New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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► Pair injured
SAN ANTONIO—Apair of young men flown from the scene of a local accident were recovering Friday in a San Antonio hospital.
Arnold Ramirez, 19, of Seguin, and Armando Palizada, 23, of Austin, were injured at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday when their pickup truck collided with a semi rig on Texas 46 near Cloud Lane.
Because of the severity of the impact, which demolished the pickup, both men were taken by helicopter to University Hospital.
An official there said Palizada, who was driving the truck, suffered major chest injuries from hitting the steering wheel. He was listed in stable condition late Friday. Ramirez had head and wrist injuries. He was listed in good condition.
► Trucker update
SAN ANTONIO — The 23-year-old man injured Thursday when he drove a dump truck in front of a Union Pacific freight train was in surgery Thursday night.
A University Hospital spokesman said Jose Romero was being operated on to repair injuries suffered when the train slammed into his dump truck at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
New Braunfels firefighters took Romero to University Hospital with broken bones and other suspected internal injuries.
The train pushed Romero’s semi-rig dump truck more than 200 yards before coming to a stop in the accident, which occurred on the grounds of the Cemex plant on Wald Road southwest of New Braunfels.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, in the commissioners’ courtroom, 3rd floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — meeting,
6:15 p.m., Jan. 10, in the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
Man charged with threatening Bush
ATLANTA (AP) — A 37-year-old Gwinnett County man was arrested on federal charges Friday of making a threat against President-elect George W. Bush.
Bruce Roberson of Norcross was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service. Roberson was ordered by US. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III to be held in custody on the charge until another hearing on Dec. 28.
Officers said Robertson told them he was going to “take him down,” and that Bush “stole the election and he’s not gonna get away with it.”Shades of Hill County Christmas
NB artist Angie Banta Brown celebrates holidays in watercolor paintings
By Jan Kilby
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Angie Banta Brown’s Hill Country Christmas watercolor series in the Ventana Art Gallery of San Antonio’s Viva Bookstore makes one stop, wonder and remember.
One stops because of the strong emotional response elicited by the brilliant hues of watercolors of traditional Texas poinsettias in white, red and pink shades.
One wonders just who lives in the cozy-looking Hill County limestone homes she portrays in watercolors that stir the imagination.
One remembers the joy of holiday traditions when seeing her pictures of country homes decorated with green holly wreaths and tables set with Christmas teacups.
These images and others created by Angie Banta Brown of New Braunfels can be seen at the Christmas art show until Dec. 29 at the Ventana Art Gallery of Viva Bookstore, 8407 Broadway in San Antonio. Joan Wheeless, Ventana Art Gallery’s manager, said Brown’s watercolors, primarily architectural art and still lifes of flowers and fruit, consistently had been popular. She attributed Brown’s success to her paintings’ “clean, sharp images, pleasing compositions, and bright colors.”
Brown’s watercolors do not contain the light colors and soft, abstract images often associated with the medium. Instead, she uses vibrant colors and defined images.
The artist says she wants to achieve a “freshness of color and the look of layers of colored tissue that are light enough to see the white of the watercolor paper so that the light bounces back.”
She paints still lifes from arrangements in her home studio. She bases her architectural, landscape and portrait art on photographs, as well as on sketches and journals in her artist’s notebooks.
Brown wants her art to be “dramatic, but with soft edges,” as she says.
“Many people have the misconception that watercolors are weak in color, but they don’t have to be that way,” she said. •
Brown’s enthusiasm for watercolors comes from her lifetime involvement with art. Bom in Leakey, she always loved to.. *
sketch. Her parents and teachers recognized her art talent.
“At that time, though, art wasn’t considered a career field,” she said.
After graduating from San Antonio’s Brackenridge High School in 1955, Brown attended San Antonio College in 1956-57. There she earned an associate’s degree in a general education curriculum, not art, following a friend’s advice to become a
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Angie Banta Brown’s Hill Country Christmas watercolor series is on display now at San Antonio’s Viva Bookstore.
lawyer to avoid being a starving artist.
Jacqui Von-Honts, an artist who now owns the Love Texas Gallery at the San Antonio International Airport, was Brown’s neighbor at the time. She convinced Brown to enroll in the Warren Hunter School of Art in La Villita, a private commercial art school.
Angie Banta Brown’s Christmas watercolor series features traditional scenes such as this wreath in the window, an adaptation of a photo taken in Fredericksburg.
band retired. They moved to their new home in the country near New Braunfels in 1985.
Her children, both artists, live in Dallas. Alice O’Leary, her
This holiday Christmas cup depiction is one of Brown’s works.
Braunfels, Brown has continued to share her love of art—watercolors in particular—through her teaching.
“I teach, so I give away all my secrets,” she says with a smile.
Since 1985, she has taught courses in pastels and watercolor at the New Braunfels Art League, which she helped found in 1964. She teaches four courses a year for both beginning and experienced artists, with each class meeting for three hours a week for six weeks and costing $ 110. Her next class begins in January.
She also teaches special two-day classes in watercolor design and painting of greeting cards. She’s taught, as well, in Bandera, Rockport, Waco and cities in New Mexico.
Beginning in January 2001, she’ll again teach a watercolor class at Windcrest United Methodist Church in San Antonio. She and two other
Angie Banta Brown’s art can be viewed and bought at the Ventana Art Gallery during the regular Viva Bookstore hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call Viva at (210) 826-1143 and Ventana Art Gallery at (210) 826-7227.
instructors will take a group of students to paint in San Miguel Allende, Mexico from March 1-11, 2001. This summer, she’ll teach in Taos,
Students can enroll in her classes by calling her at 609-2581.
Brown studied there from 1957 to 1959.
Hunter soon recommended her for fashion illustration positions. She worked for Joske’s Department Store in 1959 and then at Frost Brothers from 1960 to 1968.
“Fashion illustration is a good background for fine arts because it develops discipline and good work habits,” Brown said.
In 1970, when her husband Albert, an engineer, took a new position in Urbana, 111., she worked as a graphic designer for the University of Illinois.
When they returned to Texas in 1974 to live in Richardson, Brown decided to leave commercial artwork in order to dedicate herself full-time to fine art. That’s when she began to work in watercolors more seriously. She did some freelance artwork for the Drawing Board, a Dallas-based greeting card company. She also began teaching art in her home and in frame shops.
The Browns returned to San Antonio in 1984 when her hus-
daughter, is a fashion design graduate of the University of North Texas and a freelance artist. Robert, her son, works as a geologist, and his photography has received awards.
Today, Brown is a successful fine artist known widely for her watercolors. She sells her art to individuals, as well as to such business clients as the Dr. Pepper Corporation and doctors’ offices.
She’s received numerous awards. Her work is exhibited at the Ventana Art Gallery, the Love Texas Gallery and the New Braunfels Art League.
Since 1990, she’s belonged to the Texas Watercolor Society.
The organization has honored her with the Purple Sage Signature award for the large number of juried watercolor shows she has entered and won. She will be one of 80 artists selected from 700 to participate in a national art show at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio in March 2001.
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