Art Squared features art & bubbles

Each necklace Chris Zurovec creates is made from a coin that are etched with acid.PHOTOS COURTESY OF ART SQUARED

The long, warm days of summer are coming to an end and soon school will start, the days will be shorter and fall will be on its way. To celebrate the final days of summertime in San Marcos, Art Squared and the San Marcos Main Street Program are pairing up for this weekend’s Art Squared. 

The San Marcos Main Street Program and Art Squared in conjunction with the San Marcos Farmers Market present Bubble Fest on the downtown square Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bubble Festival will feature all things bubbles – bubble art, a bubble ball pit, bubble games, bubble gum, bubble hopscotch, bubble machines and bubble tea. This activity is free and open to kids of all ages.

Over 50 artisan vendors from across the region will be exhibiting and selling their work under the beautiful oak trees of the Hays County Courthouse lawn in downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Squared also features live music from 1 to 4 p.m. 

The Art Squared Arts Market, sponsored by the San Marcos Art League, is funded by Art League memberships, donations, and the city of San Marcos Arts Commission.

“We are proud to play an important part in promoting so many individuals and groups in our community,” Art Squared Market Manager Kelsey Huckaby said. “Each month, a variety of artists display and sell their works under the shady oaks, and we spotlight an organization that provides important services.This month, instead of the usual Kids’ Craft Table, we are pleased to be hosting a special Bubble Festival in conjunction with the San Marcos Farmers Market and City of San Marcos Main Street Program.”

Art Squared works to showcase regional and local artists of all types. There is a wide selection, including ceramics, glasswork, graphics and printmaking, metalwork, photography, wood, drawing and pastels, jewelry, sculpture, leather, painting and mixed media. 

The featured artist for the Art Squared Art Market for the month of August is Chris Zurovec, who owns and operates his San Marcos-based business, ManMadeDesign. Zurovec transforms everyday objects into works of art and has a unique penchant for creating jewelry out of etched coins. His handcrafted jewelry represents many years of creative experimentation. 

Each necklace is made from a coin that has been etched in acid. Some coins, such as quarters, are made with different types of layered metal, so etching it will reveal different colors and the reverse side often features some of the original detail on the coin that may have not been readily visible before.

Zurovec is a self-taught artist that prides himself on his ability to try techniques and methods that are outside of the traditional methods of metal work and jewelry-making.

“I’ve made stuff since I was little, but never realized I was actually making art until I was an adult thinking back on it,” Zurovec said. “I’ve been making jewelry as a full-time profession for five years. I’m a firm believer in a ‘make it up as you go’ philosophy. Making mistakes and figuring out what doesn’t work is important to me, perhaps even more important than what does work. I think that if somebody tells you how you’re supposed to do something, you’re less likely to try doing it different ways, which can put limits on the creative process.”

But the greatest source of Zurovec’s inspiration is the art of the everyday object – transforming the commonplace object into an uncommon trinket. 

“I get most excited by art made out of everyday objects,” Zurovec said. “Transforming an item that we see on a daily basis and take for granted into something completely unexpected always inspires me. I believe that great creativity can come out of constraint, so I always try to work with the resources I have at hand. With patience and persistence even the most mudane items can be made into incredible creations.”

This month features two well-known and popular performers based in San Marcos. The music kicks off at 1 p.m. with Eric Sarmiento, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays original music which draws on styles ranging from classic country to jazz and rhythm and blues. 

In bands and as a solo artist, he has performed across the United States, as well as in Europe and Japan. He has recorded a number of albums for independent record labels including Engine Shed, Remorseless, and Alchemist Records. Eric is currently a member of two bands, the New Tribe and Ramblewood, while continuing to perform solo shows, too.

Music continues at 2:30 p.m. with the unique musical stylings of guitarist and singer-songwriter Cory Mann. Born and raised in the backwoods of North Texas, Mann got his first culture shock living in the “hoods” of the big city. He connected with hard-working city dwellers and the similarities of “the struggle.” 

Feeling called to music with its unifying and uplifting properties, Mann brings a funky rock vibe that feels something like the Talking Heads and Tom Petty grooving in the beautiful nature of Central Texas.

The featured organization this month is the San Marcos Cinema Club. Aiming to cultivate a community unified by a shared desire to explore collective knowledge and insights via the art of motion pictures, the San Marcos Cinema Club is a film society that cares about both film and society. 

Founded only a few years ago, the Cinema Club has become a very successful grassroots organization; they were the recipients of a 2016 SMart Award from the San Marcos Arts Commission, presented to individuals and groups in the community who have made significant contributions to the creation, support or advocacy of all art forms in San Marcos.

The San Marcos Cinema Club has hosted dozens of movie screenings and public events, including Music Flicks from the ‘666, the 72-Hour Film Race and the debut of the upcoming Lost River Film Fest, Nov. 2-5, 2017, which will feature signature screenings with an array of juried films, workshops and interactive events.

The San Marcos Cinema Club’s next event occurs on Thursday, Aug.17 at 6:30 p.m. at the the San Marcos Public Library, when they celebrate Robert Redford’s birthday with a screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

A free one-hour yoga class starts at 9 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn, led by Nicole Marie and Betsy Robertson, both certified yoga instructors. People with all levels of yoga experience are welcome. The class consists of a gentle yoga appropriate for beginners, but offers options for those who want more challenge. If interested, bring a yoga mat, the instructor will have extra mats available to loan, if needed. 

The Art Squared Arts Market, sponsored by the San Marcos Art League, takes place on the second Saturday of each month, from March through December. Learn more about the Art League and offer your support on thier website


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