Richard D. Latham Cultural District MAP
2018 Music in the Park Series
Many thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts for the grant award, and our local sponsors: Union Pacific Foundation, Smithville Noon Lions Club, Totally Hooked Real Estate, Woodmen Life, Lost Pines Artisans’ Alliance, and the Chamber of Commerce.
- April 12: Watts Brothers Band
- April 26: Blake Torrey Band
- May 10: St. Cecilia Irish Band
- May 24: Bucksnort Boogie Boys
- June 14: James Soto Band
- June 28: Chubby Knuckle Choir
For more information and for updates on the July 4th Extravaganza, please see the Cultural District Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SmithvilleCulturalDistrict/
Thank you to all the teachers, volunteers, families, administration, and of course, our talented youth, for providing another 20 banners for our the Smithville banners, which will eventually run all the way from MLK Park over to the Scenic Overlook at the end of Main Street.
Join us for the Artist Celebration right before the Jamboree Parade on April 7, 2018 @ 12:45 at the Gazebo.
Thanks also to our fantastic sponsors: City of Smithville; Keep Smithville Beautiful (a Chamber of Commerce Committee); Smithville Independent School District; Lost Pines Artisans’ Alliance; Smithville Education Foundation; Aqua Water Supply Corporation; CoBank; McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, PC; Sandwinder Enduro; Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative; Smithville Noon Lions Club; Union Pacific; Dell Children’s Health Plan; Mosaic Art and Home; Samantics Squared; Farmers Insurance; We Logo Anything; and David Herrington
A program brought to you by the Smithville Public Library, the Richard D. Latham Cultural District, and the National Endowment for the Arts
This project’s central idea to use public art to help build community and bridge what divides us. As a community, we will collaborate during several picnics that will bring neighbors together to talk about what is important and what makes Smithville interesting and unique, and use that information to create signage to take people to important locations, to create public art installations, and to create a mural to be installed at the DAEP—the metal school building (bus barn/Tiger Academy) on SH 95 where Loop 230 intersects. We need YOUR HELP to decide who, what, and how to find and celebrate Smithville’s important historic and cultural assets.
For more information about the project or to share your opinion:
Artist participation in the Public Art component of the ABC, Arts Bridging Community, NEA grant
The “Call to Artists” Application was due on March 23.
We anticipate announcing the awarded artists during the Smithville Empty Bowl event on Saturday, April 14.
Smithville’s Sculpture on Main Program
New sculptures have been installed for 2018!
For more information about the sculptures and artists, click on: SmithvilleSOM_2018_Sculpture_Details
The new sculptures are for sale. Please email us if you are interested.
First Place Winner: “X and Oval Wind Chime” by Jay Schaan
Second Place Winner: “Flowers” by Jay Schaan
Third Place Winner: “Snappy” by Anthony St. James
We celebrated these artists during the Reception on Saturday, December 2 at 5PM @ the LPAA Gallery on Main (206 Main Street).
The Smithville Sculpture on Main program celebrates sculpture artists along historic downtown Main Street.
2019 Sculpture on Main Application/Program
2019 Season Application coming soon.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2018
Artist Notification: November 2, 2018
Install Sculptures before Thanksgiving (November 5-16)
Celebration/Awards: Festival of Lights, December 1, 2018
Art will be installed on Main Street until the first week of November, 2019
All sculptors are welcome to apply. The non-refundable entry fee is $25 for the first entry, and $10 each for up to two additional entries by any individual artist (for a maximum of three entries at $45). Selected artists will receive a $250 stipend to transport their work. Please return to this website for more information and for the application file. PLEASE NOTE: All sculptures will be required to be affixed to the pedestals provided: SmithvilleSOMPedestalInfo.
In 2016, the Richard D. Latham Cultural District began a Sculpture on Main program with financial assistance from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Smithville, the Lost Pines Artisans’ Alliance, and Keep Smithville Beautiful (a committee of the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce). The SOM unveiled the sculptures during the Summit Smithville Green Expo on February 18, 2017. Smithville will be happy to showcase these sculptures throughout the year. We thank all the artists who have participated in this inaugural program.
- First Prize: “Mom’s Day Off” by Maria Montoya Hohenstein
- Second Prize: “Double Sided Waterfall” by Stephanie Shroyer
- Third Prize: “Ocotillo Grande” by Hiram Walker
For more information about the artwork or about purchasing a sculpture, please contact Jill Strube: 512 237 3282 x 2109
(Price List and Sculpture Details: SmithvilleSOM_2017_Sculpture_Details)
Hiram Irwin Walker, Jr. died of natural causes Feb. 24, 2017 in La Grange at the age of 61. His wife of 41 years, Grace Walther Walker is also an accomplished artist and an extremely close companion to Hiram, often assisting in his work. Together they came up with works of fantastical creative expression through a variety of media. Hiram had many skills and interests and was able to combine them to create whimsical sculptures of all sizes. He was larger than life, kind, and generous, with an exhilarating love for his wife. The artistic community will truly miss him. It is with great honor and humility that the SOM program displays his works on Main Street.
Where Art Happens in Smithville
The Mary Nichols Art Center works with local schools and offers art and music lessons to the public.
Mary Nichols Art Center
Smithville, TX 78957
Join in on the Action! Or sit in the audience and have a great time. New to acting? Playhouse Smithville is a great community theater to get started.
- Playhouse Smithville
110 Main Street
Smithville, TX 78957
Smithville’s local foundry brings statues to life. Owner Steven Zabel graduated from Smithville High School, and is giving back to his community in a big way as his company flourishes and he is able to add jobs to our area.
- Omega Bronze Art Foundry
902 SE 2nd St.
Smithville, TX 78957