Juried art show part of Hiller House event

July 17, 2010 at 2:17 a.m.

Joe Baugh, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Victoria

Joe Baugh, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Victoria

Keep Victoria Beautiful and the Cultural Council of Victoria will hold their annual fundraiser at the historic Hiller House from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

The theme is Boots at the Hiller House. For the first time, it will also include a juried art contest with all the artwork being boot related.

Cultural Council of Victoria Executive Director Joe Baugh recently sat down with Advocate intern Stephanie Kasper to discuss the upcoming event.

Q: So what is Boots at Hiller House?

A: It's a yearly event at the historical Hiller House. Last year there was a local actor portraying each member of the Hiller family. This year they are telling historical stories about Victoria and Texas.

It also includes a chuck-wagon dinner and a gun raffle.

This year's event is based on the new Victoria marketing slogan, "Bring Your Boots."

Q: Why did you decide to hold the juried art contest at this event?

A: We decided to team up with the Hiller House and Keep Victoria Beautiful to try to get more people involved. The contest is modeled after the Cultural Council's On My Own Time, an art contest for local businesses. We had nine companies involved in the contest this year. The entries are always so diverse, anything from rocking chairs to wedding cakes. We're hoping for that kind of diversity in the contest at Hiller House.

Q: What type of art are you looking for in the contest?

A: The only real requirement is that it pertains to boots. The contest is open to two and three dimensional art, paintings, drawings, digital and digitally enhanced photography, paintings, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, metal workings, mixed media, textiles and wood art.

Anything really, as long as I can carry it and it's not still wet at deadline time.

Q: How exactly will the contest work?

A: We have two groups that artists can enter. The junior group is for high school students in grades nine through 12, who can enter through their schools.

The senior group is for anyone over 18. We'll judge the artwork and hang it at the Hiller House for the event on Oct. 10. Then it will come here to Leo J. Welder (center) and hang in the lobby from Oct. 14 to 24.

If they want, the artists can auction off their work in a silent auction to benefit Keep Victoria Beautiful and the Cultural Council.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: I just want to get the word out early so the artists have time to get their pieces done. We're hoping for a lot of diverse entries that will be fun for us to judge and for the community to view.



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