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Old 04-12-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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First stop - Fredericksburg, TX

This is a small, old german town west of Austin. I met up with 8 other rigs that I will travel with to Davis Mtns and then on to Big Bend. The town survives on tourisim, so its full of antiques and restaurants. I live a short drive, and ave been here many times before. So, nothing for me to see here, wrong. One of our group found an Italian painter who has his ranch an gallery nearby. The guy's name is Benini, and if any of you own one of his works you are a lucky person.

He lets artists place their work on the land. So as you drive through you will see it in the middle of no where.


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I was surprised to see so many fingers. We go arond a corner and I'llry a have to figure out what's keeping me from uploading. Dang. Nice pics and can't share. I'll try again.

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Thanx for the heads-up. That's a place we'll have to check out.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:51 AM   #3
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Thanx for the heads-up. That's a place we'll have to check out.
Yes, it's very enjoyable. Their website is Benini: Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture If I ever get to a place with enough bandwidthh I'll post more pics.
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The foundation/ranch is a pretty amazing place - highly recommend a tour. What seems random in sculpture placement, really is not. Everything is carefully thought out so as to add to each piece's significance to itself and surroundings. And of course, the hill country, especially this time of year, is a fine, fine place to visit!

Some of the work is phenomenal. His paintings are something else, too... I agree Tom, would be lucky indeed to own one of 'em!
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We were fortunate to be able to seel this metal sculpture, It's been sold and was moved off of the ranch the day we were there. Add to the good fortune that the group was able to meet with this artist, who's from Lubbock, as well as Benini. Both were very interesting, and answered all of our questions.

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The sculptor explained the process in creating this beautiful bird. He spent time at a bird sanctuary that had an eagle to see how it moved, and then studied the eagle anatomy to understand it's structure. He spent 3 months, 7 days a wekk, 10-12 hour days creating it. Very neat to hear the process to create this work.

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Boy, another reason to visit Fredricksburg! We drove thru there on a December evening and the Christmas lights were amazing-both stories of every building on main street and so many light sculptures. I hear they have a great brew pub too. (Fredricksburg is one of the good things about our kids moving to Austin!)

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The Fredericksburg-Stonewall area is a great place to visit. You are going to one of our favorite spots and that is the Davis Mts State Park. We have been there several times and always enjoy going back there. One day I hope that we can visit the Big Bend area.
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The Fredericksburg-Stonewall area is a great place to visit. You are going to one of our favorite spots and that is the Davis Mts State Park. We have been there several times and always enjoy going back there. One day I hope that we can visit the Big Bend area.
Since I moved away, last century, things have changed some. We plan to visit Marfa, which I've been told is something of an artists colony. It even has a Prada store. I have no idea what they sell, but I do know that it's way overpriced. I'm going to take a picture of the storefront. Don't care to go in.

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Since I moved away, last century, things have changed some. We plan to visit Marfa, which I've been told is something of an artists colony. It even has a Prada store. I have no idea what they sell, but I do know that it's way overpriced. I'm going to take a picture of the storefront. Don't care to go in.

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Actually, it's not so much a store, as it is art.
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Since I moved away, last century, things have changed some. We plan to visit Marfa, which I've been told is something of an artists colony. It even has a Prada store. I have no idea what they sell, but I do know that it's way overpriced. I'm going to take a picture of the storefront. Don't care to go in.

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Not exactly a store - it's a replica of a Prada store from 2005, done as as a piece of art by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, so you wont be able to buy anything....

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The Adm. Nimitz museum is a nice visit in Fredricksburg, too... things are indeed expensive there. Big issue there is keeping out the chain stores downtown so as to keep the local flavor. Good idea imho.

Alpine-Marfa-Ft. Davis is one of our most favorite places, too. It's amazing to see what's happened to Marfa within the last several years since it was "discovered". Certainly alot of interesting (different) things there now. Great star gazing at night in that area, especially if you bring a telescope. McDonald observatory gives tours and lets you look through one of their smaller scopes. Pretty cool.

I suggested a rally to the state park (F.D.) under the Forums rally thread some time ago. Generated some interest... Would be fun to do a caravan from central Texas down I-10...
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Boy, another reason to visit Fredricksburg! We drove thru there on a December evening and the Christmas lights were amazing-both stories of every building on main street and so many light sculptures. I hear they have a great brew pub too. (Fredricksburg is one of the good things about our kids moving to Austin!)

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The x-mas lights at Pedernales Electric in Johnson City (on the way to Fredericksburg from Austin) is the place to see at X-mas time, as well as the courthouse there...

Here's a clip found on youtube:
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And a pic found on the internet:
Christmas Lights - Pedernales Electric Company on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Each tree is wrapped top to bottom....
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Tom - I've only been to Fred'sburg a half zillion times (my place near Wimberley grows rocks, and my lawnmower repair guy is there, so . . . ) but never knew of the Benine Gallery!! I'll have to check that one out. But I have spent HOURS in that brew pub on the main street - the food is good too. Glad to know ya'll are on the road!! How are you liking retirement?? I think I may already know the answer to that one.

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Tom - I've only been to Fred'sburg a half zillion times (my place near Wimberley grows rocks, and my lawnmower repair guy is there, so . . . ) but never knew of the Benine Gallery!! I'll have to check that one out. But I have spent HOURS in that brew pub on the main street - the food is good too. Glad to know ya'll are on the road!! How are you liking retirement?? I think I may already know the answer to that one.

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