Winter Art Tour and Dash warm up downtown Sherman Feb. 16
By Austin College
Feb 16, 2019
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Sherman, Texas -- The Sherman Cultural District warms up downtown with the first Winter Art Tour featuring more than 30 artists exhibiting at 14 locations in February. The peak of the month-long exhibit is the Art Dash, an artists’ reception where ticket holders go home with an original piece of art.

The Art Dash on February 16 begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Market Building on the corner of Travis and Houston in downtown Sherman. The artists participating in the Winter Art Tour have created new original work for the Dash. At the signal, ticket holders hurry to claim their favorite piece for keeps. All are welcome, but only ticket holders participate in the Dash. Tickets can be purchased online at

Each ticket holder for the Art Dash has an opportunity to claim their favorite original work at the Art Dash on February 16, 3 p.m. at the Courthouse Market Building.

“The Winter Art Tour and Dash are fun for our community, and they meet the goals of the Sherman Cultural District,” says Ginger Nye, director of the Center for Community & Regional Development at Austin College. “We aim for the District to be lively, walkable, creative and entertaining. This event meets all those expectations. We’re pretty sure the Dash will certainly be lively.”

Maps for the self-guided tour are available at the Sherman Main Street and Tourism office at 100 N. Travis, Suite D, and the Old Iron Post restaurant. Maps are also available at all the exhibit locations.

The exhibiting artists use a variety of mediums and techniques including oils, acrylic, mixed-media, photography, and woodcarving; and they range in experience from elementary school through international acclaim. Some of the exhibited works are available for purchase.

Dr. Alex Bernath has exhibited his sculptures in wood in Gent’s Barbershop.

“We’re excited to increase the foot traffic through our existing downtown galleries and arts related businesses while also putting original artwork in the stores, boutiques and even the library,” Nye said. “We invite everyone to make a trip downtown if that’s not something you usually do, and encourage the downtown regulars to pause and appreciate all that we have.”

Sherman received official designation as a Texas Cultural District from the Texas Commission on the Arts in September 2018. The Sherman Cultural District is both a geographic district encompassing cultural sites, restaurants, museums and theaters, and a partnership comprising the many arts and cultural groups. The Cultural District Advisory Council is hosted by Austin College in cooperation with the City of Sherman. For more information about the Sherman Cultural District visit

Monica Minshew Cowsert's artwork is displayed at Fulbelli's Restaurant inside Kelly Square.