Celebrate the Arts in Seguin- ArtsFest 2015, March 21

For a fun-filled day that includes a run/walk, poetry reading (Marika is a participant), performing arts, both music and theatre, an artisans market, Zumba exercises, and a dogs for art competition.  In the evening at the Texas Theatre there is a silent art auction (Marika has two pieces), wine and beer tastings, food, live music by the Dirty River Dixie Band and the announcement of the 2015 Outstanding Contributor to the Arts.   Join us at Seguin’s ArtFest 2015 on Saturday, March 21.

For the complete schedule of events and a description of events see below the following image.

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ArtsFest 2015 Schedule

Color Me Nutty Fun Run/Walk (8:30 – 11:00 a.m.)
This is a 5K color run/walk in at the Pecan Bottom Multi-Use Trail at Max Starcke Park. The paint is tempera paint which is non-toxic and 100% safe. The color is not fully washable from clothing but will rinse off skin in appropriate time. The paint does not contain soy, latex, casein, dairy, egg, gluten, peanut or tree root.
Registration for the Color Me Nutty 5K Run/Walk prior to March 15 is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Registration after March 15 remains $20 but does not include a t-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $25 and does not include a t-shirt. The Kids Color Me Nutty Fun Run includes a 50-yard dash for ages 1-3 and a one mile run for ages 4-12. Registration by March 15 is $10 and includes a t-shirt. Registration after that date, including the day of the event, remains $10 but does not include a t-shirt. Registration is available at athleteguild.com. Simply search “Color Me Nutty 5K Fun Run/Walk” in the search bar at the top right of the homepage.

Poetry Reading (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Listen to poets, young and old, while enjoying a nice cup of coffee at Court Street Coffee Shop.

Artisan’s Market (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Shop a variety of vendors selling handmade items in Central Park. If you are interested in having a booth at the market, fill out an application at the Main Street website: http://www.seguintexas.gov/main_street/detail/artsfest or pick up an application at the Main Street Program office at 211 North River Street.

Zumba in the Park (10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Enjoy a fast paced dance exercise program in Central Park.

Seguin High School Theater Performance (11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Catch select scenes from the high school’s One Act Play in Central Park.

Katie Poth Performance (12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Performance by local vocalist, Katie Poth in the Central Park Band Stand.

Navarro Jazz Band (12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Performance by the Navarro Jazz Band in the Central Park Band Stand.

Poochanga (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Central Park goes to the dogs for an art competition specifically for your K9 friend. Bring your dog in its best, most creative outfit to the Band Stand in Central Park. Suggested donation of $10.

The Seguin High School and Junior High Mariachis (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
The Seguin High School and Junior High Mariachis perform in the Central Park Band Stand.

CelebrARTe (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
An evening of art, live music, great food, wine and beer tastings from local artisans, and great company all in the beautiful Texas Theater. Bid on items in the Silent Auction where all proceeds will benefit the Seguin Art League’s renovation of the Klein Opera House. Seguin’s 2014 Outstanding Contributor to the Arts will be announced as well. Pre-sale tickets are available at $25, and tickets at the door will be $30

Description of Events

Seguin’s annual celebration of the arts is quickly approaching. ArtsFest 2015 will include a Color Me Nutty Fun Run and Walk, Poetry Reading, Artisan’s Market, Zumba in the Park, Seguin High School Theater Performance, Pet Poochanga and CelebrARTe all in downtown Seguin. Events kick off early on Saturday, March 21, 2015 and wrap up late in the evening.
CelebrARTe is a special evening of art, live music, great food, wine and beer tastings from local artisans, and great company all in the beautiful Texas Theater. Attendees can bid on items in the Silent Auction where all proceeds will benefit the Seguin Art League’s renovation of the Klein Opera House, the new home of the Seguin Art League.
“The events for CelebrARTe include a silent art auction, wine and beer tasting from Blue Lotus Winery and Seguin Brewing,” Kim Schmitt, Seguin Commission on the Arts Board Chairperson, said. “The beer tasting will be new this year. There will be appetizers from The Power Plant Texas Grill, live entertainment from The Dirty River Dixie Band, and the announcement of Seguin’s outstanding contributor to the arts.”
CelebrARTe tickets are available at Gift and Gourmet and Court Street Coffee Shop. They can also be purchased from any Arts Commission Member. They are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. A keepsake wine glass and three beer or wine tasting tickets are included in the price of the ticket.
“Proceeds from CelebrARTe go towards the funding of public art in Seguin,” Schmitt said. “We are currently sponsoring a video contest highlighting the arts in Seguin and looking into a mural project. This year proceeds from the art auction will go to the Seguin Art League to help with the restoration of the Klein Opera House.”
ArtsFest celebrates art of all forms in Seguin.
“We have so many talented artists in Seguin and many admirers and supporters of the arts. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists, community members, family, and friends to gather and celebrate the arts in Seguin,” Schmitt, said. “My favorite part of ArtsFest is the art auction. As an artist myself, I always enjoy seeing what other artists are doing. This event is a great way to showcase artists in our community and to bring art to the public.”
For more information about ArtsFest 2015 call: (830) 401-2448 or visit: http://www.seguintexas.gov/main_street/detail/artsfest.

By: Mariah Kilbourne

Seguin Economic Development Specialist

Seguin ArtsFest 2014

Seguin ArtsFest 2014

Seguin Daily News Article & Invitation

From: The Seguin Daily News:

February 17th, 2014

(Seguin) — ArtsFest will make its return this weekend to Seguin. The Fourth Annual ArtsFest will be held Saturday at the renovated Texas Theatre. The event will highlight a festive day of artistic activities including a 5K color fun run, local artists on exhibit, a student art competition, poetry readings, a kids’ talent show, pet art show, a silent auction, and La Pachanga del Arte which is an evening of live entertainment, wine and mead tastings, awards and silent auction winners – all to benefit the next public art installation along Walnut Springs Park in downtown Seguin.

Events will kick off with The Color Me Nutty 5K Fun Run in Max Starcke Park East at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy the fun of being “splashed” with different paint colors at different stations along the run, each emerging as a unique work of art. Registration is available online at www.athleteguild.com or at the local GNC Store.

Local poets and those who appreciate poetry are invited to gather at the Texas Theatre at 11 a.m. for “A Celebration of Poetry.” A roster of readers will share poems they have written along with selections from their favorite authors. There is no charge to attend.

A Kids’ Talent Show will follow at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. They include include a bike, tablets, and backpacks filled with school supplies. Kids will be competing in one of three different age groups: ages 5-8, ages 9-12, and ages 13-17. Video auditions are required and there is no fee to enter. Registration forms are available at www.visitseguin.com or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Seguin is also invited to paint up their pet or gussy up their pup in its finest frock for the event’s newest event — the Pet Art Poochanga! Registration begins at 4 p.m. that day. The Poochanga itself will kick off at 5 p.m. from the stage in the Texas Theatre. Participating pets can be registered any time prior to the event at Thunderpaws or on site the day of the event, with a $10 suggested donation.

The evening ticketed event, La Pachanga del Arte, begins at 7 p.m. with music by Spanish classical guitarist Mara Benitez, Spanish “tapas” hors d’oeuvres served by colorfully costumed performers, wine and mead tasting from Seguin’s local Blue Lotus Winery, and a silent auction featuring art and arts activities. Winners of the student art contest and silent auction will be announced and the evening will close out with a performance featuring Mexican folklore dancing, Conjunto and mariachi music. Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin will present Fiesta Noche en Seguin featuring professional performers and Mariachi Los Herraderos. Tickets to the evening event are $20 and can be purchased at Gift & Gourmet or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Serving as sponsors of this year’s ArtsFest are The Seguin Commission on the Arts, Seguin Main Street Program, Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alligator Dental, Seguin’s Wellness Task Force and Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. A list of events can be found at www.seguinarts.com or www.visitseguin.com.

The link to the Seguin Commission on the Arts is in the left column under the heading ARTS ORGANIZATIONS.

ArtsFest 2014 Invitation

ArtsFest 2014 Invitation

Marika Bordes and Team discuss Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary Project & Fundraiser

Meet the Sculptors and See the Bird Sculptures

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Central Park, Seguin , TX from 9:00 am until noon

The Texas Theater, 425 North Austin Street, Seguin, TX from 7:00 – 10:00pm

KWED Radio broadcast:

Please click here: KWED Broadcast_ Project to Fly during ArtsFest Fundraiser

Seguin Daily News article:

Art for the Park: Public Service Announcement

Click here to hear the public service announcement: PSA Dennis

Art for the Park

Public Service Announcement

For an evening of art, live music, and refreshments, attend “Art for the Park” an ArtsFest 2012 event supporting the Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Project.  There are silent & live auctions of exceptional art and the unveiling of the bird sculptures.   This is Dennis Martin an event volunteer. Join us at the Texas Theater on Saturday, March 31 from 7 to 10 pm.  Tickets are $25 now and $30 at the door.  Buy your tickets at Gift & Gourmet, Keepers, and Karen McMillan Realtors.

Artists: Bil Sullivan – Nancy Russell – Howard Crunk – Jimmy Schmidt – Marika Bordes

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Bil Sullivan:

Biographical information-

A shutterbug for over 20 years, Bil specializes in wedding & event photography, professional videography, and contemporary family portraiture.  A member of the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA), the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seguin Oakwood Arts League, Bil has been accredited by the New York Institute of Photography and Olan Mills Professional Photographer Program.  Bil Sullivan lives in Seguin, Texas.

Bil’s story about his photograph “Mushrooms in Sepia”-

I took the photo during the rainy summer of 2006.  These mushrooms were just about three inches high, growing out of a rotted tree stump at the Moore House.  I had two objectives while photographing them: one, to shoot from underneath to exaggerate their height, and two, to blur the background to emphasis the subject.

Bil’s Art-

Mushrooms in Sepia

20” x 24” matted print on museum glass

Bil’s story about his photograph “Raven at Birdbath”-

The raven in the birdbath was photographed in 2007 on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.  Using a 200-mm zoom lens, I braced myself against a nearby tree and shot dozens of frames for this photo.  My objective was to capture this fellow’s personality, his enjoying the moment, and as well as “blowing out” the background.

Bil’s Art-

Raven at Birdbath

16” x 20” matted print on museum glass

Nancy Russell:

Biographical information-

My goal is to create watercolor paintings that have meaning to a person; such as a depiction of their home, favorite historic site, building, or Texas scene.  I enjoy re-creating the past by working from old black and white photographs.  I of course add color, and my interpretation of what the scene could have been like at the time the photograph was taken.  I also paint from my own photographs of present-day sites, homes, and buildings; old as well as new.

My Texas roots run deep; several of my ancestors arrived in Texas in the 1850s and helped tame and settle the wild Texas lands near San Marcos, Texas .  A few roads and a lake are named after these ancestors, and several of the old homesteads still stand today.

My paintings are not typically “loose and flowing” like many watercolor works.  I tend to include much detail, which probably is connected to my early career as a cartographer (map maker) where complete accuracy was a must.  I was involved with the lost art of creating maps by hand, unlike the computer-generated maps of today.  My paintings are completely hand drawn, and hand painted with no “help” from a computer or projector. I can paint from a photo that is provided, or, even better, I love to research a site, “hunt down” a vintage photo, or take my own working photo of anything of interest to you

Additional information and photos are coming.


Howard Crunk:

Biographical information-

People began to recognized my artistic talents at an early age. Instead of focusing solely on the lessons of the day in pre-kindergarden, I would spend most of my time drawing and sketching throughout the day. Never satisfied with my work even at an early age, I would throw most of them away.  After recognizing my talent a pre-kindergarden teacher would retrieve the drawings from the waste basket to show to others. My parents sent me to study watercolor at the age of six. Throughout my early schooling, the quality of my work bloomed and matured. As my artistic talents grew I added sculpture to my palette along with painting and drawing.  At St. Philip’s College, I deepened my knowledge in design, painting, and sculpting in wood and stone. I studied painting under the tutelage of Brian Lipscomb in off campus classes he offered at his studio. Taking my passion for the arts to the next level, I entered Texas Lutheran University to gain my BA in Fine Arts.

My creativity and technical knowledge evolved. My love of painting added new dimensions with a focus on oil painting. The most important lesson from my time at TLU is the deeper respect and appreciation for art outside of my own area of expertise and interests. That for me opened up new avenues of discovery of not only art but of myself as an artist. Since receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts in August 2007, I continue to deepen my skills by broadening my creativity through computer generated art and illustration.

 Howard’s story about his painting-

The Masai are some of the most beautiful and intriguing people you could ever meet.  Coming from a society of warriors, the rite of passage for males from childhood to adulthood included killing a lion.  I found myself compelled to creat this painting and a sculpture of a Masai warrior.

Howard’s Art-

Masai Warrior

Oil

Additional information and photos are coming.

James Franklin Schmidt:

Information and photos are coming.

Marika Bordes:

Biographical information-

Marika, (Marie-Carmel Bordes), spent her first years on the Caribbean island of Haiti and then attended the Sacred Heart Boarding School in Quebec, Canada.  The Sisters nurtured her artistic talents in piano, singing, and the arts.  Not until 1996 did Marika focus her creativity.

While having a sculpture made by Francois Sanon, a master in fine wood sculpture, he realized Marika had potential as an artist.  From 1996 to 2001, she studied under Sanon’s guidance.  During this time, galleries exhibited her work, she taught sculpting and Haiti National Television produced a documentary about her art.  From 2001 to 2005, Marika received a number of awards including, fourth place in 2002 and 2003 at the Rencontre des Arts in Quebec.  In New York City, The Pen and Brush, an international membership organization for women professionally active in the arts, awarded Marika first prize in the 2003 African-American Art Exhibition.

In 2005, Marika moved to Seguin, Texas.  Here Marika’s art and her life as an artist flourishes.  The Seguin Main Street Program appoints her to the Advisory Board and through her efforts and others, Seguin now has an arts commission.  For the new maternity wing, The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center commissions a sculpture.  Texas Country Reporter, accepting less than 1% of story ideas, broadcasts the story of Marika and Seguin to a viewership of 1.4 million.  Marika and her students have a three-month exhibition at The Seguin Heritage Museum and a one-month exhibit at the reopening of the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theater.  In 2012, the Seguin City Council approves Marika’s proposal for the Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary project.

Marika’s story about her sculpture-

Alice from Wonderland

I started this sculpture with one thought in my mind:

Once upon a time …

The sculpture evolved in exactly how I anticipated it:

A young woman of yesteryear in her naivete, glory and seriousness.

 Marika’s Art
Alice in Wonderland
Mahogany

Marika’s story about her sculpture-

Feeding the Hungry…

Isn’t  it what we are here for?

For love brought you here

And love will take care of you.

Feeding the Hungry
Mesquite 

Artists: Robin Roberts (Walker) – Beverly Cobb – Luling Icehouse Pottery – Matt Chase

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Robin Roberts (Walker):

Native Texan Robin H. Roberts (Walker) received her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin with a concentration in public relations and advertising. In addition she studied art at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende Mexico.  Representational transparent watercolors on paper and water-based oils on canvas painted in a non-traditional way characterize the work of Robin H. Roberts.  Using a limited palate of nine vivid colors her works come alive with positive and uplifting energy.

Each painting is inspired by a personal experience or impression gained by the artist as she travels to her national exhibitions, Mexico or to various islands for research.  Scenes depicting the Caribbean, American seashores, Mexico, Italy, Texas and the Rio Grande borderlands are painted from many combined images to capture the essence of that location.  Her love of the colors and culture of Mexico influence all her paintings.

Robin H. Roberts (Walker) has exhibited in hundreds of juried shows in 43 cities in 13 states including every major city in Texas.  She is a board member of the Texas Watercolor Society, President of the New Braunfels Art League, past president of the Laredo Art League, active member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League, an award winning member of the Oklahoma and Alabama Art Guild, an exhibitor in the Aqueous and Southern Watercolor Society, Texas 100 and featured artist at the Beaux Arts Festival in Miami.

 Robin’s Art
Domes
Watercolor 

Beverly Cobb:

Biographical information-

For Beverly, photography is a reflection of her appreciation of nature and historical places.  Photography, especially Nature Photography, requires she slows down to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world.  She sees a purity in composing  and capturing an image through the camera with little enhancement through the use of computer software.  By spending time with artists working in other media, she has improved the impact of her photography through better composition and perspective.

Currently, she is a member of the Sequin Oakwood Art League (SOAL); a displaying member of both the Sequin and New Braunfels Art League Galleries; and the 1st Vice President of the Randolph Art League in Universal City.  Prior to moving to the area, Beverly was a member of the Lone Star Art Guild and the Sugar Land Area Artists groups, where she participated in a number of art shows winning a number of awards for  her photography.

Beverly’s story about “Monument Valley”-

Monument Valley, in the high desert, is very sacred to the Navajo.  On a day when the clouds are dark and casting long shadows, and the wind is howling around the formations one can have almost an eerie feeling. Despite the stark, barren landscape there is a beauty there.

Beverly’s Art-

Monument Valley

Beverly’s story about “Cliff Palace II (Mesa Verde)”-

I have always had an interest in history and archeology.  I find places like Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and other ancient sites to be very interesting both for what we know about them and what we do not know.  Most of the cliff dwellings in the Mesa Verde area are on ledges high up the canyon walls.  The size and locations indicates a highly developed society that worked together to build such magnificent structures.  The unanswered questions: why build on such inaccessible sites, and why were they abandoned to never be occupied again?

Beverly’s Art-

Cliff Palace II (Mesa Verde)

Beverly’s story about “Memories”-

This photograph was taken at the Mission Espada.  I laid my hat on a bench and took a picture of it. The western style hat resting by itself on a rustic wooden bench, with a worn but still colorful knelling bench evokes in me a feeling of remembering the past history of the mission.

Beverly’s Art-

Memories

Luling Icehouse Pottery Charley & Holly Pritchard:

Biographical information-

Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Charley Pritchard began his pottery making career in North Carolina. His interest in clay developed as a student at North Carolina State University. After naturally “taking to the wheel” in an elective course, he soon found himself traveling on weekends to visit the old time potteries of the red clay country of Seagrove, North Carolina. It was in the 200 year old pottery making tradition of this area that Charley found his calling.

With a twelve year background as an award-winning Graphic Designer in North Carolina, Holly Pritchard works as marketing director for Luling Icehouse Pottery. She also specializes in hand-built pottery as well as in the carving, decorating and application of relief designs to Charley’s wheel turned vessels.

A love of the southwest eventually brought the couple to Texas, where they established their first clay studio and gallery in the Spring of 2000.

Luling Icehouse Pottery, located in the historic Luling Icehouse (circa 1927), has been featured in Texas Highways, the San Antonio Express-News, the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman.

The art of Charley & Holly Pritchard-

Oval Tiger Stripped Platter 2

Matt Chase:

Biographical information-

Matthew showed an interest in photography at a very early age.  At the age of sixteen, he took a photography class in high school and setup a dark room in his closet.  Matt then went on to study Computer Graphics and Commercial Photography at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, and worked at a large commercial photography studio for 5 years as an assistant, photographer, and digital editing specialist. During this time he also took many road trips into the desert looking for lightning, ghost towns and landscapes to photograph.  In 2005, Matthew moved to Texas with a renewed focus on his love of landscapes and fine art photography.

While living in Nevada and since moving to Texas Matthew has participated in both group and solo exhibits of his work. In 2009 he opened his own gallery in downtown Seguin showcasing his photography as well as original paintings by his mother Kristina Kelson.  Matt continues to work as a commercial photographer.

Matt’s Art-

Central Park- Seguin

Matt

Artists: Kris Kelson – Roger Betschler – Elisabeth Montgomery – Donna Maske

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Kris Kelson:

Biographical information-

Kris Kelson was born in Long Beach, California. She now lives and works in Texas. Though out the years she has incorporated fine art into her life whether it be music, sculpture, or visual art. She has studied drawing, design, and painting on the college level and for the past 10 years has concentrated on developing her visual arts skills through self study, private classes, and artist’s workshops.  One of her visual art goals is to combine classical painting techniques with a modern approach.   Some of her awards include First Place: Guardian of the Texas Theater, oil, Luling Oil Museum, Best in Show: Waiting, oil, Seguin Oakwood Art League and Third Place: Contemplation, oil, Seguin Oakwood Art League.

Kris’s story about her painting “Becker’s Lavender”-

As a member of the plein air group “The Texas Paint Slingers” I travel and paint on location often. This painting of the lavender fields at Becker’s Vineyards in Fredericksburg originated from one of our paint outs.

Kris’s Art-

Becker’s Vinyard

Oil

Roger Betschler:

Biographical information-

Roger Betschler received his Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1979 concentrating on sculpture and painting.  He took his first life casting class at Santa Fe College in 1993.  Ever since that time, he was infatuated with the process and enjoys the challenge of combining form with surface textures and colors.  After teaching middle school for 22 years, it is a pleasure for him to create art at his studio in Seguin.

Roger’s story about his sculpture “Humble Elegance”-

“Humble Elegance” emerged from the fire in 2008. As a simple pinch  pot, it slowly continued its development into a whimsical bird form. The metallic glazed interior is complemented by the equally rich textured raku exterior. The irredescent surface is accompanied by our Creator’s magical peacock feathers.  “Humble Elegance won the following awards: 2008 “Top Ten” winner Seguin Oakwood Art League Fantasy Show and the 2008 Second Place winner New Braunfels Art League “Artoberfest”.

 Roger’s Art-

Humble Elegance

Raku

Elisabeth Montgomery:

Elizabeth’s Art-

Woven coat

Donna Maske:

Biographical information-

Donna was born in Texas and grew up in the piney woods of Northeast Texas in a very rural area.   The many women of her family who created quilts and other handicrafts and the surrounding woods influenced her and her work.  She holds multiple degrees including an advanced degree in art education and taught art in the Marion ISD for 24 years. Donna works in multiple mediums including clay, textiles, metals, photography, digital art, painting and drawing.

Donna’s Art-

Autumn Scarf

Blue Green Scarf

Coiled Necklace Turquoise 1

Coiled Earth Tone Turquoise


Focal Earth Tone Necklace (detail)

Coiled Necklace Turquoise 2
Copper Necklace & Earrings
Copper Necklace & Earrings (necklace detail)
Copper Necklace & Earrings (earrings detail)