Small-Town Business Spotlight: Beautiful Artwork Buoys the Spirit at Art on 12 in Wimberley
Co-owner Jan Fitzhugh keeps the lights on with limited gallery hours, safety protocols, and online sales.
Written by:Dale Weisman
Published: July 21, 2020 at 9:27 am
With some art museums and galleries shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery Art on 12 is keeping art alive and essential in its hometown of Wimberley. Located on scenic Ranch Road 12 near the banks of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek, Art on 12 showcases paintings, watercolors, pastels, photography, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry by 50 local, regional, and national artists. Open since 2014, Art on 12 has become a destination gallery for art lovers who flock to this Hill Country artist community.
We visited with Jan Fitzhugh—a jewelry designer, metal artist, and managing partner and co-owner of Art on 12—to find out how she keeps the lights on and doors open for visitors during these unusually difficult times…
I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene. – Grandma Moses
We hope you’ll join us for our next themed member show for September. You can enter as many as 4 pieces, and drop off day is Monday, August 31st. We look forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme, “Windows to the World”. The opening reception for the show will be announced a little closer to the actual date when the windows to the real world are a little clearer.
Gordon Fowler is a former high school quarterback and a lapsed rock-and-roll musician. As a Marine combat correspondent in Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. (The character named “Cowboy” in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War movie, “Full Metal Jacket,” is based on Fowler.) He built his father’s small business-Wick Fowler’s Two-Alarm chili-into a multi-million-dollar national company. He opened La Zona Rosa, the popular Austin restaurant and nightclub made semi-famous in 1995 by the #1 country hit song ‘Amy’s Back in Austin”. He’s married to the popular rhythm-and-blues musician and recording artist Marcia Ball. And though it all, for more than three decades, Gordon Fowler has been a painter.
Galleries and Museums Exhibited
Santa Fe/ Kennebunkport/throughout Texas
Awards: West Texas Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Waterloo Watercolor Group
Dillard’s Department Stores and the Austin Museum of Art Commemorative watercolor to mark the Austin Museum of Art fundraiser/mall opening.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art “Stonehouse Farm” oil painting for a museum fundraiser John Sharp “Placedo Hall, circa 1958”
Today, Gordon Fowler teaches painting at the Austin Museum of Art and paints in the Southwestern U.S., in Mexico and in Europe.
Sometimes I feel I should price my work by the mile because in making it I’ve driven literally thousands of miles crisscrossing Texas, looking for the perfect set-up, passing dozens of good spots along the way.
You don’t have to look hard to find places of great beauty here in Texas, and I get to go looking more than anyone deserves. The resulting paintings are sort of a back roads travelogue on canvas.
You are invited to participate!
Call for Artists to Exhibit at Art on 12
Submission for the Exhibition
– Submission: Wednesday, November 6, 10 am to 5 pm, on a first-come first-served basis. Although, you may fill out the form and mail it along with a check to the address above to hold a space.
*** Make check payable to: Art on 12.
– Reception: Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 4 pm to 7 pm.
– Additional forms are available on the website: arton12.com or at Art on 12 Gallery.
– Pick up unsold artwork: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
– Gallery Fee $40 (up to 3 pieces).
– Art on 12 retains 30% commissions on sales.
– Artists with sales will be paid on the 10th of the following month.Guidelines
– Each Guest Artist may submit one to three pieces. Name and title must be on the back of each piece.
– Maximum size on the outside edge (h”+ w”) – the total of 3 pieces not to exceed 130 inches.
– Must be original works by the artist.
– All artwork must be for sale.
– Unless sold, all entries to remain up during the entire show.
– Artwork must be properly presented and ready for hanging. Each piece must be properly framed and wired for hanging, no plastic frames or sawtooth hangers.
– 3D work – not to exceed 50 lbs.
– Removable label must be on the front identifying artist and entry numberLiabilityArt on 12 will exercise due care in handling works submitted. Art on 12 is NOT responsible for any loss or damage to any work of art.
Participation in this show authorizes Art on 12 to photograph artworks for promotional purposes on Art on 12 website and social media.
Our first even in Inter.Sections: Word, Art, & Song, was a delightful and funny event with poetry by Nathan Brown, Music by Dirje Childs, Art by 50+ Artists.
Nathan told stories and read poems that explored the world of teenage daughters, Oh My!, and the perspectives from the different stages of life. He sang with his guitar and Dirje Child played both solo and accompaniment on her cello. Parts were laugh-out-loud and others were songs of serious prayers.