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Whimsy & Wonder

May 16, 2020 | 6 – 10pm

Whimsy & Wonder, Liberty Hill’s interactive art and music festival, takes place in May.

Main Street is transformed into an eclectic fusion of everything whimsical and wonderful, with surprise elements at every turn. Local businesses display art from local artists, and the streets are filled with live art demonstrations, live music, artisan vendors, performers, and food and wine.

Visitors can interact with the artists, while getting their own opportunities to create art in the heart of downtown Liberty Hill.

General Info

General

May 16, 2020 | 6-11pm

Downtown Liberty Hill | Loop 332

Admission

FREE Admission for all ages

Wine Samples Available

Food and a wide variety of art available for purchase

Schedule

6-9pm: Street Festival & Gallery Viewings

8-10pm: After Party Street Dance with Dale Watson

More details coming soon!

Parking

FREE Event Parking at the Following Locations:

Liberty Hill Elementary School
(1400 Loop 332)

Fellowship Church
(3600 RR 1869)

Cross Tracks Church
(101 Church Street)

Walk or catch a FREE pedicab to the festival entrance in front of Parker’s!

Call for Art

DEADLINE: APRIL 1st

The City of Liberty Hill is pleased to announce a Call for Art to be showcased in an extraordinary non-juried Art Exhibit, entitled Whimsy & Wonder, on May 16, 2020 in Downtown Liberty Hill. The downtown businesses of Liberty Hill will transform into art galleries, as Main Street becomes a wonderland that invokes your imagination and indulges your senses at every turn.

We are seeking a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media, bronze, wood, leather, textile, metal, digital, film, printmaking, textile, jewelry, installation, etc.

To support local artists, the City of Liberty Hill will not charge a display fee or take a percentage of sales.

TYPES OF EXHIBITS:

  • Gallery Art (Art will be displayed in downtown businesses for sale. Artists will work with businesses to determine how long art will hang.)
  • Live Art Demos (Artists will perform live art demonstration on Main Street at event. May display art to sell next to demo.)
  • Artisan Vendors (Vendors will sell unique, hand-crafted items in booths along street at event.)

 

Music Lineup

Find when and where our fabulous musicians will be playing

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QUICK SERVICE GARAGE 6-7pm | MINOR MISHAP MARCHING BAND

Minor Mishap Marching Band

Brassy, Sassy, and Gloriously Cacophonous! Fun, loud and in the street! Minor Mishap Marching Band is a 25-piece renegade circus-punk brass band: Bourbon Street meets Budapest. They are inspired by a love of street music, brass bands, and spectacle, as well as a desire to create community and reinvent public spaces.

STUBBLEFIELD FOWLERS VISITOR CENTER 6-8pm | THE CHEENY BROTHERS

The Cheeney Brothers

The Cheeney Brothers, Chase (14 years old) and Chance (18 years old), have performed in their local Houston, Texas area for Houston Rodeo Rockstar, Continental Club, Scout Bar, Houston Live, with the band Foreigner at Cynthia Woods Pavillion, House of Blues in Houston, Stevenson Park, Warehouse Live, Dosey Doe’s, Swanny’s Bar and Grill, and at restaurants, birthday parties, nursing homes, festivals and weddings. They play covers by Shinedown, Guns N’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Counting Crows, The Eagles, REO Speedwagon, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Eat World, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Pat Green, Darius Rucker, John Denver, The Church, etc… and some originals.

QUICK SERVICE GARAGE 7-9pm | JOSH DYER

Josh Dyer

Josh Dyer is a local singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has been playing professionally since 2001 and has played all over the country with some well-known artists like Blue October, Breaking Benjamin and Volbeat. Josh enjoys playing a wide range of music covering many eras and generations. On a typical weekend night, you might find Josh at the Liberty Hill Beer Market playing songs like Foy Vance’s “Bangor Town.”

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK 6-8pm | FIFTH OF A FIFTH

Fifth of a Fifth

Fun. Bluesy. Jazz. Fifth of a Fifth brings together musicians with significant experience playing jazz, classical, and rock music. They also feature original jazz charts of pop tunes arranged by pianist Robert, including “Still Crazy After All These Years”; “Sweet Things (Are Made of This)”; and “Old Town Road.” Look for local Liberty Hillian, Rick Balderrama on the drums. 

MAIN STREET STAGE 6-8pm | BOOT ROCK BOYS

BOOT ROCK BOYS

Boot Rock Boys 

If a group with a name like ”The Boot Rock Boys” sounds as if it promises the best in music variety, you’re right! Whether it’s a country classic swing song, some hybrid country rock tune that is hooting and hollering its way up the charts, or just some good down home classic rock and roll, The Boot Rock Boys are undeniably hot. This rugged six-member band of musicians have a good time turning out music that is honest, and upfront, with a unique style and sound that’s all their own. Their trademark is a variety of harmony vocals, with a sax and mandolin twist. Top that with hot harmonica and guitar leads, split-second timing, and overall superb musicianship blending these outstanding talents and you have a unique single musical unit that creates music from the soil and the soul.

CITY HALL 6-8pm | SARAH HALL

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall began studying harp at the age of six. Since then, she has been active in numerous orchestras and ensembles over the past 13 years, including String Orchestras, Full Orchestras, Pit Orchestras, Concert Bands as well as accompanying Choirs, Solo Vocalists and Solo Instruments.

Sarah currently resides in Austin, TX where she attends UT Austin and is the Principal Harpist for the UTUO and continues to play as a soloist, accompanist, and with a variety of ensembles across Central Texas.

MAIN STREET STAGE 8-10pm | DALE WATSON

Dale Watson 

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

Dale signed with Red House Records in 2011 to release his 20th album called The Sun Sessions. Hailed as “one of the best country albums of the year” (Atlanta Journal Constitution), it was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings. He followed this with El Rancho Azul, 14 fresh honky tonk originals about marriage, heartbreak and honkytonkin, which propelled Dale into the national spotlight with multiple appearances on late-night television and NPR.

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DANCAKES

DANCAKES

Dancakes is the first name in Professional Pancake Art. Their talented and charismatic artists create portraits and designs out of 100% edible pancake batter for events around the world, bringing joy and laughter wherever they go.

Initially, Dancakes was a name coined for the pancake art “parlor trick” that Dan developed while working at a small diner in his hometown of St. Louis. Hired in 2009, he served his edible art in relative obscurity until a Reddit post documenting his process went viral in the fall of 2013. Very suddenly his rather obscure Facebook page, “Dr. Dan the Pancake Man,” started to gain a substantial following.  This exposure culminated in an invitation to appear live on a broadcast of NBC’s The Today Show; visibility from that broadcast led to a myriad of phone calls and emails asking Dan if he performed pancake art outside of his diner gig. With encouragement from his best friend Hank Gustafson, the pair formally incorporated Dancakes, becoming the world’s first professional pancake art company.

Request your very own custom pancake from two of Dancake’s artists at Whimsy & Wonder.

SCOTT WADE

Scott Wade

Scott Wade, otherwise known as the Dirty Car Artist, began drawing at an early age. Dirty Car Art wasn’t an “aha” moment. It evolved from living on a long, dirt road, where the family cars were always covered with a fine layer of dust. In this case, limestone and clay from the road base- or “caliche” as the locals call it -of Central Texas, where Scott lives. Having such a great canvas, Scott couldn’t resist drawing on the windows (particularly the rear window, which gets the most dust), much as you might write “wash me,” with a finger drawing a fat line. His early drawings were usually funny faces; his dad was an amateur cartoonist, and Scott developed his own style of cartooning. Eventually though, he became curious; could he expand the visual vocabulary from that fat line? He started experimenting with using a fingernail to get a finer line, the pads of his fingers brushed lightly to create some shading. One day, having finished a popsicle, he took the chewed end of the stick out of his mouth and tried it as a brush. Soon he was trying all his brushes to see what effects they could achieve. He started photographing and emailing the resulting drawings to his friends. One of those emails was forwarded to a local columnist, which resulted in the media wanting to showcase his work, which turned into opportunities to create his special kind of art all over the world!

You can find Scott Wade drawing on Liberty Hill’s favorite “dirty car” at Quick Service Garage.

LAURA LINCOLN

Laura Lincoln

Laura Lincoln, from Cedar Park, is a local artist whose current focus is Contemporary Craft. She has always been fascinated with texture and is endlessly inspired by the shapes and surfaces – a sort of visual rhythm – found in nature.

Almost all her work involves paper and up-cycled materials. She hates waste and enjoys the challenge of making art with whatever she has on hand at the time.  When she needs to replenish stock, she starts with the local re-use center.  She takes materials that have traditionally been used for another purpose in the home and changes their destiny.

Linda will be doing a live demonstration of “painting” with paper. Using water in combination with gesso, clear glue, or Mod Podge, she will combine different types of paper to form a scene. The audience is invited to participate in her demo.

JOHN HOWELL

John Howell

John has been a commercial artist for 17 years. He has painted artwork for magazines, advertisements, posters, and children’s books. His illustrations have been published by Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Capital One Visa, Smart Money Magazine, California Teachers Association, Austin Burrito Co., and others. His gallery work brightens the hallways of hospitals, universities, restaurants, businesses, and private collections.

John is the VP of the Round Rock Arts Council, serves on the board of the Georgetown Art Works (Georgetown Art Center), and owns the Cordovan Art School and Pottery Parlor.

He worked together with Round Rock Arts to develop the Round Rock Chalk Walk which is now entering its 10th year. The Chalk Walk festival is the largest arts festival in Round Rock, and attracted over 40,000 people last year.

John will create chalk art on Myrtle Lane in real time, while visitors are encouraged to observe and ask questions.

MELISSA SLIGHT

Melissa Slight

Melissa Slight was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her mother is an artist and taught her everything she knows. Melissa currently lives in Austin where there is never a short supply of creativity and inspiration.

She specializes in Chalk Art but has been making her way through various other mediums as well. She has been doing chalk art for over 9 years and has participated in numerous chalk painting festivals throughout the country. Her main inspiration is the classics. She loves and admires Renaissance art and that inspiration usually makes its way into her work.

Watch Melissa create chalk art on Myrtle Lane, while she works in real time.

TJ MACLASKEY

TJ Maclaskey

TJ Maclaskey began his career as a self-taught chef and worked his way through private clubs, hotels, casinos and a catering venue. His first award for art was at a culinary competition — a special judge’s award for a tallow sculpture of two knights battling in full armor. He was then invited into an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of art. TJ taught himself to sculpt ice and began a path to become a self-employed artist for over 30 years. Thanks to the foresight of his wife, he carved thousands of sculptures along the way to winning multiple gold medals and becoming a master Ice Artist.

Watch TJ “wow” the street during his live ice sculpting demo during Whimsy & Wonder.

HOPE HOUSE RESIDENTS

Hope House Residents

Hope House, located right here in Liberty Hill, gives hope to many disabled children and adults who need a permanent place to live.

When parents of a child with special needs can no longer provide care in their own home, they discover that the alternatives are quite limited and often alarmingly institutional. Hope

House offers a better solution–one that would be home-like and joyful, comfortable and happy, a sprawling country home in an inviting and virtually unparalleled environment that is gladly called “home” today, by 40 cherished residents. For these people and their families, Hope House brings genuine promise for a bright future.

Hope House Residents will be onsite at Whimsy & Wonder creating live paintings. Stop by and learn more about Hope House.

Live Artist Profiles

Get to know some of the artists you’ll meet at Whimsy & Wonder!

Live Artist Profiles

Get to know some of the artists you’ll meet at Whimsy & Wonder!

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DANCAKES

DANCAKES

Dancakes is the first name in Professional Pancake Art. Their talented and charismatic artists create portraits and designs out of 100% edible pancake batter for events around the world, bringing joy and laughter wherever they go.

Initially, Dancakes was a name coined for the pancake art “parlor trick” that Dan developed while working at a small diner in his hometown of St. Louis. Hired in 2009, he served his edible art in relative obscurity until a Reddit post documenting his process went viral in the fall of 2013. Very suddenly his rather obscure Facebook page, “Dr. Dan the Pancake Man,” started to gain a substantial following.  This exposure culminated in an invitation to appear live on a broadcast of NBC’s The Today Show; visibility from that broadcast led to a myriad of phone calls and emails asking Dan if he performed pancake art outside of his diner gig. With encouragement from his best friend Hank Gustafson, the pair formally incorporated Dancakes, becoming the world’s first professional pancake art company.

Request your very own custom pancake from two of Dancake’s artists at Whimsy & Wonder.

SCOTT WADE

Scott Wade

Scott Wade, otherwise known as the Dirty Car Artist, began drawing at an early age. Dirty Car Art wasn’t an “aha” moment. It evolved from living on a long, dirt road, where the family cars were always covered with a fine layer of dust. In this case, limestone and clay from the road base- or “caliche” as the locals call it -of Central Texas, where Scott lives. Having such a great canvas, Scott couldn’t resist drawing on the windows (particularly the rear window, which gets the most dust), much as you might write “wash me,” with a finger drawing a fat line. His early drawings were usually funny faces; his dad was an amateur cartoonist, and Scott developed his own style of cartooning. Eventually though, he became curious; could he expand the visual vocabulary from that fat line? He started experimenting with using a fingernail to get a finer line, the pads of his fingers brushed lightly to create some shading. One day, having finished a popsicle, he took the chewed end of the stick out of his mouth and tried it as a brush. Soon he was trying all his brushes to see what effects they could achieve. He started photographing and emailing the resulting drawings to his friends. One of those emails was forwarded to a local columnist, which resulted in the media wanting to showcase his work, which turned into opportunities to create his special kind of art all over the world!

You can find Scott Wade drawing on Liberty Hill’s favorite “dirty car” at Quick Service Garage.

LAURA LINCOLN

Laura Lincoln

Laura Lincoln, from Cedar Park, is a local artist whose current focus is Contemporary Craft. She has always been fascinated with texture and is endlessly inspired by the shapes and surfaces – a sort of visual rhythm – found in nature.

Almost all her work involves paper and up-cycled materials. She hates waste and enjoys the challenge of making art with whatever she has on hand at the time.  When she needs to replenish stock, she starts with the local re-use center.  She takes materials that have traditionally been used for another purpose in the home and changes their destiny.

Linda will be doing a live demonstration of “painting” with paper. Using water in combination with gesso, clear glue, or Mod Podge, she will combine different types of paper to form a scene. The audience is invited to participate in her demo.

JOHN HOWELL

John Howell

John has been a commercial artist for 17 years. He has painted artwork for magazines, advertisements, posters, and children’s books. His illustrations have been published by Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Capital One Visa, Smart Money Magazine, California Teachers Association, Austin Burrito Co., and others. His gallery work brightens the hallways of hospitals, universities, restaurants, businesses, and private collections.

John is the VP of the Round Rock Arts Council, serves on the board of the Georgetown Art Works (Georgetown Art Center), and owns the Cordovan Art School and Pottery Parlor.

He worked together with Round Rock Arts to develop the Round Rock Chalk Walk which is now entering its 10th year. The Chalk Walk festival is the largest arts festival in Round Rock, and attracted over 40,000 people last year.

John will create chalk art on Myrtle Lane in real time, while visitors are encouraged to observe and ask questions.

MELISSA SLIGHT

Melissa Slight

Melissa Slight was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her mother is an artist and taught her everything she knows. Melissa currently lives in Austin where there is never a short supply of creativity and inspiration.

She specializes in Chalk Art but has been making her way through various other mediums as well. She has been doing chalk art for over 9 years and has participated in numerous chalk painting festivals throughout the country. Her main inspiration is the classics. She loves and admires Renaissance art and that inspiration usually makes its way into her work.

Watch Melissa create chalk art on Myrtle Lane, while she works in real time.

TJ MACLASKEY

TJ Maclaskey

TJ Maclaskey began his career as a self-taught chef and worked his way through private clubs, hotels, casinos and a catering venue. His first award for art was at a culinary competition — a special judge’s award for a tallow sculpture of two knights battling in full armor. He was then invited into an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of art. TJ taught himself to sculpt ice and began a path to become a self-employed artist for over 30 years. Thanks to the foresight of his wife, he carved thousands of sculptures along the way to winning multiple gold medals and becoming a master Ice Artist.

Watch TJ “wow” the street during his live ice sculpting demo during Whimsy & Wonder.

HOPE HOUSE RESIDENTS

Hope House Residents

Hope House, located right here in Liberty Hill, gives hope to many disabled children and adults who need a permanent place to live.

When parents of a child with special needs can no longer provide care in their own home, they discover that the alternatives are quite limited and often alarmingly institutional. Hope

House offers a better solution–one that would be home-like and joyful, comfortable and happy, a sprawling country home in an inviting and virtually unparalleled environment that is gladly called “home” today, by 40 cherished residents. For these people and their families, Hope House brings genuine promise for a bright future.

Hope House Residents will be onsite at Whimsy & Wonder creating live paintings. Stop by and learn more about Hope House.