The SHOW returned with art and music

Artist Ryan A Wannemacher’s paintings are a poem to his deceased mother, dealing with an actual garden that commemorates her. “There are peacocks in Lufkin, butterflies sometimes, but I don’t see monarchs anymore.” The upper left hand painting is one of the peacocks that roam the garden, the upper right hand painting represents the butterflies still present, and the bottom painting represents the monarchs he no longer sees.

John Pacheco


For local lovers of art and music, The SHOW returned again this weekend.

The SHOW is a free 2-day event by the Artists Alliance of the Hill Country (AAHC), which features art and music at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. It is held once a year.

“The SHOW of Dripping Springs was a huge success beyond my expectations. It was filled with happy shoppers and lots of energy,” event Chairman Mara Cardwell said.

The event has grown, and for 2017 almost 100 artists from all over the United States applied to The SHOW. AAHC jurists extensively judged entries from California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Each artist submitted 3 JPEGS of their artwork, and 1 JPEG of their booth presentation.

From the nationwide selection, 4 local artists “from varied media and styles” were selected for The SHOW. They were: Stan Allen, Joanna Burch, Mara Cardwell, and Bob Cook.

The event also included local music, as local musicians played original music on stage every hour on the hour.

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