The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra is holding their first Painted Violins Project. Violins that were unplayable and irreparable were donated to the KSO for this fundraising project. Rather than toss these instruments out, they have been made into unique art pieces that will compliment any environment. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra to help continue to fund the orchestral concerts and outreach in our community. Look for our these violins to be displayed around the city and surrounding areas.
President Tallant of Texas A&M University--Kingsville is the Gold Sponsor for this fundraising event. The violins will be auctioned off at an event dinner at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the evening. Join us for dinner and open bar to help raise money for our Symphony! Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by members of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra.
Individual - $50
Couple - $100
Table of 8 - $300
Artist's Table - $400
Sit with one of the artists (seating for 6).
- Fulden Sara-Wissinger
- Mary Lou Barrera - not available
- Santa Contreras Barraza
- Jess Barrera - not available
- Amado Maurilio Pena, Jr.
- Dr. Arnold Gonzales - already purchased
- Belinda Hughes - already purchased
- Cecilia Mariah Espinosa - not available
Signature Sponsor Table - $500 (2 available)
Table 1 - Sit with Dr. and Mrs. Tallant and Therese Crocker (seating for 4). - already purchased
Table 2 - Sit with Music Director Dr. Veronica Salinas Lopez (seating for 6). - already purchased
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1 Fulden Sara-Wissinger
My heritage is European mixed with Byzantine and Seljuk-Ottoman Culture.
I grew up in Istanbul, a cosmopolitan melting pot with 15 million souls. In the broadest sense Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul bridges the Mystical East and the Pragmatic West. As a person of mixed culture, I am fascinated by other cultures. Living in one of the worlds most exotic cultural crossroads created in me a delight for such diversity, and a hunger to venture into the world to experience ever more.
I attempt to reflect this in my work by fusing together visual elements that have opposing qualities thus creating harmony out of dissonance. Circumstance dictated that I live in a very controlled closed environment for much of the time. With two working parents, no close relatives, and few friends I spent much of my time alone overlooking the magic below, the chaotic jostle of customs, cultures and religions rubbing against each other.
2 Mary Lou Barrera
Mary Lou Barrera always had an inclination toward art since she was a young girl. She was inspired by her mom who supported all of her artistic endeavors. Ms. Barrera studied Art Education Texas A&I College. She later worked as an art teacher in Victoria and Corpus Christi. Her favorite medium of art is drawing but also enjoys working with rapidiograph techniques. She loves pencil and jet black ink as well.
One of her favorite works that she has created is a ball point, abstract drawing according to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Ms. Barrera incorporates symbolism in her artwork and her style changes based on her environment. She was first a Chicana artist and has done cultural pieces such as her Mujer con hombre hijo y causa while working in Crystal City. Ms. Barrera is presenting a self-portrait on her violin and says that working on this violin has given her much inspiration.
3 Santa Contreras Barraza
A native of Kingsville, Texas, Santa Contreras Barraza is a contemporary Chicana/Tejana artist who is a Professor of Art at Texas A&M University at Kingsville.
She formerly taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Penn State University at University Park. In the summer of 2012, she taught art courses at the University of Graz in Austria, Europe. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975 and her Master of Fine Arts in 1982 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her artwork has been widely exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Her vita reflects a career replete with awards, appearances and lectures, exhibitions, and publications.
4 Jess Barrera
Jess Barrera started painting in 1991 upon retiring from a career as a school orchestra director in West Texas.
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, he has always had an acute interest in the arts, and painting in particular. Through the use of art books, magazines, and instructional videos, he has tried to develop his painting technique, along with close scrutiny of famous paintings of past and contemporary masters. He is also most appreciative for the invaluable advice and guidance of local artist friends. Attending workshops and demonstrations have proven helpful in the learning process.
Presently, he participates in a portrait group and a life-drawing group on a weekly basis. "The older I become, the more I realize that drawing is the most important of all the problems of picture making"--(Joaquin Sorolla)
Some of his paintings are in private collections in North Carolinas, Arkansas, Alaska, Monterrey, Mexico, and in several cities in Texas.
5 Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr.
Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. was born in Laredo, Texas in 1943. He studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.
He was a teacher in his hometown of Laredo as well as in Crystal City and Austin, Texas. He continues to teach as part of the Studio Art League program at Alexander High School in Laredo and is also an adjunct professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas. He has been a presenter at many national education conferences.
Of course, Amado's first love is art, and he has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years.
Amado is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry. His art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment.
6 Dr. Arnold Gonzales
Born and raised in Corpus Christi
Graduated from W.B. Ray
Graduated from Del Mar College,
Texas A&I University 1965
Classroom Art/History Teacher
President Classroom Teachers Association
Eastern Michigan Master’s Degree Educational Administration
University of Michigan 1974 PhD Educational Administration
Texas State Representative - Three terms
State of Texas Deputy Land Commissioner
Corpus Christi City Councilman At-Large
7 Belinda Hughes
The works of world-renowned Israeli artist Itzchak Tarkay have been among my favorites for over a decade. This artist and his studies of the feminine presence inspired me to create the painted violin that I titled Music Maker. The abstract quality of Tarkay's work, the vivid colors, and the consistent nature of the woman that he continually depicts in his works all serve as enigmatic charms. The Tarkay woman "is the natural woman...satisfied, calm, and serene. With closed eyes, her blue eyelids open onto a different world. She is floating, peaceful."
Additionally, well-appointed ornamentation was added to provide sparkle and illumination to the piece. I hope you enjoy this painted violin and that it makes music for your soul!
8 Cecilia Mariah Espinosa
Cecilia Espinosa is a senior at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She was born and raised in Austin, TX where she attended Sidney Lanier High School, and discovered her passion for art and music. She attended and is a transfer student from Austin Community College where she graduated with an Associates of Arts in Music degree in 2012.
Cecilia is a voice student, and continuing her education as a Music Education Major. Cecilia is expected to graduate in December of Fall 2017.