Center showcasing potters

Published 6:55 am Sunday, August 14, 2016

While checking out the Austin ArtWorks Festival on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28, don’t miss out on all the activities happening on Main Street in downtown Austin on Saturday.

Artists Tammy Rice, Margie Klein, and Maria Tonelli will be hosting a trunk show on the main floor of the Austin ArtWorks Center. Both Tammy and Margie’s artwork are top sellers at the center.

Tammy uses discarded materials, like inner tubes, and transforms them into something beautiful.

Margie is essentially a self-taught potter. She first learned to work with clay in high school and then rediscovered her love for the medium 15 years ago when she was given a kiln and a wheel. Margie has passed her love of art onto her granddaughter Maria who creates her own original charcoal pastel greeting cards.

The gallery on the center’s second floor will feature artwork by local artist James Wegner. On display will be work from various points of his career.

This show will officially open from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. More events will be happening along Main Street. Outside the Spam Museum there will be lots of games and fun for the kids. A Commedia del Arte theatre troupe will be doing performances throughout the day across the downtown area and the Festival grounds.

We are happy to announce that the Spare Arts Motorcycle Show is returning this year. Motorcycles will be set up on display on Main Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. All of the downtown activities will kick off at 11 a.m. with the Bubble Blast hosted by the Vision 2020 Downtown Destination Committee.

The blast will take place in the empty lawn next to the Tendermaid. Everyone is invited to participate and are encouraged to bring your own wand.

Upcoming events

•Tuesday: Uncork & Create, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Cost is $40.

•Wednesday: Calan, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Free.

•Aug. 19-21: Matchbox Children’s Theatre presents “Fairy Free-For-All and Pyramus & Thisbe” — 7 p.m. Aug. 19, 2 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21 at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Costis $8 for adults, $5 for students 14 and younger.