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. www.associatedpress.mkt4294.com/ Address 450 W. 33rd Street, New York NY 10001 phone 212-621-1930

 

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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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Arts_of_the_American_West Here are photographs of the exhibition at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Warehouses relating to that trip http://landarts.org/2013/04/08/land-arts-2012-exhibition-opening/#.UYE26KJvMuo Here is a summary and photographs of the trip including the roster of student participants http://landarts.org/2013/04/08/land-arts-2012-exhibition-opening/#.UYE26KJvMuo Here is the itinerary.

 

White Sands National Monument www.nps.gov/whsa 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. http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/nar1865.htm

 

Laguna Pueblo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguna_Pueblo

 

Chaco Canyon http://www.americansouthwest.net/new_mexico/chaco_culture/national_historical_park.html 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 http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/mexican_hat/muley_point.html 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_House

 

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingham_Canyon_Mine

 

Spiral Jetty (1970) by Robert Smithson in Great Salt Lake Utah is a creation made from nature in the lake http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/spiraljetty

 

Sun Tunnels (Art in the Utah Desert) (1973 – 1976) by Nancy Holt http://www.pbase.com/listorama/pl_ut_suntunnels in northwestern Utah.http://nancyholt.org/

 

Center for Land Use Interpretation at Wendover Utah http://www.clui.org/page/wendover

 

North Rim of Grand Canyon Arizona on the Kaibab Plateau at 8, 500 feet elevation http://www.thecerbatgem.com/index.php/component/content/article/8-ds/3337-grand-canyon-north-rim-opens-may-15th that will open again this year on May 15.

 

Galisteo New Mexico http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galisteo,_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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo_Revolt Galisteo is derivative of the word for a person from Galicia in northwest Spain.

 

Marfa Texas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfa,_Texas is the county seat of Presidio County sixty miles from the Rio Grande and Mexico in the high Chihuahuan Desert

 

Cabinetlandia http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/information/cabinetlandia.php and http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/information/cabinetlandia_visitors.php 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 http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XFA024-008 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimbres_River

 

Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona accessed from Douglas or Wilcox Arizona or Rodeo New Mexico http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiricahua_Mountains the mountains are famed as the home ground or stronghold of Cochise and other Apache. It is the site of Coronado National Memorial http://www.nps.gov/coro/planyourvisit/upload/COROExpeditionmap2.pdf 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolidge_Dam near Globe Arizona http://www.sancarlosapache.com/home.htm

 

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plains_of_San_Agustin

National Radio Astronomy Observatory http://www.vla.nrao.edu/

 

The Lightning Field (1977) by Walter De Maria is a series of stainless steel poles in remote Catron County New Mexico http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lightning_Field

See also http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/lightningfield 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 Amazon.com. Hardcover in very good condition at ABE Books $3.91 incl s&h. The Day family sold the ranch in 1986. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Day_O%27Connor

 

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.

 

 

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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. www.txwines.org The contact was Scott Russell e-mail sarussel@ag.tamu.edu It included time at the new Texas Custom Wine Works facility south of Brownfield. http://texascustomwineworks.com/ 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 www.llanowine.com 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. http://malleteventcenter.com/ The entity is www.highplainswinegrowers.org Tickets go on sale soon.

 

The Terry County Vineyard Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday July 26 – 27, 2013. http://www.brownfieldchamber.com/ 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 helpdesk@brownfieldchamber.com . 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 http://www.reddyvineyards.com/index.html [Dr. Vijay Reddy], Lost Draw Vineyard https://www.facebook.com/LostDrawVineyards [Andy Timmons], Bingham Family Vineyards and Farm http://www.binghamfamilyvineyards.com/ [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 www.clearforkvineyards.com

 

Dawson County includes ReaGae Vineyards near Lamesa [Mark and Robyn Shofner] and Delaney Vineyards near Lamesa [Jerry Delaney] www.delaneyvineyards.com

 

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] www.pheasantridgewinery.com 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 http://texascustomwineworks.com/about.html 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. www.mcphersoncellars.com 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 www.caprockwinery.com

 

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.

 

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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 http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/london-literature-festival/productions 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 http://archive.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-international-prize-2013-finalists-announced The Man Booker Prize for British authors longlist will be announced July 23, the finalists on September 10, and the winners on October 15.http://archive.themanbookerprize.com/ Here in the USA the National Book Awards longlist announcement is September 12, finalists on October 16, and winners on November 20. http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html#.UYcyZ6JvNUo

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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