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Harker Heights Evening Star
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A Salute to Arts: 8th Annual Take 190 West

A Salute to Arts: 8th Annual Take 190 West

A “Preview Party” took place Friday evening at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, where artists, authors and sculptors gathered for the 8th Annual Take 190 West – Killeen Salutes the Arts Fest  which went on until Saturday afternoon. Attendees had the chance to enjoy hors devours as they walked around looked at art and met the artists.

“We have more artists, sculptors, and authors than we have ever had, and we had a much larger public attendance as well!” said Connie Kuehl, Director, Killeen Civic & Conference Center and Visitors Bureau. “It’s always heartwarming to watch the interaction between artist or author and the public, especially the children, who are fascinated! Our whole goal is to bring more art forms to Killeen, that are educating and entertaining our citizens. We were pleased to say we met those goals and look forward to surpassing them in the years to come.”

Art from students of Killeen Independent School District was on display including Eastern Hills Middle School in Harker Heights. Attendees were amazed at the talent produced by young artists.

“We were grateful for the opportunity to show our work in Killeen and educate the public on the relief printmaking process.” commented Wil McKeever, Owner, D20 Prints.

Kuehl said she liked the print block McKeever made for Take 190 West so much, she purchased it from him.

Lila Holley is an author from Killeen, she had a booth set up and was anticipating book sales and talking with the attendees. Holley’s book “Camouflaged Sisters” is a compilation book telling the stories women of color in the military.

Tap Tap Art School located in Harker Heights had a table set up and a small gallery of artwork done by the school’s students, which includes pre-school children. Tap Tap Art School is a mobile classroom where students learn and create art in an old school bus that has been converted into an art studio.

Wanda Gunter a mixed media artist from Harker Heights, had her art on display and available for purchase at the Take 190 West Art Festival an event she calls, good for the community.

Gunter also set up a “selfie” booth complete with props. Attendees could take selfies posed in front of a paint splattered background. They could wear paint splattered shirts and pose with art supplies. After taking the photos attendees were encouraged to post them on social media and use hashtag #take190west.

Fifteen sculptors were in a tent outside each one transforming a block of limestone into a masterpiece, the sculptors were given almost three full days to complete that task. Stuart Simpson was one of those sculptors that took on the three day challenge and coming in first place. The artists were awarded with a champagne toast Saturday afternoon when all the sculptures were completed and unveiled.


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