You don’t need the housing market to bottom out to find an Affordable Home….
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Think of it:
A $115,000 home purchase, with $15,000 down and a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at 4.375% ” todays rate”
could cost you just $499 per month in mortgage payments.
That’s probably less than the rent on the apartment you’re in.
That’s a little magic…
Congratulations to Betty Shamel …. the 2011 Art Festival Poster Artist for the
42nd Annual Rockport Art Festival: July 2-3 in Rockport, Tx
Who is Betty??
A Native Texan and lifetime artist, Betty was born in Dallas, and grew up in the Panhandle and Rio Grande Valley. As a painter and potter, she has also lived and painted in California, Tennessee, Austria, and Mexico. Betty earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guanajuato at San Miguel de Allende.
Over Betty’s career she has ventured into ceramics, producing one-of-a-kind pieces which broaden her perspective beyond two dimensions. Her continued willingness to learn and be part of a larger community of artists is why her work continues to thrive – and how she humbly teaches her peers. A sense of humor with reverence toward nature, community, and creative thinking pervade throughout her work.
Betty now lives and works in Rockport as a painter, potter, and teacher. She has taught for more than 30 years. Her students™ works have appeared in national magazines, the first and third National Art Educators™ Electronic Galleries of the Texas Art Educators Association, winning awards for student art. In addition, Shamel has exhibited her work frequently in juried and invitational shows.
Located right on Aransas Bay and showcasing high-quality artists, live music, a kids’ activity tent and more, the Rockport Art Festival is always great summer fun on the Texas Coast.
Saturday, July 2: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, July 3: 10 am – 5 pm
$6 Adults on Saturday
$5 Adults on Sunday
$1 Children under 12 both days
OR Purchase a 2-day VIP Pass for $10
Good for both days!
Click here for 2011 Art Festival Exhibitor List
Sea you there ~~~~~
The Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,000 museums across America.
Active duty military personnel and their families are invited to enjoy free admission at Texas Historical Commission state historic sites that are open to the public, as part of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The program runs from May 30 through Labor Day (Sept. 5), with more than 1,000 participating museums and historic sites across the U.S. .
SEE BELOW FOR A LIST OF MUSEUMS NEAR YOU….
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is located in Aransas County in the small town of Rockport, about 35 miles north of Corpus Christi. The 2.7-acre coastal site is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The distinctive mansion was restored in 1976-1983 and opened to visitors as a historic house museum in 1983. Today, the doors of the Fulton Mansion are still open to the public, and its library, parlor, dining room, sitting room, bedrooms and bathrooms are available for exploring, offering a rare glimpse into the posh Victorian world of a prominent South Texas family at a time when interior gas lighting and flush-toilets were progressive for this part of Texas. Learn about George Fulton™s engineering skills, take a walk through Harriet Fulton™s gardens and hear the stories of living in a grand Victorian villa.
This early 1900™s œkit house showcases Port Aransas history. Open 1-5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, tours are given by volunteer docents.
Permanent exhibitions include the lighthouse lens that burned at the Lydia Ann Lighthouse from 1878 to 1952, video of Port Aransas in the 1920™s and 1930™s,
12,000 photos and documents about Port Aransas, video interviews by important islanders, and more.
Exhibits: 100 Years of Sport Fishing in Port A
Be sure to check out the tour of the Little Chapel on the Hill
Corpus Christi -
Art Museum of South Texas Located at 1902 North Shoreline, the Art Museum of South Texas was designed by internationally renowned architect Philip Johnson. Completed in 1972, the Museum serves as the cultural center for fine art in Corpus Christi.
Consisting of three levels, approximately 12,000 of the building’s 30,000 square feet belong to galleries. The lowest level, located at sea level, contains classrooms, studios, a library, and storage and work areas. The next level, the main entrance, faces the Bayfront Arts and Science Park and is equipped with galleries, a gift shop, an auditorium, and interactive kids’ playroom. A 60-foot catwalk runs above the main level, and leads to a sky-lit gallery on the 3rd level. Constructed entirely out of white concrete and plaster, the Museum seems to radiate with the strong South Texas heat and light.
This was the purpose, as stated by Philip Johnson: “Light is the essence, and light coming in from all sides is especially bathing and soothing.” The floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view of Corpus Christi Bay as well as the Harbor Bridge.
These wonderful museums are a perfect DAY adventure … ENJOY!!!