Art Squared features local photographer

A photograph taken by Art Squared's featured artist of the moth Rick Gonzales. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ART SQUARED

Fall’s cooler weather continues, the holiday season approaches and the Art Squared Art Market returns on Saturday, Nov. 11. Meet more than 50 artisan vendors from across the region exhibiting and selling their work under the beautiful trees of the Hays County Courthouse lawn downtown. Art Squared also features live local music from 1 to 4 p.m. This Art Squared promises to be extra special because it’s Veterans Day, too.

In addition to the array of 50+ talented artists and musicians typical of Art Squared, enjoy breakfast with the mayor, performances throughout the morning, the Veterans Day parade, and a special campus canvas project brought by Gallery of the Common Experience at Texas State University. Students, artists and community members are invited to contribute to this canvas, exploring the topic of justice. The completed piece will be put on display in the Honors College building on campus.

Because of all these activities, the Art Squared Arts Market will open early at 8:30 a.m. At that time, enjoy a free breakfast served by San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides. At 9 a.m., entertainment kicks off with performances by Acapella Unlimited, Tyler Weaver, Crystal Moore and Head to Toe Dance. The Veterans’ Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will travel right by the courthouse square.

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 eager to highlight so many talented individuals and groups in our community," Market Manager Kelsey Huckaby said. "Each month, a variety of artists display and sell their works under the shade trees, local musicians perform throughout the afternoon and we spotlight an organization that provides important services.”

The featured artist for this month’s Art Squared Art Market is Rick Gonzales. A longtime resident of San Marcos, he came to attend Southwest Texas State University in 1983, and never left town, working in the manufacturing industry for over 30 years; he currently works for Mensor. Gonzales is active in the community, serving as a board member and president of the San Marcos Manufacturers’ Association and also as a board member of the Greater San Marcos Partnership and of Leadership San Marcos.

Gonzales is a regular artist at Art Squared and works primarily in the photographic medium. 

Gonzales recently developed a keen interest in the art of photography and discovered he has a eye for capturing unique images which express the beauty of the Hill Country.

“I’m completely self-taught and have not had any training or attended any formal classes in photography, but have learned to be unafraid of experimenting with my camera," Gonzales said. "I lean toward using black and white photography, as it seems to capture a haunting beauty that only the lens can see. Beauty is in the lens of the beholder!"

It is through the medium of art photography that Gonzales found an avenue of expression of his life and his faith.

“Like many passionate photographers, I will return to a location several times, sometimes spanning seasons, to capture the desired images," Gonzales said. "But frequently, it seems that I don’t have to search for that next image but that those special images and subjects find me. My work is an expression of faith, and many of my photos reflect biblical messages that I enjoy sharing with people who stop by my booth.”

When Gonzales launched his new business in May of 2016, he named it Logos61 Photography. The word “logos" is of Greek origin and means an “expression of,” most appropriate for his new-found passion. Gonzales continues to hone his craft and is pleased to share his work at art shows across Texas. View some of Gonzales’ photographs at www.facebook.com/rgonzales61.

This month’s music kicks off at 1 p.m. with Joel McColl, who has lived in the Austin/Dripping Springs area for over 30 years. A veteran of the music scene, McColl cut his musical teeth in the coffee houses and folk venues of Oklahoma before hitting the road in the 1970s. After several years of playing in stage shows and touring with a show band, he joined forces with Jim Tracey to form the power duo Mc-Coll & Tracey. Over the span of a decade, they released two albums and appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Hoyt Axton, David Bromberg, Kenny Rankin, Ian Matthews, Rusty Wier and many other notable musicians.

After the duo went their separate ways, a 15-year stint with “midlife crisis” followed, and McColl left a trail of humor, satire, cynicism and jocularity in his wake. He became quite well-known for his humor, serving for 20 years as producer, emcee and judge of the O' Henry World Championship Pun-Off Contest, held annually in Austin. He was even named the 2006 International Punster of the Year.

McColl’s solo recording, "The Return of Bosco Martin," was released in 2013, inspired by the efforts of a close friend as he battled cancer. It is a diverse collection of originals that range from funny to touching, rocking to melodic, with a little bit of quirk thrown in. Dedicated to all those who battle cancer, all sales of the CD benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance. You can hear McColl's music online at joelmccoll.com.

Music continues at 2:30 p.m. with the very talented band The Mismatch. Its members hail from across the Hill Country and Central Texas, and they will delight you with their unique sound. Their original songs are top-notch, and they surprise their audiences with clever and unique versions of popular tunes, in a way that makes them their own.

The Mismatch smoothly combine folk and Americana music with a hometown groove and just the right amount of grit. Laden with sweet sounds all around, good vibes abound from this homegrown, folksome, Americana group with a knack for bringing people together to have a good time.

They recently released their first recording, "Better Off This Way." The current line-up of the band includes Billy Roy on guitar and lead vocals, Sammy Davis Peyton Jr. on bass, Rusty Truck on mandolin, Kody Wahlert on banjo, Andrew Noble on fiddle and Chris Compton on drums. Hear selections from the new album by The Mismatch at www.mismatchmusic.com.

The featured organization this month is the Hays County Food Bank. Founded in 1984, they are passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education and advocacy. The Hays County Food Bank provides food at no cost to food insecure individuals. They hold six public food distributions each week and provides food to over 40 partner agencies who serve the low income residents of Hays County. These partnering groups include women’s and youth shelters, local churches, the Head Start program and home health agencies.

Distributing fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, breads, sweets and nonperishable food items, the Hays County Food Bank receives food from the H-E-B stores in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and Wimberley. They also receive food from Nighthawk Frozen Foods in Buda, local farms and gardens, and several restaurants. Although they regularly pick up food from these donors, they also heavily rely on the community to host food drives. In 2016, the community collected 148,489 pounds of food to help feed Hays County residents in need.

Given the level of service they provide, the Hays County Food Bank is always in need of volunteers, as well as food and monetary donations. Find out how you can help at haysfoodbank.org.

An ongoing feature of the 2017 Art Squared Art Market is the Kid’s Craft Table. Developed by a local arts educator, each month’s project will be a fun mini-lesson, teaching through creating on topics such as ecology, river stewardship, being a responsible resident and much more. This activity is free and open to kids of all ages

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 at artleaguesmtx.org.

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