Czech Center Museum HoustonNEWS FROM THE CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON - JUNE 5, 2012
From the Heart of Europe to the Heart of Houston Texas
in the Museum District

4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004 - 713-528-2060
czech@czechcenter.org    www.czechcenter.org
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Czechoslovakian Collectors Association 2012 Annual Convention convenes in Pilsen Hall on June 7. June 8th from 9:00 - 11:00, there are two seminars #1 Debbie Truitt on "The Glassworks of the Counts Harrach - 300 Years of Quality and Innovation" and #2 CCMH member Rosie Bodien speaks on Brychta figurines; Jaroslav Brychta was a professor at the Secondary School of Glass Studies in Zelezny Brod founded in 1925 who designed a method of making Hutnicky Tvarovane Sklo glass figurines. June 9th at 9:30 - 10:15 there is a seminar by Jerico Mora on Glass from the 20s and 30s. Silent auction of collectibles begins at 5:00 p.m. CCMH member Jean Blaha Davis is the featured speaker at the evening reception, banquet and entertainment beginning 7:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. Cost is $50.00 for the dinner and advance reservations are required. Please call 713-528-2060 or email czech@czechcenter.org by Friday June 8th by 12:00 noon. All other events are walk-on and invited. A Show and Sale by Vendors and Collectors who exhibit Austrian, Bohemian, Moravian, Silesian and Czechoslovakian collectibles from 1850-1940. View the CCA website: http://czechcollectors.org/registration2.html. We hope the Houston Metroplex, the state and nation realizes the scope of this organization of Czech and Slovak collections at the same time enjoying tours of the CCMH collections.
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Honor/Memorial Courtyard - Enjoy the beauty of black granite tile engraved in gold honoring those who mattered to you. A donation for a $250 4 x 12 inch Honor/Memorial Tile with your or a loved one's name will extend your membership for a year. Larger tiles - a $500 6 x 12; a $750 8 x 12, will extend your membership for two and three years respectively; a $1,000 12 x 12 tile qualifies you for a lifetime membership. Please consider this method of supporting the Czech Center Museum Houston!
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PorcelainSavings of 20% discount on all Czechoslovakian, Bohemian porcelain through July 15th in Prague International Gifts Shop filled to the brim with collectibles for Graduation, First Communion, Wedding, Anniversary and Just Because gifts, figurines, antique laces, icons, dreidels, pottery, porcelain, crystal, handmade jewelry, vintage jewelry, Swarovski crystal and garnet jewelry, puzzles, wooden toys, marionettes, books & cookbooks, textiles and much more. Try our fashionable women and men's Polka On T-shirt. This is a great opportunity for unique, hassle-free shopping with reduced prices of up to 20%. Open daily Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Yes, we also ship.
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You are important and indispensable to the health and success of the Czech Center Museum Houston. Please consider a method to benefit you financially by a 4½% Certificate Loan to the Czech Center Museum Houston and also your consideration to perpetuate the assets of this loan and/or a Charitable Gift Annuity as a means to continue to support the organization and if the time is right, use one of these methods by a gift in your will. A charitable bequest is an excellent way to create a lasting memory and at the same time leave a legacy with our organization. You can achieve this in the aforementioned two ways by:
  1. A Certificate Loan with the earnings accruing to you in your lifetime with the principle remaining with the organization or,
  2. By a Charitable Gift Annuity, which allows you to donate assets to CCMH in exchange for an annuity contract, which also provides a charitable deduction at the time of the gift. The charity receives the remainder of the donated assets after your death. The amount of income you earn from a gift annuity is determined by IRS life expectancy tables, based on your age. The total expected income determines what portion of your gift is tax-deductible. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you in this endeavor and if you need additional information, please call Bill at 713-528-2060.
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The Kamil Kubik Foundation was launched in New York as a Living Legacy to this renowned artist. The legendary Czech born (Olomouc) artist Kamil Kubik died August 2011. Mr. Kubik's original art exhibition was a major component of the Czech Center Museum Houston's month long grand opening ceremonies in mid February through mid March in 2005. CCMH proudly exhibits a permanent collection of his beautiful prolific impressionist art work. The Czech Center Museum Houston remembers Kamil Kubik, artist to Presidents, Royalty and Art Patrons of all ages. We will showcase them on your next docent tour. The foundation is now seeking its exempt status. Their mission is to provide scholarships in the field of artistic endeavor. For information on how you can assist in this endeavor email KamilKubik2012@gmail.com.
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For your viewing and listening pleasure at the Czech Center Museum Houston:
  • CCMH Foyer – Hanak Biblical Times Ceramics Collection fine art hand made by Czech Karel Hanak highly awarded academic artist, classic chateau furniture and wall art.
  • Wenceslas Chapel - Czech Crystal Chandeliers, Stained Glass Windows, Antique Castles/Chateau furniture, Jiri Grbavcic, Czech artist paintings.
  • Brno Gallery - Art Nouveau, beveled glass windows/doors
  • Presidents Room – Numerous collections glass, porcelain, ceramics, toys, dolls, boudoir/perfume bottles, vintage and antique jewelry and paintings.
  • Prague Hall – Ballroom, Crystal Chandeliers, Czech Masters Alfons Mucha, father of the Art Nouveau Movement collection and Kamil Kubik Impressionist Landscapes fill the Prague Hall ballroom.
  • Pilsen Hall – Folk Art Gallerie, costume and vintage art; The Ottervik Collection Czechoslovakian Art Glass/Ceramics 1918 – 1938, 1289 pieces.
  • Comenius Library – Vintage, antique and current volumes; lamp collection from the Ottervik exhibit; permanent exhibit of early Czech immigrant rancher/farmer from Velky Ujezd, Czech land (then Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1903 – the Frank Joseph Tomek family to Cameron, Texas. The collection is provided by great, great grandson Jacques Williams, former CCMH scholarship awardee as gift of his grandparents Clem and Martha Vasicek Tomek of Cameron.
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PorcelainThe CCMH building represents the old world European palaces with their rich tapestry of furnishings and room flourishes with ceiling and wall murals. It is felt our building in this regard is not "complete" without the added amenity of ceiling murals in the coves of first and second floors. In anticipation of this being accomplished when funding was available the building was constructed with the circular coves to receive murals. Shown above is an example of a fresco. To accomplish this feat will require an artist who can envision the project's scope and is familiar with old world classical art to design suitable murals within defined parameters. It is felt that completion of the murals will be a "capstone" of the building's finishing. It is our feeling that an "artist in residence" drawing on a mural artist from the Czech or Slovak republics would have the expertise to design and paint the murals. The estimated cost of the murals is $20,000 and we would welcome underwriting of this vital enhancement.
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Save the date - CCMH Eighteenth Anniversary Gala Fun and Fundraiser takes place Saturday, August 25, 2012. We thank you to please remember the importance of your participation in attendance and donations to help CCMH continue its outreach mission of celebrating Heritage and helping attain needed capital improvement, third floor.
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Paste http://www.czechcenter.org/news/pdfs/2011-fall-winter.pdf in your browser (or click on the link) to view the latest issue of The News of the Czech Center. You will see photos of attendees at Gala 2011 and other articles. A work in progress with more pages to be added will be printed for mailing to our members and friends.
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Announcement! CCMH Rental Venues, Prague Hall, Brno Gallery, Pilsen Hall, Comenius Library and Wenceslas Chapel, are discounted 20% for advanced bookings through June 30, 2012. Come in for your booking. Call Events at 713-528-2060 or events@czechcenter.org.
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"Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you." Anonymous

Questions or comments or to be removed, please email first and last name to czech@czechcenter.org
Effie M. Rosene, Chair/CEO, on behalf of Board of Directors, Volunteers and Members and Friends.


This organization is supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the
Houston Arts Alliance and by the contributions of our Members and Volunteers.
4920 San Jacinto
Houston, TX 77004
phone: 713-528-2060