Taft High School artist earns ‘Best of Show’

Beeville, Goliad, Kingsville, Kenedy, Nixon, San Diego, Smiley, Sinton, Taft, Three Rivers and Woodsboro artists compete for honors
Katy Perry by Kati Pina, Best of Show

Katy Perry by Kati Pina, Best of Show

Kati Pina of Taft High School earned Best of Show honors for her entry, “Katy Perry.” Pina’s work was awarded first place for her entry, “Waitress” in the Drawing/Pencil category. Last year, Pina earned first place for her pencil drawing and first place for her colored drawing.

Ten area high schools participated in the annual art competition. The award-winning student work is currently on display in the Simon Michael Art Gallery in Coastal Bend College’s Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building in Beeville. The show will run through March 11. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some high school art competition winners are offered scholarships to study art at Coastal Bend College.

Other winners and honorable mentions follow.

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San Antonio Symphony to perform in Beeville

Akiko Fujimoto

Akiko Fujimoto

 The San Antonio Symphony, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto, returns to Beeville for an exciting performance celebrating the works of Beethoven on Tuesday, Feb.21, at A. C. Jones High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

This year, the Symphony’s San Antonio offerings include a Beethoven Festival, from which the Beeville program has been selected, with the famous composer’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” the crowning jewel for the evening. No composer has changed history more than Beethoven and his symphonies are more compelling in terms of audience appeal than those of any other composer.

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High school sophomores to gain full access to college

A.C. Jones High School sophomores and parents are encouraged to attend the Passport Program, a dual credit presentation by the high school and Coastal Bend College, to receive information regarding dual credit courses. The Passport Program will take place at Coastal Bend College in Beeville on Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center.

Tenth-graders, whose parents signed permission slips, will travel as a group to CBC to learn about earning credits in academic classes and workforce programs. Students will get information on how to take basic academic courses toward bachelor’s degrees or earn certificates in areas including welding, law enforcement, computers, certified nursing and nail technology.

They will receive a CBC Passport that provides information about courses and a college identification card that opens doors to college resources including the library and computer labs and gives card holders free admission to college events and performances.

Information sessions and campus tours are available to parents who attend. Parents may also participate in roundtable discussions regarding educational opportunities for their children.

Sophomores, including those attending Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan High Schools, who are Bee County residents may start taking tuition-free college classes as early as this summer that count for both high school and college credit (dual credit).

Lunch will be provided at no charge. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Linney at (361) 354-2722 or email her at jcoker@coastalbend.edu. Coastal Bend College is located at 3800 Charco Road in Beeville.


Guitarist Susan McDonald to perform at Coastal Bend College

Susan McDonaldCoastal Bend College Cultural Arts Committee will present Susan McDonald in a free concert on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium.  McDonald is a native Texan. She fell in love with the guitar when she was just four years old and began playing when she was six.  Self-taught for many years, McDonald was accepted by Wolfgang Justen into the guitar ensemble at the University of St. Thomas when she was 14.  Several years later, she was invited to become the student of Pepe Romero, with whom she studied for many years.

McDonald has become known as the “Guitar Goddess” and has been described as the first woman to follow in the footsteps of Segovia. Her studies have taken her from the University of St. Thomas to Los Romeros in California to the Mozarteum in Salzburg and finally to the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Canadian Rockies.  McDonald has given concerts throughout North and South America and Europe. The concert is free and open to the public and is partially sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Coastal Bend College offers performances, exhibits and sporting events at nominal or no cost to the community. For more information about upcoming activities, go to www.coastalbend.edu.


Campanas de América to perform in Beeville

Campanas de América

Campanas de América

 H-E-B grant helps bring Mariachi concert to local stage

 San Antonio’s acclaimed Mariachi Campanas de América will return to Beeville for the Beeville Concert Association’s next performance on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium at Coastal Bend College, thanks to a generous grant from H-E-B.

Campanas de América is an innovative twelve-piece musical ensemble founded in 1978 in San Antonio. The band uses diverse instruments including the accordion, keyboards and a full drum kit to achieve traditional Mariachi sounds.

 They are the only mariachi band to display an instrument at the Hard Rock Cafe. In 1996, the band appeared at the Presidential Hispanic Inaugural Gala in honor of the re-election of Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. In 1999, the band performed on the Millennium Stage of the Grand Foyer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and returned in 2000.  

In 2003, Campanas de América was featured in a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush. They performed at the Hispanic Heritage Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2004. Their 2004 appearance was televised nationwide on NBC and Telemundo. In 2005, the band won the “Best Mariachi” award at the first “Premios Música Latina de Austin.” They also performed.

The Beeville concert is free to all students through high school age and to CBC students with their photo IDs.  Any adult bringing two children or students through high school age will be admitted free.  Other adults will pay $10 at the door if they do not hold a BCA season ticket.