Sculpture Gardens & Art Tour Book:
NOW Only $39.95 (after tour 4-28-12, $49.95)
A GREAT MEMENTO of the tour and, even better, a guide to the great artists in four counties of the Upper East Side of Texas, including Henderson, Van Zandt, and Kaufman counties.
All of us involved with the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club love books.
However, it was a moment of pure joy when we realized that P.A. Geddie, the publisher of the County Line Magazine, the sponsor of the tour, was also a bibliophile with one particular penchant for museum books. Practically anytime she goes to a show and it has a book on the show, she purchases it and, then like some of us, spend hours evaluating every morsel of its being, from the quality of the art to the design of the book to the descriptions contained in the text.
It was a meeting of soul mates.
But it gets better than that. We, in the GMAGC, had recently been through the publication of a book titled Malakoff,Texas, and we knew better than most how many things can go wrong in the writing, design, editing, and lay-out process, and how much time and money it takes to ultimately get a book to press and on the table for your decision as to whether you want to purchase it.
Our heart’s desire was to publish a book on this tour, because we view this tour as historic – at the least from the perspective of the creation of the James Surls’ Sculpture Gardens: A Memorial to Joe Surls and the James Surls (Annual) Sculpture Competition, but, also, because we wanted people outside the Upper East Side of Texas to understand the magnitude and the quality of the artists who live and produce their art here. We believed that something concrete, like a book, would be the vehicle -- like The Little Engine That Could – that would keep the reality that there is a place in this place chugging along, reinforcing what we know to be the culture and quality of life of the Upper East Side of Texas.
When P.A. Geddie volunteered to design the lay-out of the book, it immediately transformed from being a dream we would have liked to effectuate into an accomplishment. The book would be.
But we needed something more, which our great friends James and Barbara Stewart provided – the underwriting with the purchase of 200 of the books so we knew that, no matter what happened, we could pay the bill to get the book printed.
If we receive little or nothing financially for the Bartlett House and Heritage Gardens’ restoration from this tour, it won’t be the most horrible of disappointments because the one thing we know is that the book will continue to exist and inure to the benefit of the artists, whose work we celebrate in the tour and in the book. The book proclaims their value and all they contribute to the Upper East Side of Texas, and that, my friends, is the reason we’ve done all this in the first place.
by Lyn Dunsavage Young