Mission: Enriching Spicewood Lives Through the Arts
Vision: Promoting the performing, visual and literary arts so that an increasing number of individuals in Spicewood and the surrounding Hill Country communities have local access to high quality art experiences that enrich their lives. To implement our vision we will focus on four areas:
The Spicewood Arts Society was conceived in March 2000 at a dinner party when three friends discussed how wonderful it would be to have art events in Spicewood. Cindy Jackson, Dianne Frost-Silver and Madeleine Manigold all loved and patronized performing, visual and literary arts. They missed easy access to art events after moving to Spicewood.
They decided to bring the arts to Spicewood!
The Spicewood Arts Society (SAS) was formed with a mission to provide promotion and education about the performing, visual, and literary arts in Spicewood. The historic first performance by the Austin Chamber Music Center was held in May, 2000 at the Spicewood Vineyards.
SAS continued to grow, developing a performance season including at least six performances each year, special performances and a more formal fundraiser concert. The performances are still held at the Spicewood Vineyards in the 250-seat event center.
After a few years, SAS added Arts Round-Up a fine arts festival with live local music. This juried art show features Hill Country artists working in a range of media and is held each October, this year at La Cabana Grill on Highway 71 in Spicewood. Several times a year, SAS also sponsors Art Treks to visit local artists’ studios and area museums.
Literary arts have been featured through storytelling performances for adults as well as for children at both the Spicewood and West Cypress Hills Elementary Schools. SAS also supports the growing Spicewood Community Library.
SAS sponsored educational activities at the local schools to further the education of the arts. Previous events included student art shows, performances by local artists, books for libraries and bus trips to visual art venues in Austin. SAS also awarded scholarships to high school seniors at Lake Travis High School and Marble Falls High School who are pursuing higher education in the arts.
We offer special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Debbie Starnes, President
Laurie Hall, Vice President of Performing Arts
Vicki McGowan, Vice President of Visual Arts
Karen Noecker, Treasurer
Johanna Winkler, Secretary
Mary Ann Jurgens, Publicity Chair
Renee Hollingsworth, Community Outreach Chair
Elizabeth Blount, Membership Chair
Ellie McLachlin, Volunteer Chair