New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Z e i t u n gArts & Entertainment
Our community is coming
The Art of the Matter
Sometimes it doesn’t take much. Just a good idea. And I don’t know who had it first (I think it was Karen Crandall) but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that Youth ArtBeat is a great concept, and it’s happening for the second time, this year on March 30.
And while all that excitement is going on this Saturday, the Arts Council’s Countywide Poetry Contest will be reaching its deadline. I’ll tell you what I can about both these neat projects, in hopes that you come “Alive With Art!”
won’t find any Elizabeth
Picassos or Rem- ■■■» ..
brandts, but the CHIOU
are filled with the lively visual art by hundreds of local youngsters, having enthusiastically expressed themselves on paper, and the blossoming creativity will cause more stir than the masters would! In fact, one mother, knowing how good her child’s work is, is ready to stand guard and take it down as soon as the event is over, for fear someone might snatch it away! She said so!
The theme, “Alive with Art,” will be evident everywhere downtown on Saturday, with dancers, actors, and singers filling the streets, starting at IO a.m. And young people, dressed as works of ' att will march ire* side waJkpsTtde 'starting at I p.m. Before that, at 12:30 pm, they’ll gather in the NBU parking lot to have their costumes judged. I bet the Mona Lisa with the most mysterious smile wins.
All kinds of activities will surround the plaza, with Hummelfest in progress that day, along with Children’s Museum’s fun and games going on outside the Hummel, and concession stands located on several comers. Compania
de Danza Folklorica will be giving a workshop (but they didn’t tell me where) and I hear by the grapevine that there will be a Poets Comer in a room at the Art League Gallery. Oh, and there will also be face-painting at the Gallery.
Now if you’re not at the plaza bandstand by 1:30 p.m., you’ll miss the finale and awards (for costumes and artwork, etc.). Does this sound like a festival, or what?!!
Last call for poets!
The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council is winding down its 14th Annual Countywide Poetry Contest, the deadline being March 31. That means if you submit an entry, you better make sure it’s postmarked by that day. The contest is open to 4th and 5th graders, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults, living in both school districts. What? You don’t remember the rules? Okay, here goes:
1. The poem may be on any subject, and in any style, except limerick, and must have a minimum of eight lines.
2. It must be typed or PRINTED CAREFULLY on a white, 8 1/2 x ll inch sheet of paper, and must be contained on the front of one page.
3. Your name, telephone number, address, and grade must be on the BACK of the page. Adults need to mark their poems “adult.”
4. Make three copies of the original poem to submit with your entry, leaving SffflnyjdeDtific^i^ltabeclaife
5. Mail the -original and copies to Patty Pope, 831 McGar, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
It’s possible that waiting for you is prize money, a gold medallion, and complimentary theatre and symphony passes. Wish I could submit one!
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.)
Quartets featured at barbershop’s Harmony Revue
Show scheduled for April 28
“Look at the sign!" It says New Braunfels has its own chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The sign is located on Highway 46 coming east into New Braunfels. Pictured is Harry Myers, newly elected president, putting the finishing touches to the installation of the sign. The sign represents the “Hill Country Chorus,” which meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room of First Baptist Church. Any male singer is cordially invited to sing, and the best part is that you don’t have to be an accomplished singer to enjoy harmony and fellowship. Come sing with us
The “Hill Country Chorus,” formerly known as the “South Texas Sound,” New Braunfels’ own chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc. (SPEBSQSA), is proud to announce its upcoming show (our 22nd), the “Harmony Revue.” The theme for this year’s show is Grandpa’s Attic.
The show will be held on Sunday, April 28,4 p.m. at Jackson Auditorium, Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. Tickets are on sale now for $5 — senior citizens, $6 — general admission (advance) and $7 at the door.
They are available at the Senior Citizens’ Center, Comal Flower Shop, the Chamber of Commerce here in town and the chamber in Seguin. They area also available from any
“Hill Country Chorus” barbershopper.
Featured in our show will be the “Texas Jubilee” a NOTE-worthy quartet from the San Antonio area and “Sterling,” an up-and-coming new quartet heading for “big things down the road,” from San Marcos and New Braunfels.
The Hill Country Chorus meets every Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Choir Room, corner of Cross and Santa Clara streets in New Braunfels.
We would like to invite any male singers to visit with us in harmony and good fellowship; and you DO NOT have to be an accomplished singer, nor do you have to audition.
We’d just like to have you come by and visit with us.
(Submitted by Jack Ehman, public relations officer for the Hill Country Chorus.)
New Braunfels Art League
By PAT PELTZ
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The New Braunfels Art League Gallery has become a bee hive of activity in the downtown area.
Youth ArtBeat activities including the judging of student entries will be headquartered at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio, the week of March 25. Elaine Felder, president, and member Sheila Ore are on the Youth ArtBeat committee.
Artistic Outreach was held March 9 where three mini-workshops in pastel, stained glass and drawing were available at no charge. The Art League provided the supplies and the instructors, Mary Beth Gibson, Elaine Felder and Annette LeBouef. The tables were filled with participants working on the projects. The Outreaches are held about three times a year to introduce art media to members of the community.
Two weekly watercolor classes with Angie Banta Brown and Dee Dee Dale are available; Betty Mathis, Mary Beth Gibson and Barry Shadrock hold biweekly classes in oil, and Patsy Ledbetter and Janice Yow Hindcs have monthly oil classes. Annette
LeBouef has a Sunday children’s class.
Three painting groups meet weekly to share painting critiques and information as they paint.
The Art League holds its monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of the month, except December, at 7 p.m. at the gallery. The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council meets at the Gallery the third Monday of the month. The New Braunfels German Folkdancers also practice at the building.
Now in its 32nd year, the Art League holds two major shows a year — the Spring Arts and Crafts Show is held Memonal Day weekend in the Civic Center and the Wurstfest Art Show runs all IO days of Wurstfest in the gallery. A mini art show, “Floral Expressions,” will be on display during April in their side gallery, and a “Tourism in New Braunfels” show is planned for July.
A showing of Ruth Bowers’ watercolor paintings and sculpture recently concluded at the Gallery. Sales totaling $2,405 benefited both the Art League and the New Braunfels Christian Academy where she taught prior to her death from leukemia last December.
Last August the NBAL hosted the 75th anniversary
of women’s suffrage exhibit in their gallery. This September the group will host a showing of watercolors painted by Watercolor Art Society — Houston members who recently spent three days painting in the New Braunfels area.
With about half of their almost 250 members from out of town, the Art League is a magnet for art-minded visitors. Workshops draw attendance from here, nearby cities and from more distant areas such as Dallas. There are four out-of-state members, including two winter Texan members. Six members are signature members of other prestigious art organizations.
The Art League owns its building, and renovations are made as the money is available. The group hopes to finish first floor renovations this year. The two-story building has a meeting room and galleries on the first floor and will eventually have classrooms, artist leased space and office on the second. The building dates from 1913 and has been used as a bakery with living quarters, a five and dime store, a bootery, doctors’ offices, a karate studio and women’s wear shops.
The Art League is grateful for all donations received
Renowned pianist to perform with Mid-Texas Symphony at Jackson Auditorium
Renowned pianist Laura Spitzer will perform with the Mid-Texas Symphony in concert Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in Texas Lutheran College’s Jackson Auditorium.
Spitzer, who travels across the country with Stemway in tow, will be featured in a presentation of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.
She completed her undergraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she was awarded the Boesendorfer Stipend and graduated with distinction.
After touring with the Austrian Ensemble for New Music, recording numerous programs for Austria Radio and taking first prize at the Kurt Leimer Competition, she earned her master’s degree with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute.
The recipient of four touring grants from the Nevada State Council on the Arts and the Nevada Humanities Committee, she has blazed a trail by bringing classical music to hundreds of rural communities and schools in the U.S. and Canada.
In recognition of this contribution, she was honored with the 1986 Nevada Governor’s Art Award. Her story has received national attention on ABC and NBC News, and in “Time” magazine and “Readers Digest.”
Currently Spitzer resides in Los Angeles, where she serves as assistant lecturer of keyboard studies at the University of Southern California, and received the department’s teaching
award in 1992.
Franz Krager will conduct the orchestra as it also presents Promenade and The Great Gate of Kiev from “Pictures at an Exhibition” written by Modeste Mussorgsky and orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.
The program will also include performances by two piano students who won the Symphony’s Young Artist Competition in February. They are Josephine Chan and Kasandra Kenne-da.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and college age students, and $3 for all other students. They are available in Seguin at Gift and Gourmet, the Seguin and Guadalupe County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson Auditorium Box Office. They will also be available at the door.Hummelfest happenings include postmark cancellation
Carl Feltner, retired supervisor of mails at the New Braunfels Post Office and chair of Hummelfest’s Postmark Cancellation, has received permission from the Postal Service for the museum’s commemoranve postmark with a pictorial cancellation.
The Hummelfest cancellation, the third in the series, commemorates the life of Sister Maria Innocentia (Berta) Hummel, 1909-1946. The art work that is on display at the Museum was created by Sister M I. Hummel.
To acquire this cancellation stop by the museum dunng Hummelfest, March 29 through 31. Persons unable to attend Hummelfest can obtain this cancellation by submitting a mail order request to the postmaster in New Braunfels.
Hummelfest, which runs from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31, has an array of activities planned — something for everyone, young and old.
For more information about Hummelfest or the cancellation call the Hummel Museum at (210) 625-5636.Author at Hummel Museum for book signing
Dr. Theodore Gish, professor of German and director of The Institute of Texas-German Studies at the University of Houston, will conduct a book signing at the Hummel Museum dunng Hummelfest on Saturday, March 30 at I p.m.
Dr. Gish will be on hand to autograph the newly translated publication entitled “The Diary of Hermann Seele” along with Seele’s “Sketches from Texas.” Dr. Gish provides the translation of an early Texan settler, Hermann Seele. Seele left Germany in 1843 and eventually helped to settle the German colony of New Braunfels. Gish found Seele’s diary 14 years ago in a New Braunfels museum archive.
For more information about Hummelfest or Dr. Gish call the Hummel Museum at (210) 625-5636.
-Youth ArtBeat entries
Elaine Felder (left) and Annette LeBoeuf of the New Braunfels Art League look over some of the many Youth ArtBeat entries during the judging last week. Paintings and drawings are being exhibited in merchants’ windows this week, and the three-dimensional art works are on display at the New Braunfels Arts League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio. Youth * ArtBeat activities will culminate this weekend with a parade, awards and many
Rehearsing “The Dining Room”
Photo courtesy of BILL HAAS
Stephen Schaefer and Cathy Clark rehearse a scene from THE DINING ROOM,” in which his character shows hers where the table needs repair, but more than that gets mended. The uniquely written human comedy opens April 4, at Circle Arts Theatre in Landa Park, with a benefit performance for Habitat for Humanity at 7 p.m. on April 14, and a 3 p.m. matinee on April 21. Tickets are available at China-n-Things. For reservations, call 609-3092, Monday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. only.