This article first appeared in Texas Lifestyle Magazine on May 14, 2019.
Whimsy & Wonder Art Festival is bringing interactive art and music to Liberty Hill on May 18th for an experience unlike any other.
The inaugural Whimsy & Wonder will transform Liberty Hill’s businesses into art galleries hosting works from local artists with live art demonstrations and live music in each gallery. Food and wine will be served in whimsical ways featuring aerial bartenders, living tables and a live champagne dress.
As a proud supporter of the arts within its community, the City of Liberty Hill will host Whimsy & Wonder, turning downtown Main Street into a wonderland that stirs the imagination and indulges the senses at every turn. The heart of this booming Central Texas community will be filled with performers, stilt walkers and local artisans.
World-renowned magician Cody S. Fisher will wow visitors with street magic, and a strolling caricature artist will draw guests on the spot. A children’s Imagination Garden will house interactive art exhibits and craft booths. The Imagination Garden will also feature shows by Circus Chickendog throughout the evening. Darren Peterson, the creative mastermind behind Circus Chickendog, uses rescue circus dogs, a scarlet macaw, juggling, unicycling, giant bubbles, an accordion and circus balancing acts to entertain the whole family.
Festival-goers will be able to watch live art demonstrations including a live body painter, sidewalk chalk artists and Austin’s very own Dirty Car Artist Scott Wade, in action. Pedicab drivers will be available to transport visitors from downtown street parking and parking lots.
One of the most notable artists at Whimsy & Wonder is Desmond Blair, who was born without fingers. That hasn’t stopped Blair from becoming a passionate artist and problem-solver. Blair used his determination and tenacity to go from the basic use of crayons to the sophisticated use of paint brushes and drawing of portraits. He taught himself to write and paint with his feet, his mouth and eventually both hands to overcome, what seemed to be, the insurmountable.
“Liberty Hill has a rich tradition of celebrating the arts that started more than 40 years ago when sculptors came from across the world to create magnificent pieces of art here,” said Liberty Hill Mayor Rick Hall. “Over the years, our community, known for its peaceful rural setting, has continued to attract the most creative of artists, musicians, and freethinkers, and we look for opportunities to celebrate and share their talents with our Central Texas neighbors.”
Whimsy & Wonder is an event like none other where visitors can interact with artists, musicians and street performers while being dazzled with magical opportunities to create, enjoy and be entertained.