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Discover Art al Fresco in Boerne

BoerneBoerne is home to 10 new outdoor residents, among them a turquoise bunny, a blue heron and a steel dancer. The finalists for the inaugural Art al Fresco public art exhibit were announced in mid-September. Made from welded steel, bronze, stucco, concrete and more, the sculptures are on display throughout the city's historic downtown, known as Boerne's Hill Country Mile, as well as along the town's trail system. The sculptures are on display until fall 2016.

They include:
• Andrew Arvanetes - "Urban Moai Figure"

• John Banks - "Stars on Parade" and "Thought of a Treble Clef" 
• Joe Barrington - "Comet and Raven: Messenger from Afar"

• Jeffie Brewer - "Yves Klein Blue Heron" and "Bunny"

• Russ Connell - "Red Pony"

• Jerry Daniel - "Dancer 2015"

• Rollin Karg - "Mongo"

• Craig Gray - "Slices of Heaven"

Along with "Yves Klein Blue Heron," Jeffie Brewer's "Bunny" is on display. "Bunny" is one of a series of bunnies that are in collections as far west as California and as far east as the Carolinas, according to Brewer. They vary from 18 inches tall to 10 feet tall, he said during a recording about the piece included in the Art al Fresco app available on Otocast.

"I like the interactions people have with them," said Brewer, who is a full-time sculptor and professor of sculpture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. "Sometimes it's silly and sometimes it's scary; I hope you enjoy it."

Jerry Daniel's abstract "Dancer 2015" is also one of a series of the steel sculptures. He made his first dancer in the series 25 years ago, he says on the app, from a "stack of steel arcs he picked up in a scrapyard.

"My dancers are my expression of the good in life; the celebration of living," Daniel said. People can take a walking tour of the sculptures. Pick up a complimentary brochure at the Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Greater Boerne Area Chamber of Commerce. Or download the app from Otocast onto your smartphone or app-enabled device to explore Art al Fresco and hear information about each piece from the artist who created it.

While this program is the first of its kind in Boerne, the city's permanent sculpture collection has expanded significantly in recent years, with the installation of the "Wild Bill Hickok" bronze at Main Plaza, "The Land of the Cheyenne on the Cibolo Trail" and "Father Gander" in River Road Park.

"In the City of Boerne, the appreciation of art is everywhere," said Crisanne Zamponi, President/CEO of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce. "Boerne is thriving thanks to the support of businesses and local organizations that stay true to the arts culture that is so intrinsic in defining this great city. Art al Fresco will allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy the natural beauty of the Hill Country Mile while creating a conversation about the art community here."

Viewers will also have a chance to vote for their favorite sculpture. At the close of the competition, the artist voted "Boerne's Choice" will be recognized by the city. For more details on Boerne's Art al Fresco, visit Join the conversation by following Art al Fresco on Facebook and Twitter. See you on the Hill Country Mile!