New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Art League
Mary Bath Gibson describes facial measurements during the pastel mini workshop at the recant Artistic Outreach st the New Braunfels Art
League Gallery, 239 West San Anta workshop during the Outreach.
In spite of the drought conditions in the ares, the New Braunfels Art League Gallery is in profuse bloom this month.
The “Floral Expressions” art show is blooming in the special exhibits gallery with still lifes, landscapes and flowers alone in works of oil and watercolor.
>. Annette LeBoeuf led a drawing
Bluebonnets, roses, wild flowers and garden flowers are found in varied formats.
The Art League will host a reception for the public and its members Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. as a formal opening of the show which runs now through the month of April.
Plaza Nites, a favorite family event during the month of April, win once again be presented by Main Street at the Plaza in historic downtown New Braunfels beginning April 11.
The free events will offer performances from a variety of talented local musicians. Everyone is encouraged to bring their family and friends and enjoy a delightful spring evening of entertainment The audience may bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic suppers, or patronize one of the many downtown restaurants prior to the concerts, which all begin at 7 p.m. This year the featured groups are:
Thursday, April 11 — Comal Community Band (pictured above)
Thursday, April 18 — Matt Toon & the Big Deals Thursday, April 25 — Mariachi Ecos de America For more information, call the Main Street office at 608-2100.
Comal Community Band
Elaine Fabler instructs students in the art of stained glass at an Artistic Outreach held last month at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery. The Art League sponsors about three Outreaches a year free to members of
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Seven bonds have donated their time and talents to the first annual Rockin R Riveijam set for Saturday, April 6, in Gniene. The festivities begin as soon as the Gruene 10-K runners clear the streets around 10.30 am and the music will continue till dusk. The all-day music festival benefits Family Outreach, which works to prevent child abuse.
Featured is Jimmy Spacek, this year’s San Antonio Current A ward winner for best guitarist and best blues/R&B band. As a special treat, two beautiful Spanish singers, Maga and Magal-
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The lineup of other area bands performing is: 8:30 to 11:30 arn. Chris & Jutty (performing for the Gruene 10-K runners), 11:30 am to I p.m. Hat Trick,
I to 2 p.m. Freed At Last, 2 to 3 pm Mike Porter’s Jazz Group, 3 to 4 pm. Maya & Magally opening for Jimmy Spacek and Heavy Traffic, 4 to 5 p.m. Whoosits Big Pile Goodtime Garbage Band, 5 to 6 pm Matt Toon, 6 to 7 p.m. The Craze. The emcee is Brian Orr, and Brenda Price is providing the Belly Dancers.
In addition to die wonderful music anne and kick off the summer season with die I pm tubing race. Jump in the
3 pm jalapefio eating contest or sign up lo play in the all-day volleyball tourney. A sanctioned C.A.S.I. chili cook-off begins that morning with tum-in time at
4 p.m. There will also be sumo wrestling where kids six and up suit up in giant foam-filled suits complete with wigs and boxing gloves. Sumo wreWhfg is SS per child
from I to 4 p.m. Kids will enjoy face painting and wonderful burgers from die Rafters Rapid Gnll at Rockin R River Rides.
The highlight of the day will be the 5 pm drawing for die ‘96 Sunfiie donated by General Manager Jim Willis of Red McCombs Universal Motors. Other wonderful prizes will be river rides donated by Zero Rivers of Rockin R. Magic-105 and Shiner Bock Beer are sponsors as well. Tickets are $5 or SIO per furrily and are for sale at the Music Source on Landa in New Braunfels. To sign up for volleyball, tubing, jalapefto or chili contests call Susan Phillips, EVENTS!, at 609-5030.
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Having eyes only for each other, Peggy and Ted (Eileen Cole and Stephen Schaefer, center) don't notice the “little kiddies" wreaking havoc at the birthday party In THE DINING ROOM." This unique human comedy has its champagne opening tomorrow night at the Circle Arte Theatre. The children in the picture are being played by Dale Wratchford, Cathy Clark, Carol Bieaett, Darin Sima and Robin Williams. Tlcketa are available at China-n-Things. For reservations call 609-3092, Monday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. only. There will be a benefit performance for Habitat for Humanity at 7 p.m. on April 14, no passes being redeemable on the night.Hill Country Chorus finishes busy schedule of performances
The “Hill Country Chorus” formerly known as “The South Texas Sound” is growing and finding new enthusiasm in abundance. Their new music director, Robert Compton, is leading them to considerably improved singing quality which in turn is attracting guests and expanding membership They continue to support the local community activities in many ways.
they entertained the patients at hospitals by strolling the wards and singing Christmas carols. In December they sang at the annual Wassailfest, entertaining over 2,000 people in the downtown area. Also in December, the Downtown Association of New Braunfels invited them to sing Christmas carols at the city plaza on the Sunday before Christmas.
In January the chapter was the featured group at the New Braunfels Arts Council “Dinner With The Arts” attended by about 300 people. Looking ahead, the chapter has scheduled its spring show for April 28 and will per-
Pictured (l-r) ara: (back) Jack Ehman, Ken Haugen, Ray Elbe!, Charlie Alvarez, Wee Oates; (middle) Charles Crowley, Randy Fly, Tommy Bodine, Jim Chatelle; (front) Don Kennedy, Robert Compton, Bill Schmidt and President Harry Myers.
form the society’s package play,
We meet every Tuesday evening at The First Baptist Church Choir Room,
located on the comer of Santa Clara and Cross streets, at 7:30 p.m. Come visit with us and enjoy some good close barbershop harmony.
You’ve heard it before — “Art imitates Life.” But something tells me that the brilliant Russian writer, Tolstoy, would not agree. For him, the two words were interchangeable. Because what they represent is interchangeable. This was the man who said that the purest form of art comes from the peasants, expressing their joy and sorrow spontaneously in song and dance and im » —;—j
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Because I don’t think of myself as an artist, any more than any of us have the right to be. But a peasant? Ah, that role I can fill legitimately. I come from sturdy peasant stock, especially on my maternal grandmother’s side. She herself was a bond servant in Czechoslovakia, before my grandfather bought her to be his wife, and then, to travel to this land of freedom.
Where am I heading? Maybe to the point that the very instincts of life reach for artistic expression, and the creative urges of art, in turn, open the door to life. In other words, art, itself, is a way of life, whether it’s planting flowers or wrapping a gift or praying from the heart. And so many I -ttjirtei #1 •» tantamount to ap act^pf. faith.
WHAT IS FAITH?
Have you found yourself asking that question from time to time? Good! It means you’re alive and thinking. I only know what it isn '/...which is swallowing someone else ’s belief system, without your own search.
Somebody asked me the other day what I thought faith was.
And I’m so glad she did, because in answering her, I got in touch with the idea I’d known for a long time, but had recently lost sight of. My answer? Faith is moving ahead, when you
don V know the outcome. Hundreds of theatre productions over twenty-eight years have taught me. Never really knowing what the outcome of* my directing will be. Oh, I’ve known a few colleagues in my time, who have very confidently said they knew when a show was going vto be good (meaning all of theirs) but I’m not so blessed. Then again, maybe I am.
I get to demonstrate my faith over and over. And you do it every night, when you go to sleep. That’s an act of faith, if there ever was one!
WHAT IS ART?
For many, it’s not the exercising of one’s egocentric nature to astound others with the achievement. Unfortunately, for too many, that’s exactly what it is! It’s “doing” instead of “being” for them.
But the truest, most credible performances on stage, the most profoundly beautiful poetry, the sweetest songs... all come from being in the moment. You can’t put those things on like a coat.
Sometimes, of course, doing and being come together in the most celebrative way. Like the Children’s Concerts yesterday morning at the Civic Center.
The Mid-Texas Symphony and the local school districts joined forces, assisted by the First Commercial Bank and the Cecelia Young Willard Helping Hand Fund, and as a result, clipse to tv|D thousand children experienced Awonder of Laura Spitzer at the piano.
This is the lady who packs up her \ grand piano, traveling all over the 4 country to small towns to carry Beethoven and whomever else she can fit in her van.
Remarkable lady! And she doesn’t1 even have a choice — it’s as necessary to her as breathing! But the Symphony and schools had a choice. They made a good one!
And what act of faith (art) have you committed today?
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.)is best as a
way of life