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Artist Jo Hyman at Breckenridge art show this weekend

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

Multi-talented best describes Texas artist Jo Hyman.

Born and raised in Houston, she grew up in a creative and musical family.

"My first artistic teacher was my father who was an artist and well-known innovative architect and builder," she says. "My parents nurtured us to follow our dreams and develop our God-given talents."

"While I attended The University of Texas in Austin, I also became the lead singer for the seven-piece variety band, Third Language," says Hyman. "After three decades, we are still entertaining audiences throughout Texas."

"To supplement my singing career, I launched a decorative painting and Venetian plaster business for residential and commercial spaces," and that's what brings her to Breckenridge.

Hyman is among the 125 artists displaying their works at Breckenridge's 15th annual Main Street Art Festival this weekend.

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The show continues Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, opening at 10 a.m., located in the Wellington and Sawmill parking lots on North Main Street, with free admission.

Always intrigued by artists, art and the message they are trying to convey, Hyman found a source of inspiration close at hand.

"One artist that I greatly admire and who influenced me later in life was family friend Charles Schorre from Houston," she said. "His bold splashes of color melding into one another, letting gravity generate such abstract uniqueness is exhilarating to me. I am mesmerized by his works and only wish I could have studied under him before his passing. After a family trip to Europe, I was inspired to rekindle my passion for painting."

Provided the opportunity to work on a new construction home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Hyman explains that after viewing her sample boards, the owner gave full artistic license to dream up one-of-a-kind finishes on the 8,000-square-foot home.

"This creative environment allowed me the freedom to delve into and experiment with extraordinary materials such as European plasters, metallic mica powders and lime washes," she says with enthusiasm.

Hyman explains her process this way:

"Every day I looked forward to inventing unique finishes that were richly layered and compelling. As I gradually troweled on layer upon layer of velvety texture, I wondered how I could transform this spontaneous evolution into an unconventional art medium. After the owner marveled at my work saying that he would have to cut away the walls if he ever moved, I had a wow moment — how could I recreate this magic in large scale art?"

Hyman's website is: http://www.johymanart.com

IF YOU GO

What: 15th annual Main Street Art Festival

When: July 30-31, 10 a.m.

Where: Wellington and Sawmill parking lots on North Main Street

Cost: Free to attend

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