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Lori to Participate in Holiday Art Market

Betz Art Foundry and artist Lori Betz will be showcasing her newest sculptures and all work will be on sale for the Holidays !!!!

On Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park will host the 52nd Annual Candlelight Tour, a wonderful holiday tradition. This year we celebrate “firsts” such as the Staiti, Nichols, and Yates families’ first holiday celebrations in their homes. New to Candlelight Tour this year are the Art Market in Connally Plaza, and Paper in Pieces, Larger Than Life: The Art of Avril Falgout, a collection of sculpted paper mache figures on view in Pillot House. The market, presented by Bayou City Art Festival, will feature a variety of works by regional artists, all available for sale. The Pillot House exhibit will feature the expressive and unique work of Avril Falgout, co-winner of the Lawndale Art Center’s 2012 Big Show. This year’s Candlelight Tour will have decorated buildings, historic characters relating stories of the past, carolers, Houston Boychoir in St. John Church, Santa Claus and his Workshop, family musical and magical entertainment and holiday fare at the Candlelight Café.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
at 4:00 PM – Sunday, December
14, 2014 at 10:00 PM (CST)

Connally Plaza at the Heritage
1100 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002


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Allen Brother Maquettes to be Unveiled

The Allen Brother Maquettes are about to be unveiled in a special ceremony on the Saturday.

Read about it in the Chronicle

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Houston Matters – Radio Interview

Lynna Kay Shuffield was interviewed as part of the Houston Matters on NPR.

Its a great interview about the Allen Brothers Statues and how they were intended to be part of City Hall.

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Lori Betz Chosen For Two Houston City Hall Sculptures

Lori Betz has been chosen create two life-sized sculptures of Augustus Chapman Allenand John Kirby Allen, the co-founders of Houston, that will be placed on the east side of entrance of City Hall.


John Finger, the architect who designed City Hall to honor these to visionaries who in 1836, built a city on the muddy banks of Buffalo Bayou and called it Houston. Finger along with then Houston Mayor, Oscar Holcombe came up with the idea in 1939 and until now remained incomplete.


According to a 1939 news article in the Houston Press, Holcombe announced that because of funding problems the sculptures would have to be scrapped but a space was reserved for each Founder.


In January 2014, Lynna Kay Shuffield proposed  to Texas Star Chapter, DRT, that it correct this and start the correct this oversight. Seventy-five years later, the process to raise the funds and complete the project has begun.


Betz has a rich career that spans over 25 years and was the logical choice to complete such an these two important sculptures that will add to the historical fabric of Houston. “This is a true honor to be selected to complete these sculptures that not only honor two great men, but will also mean so much to Houston as a city,” said artist Lori Betz.


The project has been endorsed by the families of AC Allen and JK Allen.  The Texas Start Chapter presently has three members of the Allen Family as well as one honorary member and one deceased member of the family.


Any foundations or corporations that wants to set up a grant to assist with this truly historical project may contact the Texas Start Chapter, an IRS 501(c)(3).

Donation Information:
Texas Star DRT
c/0 Betty Wright
10023 Storm Meadow
Houston, Tx 77064



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Lori Recognized for work with Veterans Groups

We had a great article appear in the paper today about Lori and her efforts for and on behalf of Vets. We are very thankful for our Veterans and their defense of our Liberties and their protections of our right of free expression.

Here is a link to the article:


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Night Time highlights Custom Scullpture Design work


Sculptures at night

The sculptures always look better with dramatic lights on them.  You can see our space of the world with our two large monoliths that sit outside. Come visit with us and see what we can design for your home or project. We do alot of commercial work but we also have many individual clients that contact us to do their custom sculpture design.



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Foundry gets placement in Glenlawn Cemetery

Betz Art Foundry was commissioned to place a sculpture in the historic Glenlawn cemetery.  We have the pictures we will be uploading shortly.



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Custom Designed Sculpture With Hand Crafted Artistry

At Betz Art Foundry we believe in the simple old world principle of hand craftsmanship. Our design services are all completed by our in house artists and created by hand. Each design is original and although many artists have switch to have computers create their art, our foundry believes in designing and executing by hand.

Pictured at the left is the waterspout for a fountain we created for one of our clients.We created this custom designed fountain form concept to creation.

We do many custom sculptures and design work so please let us know if we can help.


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Battle Cross Installed in Tampa

Lori participated in a dedication ceremony for the battle cross she was commissioned to sculpt. Over this last year we have chronicled it from when she was first selected to its installation today as part of Memorial Day Ceremony.

Lori said that the ceremony was very moving. “Our veterans give so much – Some give all… God bless our Veterans.”

The Sculpture is one of the memorials at the Tampa Veterans Memorial Park. For more information please visit their site.


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Custom Doorknobs Equal Custom Work

There are a lot of unique things about our foundry but probably the one that stands out is that we have artists here on staff to complete our jobs. We can create any type of custom work our clients bring us. Some clients have even brought us a sketch or photo.

Today Jessica is working on a custom doorknob that we were asked to create. The client sketched out what they wanted and she is working on creating it.  As most of you know Jess has a Masters Degree in art and has been a great addition to our foundry.

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