WINTERS– Come enjoy the art exhibit by local artists, plus the Christmas trees decorated by various clubs, businesses, organizations and individuals November 24 at the Rock Hotel. New additions to our trees this year are the “Homer and Floy Hodges tree” featuring ornaments from their travels around the world. This tree is decorated by Betty Hood in honor of her aunt and uncle. Sharon Staires, owner of the “Upstaires/Downstaires Bed and Breakfast” in Ballinger will also feature a tree.

The West Dale Groceries’ tree honors the cancer survivors as well as the memory of ones that have past away. Polished Nails, a new business in Winters, will enter a tree of unique design. These and many more things will be featured. The hotel will be a festive place to share with your friends the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

One of the artists, Maurine Davis, will exhibit her art along with paintings by her late husband, LaDell Davis, Maurine and LaDell are native to Winters and both started painting while in grade school and continued throughout their lives. Maurine said painting makes her happy, relaxed and is an enjoyable pastime. She fondly remembers her art teacher, Mrs. Jones, from many years ago. Some of you may remember her also.

Another featured artist, Dorothy Dankworth, a native of Ballinger, started painting at an early age. Her unique style has evolved through the years through her interpretation of light, color, and perspective. After experimenting with several art forms, including china painting and lost wax jewelry design, Dorothy discovered her love for watercolor. The complexities of this medium have presented a constant and exciting challenge which keeps her style fresh and new. Her art always has a strong basis in design and realism.

Dorothy has exhibited many places and received awards for Best of Show, Artist of the Year, Purchase Awards and many others. Her Still Life’s will be featured at the Rock Hotel.

Another artist of renown is Susan Mansell, a fourth generation Texan. While in college, she studied art at Southwest Texas and Angelo State University. In the mid 90s Susan took up watercolor painting with an emphasis on transparent watercolor. She is now working in the medium of oils as well as working on the construction of art books and bindings.

Susan has shown in numerous national and regional shows, and from 2000-2009 won more than 30 awards for her art. She is a past-president of the Creative Arts Club in Abilene, and an associate member of the American Watercolor Society, and many more art related organizations.

Susan is married to Chauncy Mansell and they share in many artistic endeavors together as well as art related works with their children.

The Rock Hotel is proud to exhibit these fine artists paintings for your viewing Saturday, November 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Rock Hotel on West Dale in Winter. Looking forward to seeing you and hope that you will also join us for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.