(Seguin) -- The owners of a local coffee shop are being celebrated for their continued efforts to support the arts in Seguin. Mary Jo and Lyndon Langford, of Court Street Coffee Shop, were recently presented with this year's 2016 Outstanding Contributors to the Arts Award.
The award is presented each year by the Seguin Commission on the Arts and the ArtsFest Planning Committee.
Mary Jo Langford says she and her husband are appreciative for the recognition.
"When I worked as the main street program director, it was my opinion that quality of life and having the kind of community that people really want to live and work in is closely connected to the arts. So we did things through the main street program and established the arts commission and the ArtsFest and some of those activities that supported the arts. Then when I retired, Lyndon and I, because we're retired we're in a little bit of a position to be a little more generous sometimes, but we really wanted to accomplish two things. One is to support the visual arts and also to make our coffee shop look awesome by featuring local art. The second thing was to try to put Seguin on the map for live music -- to create a venue for talented people that are here to showcase their art, but also for budding musicians to have a comfortable and safe place to kind of cut their teeth and gain their confidence. So we're really happy to have the recognition for the arts, because we just think it's such a critical part of Seguin continuing to be the kind of place that people want to live and work," said Langford.
Langford says art is very important and brings together a community.
"Think about a town like San Antonio's River Walk and take the historic markers and the statue of San Anthony and the big red sculpture that's in the middle of the intersection and the beautifully colored library out of the picture and I think you get a sense of what a loss of vibrancy you would get if you didn't have that art aspect. I think the bird sculpture, that was the public art and the mural downtown -- those all add character and help tell our story and I just hope that this just keeps going on and on and on," said Langford.
The award was presented as the city wrapped up its annual ArtsFest on Saturday, March 4 with its the evening reception, CelebrARTe.
The proceeds from ArtsFest and CelebrARTE go to support future public art projects in Seguin and benefit the restoration of the Klein Opera House into the Seguin Art League's Center for the Arts.
Despite the wet weather, the day long event included a Run to Create 1 and 5K; poetry reading and live entertainment acts that occurred in various downtown businesses.
ArtsFest is hosted by the Seguin Commission on the Arts, the Seguin Art League, City of Seguin Main Street Program and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.