shows and craft fairs.

Whether it’s a father and son heading off to fish or a mother and daughter playing patty cake, DeDecker said most of her artwork captures a universal glimpse of family life.

“It’s a positive message about my life here on earth. I love family,” she said.

Louis Cantillo’s booth was another that stood out with high definition photographs of his European travels on panoramic canvases.

The Scottsdale, Ariz. resident said Southlake’s is the best of about 20 art shows he enters each year. He’s missed only one since they began, he said.

“If they were all like this I’d be a millionaire by now,” he said. “This is a good venue and it’s got the right kind of people, the right location as far as people looking for unique artwork.”