Exciting Debuts at Chamber Fall Fest

Exciting Debuts at Chamber Fall Fest

Last weekend, the Stamford Chamber of Commerce hosted Fall Fest on the Square to kick off the fall season. Besides the unique shopping vendors and live music from the band Exit 277, this year’s Fall Fest featured a pumpkin patch.

“We think the pumpkin patch was a big hit,” Caitlin Richards Stamford Chamber of Commerce executive director said. “It was fun to see all of the families and children take pictures in the patch and pick out their pumpkins.”

The Chamber still has pumpkins available for purchase. For more information contact the Chamber at 325-733-2411, chamberdirector@stamfordtx.org or just stop by the Chamber office at 107 E. McHarg Street.

At Fall Fest, the Chamber also debuted a new and exciting piece of art to tell Stamford’s story. Thanks to Brent and Tonya Bertrand of Austin, Texas Stamford has a unique painting to represent Stamford. Brent Bertrand’s grandfather was the late BQ Cooper of Stamford, Texas. Cooper was once the police chief of Stamford and Brent spent summers in Stamford with his grandparents.

Tonya wanted to gift her husband with something to represent Brent’s special memories in Stamford. She sought out artist Michal Dye, who was also a friend of hers, to create just that. From photos of Stamford’s downtown Square and iconic features, Dye created a novelty piece of art for Brent and now others to enjoy.

Tonya sought out the Chamber early in 2017 to help spread the word about the piece of art. The Bertrand’s wanted others from Stamford to be able to enjoy the piece of art as well. Tonya worked with Dye to create the original painting into a print. It is now available for purchase on a variety of different mediums.

The Bertrand’s generously gifted the Chamber with one large print to hang in the Chamber office, plus other items to sell to the public. At Fall Fest, the Chamber had those items for sell along with information about how to purchase other prints and memorabilia. The items included tote bags, zipper pouches and canvases.

“We are grateful for the Bertrand’s generosity to share this piece of art with Stamford,” Richards said. “Dye did a wonderful job capturing Stamford in a unique and iconic way. We are happy others will be able to enjoy this for years to come thanks to the Bertrand’s.”

For more information about the print, contact the Chamber at 325-773-2411 or chamberdirector@stamfordtx.org. Purchases can be made directly online at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/stamford-tx-michal-dye.html.