Archive | May, 2013

Arts History Update for late May 2013

15 May

Arts History Update for late May 2013 by David Cummins


Sounds of Texas is a free outdoor concert series held at the Hockley County Courthouse in Levelland on the lawn 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in June 2013; viz. June 6, 13, 20 and 27.


High Noon Concert Series has been a free outdoor concert on Wednesdays all Summer June through August on the Lubbock County Courthouse lawn with the entertainers sited on the gazebo. It is sponsored by the Lubbock County Commissioners Court but has not yet been announced for 2013.


Buddy Holly Center Summer Showcase Concert Series is free, each Thursday evening 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Center’s outdoor Meadows Courtyard beginning May 30 and ending August 29, 2013. This series is sponsored by the City of Lubbock which also has a series of concerts in various public parks around the city. The Buddy Holly Center is located at 19th Street and Crickets Avenue [former Avenue G] on the northeast corner.


Westwinds Brass Band will play outdoors each Sunday evening 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Wagner Park 26th Street and Flint Avenue. It’s free, bring a blanket or lawn chair, June 2 through July 14 [seven concerts].


For a band extravaganza remember 4th On Broadway on Thursday July 4, 2013 featuring a parade, street fair, picnic, dance and fireworks.


Lubbock Moonlight Musicals presents musical theater at Wells Fargo Amphitheater in Mackenzie Park at 7:30 p.m. three weekends in June Peter Pan and in July Annie Get Your Gun and in August Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tickets are available at Select a Seat.


In collaboration with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Moonlight Musicals presents Les Miserables at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre Thursday through Saturday November 21 – 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 24 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale May 20 at $68.75, $53.50 and $43.50. This is a locally produced Les Miserables and the legal rights to produce it state that the Broadway version cannot be copied. David Gaschen will play Jean Valjean, Gerald Dolter will play Inspector Javert and Rebecca Saathoff-Davis will play Cosette. John Hollins will conduct members of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in the pit. Bill Gelber directs.


If you are a country western music fan and want an authentic venue and local entertainers you can’t do better than Meadow Musical at the Music Hall 401 Mitchell Street in Meadow Texas second Saturday evening 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14. Entrance is free, pay for food and libation and put money in the jar for a favorite musician or group. This has been going on more than 35 years. It sometimes happens that when some musicians are playing inside the building, impatient musicians, probably bluegrassers, go outside and pick, so there is spill-over music in this small town. Marybeth Ashburn grew up in Meadow and sometimes she will get up on stage in the grand ole opry style and belt out a tune. Her father George Ashburn built this Music Hall. The Martin Band is a regular player at Meadow Musicals.


Meadow is on US Highway 62 / 82 two-thirds of the way from Lubbock to Brownfield maybe five miles past Ropesville.


Jack and Dianne’s at 2309 North Frankford Avenue (at Ursuline Street, south of Clovis Highway north of Erskine Street) right here in Lubbock, has country western music every Thursday evening 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 etc. phone ahead to find out who’s playing 806-747-8150.






The Seasons of Royo “Las Estaciones de Royo” is on exhibit May 1 – 31, 2013 at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in Austin Texas. Jose Royo apeared in person May 10 – 11. He lives near Valencia Spain. His lush impressionistic canvases have delighted thousands.


At the Cutter & Cutter Gallery he’s featured at


Books include Jose Royo: Luminica (Leaders Gallery 2005) at ABE Books new $55.45 incl s&h and Jose Royo: Glances / Miradas (Miranda Galleries 2003) $61.20 at




On Saturday May 11 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, architect Gary Cunningham and curator of art Nancy Edwards, discussed the architecture of the building designed by Louis I. Kahn and opened in 1972. Here is Kahn holding his glasses. Admission was free and the event took place in the galleries.


What a nice event. At art museums the building and grounds are part of the museum experience, and influential in how that experience is enjoyed. The adjacent Renzo Piano Pavilion under construction is scheduled to open later this year




The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis MN will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. Its website is appealing Here is a Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper article about a current exhibit Concering the Spiritual in Russian Art from 1965 to 2011.




Joel Sartore, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species (Focal Point 2010) National Geographic $24 hardcover $15.83 at or new at ABE Books $18.12 incl s&h. Sartore has been a contributing photographer to National Geographic for twenty years. He profiles sixty-nine species in this book and the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. His exhibit is on display at Texas Tech Museum May 12 – July 21, 2013 in gallery two. He speaks at the Museum Saturday May 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Enter at the west door Sculpture Court off Indiana Avenue because the front north 4th Street door of the Museum will be closed since the Museum proper is closed on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.


His website is a thrilling display of wildlife imagery You can hear him on a Great Courses podcast


Audobon Magazine, Field & Stream, National Geographic, Outdoor Life, and Outdoor Photographer are among many magazines you can download onto your computer and read, free, from Lubbock Public Library as a Zinio Digital Magazine There is a magazine rack at each branch of the Lubbock Public Library for hands on a slick paper page reading.




Viva Big Bend Music Festival is July 25 – 28, 2013 with events in the towns of Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa and Marathon, Texas. The lineup includes Joe Ely Band and Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, whom we have enjoyed several times in Lubbock.


Viva Big Bend Food Festival already happened April 4 – 6, 2013 with events in the same four towns. From a recent trip to Marfa I can vouch for gastronomical delights at Jett’s Grill inside the El Paisano Hotel , Cochineal , Food Shark [bus van eating or benches outside] , Future Shark [re-purposed gasoline service station], Maiya’s , Alice’s Cafe, and Squeeze Marfa . Did not eat at Boyz2Men or Fat Lyle’s. For the grocery experience there’s nothing of interest on offer at the supermarket but try The Get Go independent grocery store It’s an introduction to the Marfa lifestyle.


If you go to Alpine, eat and drink at The Saddle Club or Reata Restaurant where there is a Stylle Read mural as well as one at Big Bend Saddlery, or eat and drink at Century Bar & Grill in the historic Holland Hotel and The historic Granada Theatre adjoins The Saddle Club so music and performance spills over into food and libation.


Big Bend Brewing Company, a craft brewer, opened last year in Alpine at 3401 West Highway 90 phone 432-837-3700 and sells Tejas Lager [a pilsner], La Frontera IPA [hoppy bitter ale with high alcohol content], No. 22 Porter [malt flavor dry roasted with hints of caramel and chocolate], Big Bend Hefweizen [wheat malt with esters and phenols], and Terlingua Golden Ale [light thirst quencher].


In Fort Davis try Blue Mountain Bistro in Hotel Limpia or for brunch try Mountain Trails Lodge


In Marathon you may try the food and drink at Cafe Cenizo within the historic Gage Hotel and stay overnight in patio cottages or inside the main building. One restaurant away from the hotel is The Famous Burro and for breakfast or lunch there is Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit Cafe. You might stroll through the Gage Gardens that are not adjacent to the hotel. Photos of those gardens are here


Henry Charles Trost 1860 – 1933 of El Paso was the architect for the Gage Hotel (1927), Holland Hotel (1928) and El Paisano Hotel (1930) as well as Kerr Mercantile (1927) in Sanderson Texas and Hotel El Capitan (1930) in Van Horn Texas.


For an overview of the Big Bend area see Fodor’s guide to the best of West Texas
























Arts History Update for mid May 2013

7 May

Arts History Update for mid May 2013 by David Cummins


Associated Press Images is a a website with much improved graphics launched for public access on May 2, 2013. Address 450 W. 33rd Street, New York NY 10001 phone 212-621-1930




Texas Tech students in the School of Art and College of Architecture, led by professor Chris Taylor, explored a number of significant sites in 2012 during the Land Arts of the American West field study. Here are photographs of the exhibition at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Warehouses relating to that trip Here is a summary and photographs of the trip including the roster of student participants Here is the itinerary.


White Sands National Monument 16 miles southwest of Alamogordo New Mexico.


Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine and Reclamation Project at Laguna Pueblo Indian Reservation in Cibola County New Mexico near Cubero [three open pits, 32 waste dumps, 33 proto-ore stockpiles after removal of 25 million tons of uranium ore from 1953 to 1982] Reclamation activity by the mine operator Anaconda / ARCO [Atlantic Richfield Co] ended in 1995 but U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the reclamation is incomplete.


Laguna Pueblo


Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico


Muley Point overlook from atop Cedar Mesa in southeast Utah looking south down into a valley with Monument Valley about twenty miles distant to the southwest It features 1,200 feet elevation of sandstone cliffs and layered canyons of the San Juan River basin. The village of Mexican Hat Utah in the valley on US Highway 163 is home to fewer than 100 people and is one of the most remote places in America.


Moon House Anasazi Ruin on Cedar Mesa at McLoyd’s Canyon in southeast Utah


Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine (Kennecott Copper Mine) is southwest of Salt Lake City Utah, in production since 1906 and is now a National Historic Landmark


Spiral Jetty (1970) by Robert Smithson in Great Salt Lake Utah is a creation made from nature in the lake


Sun Tunnels (Art in the Utah Desert) (1973 – 1976) by Nancy Holt in northwestern Utah.


Center for Land Use Interpretation at Wendover Utah


North Rim of Grand Canyon Arizona on the Kaibab Plateau at 8, 500 feet elevation that will open again this year on May 15.


Galisteo New Mexico,_New_Mexico has only 150 residents but is an historic residence of Northern New Spain folks centuries ago in Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico province of New Spain. It is 22 miles south of the city of Santa Fe. It was mentioned as early as 1581 by an exploring priest, and the site of a Fransiscan mission in 1617 – 1629 but evacuated during the Pueblo Revolt August 10 – 21, 1680. Galisteo is derivative of the word for a person from Galicia in northwest Spain.


Marfa Texas,_Texas is the county seat of Presidio County sixty miles from the Rio Grande and Mexico in the high Chihuahuan Desert


Cabinetlandia and is about ten miles east of Deming New Mexico where a metal cabinet containing issues of Cabinet Magazine has been placed within a rock structure in the desert.


Gila Hot Springs near Silver City New Mexico on the banks of the West Fork of the Gila River emits scalding hot water in a campground. The runoff pools nearby are comfortable for bathing.


Mimbres River within the Aldo Leopold Wilderness about 50 miles northeast of Silver City New Mexico


Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona accessed from Douglas or Wilcox Arizona or Rodeo New Mexico the mountains are famed as the home ground or stronghold of Cochise and other Apache. It is the site of Coronado National Memorial commemorating the explorer’s 1540-1542 expedition leaving Compostela New Spain and traveling north to Hermosillo on the Gulf of California and then proceeding inland and north entering what would eventually be the USA near this Memorial, then proceeding north to the Zuni, Acoma, Tiguex and Cicuye Pueblos before striking out east onto the plains that we know as the Llano Estacado.


Coolidge Dam (1928 dedicated 1930) impounding San Carlos Lake within the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation near Globe Arizona


Plains of San Agustin west of Socorro New Mexico off US Highway 60 on which are emplaced Very Large Array, a radio astronomy telescopic observatory

National Radio Astronomy Observatory


The Lightning Field (1977) by Walter De Maria is a series of stainless steel poles in remote Catron County New Mexico

See also it is closed May 1 – June 30 for maintenance and will be open for visitors July 1 – October 31, 2013 by reservation and appointment only. Only six visitors per day are allowed and they must stay overnight in a single cabin on the property. Persons who wish to visit meet Dia Art Foundation staff at the small town of Quemado New Mexico on US Highway 60 and are transported by a foundation van to the site and picked up the next day to return to Quemado, about a 45 minute drive in the distance. The site is west of Pie Town and east of Quemado a few yards from the Continental Divide. It is not possible for the public to drive to the site or drive to a point from which the site can be viewed. To the west from Quemado 34 miles is Eagar Arizona population 4,954.


The Gila River in New Mexico runs west into Arizona near the towns of Clifton and Safford. These were the nearest towns to the Lazy B Ranch founded by H. C. Day in 1880 in Arizona Territory. His grand-daughter Sandra Day was born in 1930 and grew up on that large ranch. She would later become a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor. With her brother H. Alan Day they wrote Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest (Random House 2002) Texas Tech Library KF8745.O25 A35 paperback Random House 2003 is $12.17 Kindle $11.99 at Hardcover in very good condition at ABE Books $3.91 incl s&h. The Day family sold the ranch in 1986.


The Gila River crosses Arizona [a dry rut or ditch at the moment, on the surface] and runs into the Colorado River near Yuma Arizona.





Want to talk, sip and get involved with wine?


  1. April 27, 2013 High Plains Vineyard Tour. Brownfield
  2. June 8 – 9, 2013 Wine & Clay Festival at Llano Estacado Winery. Lubbock
  3. June 14 – 15, 2013 High Plains Winegrowers Wine & Music Festival. Levelland
  4. July 26 – 27, 2013 Terry County Vineyard Festival. Brownfield
  5. August 2 – 3, 2013 Wines & Vines Festival at McPherson Cellars. Lubbock


On Saturday April 27 last, the High Plains Vineyard Tour sponsored by Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service, took place. The contact was Scott Russell e-mail It included time at the new Texas Custom Wine Works facility south of Brownfield. There was a bus tour to several vineyards, then lunch, then more bus touring to vineyards and then a dinner at Diamante Doble Vineyard [Jet Wilmeth founder] south of Tokio in Terry County.


The annual Wine & Clay Festival at Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock is June 8 – 9 and is free to attend. There are some grapes growing in the adjacent vineyard. Art, not limited to ceramics, is available for viewing and purchase, music by Kenny Maines and others, and wine for purchase by the glass. This winery has a rich history and produces a large quantity of wine of very high quality. Its awards are numerous and reputation is widespread. Each of the Lubbock wineries is a jewel but this is the Crown Jewel.


The High Plains Winegrowers Wine & Texas Music Festival is June 14 – 15, 2013 at the new Mallet Event Center & Arena in Levelland. The entity is Tickets go on sale soon.


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 with buses leaving Terry County Barn at 8:00 a.m. Contact person is Lorena Valencia phone 806-637-2564 or e-mail . 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 about 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 Vineyard [Andy Timmons], Bingham Family Vineyards and Farm [Cliff and Betty Bingham, son Clint Bingham and grandson Kyle Bingham], Diamante Doble Vineyard [Jet Wilmeth and family],Caswell-Hesse Vineyard or Castano Prado Vineyard [Tere Caswell and Tom and Linda Hesse], La Pradera Vineyard [Michael and Barbara Paddack], Rusty Smotherman Vineyard, Young Family Vineyard [Larry Young], Hunter Vineyard, Graham Vineyards, The Family Vineyards [Arthur Flache and Elaine Shiver], JoBreguen Vineyards [David and Karla Dill], Lepard Vineyards [Russell and Sharon Lepard], Bayer Family Vineyards [Alan Bayer and Lynsee Rowland], Oswald Vineyards [John and Dina-Marie Oswald], Buena Suerte Vineyards [Bill Day], and Twin T Vineyard [Dusty Timmons].


Yoakum County includes Newsom Vineyards near Plains [Neal and Janice Newsom, and Nolan Newsom], Crimson Ridge Vineyard [Nolan Newsom], Williams Ranch Vineyards [Shawn and Kirk Williams], and Canada Vineyards also near Plains [Brenda Canada]


Hockley County includes Amanecar Vineyard near Sundown [Steve and Cindy Newsom], Bolen Vineyards near Smyer [Rowdy and Tameisha Bolen], Uva Morado Vineyards near Smyer [Joe Riddle], Krick Hill Vineyard near Levelland [Chace Hill], Martin’s Vineyard near Smyer [Andy and Anndel Martin], and Maye-Berry Vineyards near Smyer [Anthony and Belinda Maye, and Curtis Berry]. Clearfork Vineyards near Smyer


Dawson County includes ReaGae Vineyards near Lamesa [Mark and Robyn Shofner] and Delaney Vineyards near Lamesa [Jerry Delaney]


Lubbock County includes Babbitt Family Vineyard near Idalou [Cliff and Diane Babbitt], Cerro Santo Vineyard near Estacado [Jim and Barbara Irwin], and Pheasant Ridge Winery [Bill Gipson] north of Preston Smith Lubbock International Airport


Bailey County includes 3 Bar H Vineyard near Muleshoe [Jim and James Huffman] and Coyote Lake Vineyard near Muleshoe [Allan and Becky Hoksbergen]


Hale County includes Bell Brothers Vineyard near Plainview [Freddy Bell and family]


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.


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. Kim McPherson is owner of this winery and the long-time winemaker at Teysha Cellars renamed Cap*Rock Winery in Lubbock. He is the son of Clinton “Doc” McPherson and wife Clara. Chemistry professor Doc and horticulturalist professor Robert Reed grew the first wine grapes in the South Plains at Robert’s home and turned them into wine in Doc’s chemistry laboratory at Texas Tech. They founded Llano Estacado Winery. Robert R. Reed II, age 88, died January 13, 2013 in Lubbock.


Look for Cap*Rock Winery’s annual festival celebrating completion of grape harvesting sometime in late Summer. Catherine Bodenstadt from San Antonio is the new owner after a chapter 11 corporate reorganization bankruptcy


If you reside in the Southern High Plains in West Texas you reside in wine country. These are some of the players. Shake hands with the pioneers of our wine industry. We are very proud of them.




London Literature Festival is May 20 through June 5, 2013 at Southbank Centre. It looks wonderful with an amazing cast of presenters and workshop leaders Sponsored by the Arts Council of England.


The Man Booker International Prize will be announced on May 22. Here are the ten finalists, two from the United States The Man Booker Prize for British authors longlist will be announced July 23, the finalists on September 10, and the winners on October 15. Here in the USA the National Book Awards longlist announcement is September 12, finalists on October 16, and winners on November 20.


Notable writers give a series of talks at the London Zoo May 14, June 11, June 20, July 16, August 27 and September 17 ZSL is Zoological Society of London. Each talk, and a glass of wine or soft drink, for 12 pounds admission.




Graduating students at the Texas Tech School of Art often put their latest work on sale before they pack up their belongings into a bulging automobile and head out into …………. wherever. That sale will occur on Saturday May 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the School of Art 3D Annex building on Main Street north of the Student Recreation Center and Pool, between Indiana Avenue to the west and Flint Avenue to the east. Since it is a Saturday parking is available out front and close by, free.


One year I purchased a large ceramic piece that occupies a prominent locus in my home, from a graduating student. The deal was struck at a School of Art Open House in late March. He said he had to show it twice more in the Spring and then would deliver it to me on his way out of town. He rolled up in mid-May in an over-packed car with trailer and lugged the ceramic piece in, accepted my check, waived goodbye to his senior project, and headed for San Antonio. It was a fun experience for both of us.




In central Michigan near Grand Rapids Tomato Day is June 4. That’s the first day in the year one can reliably expect not to have any early morning freezing. Folks start their tomato plants in the greenhouse in early May and then plant them outside on and after June 4, driving five feet long poles into the ground and tieing the vine to the pole. Straw from the barn is used for mulch to retain ground soil moisture and temperature.


Tomato blossoms need to be pollinated within a 50 hour period after the flower appears, the pollen germinating and flowing down the style to fertilize the ovary in temperatures close to 55 degrees overnight. These night-time temperatures are reached in late June. From blossom fertilization to ripe fruit is about two months. This applies to full-size tomatoes. Cherry, grape, patio, and plum tomatoes take less time to grow and mature.


If you’ve eaten a tomato fresh off the vine, you know that store-bought in packages bears a resemblance but no more. In Lubbock, starting in July, look for vine ripened freshly picked tomatoes at Downtown Art Market Saturday morning on Buddy Holly Avenue at 19th Street in or out front of the former Greer Iron Works building on the northwest corner.