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Arts History Update for early May 2013

29 Apr

Arts History Update for early May 2013 by David Cummins


“Poetry is a record of the life around us and in us, and you’ll get a better idea from poetry what it was like to be alive in 2011 than you will from the New York Times.”
— Garrison Keillor







The Centre for Virtual Engineering was opened in 2012 at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart Germany. The architect was UNStudio of Amsterdam Holland principals Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos. Click on each of the sixteen hatch marks for a different view of the exterior and interior spaces. Here are more images This is world class architecture.





Will there be a new performing arts center in Lubbock? Tim Collins is chair of Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association that hopes to raise another $65 million to augment the initial pledges by CH Foundation and Helen DeVitt Jones Foundation of $20 million. Jack Hagler of Schuler Shook Theatre Planning Lighting Designers spoke as did Steve Moffett of Garfield Traub Development Group. The audience was treated to visuals of new theater spaces that served as ribbon-wrapped candy for children who want a bag of that. Street credibility was already present for Steve Moffett because Garfield Traub was the developer for the Overton Hotel & Conference Center that opened in Lubbock in 2010.


Much of the felt need for a new facility stems from the community’s disappointment with City Bank Auditorium which is now acknowledged as inadequate and unable to be renovated one more time at a price that is returnable at the box office. If the City of Lubbock were to formally toss in the towel and cancel its ground lease, the property would revert back to Texas Tech University. If cooperation and collaboration were possible the City, Texas Tech, CH Foundation and Helen DeVitt Jones Foundation could all sit down at a table and finance their respective shares of the project. Reality tells us that money for building is one thing but money must be regularly available for day to day operations so either a foundation must be financed just for that, or an entity like City of Lubbock or Texas Tech University or both must be partnered in the project.


The new $81 million dollar Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center at University of Texas of the Permian Basin between Midland and Odessa, has the university as its operator.


Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Sunday April 28 2013 has several articles on this topic another another another and an article on roll-out of the idea




Silverton Texas is up on the Caprock west of Caprock Canyons State Park, but travel north on Texas Highway 207 to Claude and you will descend and cross Tule Canyon and return to the level plains and then later descend and cross Palo Duro Canyon. If you take the drive in the morning hours you will be rewarded with a special light the morning sun casts on the exposed geological strata.


From Lubbock take US Highway 82 / Texas Highway 114 to Ralls and turn north on US Highway 62 to Floydada and then north on Texas Highway 207 to Silverton.


Texas, an Outdoor Musical Drama in Palo Duro Canyon’s Pioneer Amphitheater is in its 48th season.

Shows are nightly Tuesday through Sunday at dusk from June 1 to August 17. Tickets are available for the show only or also for a barbeque dinner preceding the show. Call 806-655-2181 to the office in Canyon. The drama concerns settlement in the panhandle region.


A similar show will occur at Fort Griffin Fandangle north of Albany Texas the last two weekends of June on 20-22 and 27-29. phone 325-762-3838 for information and tickets. The cast includes Indians, buffalo hunters, cattle trail drovers, U.S. Army troops and others who called this area home at least temporarily. The cast also includes several head of longhorn cattle from the Official State of Texas Longhorn Cattle Herd. Fort Griffin State Historic Site is shown here. Those cattle reside here and are transported to Fandangle a few miles away for your viewing pleasure.





An exhibit September 30 – December 10, 2010 titled Unintended Consequences and the Digital Age featured larger than life-size sculptures by Daniel A. Henderson at Schneider Museum of Art on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon.


The book published as a result of that exhibit is The Art of Invention: Sculpture by Daniel A. Henderson (Schneider Museum of Art 2010) price $117.70 but at ABE Books it’s available for $4.08 incl s&h.


The Schneider Museum of Art website is


Henderson is currently living in Fort Worth Texas. He made a trip to Lubbock recently where two maquettes were displayed. His website is



Artesia New Mexico is bursting with bronze statuary. Recalling cattle drive days from 1866 when Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight established the Goodnight Loving Trail heading north through New Mexico Territory and the Pecos River Valley, there are three statuary bronzes The Trail Boss (2007) by Vic Payne, The Vaquero (2008) by Mike Hamby, and The Rustler (2009) by Robert Summers.


Earlier, First Lady of Artesia (2003) by Robert Summers was installed, commemorating Sallie Chisum . Martin and Mary Yates (2004), also by Summers, commemorates the first oil strike in 1924 as does Derrick Floor (2004) by Vic Payne. Another by Payne is The Partners (Mack Chase and Johnny Gray) (2004) commemorating these one-time oil field partners talking over a deal across an automobile hood.


Vic Payne Studio and Robert Summers and Mike Hamby





Texas Tech University Greenhouse and Gardens is located north of United Spirit Arena on the north side of Main Street. It’s an activity of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department, the building to the west across Indiana Avenue. At this time of year it’s a joy to walk through the gardens. Here is the current newsletter of the department that tells more about the gardens including the Earth-Kind Rose Demonstration Garden . More information on Earth-Kind Roses


Make the Greenhouse and Gardens a recurring destination through September.


Tech Students who are members of the Horticultural Society meet at the Greenhouse and Gardens regularly.




Daniel S. Kerr and Alexander J. Hunt are authors of the essay The Quitaque Killings (2013) that refers to the mid-1870s when cowboys assembling a cattle ranch [rounding up unbranded longhorn cattle] near modern day Quitaque came on to pastores [Hispanic sheepherders from New Mexico Territory] and attacked them. The essay will appear in an issue of ABC-CLIO Journal of the West published in Kettering Ohio.


Kerr and Hunt are scheduled to read from their essay at Amarillo Public Library on Thursday April 25. Kerr is an instructor and Hunt is an associate professor in the Department of English Philosophy and Modern Languages at West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas. Kerr also instructs in the History Department. E-mail Kerr at or Hunt at or phone 806-651-2457 for more information.


 “The Quitaque Killings: Ethnic Cleansing and Regional Historiography, or A Southern Plains Hispanic Murder Mystery,” lecture by Dan Kerr and Alex Hunt, Department of English, West Texas A&M, sponsored by the Shepard Symposium, Chicano Studies and American Indian Studies Dept. Place: 310 Classroom Bldg on November 10, 2011 at University of Wyoming in Laramie.


Here is Paul Carlson’s essay on the pastores focusing on their activity in the Oklahoma Panhandle.


Anna J. Taylor, A Survey of New Mexican “Pastores” in the Texas Panhandle Plains, 1875 – 1886 (Texas Historical Foundation 1980) Texas Tech Library SF371.52.T3 T23




The dynamic new chair of Texas Tech University Department of Theatre & Dance, Dr. Mark Charney, is launching a June 2013 Wild Wind Performance Lab to which ten guest artists from around the country are offering their various talents. The artists are J Ranelli, Kari Margolis, Joseph Kline, Matt Opatrny, Jessica Burr, Deborah Anderson, Crosby Hunt, Rich Brown, David Kranes and Jodi Jinks. The timing is significant, early in the Summer, when theater students include adults who come back in the Summer for further education, and when theatrical arts organizations in the city and area are having their own workshops and other scheduled events. Carney wants to invigorate academic and community interaction and all of the invited guest artists are being made available free for sessions with community people and organizations off campus.


Schedule for guest artists:


J Ranelli June 3 – July 1

Kari Margolis June 4 – 6

Joseph Kline June 7 – 11

Matt Opatrny June 7 – 14

Jessica Burr June 7 – 14

Deborah Anderson June 10 – 17

Crosby Hunt June 10 – 17

Rich Brown June 11 – 16

David Kranes June 17 – 21

Jodi Jinks June 23 -28


J Ranelli is a founding member Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford Connecticut creator of The National Theatre Institute, an experimental undergraduate program. He is an advisory board member of Word BRIDGE a Summer workshop program for beginning playwrights.


Kari Margolis is artistic director of Margolis Brown Adaptors Company website and creator of Margolis Method Center International, a new method of actor training and theater creation.


Joseph Kline is dean of the College of Fine Arts and professor of Theatre at Eastern New Mexico University


Matt Opatrny and Jessica Burr operate Blessed Unrest a Manhattan-based theatre company Their most recent production Eurydice’s Dream was staged at Interart Theatre on West 52nd Street in the city.


Crosby Hunt and Deborah Anderson are faculty members at Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro department of Theatre and Dance


Rich Brown teaches Jerzy Grotowski inspired psycho-physical acting at Western Washington University in Bellingham Rich Brown Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and here is a description of the physical acting process


David Kranes is a writer, playwright and former Artistic Director of the Sundance Playwrights Lab


Jodi Jinks is a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and an active member of Rude Mechs a theatrical collective based in Austin Texas that produces original plays. She works with its Grrl Action Summer program as well as acting and directing.


Hopefully the theater departments at Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, South Plains College, Lubbock ISD and other ISDs in Region 17, and all private theater and dance organizations in the area will telephone Texas Tech University Theatre and Dance Department and schedule their times for interaction with these stellar artists who are coming to town. It’s a huge opportunity to jump start inspiration that can have lasting benefits for many years. Exposure to the new and cutting edge, that is working elsewhere, is so exciting. phone 806-742-3601 extension 221 e-mail and participate.




George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens to the public on May 1, 2013 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. The physical address is 2943 SMU Boulevard phone 214-346-1557 inquiries and information by e-mail at or at [nara stands for National Archives and Records Administration]






The Texas Commission on the Arts has announced the Texas State Legislature’s appointments to the positions of state poet laureate. state musician. state two-dimensional artist and state three-dimensional artist.

For 2013 ~
Texas Poet Laureate ~ Rosemary Cataclos; 
San Antonio
Texas Two-Dimensional Artist ~ Jim Woodson,
 Ft. Worth
Texas Three-Dimensional Artist ~ Joseph Havel, 
Texas State Musician ~ Craig Hella Johnson, 

For 2014 ~  

Texas Poet Laureate ~ Dean Young; Austin
Texas Two-Dimensional Artist ~ Julie Speed,
Texas Three-Dimensional Artist ~ Ken Little, 
San Antonio Texas State Musician ~ Flaco Jimenez, San Antonio

“In honoring these individuals we bring attention to the important roles the arts play in shaping Texas’ cultural landscape,” said Gary Gibbs, Executive Director for the Texas Commission on the Arts. “These Texas State Artists are the best of the best. Their work defines our character of place and reflects the distinctive qualities that  make Texas unique.” 






















Arts History Update for late April 2013

27 Apr
Arts History Update for late April 2013 by David Cummins
Remember that an archive of Updates is at and you can use a search word[s] to determine if over three years there has been anything said about something in which you have an interest. For example, type in Woody Guthrie in the search box and see how many different Updates there are in which his name appears. 1 You can read each or any of those items. If you register you can interact with the website and treat it as a blog and make comments. So far Update readers have chosen only to use it as an archive and that was my intent in setting it up. The people who have blogged into it are not themselves recipients of the Updates from me and therefore are unknown to me and I haven’t responded to any of their messages or inquiries. Readers of Updates who directly e-mail me get a prompt response not sent to anyone else.
The Terry County Vineyard Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday July 26 – 27, 2013. It features tours of vineyards and wineries, vendors of wine and wine related items, displays of art, and live music. A dinner and wine tasting is Friday, and the tours are Saturday. Brownfield and Terry County is smack in the middle of the Texas High Plains AVA American Viticultural Area that has a 3,300 feet elevation, hot arid days and cool nights, red sandy loam soil over porous caliche atop limestone, ideal conditions for grape growers who now have almost 800 acres under cultivation in the county.
Yes, Terry County is a cotton growing area, and crop diversification includes soybeans, pecans, peanuts and melons, inter alia. But it is vineyard country as well including Bogar-Cox Vineyard [Dr. Mark Bogar and Bobby Cox], Reddy Vineyards [Dr. Vijay Reddy], Lost Draw Vineyards [Andy Timmons], Bingham Family Vineyards and Farm [Cliff Bingham son Clint Bingham and grandson Kyle Bingham], Caswell-Hess Vineyard, Smotherman Vineyard, Young Family Vineyard, Hunter Vineyard, Graham Vineyards, The Family Vineyards [Arthur Flache and Elaine Shiver], Lepard Vineyards [Russell and Sharon Lepard], Bayer Family Vineyards [Alan Bayer and Lynsee Rowland], Oswald Vineyards [John Oswald], Newsom Vineyards in Plains [not Terry County of course; Neal and Janice Newsom and Nolan Newsom],and Martin’s Vineyard [Andy and Anndel Martin].
White grapes grown include Vermentino, Viognier, Muscat Canelli and Roussanne, while red grapes include Tempranillo, Aglianico, Mourvedre and Sangiovese.
The tour will definitely lead to a new custom crush facility Texas Custom Wine Works where a vineyard operator can take some of his/her grapes, get them crushed into wine mash, and bring them to a fabrication facility to make into wine. Every grape grower would like to see and taste a final product.
Can’t wait for the Terry County Vineyard Festival? The High Plains Winegrowers Wine & Texas Music Festival is June 14 – 15, 2013 at the new Mallet Event Center & Arena in Levelland.
After you’ve toured the Terry County vineyards you may want to attend the second annual Wines & Vines Festival at McPherson Cellars Winery in Lubbock August 2 – 3, 2013.
West Texas Watercolor Society’s annual Spring Show is May 3 – June 9 at Buddy Holly Center at 1801 Crickets Avenue [formerly Avenue G, north of 19th Street] This show is always pleasing.
How does a rural Texan with a water well and septic system on the property, test inspect and maintain the well and disposition of waste? The Texas Well Owners Network helps managed by Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service operates a soil water and forage testing laboratory at College Station where samples of water can be tested for nitrates, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria. Sample bags can be picked up by a well owner at any county extension office, the sample filled and then taken to the nearest AgriLife office, in this case Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at 1102 East Farm to Market Road 1294 north of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.
A water well owner’s training workshop was held there on April 9, 2013.
The first responder public safety memorial sculpture has been placed at the site Leroy Elmore Park on Quaker Avenue at 66th Street but it has been placed on top of its central pediment on wood supports and has yet to be affixed into the concrete pad. The construction fencing has been removed so the public can walk into the space and admire the bronze statuary and setting where fallen first responders will have their names inscribed in stone. The statuary is by Garland Weeks a well-known and admired and on his website one can see images of two maquettes [small scale models] but neither of them is the completed piece that is now at the site. One maquette depicts three men a city policeman, a county sheriff, and a state patrol officer, the latter kneeling beside boots and a hat representing a fallen officer. Another maquette depicts a standing fireman and an EMS medic astride a slumped exhausted fireman. Tabletop size sculptures of those two are available for purchase in editions of fifty pieces, on his website.
The chosen full size sculpture depicts a standing police officer and a standing EMS medic each with a comforting hand on a shoulder of a slumped exhausted fireman.
Musical theater is addictive and there is a new opportunity for early inoculation. Lubbock Moonlight Musicals is starting an Arts Academy for children ages 5-18 $95 registration for a four days per week camp this Summer. We can predict that some kids enjoy it so much that they sign up for another week of camp, and another. When children’s parts appear in a show, guess who will be cast. At that point the addiction begins and parents and siblings are related to a thespian. Contact by e-mail or phone Brent Wheeler 806-470-7282 to ascertain camp dates times and locations.
The Summer evening shows at Wells Fargo Amphitheatre in Mackenzie Park are Peter Pan June 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Annie Get Your Gun July 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat August 9-10, 16-17, 23-24.
The 35th annual Lubbock Arts Festival April 11-14, 2013 is now history and another 30,000 people have experienced an explosion of art experiences in Lubbock. Best of all, there was a great deal of art shown by youngsters so we all know who the next generation are and how “way out of the box” imaginative they are.
The inclusiveness in this festival is always pleasing. There was some high art or fine art of museum quality, much art of the people, and a wide variety of craft art. The displays and vendors were intermixed with food and fun opportunities as well as music so the vibrancy and mood of a festival was present. It was once again a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Music was also inclusive running the gamut from buskers to the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra performing in concert with Ballet Lubbock in a specially devised piece Music in Motion
Best of all, Lubbock is now a grown up place where competing events thrive. The inimitable Judy Collins now age 73 performed a concert with one back up pianist at Texas Tech University’s Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building on April 12 to a sold out house of 950 people. She told stories of her life and sang a set of thirteen songs, many arranged to let her style and bell-tone voice make them very pleasing. It was a magical evening.
I learned recently of a New York city resident who plays Scottish bagpipes, who traveled for a gig to play at a sock burning party in a coastal Connecticut town. What is that all about?

Ode to the Sock Burners

By Jefferson Holland, Poet Laureate of Eastport, 1995
Them Eastport boys got an odd tradition
When the sun swings to its Equinoxical position,
They build a little fire down along the docks,  They doff their shoes and they burn their winter socks.
Yes, they burn their socks at the Equinox;
You might think that’s peculiar, but I think it’s not,
See, they’re the same socks they put on last fall,
And they never took ‘em off to wash ‘em, not at all.
So they burn their socks at the Equinox
In a little ol’ fire burning nice and hot.
Some think incineration is the only solution,
‘Cause washin’ ‘em contributes to the Chesapeake’s pollution.
Through the spring and the summer and into the fall,
They go around not wearin’ any socks at all,
Just stinky bare feet stuck in old deck shoes,
Whether out on the water or sippin’ on a brew.
So if you sail into the Harbor on the 21st of March,
And you smell a smell like Limburger sauteed with laundry starch,
You’ll know you’re downwind of the Eastport docks
Where they’re burning their socks for the Equinox.
An exhibit “Time Between” will be in the LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Christine DeVitt Exhibit Hall from April 5 to May 31. It is abstract paintings by Kendall Rabon and her website is under construction .
New Mexico abounds with art. An easy way to get an overview is to download, free, The Collector’s Guide: The Premier Companion for Your Art Journey (volume 26) The website is One of the things we learn is that many art communities have annual open house studio tours with the artist[s] present during the tour. Meeting artists on their home ground is a special experience. Nogal Artist Studio Tour is April 27-28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. phone 575-354-0201 The annual Corrales Art Studio Tour occurs on May 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. phone 505-899-3430. The next weekend May 11-12 is Placitas Studio Tour same hours phone 505-771-1006. And the following weekend May 18-19 is Eldorado Studio Tour same hours phone 505-466-6245. Nogal is northwest of Ruidoso on NM Highway 48 to the intersection with Highway 37. Corrales is west of the Rio Grande and east of Rio Rancho, north of Albuquerque. Placitas is east of the Rio Grande and east of Bernalillo. Take Interstate Highway 25 exit 242 onto NM Highway 165 east to Placitas. Eldorado is south of Santa Fe. Take Interstate Highway 25 exit 290 south onto U.S. Highway 285 to the Eldorado exit and travel west.
A Santa Fe muralist is Frederico Vigil who specializes in the old technique buon [true] fresco Some of those images have been brought to the Texas Tech Museum in gallery 3 as a current exhibit. At that location the artist will appear and describe his work and why he is still a painstaking wet plaster muralist on Thursday May 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a reception following in the Sculpture Court. RSVP to the Museum Association by April 25 at 806-742-2443 if you wish to attend. His website is
The National Hispanic Cultural Center opened in 2000 at 1701 4th Street S.W. Albuquerque New Not long afterward the director brought in Frederico Vigil to make a signature wall mural. He chose the largest of walls and it took him nine years to complete the mural, now the Torreon Fresco(2010) .
The only buon fresco mural at Texas Tech University was painted by Peter Hurd 1904 – 1984 in 1953 – 1954 Pioneer Mural in Holden Hall, then the museum of Texas Technological College. and here is a closer view Here are some other works by Hurd
All sorts of marvelous things happen at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque including a current theatrical adaptation of one of Rudolfo Anaya’s stories Rosa Linda (2013). You may recall that Anaya’s masterpiece novel Bless Me Ultima (1972) Texas Tech Library PS 3551.N27 B57 was adapted for the stage and premiered at the Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque in 2010, followed by a road show version that played throughout the state. Many of you like me have read Bless Me Ultima and will never forget many literary images including of course that of the curandera. There are times in my life when I have cast a glance to the side or behind wondering if she were nearby in some metaphysical emanation. That my physical eyes did not see her is not evidence of her absence or presence.
Thinking of Ultima reminds one of Teresa Urrea, la Santa de Cabora [Saint of Cabora] lovingly recorded in a historical novel by her great nephew Luis Urrea in The Hummingbird’s Daughter: A Novel (Little Brown 2005) Texas Tech Library PS3571.R74 H86. Teresa’s influence captivated Texas Tech’s William Curry Holden on his trips to northern Mexico when he interviewed Yaqui Indians, so he wrote Teresita (Stemmer House Publications 1978) Texas Tech Library BF1283.U77 H64. She of course was a Sinaloan but she fled with her father north to Sonora, the land of the Yaqui, when the federales responded to orders by el presidente Porfirio Diaz to rid Sinaloa of these troublesome people. No less troublesome in Sonora she crossed the border and remained an expatriate in the United States for the remainder of her life.
Want to read about Canada but not get bogged down in referential detail? Novels are an option. Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air: A Novel (Counterpoint Press 2008) new at ABE Books $10.89 including s&h will take you to Yellowknife, Canada capital city in the Northwest Territories population of 19,234 hardy souls.
William Ormond Mitchell, Who Has Seen the Wind? (1947) is a Canadian classic telling about a boy growing up in a small town Saskatchewan prairie. (Gage Distribution Co 1975 paperback) (Seal Book paperback 1985) (McClelland & Stewart paperback 2000). After the author’s death Canada released a postage stamp with his name and image on it. ABE Books has a paperback in good condition for $3.49 incl s&h.
Toronto, cosmopolitan and quirky, can be explored by many Margaret Atwood novels such as Lady Oracle(1976) (Fawcett 1987 paperback) ABE Books in good condition $3.49 incl s&h, or Cat’s Eye (1988) (Doubleday 1989) Texas Tech Library PR9199.3.A8 C38, or Alias Grace (Nan A. Tales / Doubleday 1996) Texas Tech Library PR9199.3.A8 A79.
Cape Breton Island is the scene in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall On Your Knees (Simon & Schuster 1996) Texas Tech Library PR9199.3.M2985 F35 and Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man (Counterpoint Press 2009) Texas Tech Library PR9199.3.M3222 B57
Newfoundland and Labrador in E. Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News (Scribner 1993) Texas Tech Library PS3566.R697 S4 and Michael Crummey’s Galore (Other Press 2010) Tech Library PR9199.3.C717 G36 and Kathleen Winter’s Annabel (Black Cat 2010) Tech Library PR9199.3.W513 A66
1early January 2012 early September 2012 and mid April 2013

Arts History Update for mid April 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for mid April 2013 by David Cummins


Taos Museum of Art opened in 1994 and in 2002 moved to the beautiful and historic Nicolai Fechin home built between 1927 and 1933. It is dedicated to the art of early twentieth century artists and their patrons who settled in the Taos Vally of northern New Mexico. The heart of the collection is paintings by masters within the Taos Society of Artists.


The current exhibition is Director’s Choice: 14 Years at the Taos Art Museum February 9 – June 30, 2013, referring to the fourteen year tenure of the founding and now retiring director Erion Simpson. She opened the exhibit by delivering a gallery talk in which she said that the exhibited pieces are her favorites.


Here is the story of the founding of the Taos art colony 1915 – 1927


Joseph H. Sharp first visited Taos while on a sketching trip in 1883, and was captivated with its enchanting atmosphere. He is often referred to as the artist who “started it all.” Later, while studying in Paris, he shared his enthusiasm with two artist friends, Bert G. Phillips and Ernest L. Blumenschein. As a result of a broken wagon wheel on September 3, 1898, the two artists stayed in the Taos area instead of completing their scheduled trip to Mexico.

Back in Paris, Blumenschein met E.I. Couse and told him of a mystical mountainous region. This inspired Couse to also explore Taos. Oscar E. Berninghaus joined the Taos artists and with the addition of Herbert Dunton, a painter of cowboys and ranch life, the “Founding” group numbered six. On July 1, 1915 the first meeting of the Taos Society of Artists was held. The proposed purpose of the association was to promote the showing and sale of their work.

The group then met Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins and voted them in as Active Members in July of 1917. Julius Rolshoven became an Associate Member in 1917 and then an active member in 1918. E. Martin Hennings became an Active Member in 1924. The only woman of the group, Catherine C. Critcher, became an Active Member also in 1924. And Kenneth Adams, the last and youngest of the group, became a member in 1926, only one year before the group disbanded.

These members of the Taos Society of Artists (and others) found the Taos area an inspiring place to paint. Maybe it was the altitude and wide-open spaces of the high desert region with its shapes of everything from the sage-dotted plains to the vast peaks of the many mountains with their forests of pines, aspens, cottonwoods, wild flowers, and wildlife to the earth colored adobes that characterize the Taos style. Or, maybe it was the piercingly blue and startlingly clear Taos sky with the magnificent sunsets that drape the Rio Grande Gorge with splendid gigantic clouds of ember reds, glowing oranges, vivid violet, deep pale blues, and a vast array of silver and gray colors.

Following the arrival of this initial group of artists, the Taos area has grown to become a renowned international art market and artists’ community. It is presently estimated that there are more artists, per capita, in the Taos area than in any other city in the world, including Paris, France.


Reprinted with permission from:
American Art Review, Vol. XVIII No. 3 May-June 2006, pp. 152-153


Here is a Californian’s telling of the story in which we see the Taos experience in the context of modernism emanating from Paris France and implanted in the United States in various forms of impressionism, realism, cubism and other styles each competing for space and attention.





In east central Utah there is a castle country area of imposing mesas arroyos and Nine Mile Canyon that is a mini-Grand Canyon If one leaves Grand Junction Colorado heading west on Interstate Highway 70 one is on a scenic highway until the intersection in the western part of the state with Interstate Highway 15. Fifty miles into Utah is Sego Canyon Petroglyphs containing some from 7000 BCE, some from 2000 BCE, some from the Fremont Culture 600 -1200 CE, and some from the Ute Tribe Culture 1300 CE forward.,_Utah Another 25 miles west where the highway crosses the Green River is Green River town and Green River State Park both enjoyable. [Green River continues its flow south into the Colorado River at Canyonlands National Park.] At the town of Green River one enters castle country, and one can head southwest into the San Rafael Valley and visit Goblin Vally State Park or head northwest into the San Rafael Swell, cross the San Rafael River and visit Wedge Overlook and Dinosaur Quarry and come into Price and the Prehistoric Mountains area on Utah Highway 10. Northeast of Price is Nine Mile Canyon where a creek will eventually flow into the Green River at Desolation Canyon on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation The road is called Nine Mile Canyon National Scenic Backcountry Highway. Here is a photo gallery of pre-historic rock art and other thrilling natural wonders Here is the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management BLM website on Nine Mile Canyon


If you go invest in a DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer including detailed topographic maps, back roads, recreation sites, and GPS grids (6th ed. 2011) $20 at


Jerry D. Spangler, Nine Mile Canyon: The Archaeological History of an American Treasure (University of Utah Press 2013) $34.95 paperback


Jerry D. Spangler and Donna K. Spangler, Horned Snakes and Axle Grease: A Roadside Guide to the Archaeology, History and Rock Art of Nine Mile Canyon (Uinta Publishing 2003 paperback) $21.95 incl s&h at ABE Books.




Paul H. Carlson & John T. Becker, Georgia O’Keeffe in Texas: A Guide (State House Press December 10, 2012) is about the artist’s years 1912 – 1914 when she taught in Amarillo public schools and 1916 – 1918 when she taught at West Texas Normal College [now West Texas A&M University] in Canyon Texas, and a short period of time living in Waring north of San Antonio in 1918. Texas Tech Library N6537.O39 C37 paperback $18.93 at


See also Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall, O’Keeffe and Texas (McNay Art Museum 1998) paperback $19.95 at Texas Tech Library OVERSZ N6537.O39 A4




Literary Lubbock is the annual Texas Tech University Press banquet featuring seven authors and their recent books. Here are those authors and their books including one by the Provost of the University Robert Smith. The website for the event is and the deadline for reservations is April 26 for the May 2 banquet 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at McKenzie Merket Alumni Center meal by Top Tier Catering price $60 per person. The master of ceremonies again this year is Andy Wilkinson who keeps everyone entertained and the event chugging along merrily. It’s rare to find so many authors, all present and participating so you not only can get your chosen book signed by its author but you can meet and schmooze with authors. More than anyone authors appreciate a good tale, so come prepared with the foibles of your Aunt Matilda or whatever else floated your boat recently.


Did I mention that it’s all in a good cause, the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest series of works? Anytime one gets a chance to hearken back to the presidency of Texas Technological College transforming into Texas Tech University when Grover announced a new vision and a strategy to implement that vision, one enjoys the opportunity. Many people are responsible for this national university with areas of international excellence and influence, but the impetus for transformation from a remotely situated sound college into the respected mega-university of today was Grover E. Murray. That would have been quite enough but he was a helluva good guy who was on a first name basis with all faculty and staff. It is a very special thing for a person to be both respected and revered in his lifetime, by people who know him quite well.


Texas Tech University Press is located on the ninth floor of the Media and Communication Building 15th Street and Flint Avenue on campus.





Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers Spring Tour arrives in Lubbock Sunday April 21 at Hemmle Recital Hall on the Texas Tech campus 3:00 p.m. with free admission. Park in the School of Music Band Lot free on Sunday and enter the southeast door to arrive at Hemmle. Kirt Pavitt is a virtuoso pianist who directs these young singers and displays their talent as they mature in the craft. Soprano Sara Heaton and tenor Joshua Dennis will appear in Lubbock. Santa Fe Opera website is and here is the Apprentice Singers Program and here is the description of the Spring Tour for last year 2012


Once again the sponsor for the Tour is the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series administered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech. Sometime this Summer Jo Moore will announce the lineup for 2013 – 2014 and set them up at Select a Seat for ticketing. Last Summer I just purchased the season and enjoyed knowing in advance that everything would be stellar. Caveat: early purchase won’t enhance seating options as these are general admission seats in SUB Allen Theatre. If location is important arrive early and choose your desired seat.




The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas is opening a new chapter in Lubbock Texas. Get in on the ground floor by attending the first chapter meeting Thursday April 11 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McPherson Cellars 1615 Texas Avenue downtown Lubbock. “The goal of the High Plains Chapter is to unite food and wine enthusiasts, while giving back to the community in West Texas”. Membership is $50 per year per person if joining on April 11 or earlier, $60 thereafter, or $100 per couple.


If you want members only wine tastings, happy hour events, wine education workshops, collaborative events with local restaurants, chefs and sommeliers, this is a handsome offer. A sommelier is a wine steward or waiter in a restaurant who has charge of the wines and their service.




A very accomplished actress / singer is coming to town to serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Mentor Tech Banquet at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall Friday May 3 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. She is Taraji P. Henson who currently stars as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS-TV drama Person of Interest broadcast locally on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. She has had roles in several movies such as Baby Boy, Hustle and Flow, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Karate Kid, Larry Crowne, and Think Like a Man. Tickets are $60 per person or a VIP ticket is $75 which allows one into a pre-banquet reception and have a photo of yourself with Ms. Henson. For tickets contact Mentor Tech at 806-742-8692 or e-mail The name Mentor Tech is a truncated version of the official name that is The Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program at Texas Tech University and





Woody Guthrie, House of Earth: A Novel (Harper 2013) $15.98 hardcover (Harper Perennial 2013) $14.39 paperback $12.74 Kindle is at Texas Tech Library in-processing not cataloged yet. Guthrie 1912 – 1967 wrote this novel in 1947 but it laid in manuscript form until recently. He was celebrated in his lifetime as a songwriter / balladeer describing rural realism and progressive activism for ordinary folks to overcome a corrupt economy. Few knew that in trunks and boxes he left paintings and various writings as well as unpublished songs. The sophistication of these writings undercuts a general impression that he was a saintly peasant revolutionary.


The novel’s story line is very simple, a young married man and pregnant wife live in a Texas Panhandle shack in poverty until the day of the child’s birth some months later. The plot goes nowhere but the tension and animus within the shack are so vividly described that we can say the plot goes nowhere fast.


The young man becomes obsessed about how to bring a more secure dwelling into their lives, interpreting a five cent government pamphlet extolling the construction of an adobe home, to yield for him his imagined castle “a house of earth” that will be fire-proof, windproof, rainproof, dirtproof, sweatproof, bugproof, theft-proof, and foolproof. There is hardship and hope in a ravaged dustbowl landscape which the author experienced first-hand.


The Woody Guthrie Center will have its grand opening in Tulsa Oklahoma on April 27-28, 2013 The 16th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival at his hometown Okemah Oklahoma will be held July 10-14, 2013 Here’s the poster The Harris Drug Store in downtown Pampa Texas is now the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center In order to get two nickels to rub together, Woody worked at this drug store and lived in Pampa from 1931 – 1936. He met Mary Jennings in Pampa and married her in 1933. They had three children. Many people will want to imagine that the pregnant woman in the novel is an autobiographical encapsulization of Mary.


In Woody’s travels he worked for a short time for the Bonneville Power Administration in Oregon. The Bonneville is a downstream dam on the Columbia River. The initial dam on the upper Columbia is Grand Coulee Dam and Woody wrote and performed the following song many times:


Grand Coulee Dam
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

Well, the world has seven wonders that the trav’lers always tell,
Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well,
But now the greatest wonder is in Uncle Sam’s fair lang,
It’s the big Columbia River and the big Grand Coulee Dam.

She heads up the Canadian Rockies where the rippling waters glide,
Comes a-roaring down the canyon to meet the salty tide,
Of the wide Pacific Ocean where the sun sets in the West
And the big Grand Coulee country in the land I love the best.

In the misty crystal glitter of that wild and wind ward spray,
Men have fought the pounding waters and met a watery grave,
Well, she tore their boats to splinters but she gave men dreams to dream
Of the day the Coulee Dam would cross that wild and wasted stream.

Uncle Sam took up the challenge in the year of ‘thrity-three,
For the farmer and the factory and all of you and me,
He said, “Roll along, Columbia, you can ramble to the sea,
But river, while you’re rambling, you can do some work for me.”

Now in Washington and Oregon you can hear the factories hum,
Making chrome and making manganese and light aluminum,
And there roars the flying fortress now to fight for Uncle Sam,
Spawned upon the King Columbia by the big Grand Coulee Dam.


There is a DVD Roll On Columbia: Woody Guthrie & the Bonneville Power Administration produced by the University of Oregon, 56 minutes, dealing with Woody’s 1941 short term employment with BPA.






Arts History Update for early April 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for early April 2013 by David Cummins


CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art is holding its eleventh annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art on April 12-14 at The Witte Museum 3801 Broadway in San Antonio. Register at




The new Talkington Gallery at Texas Tech University Museum opens on April 5 and its inaugural exhibition of Texas New Mexico and Arizona art will be on display throughout 2013. A brochure states:


The Museum of Texas Tech University is delighted to announce the opening of a new gallery, the Talkington Gallery of Art. The inaugural exhibition for this gallery is AZnNMnTX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, opening April 5, at 6pm, during the First Friday Art Trail event at the Museum, located at 4th Street and Indiana Avenue (SE corner), where parking and admission are free.

Dr. Peter Briggs, Helen DeVitt Jones Curator of Art at the Museum, remarks about the new Talkington Gallery of Art, “The Talkington Gallery exists because of the goodwill and foresight of Margaret Talkington. The funds she gifted to the Museum allowed us to renovate several thousand square feet of gallery space, revamping it to exhibit our art collection.”

The Museum of TTU’s Executive Director echoes Dr. Briggs’ enthusiasm, adding, “This gallery is an exceptional addition to the Museum that offers the University and Lubbock communities opportunities to experience great art in a setting that befits the collections and that is in keeping with the Museum’s vision of becoming a premier national museum.”

The first exhibition, AZnNMnTX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, is comprised of over 50 pieces by artists who have worked in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and is drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, including several works donated by Margaret Talkington.

Dr. Briggs explains, “The Talkington collection consists primarily of paintings and watercolors. It is an important collection for several reasons. Perhaps paramount is that the collection provides a glimpse into aesthetic decisions that guided the Talkingtons as they collected original works of art while living for many decades in Lubbock. The majority of the Talkington collection consists of 20th century art by artists who lived or worked in the Southwestern United States.”

Briggs observes, “Their art collection dovetailed with the Museum’s collection that also features Southwest artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. The two collecting paths have melded into one. And the Talkington Gallery provides an outstanding public forum to explore the region’s art.” And he added, “The art really has international scope.”

Briggs continues, “Due to Margaret’s [Talkington] generosity, we are now the heirs to their insight and taste. And insight, or better put vision, abound in the collection and the exhibition.”

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, William Lester, Jane Abrams, Julian Onderdonk, Peter Hurd, Gustave Baumann, David Bates, Santa Barraza, and Terry Allen.

The exhibition includes such showstopper works as those by renowned artists Nicolas Fechin, Fremont Ellis, and Leon Gaspard, as well as sentimental favorites like Jamie’s Pumpkins by Henriette Wyeth, and nostalgic landscapes by Clark Hulings and Wilson Hurley.

Dr. Briggs hints, “There are some exceptional surprises such as two small, intimate paintings on panel by Sarah Isabella van Doren Shaw, a follower of Whistler.”

The Museum of Texas Tech University Association has been instrumental in supporting the development of the art collection and many of the works were acquired as a result of the Association’s efforts.

The first public viewing of the exhibition and gallery is April 5 from 6-9pm; admission is free. The exhibition will continue for the remainder of 2013, affording everyone many opportunities to return and enjoy the masterpieces on display in the Talkington Gallery of Art.”





April 18 – 20 are the dates for the annual Conference on the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World, that will be held in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection / Special Collections Libraries at Texas Tech University. Speakers and readers include Rick Bass, Pattiann Rogers, Robert Michael Pyle, John Lane and Barry Lopez. Contact Diane Warner for more information and a detailed schedule phone 806-742-3749 or e-mail




Free movies about United States Presidents each Wednesday afternoon 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at Texas Tech University Museum’s Jones Auditorium March 27 Truman (1995) April 3 Thirteen Days (2000) and April 10 Kissinger and Nixon (1995) . More information by e-mail




Want to see art made by spray paint can artists? Thursday April 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Texas Tech’s Student Union Building North Plaza, basically the outdoor plaza astride the front entrance to the SUB. A free event.


Red Raider Student Showcase of Talent, an annual event, will be performed Thursday April 25 at 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building Allen Theater. Cost is $12 for a ticket. Students are admitted free.




On April 13 at the Charles Goodnight Historical Center, the J. Evetts Haley Visitor & Education Center building will open to the public on the grounds of the former Goodnight Ranch six miles east of Claude Texas. Here are some photos and information about Charles and Molly Goodnight, their cattle ranching for themselves in Colorado, and then the JA Ranch [John Adair, an Irish investor] spanning out from Palo Duro Canyon, and then finally again for themselves on the Goodnight Ranch in Armstrong County Texas. Their ranch home is now the focal point of the Charles and Molly Goodnight Historical Center. Here are photos of the new Visitor & Education Center which will be dedicated on April 13 and open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets to the dedication are $5 per person.


B. Byron Price, Charles Goodnight: A Man for All Ages (Four – O Publishing October 2012, photography by Wyman Meinzer) was introduced at the occasion of the restoration and October 5, 2012 grand opening of Charles and Mary Ann Dyer (Molly) Goodnight Ranch House six miles east of Claude on U.S. Highway 287. It is the focal point of the Charles Goodnight Historical Center. The J. Evetts Haley Visitor and Education Center on the grounds will open April 13, 2013.


B. Byron Price is Director of Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at University of Oklahoma. He is co-author with Christopher Lyon of Fine Art of the West (Abbeville Press 2004). The book Charles Goodnight: A Man for All Ages is available online hardcover $45 paperback $20.


Goodnight opened the JA Ranch with a herd of 1,600 cattle in Palo Duro Canyon in 1876, within a year after Comanche were removed by the U.S. Army under command of Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, and he stopped ranching for John Adair and his widow and in 1887 opened his own Goodnight Ranch operating it until 1919 but the couple continued to live in the Ranch House through 1926 when Molly died and Charles moved into the town of Claude. They were cattle breeders as well as ranchers and responsible for improving herds. They also saved bison and operated bison herds. The title Father of the Cattle Industry in the Texas Panhandle was well-deserved. Art at the Charles Goodnight Historical Center includes a marvelous bronze Back From the Brink (2001) by Veryl Goodnight, a Colorado sculptor and descendant, that is ten percent over life size of a pioneer woman bottle feeding a bison calf The brink refers to the destruction of bison herds by buffalo hunters and the preservation of a few by the Goodnight ranch operation and its restoration of bison herds. Today we have preserved a state-owned bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park near Quitaque. A few head were transported to the Goodnight Ranch for the grand opening in October 2012 so people could see bison near the Goodnight Ranch House similar to Goodnight’s view of his preserved herd of beloved bison. He knew them to be historic and so do we. Here are photos of the bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park




Skidmore Owings & Merrill SOM, architects, designed the New School University Center building that is currently under construction at 5th Avenue and 14th Street in New York City. Here are photos by John Hill of that construction showing us a sixteen story building in an unrelenting wrapper of horizontal bands of metal and reflective glass broken up by clear-glass cuts that rise and fall across the three facades of its base. Hill shows that SOM technique on another building under construction in midtown.


Here is a montage of photographs of the New School University Center building;_ylt=AqyQOYO.IXNTMFKSYf57wNlG2vAI?p=the+new+school+university+center&fr=my-myy-s&toggle=1&cop=&ei=UTF-8




Freshly plowed ground is on view at the Texas Tech farm site north of 4th Street south of Erskine Street and west of Quaker Avenue. The sign out front says Plant & Soil Sciences Department and you can bet that the land will be broken into many plots of experimental row or field crops, most of them financed by one or another entity wanting to know answers for certain products or agricultural techniques. Scientific small plot farming is what is going on here.


Within the Horticultural and Turfgrass Sciences program is the Viticulture and Enology specialization reflecting the fact that 70% of grapes grown in Texas for wine-making are grown in or very near the Llano Estacado. Vines for grapes grown in southwestern France, Spain, Portugal and Italy are imported and tested by the Viticulture and Enology professors and staff.



Professor Upe [Urs Peter] Fluekiger and his students at Texas Tech College of Architecture built a sustainable cabin in 2010 from a recycled metal chassis of a double-wide mobile home, applied exterior cladding made from corrugated iron and cedar. The inside contains bamboo flooring, yellow pine wood cladding on walls and ceilings and thermal insulation made from recycled cotton (mostly recycled blue jeans). The Morso stove [high efficiency wood stove] is made from reused scrap iron and the electricity comes from eight photovoltaic solar panels. The toilet is compost and non-potable water is collected as rain water into two adjacent upright tanks.


The cabin was placed on its site near Crowell Texas west of Wichita Falls. and and here are the sketches at the beginning of the project





Naum Gabo 1890 – 1977 developed the theories and practices, with other Russians, of a new art movement Constructivism and was a pioneer in kinetic art. He and his older brother Antoine Pevsner wrote Realistic Manifesto (August 5, 1920) on Constructivism. Here is a 17 minute clip of him reading that manifesto He brought new meaning to the form of abstract sculpture and experimented with many materials. He taught briefly at the Bauhaus in Weimar Germany and worked in Norway. He was a colleague in Mondrian’s Abstraction-Creation group in Paris. He moved to England upon the outbreak of World War II and then to the United States where he retained his Russian passport until 1959. As a Russian Jew there seemed no place for him on the continent in mid-century.


Until recently many art critics were unable to recognize that early Soviet artistic practices were a defining part of European and American modernity. The largest part of Gabo’s work is now held by the Tate Gallery of Art in London England.


Natalia Sidlina, Naum Gabo (2010 in Russian, Tate Publishing 2013 in English)


Naum Gabo et al., Naum Gabo: Sixty Years of Constructivism (Te Neus Publishing Group 1985) Texas Tech Library NB237.G3 A4


Martin Hammer & Christina Lodder, Constructing Modernity: The Art and Career of Naum Gabo (Yale University Press 2000) Texas Tech Library N6999.G2 H36


Naum Gabo, Gabo: Construction, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawing and Engravings (Harvard University Press 1957) Texas Tech Library N6999.G2 R4


Ruth Latta, Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner (Museum of Modern Art New York City 1948) Texas Tech Library ARCH NB6999.G3 N4


Teresa Newman, Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process (Tate Gallery 1976) 63 page exhibition catalogue at ABE Books $15 inc s&h


Naum Gabo (eds. Ethel Moore & Miriam Scott, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo New York 1968) paperback 27 page exhibition catalogue at ABE Books $8.50 incl s&h


Here are pictures of Gabo and some of his iconic sculpture pieces Head No. 2 (1916) was his first masterpiece.





Black Mountain College was an experimental arts college founded in 1933 that closed in 1957. It is now the locus of Black Mountain College Historical District on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places near Asheville North Carolina. From 1933 to 1941 the College was located at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, and from 1941 to 1957 at Lake Eden that is now part of Camp Rockmont, a summer camp for boys [later the site of Black Mountain Festival and Lake Eden Arts Festival].


The College attracted many visual artists, composers, poets, designers and others, its faculty on the fly including many notables. Buckminster Fuller and his student Kenneth Snelson fabricated the first geodesic dome on the College grounds. Merce Cunningham formed his first dance company there. John Cage staged his first happening there.


Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (ed. Vincent Katz, MIT Press, February 2013, 352 pages, 235 color illustrations, 500 images total) $40 at the Press but $24.18 at, is a description that includes several essays, the entirety documenting the importance of this school in America that was a successor to the Bauhaus in Weimar Germany. This is a republication of the catalogue for an exhibition October 28, 2002 to January 13 2003 at Museo Nacional de Art Reina Sofia [Queen Sophia National Museum of Art] in Madrid Spain. That catalogue is at Texas Tech University Library NX405.B55 B552 [2003]


Two other books may be of interest, by way of comparison:


Martin Duberman, Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community (Northwestern University Press 2009) $16.52 paperback Texas Tech Library LD451.B5682 D86


Mary Emma Harris, The Arts at Black Mountain College (1987, reissue MIT Press 2002) $31.26 paperback Texas Tech Library OVERSZ NX405.B55 B554





The United Arab Emirates is awash in money due to a planetary market for its oil. The next over the top architectural project is a hotel with accommodations both above and under the Persian Gulf water. Here are ten images of the renderings for this project. As you can see, access to the hotel is by helipad, emphasizing that anyone who has to ask about the price of a room is not really in the market for this experience.




The brochure for the 35th Annual Lubbock Arts Festival April 12-14 is now published and if you haven’t received one, call Lubbock Arts Alliance phone 806-744-2787 or e-mail and request one. If you’re downtown drop by the Alliance office at 1717 Texas Avenue.


Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m. admission is $3, only $2 for children under twelve at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center 1501 Mac Davis Lane downtown. There is a $40 per person premiere night gala at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday April 11. Lubbock Community Theatre performs The Velveteen Rabbit in the Civic Center Banquet Hall at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday admission is $11 for adults and $6 for children under twelve. Ballet Lubbock and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra perform Music in Motion in the Civic Center Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. tickets are $35 and $25.


The featured exhibit is The Velveteria Experience: An Exhibit of Black Velvet Paintings and the featured artist is Baron Batch athlete writer and visual artist


Offsite is Miss Judy Collins presented in concert by Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series on Friday April 12 at 7:00 p.m. on campus at the Student Union Building Allen Theatre. Tickets are $15 per person. Yes, it is that iconic forever young Judy Collins her website is


Arts History Update for late March 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for late March 2013 by David Cummins


Lincoln Park in San Francisco California was named for President Abraham Lincoln in 1909. The Park is 100 acres of a northwestern corner of the San Francisco peninsula. It is the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway (1913), a coast to coast road that traverses thirteen states affectionately known as Main Street Across America. In 1923 Lincoln Park became the site for a Great War [later renamed World War I] memorial called California Palace of the Legion of Honor. It is now an Art Museum usually referred to as Palace of the Legion of Honor (Art Museum).


In 1984 the San Francisco Holocaust Memorial was dedicated in Lincoln Park, sculpted by George Segal.


At Land’s End promontory within Lincoln Park is a Japanese Monument or Kanrin Maru Monument that was dedicated in 1960 as a monument of friendship between the Japanese and American people replacing the animosity and hostility during World War II.


USS San Francisco was a U.S. Navy heavy cruiser (CA-38) launched in 1933 that saw extensive action in World War II in the Pacific. At the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 she lost 106 men including Rear Admiral Daniel Callaghan. Decommissioned in 1946, a portion of the shell-pocked flag bridge is encased as a monument at Land’s End in Lincoln Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The ship’s bell from the USS San Francisco is on view in the lobby of the Marines Memorial Club & Hotel at 609 Sutter Street off Union Square in downtown San Francisco.


Lincoln Park contains an 18 hole public golf course with singular seascape and cityscape views.


To the south of Lincoln Park is the Richmond district of the city. To the south of that is Golden Gate Park in which is located the famous Japanese Tea Garden and the de Young Museum of Art. and the California Academy of Sciences Golden Gate Park extends three miles west from Stanyan Street to the bluff overlooking Ocean Beach.


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is just west of Fisherman’s Wharf and extends west to Fort Mason Center. The park visitor center, operated by the National Park Service, is on Hyde Street east of the Powell and Hyde Streets Cable Car Turnaround. The Lagoon and Beach is bordered by the Municipal Pier to the west and the Hyde Street Pier to the east at which are moored the Alma [1891 scow schooner], Balclutha [1886 square-rigger], Eppleton Hall [1914 paddlewheel tug], C.A. Thayer [1895 lumber schooner], Hercules [1907 steam-powered tug], and Eureka [1890 steam-powered ferryboat] There is also a small boat collection of yawls, prams, tule splitters, dories, a Chinese shrimp junk, and a sloop.


San Francisco Musem and Historical Society located at The Old Mint 785 Market Street, is undergoing a restoration to become San Francisco Museum at the Mint The National Historic Landmark San Francisco Mint (1874 designed in classical revival style by Alfred B. Mullett) is the centerpiece of the project. It survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. The goal is a LEED Platinum certification restored and refitted building.





Art Cycle 2013 by the Texas Tech Museum is actually a recycle event in which people are invited to donate their no longer treasured treasures, dropping them off at the Museum back [east] door March 21, 22, 28 or 29 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. after which they will be sorted priced and prepared for display April 11 – 14 and sold at very low prices to become treasures of someone else. The place for display and sale will be a booth at the annual Lubbock Arts Festival in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall April 11 – 14. The proceeds benefit the Museum Association and through it Museum events and activities. Donations and purchases are for a good cause and some folks feel relieved when their undisplayed treasures are appreciated and displayed by their new owners. Recycling works as a win-win activity, leading to its popularity.






Aristotle was really ahead of his time. He said “the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”. An art appreciation class could be taught with that remark as the opening ambit, and a short discussion and display of images would suffice to make the point.





A computer digitized resource for looking up Texas history is The Portal to Texas History at University of North Texas Libraries It is accessible to the public without charge.




Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce [pierced nose people] tribe lived 1840 – 1904. Here is Edward Curtis’s famous photographs of Chief Joseph When his father converted to Christianity the son was baptized at the Lapwai Idaho mission and given the Christian name Joseph to replace his Indian name Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain. His father signed a treaty in 1855 that gave the tribe its Wallowa Mountains area [northeastern Oregon] and other adjoining lands in Washington State and Idaho as a reserve, but in 1863 the federal government replaced it with a new treaty awarding the tribe only ten percent of those lands, all in Idaho and none of its homeland in the Wallowa Mountains area. His father refused to sign the treaty but Chief Lawyer signed. Joseph’s father accordingly became a non-treaty Indian, died in 1871, and Joseph became a chief of non-treaty Nez Perce Indians. He refused to leave the Wallowa Mountains area and in 1877 U.S. Army General Oliver Howard was ordered to physically remove the tribe to its smaller Idaho reservation. Chief Joseph would not be herded, he bolted and led remnants of the tribe on a 1,400 mile trek ending near the Canadian border in Montana. General Nelson Miles accepted the surrender and the chief declared “hear me, my chiefs, my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”


He and the tribe were sent first to Fort Leavenworth Kansas as prisoners and then to Indian Territory [Oklahoma] where few survived, and those were then split and led to reservation land near Kooskia Idaho while Chief Joseph and others were led to the Colville Reservation in Washington State in the grand coulee area of north central Washington State in Okanogan County. He pleaded repeatedly to be allowed to return to the Wallowa Mountains area but the federal government refused. His grave in 1904 was a cairn of rocks in a cemetery at Nespelem Washington. Eventually a concrete monument would be erected at the site. In the year before his death he visited Seattle and made a speech in an auditorium that went into the history books but persuaded no one in attendance. Curtis photographed him again in his studio as he had earlier on the Colville Reservation. Curtis said Joseph “was one of the greatest men that has ever lived”.


In his honor a hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River is named Chief Joseph Dam ; other sites are Chief Joseph Scenic Byway , Chief Joseph Pass , Joseph Canyon , the town of Joseph Oregon , and Joseph Creek .




Richard L. Rashke, Escape From Sobibor (Avon Books 1982, 1987) Texas Tech Southwest Collection Special Collection Libraries 62.65 R224 E74 (1987) is currently available on Kindle at for $2.99. It tells the story in 390 pages of a Nazi death camp for Jews in Poland from which 600 inmates attempted an escape, 300 successfully, on October 14, 1943. There are six other items on Sobibor at Lubbock Public Library and nine at Texas Tech Library.




The Mallet Event Center & Arena in Levelland Texas has been open for over a year. It is a $15 million facility. Appropriately named for the Mallet Cattle Company Ranch on which land much of the campus of South Plains College now is located, it was that ranch in Hockley County operated by David DeVitt where his daughters Helen DeVitt Jones and Christine DeVitt grew up. The latter eventually became the successful female operator of a large ranch and oil operation. David J. Murrah, Oil Taxes and Cats: The Saga of the DeVitt Family and the Mallet Ranch (Texas Tech University Press 1994 hardcover 2001 paperback) Texas Tech Library F394.M294 M87


Rodeos, cattle sales and auctions are held at the Mallet Event Center & Arena as well as business meetings of all kinds, especially when display space is important.


Earlier this month a Quanah Parker Trail giant arrow was installed at Lobo Park in Levelland and another in Morton one block south of The Last Frontier Museum. They were designed, sculpted and prepared for installation by artist Charles Smith of New Home Texas. see the website


Many people enjoyed the annual bus tours on a Saturday in September of historic ranches and historic event sites conducted by the historical commissions of Hockley and Cochran counties. The full day event with lunch dinner and entertainment was well worth the cost of around $75. Entry onto private ranches and other properties was secured by the tour operators so this was a unique opportunity. John Hope, chair of the Hockley County Historical Commission, reports that no tour will be conducted in 2013. He did say that some folks are suggesting that ranches and historic sites in the rolling plains counties to the east might be good candidates for touring.






A one evening film festival of short pieces related to literary writings, will be held Friday April 5, 2013 at Texas Tech University English Building Lecture Hall 001 (basement) from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. $25 admission and gourmet popcorn and sodas will be served. Included will be original short films, video essays, stories, and cinematic poetry. The sponsor of this event is Iron Horse Literary Review and more information is available by e-mail at or phone 806-432-2385 speaking to Leslie Jill Patterson, a student and probably an English major at Texas Tech University.




Texas Tech students from foreign countries get together each year to cook their favorite dishes and supply them for your pleasure at the International Food Festival 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Frazier Alumni Pavilion on campus southwest of the football stadium. The date is Sunday March 24. Buy tickets $1 each and sample dishes around the hall. If you haven’t eaten Brazilian or Nepalese [e.g.], this is your chance.




When we say something is supported by The Meadows Foundation in Dallas we sometimes don’t know who started that foundation. Algur (Al) H. Meadows, was born on April 24, 1899, in Vidalia, Georgia, to John M. and Sally Marie Elora (Daily) Meadows. In 1915, he graduated from Vidalia Collegiate Institute and later attended Georgia and Alabama Business College and Mercer University. After leaving Mercer to travel the south, Al worked with Standard Oil Company in Shreveport, Louisiana, from 1921 to 1929 and concurrently earned a law degree from Centenary College. During this time, he married Virginia Stuart Garrison, with whom he had one son. By 1936, he founded the General Finance Company and the General American Oil Company. Located in Dallas, Texas, the oil company expanded throughout fifteen states, Canada, and Spain. While working in Spain, he acquired numerous paintings by artists such as El Greco and Goya. During 1948, Al and Virginia established the Meadows Foundation to perpetuate their joy of giving to others. Today, the Foundation has generously benefited numerous Texas organizations and institutions. Upon Virginia’s death in 1961, he donated their art collection and a million-dollar endowment to Southern Methodist University to establish a museum of Spanish art. Al served on numerous boards of directors and as a member of many professional, civic, and social organizations. Al passed away June 10, 1978.







Arts History Update for mid March 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for mid March 2013 by David Cummins


Chateau La Coste in Provence France is a vineyard and winery with a reputation that decided in 2004 to devote space in its domain for art and architecture, so it invited select artists and architects to arrive, explore and choose a place at which they would install art. One of the outcomes is Four Cubes To Contemplate Our Environment (2011) by Tado Ando Here is a sculpture on a hill overlooking the vineyard The public responded so well that the Chateau now has set up an Art & Architecture Walk during daylight hours that the public may access for a fee and explore even if it doesn’t wish to enter the shop or tasting room to sample or purchase the wine.


Back in the USA there is an annual Art & the Vineyard Festival in Eugene Oregon that became the principal fundraiser for Maude Kerns Art Center when it attracted 25,000 visitors. And of course when there is wine and art you often find music to let the joy exude forth in sound. The next festival is July 4-6 at Alton Baker Park. Contact for more information.


In our location the third annual Lubbock Wine Festival takes place in May at 1701 Canyon Lake Drive, the hillside grounds at the American Wind Power Center & Museum


On August 2-3 McPherson Cellars in Lubbock at 1615 Texas Avenue will host the second annual Wines & Vines Festival benefiting the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Foundation based in Grapevine Texas.


If one wishes to get warmed up with a snippet of festival, each Sunday afternoon at Cap*Rock Winery there is music from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. free admission, purchase wine by the glass if you like. When weather is inclement, it’s located in the Barrel Room, when balmy it’s on the east patio. Recent musicians included: Gary Nix Trio, Kenny Maines, Midnite Express Limited, Mike Pritchard & Mark Wallney, and Jazz Alley. Don’t be caught without a plan for Sunday afternoon.


Take U.S. Highway 87 south of Lubbock to Woodrow Road, a new traffic lighted intersection, and turn east to Cap*Rock Winery viewable on the south side of Woodrow Road. The exterior of the structure is interesting, reminding us that once it was Teysha Cellars 1988 changing its name to Cap*Rock Winery in 1992. The Indian sculpture in the lobby is gone, harkening back to early days. Teysha is a word in the Caddo tribe language from which is derived Tejas [TAY-Haus] meaning friends or allies, from which is derived the word and concept Texas.





Ogallala Commons is a non-profit organization serving communities in the High Plains – Ogallala Aquifer region stretching from southern South Dakota to the Texas Panhandle. The 24th annual Southern Plains Conference will be held March 20-21 on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas, at the Jack B. Kelly Conference Center. The theme is “Spare Time on the Plains: The Search for Leisure and Recreation” Here is the brochure and program of events


Archives of 4th Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army, in the Army Museum of Military History indicate the activity of the Regiment in the Indian War of 1871-1875

After the capture of Macon, Georgia, the regiment remained there until late in November 1865 when it was ordered to Texas where ten companies were concentrated at San Antonio and two companies were sent to the Rio Grande. In the fall of 1866 the companies occupied the posts of Verde, Fredericksburg and Macon. In 1867 old Fort Chadbourne was reoccupied by four companies of the 4th Cavalry. In May, 1873, it was concentrated at Forts Clark and Duncan and under Ranald S. Mackenzie made a march into Old Mexico, surprising a Kickapoo village 40 miles in the interior, near Rey Molino. This affair was the result of an arrangement, with the tacit approval of the authorities on both sides of the Rio Grande, to permit troops in hot pursuit of Indian marauders to follow them across the line. The troops engaged consisted of A, B, C, E, I, M, and a detachment of Seminole scouts under Lieut. Bullitt. The Rio Grande was forded at night and the Kickapoo camp was surprised soon after daylight: the camp was burned and 200 horses and forty squaws and children were captured�the heads of families being absent on a raid.

In August, 1874, eight companies of the Fourth Cavalry, commanded by Captains McLaughlin, Beaumont, Gunther, Boehm, Wirt, and Heyl left Fort McKavett and proceeded via Fort Concho, Texas, on the North Concho River, to a point on the First Fork of the Brazos close to the Staked Plains. Here a supply camp was established on September 2 and left under the command of Col. Thomas Anderson [historical marker Anderson’s Fort six miles north of modern Spur ten miles south of Dickens in Dickens County ] while the cavalry and an escort of the 8th Infantry for the wagon train scouted the heads of the Brazos, Pecos and Red rivers. On the night of the 26th of September hostile Indians attacked the camp of the 2d battalion under Capt. Beaumont and was driven off


without loss to the command, and on the following day an attempt to bring them into action failed. Col. Mackenzie was present with the battalion, and directed operations.

On September 27 the command marched all night and at daybreak surprised several small camps of Ouajada Comanches in the Paladuro Cañon of the Red River, burning numerous teepees and capturing over 1600 head of horses and mules. About midnight during the march, a broad trail was struck which was followed until daylight, when it led into a steep cañon some six or seven hundred feet deep. It was necessary to dismount and lead the horses as it was impossible to ride. Half way down, a sleeping Indian was awakened by the noise of the command, and springing upon a pony gave a piercing yell of alarm which was echoed at the bottom of the narrow valley where the Indians could be seen rushing out of their lodges and trying to throw some of their effects on their ponies, but they were too late to save anything. The squaws and children rushed into the side ravines among the rocks and brushes while the companies led by Captains Beaumont and Boehm pushed rapidly up the cañon expecting to meet a heavy resistance every moment. The cañon was almost choked with horses and it was difficult to get ahead of them, but the two companies finally succeeded in forcing their way through the frightened herd and turned it back. Lieut. Dorst, who had command of the advance skirmishers, drove the Indians before him and kept the way clear for the two companies, and when ordered to return brought with him a hundred horses picked up in a side canon. Gen. Mackenzie ordered the command twice to halt, but Capt. Beaumont, being in advance, sent word back that it was injudicious to halt when the enemy were in full flight and as many horses would be lost. The second order to halt was received when the bulk of the horses had been secured. Capt. Boehm made his way through the brush and foot hills with remarkable rapidity and had his company well in hand. The horses were slowly driven down the cañon, when the foe commenced firing from the south side of the cañon, but after wounding a couple of horses and a trumpeter of Capt. Gunther’s troop were silenced by twenty men of A troop led by Lieut. Dorst, who with great fatigue climbed the almost perpendicular .north face of the cañon and opened fire. The lodges were burned containing large supplies of dried buffalo meat, robes and kettles, and the horses and mules driven back up the trail of the plain. After a rest the whole command moved back to the wagon train where it arrived at midnight and, putting the animals into the corral formed by the wagons, took a well earned sleep. Next day some twelve hundred of the animals were shot as it was impossible to hold them together to drive two hundred miles of Fort Griffin, the nearest post. This band of Indians was on foot and rapidly traveled to Fort Sill, willing to sue for peace at any price. The command remained in the field until late in December, and during that period visited heretofore unknown districts of the Staked Plains, and upon one occasion surprised a camp of Indians, capturing a dozen squaws and children and about one hundred and sixty horses. The command proceeded to Fort Griffin, arriving there December 27, 1874, having been nine days in making a march of only one hundred miles. The wagons had to be pulled

This rather pungent synthesis of a number of reports from Regimental officers, describes the final battle in Palo Duro Canyon in Fall 1874 when Comanche were separated from the largest part of the herd or remuda of horses on which they relied. After the camps in the base of the canyon were burned and supplies destroyed, the Comanche were left with few enough wagons and horses that most walked to the reservation astride Fort Sill in Oklahoma Territory.

The Comanche side of the story is told at The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center opened in 2007 at 701 NW Ferris Avenue, Lawton Oklahoma. The Museum of the Great Plains is nearby at 601 NW Ferris Avenue.

The Fort Sill National Historic Landmark Museum is located at 437 Quanah Road, Fort Sill Oklahoma. The Artillery Collection formerly housed at that museum was moved in 2009 to the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum located on post. When the Air Defense Artillery School was moved from Fort Bliss Texas to Fort Sill, the Air Defense Artillery Museum was moved as well and its artifacts are stored in an accessible warehouse near Henry Post Army Airfield awaiting the construction of a museum building.

Quanah Parker’s Star House (1890) in Cache Oklahoma, Comanche County, is twelve miles west of Lawton on U.S. Highway 62. North of Cache is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge managed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It is those mountains which are the storied birthplace of Quanah Parker and residence of his mother Cynthia Ann Parker and Chief Peta Nocona, son of Iron Jacket. Cynthia at age eleven in 1836 was captured by Comanche in a raid on the Parker family compound near modern Groesbeck Texas [east of Waco south of Corsicana]. She and her daughter Prairie Flower [Topsannah] were recaptured by Sul [Lawrence Sullivan Ross] Ross and others in December 1860 on Mule Creek near the Pease River [not far from modern Crowell Texas]. She could never re-adapt to Anglo life and died unhappy a decade later after several failed attempts to escape.

Quanah Parker died in 1911 and was buried in Post Oak Cemetery but in 1957 his body was relocated to Chief’s Knoll in Fort Sill Post Cemetery and a large monument erected authorized by an Act of Congress. Here are photographs of the Knoll and the Quanah Parker Monument. another Geronimo’s grave marker is nearby as he died at Fort Sill as a prisoner in 1909.


Canadian Texas bills itself as an Oasis on the Prairie and now we are told that it has nineteen restaurants Haven’t eaten in any of them but an emporium that chooses a name like Stumblin’ Goat Saloon 217 South 2nd Street is a not to be missed place. March 4-8, 2013 is Restaurant Week in Canadian. However you serve your palate, you might visit River Valley Pioneer Museum , The Citadelle Mansion Gardens and Art Collection , walk across Canadian River Wagon Bridge , and stroll the paths at Lake Marvin Reserve time to travel west from Canadian twenty miles to Adobe Walls where Kit Carson and others fought a Battle on November 25, 1864 and buffalo hunters fought another on June 27, 1874. Comanche Kiowa and Apache were all active in this area in the 19th century.


B. Byron Price, Charles Goodnight: A Man for All Ages (Four – O Publishing October 2012, photography by Wyman Meinzer) was introduced at the occasion of the restoration and October 5, 2012 grand opening of Charles and Mary Ann Dyer (Molly) Goodnight Ranch House six miles east of Claude on U.S. Highway 287. It is the focal point of the Charles Goodnight Historical Center. The J. Evetts Haley Visitor and Education Center on the grounds will open April 13, 2013.


B. Byron Price is Director of Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at University of Oklahoma. He is co-author with Christopher Lyon of Fine Art of the West (Abbeville Press 2004). The book Charles Goodnight: A Man for All Ages is available online hardcover $45 paperback $20.


While Goodnight opened the JA Ranch with a herd of 1,600 cattle in Palo Duro Canyon in 1876 within a year after Comanche were removed by the U.S. Army under command of Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, he stopped ranching for John Adair and his widow and in 1887 opened his own Goodnight Ranch operating it until 1919 but the couple continued to live in the Ranch House through 1926 when Molly died and Charles moved into the town of Claude. They were cattle breeders as well as ranchers and responsible for improving herds. They also saved bison and operated bison herds. The title Father of the Cattle Industry in the Texas Panhandle was well-deserved. Art at the Charles Goodnight Historical Center includes a marvelous bronze Back From the Brink (2001) by Veryl Goodnight, a Colorado sculptor and descendant, that is ten percent over life size of a pioneer woman bottle feeding a bison calf The brink refers to the destruction of bison herds by buffalo hunters and the preservation of a few by the Goodnight ranch operation and its restoration of bison herds. Today we have preserved a state-owned bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park near Quitaque. A few head were transported to the Goodnight Ranch for the grand opening in October 2012 so people could see bison near the Goodnight Ranch House similar to Goodnight’s view of his preserved beloved bison. He knew them to be historic and so do we. Here are photos of the bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park






Arts History Update for early March 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for early March 2013 by David Cummins


Circuit of the Americas opened on November 18, 2012 as a Formula 1 Grand Prix road race track southeast of Austin Texas. At its biggest annual event it attracts 100,000 spectators in person and 500 million television spectators globally. The 3.4 mile track is curvy hilly and dangerous, particularly at these speeds. It has straightaways, switchbacks and sharp corners. It is and will be, for a ten year run, one of the most prestigious and attention-gathering road races in the world. The site is 1,300 acres and includes the track, a 14,000 person amphitheater, a main grandstand for 8,000 people, and auxiliary grandstands for another 88,000 people.


The last Formula 1 Grand Prix in the United States was in Indianapolis Indiana through 2007 and now it is in Texas, Are those Central Texans happy, unless of course you live in that idyllic rural area southeast of Austin and now are afflicted with helicopter traffic bringing in the notables, noise levels previously inexperienced, and highway traffic on two lane country roads that immediately become clogged for long periods of time.


Tavo Hellmund and his sponsors are paying $23 million per year to Formula 1 Management to put on this event for this ten year run. Except he isn’t paying it, Susan Combs Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas, is paying that amount out of the state’s Major Events Trust Fund created by the Governor and Legislature for tamping up the Texas economy. Tavo Hellmund and his sponsors told Texas that the economic impact for the area would be $288 – 500 million annually. and here is the 2011 article advising us about the state’s participation




Alan Charles Kors is a chaired history professor at University of Pennsylvania. He will speak at Texas Tech University on The Rise of Religious Toleration in the West from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday March 5. The location is Escondido Theatre in the basement floor of the Student Union Building. The event is free for the public sponsored by The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in the Honors College at Tech. Here’s a short bio on this scholar including a few of his recent publications.


Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (editor in chief Alan Charles Kors, four volumes Oxford University Press 2003) $685 at Texas Tech Library B802.E53 non-circulating. For The Great Courses Professor Kors taught “Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries” that sells for $179.95 in CD format, $254.95 in DVD format, and $129.95 digital download from the Internet website. I purchased audio cassette tapes of these lectures in 1993 for $55 and can vouch for this speaker.


Weekday evening parking for an event in the SUB is negotiable with ease. The band parking lot R11 south of the SUB – pay at the pay station, the Development Office / Honors College parking lot east of the SUB on Akron Avenue – pay at the pay station, and Administration Building parking lot R07 north of the SUB – pay at the pay station. Parking is $1.50 per hour and free after 8:00 p.m. on a weekday.




Lubbock area artists are continually donating their art for worthy causes. Perhaps there is a commercial benefit in widening the public awareness of those artists and alerting the public to future opportunities to acquire art from those artists. That said, these artists continually offer their creative product to support other people’s causes, not their own. It seems to be a cultural trait of artists that enriches the community in which they reside and work. Perhaps that’s why arts organizations use the logo ART LIVES . Art has a contagious impact on our culture and civilizes it in many ways.


The latest example is the members of Llano Estacado Clay Guild donating small bowls for the 6th Annual Wishing Bowl Affair to support patients of Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the children’s division. The event is Saturday March 2 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Christine DeVitt Ice House 511 Avenue J on the campus of LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts at 511 Avenue K one block to the west. Entry fee to the Affair is $25 and for that one gets one of those small bowls, the bowl of your choice, into which you may pour the soup of your choice aside a beverage and dessert item for a glamorous light meal. You get to take home the bowl. Also, larger and other less utilitarian ceramic items donated by Clay Guild members will be available for acquisition through a silent auction format. Some of those items have been painted on by children who were patients at Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lubbock.


The largest public event for the Llano Estacado Clay Guild is its annual Wine and Clay Festival at Llano Estacado Winery, this year on June 8-9. A wide display of pieces is viewable and most of it is for sale. I have gone to view and lost restraint while purchasing. Admission is free. Wine is purchasable by the glass. Usually there are some food items for sale. Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. The winery has expanded its entry and visitor space, and is the largest producer of wine in West Texas a superior wine grape growing region. 3426 East Farm to Market Road 1585 about 3.2 miles east of U.S. Highway 87 at a point south of Lubbock.




Art appreciators react to images of all kinds. The Associated Press has dealt with images for a long time, a picture being equal to a thousand words, and its current website launches a new platform for accessing images on March 4, 2013. Check it out. The free access is minimal but enticing since the site wishes to sell its digitally stocked cache of artistic and historic images. Usage in commercial venues is purchasable by permission from copyright holders and arrangement for payment of a small fee.




Judith Braun finger painted a wall size 12 by 48 feet mural Diamond Dust (2012) over seven days in February 2012 before a live audience at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk Virginia. She made fine powder from ground charcoal, dipped her fingers into the mixture, and painted. She moved from the abstract and symmetrical to a literal landscape, evoking nature and its Fibonacci number sequence of repeated patterns. It was on display at Chrysler Museum through December 31, 2012. We are told that it was then ceremoniously painted over for future wall use at the Museum. Chrysler Museum of Art tells the story and shows Judith with her blackened fingers.


Here’s a two minute You Tube Video of Judith explaining how she came to finger paint a wall at Indianapolis Museum of Art for its exhibition Graphite December 7, 2012 – June 2, 2013 and here is the exhibit information


Many thanks to an Update reader for alerting me to Judith’s singular style.





Saturday March 2 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. is a special exhibit of art at eight different locations in Slaton Texas. It’s called International Arts on the Slaton Square in downtown Slaton. The artists are from fifteen different countries. Here is a three minute video in which Adewale Adenle, a Nigerian-American artist, displays and speaks about his mixed media pieces in wood, fiber, and paint





Arts History Update for late February 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for late February 2013 by David Cummins


Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center at UTPB University of Texas of the Permian Basin is located at 1310 North Farm to Market Road 1788 at Texas Highway 191 Midland Texas, north of the regional airport. It opened in 2012 after expenditure of $89 million. The complex includes the 1,800 seat Theatre, The Rea Music and Academic Center, and The Rea Greathouse Recital Hall. It is a home for the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and its series of orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as for touring events; e.g. Blue Man Group will play April 30 – May 2, 2013.


Interesting combinations with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra include a London Ontario Canada group Jeans ‘n Classics: Classic Rock Meets Orchestra that arrives at Wagner Noel to perform with local chamber musicians Shower The People — The Music of James Taylor on March 2, 2013.


Planning a trip to Odessa?


University of Texas of the Permian Basin on which campus is located Ellen Noel Art Museum 4909 E. University Blvd, and also on campus is the Bush Home [former residence of George H.W. And George W.] 4919 E. University Boulevard, and nearby is the Presidential Archives & Leadership Library 4919 E. University Blvd


Permian Playhouse 310 W. 42nd Street


Pecos Depot (original 1892 is now restored) and adjacent Barn Door Restaurant 2140 North Grant


Vietnam Memorial of the Permian Basin 9400 Wright Drive

American Air-power Heritage Museum and Commemorative Air Force Museum 9600 Wright Drive


Ector Theatre [700 seat restored downtown movie theatre] 500 North Texas Avenue


Odessa College 201 W. University on which campus is located The Globe Theatre of the Southwest and Anne Hathaway Cottage replicas and Jack Rodgers Fine Arts Center. The Globe is a venue for theatre performances.


White-Pool House (1880s home) 112 E. Murphy


Parker House Ranching Museum (circa 1935) 1118 Maple Avenue


Henderson Drug Building [historic structure that is currently a Boy Scout headquarters] at 2nd Street and Grant Avenue


Meteor Crater and Thomas Rodman Museum and Visitor’s Center 3100 Meteor Crater Road


Jack Ben” Jackrabbit sculpture [fiberglass] eight feet tall at 802 North Sam Houston in front of Odessa Independent School District Administration Offices.






Random International made a fantastic installation at The Barbican Center in London. It is Rain Room and as people walk into the space that is obviously undergoing a torrential rainfall, they are dry while walking even though they experience all the sensations of rain except wetness. It is a unique experience. Click and play the one minute five seconds video. The installation comes down soon October 4 – March 3, 2013.


Here is the Random International website and another video Here is the Rain Room video on VIMEO. I really don’t know how it works but speculate that sensors identify anyone who comes into the corridor passage and they trigger controls that turn off the water jets above that sensed person as s/he makes his/her way through the room / corridor.






Attended a community open house at Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center ATC where Lubbock Independent School District LISD students pursuing a Career and Technical Education CTE path toward post-high school graduation entry into the workforce, or entry into a technical school, or entry into a community college program, or eventual entry looping back into a university program, can spend those tenth eleventh and twelfth years of public school in a dynamic hands-on performance-based environment. Located in a former K-Mart store property that has been expanded since a 1997 opening, at 3201 Avenue Q in Lubbock, it is a fine example of simultaneously achieving several goals by focusing on collaborations with outside the LISD walls entities and programs. Internally, some of the classes on site are classes that meet the curriculum requirements for students enrolled at each one of the four Lubbock High Schools, Estacado, Lubbock, Coronado and Monterey. Some of the classes provide credits toward industry certification for the student in one or another industry. Other classes offer credits toward Tech-Prep [preparation] for entry into a technical school [public or private] or a technical program at a community college. In some cases the class credit is a dual credit at LISD and at a particular community college.


South Plains College SPC has a very substantial presence at Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center and must be a major tenant in the building. It’s obvious that an LISD graduate may continue with his/her education at a community college by taking one or more courses in his/her field of interest from SPC right in the same building where that student took LISD courses.


The span of offerings in the building are placed into clusters:


  1. Architecture & Construction Career Cluster
  2. Art, Audio/Video Technology & Communications Career Cluster
  3. Health Science Career Cluster
  4. Information Technology Career Cluster
  5. Manufacturing Career Cluster
  6. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster
  7. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster


On the north end of the building closest to O.L. Slaton Middle School is LISD-TV television station viewable on cable at channel 12 for Suddenlink and NTS and channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse. A website is for the Advanced Technology Center phone 766-6651.


What about the faculty at Byron Martin? Mike Garrett automotive technology instructor at this site for fifteen years. just won the State’s top award for 2013 and will compete nationally for the nation’s Outstanding Trade and Industrial Teacher of the Year. and in the newspaper




Roots Historical Arts Council announced that it will soon open Caviel’s African-American Museum & Cultural Arts Center at 1719 Avenue A in Lubbock, the location of Caviel’s Pharmacy from 1960 – 2009 until Billie and Alfred Caviel retired. The couple donated the building to the Council for a museum. It is being renovated for that purpose.


Eric Strong is executive director of Roots Historical Arts Council.


Mr. and Mrs. Caviel were honored at a banquet Saturday February 6, 2010 by the Texas Tech University Black Faculty and Staff Association, for their long business service to the community.




Global Lens Film Initiative at Texas Tech University presents a series of foreign language English subtitled full-length films screened free at 6:00 p.m. each Thursday evening February 21 through May 2 except for the Spring Break date March 14 in Room 083 of Media & Communication Building at the corner of 15th Street and Flint Avenue on campus. A panel of faculty and other persons will conduct a discussion relating to the film immediately after each showing. The films are from Iraq, China, Egypt, Mexico, Chile, Iran, Serbia, India, Brazil and Kazakhstan. Trailers for each film and a synopsis may be viewed online at Global Film Initiative


For more information concerning this series contact Robin Haislett by e-mail She’s a graduate student and instructor




Fascinated, as everyone is, by tall buildings, here is One World Trade Center under construction now in Lower Manhattan New York City that will clock in at 104 floors.


Here is Sky City One planned for Changsha China


Willis Tower (1974) in Chicago Illinois, formerly known as Sears Tower, is 108 floors.


Zifeng Tower (2010) in Nanjing China is impressive.


Petronas Towers (1988) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia are twin towers


International Commerce Center (2010) in Hong Kong China


Shanghai World Financial Center (2008) China


Taipei 101 (2004) in Taipei Taiwan


Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel (2012) in Mecca Saudi Arabia


Burj Khalifa (2010) in Dubai United Arab Emirates is the tallest building in the world at the moment. When you produce and sell oil at your desired price, you can build what you wish.




BookExpo America is May 29 – June 1, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and 655 W. 34th Street.


Ten annual Book Fairs have been held at the Houston Texas Museum of Printing History Look for the eleventh in November.


Texas Book Festival will be held October 26-27, 2013 in Austin.


San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s Book Festival is April 13, 2013 at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art.






The 12th annual Night of Artists Sale and Exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art Museum will open Saturday, March 23, 2013 in San Antonio and remain open to the public through April 28, 2013.  Located on the historic River Walk in the heart of downtown and scheduled to open to the public in the Fall of 2013, the expanded Briscoe Western Art Museum is San Antonio’s only institution dedicated to Western art.  San Antonio and South Texas currently represent one of the United States’ most prosperous economic regions, one aided by a booming oil industry.  As the nation’s seventh largest city, it is readily identified with the rich cultural traditions of the Southwest, making San Antonio arguably the West’s most iconic city—where the Chisholm Trail began.  San Antonio further represents a vastly under-tapped art market where a deep appreciation of Western art and culture persists.  The Briscoe’s Night of Artists is among the largest contemporary Western art sales in the state of Texas with over sixty participating artists, last year grossing over $900,000 in art sales and sponsorships.  


The weekend begins Friday, March 22, 2013 with the Legacy Dinner and Award Ceremony, a private museum-hosted event where artists, sponsors and other VIPs will be able to preview exhibited works.  Friday’s dinner will also include the naming of the 2013 Briscoe Legacy Award to one of the West’s leading contemporary artists, Bill Owen.  The 12th Annual Night of Artists Art Sale and Exhibition will open Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:30PM.  Hundreds of invited, ticketed guests will preview the art and participate in the sale, as well as dinner, live entertainment and dancing well into the night. The cost is $250 per person.  This ushers in the month-long exhibition which is free to the public and coincides with San Antonio’s annual Fiesta, the City’s largest cultural event.  For more information and a complete list of participating artists, please visit the Briscoe Museum of Western Art website at


Thanks to the National Ranching Heritage Center for forwarding this news release. One assumes the Briscoe Western Art Museum was named for Dolph Briscoe, a Uvalde area rancher who served as governor of Texas.




Annual Home and Garden Show of West Texas Homebuilders Association is Friday through Sunday March 1 – 3, 2013 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall admission $5 per adult per day or $10 for all three days, $2 per child. Friday 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6:00 p.m. West Texas Branch of U.S. Green Building Council is supplying live speakers all three days and videos produced by TED [Technology Entertainment Design] Ideas Worth Spreading that will be looped when speakers aren’t presenting.




6th Annual Texas Tech University School of Art Community Open House is Friday March 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and here is the schedule of activities to which the public is invited. It may appear from the street that the School is a one story building but it is built into a carved out ground space so it is a three story building in the shape of a U. The levels of creativity and youthful exuberance in this locale are amazing and quite thrilling to observe. You can see the process of portfolio review and presentation, the studio galleries, and even see student work offered for sale.


Please attend. This event is designed by the School to reach out to the Community, which is you.




Nachito Herrera Cuban jazz pianist / artist will perform Friday March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Texas Tech University Student Union Building Allen Theatre $15 general admission at Select a Seat ticket outlets or at the door. This is another of those stellar events on the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series brought to us by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.


Parking is plentiful and free for this evening event at (1) band lot south of Student Union Building and Music Building, (2) lot east of SUB on Akron Avenue, and (3) north of SUB in the Administration Building parking lot.


Listen here for this outstanding classical jazz cross-over artist who brings that special Cuban dynamic to piano and orchestral rhythms.





Abilene Public Library has a Texas Authors Series at the main Abilene library at noon in the auditorium. A free event, a Texas author of a recent book is invited to speak about him/herself and the occasion for writing the book and enter into a discussion with attendees. Copies of the book are available for purchase and author signing if people wish. Notice that Scott White, curator of art at National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University, has a book out collecting responses to the wind turbine energy production phenomena in West Texas.


Folks may bring a sack lunch or purchase a mini-lunch from Friends of the Library or attend without food.


  1. March 4 Abilene Stories, From Then to Now by Jay Moore, Joe Specht and Glenn Dromgoole
  2. March 18 Lost Abilene by Jack North
  3. April 8 Viento: Wind, Turbines and Ranchland: Exploring the Impacts of Wind Energy in the Southwest by Scott White Texas Tech Library TD195.W54 W55
  4. April 22 Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas by Ralph Yznaga
  5. May 6 A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts by Leslie Wilson



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