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

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.”

Art in the Park- Join Us for an Evening of Art, Music and Refreshments

On Saturday evening, March 31 at 7PM  at the Texas Theater there will be live and silent art auctions from some exceptional local artists to raise funds for the Seguin Commission on the Arts and the Walnut Springs Bird Sculpture Sanctuary.  Some of the birds that are destined for the park will be on display and people will have the opportunity to donate to the bird sculpture project.   The centerpiece of the sculpture sanctuary, the Red-Tailed Hawk will be unveiled.  Light refreshments will be served and a jazz combo from Houston will provide entertainment.   Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, first come first served.  Ticket price includes 1 glass of wine or beer. Prior to the event tickets are available at Gift & Gourmet.

Follow the blog for updates and photos of art work.

Texas Theatre reopens to the public

Flying High & Swan

Texas Theater Exhibit



Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:54 pm, Tue Mar 1, 2011.

Felicia Frazar |

SEGUIN – For years, the Texas Theatre has sat unused.

But starting this month, the local treasure – which sits just north of downtown – will once again be a place to enjoy performing arts.

Conservation Society President Marty Keil said March is jam-packed with grand re-opening events after the building’s recent renovations.

For the entire month, the pieces created by Seguin sculptor Marika Bordes and her students will be displayed in the building, Keil said.

“Their work will be on display starting this weekend,” she said. “On March 19, Marika Bordes and her students will do readings about their sculptures along with poetry and prose.”

Seguin High School students will be the first group to take center stage on March 10.

Under the direction of the school’s drama instructor Sheila Lucas, the troupe will perform the first act from “The Apple Tree: The Diary of Adam and Eve.”

“It is a musical based off the book by Mark Twain,” Lucas said. “It is the story of the beginning when they meet each other, meet the animals and meet the snake.”

The second act for the event will be a showcase of talent from the drama department, Lucas said.

“Some members of the troupe will perform contest pieces and the seniors will have a showcase,” she said. “This is something we wanted to do for the community.”

Lucas admitted the students may not realize what it means to be the first to return to the theater’s stage.

“I think they will soon learn what it means to be part of history,” she said.

The performance is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m.

A classic country tribute band will get the audience hopping with songs from Ray Price, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Pasty Cline.

“On Sunday, March 20 we will have the Almost Patsy Cline Band,” Keil said.

With some help from Lucas, the Conservation Society applied for a grant to bring the group in, Keil said.

“When we developed the Grand Opening Committee, we had representation from everywhere,” she said. “Sheila helped us to apply for a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts to be able to bring the Almost Patsy Cline Band here.”

Tickets to see The Almost Patsy Cline Band are $10 and available at Gift and Gourmet, the Seguin Chamber of Commerce or online at .

The band will take the stage at 5 p.m.

Teatro De Artes will host the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest at the Texas Theatre on March 25 from 8-10 p.m.

Texas Lutheran University will also get the chance to showcase some of their talents on the newly reopened stage, Keil said.

“We will have the TLU’s Ana Maria Gonzalez’s Mexican indigenous dance class performing on March 26 at 7 p.m.,” she said. “On Monday, March 28 we will have TLU’s Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m.”

The local landmark will open its doors three times this weekend for sneak peeks of the renovations, said Texas Theater Task Force chairman Steve Tschoepe.

“Saturday night, we are having a premier donor dinner where we are going to introduce the large donors to the almost-completed theater,” he said. “They will get the first grand introduction to the remodeling. On Sunday, we are having a reception for other donors from 2-4 p.m. and they will get to see the theater.”

The public will also get the opportunity to view the transformation from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Tschoepe added.

“It’s phenomenal to get to see the work every day and watch it change,” he said.

When visitors come by the theater, they will notice some projects that have not been completed, Tschoepe said.

“You can see out front, the work that has been done,” he said. “Then when you get to the auditorium you can see where some things are not finished yet. We still need some donations to complete the renovation. We still need seat sponsors for chairs and window coverings and there is some stuff with the dressing rooms that still need some work, as well.”

Tschoepe gave praise to the company charged with remodeling the theater.

“It’s gorgeous and beautiful. The Koehler Company and their sub-contractors have done a wonderful job,” he said.

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