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Column by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller
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Celebrating Art! with Brother Cletus, Jesse Treviño and Paula Cox

For more information on Celebrating Art! or donating to Hope for the Future and changing the life of a child, contact Julie Seguin at (210) 734-1907 or by e-mail at
Hope for the Future is the vision of Archbishop José H. Gomez and has become for many impoverished families in San Antonio a lifeline to a new tomorrow for their children. This vision to provide a quality, faith-filled and academically rigorous education to all children despite their financial situation is being realized through generous and overflowing community support for Hope for the Future.

This November, the local art community is sharing their unique talents to increase the tuition assistance available for San Antonio children in need. With original works from respected regional artists, Hope for the Future is presenting the inaugural Celebrating Art! on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the enchanting Plaza Lecea on 5441 Babcock Road.

For Ana Maria Lecea, a Hope for the Future board member, realizing a vision is a challenge she accepts head on. The successful entrepreneur runs PPDG, Inc, a professional services organization, based in San Antonio and operating in the United States and Europe. When she joined the Hope for the Future Board she immediately produced an idea that arose from her own passion — art. She offered her coveted event center and full support for the show.

“I feel a particular bond to art and Catholic education since I taught for seven years in a Catholic school. I saw first hand the value that is provides to the community and the children and the future of those children. I feel that there is a strong connection between Catholic education, the Catholic Church and art,” said Ana Maria.

Another visionary, Brother Cletus Behlmann, SM, known for his bright and joyous paintings is the signature artist for Celebrating Art! The special piece he created for the show, sends schoolbooks soaring in the air from a Catholic school, as a sign of hope rising.

“We are so blessed to have Brother Cletus as our signature artist. His special touch along with many other talented artists, gives us great hope for a very successful art show,” said Julie Seguin.

Other artists, who are contributing their works include Jesse Treviño, Jung Hee Mun, Bill Meek, Paula Cox, Paul Northway, Carlos Cortés, G. E. Mullan, Ana Montoya and Franco Mondini Ruiz.


Brother Cletus Behlmann, SM
Brother Cletus Behlmann, SM, studied art at the Chicago Institute of Art and Washington University in St. Louis. He taught art for 19 years and in 1977 he established the St. Mary’s University Art Center and became a full-time artist. Brother Cletus says, “It is with great joy that I am able to put brush to canvas and discover a world of my own making. I am most grateful for the gift of creating art that has been given to me.”

Carols Cortés and the Craft of Faux Bois
For three generations, the Cortés family has practiced the art of “Faux Bois,” which is sculpting three dimensional representations of wooden objects using a combination of concrete, mortar and cement paste applied to steel frames. Carols Cortés, a “Faux Bois” artisan learned the craft from his father and his artistry is now part of the San Antonio landscape. In 1924, Carlos’ great uncle, Dionisio Rodriguez brought this European form of sculpting to the Alamo City from Mexico City and taught it to Carlos' father, Maximo Cortés. From birdbaths to bridges, Carlos receives commissions from architects, engineers and designers who rely on his artistry to enhance their projects. His sculptures, like bridges are big enough for urban landscapes and his birdbaths are small enough to grace a home garden.

Jesse Treviño
As young as grade school, Jesse Treviño won his first art contest and today, he is a nationally renowned realist painter and muralist. Treviño’s talent has landed him two paintings in the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum collection in Washington, D.C. He is best known for his building-size murals and his large photorealistic style paintings like his nine-story and 40 foot-wide mural “Spirit of Healing” on the façade of the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. Treviño lost his right arm in the Vietnam War and learned how to paint with his left hand. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas. Prince Charles of England and former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gotari collect his art, along with major corporations like JC Penney, Dr. Pepper and Anheuser Busch.

Paula Cox
Paula Cox receives great acclaim for her art which is a playful use of linoleum with prints in cut-out form incorporated with handmade paper. Trinity University Press selected her artwork for their 2008 book, Art at Our Doorstep, which features writers, poets and artists from San Antonio. In 2004, New American Talent Nineteenth Exhibition selected her work for Arthouse in Austin. Cox’ designs are silk-screened on pillows and printed in handmade art books. Her artwork has been shown in galleries across Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

Jung Hee Mun
Korean-born, Jung Hee Mun, actively exhibits her art at the Rockport Center for the Arts, and in San Antonio at the David Shelton Gallery, JusticeWorks Studio, Flight Gallery, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, and the University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery. Mun worked as an intern and volunteer for Luminaria, Artspace and SMART Organization and presently is the exhibition assistant at the Southwest School of Art. An energetic artist, Mun creates abstractions inspired by open interactions with children and guided by her memories of past experiences. The shapes and colors of the abstractions converse with the pencil figurative drawings. Her works also create a dialogue between her influences of Asian Anime and Manga with European Victorian and Art Nuevo movements. Mun earned her bachelor’s degree in printmaking at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008.

Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic Schools
Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic high school students and eighth graders are creating their own masterpieces for submission to an art contest. The winning entries will be exhibited at Celebrating Art! Kathy Armstrong, director of Exhibitions for the Southwest School of Art, will judge the students’ submissions. Armstrong also has volunteered her expertise to the art show and has tapped into her far-reaching connections to the art community to secure some of San Antonio’s finest art for the inaugural event.

The Central Catholic High School Jazz Band will perform for the show, along with the Marian Choristers from Providence Catholic School and St. Anthony Catholic High School students Eric Garza and Sarah Centeno, who will perform a duet.

Artists are invited to share their work in any medium with half the proceeds going to the artist and half to Hope for the Future in support of its mission to provide tuition assistance to families in need. Tickets for the event are $40.

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