Two Texas Artists Displaying Their Work at Bull Creek Brewery on June 11, 2016

Wildlife artist Crystal Orlando will show her work at Bull Creek Brewing Company in Liberty Hill, TX on Saturday, June 11th from noon until 5:00. Joining her will be Bill Smith, legendary knife maker from Salado, TX.

Crystal Orlando

Liberty Hill, TX, USA — Crystal is a nationally-acclaimed graphite artist from Temple, TX whose drawings have won numerous awards and garnered recognition for their lifelike detail. She has been called the Master of Emotion, and her drawings can be purchased at ( They are also found at the National Wildlife Art Museum book store in Jackson, WY, as well as galleries throughout the US. On Saturday, she will be demonstrating her technique and answering questions about her drawings and subjects. She also does commissioned work of wildlife and animals.

Bill Smith has been making knives for nearly 60 years and it is his Bowie Knife that can be viewed at the Alamo. Through a special relationship with the Alamo Museum, Bill will bring the Bowie Knife to the event on Saturday for display. He will also have a collection of his custom knives and will be discussing knife-making and forging, and will share the story of the Bowie Knife. Bill works with wounded warriors and teaches them how to make knives.

Crystal Orlando - Deer Skull

Both artists will have items for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Come visit Bull Creek Brewing Company, 7100 FM 3405 in Liberty Hill, TX, from noon to 5 on Saturday, June 11, for this free event, and enjoy one of Texas’ finest beers while supporting a great cause!

Media Contact:
Carl Braun

Marine Corps Veteran Will Schmidt Will Attempt the First Solo Stand Up Paddle of the West Coast of the United States to Raise Funds for Wounded Service Members

Marine Corps Veteran Will Schmidt, a survivor of non-service related depression, is attempting the first solo stand up paddle of the West Coast of the United States to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. The athlete expects the trip, starting in late May 2014, to last close to five weeks and span close to 1400 miles.


Dana Point, CA, USA (April 03, 2014) — Former United States Marine and endurance stand up paddler, Will Schmidt, has scheduled an attempt at a ‘first ever’ for the sport of open water Stand Up Paddling. From May 23rd – July 4th, 2014, Will is slated to stand up paddle the West Coast of the United States from Canada to Mexico solo and largely unassisted to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and military service members that suffer from post combat anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury. With the aid of SICMaui, NEMO Equipment, GU Energy, Swiss Barefoot Co, and Flow Sports, Will is able to pack and transport all survival gear on his SIC F-16 stand up paddle board throughout the estimated 5 week adventure.

In September of 2013, Will solo stand up paddled the inner California Channel Islands Chain from Oxnard, CA to Dana Point, CA consecutively to benefit charity. He covered a distance of 225.6 miles, crossed 9 channels, and landed on 6 islands. Escorted by a 34’ Catalina sailboat, he set 2 and broke 3 stand up paddle records within the span of a week.

Schmidt will be filming this journey to produce a documentary film based on the trip as well as planning many public appearances along the way. Visit Will’s website and click on the banner to view his fundraising page for this trip or directly link to the fundraiser. All proceeds from his fundraiser after expenses will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a 501c3 nonprofit charity.

Contact Will at to schedule an interview, appearance, receive press ready photos, or to explore sponsorship opportunities.

Media Contact:
Will Schmidt
30001 Golden Lantern #221
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677