New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Interest in arts increasing
Pardon me if I sound excited ... especially, since I almost tripped (literally) over the good news! You see, there is this stack of newspapers in my hallway that has a tendency to reach awesome heights, because “there’s an article in there I want to. read.” At any rate, a slick magazine section managed to ooze onto the floor, and to get my attention as my feet went in several directions at the same time. [
It was worth it! (Especially since no bones were broken). Worth it, because there in the article rd originally turned to and then tucked away for future reading, was the best news I'd seen about the arts in a long time!
WE’RE GAINING MOMENTUM!
Most people have a belief system; many have causes intended to make things better for the majority of society. Then, there are those whose beliefs and causes are wrapped into one bundle of unflagging effort. A healthy number of people involved in
the arts have that wedded focus. And though results have seemed to be discouraging for many years, there is
obviously a fresh breeze blowing across our land.
The article provided very interesting results of a national survey, conducted by the Roper Center in Storrs, Conn. It seems the center was commissioned by America’s first “Newseum,” a $50 million structure built by The Freedom Forum, a nonprofit foundation. The unique Newseum is located in Arlington, Va., and is “broadly dedicated to informing the public about the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press, and to presenting information about the news from ancient times to the present.”
I hear you. You’re saying, “OK, Elizabeth, cut to the chase! What’s the exciting news?”
The Roper Survey, asking a variety of questions about people’s views, complaints and desires regarding the news media, arrived at some fascinating percentages. And the one that matters most to me is the fact that 67 percent of those questioned wanted to know more about the arts!!! By itself, that number might not be impressive, but when one discovers that only 63 percent expressed an interest in sports, the arts have reason to rejoice! One short decade ago, involvement and general support of the arts had waned from the all-time high of the Camelot days to well under 50 percent. And now?
THEY’RE GETTING THE MESSAGE!
Despite certain governmental factions determined to eradicate the National Endowment for the Arts (while Pentagon warehouses are bursting with the $20 billion worth of
obsolete military equipment) ...the people (meaning you and me) are hearing and seeing and feeling the value of the arts in our everyday lives. Secretary of Education Reilly is no longer like a voice crying in the wilderness; school districts all across the nation are implementing arts-oriented foundations for their academic studies. Also, more and more churches are creating chancel dramas to communicate their faiths. And corporate as well as hometown businesses are supporting the arts as a valuable draw for their own commodities.
But most importantly, individual citizens are getting the message: the arts (the results of the search for truth and beauty) soften us, yet strengthen us, move us empathetical^ toward one another, and help us understand the language of the Universe.
(Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate, writing for the Herald-Zeitung, on the arts and humanities.)
The New Braunfels Community Choral* gathers to ting for the residents of Eden Heights In February. The Chorale will present a concert at 4 p.m., Sunday at First United Methodist Church.
Choral conceit set for SundayFirst recital
Participants In the first recital of the Child bloom Guitar Program of New Braunfels, held at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery on March 15 were from left (top) Brian Sidles, Austin Hannasch, Rick Wood (director), Erick Newberry and Erie Cortez; (middle) Carolyn Upton, Mary Jo Roberts, Justin Hemmlck, Brinny Wheeler; (bottom) Brandon Johnson, Mason Hemmick, Cody Leil and Gus Schubert. Childbloom Guitar, a nationwide program, wss brought to New Braunfels In January by guitarist/instructor Rick Wood. The comprehensive musical education program tor children ages 5-12 Is the largest program of its kind in the nation.
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its spring conceit at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church.
This group of singers was organized in 1979 as the New Braunfels Heritage Chorale and entertained many audiences through the years. The group has grown to 60 members and enjoys singing a variety of music. The chorale has sung this year for the Dinner With The Arts and the Music Study Club.
Jo Ann Lemmon will accompany and Pat Prichard will direct the chorale in this concert of Broadway Tunes including medleys from ““Oklahoma,” “Show Boat,” On
Broadway” and “Les Miserables.” Also selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar’ will be presented. The chorale will be showcasing some of our local young singers as soloists in this conceit.
Let the chorale treat you to some of your favorite music this Sunday.
Tickets may be purchased from any member, China-n-Things, Johnson Fumiture/Innerworks or at the door.
Adult tickets are $5 and senior/student tickets are $4.
(Submitted by the Community
Birthday Bash on tap at Children’s Museum
‘Grease’ auditions slated for Monday
Circle Arts Theatre is holding its corporate breath, hoping to receive a license to produce “GREASE” this summer, but also moving ahead as if it was already a fact. Auditions will be held this Monday.
“We can’t wait until the powers-that-be complete the process begun some time ago to determine if the‘White Chicks’
Maude (Cathy Clark, left) trie* to hold onto her suitcase a*
Hannah Mao (Joy Lindsey) does her beat to prevent her neighbor from running after an errant husband In this scene from “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.” The comedy continues this weekend at Circle Arts Theatre, with a matinee at 3 p.m. this Sunday.
Tickets are available at Chlna-n-Thlngs.
For reservations, call 604-3002 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
restricted rights are available to us,” said Elizabeth Elliott, executive director. “It has to do with the itinerary of the national touring company of the show. But, by the time we receive the go-ahead, it might be too late to gather a cast, so we’re going to proceed, and hope for the best.”
The musical is a spirited look backward at the high school class of “59, with all its gum-chewing, hotrod-loving teenagers, singing and dancing their way through the rock ‘n’ roll era.
Roles exist for a few adults, ages 25 to 45, and at least seven girls and seven boys, age 14 to 19.
Auditions will begin at 7:30 p.m., and all those planning to tryout must bring their own sheet music for any song they wish to sing. The song need not be from the show itself. An accompanist will be provided.
“GREASE” will run weekends from July 3 through August 2.
(Submitted by Circle Arts Theatre)
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is throwing itself a birthday party on Thursday, and it wants everybody to come.
Almost a year after the big move to the New Braunfels Factory Stores, the museum is better than ever and ready to celebrate 11 years of fun and adventure for the kids in the tri-county area.
“We’ve always made our members a top priority, which is why they all received invitations to the Birthday Bash first,” museum board president David King said. “We couldn’t have made it this far without them.”
But this year’s Birthday Bash will go even further. As a part of a plan to broaden its appeal, the museum is kicking off its first Membership Campaign at the party, which will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gruene Hall. Admission is $3 per person, with coupons for one free admission per family available at the museum.
The Birthday Bash will feature bargain-priced foods like hot dogs, nachos and drinks, as well as free birthday cake, a live band and games for the kids.
“We’re encouraging our current members to bring their friends to the Birthday Bash and then a free ‘test drive’ of the museum,” King said. “We want everybody to sec that the
Children’s Museum is a place to have fun and learn at the same
The Membership Campaign is being led by New Braunfels attorney Gary Steel and his family, and it will reach out to children and families in Comal, Hays, Guadalupe and northeast Bexar counties. It is aimed at new members, but current members are welcome to renew their memberships during the two-month drive as well.
Membership benefits include unlimited museum visits for the family, discounts on birthday parties and at the museum store, and special events.
It also includes a subscription to the monthly newsletter, the Handprint.
Another highlight of the Birthday Bash will be the Kids at Play House Building Contest. Miniature structures of all kinds will be judged by a celebrity panel and available for sale in a silent auction.
The Kids at Play contest is cosponsored by CASA of Central Texas, which also will kick off its Casas for CASA raffle at the Birthday Bash. The playhouses will be available for inspection at Gruene Hall.
(Submitted by the Children I Museum in New Braunfels.)
Taos artist headlines children’s show
A children’s art show and a demonstration by a noted Taos, N.M., artist and two workshops are the April highlights of the New Braunfels Art League.
The fifth-graders of Carl Schurz Elementary School will display “Picasso Faces/Kachina faces” April 14 to 26 at the Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St. One hundred works of art will be exhibited in the side gallery.
“I fully expect that this will become an annual even with the fifth-graders. It will be a great transition for them to go to the McNay Art Museum (in San Antonio) after they have seen their own work hanging in the New Braunfels Art League Gallery,” said Christina Rhrholm, art education specialist, who is coordinating the event.
Ron Rencher of Taos, N.M. will paint a still life in oil at the April 15 meeting of the Art League.
He has been in numerous invitational art shows and had one man shows at North Rim Lodge at the Grand Canyon and at the Las Vegas Art Museum.
The winner of a number of top awards in shows, Rencher’s paintings are in many collections including Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Zion Natural History Museum Association in Zion National Park, Utah, the Las Vegas Art Museum and in Japan.
He will hold a workshop in Houston next week.
The 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday is open to the public.
Carlene Reeves Rencher, his wife, will hold a two-day workshop in oil April 14 to 15 at the gallery.
A garden scene and a still life with roses are the planned subjects.
This will be her third workshop here.
“It’s just great to have a mate who understands you; no one understands an artist like another artist. It’s a real partnership,” said Ron Rencher.
Kay Milam of McQueeney will lead a monoprinting workshop Saturday, April 12 at the gallery.
She was the recent demonstrator for the Art League.
For more information, call the gallery at 629-8022 or Milam at (210)557-5043.
Information and supply lists for both workshops are at the gallery which is open Monday through Saturday from IO a m. to 5 p.m.
(Submitted by the New Braunfels Art League)