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Area artists featured at MOWA

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Two local artists, Anita Smith and Becky Rogers, have had pieces selected by the jury for the Museum of Western Art's 32nd annual art show and sale set for Saturday, Sept. 19, in Kerrville. This year, "The Party" will have events scheduled all day long, starting with breakfast and ending with an evening of dining and dancing.
Smith, of Bandera, has been painting since her college days in Missouri. Her husband's job required a lot of moves, so "I took classes whenever I could," she said.
Although she has worked in many mediums, she is currently concentrating on pastels. One of her entries in the show, Team Mates, featuring a handsome pair of horses, is an excellent demonstration of the flexibility and beauty of that medium.
If the duo looks familiar, that's because they pulled the Wells Fargo stagecoach in a Bandera parade. "I've gotten a lot of inspiration from Bandera parades," the nine-year resident said.
Smith tackles a wide range of subjects including landscapes, flowers and still lifes.
"I find painting very satisfying and relaxing," said Smith. "The concentration required calms me." She also relishes the challenge of attempting new subjects. "I just finished a Brahma bull, and that was a first for me," she said.
More of Smith's art can be viewed on the River's Edge Gallery's website and in the windows of Hill Country Embroidery on Main Street in Bandera.
Rogers, who has lived in central Texas since 1979, has been painting "since I was a kid." She has been a professional full time artist for 16 years, after leaving a career in banking.
"I grew up in southwest Kansas where there were no trees and no water, in the middle of the Dust Bowl," she said, "so I'm just in awe of the trees and water and wildlife of the Hill Country."
Most of Rogers' paintings are in oil and feature Hill Country wildflower scenes, longhorn cattle and interesting limestone and oak tree vistas.
Her work can be seen on her website at She is also featured at the Carriage House Gallery in Boerne, Artisan - A Texas Gallery in Fredericksburg and Mustang Grey's in San Antonio. Her works are also on sale in the MOWA gift shop.
Rogers teaches regularly with classes at her studio every Thursday. More information can be found on her website.
She uses photographs a lot in planning her works. "My husband and I travel around the countryside and I take lots and lots of photographs," she said. "I love to paint cactus, so I spend a lot of time on the ground trying to get a good shot!"
A finished painting may take elements from several photos.
All participants' art works for the show and sale will remain on display at the museum for a month following "The Party."
Saturday's special event begins with breakfast and a program by Dr. Bill Rector, "The Great Western Trail Starts in Kerrville." After the program, guests will be transported to the LD Brinkman Estate for a private tour of that outstanding collection.
The art sale and silent auction begins at 5 pm. The show includes 52 artists and almost 130 works of fine art in oil, watercolor, bronze, etchings, and more.
Dinner will be served at 7 pm, with dancing afterward to the Almost Patsy Cline Band.
"The Party" is the major fundraiser for The Museum of Western Art, with proceeds supporting the Museum's educational programs, operating expenses, and preservation and conservation projects.
The Museum of Western Art is located at 1550 Bandera Highway. For ticket information about "The Party," call the museum at 830-896-2553.