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MAY 15, 2021

Whimsy & Wonder

May 15th | 6 – 10pm

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

At Whimsy & Wonder, expect the unexpected, as Liberty Hill’s Main Street is transformed into an eclectic fusion of everything whimsical and wonderful, with surprise elements at every turn! Six live bands, eclectic live art demonstrations, wine tastings, artisan vendors, street performers, and a Children’s Imagination Garden will allow visitors to interact with artists, while being dazzled with magical opportunities to create, enjoy, and be entertained!

General Info

General

May 15, 2021 | 6-10pm

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

6-8pm: Open Mic Show & Go (3-minute slots for artists and musicians)

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

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!

Just for Kids

Learn more about our awesome activities just for kids at Whimsy & Wonder!

 

Music Lineup

Find when and where our fabulous musicians will be playing

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BIG WY'S BRASS BAND | QUICK SERVICE GARAGE | 6-8pm

Big Wy’s Brass Band was born 03/01/2014 at The Historic Scoot Inn in Austin, TX. The band was comprised of current West Lake High School students that played together in the jazz ensemble and marching band.

After most the band decided to attend The University of Texas at Austin they decided to keep the project going. In 2017, Big Wy’s made its first international debut at the IGA 2017 International Jazz Festival in Guatemala. IGA Jazz Fest was quickly followed by the band’s selection for the 2017 CR Promising Artists of The 21st Century Tour of Costa Rica. Over the course of the tour, Big Wy’s had the honor of playing for President Luis Guillermo Solís.

February 2018, their debut EP “The Portal To Funkville EP” was released. The new record led to many exciting developments throughout 2018 with the band performing along side the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz and Blue Lab Beats for SXSW18.

August 2019, the band was invited back to Costa Rica. During this tour the band had the privilege of performing at the US Ambassadors residence for 30 of Costa Rica’s Ambassadors to the world and UN. The band also performed for Vice President Marvin Rodríguez Cordero. 

April 2019 marked the release of “Lord Dope EP”. The new record led to many exciting developments with the band performing along side Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Ike Stubblefield, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington. The Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music Awards honored Big Wy’s Brass Band as “Best Horns” for 2019.

TBA | QUICK SERVICE GARAGE | 8-10pm
OATMEAL SOUND COMPANY | VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK | 6-8pm

Oatmeal Sound Company

Oatmeal Sound Company is a songwriting duo comprised of Edward Billock and James Hodges. Although somewhat new to the central Texas area, the beginning was really 30 years ago when the two met in West Texas. The musical connection was immediate, and the songwriting began! Time and life happened, and their families were separated by miles and states—but never in heart. They finally made it back to the same zip code around Oatmeal Texas, and now, it’s original music being expressed in a classic Americana style. Our expression is always with gratitude, always from the heart, and decorated with a few tributes to classics of the past.

SARAH HALL | TASTING LOUNGE (BEHIND STUBBLEFIELD) | 6-9pm

Sarah Hall

A classically trained harpist from the age of 6, Sarah has performed as a soloist and an accompanist, as well as with small and large ensembles, choirs, concert bands, ballets, and operas all across Texas.  She also works as a studio musician and can be heard on several soon-to-be-released songs by local Austin musicians, as well she is a member of the L.A.-based SSSHeartStrings. Sarah also teaches beginner harp in Central Texas.

 

Believing the harp has a place outside concert halls and should be accessible to everyone, Sarah enjoys playing in more intimate settings, covering everything from Billboard 100, Broadway, Pop, Classical, Celtic, and Jazz.

OLIVER STECK | ROAMING MUSICIAN | 6-9pm

Oliver Steck

You might find OLIVER STECK dressed and working as the mascot at your school, serenading your table during dinner, or playing to thousands at the show you’ve gone to see. Oli Steck entertains at: streets & stadiums, recording studios & restaurants, festivals & feasts, homes & hospices, bars & businesses, weddings & funerals, schools & theaters, prisons & parades, airplanes & operas, and more. The world is a stage for Oliver, and we are all better off for it. Oliver Steck is a true original- just ask anyone who’s seen him perform. His incredible talent includes Piano and Keyboard, Trumpet, Accordion, as well as his spirited vocals.

OPEN MIC SHOW & GO | MAIN STREET STAGE | 6-8pm

Open Mic Show & Go

Artists and musicians can sign up for a 3-minute slot at the Main Stage from 6-8pm. You’ll have a chance to sing a song, play an instrument, talk about a piece of your artwork, recite a poem, or anything else related to music and the arts!

DALE WATSON | MAIN STREET STAGE | 8-10pm

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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JENNY GACY | TORTILLA PORTRAITS

Jennifer Gacy

JENNY GACY is an illustrator and concept artist from Austin, Texas.
She creates works of art, logos, and branding for a variety of local businesses, festivals, special events, as well as concept and storyboard art for film and television productions. She is the creator of Hauntwell clothing line, a collection of unusual sigilcraft, and loves getting to see the country as a traveling merchant, multimedia artist/designer and a consummate fan girl. 

At the festival, you'll find her creating custom portraits on tortillas in front of Hell or High Water!

JOHN HOWELL | CHALK ARTIST

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.

LIBERTY BELLES | POSTCARDS HOME

POSTCARDS HOME

Helen Chesley, former Liberty Hill resident and artist who is credited with starting the Liberty Hill Public Library in the mid-1970s, recently gifted the City with her collection of hand-sketched notecards that depict historic buildings in our town from the '70s.

Stop by the Liberty Belle's booth to "Send a Postcard Home!" Write a note to a friend or family member on these treasures, and the Belle's will stamp and mail it for you!

MELISSA SLIGHT | CHALK ARTIST

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.

MICHELLE DICKENS | LIVE ILLUSTRATOR

MICHELLE DICKENS

Michelle Dickens is an illustrator and educator whose career includes work for Nickelodeon and other animation and game studios on television series, advertisements, virtual reality and online games. She will demonstrate plein air painting techniques that capture light and atmosphere as an illustration is created depicting the lively scenery.

 

ROSIE LOVES ART | LIVE PAINTER

DAVE & ROSIE FLOYD

Dave and Rosie Floyd started their Rosie Loves Art business about 3 years ago as a retirement business. Rosie enjoys a variety of mediums, and Dave features fantasy digital art.

 This duo will perform live textured acrylic paintings and digital art demonstrations throughout the evening.

SCOTT WADE | DIRTY CAR ARTIST

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.

SCOTTY ROLLER ART | LIVE ACRYLIC ARTIST

SCOTTY ROLLER

Scotty is most well recognized for his 30 plus years in making gig posters for rock bands and his hand illustrations. in 2020 was submitted for Grammy nomination for album packaging for X.

 

STEPHEN ROMERO | CARICATURE ARTIST

Stephen Romero

Stephen Romero is a caricature artist with over 20+ years of experience doing all manner of
events. However, what sets Stephen apart from other caricaturists are two services that he now offers that few artists anywhere provide. Crazy fast caricatures(speed drawings that are done in 60 to 90 seconds), and the
strolling option, his ability to roam around an event anddraw.  

It is specifically Stephen's many years of
experience that gave him the confidence to refine these options to the point that he has become the go to artist for events that require a caricaturist to be more adaptable.

TJ MACLASKEY | ICE SCULPTOR

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.

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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JENNY GACY | TORTILLA PORTRAITS

Jennifer Gacy

JENNY GACY is an illustrator and concept artist from Austin, Texas.
She creates works of art, logos, and branding for a variety of local businesses, festivals, special events, as well as concept and storyboard art for film and television productions. She is the creator of Hauntwell clothing line, a collection of unusual sigilcraft, and loves getting to see the country as a traveling merchant, multimedia artist/designer and a consummate fan girl. 

At the festival, you’ll find her creating custom portraits on tortillas in front of Hell or High Water!

JOHN HOWELL | CHALK ARTIST

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.

LIBERTY BELLES | POSTCARDS HOME

POSTCARDS HOME

Helen Chesley, former Liberty Hill resident and artist who is credited with starting the Liberty Hill Public Library in the mid-1970s, recently gifted the City with her collection of hand-sketched notecards that depict historic buildings in our town from the ’70s.

Stop by the Liberty Belle’s booth to “Send a Postcard Home!” Write a note to a friend or family member on these treasures, and the Belle’s will stamp and mail it for you!

MELISSA SLIGHT | CHALK ARTIST

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.

MICHELLE DICKENS | LIVE ILLUSTRATOR

MICHELLE DICKENS

Michelle Dickens is an illustrator and educator whose career includes work for Nickelodeon and other animation and game studios on television series, advertisements, virtual reality and online games. She will demonstrate plein air painting techniques that capture light and atmosphere as an illustration is created depicting the lively scenery. 

 

ROSIE LOVES ART | LIVE PAINTER

DAVE & ROSIE FLOYD

Dave and Rosie Floyd started their Rosie Loves Art business about 3 years ago as a retirement business. Rosie enjoys a variety of mediums, and Dave features fantasy digital art.

 This duo will perform live textured acrylic paintings and digital art demonstrations throughout the evening.

SCOTT WADE | DIRTY CAR ARTIST

 

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.

SCOTTY ROLLER ART | LIVE ACRYLIC ARTIST

SCOTTY ROLLER

Scotty is most well recognized for his 30 plus years in making gig posters for rock bands and his hand illustrations. in 2020 was submitted for Grammy nomination for album packaging for X.

 

STEPHEN ROMERO | CARICATURE ARTIST

Stephen Romero

Stephen Romero is a caricature artist with over 20+ years of experience doing all manner of
events. However, what sets Stephen apart from other caricaturists are two services that he now offers that few artists anywhere provide. Crazy fast caricatures(speed drawings that are done in 60 to 90 seconds), and the
strolling option, his ability to roam around an event anddraw.  

It is specifically Stephen’s many years of
experience that gave him the confidence to refine these options to the point that he has become the go to artist for events that require a caricaturist to be more adaptable.

TJ MACLASKEY | ICE SCULPTOR

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.

ARTISAN VENDORS

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AMBER PEARL ART

AMBER PEARL ART

Amber Lundell paints all things weird, strange, dark, unique, and abstract. She mostly uses acrylics, but sometimes uses oils for her abstracts.

ANNA ALTICE

ANNA ALTICE

Anna Altice is a painter originally from St. Louis Missouri. She creates mixed media pieces using acrylic paint, makers, gold leaf, and oil pastels.

ART OF THE BEAD

ART OF THE BEAD

Kathy Korz is a resident of Liberty Hill. She loves this town and the artist community here. She loves animals, nature, and art, and much of her creative inspiration comes from nature.

DEBORAH REINHARD PHOTOGRAPHY

DEBORAH REINHARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Deborah loves capturing the world around her. The people she encounters everyday, the landscapes, the colors, the light and shadows.
As a Fine Art Photographer she uses the natural light as well as flash to enhance every image. She brings passion, vision and unique insight to every photo session.

DON & KAY WALKER

DON & KAY WALKER

Don and Kay Walker have been residents of Liberty Hill since 1985. Don makes pens and pencils using exotic wood’s and composite materials, and Kay crochets and tats unusual craft items.

GOTTA BB ME

GOTTA BB ME

Cindy Salome’s sculptures are made of steel, copper and zinc shot (BBs) that are glued together one by one into geometric and sculptural patterns. They range from 2,000 to over 15,000 BBs!

GREGORY'S SPECIAL CREATIONS

GREGORY’S SPECIAL CREATIONS

Gregory Chabolla is a special young man that was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 years old. Though challenging for him, he persevered and earned his high school degree. His life-long attention to detail lends itself to the art of intricate woodwork.

J.R. DESIGN CO.

J.R. DESIGN CO.

J. R. Design Co. opened its doors in 2019. Joe Richardson’s shop is a true labor of love. He’s been passionate about woodworking since he was a child, and now it’s his pleasure to craft and create unique pieces.

Joe offers a wide variety of locally made wooden household and kitchen items, such as butcher block cutting boards, hand-turned bowls and lamps, platters, cheese knife sets, wooden-handled utensils and kitchen tools, and so much more.

 

LEITA STEWART & SARAH MANGUM

LEITA STEWART & SARAH MANGUM

Sarah Mangum and Leita Stewart team-up to bring you original paintings, artesian home décor items and spiritual supplies to bring warmth, love and light to your home and life.

Visit this booth for White Sage Smudge Stick’s, Smoke Free Smudge Sprays, Enchantment Candles, Selenite Wands, artesian home décor items, and paintings (watercolors, oils, mixed media, acrylic, alcohol inks).

 

LUPITA BLASIENZ

LUPITA BLASIENZ

Lupita is a retired school teacher from Bertram, Texas. She began painting using oils and doing mostly landscapes. Now she uses acrylic inks, paints and collage painting semi-abstract/abstract subjects.

 

NEIGHBORS WAY HOME GOODS

NEIGHBOR’S WAY HOME GOODS

Matt & Teal Neighbors live and work out of their small (but not quite tiny) 600 sq. foot custom-built home in central TX. Respective hobbies turned collaborative passion as their small business grows.

Stop by for hand-poured soy candles in glass jars and mini espresso mugs, hand-turned wooden bowls and home decor items made from local and exotic woods, infused olive oils, and dry seasoning mixes.

NATURAL CURVE CREATIONS GLASS STUDIO

NATURAL CURVE CREATIONS GLASS STUDIO

Amber Bechtol is a native of Austin, who has expanded to a Hill Country studio near Leander. She has been a glass artist for 30 years, and her work celebrates color and light with an emphasis on creating small-scale art for the home, garden and body.

She offers traditionally leaded glass sun catchers, architectural accents and photo frames, as well as more modern fused glass bowls, trays, vases, tabletop abstracts, framed panels and jewelry. Her focus is on color, but she also uses a silkscreen to incorporate images into her work such as portraits, personal sketches, and more.

ODELL PHOTOGRAPHY

ODELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Wes Odell has exhibited in Liberty Hill at the Stubblefield Gallery twice. His main interest is in “Vintage,” Action, and Fine Art Photographs. His work has won national and international awards.

WICKED HOT CANDLES

WICKED HOT CANDLES

15 year old Artist Lauren Montemayor decided during the pandemic she wanted to create candles that represent her style. She creates her own cement vessel for her 100% handmade, soy candles. The cement vessels can be re-purposed as a planter after candles have melted.