Saturday, December 7, 2013

City Considers SAL Request for Home

LATEST NEWS: The City of Seguin rejected our proposal immediately. Some officials seem to want to help, but the Matthies House will not be our new home.

In late November SAL Pres. Robin Walker and a delegation of SAL members attended the Seguin City Council meeting and presented a formal proposal: We want a 10-year agreement with the City to use the Matthies House as a community art center.

The house is located on Nolte Street on the southwestern edge of Walnut Springs Park and across from the location of the new public library. It will also be at the southern end of the hike and bike trail to be built from I10 to downtown.

We propose to include classrooms for children and adults, meeting rooms, space for special events both public and private, as well as a gallery and gift shop. The group planning construction of the trail recommend a restaurant or coffee shop, so we may include something like a tea room or sandwich shop, too, which would guarantee the building stays open during business hours without depending solely on volunteer staff.

Watch local news and reports at SAL meetings for further developments, and keep this project in your prayers.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winner in Fantasy Show

The 2013 SAL Fantasy Show “Literary Inspirations” opened for two weeks with a reception in the Selig Room at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC). Howard Crunk, shown left, took home the Salvador Dali Traveling Trophy for winning First Place with his wood sculpture “Sleepy Eyes.”

Other winners included the following:

  • Patricia Hanley, Second Place for her acrylic painting “I Think I Saw a Purple Cow.”
  • Donna Maske, Third Place for her fiber piece “Woodland.”
  • Roger Betschler, Honorable Mention for Raku “Escaped.”
  • Donna Maske, Honorable Mention, clay “Tidal Pool.”
  • Howard Crunk, Honorable Mention, oil painting “Untitled.”

Watch here to see photos of the reception, winners, and winning artwork taken by member Stephanie Parker.