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

The Arts And Community: The Bird Sculpture Sanctuary of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park

This article by Marika appears in The Third Dimension: Newsletter for the Texas Society of Sculptors 1st Quarter Issue of 2013

Seguin: A Bird Sanctuary City

Seguin: A Bird Sanctuary City

The Arts and Community: The Bird Sculpture Sanctuary of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park

The seeds for The Bird Sculpture Sanctuary of Walnut Springs Park were  sown  years ago.  In the1920s, Robert Hugman, who would design the San Antonio River Walk, approached the city with plans for the park and it was completed in1941.  Then the park fell into disrepair.  In 2006, the citizens approved a bond issue and the park was officially reopened in 2011.   The recently rejuvenated park in the heart of the city won two prestigious awards: The Texas Recreation and Parks Society Lone Star Legacy Park designation and the Texas Downtown Association President’s Award for Best Public Improvement.

View of Park

View of Park

The other part of the story begins in the not so distant past with a Seguin Garden Club project tasked with making Seguin a bird sanctuary city.  Although, the city received the designation, little was done with the idea.  There are two signs announcing the bird sanctuary city as you enter the city from the east.  One is on US Highway 90 and the other on US Highway Alternate 90.  After moving to Seguin in 2005 and seeing these signs, sculptor Marika Bordes kept this knowledge in the back of her mind.

When Marika and a fellow member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League (SOAL)  discussed the need of more visibility for SOAL they realized an excellent way was to enter the annual Holiday Stroll Parade.  The concept of a bird sanctuary city gave flight to her imagination and she suggested creating bird costumes.  SOAL went on to win awards in this and other parades using the “birds” concept.  The birds stayed with Marika.  After many walks through Walnut Springs Park, a bird sculpture sanctuary took form.  Conferring with her students, volunteers and community members, the decision was made to approach the city.

Preparing for the First SOAL Parade: Grackle and Owl

Preparing for the First SOAL Parade: Grackle and Owl

The team soon realized that besides creating sculptures and receiving approvals,  the project would require raising funds.  By the time, Marika and her team presented the project to the city council, the Department of Parks and Recreation recommended approval of the project and the Seguin Chamber of Commerce awarded a Help Seguin Shine grant.  The City Council, not only unanimously approved the project but to the surprise of some, provided funding.  The work began to sculpt eight  birds and raise the additional funds.

Marika and three students, Barry Duncan, Howard Crunk, and Jimmy Schmidt, set out to design and make the sculptures in wood, metal or a combination of the two materials.  They selected birds native to the area: the  hawk, roadrunner, heron, owl, and scissor-tailed flycatcher.  This was a team effort and was most especially seen in the making of the primary sculpture for the park, the hawk.  The body of the hawk is made of bois d’arc* and the wings of metal.  The team had to develop an internal mechanism to prevent the movement of the wings from damaging the wood during high winds and to secure it to the entrance column to the park so that literally, it would not fly away in a storm.  Many hours were spent just in the designing and engineering of this sculpture.

Measuring the Hawk

Measuring the Hawk

Fundraising events and in-kind contributions were key.  Volunteers came to the rescue to raise additional funds during a key fundraiser, “Art for the Park” held during Seguin’s annual ArtsFest.  The fundraiser offered donation levels, such as, a poster signed by the sculptors, placement on the donor plaque, and “adoption” of a bird or a family of birds.  Most of the food, beverages, and entertainment were donated.  There were also proceeds from the silent and live auctions of art.  A local steel fabricator donated materials and technical knowledge and the city installed the sculptures.

Installation of the Hawk

Installation of the Hawk

The artists and associates set out on a mission to create a masterpiece for a public space in Seguin.  Their vision was a cultural landmark and an economic engine for the city, businesses, and the community.  They wanted to give the community the first major work of public art done by local artists.  They envisioned a bird sculpture sanctuary that would enhance visitor appreciation of the park and its flora and fauna.  Their art would add a dimension of beauty that would be another incentive for people to visit and enjoy Walnut Springs Park and Seguin.  They also saw that by  strengthening Seguin as a bird sanctuary city, those interested in birds and public art more people would visit the the park.  Also, the birds would be an attraction for children and add to their education and appreciation for wildlife.

Community Support

Community Support

The sculpture sanctuary came into being because of the vision people had for the city nearly a century ago, the dedication and support of a community, and the tenacity and dreams of the artists.  As marika said “We had to believe in the results.  Faith is to believe in what one does not see.  Yet the artist sees what she believes is there.  The dedication of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary was on September 18, 2012.

  • Other names for bois d’arc include osage orange and horse apple.
The Hawk

The HawkThe Arts and Comm

The Owl

The Owl

Seguin ArtsFest- Crowds turn out

Crowds turn out for ArtsFest activities

Felicia Frazar | Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012 9:09 pm

SEGUIN — The weekend that was dedicated to the arts in Seguin was a success.

Marvel Maddox, ArtsFest co-chair and Seguin Commission on the Arts member, said different area events drew in a number of participants.

“I was pleased with the outcome,” he said.

The weekend featured a variety of artists from sculptors, painters, photographers, musicians, dancers, poets, writers and more, Maddox said.

During the day on Saturday, Central Park was filled with people learning more about local artists while Trade Days was going on.

“Everything at the bandstand went well and attracted some crowds,” he said.

Central Park wasn’t the only place drawing attention.

“At the Texas Theater we had Seguin Has Talent which was tremendous,” he said. “There were 16 performances and we had a packed house.”

The night before, at Austin Street Live, the Harleys held a benefit concert for the Seguin Commission on the Arts, raising more than $500, Maddox said.

Saturday night, the Texas Theater was the stage for Arts in the Park.

The event was a fundraiser for the Bird Sculpture Sanctuary that will be going into Walnut Springs Park.

Dennis Martin said the event was well attended.

“There was a nice crowd and it was lively,” he said. “We had a good turnout from different members of the community, as well as great volunteers who helped out.”

There were a number of opportunities for guests to donate to the project including a live and silent auction, Martin said.

“We had some people sign up for the donor wall,” he said. “People who donated $250 or more get their name on a plaque and it is added to the wall.”

The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the sculptures that will be displayed in the park, Martin said.

“When the curtain opened you heard ‘wow’ coming from the audience,” he said. “While we still have some work to do, we wanted people to get a preview and to see what kind of work is going into these sculptures.”

Planning the three-day event took a lot of time and volunteers, Maddox said.

“We had 20 people on the Commission For the Arts board who helped organize” he said. “We also had about 10 liaisons — from the school, Teatro and other organizations — that helped to organize the other activities. It took about 30 people total to plan out the event and we couldn’t have done it without any of them.”

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.

ArtsFest event will kick off in Seguin on Friday

Felicia Frazar | Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 1:54 pm

SEGUIN — Concerts, plays, sculptures and paintings — just a few of the things that can be found at the second ArtsFest.

Starting Friday and continuing through Sunday there will be an assortment of activities highlighting the area’s talent.

Whether it is visual arts or performing arts, exhibitions or demonstrations, there will be something for everyone, said event co-chair and Seguin Commission on the Arts member Marvel Maddox.

“We will be running a full gamut of art,” he said. “There will be poetry, paw prints for puppies, plays, bands, choirs, all kinds of visual arts and opportunities to interact with all of the artists.”

There are even events for children to get a hands-on experience at different art mediums, Maddox said.

“We are hosting a children’s digital photography workshop/contest from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday in Central Park,” he said.

“There will be cameras for the kids to use who may not have brought one or doesn’t have one.”

Saturday starting at 7 p.m. will be the Art for the Park event at the Texas Theater.

The event is a fundraiser to support the Walnut Springs Bird Sculpture Sanctuary, Maddox said.

“This one event has four components — a live and silent art auction with pieces from local artists, a view of art from some of our local artist, and a jazz combo,” he said.

Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and available at Gift and Gourmet or $30 at the door. On Friday, the Harley’s are hosting Rock for the Arts Benefit at Austin Street Live from 7:30-11:30 p.m. The event will be smoke free with no cover charge, but donations for the Commission on the Arts are welcome, Maddox said.

With the inaugural year being a huge success, the planning committee knew they had their work cutout for them getting the 2012 ArtsFest going, Maddox said.

“I thought last year was pretty great,” he said. “So, it was a big challenge to take it to a different level for this year.”

Maddox said the committee added more activities to the line up, giving visitors more options to participate.

“I would say we have made it about 20 percent larger than last year’s,” he said.

Creating an event that puts all of Seguin’s talents on display is one of the goals of the Commission on the Arts, Maddox said.

“The general appeal of ArtsFest is to show that the Seguin community has a dynamic array of arts and this is an opportunity to support the local arts and artist and to show that the arts are an important dynamic to the fabric of the Seguin Community,” he said.

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For more ArtsFest information and details please click on “Seguin Commission on the Arts” in the column to your right under the heading “Blogroll”.

See you there.

 

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