By Krista M. Madkins

Killeen Daily Herald

SALADO - The annual Wildflower Art Show will feature Texas artisans, jewelers, musicians and food this weekend.

Hosted by the Salado Chamber of Commerce, the show is in its 12th year and attracts artists throughout Texas and the Southwest to display their work.

"We will have beautiful works of oil, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and mixed media to include woodwork, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork and metal work," said Nicole Stairs, Salado Chamber of Commerce member. Salado is known for its arts and wine festivals, which is why many artists continue to come.

George Boutwell, who has participated in Salado's Summer Art Festival for more then 40 years and also participates in the Wildflower Art Show, is known among the art community for his watercolor paintings of Texas themes and classic cars.

"I bring my usual inventory of prints and originals," said Boutwell. "I rotate them every year or if something sells really well in an area."

He said he creates something for everyone, with prices ranging from $6 to $1,000. Since he does his own prints, he said he is able to paint on notecards and smaller items.

Boutwell said the community and environment are less formal than a gallery and more one-on-one between the artist and customer.

"In addition to a less formal setting, admission and parking are free of charge," said Stairs. "For those who need to move around town, there are trolley services available."

The festival is set up on grounds of the Stagecoach Inn along the southern bank of Salado Creek.

If you go

What: 12th annual Wildflower Art Show

Where: On the grounds of the Stagecoach Inn in Salado.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission and Parking: Free.

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