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Carving a success story, art in the park

Photo courtesy of Christine Morse

Photo courtesy of Christine Morse, city council candidate
Vision for Bandera is an informal and loosely affiliated group of people who get together and brainstorm tangible ways to improve and preserve quality of life in Bandera. But they do a lot more than brainstorm: They think outside the box, develop action plans, roll up their sleeves and lather on the elbow grease whenever required. At one gathering, Dennis Allyn tossed out the idea of hiring an artist to turn a couple of dead tree trunks into public art. Vision for Bandera took the idea to the Economic Development Corporation — and they liked it. The EDC took the proposal to the City Council and they like it, too. They approved the expenditure, which was less than $10,000. The sculptures stand, not only as a reminder of the cowboy capital branding effort, but of effective cooperation.
Pictured from left to right in front at the dedication ceremony of the recently completed public artwork on Oct. 25 are Noelene and Bandera City Councilman Glen Clark, Cam Dockery, the artist, Bandera City Councilwoman Lynne Palmer, Vision for Bandera co-organizers Mason and Rochelle Hunt, EDC board member and executive director for Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau Patricia Moore and her dog, Belle, Bandera City Councilwoman Rebeca Gibson, City Councilwoman Toni Kuntz, Mayor Suzanne Schaumann, Vice President of the EDC board of directors Cindy Harrington, President of the Economic Development Coorporation Board of Directors Art Crawford and Bandera County Courier political cartoonist Dennis Allyn.