Seguin ArtsFest Weekend March 25-27, 2011

This post includes: A link to the Seguin Commission on the Arts listing of all events, Seguin ArtsFest events with Marika, and an article about the weekend from Seguin Daily News.

Seguin is an Arts Destination.

Link to all events

A complete listing of all Arts Fest events can be found at

Marika’s Events

During ArtsFest weekend, Marika has three events: Sculpture Exhibit, Kids of All Ages, Sculpting Demonstration.

Sculpture Exhibit

On Friday and Saturday evenings, Marika and the Seguin Sculptors Guild have a sculpture exhibition at the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theater.  The location is 425 North Austin Street.

Art in the Park: Kids of All Ages

Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:30, Marika, Roger Betschler, and Beth Raetzsch will work with “Kids of Ages” on a tapestry. The tapestry will represent the architectural beauty of downtown Seguin.  Prior to ArtsFest a number of local artists will add their interpretation of Seguin architecture to the tapestry.  The project for the kids of all ages will be to add accents and borders to the tapestry using a resin based material.  The event takes place in Central Park in downtown Seguin at the corners of Austin and Court Streets.

Art in the Park: Sculpting Demonstration

From 1:00 – 3:30, Marika and members of the Seguin Sculptors Guild will demonstrate the art of wood sculpting using hammer, chisels and other tools.  The event takes place in Central Park in downtown Seguin at the corners of Austin and Court Streets.

Seguin Daily News Article

Seguin prepares for ArtsFest weekend; Dozens of events scheduled during three day festival

By Cindy Aguirre-Herrera

(Seguin) — Seguin’s art world will unveil itself all at one time this coming weekend. More than 20 performances of dance, music, and theater plus art exhibits of painting, sculpture, film and photography will be packed into a single weekend at various locations throughout Seguin. Events are part of ArtsFest which is being hosted by various groups that make up the Seguin Commission on the Arts.

Commission Chair John Masterson says the fest will showcase the talents of local artists, actors and musicians during a three day schedule.

“It’s a wonderful convergence of events. Mary Jo Filip called me in the capacity as the chair of the arts commission some months ago and said how about doing an Earth Day type event with the arts commission and we have Trade Days this weekend. We already had a number of other events scheduled. You know about the Romeros with the (Mid-Texas) Symphony coming up this weekend and so from there it was really fairly simple to put together. We put out the word to all the artists and arts organizations and we have a major event to showcase all the different arts and artists in Seguin,” said Masterson.

Friday’s schedule includes a variety of events such as the Teatro de Artes’ statewide accordian competition titled “The Big Squeeze” in the Texas Theater; a free performance by Johnny Pfeil of the Comal County Country Music Show at Argent Court Assisted Living; The Legends n Time Band — the country, western and gospel group at Eden Place; a free theater production of Steel Magnolias by the Seguin High School theater group; a Navarro High School coffeehouse style production of “The Small World of Millie McIvor” at the Palace Theater and a Rock for the Arts Harley’s concert at Austin Street Live.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 9 a.m. and will run through 7:30 p.m. Much of the events will be in conjunction with the city of Seguin’s Trade Days in downtown Seguin. Among the items are Art in the Park for Kids of All Ages, music by Porous, — an alternative-pop band, painting demonstrations, poetry for kids, 45 minute performances of a fairy tale spoof of “Little Red Riding Hood” by the Seguin Performing Arts Company, an independent film festival, jazz music, a youth talent show, mariachi music and the Texas A&M All Ladies Choir.

Masterson says Saturday’s schedule is complex but offers exposure and hands on demonstrations of the arts all day long.

“There are visual arts. There are participation kinds of events — if you want to help create some art. There are wonderful programs for children throughout the day. If you have access to the Internet, please go to The full agenda with all the venues and descriptions of everything will be found there on the arts commission website. So there is absoulutley something for everyone all day long,” said Masterson.

Among the most featured event this weekend will be The Romero Guitar Quartet. The Mid-Texas Symphony will feature the world renowned quartet described as the “Royal Family of Guitarist” at Texas Lutheran University’s Jackson Auditorium.

The Christian Cupboard also stands to benefit this weekend during a “Blues and Country Western Band Benefit Concert” at the Palace Theater.

Ongoing events this upcoming weekend during ArtsFest will include the purchase of oil and watercolors in the Plaza Hotel Lobby, a Fine Art Photography Exhibit by Robert H. Gardner in the Heritage Museum, a Fine Art Sculpture Exhibition featuring Marika Bordes and the Seguin Sculptors Guild in the Texas Theater and a resident art show at Argent Court Assisted Living.

A complete listing of all Arts Fest events can be found at

Seguin Daily News

Seguin- An Arts Destination

Inaugural ArtsFest will feature performances, exhibits and more

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:12 pm, Tue Mar 15, 2011.

Felicia Frazar | 0 comments

Two children’s dramatic groups will be able to showcase their talents on local stages.

First, Navarro will be taking their show on the road, just a couple of miles to downtown Seguin, where they will perform “The Small World of Millie McIvor” at the Palace Theater.

Navarro High School’s drama troupe will be taking center stage during the first Seguin ArtsFest on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m., said director and instructor Laura Haygood.

The play, written by Ronald Burke, is a little different than the group’s last one-act show, Haygood said.

“The show is full of zany humor. We were just ready to do something light-hearted and funny,” she said. “The show is a comic farce set in a dress shop in the year 1900.”

The story is about a young man and his friend who decide to skip work, the trouble that ensues and their adventure, said senior Connor Dillion.

“My character is Jonathan Crooker, he is about 25 years old and works in a box factory,” he said. “My pants get ripped and we rush into a shop unknowingly that it is a women’s dress shop.”

The chance to perform the play in a location other than the high school has the kids pumped up, Haygood said.

“They are all pretty excited about the change in venue to an older theater,” she said. “We are also excited to be a part of the first ever ArtsFest.”

On Saturday, March 26 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the fellowship hall, the Seguin Performing Arts Company will be presenting their version of a Brothers Grimm classic.

“This is a spoof on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with dwarves, elves and a scared wolf,” said director Sandy Mitchell. “This is one of those plays where everything that can go wrong does.”

Mitchell said not only will the audience enjoy the play, they will be able to participate.

“We wanted something short and fun that can be repeated several times and has audience participation,” she said. “I think everyone will enjoy it.”

The show will be presented multiple times during the day starting at 10 a.m., Mitchell said.

At 2 p.m. the SPAC will change things up a little with a youth talent show, Mitchell added.

Those who wish to participate can sign up the day of the event prior to the show, or they can call Mitchell at 830-305-0578.

“We welcome any youth performance, whether it be juggling, singing, playing an instrument – anything,” she said. “It will be a fun day for the whole family.”

Both of these productions are just the tip of the iceberg for the Seguin Commission on the Arts’ first ArtFest – an event to showcase all of the area’s artists.

“More than 20 performances of dance, music and theater, six art exhibits of painting, sculpture, film and photography and five hands-on participation events for children and adults are packed into a single weekend in 14 locations in downtown and around Seguin from Friday, Mar. 25 to Sunday, Mar. 27,” said Seguin Commission on the Arts chairman John Masterson.

The weekend of March 25-27, a number of events will be going on in and around the downtown area – a majority of them for free.

The festival will feature ongoing exhibits for artists at three locations. Marika Bordes’ and her students’ sculptures will be displayed at the Texas Theatre, while Robert Gardner’s photography is being featured at the Heritage Museum. At the Plaza Hotel in the lobby, Carrie Davenport and Myra Knapp will have some of their paintings on display.

The Texas Theatre will be the host of a few performances. On Friday at 6 p.m. Teatro Conjunto will host “The Big Squeeze” accordion competition and on Saturday the TLU Folklorico Dancers will take the stage presenting traditional dances of Mexico at 7 p.m. Tickets for the TLU’s show are $6.

The Palace Theater on Saturday will show films from area independent film makers from 10-5.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Texas A&M Women’s Chorus will take stage at the former movie house.

On Sunday at 5:30 p.m. the Blues and Country Western Band will be playing a benefit concert at the Palace for the Christian Cupboard admittance is $10 or a food donation.

The Harleys will be playing “Rock For The Arts” benefit at Austin Street Live at 7:30 p.m. and monetary donations of any amount are encouraged.

Chiro Java will be hosting a poetry hour with Jill Frisbie, Anna Killingsworth, Pat Hoppe and more at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Central Park will be a hoping place on Saturday. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will be Trade Days and Artists in the Park with member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League and Seguin Commission on the Arts.

Learn how to make a tapestry quilt with Bordes and the Seguin Sculptors Guild from 9-11:30 a.m. and then learn how to sculpt with Bordes from 1-3:30 p.m.

Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. musical guest and performers will dominate the gazebo every hour, including Porous, Shaakir, Navarro Jazz Band, a performance by Vickie Purdy, Los Soul Brothers, Collage No. 7 by Sandy and Maryah Bennett and The Avalos Family playing Mariachi music.

All of the park events are free.

Children will have more advantages to get their hands into the art scene with group painting at the park from 9-11:45, an ART SLAM at noon in St. Andrew’s Fellowship Hall and Chills and Thrill Poetry for Kids at the Seguin Public Library from 10-11 a.m.

© Copyright 2011, Seguin Gazette Enterprise, Seguin, TX.


Creativity & Sustainability at Siempre Sustainable Network

Siempre Sustainable Network donates funds to Doctors Without Borders for Haiti

Excerpts from Marika’s presentation on creativity and sustainability to the Siempre Sustainable Network on March 14, 2011.


Good Evening y’all, and welcome to the delightful world of:

Creativity and Sustainability

Those who dream while awake are conscious of a thousand things that escape those who dream only when they are asleep.

Paul Martin dreams while awake.  A few months ago,  I had the privilege to be an attendee at a presentation by Paul Martin about sustainability.  Here he was with a cornucopia of local vegetables, fruits and herbs demonstrating the importance of sustainability.  For a moment, it brought me back to the Saturday morning farmer’s market of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Some surely remember the same fond memories of Central Park.

Paul’s message ignited  my thinking.   I was dreaming while awake about the duality of creativity and sustainability.  What a marriage!  Have you ever thought of the connection between the two?  Let’s talk about it.


In conclusion, lets look at some sustainable projects in our community that have cultural meaning, are socially responsible and generate real success.

Central Park

The Texas Theater, and

Walnut Springs


Isn’t it amazing to realize how these three restoration  projects ties us closer as a community?  They offer a central location for entertainment, the arts and recreation.

Ladies and Gentlemen please Join me in dreaming while awake of Seguin as an arts destination.  For you see,the harmony of all arts is a beautiful symbol of a strong nation.


Texas Theatre reopens to the public

Flying High & Swan

Texas Theater Exhibit



Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:54 pm, Tue Mar 1, 2011.

Felicia Frazar |

SEGUIN – For years, the Texas Theatre has sat unused.

But starting this month, the local treasure – which sits just north of downtown – will once again be a place to enjoy performing arts.

Conservation Society President Marty Keil said March is jam-packed with grand re-opening events after the building’s recent renovations.

For the entire month, the pieces created by Seguin sculptor Marika Bordes and her students will be displayed in the building, Keil said.

“Their work will be on display starting this weekend,” she said. “On March 19, Marika Bordes and her students will do readings about their sculptures along with poetry and prose.”

Seguin High School students will be the first group to take center stage on March 10.

Under the direction of the school’s drama instructor Sheila Lucas, the troupe will perform the first act from “The Apple Tree: The Diary of Adam and Eve.”

“It is a musical based off the book by Mark Twain,” Lucas said. “It is the story of the beginning when they meet each other, meet the animals and meet the snake.”

The second act for the event will be a showcase of talent from the drama department, Lucas said.

“Some members of the troupe will perform contest pieces and the seniors will have a showcase,” she said. “This is something we wanted to do for the community.”

Lucas admitted the students may not realize what it means to be the first to return to the theater’s stage.

“I think they will soon learn what it means to be part of history,” she said.

The performance is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m.

A classic country tribute band will get the audience hopping with songs from Ray Price, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Pasty Cline.

“On Sunday, March 20 we will have the Almost Patsy Cline Band,” Keil said.

With some help from Lucas, the Conservation Society applied for a grant to bring the group in, Keil said.

“When we developed the Grand Opening Committee, we had representation from everywhere,” she said. “Sheila helped us to apply for a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts to be able to bring the Almost Patsy Cline Band here.”

Tickets to see The Almost Patsy Cline Band are $10 and available at Gift and Gourmet, the Seguin Chamber of Commerce or online at .

The band will take the stage at 5 p.m.

Teatro De Artes will host the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest at the Texas Theatre on March 25 from 8-10 p.m.

Texas Lutheran University will also get the chance to showcase some of their talents on the newly reopened stage, Keil said.

“We will have the TLU’s Ana Maria Gonzalez’s Mexican indigenous dance class performing on March 26 at 7 p.m.,” she said. “On Monday, March 28 we will have TLU’s Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m.”

The local landmark will open its doors three times this weekend for sneak peeks of the renovations, said Texas Theater Task Force chairman Steve Tschoepe.

“Saturday night, we are having a premier donor dinner where we are going to introduce the large donors to the almost-completed theater,” he said. “They will get the first grand introduction to the remodeling. On Sunday, we are having a reception for other donors from 2-4 p.m. and they will get to see the theater.”

The public will also get the opportunity to view the transformation from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Tschoepe added.

“It’s phenomenal to get to see the work every day and watch it change,” he said.

When visitors come by the theater, they will notice some projects that have not been completed, Tschoepe said.

“You can see out front, the work that has been done,” he said. “Then when you get to the auditorium you can see where some things are not finished yet. We still need some donations to complete the renovation. We still need seat sponsors for chairs and window coverings and there is some stuff with the dressing rooms that still need some work, as well.”

Tschoepe gave praise to the company charged with remodeling the theater.

“It’s gorgeous and beautiful. The Koehler Company and their sub-contractors have done a wonderful job,” he said.

© Copyright 2011, Seguin Gazette Enterprise, Seguin, TX