Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Goodbye, River Street: We're Moving, Not Closing!

"We won't ever fold. I mean the organization is going to be intact forever -- I mean I hope," said Pres. Robin Walker to the Seguin Daily News.

The eviction notice we've been waiting for (and hoping would never come) has arrived, and we must be out of our Gallery at 109 N. River St. on July 1, 2013. Gillian Siemens, Gallery Manager Debbie Zengerle, and other committee members have worked extremely hard for months to find another property, preferably downtown, that we can move to. They have visited every vacant building downtown, followed up on tips about good deals all over, and talked to everybody they could think of. We only paid a token rent plus utilities and our own expenses at the River Street location, paying market rates looks impossible at this moment. Please let the committee know if you inherit an empty building or have any ideas they haven't already tried.

The Gallery will be open and the high school show on display during regular Gallery hours through June 28 as promised, and we'll have a huge party after our June 8 meeting to open the Moving Sale. Please tell your friends!

If you have art in the Gallery or Gift Shop, please consider an acceptable sale price and let Debbie Zengerle or a docent know. You can begin picking up unsold art on Wednesday, June 25. If you can help with the June 8 party in any way (music, food, manpower, ideas), please contact Alicia Helton. Watch for ads in the papers and be ready to leap into action between June 8 and June 30. We'll need lots of help.

Monday, May 6, 2013

High School Show Packed with Winning Work

Breaking News: Art League Moving. Students MUST pick up work on or before Friday, June 28, 4-6 PM!

The 4th Annual High School Art Show opened May 3 with 96 entries from grades 9-12 at Seguin, Navarro, La Vernia, Floresville, and Marion high schools, a Seguin home school, and Lifegate Christian School.

Rachel Henkes, a 10th grader at La Vernia High School, won First Place and $100 cash prize with her mixed media depiction of “A Slice of Life” (shown at left).

Second Place went to Marion 10th grader Jenna Line’s photograph “Bird’s Eye View,” and La Vernia senior Valerie Moehrig won Third Place for her acrylic painting “Headlines.”

Three seniors from Seguin High won Honorable Mention awards: Joseph Cabellero for his colored pencil drawing “What to Imagine,” Maria Leon for her pencil drawing “Goatman,” and Debra Rhodes for her clay and acrylic “Two-Faced.”

Honorable Mentions from La Vernia High include Allison Freeman, 12th grade, for her graphite and Prismacolor drawing “The Art of Living;” Kaylyn Stork, 10th grade, for her Prismacolor “Friendly Gatherings;” Kristen Gastauer, 11th grade, for her pen and ink drawing “Pig Pen;” and Brianna Kruciak, 12th grade, for her Prismacolor and paint “Switch Up.”

Honorable Mention awards also went to Marion High School’s 10th grader Sean Riedel for his photograph of “The Weathered Barn” and 11th grader Brittany Holden for her digital photograph of “Ol’ Blue Eyes;” and to Lifegate 11th grader Karissa Tracy for her acrylic “Tweet.”

The show runs through June 28. For photos from the reception, click here, click 4th Annual High School Art Show under Recent Activity, then click Slideshow.