The Hill Country Galleria on Jan. 16 unveiled three new mural installations by local artists and inspired by Central Texas. The galleria partnered with the Bee Cave Arts Foundation last fall to search for artists to commission these works, which will live permanently at the galleria. The public will be invited to meet the featured local artists at the Hill Country Galleria’s first Art Walk on Jan. 30. The new murals include “Hi There” by Helena Sue Martin, “Bijou the Bee” by Avery Orendorf and “Las Flores de Tejas y Abejas Mexicanas” by J Muzacz. "The Hill Country Galleria is setting out to become a resource for local creatives, from offering affordable studio and gallery spaces to supporting events initiatives,” according to a press release by Giant Noise, a public relations firm representing the galleria.
“Hi There” is a 16-foot mural of a golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species native to Central Texas. “With a unique perspective and endearing expression, the mural invites a connection between the viewer and the piece,” according to the press release.
“Bijou the Bee” includes a series of murals spanning four panels inspired by a character from the children’s book “Skydancer: Adventures of a Monarch Butterfly” by Tania DeGregorio. The artist, Austin-based Avery Orendorf of Avery O Design, utilizes “clean linework, strong colors and repeating patterns to create intricate but simple art pieces with deep story potential,” the release states.
“Las Flores de Tejas y Abejas Mexicanas” is the newest mosaic mural by J Muzacz, showcasing 10 by 20 feet of 40,470 individually hand-placed glass tiles. The piece was inspired by Texas’ seasonal wildflowers and features bluebonnets, spiderworts, Indian blankets, purple coneflowers and a honeycomb in honor of the city of Bee Cave. The mosaic took J Muzacz five weeks to finish and was constructed with the help of Yuki Takata, Ayaka Kawashima, Carmen Rangel, and Alison Skinner. Mason Lackey and Daniel Goodwin also aided in the piece’s installation.
The Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com