Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon is Nominated by TEA

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon with her sculpture of Alice
The artist was surprised to find her face on the TEA website. Anyone want to join in a tea party celebration?

On the day of the opening of the sculpture April 21st Bridgette Mongeon was notified that she has been nominated as  a “Woman that serves the Texas -gulf-coast community with grace and fortitude”  by the Texas Tea Affair. Then she received the email below. There is an invite to the tea and take note,  there is a discount on tickets for her guests. In light of that, she posts this here asking, “Does anyone want to come to a tea?”

She has been told all nominees are recognized at the tea.  What a fun event to have at the park with a celebration of Bridgette’s Mad Hatter Tea Party sculpture “Move One Place On.”

Dear Mrs. Mongeon,  The 14th Annual Texas Tea Affair will be held on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at Evelyn’s Park. 

Congratulations on being selected as a recipient of the 2018 Community TEA award, honoring women that have served the Texas gulf-coast community with the grace and fortitude that TEA reflects. 

You have shown true leadership, having:

  • Delivered real business impact or community outreach
    There is no doubt that the new sculpture “Move One Place On” has created a community impact.
  • Used self-belief to rise above adversity and reach their goals
    Many do not know the hardships that have taken place over the last few years for Bridgette Mongeon both in business and in life. From the loss of her daughter’s home to a house fire in February 2017 to the insolvency of a vendor on the project in April 2017. The family is still waiting to move into their home from the fire, and the insolvency left more than a trickle-down  effect for the artist. She described it as more of a deluge. Though the trials have been difficult ones, Bridgette claims it has made her into a stronger person, a better businesswoman with a stronger belief in herself. She has learned to, evaluate a situation from the worst possible scenario,  embrace the difficulty with much prayer and use it as a learning experience to become a better person and grow in business. “When you come so close to losing your loved ones, it really does put the rest of life into perspective,” the artist declares. As a writer, she is working on sharing her tools of rising above the difficulties in a new book titled “The Zen of Business and Carving a Creative Life.”She states, “If I can help just one person get through their experiences, it is worth it.”
  • A veteran in your field, displaying sound management and acumen
    With over 30 years of experience as a businesswoman, writer sculptor and mentor it is easy to see how this criterion fits the artist. 
  • Mentored and inspired others striving for success
    This Bridgette has in spades, or should we say “hearts.”  She has strived to make the sculpture “Move One Place On” more than just a great piece of art to look at, but she has strived to create an interactive experience.  Through the 150 hidden objects and the sculpture she does something that is dear to her heart, She encourages literacy.  By exploring the digital technology and Encouraging STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education through the art, she brings the art further in encouragement for others. She is providing and working on free tools, videos and other future learning resources that she offers schools, parents, and libraries. She uses  her knowledge combined with her desire to inspire and educate. She does all of this on her own time, without expecting a reward. To subtly encourage learning in others, while having fun is her goal.  Even the creation of the art is completed with the use of paid interns in her studio. Emerging artists who not only  have ownership in a piece and an  installation but a tremendous  learning experience and memories to share behind the “curious adventure.”

Awards will be given at the 2018 Texas Tea Affair on May 6th in Bellaire, Texas (610/Bellaire Blvd).  A complimentary ticket will be reserved for you.  Honoree tables may be decorated by your staff/party to celebrate the day (see below) and discount $49 tickets are available for your guests.  This unique afternoon tea benefits the WestburyCARE Shelter offering support to unwanted pets in southwest Houston. Each year, the Tea Affair provides an afternoon of fun, fashion, food, fellowship, invigorating speakers, tea and ornamented, themed tables to the Greater Houston community while celebrating leaders in our community.

The 2018 class (nominated online by their peers):
Bridgette Mongeon- Houston bronze sculpture artist
Rose Ann Cook- Owner, Quilters Emporium
Chef Kiran Verma- Owner, Kiran’s Restaurant
Delsie Stoute- Director, Precinct One Senior Programs
Donna Cole- CEO, Cole Energy

We encourage guests to wear hats and fascinators to the tea. The afternoon will include a full lunch, scones, desserts, exotic teas, tea cup exchange and vendor market. In deep appreciation for your service, we look forward to this years garden party and encourage your attendance.

Top praises for continuing to give back and serve humbly, 

Lee Garcia,
President
TEAinTEXAS
 TexasTeaTravel.com 

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Sculptor is nominated for woman of the year
This poster was sent to the artist. It looks like there are a few events over the weekend with the tea being the last event.

If any of Bridgette’s friends wants to be table hostess and decorate their table, the following has been provided.

TEAinTEXAS presents 2018 TEXAS TEA AFFAIR The 14th Annual Event Honoring Local Women Leaders TEXASTEATRAVEL.com Facebook.com/texasteaaffair

You may use a theme for your table.

Hobbies, reading and gardens make wonderful tablescapes.

Overall 2018 party theme at the affair is the 1940’s era.

Provided by Table Hostess
8 party favors for guests
8 place cards (if your table has open seating, a guest list will be provided by June 5th)
1 centerpiece 2 teapots Name your Table
A brief summary of your table inspiration. (2-3 sentences for event program)
Optional- Table decorations such as props, ornaments, frames, etc. (Please keep decorations below 2 ft high.)
Optional- Teapot warmers or cozies
8 napkin rings 8 placemats or doilies
8 chargers

Kindly do not decorate chairs.
1 creamer Provided by Venue
8 dinner plates 8 water glasses
8 sets of flatware (forks, knives & spoons)
8 napkins and 1 tablecloth (white)
1 sugar/sweetener container 1 lemon plate Menu/program at each seat

Provided by Guests Each guest brings their own tea cup to exchange. Contact Penny Ward – Table Coordinator for any questions itsanaffairoftheheart@yahoo.com TABLE DECOR

Educational Material Needed.

Bridgette Mongeon STEAM and Alice in Wonderland.
Bridgette Mongeon enjoys the adventure of instilling curiosity in old and young alike.

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon wants her  sculpture “Move One Place On” to be more than just a nice piece of art for which one can enjoy. She wants the art to be interactive and educational. “Move One Place On,” has become a tool for Bridgette to use in educating other in such things as literature and history, but more than that it is also a tool for STEAM education.  She was the keynote speaker at the Texas Art Educators Conference on the topic of STEAM education in the studio and in Wonderland   STEAM education is the interdisciplinary use of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Bridgette has spoken to young students on Math and Science as it pertains to the sculptures in her studio and Wonderland., and offered some free materials for parents, libraries and students.  She will be developing more free online material and hopes to create a collective list for other parents, teachers librarians, and homeschoolers to use.  And of course her book 3D Technology In Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling talks about the processes Bridgette used in her studio to create art. She used the same processes to create “Move One Place On” and is completing a  book on this.

If you know of any material or books for any age that you think should be on this list or that others might be willing to share, please contact the artist.

Let’s use this art and curious adventure to create educational opportunities for all.

 

Media Week/Month in The Park

Now that the sculpture is installed, media week/month begins.   Here are a few pieces of recent coverage as well as some personal Facebook live videos from both the artist and the hosts.  Media week/Month continues. The sculpture is not only an incredible piece of art to look at; but it is also an educational tool that encourages literacy and with the artists help the art supports the education of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  You will soon see more segments. And because the artwork and artists have a broader outreach such as STEM AND STEAM education and the marriage of art and technology the reach is wider than local. She uses the same mix of art and tech as in her book 3D Technology In Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling and she is not done. Wait until you see what else is down this rabbit hole.

CW39- Posted April 14th
Mongeon reports that working with CW 39 was special because her granddaughter woke up very early and participated. Later they put up all of the live segments for others to see. Alice in Wonderland Tea Party life-size sculpture in Evelyn’s Park Conservancy   Maggie in the morning did a live Facebook in between takes. The sculptor Bridgette Mongeon turned the tables and interviewed Maggie on Facebook live. 



NBC affiliate KPRC- April 10, 2018
KHOU came out and created a segment
“Alice in Wonderland’ tea party sculpture installed at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire”

CBS Affiliate KHOU – April 10, 2018
KHOU came out and created several segments for the morning news. The only one saved and put up on the internet is“Life After Harvey: New sculptures installed in Bellaire Park”  While waiting between segments the artist did a live Facebook interview with Sherry Williams, though it was so dark the video quality leaves something to be desired.

Fox April 9- 2018 FOX Bayou City Buzz – Evelyn’s Park
The News Edge Reporter CoCo Dominguez created a wonderful segment showing lots of video of the installed art.

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Houston Chronicle – April 17, 2018 Park Debuts Sculpture, Celebrates first year
The Buzz Magazines – April 16, 2018 Tea Time in the Park Alice in Wonderland at Evelyn’s Park
Houstonia Magazine– April 6 2018 An Interactive Alice In Wonderland Sculpture Arrives at Evelyn’s Park
The Buzz Magazine—Feb 2017 Taking Time To Read

 

Video Media often meets early like 5:00 a.m. early. There is sometimes a lot of waiting and This something happened in the aritsts studio when the main figures were complete. in April of 2016 before they were sent off to the foundry Much thanks goes out to Erin Woosley of On the Mark Communications who has done such a great job in securing media on the project.

 

PERVIOUS MEDIA
This was not the only media week. The media attention started when the project started. Take a look at some previous promotion of the project. Some from as far away as Italy.

TELEVISION
Houston PBS—April 2016 Arts Insights.
CW 39 Street Stories—Feb 2016 Houston artist creates a wonderland of sculptures
KHOU—Feb 2016 Alice in Wonderland Coming to Evelyn’s Park
ABC 13- Houston—Feb 2016 Houston City Parks “Hidden Gems”: Inside Some Must-See Green Spaces.
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Local Houston—Aug 2016 Down the Rabbit Hole Evelyn’s Park Sculpture Brings a Classic to Life.

 

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Leader—July 13 Leader area sculptor goes down the rabbit hole
Houston Chronicle—March 2016 Whimsical Sculptures Make Evelyn’s Park Home
The Buzz Magazine—March 2016- Evelyn’s Park Updates: Foundation, Naming Contest and Sculpture
Houston Chronicle—July 2015 New sculpture for Evelyn’s Park will bring ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to life.
Jewish Herald Voice—July 2015 Right out of Alice in Wonderland
Culture Map–July 2015  Down the rabbit hole: Evelyn’s Park goes mad for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
Glasstire—July 2015 The Boston Tea Party or the ad Hatter Tea Party
3D Printing Industry—July 2015 3D Technology is a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole for Artist Bridgette Mongeon

PODCASTS
3D printing Sculpture Through The Tech Looking Glass 

 

 

Private Unveiling in the Park

On Thursday April 12, the park had a private unveiling of the sculpture and a dedication. The Rubenstein family, park donors and the artist were invited. Everyone was so pleased with the artwork. As Bo Rubenstein said to the artist, “You went over and above what anyone expected.”

Alice in Wonderland sculpture. Bridgette Mongeon sculptor, Mad Hatter, and cheshire cat pose with the march hare.
The entire Rubensteins fmaily pose at the sculpture “Move One Place On” created by sculptor Bridgette Mongeon in honor of Evelyn Rubenstein. The sculpture promises to be a gathering place for many friends and family in the years to come.
Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon of Houston, Texas sculpts Alice in Wonderland and a Mad Hatter Tea Party.
Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon stands with Bo and Jerry Rubenstein. These men commissioned the sculptor to create something special in honor of their mother Evelyn.