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Round Top Summer 2024

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(Continued from page 12) (Continued) ROUND ABOUT ROUND TOP E state sales are catnip for collectors, bringing together treasures that reflect a singular point of view. In this vein, Red & White Gallery rolls out a visual banquet from the trove of late Cat Spring entrepreneur and artist Mark Chapman. An ardent collector, Chapman assembled vast holdings of canvases and sculpture, from artists and galleries across Texas and beyond. The collection encompasses the 19th century to contemporary works; most coveted are historic landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and genre scenes, many in elaborate antique frames. Chapman's wish was that his collection would be dispersed to the public while benefiting nonprofits. More than 275 artworks are being offered at Red & White to raise funds for a visionary project: Fayetteville Community Center & Performance Theater on Fayetteville's Historic Square. With finds from $50 and above, everyone can acquire a work and support a creative community cause, as 100 percent of gallery sales goes directly to the new community center and theater. Mark Chapman Collection, Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment, through June 29, at Red & White Gallery, 102 W. Main St. on the Historic Square, Fayetteville; Catherine D. Anspon O ne of Bellville's beloved merchants passed away this spring, but thankfully his legacy lives on in the one of Texas' most unique roadside attractions. Michael Newman opened Newman's Bakery along Main Street in 1983, and two decades later — inspired by travels in Italy and Spain — completed Newman's Castle, a riff on medieval times and also his home. Since moving into his ode to the Middle Ages in 2007, Newman has welcomed thousands of tourists to ogle its picturesque touches, which he crafted over a 10-year period, even taking up welding. Visitors are greeted by charming details, unexpected in bucolic rural Texas, that amount to a flashback to King Arthur's court: a crenellated wall, dramatic moat, 3,000-pound drawbridge leading to a portcullis, chapel, five corner turrets, a courtyard, and a central keep boasting a vista of surrounding lands. Fortunately, both Newman's Bakery and Newman's Castle continue in operation. Call ahead to book your castle tour ($20, boxed lunch included); tours meet (pay in person) Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am at Newman's Bakery, 504 E. Main St., Bellville, 979.865.9804; castle rental also available for weddings and other celebrations; Catherine D. Anspon W e can't think of a more ideal pairing than outsider art and Round Top. Collectors, take note: Friday through Sunday, June 7 – 9, head to The Compound for the antiques and design Mecca's inaugural Round Top Folk Art Festival. Mayor Mark Massey is the brain behind the event. The three-day gathering of artists and dealers from Texas and beyond showcases the au courant and timeless collecting field of art crafted by outsider and visionary makers, joined by works from respected artisans. Expect creations that celebrate the hand, priced for beginning to seasoned collectors. Admission is free, and a portion of proceeds benefits Houston's celebrated Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. At press time, Massey shared initial dealer details. Exhibitors will include: gallerist Debra Sherman, in from Colorado, presenting Native American wood carvings and folk paintings; Robert Harris, aka King Rob of Lafayette, Louisiana, a Cajun contemporary talent; and Houston- based Kacey White, showcasing indigenous handmade jewelry. Friday, June 7, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, June 8, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, June 9, 10 am to 2 pm; at The Compound's Peck Barn; free; Catherine D. Anspon B lue Hills at Round Top has unveiled the dealers who will occupy seven new barns currently under construction at the rapidly expanding venue. The structures are on a 17.8-acre tract adjacent to the original Blue Hills property and will open in time for the Round Top Fall 2024 Antiques & Design Show. Labeled K through Q, the barns create an additional 55,000 square feet of vendor space. Several current Blue Hills vendors will move to the new barns, alongside newcomers French Art Deco, Maison Miral, Benton, Hayden, Tres Bien Antiques, TwoMaisons, Sacred Heart Antiques, and Sylvia Serres Fine Art. An opening party is planned for Saturday, October 5, 5 to 8 pm, and the public is invited. Blue Hills has changed its usual fall dates to earlier in the show and is open October 5 through 19. Candice Cowin COMES MORE OUT OF THE BLUE BLUE Pierre-Jules Mêne's Hunting Dog, 1870-1879, at Red & White Gallery, Fayetteville Round Top Folk Art Festival debuts at The Compound, June 7 – 9 Newman's Castle, Bellville RED & WHITE DOES GOOD: ACQUIRING FOR A CAUSE UPDATE: NEWMAN'S CASTLE HOLDS COURT COLLECTOR ALERT: FOLK ART AT THE COMPOUND 14

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