The History of the Spicewood Arts Society
The Spicewood Arts Society (SAS) has been in existence for more than 15 years with the mission of “enriching Spicewood lives through the Arts.” A dinner party in March 2000 was where three friends – Madeleine Manigold, Cindy Jackson and Dianne Frost-Silver– spoke of their love of living in the Hill Country outside of Austin, but lamented over the lack of access to the Arts without a drive to Austin, Houston, San Antonio or Dallas. As a result of that discussion, they set about creating a small non-profit organization that would bring the arts to the Hill Country – and SAS was born.
The First Arts Round-Up and Beyond
The Arts Round-up was created four years later as a vehicle to showcase the visual arts, with particular focus on the artists in the Spicewood area, as well as the surrounding Hill Country.
The Arts Round-up has continued to grow and is now held on the grounds surrounding the La Cabana Grill in Spicewood. The juried fine art show features artists’ works in a variety of art mediums, and the stage and dance floor allow SAS to feature the music of local artists, as well as the music of local school students.
With the proceeds from its various events, SAS sponsors activities in the local schools. Past SAS sponsored projects and performances have included: storytellers, interactive pottery demonstrations, book donations, musical performances, assistance with transportation costs when the students travel to art related venues, and an in-school art publication project.
The proceeds from the Arts Round-Up and the annual fundraiser concert also allow SAS to grant scholarships to high school seniors in the Marble Falls and Lake Travis school districts who wish to pursue a post-secondary education in an art related field. In 2016 SAS awarded five $1,500 scholarships to deserving students.
Spicewood Arts Society Information Center
Information about all the activities offered by the Spicewood Arts Society, including the Arts Round-up, are available at the new information center located at 9807 Hwy. 71 East in The Shops of Spicewood at the JS Hollingsworth Center.
We offer special thanks to the Texas Commission of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.