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Enjoy ’Sunday Evening Art in the Park’

Enjoy ’Sunday Evening Art in the Park’

Are you ready for the inaugural Sunday Evening Music and Art in the Park this weekend? Plan now to enjoy live classic rock by “Unit 57,” featuring lead guitarist Manny Santos, along with a variety of art on display and for sale.

Sponsored by the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts, the Sept. 28 event is one of three set for this autumn. Several artists will have their art on display and for sale at the event.

Prudy Kinsel is a retired teacher from La Vernia Independent School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and has continued to study arts under such teachers as Nicholas Simmons, Rick Dentinger, Tom Lynch, and Lian Quan Zhen. Prudy has used several mediums, but prefers watercolors. Many of her paintings have been featured in the Chihuahua Trail Art Show, sponsored by the La Vernia Historical Association. The River Art Gallery in La Villita in downtown San Antonio aslo displays and sells some of her work. Learn more about this artist at

Another featured artist will be Cherryl Pritts, a retired teacher, who earned third place in last year’s Chihuahua Trail Art Show. She has also participated in the Starving Artist show in San Antonio for three years. The Seguin Art League member works at the University of New Mexico in downtown San Antonio. She uses brushes and a palette knife with a black canvas. Cherryl uses a lot of colors for her abstract-style painting. Cherryl will offer a painting demonstration during Sunday evening’s event, so the audience can see her in action.

Retired schoolteacher Roger Betschler also is a member of the Seguin Art League; he creates pottery and sculpture. His “Heart Armor” features sculptures of male torsos painted with different designs. He also has a line of lead-free clay pottery called “Texas Chili Pottery” that is microwave safe. There are a number of whimsical pieces for sale as well. View some of his work at

Award-winning local artist Martha Lenz also will be featured in this Sunday’s event in the park. She has painted all her life and concentrates mostly on oils, but has dabbled in watercolors and pastels. She is an impressionist, but she also does landscapes, still life, and portraits. Martha studied at the San Antonio Art Institute when it was at the McNay; she also has studied under a number of well-known artists, including Betty Mattis and Vie Dunn Harr. She earned second place in the Chihuahua Trail Art Show show’s “Cibolo Crossing” category last year with her painting of Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson crossing the Cibolo. Martha is a member of the New Braunfels Art League. She will be painting at the park during the event.

In case of rain, event chairman Terrie Leonard said the event will be moved to The Music Loft on U.S. 87.

Music and Art in the Park

On Sunday, Sept. 28, from 4-6 p.m. in the La Vernia City Park, enjoy a free community event featuring local musical talent and local artists.

“Rock the Park” this Sunday will feature “Unit 57,” a local rock band.

Two more events are set for Sundays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23, one of which will feature local Christian praise bands. The La Vernia Foundation for the Arts will bring back its popular La Vernia MusicFest on Saturday, April 11, in the La Vernia City Park. Watch for more information on these events in coming issues of the .

For more information call Randy Leonard at 210-216-8218.

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