Save the Date for National Night Out!

October 4th!  America’s Night Out Against Crime
Free Food • Great Company • Door Prizes!

NNO 2016Join your Wells Branch neighbors for our night out against crime, Tuesday, October 4, from 6:00-8:00pm at the gazebo at Katherine Fleischer Park. The WBNA will be serving up FREE hotdogs, sausage wraps, fruit & veggies, beans, hummus, sodas and chips. For dessert, we’ll have the Friends of the Library handing out Culver’s delicious frozen custard (while supplies last). And don’t forget the door prizes!

Guest Grillmaster Chris Carby of Branch BBQ will be manning the pit while distinguished guests will be on hand to visit with residents and answer questions (watch for updated list). Both children and adults will have the opportunity to talk with first responders, receive information on Neighborhood Watch and other programs available to residents, and tour the fire safety house and fire truck that ESD No. 2 will have onsite.

Come find out what’s going on in our community and discuss with local law enforcement officers and politicians what you can do to help reduce the opportunities for crimes to occur in our neighborhood.

aIMG_8749National Night Out’s purpose is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, build neighborhood spirit and strengthen our law enforcement-community partnership. Help send the message to criminals that Wells Branch is organized and fighting back.

Take a stand against crime. Turn on your porch light and come join your friends and neighbors at the park for food and fellowship. If you have a Neighborhood Watch group on your block (or even if you don’t) we’d like to encourage you to come eat dinner with us, listen to the speakers, and then return home to your street and gather with your neighbors over dessert to discuss how you can make your homes and our community safer.

We hope to see you there!

voteTravis County Candidate Meet & Greet – SAVE the DATE!  October 20, 7pm

I am excited to announce that we have confirmations from the following candidates (only one unconfirmed) for our October 20th Meet & Greet.  The choices we make in local elections impact our lives on a daily basis.  Please make an effort to attend.  The meeting will be held Thursday, October 20, 7pm at the Wells Branch Community Center, 2106 Klattenhoff.  Candidates will have seven minutes each to introduce themselves to the crowd and then we’ll break for refreshments and to allow the candidates to visit with individual neighbors or in small groups.  We keep it very informal, down home and friendly.  We’d love for each of you to join us!

House District 50
Celia Israel (D)
Caesar Ruiz (R)

Travis County District Attorney
Margaret Moore (D)
Maura Phelan (R)

Travis County Sheriff
Sally Hernandez (D)
Joe Martinez (R) (unconfirmed)

Travis County Constable, Pct. 2
Adan Ballesteros (D)
Deke Pierce (R)

brent-baggett-composite-copyWB Residents Choose Art for New Complex

Thank you for taking the time to vote for your artwork preference to be located at Art at Bratton’s Edge.  With an overwhelming majority, Brent Baggett’s “Eyes on the Future” has been selected by  Wells Branch residents.  This complex stainless steel sculpture will be installed on-site in time for the grand opening celebration and can be appreciated as a new perspective from different angles of the surrounding community.

Art at Bratton’s Edge should be complete by November 2016.  The first tenants are expected to move in late October.  The property began leasing in August and is currently 46% leased.  They hope to have a grand opening celebration some time in mid-November and invite the Wells Branch community to join them.  Tours of the property will be available.

Art in Public Spaces – New Sculpture for Art at Bratton’s Edge

The Wells Branch community has been given the honor of selecting the Artwork to be located at the Art at Bratton’s Edge apartment complex at the corner of Bratton Lane and Long Vista.  We have two (2) pieces to choose from, both by local Austin artists.  Sculpture selection should be made based on the work’s artistic merit and potential for enhancing the site.  A picture/concept is included with title and description along with the artist’s statement and biography.  Click HERE to VOTE.

Please take a moment to review the information and let us know which you feel would be a good fit for our community.  Select only one.

brent-baggett-composite-copyArtist: Brent Baggett
Title: “Eyes on the Future”

Description:

  • Welded stainless steel square tube to create a “zig-zag” structure with stainless steel braided cable threaded throughout
  • Dimensions: 9′ x 3.5′ x 3.5 plus 4 ft. pedestal
  • Appears different from each angle for a new perspective

Artist Biography:
Brent was born in Kentucky in 1972.  He received his BFA from Murray State University, KY and his MFA from Bard College, NY.  He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and son.  Brent has been teaching art at Austin Community College since 2007 and also actively produces sculpture in his studio.  He has been working with public art for over sixteen years.  From 2000 to 2006 Brent worked as studio manager and fabricator for Artist Brower Hatcher at Mid-Ocean Studio in Providence, RI.  During that time, Mid-Ocean Studio successfully completed fifteen large-scale public sculptures.  Since 2006 Brent has been awarded many public art commissions of his own designs with several more currently in the design phase.

Artist Statement:
Interests: 
My artistic interests are widely varied.  Over the past two years I have been working with abstract spiraling forms and progressive rhythms that radiate around or from a central axis.  This approach has created visually dynamic forms that communicate growth, movement, transformation and energy.

Inspiration:
I enjoy making sculpture for the public realm.  I like knowing that my objects are reaching a large audience and possibly giving viewers a moment of rest and contemplation.  I have had a great public response to my work, and I hope to be able to continue creating sculpture for the public’s enjoyment.

nicole-blair-composite-copyArtist: Nicole Blair
Title: “Brother + Sister”

Description:

  • Geometric based sculpture with a strong resemblance to a brother and sister pairing.
  • Dimensions: 9′ x 3 ‘ x 1.5’
  • Create diamond pattern and color combinations utilizing Elgin Butler glazed brick inspired by Alexander Girard painted wood toys.
  • Diagram on left depicts finished sculpture.  Example of glazed bricks to be used are on right.

Just got clarification regarding the “Brother + Sister” sculpture.  The photo to the left is a picture of the Alexander Girard TOY.  The actual sculpture would be much more abstract and covered with the tiles to the left.  See scale next to tiles.  Abstract.  Multi-color.   My apologies for the confusion.  It’s not going to look like the toy to the left.  That shape was just the inspiration. 

Artist Biography:
Nicole was born and raised in Austin, TX.  She earned her BS in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University and her Masters in Architecture from Rice University.  She studied abroad in Florence (Syracuse University) and Paris (Rice University), and gained work experience in NYC in the award-winning offices of Peter Eisenman and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Nicole is please to live and work in Austin again to help shape the community that first shaped her.

Artist Statement:
Art and architecture are two of the most effective means for reconstructing the relationship between ourselves and our environment.  Drawing from personal experience, global to local influences, traditional and modern construction methods, as well as from the archives of companies and museums, I am interested in shaping and playing with form, color, pattern, materials and ideas which resonate as both familiar and uniquely original.  My work seeks to delight and warm its inhabitants and viewers.