The Bee Cave Arts Foundation continues mission of bringing awareness, education, and integration of art in public spaces.
The 2014 opening of the Bee Cave Sculpture Park, a complement to the ongoing Benches of Bee Cave program, will take place Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM showcasing five new and unique sculptures. Unusual features include undulating forms, natural elements, student-created artwork, and the illuminated glow of blue lights at night. The newly placed pieces join eleven original sculptures installed for the 2013 Park dedication. All are displayed in the natural setting that provides visitors with a place for reflection, relaxation, and interaction in addition to improving the aesthetic quality of the community.
Located near the intersection of Highway 71 and 620, and directly across from the Bee Cave Police Station at 13333 Highway 71, this distinctive park covers seven acres and features a large spring-fed pond, over twenty-five species of native plants and some of the largest oak trees in the area. Again this year, the Foundation has chosen artwork in a wide range of styles and media, some available for sale, reflecting subjects from nature to pure abstraction placed around an exciting and whimsical central form, The Bee Hive, representing the history and culture of the area and created by Artist Susan Gulla-O’Leary.
The community is invited to join the Bee Cave Arts Foundation members, artists, local supporters and sponsors for the opening at 2PM. Activities continuing till 4 PM include Sculpture Stroll, Meet the Artists, live entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities: Buzzing Scavenger Hunt/crafts/treats along with opportunities for attendees to ‘Bee’ a Part of the Hive by sponsoring a bronze bee. Afterward, open to the public sun up to sun down 7 days a week.
With continued effort by the Bee Cave Arts Foundation members, in conjunction with the City of Bee Cave, and made possible by vital contributions from The Shops at The Galleria, Whole Foods Market, Lowes, ASAP Stone and Landscape Supply, The Hill Country Galleria, PollyDog Organic Landscapes, Stokes Sign Company, Austin Family Magazine, Hill Country Cinemark Theater, Asel Art Supply, Holland Photo, Tony C’s, Hill Country Galleria, Canteras Real and Photobrights this opening extends the outdoor gallery exhibit area while adding uncommon sculptural features to the landscape. Laura Reichel, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market- Bee Cave, states, “We’ve really enjoyed partnering with the Bee Cave Arts Foundation at our Whole Foods Market store here in Bee Cave, and are so impressed with the work they’ve done in our community through the Bench Project and now with this amazing Sculpture Park. This is one more way that BCAF is making art accessible to anyone, while highlighting and supporting so many talented and budding artists. We can’t wait to see our friends and neighbors at the opening celebration.”
Since 2009, the Bee Cave Arts Foundation and contributors have brought art to the area through events such as performances, camps, and shows. “The Bee Cave Sculpture Park is unique in so many ways and is playing a critical part in driving the interest in the arts. Last year we had almost 500 neighbors and friends join us at the Grand Opening and we expect this year will be even larger. With almost 20 sculptures, rolling trails and a beautiful setting, the Bee Cave Sculpture Park has something for everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone again this year!” said Chad Bockius, Founder and President of the Bee Cave Arts Foundation.