Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 67

turn ugly.” Another burst of laughter. To Shidal, art is an opportunity to “stop and smell the roses,” to slow things down and see what you’re looking at, to draw inspiration and hopefully understanding. He’s pretty humble when it comes to his work. “I’d never call myself a great artist,” he said, “but it puts me in contact with a lot of people who are great artists. “I get to see a lot of beautiful paintings by good painters. If I wasn’t in the area practicing a little bit I wouldn’t get the opportunity to meet these wonderful people.” Shidal meets with friends at Weatherford Art Association’s facility on Wednesdays to share art and supportive camaraderie. He has high hopes for the association’s future, for more community integration. “I appreciate Parker County’s support of the arts,” he explained. “Actually, I think there’s opportunity for the art association and Parker County to work together … I always thought that maybe one day the association would try to develop a theme around capturing the historical parts of Weatherford — maybe get all of the artists at one time, you know, painting the courthouse and all the other significant buildings, etc. There are things like that the association could do to maybe benefit the community.” Cowtown on the rolling Grand Prairie due east of Parker County is home now for Shidal and his wife Judith, whose grandmother Rovanna Colville lived on Elm Street in Weatherford and worked at the old Bowden store on the Square. They married in 1967. “Same woman. Still wonderful,” he said of his wife and their long marriage. Now that’s the Cowboy Way. See more of Jerry Shidal’s work online at Put fleas on ICE... Before they bite. Vectra 3D is a quick-drying, non-greasy and waterproof topical solution for dogs that kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for up to a month nth mo et a 6 g a Buy ly, and in a w p sup nce to adie o a ch TI R YE Grote VGrote eterinary CVeterinary liniC Clinic 819 Santa Fe Drive | Weatherford, TX 76086 Phone 817-594-0216 • Fax 817-341-8400 819 Santa Fe Drive, Weatherford, TX 76086 • (817) 594-0216 | Metro: (817) 596-8808 Mon-Fri: 8am–5:30pm | Sat: 8am–12pm 1421 FM 1189 Ste. 4 | Brock, TX 76087 (817) 599-8085 Mon-Thur: 7:30am–6pm | Fri: 7:30am–5pm • E mergency calls after hours • Our Food, Your Home! Call 817-599-3907 For All Your Catering Needs JULY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Open: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily | 1921 S. Main St. | Weatherford, TX | 817.599.4229 65