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August 12, 2008
Thunderbox Road Art Exhibition Premieres in Boerne

Boerne, Texas: Sand Creek Post & Beam of Texas and Cedar Eaters of Texas launch a new art exhibition in Boerne, Texas on October 4, 2008, called Thunderbox Road.

Thunderbox Road is a traveling exhibit of 12 outhouses (Thunderboxes) showcasing the artistic talents of 12 of the top artists in the Hill Country.

The 12-piece exhibit premieres on October 4th in Boerne on the banks of the Cibolo Creek, where Main Street and River Road intersect, near The Creek Restaurant. This exhibition will be one of the features of Boerne’s Second Saturday Art and Wine Event on October 11th and will also be showcased during the Cibolo Arts Council’s Fifth Annual Fall Festival of Art and Music (October 17th-19th).

Earlier this summer twelve artists were invited to showcase their creative talents on a Thunderbox. In September the works of art will be collected and the Boerne exhibition will be Thunderbox Road’s first public appearance. From Boerne the exhibit moves to the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram where it will be showcased for 3 weeks. It will travel the Hill Country through April of 2009; and on May 9, 2009, the Thunderboxes will be auctioned at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville.

The artists who were invited to participate: David Querbach, Pamela Gardner, Nancy McGalliard, Ken and Donna Malson, Thom Evans, Rex Hausmann, Dotti Brundrett, C.J. Latta, Ben Beckendorf, Betty Rhodes and Greg Glowka, Gwendolyn Listerman and Charles and Tami Kegley.

The project’s goal is to increase awareness of artists and arts organizations throughout the Hill Country. Representatives from Hill Country Arts organizations will serve on the Judge’s Panel, determining the $ 5,000 Cash Award for the Judge’s Choice award. And, ballots will be available while the

Thunderboxes are on tour to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award, also a $ 5,000 Cash Award. Thunderbox Road came about when Sonja Howle, Business Development for Sand Creek Post and Beam of Texas, was inspired by a book that the co-owner of the company had collected, Nature Calls, The History, Lore and Charm of Outhouses. “We’d discussed an event that would involve our community and outhouses, as treasured, iconic structures from our past, provide a fun medium,” said Sonja. Most of the barn kits sold by Sand Creek are based on historic designs from the turn of the century.

Stan and Pam Hegener own Sand Creek Post & Beam of Texas, and are master dealers for the Barn Kits in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Stan and Pam also own Cedar Eaters of Texas, one of San Antonio’s fastest growing companies (Fast Track, San Antonio Business Journal, July 18, 2008). These two companies underwrite the project.

More information at the web site,
Contact: Sonja Howle,, Cell: (210) 364-7381 /