• Texas Bluebonnet Brewoff 2021 Award Steins

    Yarmouth Studio Commemoratives, again produces the Texas Bluebonnet Brew Off Award Steins
    This year is the tenth time the awards were commissioned for the 35th annual conference style Brew Off of the largest home brew association the world. Every year the Public is invited to participate in commercial brewery and craft brewery tastings, for craft brews that compete for the title awards.

  • Meet Me By the Frogs! By Mary Dunklin

    Jan 1, 2020 Updated Apr 23, 2021
    Bowman is building community, one piece of art at a time.
    Denton County artist Karmien, aka Sweety Bowman knows the importance of public art displays. She has fond memories of enjoying picnics under outdoor sculptures when she was younger. Today, she hopes others create their own great memories when they visit her sculptures in Denton and Flower Mound parks.
    Cities are starting to recognize what art contributes to a space, says Bowman, an associate professor of art ceramics at Tarrant County College. It gives a sense of place, and it can be where people gather.
    In fact, she remembers people saying they were going to meet by the frogs before she had even finished installing her bronze sculpture, Leap Frogs on a Wavy Beach in Denton's North Lakes Park. In addition to being a community landmark, the installation also was a source of pride to the Texas Woman's University graduate who credits Denton with always supporting local artists.

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    Photo courtesy of Karmien Bowman
    Her work is on the nature trail in Flower Mound's heritage park, which includes three commissioned animals -- a coyote, an armadillo and a bobcat. The life-size and life-like creatures were cast in bronze because of the its durability.
    Bowman also helped the community create mosaic murals at the playground in the park. Letting everyone participate in the art is another way to build community,she says. They have respect for their park and care for it because they helped create it.

    Surprise and intrigue

    The artist, who started as a painter and jewelry maker before moving into sculpture, is drawn to natural materials and always tries to make her public art kid-friendly so little ones can explore. She also wants others to appreciate the details in her artwork.

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    Bowman is in the Cross Timbers Artists' Guild.

    Photo courtesy of Karmien Bowman
    I like the element of surprise and intrigue, she says. I like people to be more interested when they see it.�

    Bowman and her sculptor daughter, Ariel, and furniture-craftsman husband, Alton, live in Flower Mound. Find out more about Bowman’s art at KarmienBowman.com.

  • TOAD FROG Grand Prize Winner May 2021

    TOAD FROG takes Grand Prize at the TSA Grapevine Texas TSA Member Show 2021

    Toad Frog takes the Grand Prize Award at Texas Discovery Gardens Juried Art Show
    See him waiting for eternally for a snack at the Butterfly Gardens there when you visit the Gardens in the park at the 2018 State Fair of Texas

  • Leap Frogs on a Wavy Beach

    The City of Denton, North Lakes Park: New bronze sculpture, Leap Frogs on a Wavy Beach will be the place to meet in the park! Take pictures with your kids in the early morning light

    This cast bronze sculpture is near Where: Winsor and Bonnie Brae north of University in Denton Texas, in public view near the children's playground west of the North Lake.

  • The Soto Book

    This is the culmination of several years work about Ishmael Soto, leader in his field, master potter in Texas, who influenced ceramic production styles and popularity of studio pottery passed away in the winter of 2016.
    I am working on a book about his influence and his work
    If you would like your thoughts to be considered for inclusion, or you have images please e mail: karmien@Gmail.com
    Please affix your name email, phone # and address, so that I may contact you. Add your permission to possibly include your comments and images in my book to your documents .