Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekend in Boerne :Transformation of a small town (NHOME Magazine Jan/Feb 2014)

See J.R. Mooney mentioned in the Weekend in Boerne article in the same issue...discussing the contemporary tranformation of a small town. 
Weekend at Boerne

-A Contemporary Transformation of a Small Town


~Special to NHOME~

Settled by German immigrants over 150 years ago, Boerne, Texas remains a sleepy stronghold on the I-10 corridor going north from San Antonio.  But, change is afoot!  With the introduction of contemporary sensations to various pockets of the town including: salons, fashion, art, buildings, and gardens there is even more to see in Boerne.

Established in 1859, Ye Kendell Inn provided travelers, ranchers, and weary patrons the first hotel experience in the area.  The nine-acre property features airy porches, fully restored cottages, a 19th century chapel converted in to a bridal suite, spa services, a tavern and 36 guest rooms, suites and cottages.  However, the Ye Kendell Inn had remodeled their signature bar in August 2013.  As of January 2014 they will reopen the newly remodeled kitchen which was redesigned to serve a minimalistic and quaint menu of tapas and appetizers.

If your rugged cowboy needs a bit cleaning up, get ready for Boerne’s new male spa experience. The faux paus of man pampering is no more. On September 16, 2013,GENT owner, Ben Schooley brought a new trend to Boerne, Texas; the ‘man cave’ day spa -- complete with cigar humidor, liquor, private manicure and pedicure stations, straight razor shaves, and big screen T.V’s.

“Kendall County is home to a large number of professional gentlemen, and we felt that there was no business that truly catered and provided them a service that was custom tailored with them in mind.  We provide a ‘styling session’ that is unlike anything that most men have ever experienced: a personal consultation, professional scissor cut, hot towels, hand massage, and razor shaves all provided in an environment that is specifically designed with fine gentlemen in mind.”, says Schooley.

Texas Treasures Fine Art Sculpture Garden was opened April 11, 2013 by Texas Fine Art Treasures Gallery owner, Johnny Rosa. From bronze to metal to kinetic wind sculptures, Texas Fine Art Treasures has over 19 sculptures on the premises. Open and free to the public, the sculpture garden is enjoyed time and time again.

“Even though this space is commercial and for the sale of these sculptures and artwork, it is also for the enjoyment of the public”, says Gallery Director Aaron McWilliams. “The sculpture garden is a showcase for art to be sold, but it is also a wonderful place to spend some time and gather your thoughts in this increasingly fast pace world we live”, he adds.

Is there contemporary fashion in Boerne, Texas?

Tres Bella Salon offers a contemporary flair unlike any in Boerne.  “We are a salon whose staff has been trained by the ‘best’ in the industry in France and Europe”, says salon owners Pam Wiese and Allyson Murphy. “We are a hair studio offering the highest quality color techniques, haircutting, special occasion styling, make-up (from every day to runway), and waxing”, adds Murphy.

Not only is Tres Bella dishing out exceptionally contemporary looks for teens to moms to retirees -- they are environmentally conscious while doing it. “We choose to be a Davines exclusive line because it is a sustainable company based in Parma, Italy. The Davines line includes professional and retail products that are environmentally friendly, and is a socially conscious company that gives back to the world community through various charities”, says Wiese.

And, we can’t talk about transformations without addressing the contemporary fine art coming out of J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne.

With a new Gallery Director in the Boerne Gallery location, Gabriel Diego Delgado is bridging the gap in visual aesthetics, showing you can collect, hang, and curate your home with a complementary mix of traditional and contemporary artists.

“It’s a delightful trend (diversification of art collections) that is here to stay”, says Delgado.  “There has to be a conversation, a trust factor and a certain level of fine art education; reassuring everyone its ok to mix and match.  Ideally, there would be the historical lineage from Cezanne to Vives-Atsara to Harvey to contemporaries like Guus Kemp, and illustrating the direct correlation between styles, genres and eras, and how it all makes sense conceptually, visually and aesthetically in their home.”

J.R. Mooney Galleries wants to introduce Boerne to contemporary art like Abstract Expressionist, Guus Kemp; provide an introduction to the sublime and tranquil abstract landscapes of Russell Stephenson; grant an avenue to showcase the organic stone-carvings of Cody Vance, and spotlight the Minimalistic paintings of Louis Vega Trevino.

Come for the charm but witness the progress. Great things come to those who wait, and Boerne’s wait is over. The town who is “Unique as its Name” has something for everyone!

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