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5th Annual Lake Travis ISD Elementary and Middle School Art Show

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

On Sat March 7th from 1-3pm the Old Schoolhouse at the Bee Cave Sculpture Park was filled with families attending the 5th Annual Art Show Reception. Talented art students representing the Lake Travis Independent School District’s six Elementary Schools and two Middle Schools had work on display. Enthusiastic young artists proudly showed off their masterpieces to their parents, siblings, grandparents and friends.

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Bee Cave’s Mayor Caroline Murphy was present to honor the featured art students. The Mayor presented Certificates of Achievement to the budding artists while also drawing the winning raffle ticket for a free Kid’s Summer Art Camp and the winning raffle ticket for the art teacher’s prize. Students then had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Mayor.

Students participated in hands on activities with Diana Melancon, Bee Cave Arts Foundation summer art camp instructor. The Austin Family Magazine graciously provided the talented caricature artists, Stephen Romero and his daughter Serena, who drew portraits of the students at lightning speed. Attendees toured the beautiful grounds of the Bee Cave Sculpture Park, participating in a scavenger hunt to find different sculptures.

Student , Presley Blake won the free week of Summer Art Camp with the Bee Cave Arts Foundation at the Old School House in June and Aaron Forgey, art instructor with Lake Travis Elementary School won the teacher raffle. His prize was a $50 gift certificate for Michaels Arts and Craft Store
The yearly arts event allows local art teachers the opportunity to present student artwork to the community. This partnership brings the public schools and community together to support young artists and their art teachers.

The Bee Cave Sculpture Park was packed with families and attendance at the event surpassed expectations, showing incredible community support for the arts.

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

a0e274_30ba1b4d80b64e5c9d71c66fd732e272The Bee Cave Arts Foundation is proud to host an exhibition of The Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative on the weekend of May 16 and 17 at the Bee Cave Sculpture Park in the Old School House. This exhibition will feature works of art available for purchase by very talented local artists.

The CAC was founded in December of 2013 by Jodi Bade and Maura Schaffer. Their mission is to create a community of artists that network, share ideas, support, inspire, teach, and exhibit their work. Though this group is still very young, they have already grown to include over 50 local artists in our area.

Currently the group has an exhibition at the Commons of the Larua’s Library branch of the Westbank Community Library located on Bee Caves Road. This show has a theme “Of Water and Earth” which explores the human connection to water and earth through many different artistic lenses. Due to the volume of work there will be two exhibitions. The first round will be on display from Jan 20th through March 6th. The second will be up from March 8th through April 25th.

We invite everyone from the community to come out for the reception on Sunday March 8th, 1:30-3:30 or to stop by to view the works during library hours. For more information go to http://www.cuernyarts.com

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2014 Bee Cave Sculpture Park Opening Announced

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

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.

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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.

For more information, please visit beecavearts.org or sculpturesofbeecave.org and follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/BeeCaveArts

Update on the Bee Cave Playarium

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

The group is making exciting progress. GiGi Miller, the artist behind the concept, created a 3-d model which we then used to produce the digital renderings below. Special thanks to Heidi Holsinger or Holsinger Architecture for all of her amazing work. They actually hacked an Xbox Kinect and used it to capture these images (too cool!).

At this point we are still pulling together the concept to present to City Council. We are also exploring one of two sites. The illustrations below show the Playarium at the Bee Cave Sculpture Park.

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This overhead view shows the full size of the Playarium. It is designed to blend naturally with the surroundings while providing three unique worlds for children to explore – all centered around a great tree.

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The great tree serves not only as the central point but is also a world in and of itself. Children can explore inside the tree ultimately leading to a slide that goes through the Bee Cave, one of the other worlds in the Playarium. Everything will be hand built with skilled artisans to make the experience as lifelike as possible. GiGi also plans to make use of mosaic tiles, similar to how she created a sculpture park favorite, Leap of Faith.

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 This world takes children away from central Texas and delivers them half way around the world. There will be a Starry Night design as a backdrop, a woven flying carpet and the ribbon that traverses the ground is designed to offer children a safe and unique way to explore and improve their balance.

If you want to know more about our plans, please follow us on Facebook. And while you are here we would love to hear your thoughts about this concept (just post a comment below). As we work to make this a reality we will need the full support of the community.

2014 Call for Artists is Open!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

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Located just west of Austin, TX, nestled between the beautiful Texas hill country and Lake Travis, you will find the city of Bee Cave. A City that shares in Austin’s eclectic vibe, love of the outdoors and reverence for the arts. Bee Cave is growing rapidly as Austin migrates West and realizes all that Bee Cave offers from shopping at the hill country galleria, to enjoying music at the backyard to playing in bee cave’s expansive central park.

In 2009 The Bee Cave Arts Foundation (BCAF) was founded to expand on the city’s love of the arts and outdoors. The BCAF mission is to improve the quality of life in our community and enhance the experience of visitors by bringing awareness, education and integration of a wide range of art throughout public spaces.

Currently, The Bee Cave Arts Foundation is looking for sculpture submissions for the bee cave Sculpture Park. The Bee Cave Sculpture Park, officially opened in November 2013, weaves throughout a natural setting showcasing sculptures and offering unique educational experiences.

There are two ways to get involved:

  • On loan: artist can loan a sculpture piece to the bee cave sculpture park for a minimum time duration of one year. The BCAF will assist the artist in the marketing of the sculpture in hopes of selling the piece. A $200 stipend will be included for on loan pieces to assist the artist in installation, transportation and removal costs.
  • Permanent: Permanent sculptures will be funded by either the Artist as an in kind donation or by sponsoring community members, organizations and/or companies that possess a passion for arts in the Bee Cave community.

If you are interested and want to learn more, we encourage you to download an application

Please contact: info@beecavearts.org with additional inquiries not answered.

THANK YOU!
The Bee Cave Arts Foundation

Grand Opening of Bee Cave Sculpture Park Announced

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

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The Bee Cave Arts Foundation continues mission of bringing awareness, education, and integration of art in public spaces.

The grand opening and dedication of the Bee Cave Sculpture Park will take place Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 2 to 5 PM showcasing eleven original sculptures displayed in a 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 unique 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. 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 representing the history and culture of the area.

The community is invited to join the Mayor, City Council, Bee Cave Arts Foundation members, artists, local supporters and sponsors for the Grand Opening ceremony at 2:00PM followed by Mayor Murphy’s ribbon cutting and Queen Bee dedication at 2:15.  Activities continuing till 5 PM include Sculpture Stroll, Meet the Artists, live entertainment, refreshments and children’s activities. Afterward, the park is open to the public sun up to sun down 7 days a week.

A realization of four years of work by the Bee Cave Arts Foundation this opening of Phase I of the park allows outdoor gallery exhibit areas available for both large and small works.  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 opening of this park is the culmination of years of work but is still just the beginning. We are excited to open this one-of-a-kind experience to the community and with additional support we will be able to accelerate our future plans to further develop the park and allow for play, performance, and event areas including a fantasy destination playscape, expansion of the trail system, an outdoor amphitheater, rock and landscaping enhancements and a dock to extend over the reflecting pond, all creating a lasting space linking shops to community and people to art that will be embraced and enjoyed for years to come” said Chad Bockius, Founder and President of the Bee Cave Arts Foundation.

For more information please visit beecavearts.org, sculpturesofbeecave.org and follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/BeeCaveArts

Press contact: Chad Bockius, chadbockius@gmail.com

Sculpture Park Progress Update

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

Things are moving right along at the Sculpture Park. We have the stones installed for the new sign – check out Facebook for some of those pics – and now we are moving on to the meat of the work. This week we had 5 of the 11 pad sites installed. Once the forms come down we will work on staining the bases so they blend into the surroundings. We’ve also started preparing the site for the trail work. Part of that process will be rerouting the trails, making them wider and improving the borders on both sides.

Once that is done we will move on to creating the bridges that go over the drainage areas. Once that is done we will start the process of installing the sculptures. We’ve had some amazing submissions come in and they are are going to fit perfectly at the site. Our plan is still to get the sculptures installed in October so we can open before the end of the year.

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Stay tuned for more news. We have some very unique and special things planned that will make the Park a one-of-a-kind experience for adults and kids alike.

What’s Your Sign?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

As many of you know by now we are moving full steam ahead on the Sculpture Park. One critical task is adding and updating the signage to make sure people are aware of this new destination. Today I had the opportunity to sit down with the owner of Stokes Sign Company, Nancy Stokes Hearn to discuss ideas for the park signage.

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For those of you that don’t know, Nancy is a long-time resident of Lakeway and has single handedly branded the entire area it seems. Her company’s handiwork is seen as you enter the Lakeway City limits, dine at your favorite restaurants or drop your kids off to the local schools.

Nancy graduated with an art degree and took the less obvious path with her career – sign master. And we are glad she did. It will be an honor working with her and her team as we develop the entrance experience for the Bee Cave Sculpture Park. In addition, look for more news about the individual signs for the sculptures. Our goal is to make it as interactive of an experience as possible and the Stokes team has some great ideas.

Thanks for all you do in the community and for your help and support on this project.

2013 Summer Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

This year’s summer art camp has been a huge success! Once again the week was packed full of kids and unique art projects. Our camp director, Deby Childress, has been running this camp for years and the kids absolutely love her and all of the fun projects. I spoke to one 5th grader who has been coming to the camp since Kindergarten! Judging from her sketches she is going to be a fabulous artist as she continues to hone her skills.

As you talked to the students you could tell that this one-of-a-kind experience is one they will never forget. I know our daughter was always sad to leave each day and she couldn’t wait to get back. And you can understand why when you hear the stories of their projects. They built bowels out of clay, they created unique birds, water color paintings and more.

All of their hard work was then put on display at the end of the week. The kids stood by their creations and told all the parents what they created, they talked about their favorite projects, favorite colors and then asked for everyone to sign their art journal. What an experience! Here are a few pictures from the event. And if you want to participate next year be sure to follow us on Facebook for all the latest information.

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Elementary Art Show

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Latest News and Updates | 0 comments

Now that our fancy new website is up and running, we can do a better job of keeping you up to speed with current events. One of our favorites is the annual art show for both the elementary and high school kids. Last year we had a terrific showing. The elementary children produced some amazing works of art. While they were showing off their work to family and friends the Bee Cave Arts Foundation was helping foster the next great generation of artists through a variety of activities at the art tables.

Here are just a few of the pictures from that great day. We hope to see you out at the next show. Keep following this blog for more updates.

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