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 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 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 or

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.


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


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

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

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

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-


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


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


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


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)

Artists: Carrie Davenport – Helen Stein – Dottie Bowden – Ann Leithead

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Carrie Davenport:

Biographical information-

What this artist does with a subject is a personal response and an exhilarating experience.  Exact representation has never been an absolute but instead, she lets a state of feeling determine the approach she wants to take.  She has exhibited her work in a variety of galleries, taught classes and workshops in oil painting, and her work can be seen in private and commercial collections.  She is currently showing at The Oakwood Art League Gallery in Seguin and The New Braunfels Art League Gallery, where she has been a recipient of numerous awards, both there and elsewhere.

Carrie’s story about her painting “In the Woods”-

I was visiting friends that lived up the mountain from Colorado Springs.  When I got up the first morning, I stepped out on their deck and this was the view that greeted me in one direction, Pikes Peak in another.  Awe-inspiring country.

Carrie’s Art-

In the Woods

Oil 20” x 26” plus frame

Spring Garden

Oil 24” x 30” plus frame

“A formal garden putting on its best.”

The Back Fence

Watercolor 24” x 30” plus frame

“A leaf tenaciously hangs on into the crisp, cold winter.”

Helen Stein:

Biographical information-

Helen Stein moved to Seguin in 1956.  She was a charter member of the Seguin Art League with Dr. Henry Moore and Dr. Elmer Peterson of Texas lutheran College.  She helped to organize the One Seguin art League and is now a member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League.  Helen studied art at Mary Hardin Baylor College and Texas Lutheran College under Dr. Peterson and received watercolor instruction from Mary Hetherington.  She has volunteered at Jefferson Elementary teaching art to third graders and has given private lessons in oil.  Along with painting, her hobbies include quilting.  Helen has a quilt displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Helen’s story about her painting-

In addition to suing a paintbrush, Helen crumbled plastic wrap into a ball and used it to apply some of the watercolor.

Helen’s Art-

Fantasy Flowers


Dottie Bowden:

Biographical information-

Dottie Bowden started painting in 1970.  She had her first lessons under Faye Sitton of   Liberty, Texas.  Since that time, she had studied under such artists as  E. Frost Andrews, Dick Turner, Carol Gibson Sayle, and   Dalhart Windberg.  Dottie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University and her Master’s Degree from the same University.  She is a Charter Member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and of the Deer Park Art League, as well as being a member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League and the San Antonio River Art Group.

Dottie’s story about her painting-

Dottie grew up in the City of Deer Park (Houston) area, and Deer Park, like Seguin, is a bird sanctuary.  Dottie has loved and painted coastal birds since her childhood.

Dottie’s Art-



Ann Leithead:

Biographical information-

I’m a native Texan who, by luck, lived in many places-and finally found the ideal home in Seguin.  Since my approach to art is “I wonder what would happen if…” I can rarely replicate what I have produced.  Sometimes that makes me sad.  My three children enjoy art and share that joy with their children and with my husband and me.  Some of our happiest times are when we are creating things together.  I have enjoyed learning how to do many, many things, but for the last few years clay and especially Raku has been what I have found fascinating.

Ann’s Art-






Turquoise Lace