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

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