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.”
Now in its thirteenth year Art in the Square in Southlake is a weekend full of food, friends, fun and of course art. Ranked number eight in the United States Art in the Square has become one of the most sought after art events by artists across the country.
“There’s oil paintings,” said Samantha Munns, Chair of Art in the Square. “There’s sculptures. There’s photography. There’s jewelry. We had over seven hundred applications again this year. It’s becoming so popular now. This year even our wait list we didn’t even have to touch it because every artist turned up. They were so glad that they had been chosen.”
“I’m very impressed with what’s here already,” said artist Stephen Baldauf. “It looks great. It looks like a really nice show.”
The Southlake Women’s Club hopes to have a great turn out this year and raise even more money than last year. Art in the Square lasts through this Sunday evening.
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Officials with Art in the Square know their festival is growing in popularity.
The Art Fair SourceBook guide ranks Art in the Square as the No. 8 art festival — out of 600 — in the nation.
And more than 700 artists applied for space in this year’s show.
But perhaps the most visible proof came Thursday, when artinthesquare.com crashed under a “massive traffic slam.”
“We were getting 10,000 hits an hour this morning. It crashed it,” said Terri Messing, artist chair of Art in the Square. “Part of me thinks, ‘Oh that’s really bad.’ But another part of me says, ‘Wow, that’s a lot.'”
Service was restored later in the day — just in time for today’s opening.
Nice weather, a major band and, of course, quality artwork is the recipe for what organizers hope is the most successful Art in the Square yet.
The 13th annual Art in the Square will take place Friday through Sunday at Southlake Town Square. Times are 4-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Southlake Women’s Club, the event will feature about 145 national and local artists, as well as entertainment that includes a performance by country star Chris Cagle. “With the weather predicted to be phenomenal and with everyone excited about Chris Cagle, I think we’ll have a good crowd,” said Carmen Evans, the event sponsorship chairwoman. Evans said previous events have drawn between 35,000 and 50,000 people over three days. “We’re recognizing how much of a draw we’re getting from outside of Southlake,” Evans said. “More than 50 percent of the people we have surveyed are from outside Southlake.” Evans said that new digital billboards to promote the event have helped spread the word even more. The type of art available has also been a draw. This year’s event will include 2D medium, 3D relief and sculpture from traditional bronze, outdoor metal, multimedia decorative sculpture and photographic art. One highlight will be the oil artwork from Stephen Sebastian, who has been named the Art in the Square’s 2012 Artist of the Year. There will also be a local youth juried exhibit. “I think what makes this so popular is the quality of art,” said Samantha Munns, event chairwoman. “We have 700 artists apply for 150 spots. Not only that, but it’s the entertainment we have, as well as the location. We keep it pretty contained.” The free event will also include children’s activities.
Art in the Square organizers announce that Art in the Square will be held April 27-29, 2012 at Southlake Town Square. Art in the Square has been recently rated as the Number 8 Fine Arts Festival in the Country by The Art Fair SourceBook. This is a two decade old national publication and guide to the Best Juried Art & Craft Fairs in the United States. They publish to art lovers and buyers, exhibiting artist and art show organizers.
The Art Fair SourceBook each year rates festivals by surveys submitted by exhibiting artists and art show organizers. Ratings determine success based on net average sales. Art in the Square has been rated in the top 100 festivals, and this elite status rating is the highest rating in 12 years….
“As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.” This quote from Victor Hugo sums up how the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation feels about good causes in its community. For the past dozen years, the group has helped out Northeast Tarrant County nonprofits to the tune of $1.5 million, and the plan is to continue to share the money raised by Art in the Square each spring.
All of us at Southlake Style whole-heartedly agree with Mayor Terrell. Since the inception of our award in 2009 we have been honored to recognize individuals like inaugural winner, Brian Stebbins, and last year’s winner, Judge Brad Bradley who have made long-standing and significant contributions to our community. Continuing our tradition, we are proud to acknowledge Southlake Women’s Club with our third annual Community Impact Award for their unsurpassed dedication to service and devotion to charitable giving in our community.
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The main draw of Art in the Square is the stunning array of artisans, both local and nationwide, both seasoned and emerging. More than 140 professional artists, including sculptors, photographers and jewelry makers, will exhibit and sell their work.~Panache
Art In The Square continues to impress with its wide range of local, regional, national and international talent.~Fort Worth Examiner.com