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.


Press Release: Art Commission Artwork Being Installed in City Hall

An original and unique piece of artwork created during the first Arts Fest in Seguin will be unveiled at a reception in the lobby of the Utility Billing Department of City Hall, 205 N. River Street, on Tuesday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m.  The public is invited to the unveiling and a reception will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The title of the artwork is: “Art in Seguin…Deep in the Heart of Texans”. Thirty children of all ages and 13 selected local professional artists contributed to the 30” x 40” mixed media work. The artists and the downtown architectural feature they created are Roger Betschler, The Texas Theatre;  Marika Bordes, The Chamber of Commerce;  Matthew Chase, Central Park Fountain; Howard Crunk, The Mosheim Mansion; Carrie Davenport, The Courthouse; Alleen Donohue, Wells Fargo Bank; Barry Duncan, Starcke Furniture Company;  Kristina Kelson, The Old Baptist Church; Henry Moore, The Old Post Office; Karen Roberson, The Old First National Bank; James Franklin Schmidt, City Hall; Helen Stein, The Courthouse; and Sandra Waite, the Tips Building.

Mixed media used in the project includes oil, acrylic, collage, photography, mosaic, plaster, ceramic, steel, computer design, and wood. Thirty children created the hearts and star tiles that frame the artwork.

The project is the brainstorm of local wood sculptor Marika Bordes.  The artwork was created to support the efforts of the Seguin Commission on the Arts.  It will be temporarily installed in City Hall until a permanent home is found for the piece.

Art in Seguin...Deep in the Heart of Texans

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.


New Arts Commission in Seguin

Seguin Daily News Monday February 1, 2010

By Mary Jo Filip, Main Street Program Director

On Wednesday, Jan. 27 Mayor Betty Ann Matthies swore in the new members of the Arts Commission as required by State Law for those serving on municipal boards and commissions. New members are Stella Ozuna representing Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin, John Masterson representing the Mid Texas Symphony, Ann Leithead representing the Oakwood Art League, Sheila Bailey Lucas representing Seguin Art Center, Stephen Anderson representing Texas Lutheran University, Sharon Amman who is a Citizen representative, and Dana Overstreet who is also a Citizen representative on the Commission.
The Arts Commission will meet the week of February 1 for the purpose of adopting By-laws and electing officers. A networking gathering of artists is being planned.

The development of an Arts Commission resulted from the strategic planning process of the Main Street Advisory Board. The ordinance passed by City Council stated:
—The visual, performing, and cultural arts organizations are growing in Seguin.
—The interests of each of the various arts and cultural activities may be better coordinated and supported by an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts.
—The City Council of the City of Seguin desires to establish a Commission on the Arts for the purpose of promoting and supporting the arts.
—The purpose of the Commission on the Arts will be to encourage, stimulate, foster, and promote programs that will enrich the cultural environment of the City, thereby contributing to the quality of life in Seguin to the general attractiveness of Seguin for the purposes of economic development.
—The Commission on the Arts will work to help Seguin become an arts destination for the region in the belief that growth in the arts will enhance quality of life, economic development, and revitalization of Seguin.

The board members were appointed for staggered, two-year terms and can be reappointed for up to two additional terms.
The Commission is tasked with establishing, maintaining and publicizing a community-wide Arts Calendar; creating and maintaining an inventory of artists, arts organizations, events and available venues; communicating about and promoting the arts and artists; recommending policies to promote the arts; serve as a resource; look into establishing a volunteer network to assist artists; encourage networking; encourage the development of additional arts and cultural events and artifacts to the city; and to pursue funding for the support of arts programs.

John Masterson has spearheaded the development of the Arts Commission along with local artist and Main Street board member Marika Bordes. In a presentation to City Council, Masterson said: “The arts are a reflection of the highest and most noble aspirations of humanity. A vibrant arts scene is a sign of a culturally enlightened community. Establishing a Commission on the Arts will signal our City’s commitment to aesthetic values and how such values enrich us all.”