Experience the Old World craft of stone carving right here in Texas! This month the Vineyard at Florence will present its 6th annual Stone carving competition and demonstration, on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.
This free, family-friendly event will also feature a Fine Art Show with works by local artists, wine tastings, an annual harvest dinner, live music, and more. The vineyard, located in Florence, Texas, is just 40 miles north of Austin.
Organized by Bartlett Stone, Texas Carved Stone and the Vineyard at Florence, stone carvers from across the state will participate in the weekend-long event celebrating this ancient tradition. Visitors will be able to experience first-hand, masters of the craft transform blocks of stone into original sculptures over the course of two days. In addition to watching and visiting with the carvers, visitors (including children) will have an opportunity to learn about the tools of the trade, and try their hand under the guidance of a trained carver.
This year’s participants are Brooke Compson, Jake DaSuta, Shelby Haggerton, Jeremy Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Bob Ragan, Stuart Simpson, and Paul Stokke. They will begin carving at 8AM Saturday, and will complete their pieces by 3PM on Sunday.
The judges of the competition include: Greg Ciotti, Austin-based Architect; Hershall Seals, Professor and Chairman of the Art Department at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; and Katherine Teel, Marketing Executive at Getty Images. Works will be judged based on technical skill, as well as overall artistic vision. The judging process will begin at 3PM Sunday afternoon followed by the announcement of awards at 4PM.
Additional information available at: www.thevineyardatflorence.com.