Our Story

Our Vision:  A community benefiting from creative opportunities through music, art and education

Our Mission:  Provide Spicewood the opportunity for people of all ages to experience, enjoy and support the visual, performing and literary arts.

We accomplish our mission through:

  • Performances and programs for those who wish to enhance their appreciation and understanding of the performing arts (Spicewood Live);
  • Host a two-day outdoor Spicewood Arts Festival for artists to display and/or offer for sale so that others can enjoy their appreciation of the fine arts as well as listen to local performers;
  • Provide excursions (Art Treks) to nearby communities & cities visiting artists and art galleries / museums to learn more about fine arts and provide
  • Community outreach through supporting our younger community members by offering school programs and high school scholarships.

 Our History

Spicewood Arts was conceived in March 2000 at a dinner party when three friends discussed how wonderful it would be to have art events in Spicewood.  Cindy Jackson, Dianne Frost-Silver and Madeleine Manigold all loved and patronized performing, visual and literary arts. They missed easy access to art events after moving to Spicewood.

They decided to bring the arts to Spicewood!

Spicewood Arts was formed with a mission to provide promotion and education about the performing, visual, and literary arts in Spicewood.  The historic first performance by the Austin Chamber Music Center was held in May, 2000 at the Spicewood Vineyards.

We continued to grow, developing a performance season including at least five performances each year and an annual fundraiser concert.  The performances are still held at the Spicewood Vineyards in the 250-seat event center.

After a few years, we added Arts Round-Up, a fine arts festival with live local music. This juried art show features artists working in a range of media and is held each last weekend of October at La Cabana Grill on Highway 71 in Spicewood.  This year Arts Round-Up has been rebranded as Spicewood Arts Festival.

Several times a year, we sponsor Art Treks to visit local artists’ studios and area museums.

Literary arts have been featured through storytelling performances for adults as well as for children at both the Spicewood and West Cypress Hills Elementary Schools.

Spicewood Arts also sponsors educational activities at the local schools to further the education of the arts. Previous events included student art shows, performances by local artists, books for libraries and bus trips to visual art venues in Austin. We also award scholarships to high school seniors at Lake Travis High School and Marble Falls High School who are pursuing higher education in the arts. Two years ago we added funding to award our scholarship recipients the opportunity to apply for scholarships throughout their four years of college.

We hope that you will elect to become part of our story!


Board of Directors

Meet the Spicewood Arts Board of Directors


Karen Noecker, President

Donna Curtis. Secretary/Treasurer

Ellie McLachlin, VP, Giving

Mary Ann Jurgens, VP, Publicity

Janey Richardson, VP Performing Arts


Chair Positions:

Michaela Black / Vicki McGowen - ArtsTrek

Gary Eakes – Performer Selection

Toby Kurtz – High School Outreach

Eleeza Rex – Fundraiser

Debbie Sherrill – Performer Contracting

Kris Shelstad – Arts Festival

Faith Westerman – Elementary School Outreach