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  • 27 Nov 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After 25 years working as gallery director for others, Jacquie Hollis Martinez returned home to Buda to open her own. Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery, located in the Buda Mill and Grain complex at 306 S. Main, reflects the talent and skill Martinez developed while managing galleries in Santa Fe, Telluride, and Austin, as well as her connections to artists, artisans, and customers. With her natural eye for art, and passion for building collections, Martinez maintains an assemblage of pieces by fine artists and craftsmen so that customers can find a variety of mediums to suit an array of budgets and needs, from personally collecting to buying a handmade gift not found elsewhere. The gallery is a feast for the eyes—hanging art, both original and limited reproductions; pottery that is functional and decorative; contemporary as well as traditional southwestern jewelry; and assorted sculpture, décor, and textiles. 

    “I know the people (artists) and deal directly with them,” Martinez says of the living American artists represented in her gallery. She explained that they are working artists and craftsmen who need the money to continue doing what they love, building and producing their works. This is key to her as she curates their creations—making a difference.  In getting ready for holiday season shopping, Martinez says she asks them, “What is your go-to gift for the holidays?” For the most part, except for a few recent COVID-related accessories, customers will not find mass produced items in the gallery.

    Timing has worked well for Martinez. As a graduate of Texas State University in interior design, she quickly landed a gallery director’s job in Santa Fe. She later moved to Telluride, and finally ended up back in central Texas. With her credentials as a gallery director, she also worked as an art broker and consultant.  When she realized the Buda Mill and Grain complex was in development, she invited her old high school friend, Theresa Jones, to return from artistic pursuits on the east coast to partner with her in establishing the Assemblage. As the gallery neared its recent third anniversary, Jones decided to relocate to New Mexico, and Martinez now is sole proprietor. Martinez said Buda is in the beginning stages of becoming recognized as a city for the arts in Texas. There has been strong community backing of the arts as evidenced by the opening of Inspired Minds Art Center, and the establishment of the Buda Area Artists Collective. “Art is getting a foothold in Buda, and only gaining momentum,” she said. “There is strength in numbers.”

  • 20 Aug 2020 6:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Buda Public Library exists, and has grown, as the result of community partnerships. One of its most constant partner organizations has been the Buda Lions Club, established here in 1975. The Lions Club is a group of volunteers with stated intent to “make as much money as we possibly can to give back first, to this community, and second, to people all over the world.”

    The usually-annual Wiener Dog Races is a nationally known effort of this Buda group, and throughout the year members also operate food concession stands at school sports events. They give much of their money to help people in need get access to vision services, and to send youth with physical disabilities or diabetes to the Texas Lions Camp. It also awards college scholarships.

    But, for decades the Buda Lions Club also has continued to be a valued supporter of the Buda Public Library. When a variety of organizations and individuals united to raise money to build a permanent library building in 1990, the Buda Lions were there to pledge. The resulting Anthony Moreau Memorial Library opened in 1993, and continued to serve the Buda community until the newest Buda Public Library was built as part of the new municipal building in 2018.

    Committed to supporting public library programs and needs, the Buda Lions Club has continued to donate funds annually through the Friends of the Buda Library. Why the library? Charles Handrick, an active and long-time member and leader of the Buda Lions Club, explained how this is in line with its mission to help provide opportunities to the disadvantaged. “The library is a vehicle for less advantaged people to utilize because a library enhances their ability to make life better for themselves.”

    Quality of life is always better when communities pull together. Our community partnership with the Buda Lions Club is a testament to what’s possible when we work together.

    By: Joan Givens

    Pictured above: Michael Criner, Buda Lions Club, and Marc Hunter, Friends Past President, at the Annual Meeting in January.

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