To the Editor,

It takes the efforts of many individuals to produce an event the size and scope of the 12th annual Paint Historic Waxahachie.

The Ellis County Art Association and ART on the Square Gallery would like to acknowledge and give special thanks to:

Our friends and neighbors…the Citizens of Waxahachie. The response we have received has been overwhelming. We thank each and every one of you for a true ‘community up’ rally of support. You have contributed greatly to the success of this event and shown us how well a town portrays its authentic identity.

Our appreciation and thanks to the City of Waxahachie; Mayor Kevin Strength, the City Council, and “Ms. Downtown” Anita Brown, for their ongoing commitment to weaving the arts into the fabric of our community.

Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association; the heartbeat of our Historic Downtown business district. Your help in the promotion of this event and others throughout the year is truly appreciated.

Our Sponsors; City Credit Union, Big & Rich BBQ, made it possible to publish our souvenir event program, “ A Collector’s Guide to a Paint Out.”

The Citizens of Ellis County for allowing the artists to set up their “outdoor studios” on the steps and walkways of the Courthouse.

To the Paint Historic Waxahachie artists who have come together for this painting marathon. You are inspirational and so generous to share with us your creative process. We acknowledge you as contemporary documenters of our precious historic city.

Our Collector’s Guide Cover Artist, Kent Brewer. Kent’s painting won Best in Show last year. What a wonderful talent!

We honor the 49th Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes. This annual event provides us with a location & theme, the necessary ingredient for a successful paint out. Special thanks to Shannon Simpson, Curator of the Ellis County Museum, Beth Young, Chairperson of the Tour of Homes and the “Trail Committee” for partnering with us in showcasing the art, architecture and history of Waxahachie in a new and exciting way.

Historic Waxahachie Inc. sponsored the event special award category “This Place Matters” in recognition of National Historic Preservation Month. Together, HWI and Paint Historic Waxahachie work toward the shared goal of bringing awareness to the importance of preservation of historic landmarks in our city.

To all the residents of Waxahachie that allowed our artists access to their back yards, gardens, and in many instances, refuge on their porches.

Thanks to Mike & Carol Cull, and Gingerbread Press for all our printing needs, including the Collector’s Guide to a Paint Out; you always meet “our deadline”.

We appreciate the excellent press coverage by our “hometown paper” the Waxahachie Daily Light, as well as local broadcasts by our favorite radio station, KBEC. Editors of NOW Magazine and Ellis County Living Magazine for special features throughout the year about art & artists. Thanks also to Citizens National Bank for announcing our event on the CNB Marquee.

To Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce staff; Laurie Moseley, Director of Conventions & Visitors Bureau; for support and guidance….thanks so much for all you do for our community.

Thanks to Shirley Riddle for spending hours and hours on the telephone coordinating the volunteer work schedule and to all the ECAA volunteers that helped with every stage of this event; what a group of dedicated go-getters!

I can always count on Artist Awards Chairperson Linda Schindler. This position involves advance preparation several months before the event – plus dozens of phone calls, emails as well as the old-fashioned “pen & paper” method of contacting sponsors for our awards program.

Our ART on the Square gallery at 113 W. Franklin had to be “made ready” to receive more than 200 paintings for the exhibition – several event artists and ECAA volunteers coordinated the checking in the process for paintings & installing the show – the combined effort helped make the show a huge success.

Our refreshments for artists, volunteers and patrons were hosted by 2 couples; the John & Claudia Parsons and Ronnie & Shawn Davis. You are “the absolute best”!

Speaking of food…..our reception was catered by Shawn & Ronnie Davis, owners of Big & Rich BBQ. They really know how to put on a feast! Thank you both SO much.

And speaking of Shawn Davis….There aren’t enough ways to say thank you. Shawn is the Ellis County Art Association Treasurer and our “go-to volunteer”. In addition to participating as an event artist and serving as reception hostess, Shawn is responsible for personally overseeing the income and expense of our event. Her value to ECAA is immeasurable.

A gigantic shout-out goes to Jana Jennings, who designed and edited this guidebook.... requiring many hours of “burning the midnight oil. Jana always puts together a beautiful and informative “handbook” that continues to be a keepsake year after year.

This Paint Out wouldn’t have happened without all the volunteers I’ve mentioned, and a host of many that simply “pitched in” where they were needed. Thanks everybody for a job well done!

Tina Bohlman, President, Ellis County Art Association, Paint Historic Waxahachie