ABOUT artists alliance of the hill country
Envisioning a community inspiring through – and inspired by – the Arts!
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artists alliance of the hill country (aahc) was established in January, 2013. In such a short amount of time, the group has flourished with acceptance and support. We were delightfully surprised by the expansive turnout of seventeen artists at our first gathering. By 2016, our membership grew to eighty plus. Members were a wide range of medium artists: writers, musicians, painters, poets, sculptors, pyrography, and fiber from Driftwood, Austin, Dripping, Johnson City, Spicewood and Canyon Lake.

The City of Dripping Springs was the first to reach out to us. They invited the group to join the Historical Preservation Committee while they plan the Revitalization of Mercer Street. Susan Manzello and Mara Cardwell, Founders of AAHC, attended their monthly meetings for a period of time to providing art ideas and sources that they could possibly incorporated into their Mercer beautification project.

We were also honored to join forces with the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce in adding a Juried Art Show to 6th Annual “Dripping With Taste Festival in 2013. Since then we went on to independently producing four Studio Tours and two National Juried Fine Art and Live Music events.

We gathered monthly for four plus years for demonstrations, studio visits, "Instant Gallery" and art presentations. Although AAHC grew strong in membership and community support, they did not have strong enough volunteer base to relieve the it's tired founders from it's everyday demands to continue. So as of October 2017, AAHC sadly closed their doors. This was our Vision and Mission below that may be picked back up in a refreshed format down the road.

Founders Mara Cardwell and Susan Manzello
Founders: Mara Cardwell and Susan Manzello

VISION: aahc envisions a community inspiring through – and inspired by – the Arts!

MISSION: aahc established for all who engage in creative activities, or simply wish to support the arts, to
inspire and be inspired, who willingly pool their talents to unite, foster, educate, discover, promote and advance themselves and their community through the arts.


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