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Dr. Jacqui Von Honts

Dr. Jacqui Von Honts passed away on Friday, August 19, 2011. Dr. Jacqui Von Honts was acknowledged as one of San Antonio's most talented and gifted local artists. Early in her childhood, her parents and teachers recognized her artistic genius and outstanding creative talent. As a very young girl, she received art training from many teachers and artists at the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Express notes that she achieved recognition at the age of 13 as the winner over 40 or more contestants in a major art competition for her age group. She grew up on a farm located north of San Antonio on the Olmos Creek, a spring fed stream which is the Headwaters to the San Antonio River and assisted her family and a father disabled in military service at Normandy and Cherbourg, France in World War II and she blended these farming and activities with a growing amount of artistic creativity and art studies and creations. From the first, it was apparent she was destined for certain artistic greatness and other peer and community leadership roles at Northeast High School, San Antonio College (SAC) and Trinity University where she graduated, having been elected cheerleader, University Sweetheart, and fraternity mascot. After graduation, Jacqui's art ability, activities and recognition flowered and bloomed. Fluent in Spanish, she loved the Hispanic culture and her many friends of Mexican descent. As a very young woman, she traveled alone to Mexico City to accept a scholarship and earn a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Americas, where she learned the art form of the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. It was here that her love for large and majestic murals flourished, a love which would continue throughout her life. In order to broaden her artistic talents, she accepted a scholarship to Pratt Art Institute in New York City and received a graduate certification in commercial art, and expertise which later served her well as Assistant Art Editor of the Southern Baptist Family Magazine. In 1968 she was commissioned to complete a 38'x38' mural for Hemisphere at the International Trade Center and the mural depicting the importance of trade through the ages, with depictions of Napoleon, Columbus, Julius Caesar, cattle barons and the New York Stock Exchange. A San Antonio Express article quote said "She is a restless soul and claims she can't spend 2 days in a row doing the same thing". Flat canvas paintings alone could not hold her interest and exuberant energy and Jacqui trained herself as a welder sculpture artist creating incredible pieces of art in steel, brass, aluminum and other metals, such as Prometheus Bound, sculptures of gymnasts, a 2500 pound, 16 foot tall welded ¾ inch arcon steel rearing stallion, a series of beautiful Eagles, Sandpipers and other bird subjects. It was during this time, Jacqui received the top honor as being elected "Outstanding Woman in Texas" by the Board of Advisors of the Outstanding Young Women in America. Jacqui pioneered and adventured with a new art form called three dimensional acrylic sculpture paintings and conducted classes and wrote acclaimed articles about this unusual art form and she headlined numerous one man shows on many topics about America in Berlin, Lima Peru, New York City and Mexico City. Her energy caused her to also exhibit artistic accomplishment with wood cuts, head sculpting and works in masonry. With all this artistic talent overflowing in almost every direction, Jacqui also proved herself to be a great athlete in mastering the age old sport of fencing, winning first place in two Pentathlon Open Competition and the Bluegrass Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. In explanation of this unusual pursuit, Dr. Von Honts is quoted in the San Antonio Express News as saying "Fencing is the one aggressive sport where women can actively engage in, and feels the opportunity to actively fight", and the newspaper article noted "Fencing is a great way to get rid of all the aggression that doesn't find its way onto canvas". Her unbounded energy led her to be a leader in the San Antonio Artists Coalition, the San Antonio Airport Love Texas Gallery which permitted local artists to display and sell their artwork, support of various homeless organizations, and a lifelong love affair with the US and Pentathlon team based at Fort Sam Houston. She was personally acquainted with many of the athletes and painted a 65 foot long oil mural of the Pentathlon team engaged in the five soldier's sports of shooting, fencing, running, horseback riding and swimming and this mural was the only mural displayed at the US Olympic event in Las Angeles. Dr. Jacqui Von Honts always found time to be a worldwide traveler, attended every Olympic event until the last one, and traveled with her mother, sister and/or brother to China, Russia, India, Peru, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Western Europe and throughout Mexico and South America. Dr. Jacqui Von Honts was totally dedicated to her family, including her parents and her brother and sister and often utilized her tremendous artistic talent in support of her brother Bob Honts' many political campaigns and public achievements. She will be greatly missed by her beloved brother Bob Honts and her beloved sister Mary Halford. Jacqui is preceded in death by her parents, Col. Emory Ralph Honts and Helen Elder Honts. She is survived by her beloved brother, Robert George "Bob" Honts; sister, Mary Halford and husband, Don; nephews: Robert Wayne Honts and wife, Erin and their children, Kelly and Rachel Honts; John Emory Honts and wife, Reina and their children Julian and Reine; nieces, Janet Powell and husband Jim and their son Derek Powell, Valerie Ott and husband Casey and their sons, Miles and Emory Ott. A Pre-Service gathering for meeting family and friends and viewing impressive powerpoint presentations of the "Life, Time, and Creations of Dr. Jacqui Von Honts" will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church David Thrift Memorial Chapel, 319 East Mulberry, San Antonio, Texas. The Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the same location and the Honts family is hosting an open reception at Trinity Baptist Church immediately following the Memorial Services. The Honts family welcomes Jacqui's fellow artists and friends to the ceremonies of the Celebration of the Spirit...the Mind...and the Hands of Dr. Jacqui Von Honts-1936 - 2011.

AUGUST 27, 2011
3:00 P.M.

Rev. John Park Jr. officiating .

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Published in Express-News on Aug. 21, 2011
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