Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Seguin Art League gets a New Building!


After years of looking for a permanent location for their non-profit organization, we have some exciting news to share! The Mandell Family of Houston graciously made it possible for the Seguin Art League to purchase the building at 104 S. Austin St. across from the old courthouse in Seguin. The Mandell Building once housed a family owned mercantile called Mendlowitz Brothers and was the Klein Opera House at the turn of the 20th century. “I hope this building will bring happiness and prosperity to the Art League as it did for my family” said Leonard Mandell as he handed over the keys to the building.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community of Guadalupe County and Seguin.” Said Robin Roberts Walker, president of the Seguin Art League. “Our building committee has worked for years to find the right property in Seguin and though this is a huge undertaking, our organization is excited to start renovations and repairs.” The two story building will immediately need work on the roof, the fa├žade and the interior will have to be brought up to modern standards. “With help from the community, we will begin the process of creating an art center with gallery spaces, classrooms and meeting areas.” The Seguin Art League committees will be busy in the following months creating a master plan and most importantly, strategizing on fundraising.

The Mandell Building - new home of the Seguin Art League!

SAL worked closely with the Main Street director Kyle Kramm and former director Mary Jo Langford in identifying possible locations for the art league. “We are thrilled that at last this downtown property will be given a chance to serve our city and the surrounding communities. The Seguin Art League is the perfect fit for helping to bring art lovers to downtown Seguin.” Langford said. Current director Kyle Kramm added that “The City of Seguin and the Main Street program are excited for this announcement. The addition of the Seguin Art League downtown will insure that the heart of our community will serve as a cultural center and a destination worth visiting."

The community will be able to follow their progress and participate in fundraising efforts to help save the building by logging onto www.seguinartleague.com.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

YULEFEST Time!


It's time once again for our annual YuleFest fundraiser! Join us at the Coliseum on Sunday, December 7th for arts & crafts and plenty of gifting items for the holiday season!

Winners Announced: Fantasy Show

We had a great turnout for our annual Fantasy show this year! From paintings to fiber art to sculpture - we thank everyone who submitted work to the show. Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place                       Howard Crunk           Kinsasha Boy
2nd Place                     Donna Maske             Koi
3rd Place                      Debbie Zengerle        The Same Hat/The Same Family
Honorable Mention     Prudy Kinsel              Diversity of Technique #2
Honorable Mention     Sandra Elbel Taylor   Calypso

Howard Crunk with his sculpture Kinsasha Boy
Donna Maske - "Koi"
Debbie Zengerle - "The Same Hat/The Same Family"
Prudy Kinsel - "Diversity of Techniqeu #2"
Sandra Elbel Taylor - "Calypso"

Thanks To: 
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Michele Rumbaut, and United Way for sponsoring this event.

Show Chair: Katie Salzmann 
Hanging crew: Howard Crunk
Hospitality: Kathleen Elbel and Sandra Taylor

Our judge for this event was Hithia Davis. Hithia is a screen printing artist who has been applying her technique for over 12 years. Most of her imagery focuses on people and everyday life situations. She graduated from Texas State University as a Fine Art major with a focus in Printmaking.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Winners Announced: As I See It


We had a some really great work submitted this year at our annual "As I See It" photography show, and a great turnout to the show opening! And now the winners are

City/Sea/Landscape category: 
Katie LcLean of Bastrop took home 1st place for "Somber Reflection" 
Julie Kinsey took honorable mention for "Homestead at Golden Hour". 

Animals & Wildlife category:
Mary Styblo was awarded 1st place for "Oh, Really?" 
Daryl Styblo took honorable mention for "Great Blue Heron".

Plants & Insects category: 
Dan Kinsey received 1st place for "Wheat Church" 
Leslie F. Jenke took honorable mention for "Pipervine Swallowtail Butterflies Mating".

Portraits & People category: 
Katie Salzmann was awarded 1st place for "AB - Chicago" 
Dr. Henry Moore took honorable mention for "The Littlest Dancer". 

Artistic/Conceptual category:
Donna Maske took home 1st place for "Memory Vest" 
Julia Kinsey received honorable mention for "Pueblo Light & Shadow". 

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who entered, participated in, and came out to support the show!








 



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Calling All Photographers!


It's that time of year again! We are calling for submissions to the annual "How I See It" photography show, so gather up your best photos and get them to us! The show is open to both members and non-members. Here's all the details:

- The show runs Sept 6 - Oct 19th


- $10 per entry for members / $15 per entry for non-members.


- Up to three entries per artist.


- Entry forms and money MUST be postmarked by August 30th(Entry form here)


- Each of our categories will have a $100 prize for first place, and two honorable mentions. We have five great categories this year:


          1. City- / Sea- / Landscapes

          2. Animals & Wildlife

          3. Plants & Insects

          4. People & Portraits

          5. Artistic/Conceptual


- Artwork must be delivered to the Selig Room, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, 1215 E. Court Street on Saturday, September 6, between 10-12 noon. 


- Artist Reception will be on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6 - 7 pm in the Selig Room.



> Download your ENTRY FORM HERE <


If last year's show was any indication, I know this one is going to be a great show! I encourage anyone to take a chance and enter, even if you haven't ever entered a show before. We love seeing familiar artists as well as new ones - and we look forward to seeing you and your work there!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Our Best To You" - Winners Announced!

A big congratulations to our two winners from the "Our Best To You" members only show! 
Liz Romero won for the beautifully realistic drawing entitled "Cabbage" and Karen Roberson for her wonderfully rustic and well-detailed mosaic "Fancy Feet". We had a great turnout for this show in everything from fibers and sculpture to paintings, drawings and photography. Thank you to everyone who submitted your work. Keep on creating! 

Liz Romero with her winning piece "Cabbage"
Karen Roberson with her winning piece "Fancy Feet"


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hi from Your New Blog Manager!

Howdy Everyone!

I just thought I'd take a moment to introduce myself. I'm Sarah Treanor, and I will be taking over managing the blog for SAL since Alicia has now departed from Seguin on new adventures. We are wishing her well!

A bit about me, I'm a fine art photographer and writer originally from Corpus Christi. Formerly a graphic designer in Dallas, I left the corporate world a few years ago to pave my way as an artist - my biggest passion. I have been blogging for about 4 years now, so I'm looking forward to bringing my knowledge and writing expertise here to the SAL blog.

You will notice that I am doing a bit of a face lift to the look of the blog, but all information will be organized the same as it has been. Should you have any questions for me, do feel free to write to me at sarahtreanor@gmail.com

Looking forward to bringing you all the latest and greatest about our wonderful Seguin Art League!

Cheers,
Sarah