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

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

Big crowd assembles for Moonlight, Roses in new Walnut Springs Park

The Seguin Daily News

By Darren Dunn

May 23, 2011

(Segun) — The first big public event to ever be held in the new Walnut Springs Park was a big success. The Seguin Main Street program held its annual Moonlight and Roses event in the new public space downtown located next to the Memorial Rose Garden.

Dozens of people brought lawn chairs and the beverages of their choice and enjoyed live jazz performed by both Mike McGrew and Shaakir in the park. The new linear park opens up a number of areas along Walnut Branch Creek.

Bob Pickett, chairman of the Seguin Main Street Advisory Board, said Friday’s event was one of the best he’s ever seen.

“This is absolutely fanstastic. This is the largest crowd that I have seen in a number of years,” said Pickett. “Everybody I think is in awe (of Walnut Springs Park). If they haven’t seen the park before and its completion, they are just marveling at it. We also want to thank all of the people who contributed the food. So it’s a great turnout, the music is great (and) it’s a great evening.”

The night began with the Main Street Advisory Board and the city of Seguin presenting the 2010 Downtowner of the Year Award. Pickett says the Giles family was honored for its commitment to a historic property in the heart of downtown Seguin.

“This year we recognized Tom Giles and his family. They own the Aumont Hotel downtown. They have done an awful lot of work on it, (and) a lot of improvements. They open it up for different events. They’ve got the restaurant going on (inside), and as well (residential) tenants. So we recognize them this year for what they did for the downtown,” said Pickett.

The Giles’ work on the Aumont includes installing sprinkler systems on all floors, constructing eight downtown living spaces, providing lease space for a new downtown restaurant and for making the ballroom and lobby available for special public and private events.

Several other awards were handed out during the event on Friday. Hepzibah Hoffman-Rogers, of Thunderpaws Canine Solutions, was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Thunder Paws was recognized for helping to support the downtown, but also for helping with other pet-oriented programs in the area, including the creation of the new dog park inside of Max Starcke Park.

The Downtown Beautification Award for 2010 was presented to Tavie Erwin and the owners of Advanced Home Health Services. The new award was presented to honor Advanced Home Health Services for the work it has done inside and outside of its building located at the corner of South Austin and West Donegan streets.

The Main Street Advisory Board also recognized Jack and Patt Linden for their work keeping up the Memorial Rose Garden. The board also honored two former longtime members of the board. Audra Schulz and Gloria Kinz were honored for their many years of service on the board and for their committment to improve downtown Seguin.

Guadalupe County officials were also recognized during the event for their recent work in downtown Seguin, including the conversion of the 60,000 square foot Economy Furniture Building into the new Guadalupe County Justice Center.