New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A — HFRALn-ZEITl NG — Saturday, August 5, 2000County Local S I \ I I \Dispatch Brilliant colors brighten up Hummel
► Barn fire
FISCHER —Afire believed to have started at an electrical panel for a well blackened two or three acres of land and destroyed a small building Thursday night.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wherry said firefighters were called to Trout Run in Fischer at around 9 p.m. for a reported grass fire.
The fire spread to a nearby small building, Wherry said, and destroyed it.
Firefighters from Blanco County, Spring Branch and Canyon Lake fought the fire.
“We were there until about midnight,” Wherry said.
Comal County Assistant Fire Marshall Darren Brinkkoeter said the fire was believed to have started in a faulty connection at the well’s electrical box with “arcing” that caused sparks to ignite the grass at the well.
Damage was placed at around $12,000,
Brinkkoeter said. The building was described as a small barn or large shed.
► Hay fire
A fire that destroyed about 20 round bales of hay Thursday night was believed started by spontaneous combustion, according to reports.
New Braunfels and Geronimo firefighters were called to a field in the 2500 block of Barbarosa Road at about 7:40 p.m. for a reported fire in the bales, located along a fence.
Comal County Assistant Fire Marshall Darren Brinkkoeter said preliminary investigation revealed Hie likely cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion.
Spontaneous combustion sometimes occurs after wet or green hay is baled. Bacteria grow in the moisture in the hay, and the inside of the bale superheats and eventually can catch fire.
Firefighters broke up the bales, and sprayed down the fire.
“It was a long operation,” Brinkkoeter said. The incident is still under investigation.
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Expect brilliant colors when you see Brother Cletus Behlmann'$ art — both on the gallery walls and on the man himself, if you should be lucky enough to meet this interesting gentleman.
You will know him when you see him. At his opening reception Thursday night at the Hummel I Museum and Art Galien'.
Behlmann was attired in purple I shoes and a lively shirt he designed himself w ith his signature paint strokes and the words “Go Van Gogh*' drawn on the back of the shirt.
Behlmann is a Marianist Brother. artist-in-residence and direc-: tor of the St. Mary’s University Art Center in San Antonio.
He did not become interested in art until the ripe age of 28.
“When I joined the brothers. I was asked what I was going into, and I said ‘Art,’" said Behlmann. For his first art class, he was given a stick of charcoal and asked to draw' a bean pot.
From those humble beginnings, his interest and his talent grew.
“I haven't stopped. I thought it would be a hobby,” said Behlmann, w ho never dreamed he would one day be show ing in a
gallery and have his own Web site to show case his works.
His themes range from religious to folk art and abstract. His lov e of traveling (his fav orite part of painting) is reflected in pieces that depict the Cayman Islands, streets of Belgium, the San Antonio sky line and historic buildings in Gruene and New Braunfels.
He is an accomplished artist in metal sculpture, aery lie, w atercolor. batik, stained glass, pastel, ceramics and weaving.
No matter what the subject is of a particular painting — a whimsical horse, flowers or religious symbols — all are executed in vibrant hues that reflect Behlmann s passion for color.
A native of Florrisant,
Missouri. Behlmann received his education at St. Mary s University, and as a young brother, started teaching elementary education.
Before coming to San Antonio in 1977, Behlmann taught at Vianney High School in Kirkwood Missouri, where he operated the Rooster Gallery.
The gallery had been a chicken house for 40 years before Behlmann renovated it and transformed it into an art gallery.
Part of the renovated gallery
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“Now, with the judge’s ruling, those 12 families can begin making plans to move into their new homes in the next several weeks as construction is completed.”
But Charles Frigerio, the city’s attorney in this case, said the judge’s ruling also was a partial victory for the city.
“It’s actually a partial victory for the city in that any further development in the subdivision is halted until the court makes its final ruling,” he said referring to the homes that are not already under construction.
“I think what (the judge) is trying to do is diminish any potential damages that they have since they have people out there and were in the process of building those homes,” he added.
And Frigerio said Brookshire Homes continues the construction on the 12 homes “at their own peril.”
“If the ordinance is found to be Constitutional, they're going to have
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The judge will hold a hearing w ithin the next few weeks to determine if he will grant a permanent injunction against the city, Frigerio said.
At that time, the judge could decide to allow Brookshire Homes
Brother Cletus Behlmann showcases his artwork at the Hummel Museum and Art Gallery through August 29. Behlmann takes requests for paintings before they are completed.
still is in use today.
Behlmann’s work will be on display at the museum through Aug. 29. Some pieces also are for sale. Before to each of his trips,
Behlmann also takes requests for paintings prior to their completion.
“They may subscribe to a painting before it is painted,” said
Behlmann, who requests a $ I OO deposit to secure a framed painting. To learn more about subscribing, access the artist’s Web site at www.brothercletus.com.
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to continue building as it is now, or it could find that the city’s ordinance is valid.
“Then we would take up at that time what to do with the homes they have built,” or how those homes would be changed to meet city code, Frigerio said.
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