The second annual Celebrate the Arts festival has a new home this year at the Cleburne Friends of the Cultural Arts J.N. Long Cultural Arts Complex.
Kicking off at 10 a.m. Nov. 2, Celebrate the Arts is a day packed full of various types of art and artists, music, dancing, food and more.
The day begins with Cleburne native artist and sculptor Robert Summers, who has been invited to give a hearth blessing.
Summers lives in Glen Rose and is known for the historic Trail Drive in Downtown Dallas’ Pioneer Plaza, a 4.2-acre park featuring an artificial stream and waterfall in front of the Dallas Convention Center. The tableau features three mounted cowboys and 70 Texas longhorns.
Those who have been to Orange County Airport might have caught a glimpse of one of Summers’ other famous works, a 9 1/2 foot statue of John Wayne.
According to his website, Summers had no formal art training. After graduating to oil painting at 9 years old, he went on to a short course in mixing colors at 15, where he was “told a short time later that he had surpassed his instructor and was wasting his time there,” according to his site.
Since 1964, he has been working as a professional artist, creating works in oil, pastel, pencil, egg and acrylic tempera, wax and clay.
Summers and his wife, Boo, work along with two of their three sons in Glen Rose.
“We are very pleased for Robert Summers to dedicate Cleburne’s new Cultural Art Complex Nov. 2,” Cleburne Camera Club President Henry Long said. “Robert is not only an exceptional artist but a friend of the arts who strives to promote developing art associations, which in turn increase the quality of life in communities. I am certain everyone will enjoy his visit.”
Among items for sale at the festival will be photographs taken by Camera Club members, ranging from about $20 without a frame to $75 with a frame. There will also be knit and leather goods, crocheted items, jewelry and more for sale. Some of the displays, including life-size art created by Cleburne High School students, will become permanent fixtures at the facility.
In the school’s main building, the Brazos Chamber Orchestra plans to hold a musical “petting zoo” during which those interested in trying out an instrument will have a chance to “make a few sounds,” Nellis said.
J.N. Long, which is being leased from Cleburne ISD for $1 per year plus all utilities, will serve nearly 20 area arts organizations including the Camera Club, the Johnson County Art Guild and the Nolan River Woodchippers, among others.