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New Ulm Art Festival

A giclee reproduction of Ken Turner's beautiful 19" x 36" painting, "Come And Take It," (shown) will end up on the wall of a lucky patron at the April 25 New Ulm Art Festival.

A raffle will be held sometime after 4 p.m. at Ken Turner's Studio, 741 Walnut St. in New Ulm. For now, "Come And Take It" can be viewed at Galleria Banco Viejo, 544 Front St. in New Ulm.

Raffle tickets are $10 and go on sale next week at Industry State Bank (New Ulm branch) and Galleria Banco Viejo. They may also be purchased from any New Ulm Art Festival Committee member, or call Tom Sherman (713-444-5315) or Pat London (713-446-6348).

Festival committee members have been hard at work on this year's Festival, which will be held on the grounds of St. John Lutheran Church.

Sherman said members of the New Ulm Art Festival Committee have been busy planning this year's 11th annual Festival, and Sherman said the goal is to have "the best festival ever."

In addition to Turner, other artists featured will include David Hickman, Mark Chapman, Ira Gaines, Amanda Danning and many more.

The evening preceding the Festival will feature a gourmet dinner served in four progressive venues that will also feature art, artists, music and a silent auction.

The Art Festival is an all-volunteer undertaking, and Sherman has put out a call for additional volunteers to serve on various committees. He may be contacted at 713-444-5315.

Following is a description that accompanies the giclee reproduction:
In 1833 Antonio de Lopes de Santa Anna was elected President of Mexico. In 1834 he dissolved the Congress, formed a dictatorship and proclaimed himself president for life.

Provinces through out Mexico rebelled. The rebellions were crushed. Stephen F. Austin was imprisoned while attempting to negotiate for the Texas colonists.

The local Mexican government spoke reassuringly to the colonists in Texas, however General Perfecto de Cos, the brother-in- law of Santa Anna, landed in Matagorda with between 400 and 500 troops.

Tensions and concerns ran high among the colonists. The citizens of Gonzales had been given a little cannon to defend the town from repeated attacks by the Comanches.

Six Mexican soldiers were sent to retrieve the cannon. The cannon was buried in a peach orchid. After the soldiers returned without the little cannon, 100 mounted cavalry under Lt. Casteneda were dispatched to get the cannon. The colonists stalled and sent for help.

The troops could not cross the swollen Guadalupe river. Some 160 settlers responded from Beasons (Columbus), Fayette, La Grange and Bastrop. On Oct. 2, 1835 the Texians exchanged volleys with the cavalry in a heavy fog before dawn.

Only one Texian was wounded when his horse threw him and bloodied his nose. Colonel John Moore withdrew his men into the trees along the Guadalupe river.

Colonel Moore and Lt. Casteneda met in the field between the two forces. Moore, a veteran Indian fighter, said that Casteneda should join them and fight for freedom. Lt Casteneda declined.

Moore then said "The little cannon is on the field, why don't you just try to come and take it! Moore wheeled his horse and retuning to the Texians yelled "Fire!"

As the first cannon shot of the Texas revolution exploded, a flag made from Mrs. De Wees's wedding dress was waved over the cannon. "Come and Take It" was written on the flag under the drawing of a cannon and a small lone star.

Outnumbered and out-gunned, the cavalry retreated to San Antonio. One of the men who helped fire the cannon was Almaron Dickinson, who would be captain of artillery at the Alamo.

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