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2007 major life change helped fuel western artist’s passion to create

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By BARBARA GREEN
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In 2007 Randy Meador made what he calls a “terrible career decision” selling his successful internet marketing business; however, it was a leap of faith that led him down a path to find not only success as a painter but to find the person he feels he was meant to be.
Some 15 years later the 63-year-old Meador sees everything as an opportunity “to create,” which is his true passion whether it is on canvas, in music or on the written page. Today, he asks himself, “Can I …?” leaving the options wide open.
Meador has lived in Saint Jo the past five years, after purchasing an 1897 home where he and wife Michele live after moving from Fort Worth. He had no idea the history of the house would create something of a full circle for him he would not learn until later. In October, Meador closed his third solo show, “Values of the West” at the Davis & Blevins Gallery in Saint Jo.

“All my career choices before I became an artist were because I didn’t want to be poor. I had no intention of doing art, although with a music degree options are musician, teacher or band director,” recalls Meador.
Business appeared to be his niché although he never felt suited for it. Meador started the first online drug store in 1997. The internet was still young so he thought he would ramp it up and sell it, like so many others were doing.
In the process he learned how to market business on the internet. He surrounded himself with “smart people,” who he turned loose for them to reap the benefit.
“We were able to market for some big companies who were late to the party and didn’t know what the internet was. It was pretty easy back then because no one knew how to do anything with it,” explains Meador.
He and Michele raised five children during this period and while his business thrived he wasn’t happy and needed an escape. Meador heard a Winston Churchill quote, “When I paint nothing else exist.” He wanted to go to that place.
One night he picked up some painting supplies and began to teach himself how to paint. He chose watercolors because he thought it was the easiest, but soon found it was the hardest.
“I just played with it each night about an hour. I was having fun. I started studying the top artists and when I traveled I would seek out their art to pick it apart and learn. By the time I became an artist full-time I had developed a bit of a name for myself in the small world of watercolors,” said Meador.

Read the full feature in the weekend Bowie News.

“Freedom,” oil on canvas by Randy Meador. (Courtesy photo)
Randy Meador his recent solo show at Davis & Blevins. (Courtesy photo)
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Get ready for July Jam this Saturday night

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For a fun night out make plans to attend the 22nd annual July Jam starting at 6 p.m. on July 27 in the Bowie Community Center West Hall
There will be a “chickin’ pickin’ fiddling fun time” as guests will be entertained by amazing fiddling tunes and enjoy a chicken meal.
Tickets are just $15 with the event starting at 6 p.m. The funds raised help provide awards for the championship fiddler competition during the Oct. 5 Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival. The contest attracts talented musicians from all over to visit downtown Bowie to test their fiddling skills.
The event, hosted by Bowie Community Development, will feature a unique array of items up for bid in the silent auction plus a wide variety of homemade jams.
Hosted in conjunction with July Jam is the July Jam Poker Cruise presented by the Piston Heads Auto Club. This event starts at 9 a.m. with a $5 per hand entry and is open to anything with a motor.
The 60-mile cruise with three stops starts in Bowie Plaza and ends in the same location. Half of the proceeds goes to the winning hand with $5 charge for each extra card for hand. Buy as many as each driver would like. The other half of the funds raised goes towards the July Jam fundraising event.

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Filing began Monday for city, school board races

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Filing began July 22 for the Nov. 5 elections for city and school boards and will run through Aug. 19.
Places coming open on the Bowie City Council include Place One presently filled by TJay McEwen, Place Two with Kristi Bates and Place Three with Terry Gunter.
For the Bowie Independent School District Place One with Jacky Betts and Place Two with Nichole Maddox will be up for elections.

Read the full list of school and city elections in your mid-week Bowie News.

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Gold-Burg PTO plans fish fry

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Gold-Burg Parent Teacher Organization will host a “Back to School Bear Bash” Fish Fry from 5-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 in the high school cafeteria.
Enjoy a fish dinner for $10 and for those age five and under the cost is $5 a plate. It includes fried catfish, french fries, hush puppies, tartar sauce, drink and dessert.
The evening will include live music, an auction and prize drawings. The auction will be at 7 p.m.
Proceeds will go to student athletics, field trips, elementary activities, prom, schools supplies and other needs.

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