Arts History Update for mid September 2013

7 Sep

Arts History Update for mid September 2013 by David Cummins

Peter Sarkisian is a Santa Fe New Mexico artist who just concluded an exhibition at New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. He spoke relative to the exhibit on August 23. Here is his video Pounding Study (2004) which was part of the exhibition


Taos Art Museum at Historic Fechin House hosts its annual Russian Night Gala Saturday August 24, 2013. Nicolai Fechin 1881 – 1955 and his family emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1923 and settled into Mabel Dodge Luhan’s apartment in 1927, later moving into a nearby adobe home now called Fechin House. Divorce caused him to quit Taos in 1933. He was an exceptionally talented painter. The closest Fechin painting is at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon Texas. Whoops. That changed recently when the Margaret Talkington Estate donated to the Texas Tech Museum the 1923 oil painting by Nicolai Fechin titled Peasant Girl. In a brochure printed by the museum that painting is featured among a group of paintings that will be exhibited as a revolving display in the Talking Art Gallery at the museum.


a gallery specializing in Fechin paintings is

Mary N. Balcomb, Nicolai Fechin (Northland Press 1975) Texas Tech Library ND699.F43 B34


Lubbock County History.

Becton is a former community in northeast Lubbock County. It is now farmland. Take US Highway 62 east, then north on Farm To Market Road 789 about 7miles. Becton is to the west. Petersburg in Hale County is another five miles north. A historical marker erected in 2003 at Becton Cemetery is located as follows: US Highway 62 to Idalou, then north on FM 400 for 8 miles, then east on County Road 5300 4 miles, then north on County Road 3600 for one-half mile.

Abner M. Becton moved from Tennessee to the area in the late 1890s. He wed Cornelia Bryant in 1898 and they moved to the Becton site near the large W.E. Bledsoe ranch known as Three Circle Ranch.,_Texas The Fort Worth Denver and South Plains Railway line passed through Becton but in 1989 its successor BNSF closed and removed that trackage. The school at Becton was within the Bledsoe School District that was absorbed into Idalou School District in 1936. As the community grew it was originally called Bledsoe but in 1917 a postmaster application was made and it was discovered that there already was a town in Texas named Bledsoe. It was then named Becton and the postmastership was granted. There were still about 125 residents in the Becton area in 2000.

Don’t know the relationship of W.E. Bledsoe the rancher at the beginning of the century and Willis Bledsoe father of William Harrison Bledsoe 1869 – 1936 who was elected to Texas House of Representatives 1915-1919 and Texas Senate 1919-1929 authoring the bill in 1923 that established Texas Technological College.


CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art moved its offices to San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts under the management of executive director Howard Taylor. Its annual Texas Art Fair & Symposium is May 2 – 4, 2014 at St Edward’s University in Austin.


Team New Zealand won the Vuiton Cup in San Francisco Bay to advance as the America’s Cup challenger against Oracle Team USA September 7 in the best of 17 races with 72 feet catamarans. These handsome tall sail yachts glide along at phenomenal speeds in the Bay and are gorgeous to watch.


During the harvest season for fresh fruit, vegetables, melons and more the Downtown Farmers and Art Market astride Tornado Gallery on Buddy Holly Avenue at 19th Street is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month 9:00- 3:00 p.m. from June 22 – October 12, second Saturday only the rest of the year. The Farmers Market part is supplied by a number of vendors but the regulars include Sunburst Farms operated by Bernie J. Thiel, Jr Inc. Sunburst Farms has been an incorporated vegetable and melon patch since 1972 located at 1802 E County Road 7130 Lubbock 79404-1310 for more information and a chance to visit the farm phone 806-745-6971.

Another regular is Crazy Hoe Farms, a division of Watson Farms that operates 2,000 acres in Floyd County Amanda Watson is the fourth generation Watson family farmer who grows and markets the produce. She offers a CSA Community Supported Agriculture share and half share investment opportunity for consumers who pay $600 or $325 per season and usually receive 10 or 5 pounds of produce each week throughout the harvest season, with a Lubbock pickup location to receive the produce. Farm location is 2811 County Road 211 Floydada Texas 806-759-0148 or e-mail Ms. Watson sells her produce at Farmers Markets in Floydada on Monday mornings and Matador on Wednesday mornings. Lubbock restaurants that purchase her produce include Texas Tech Club, Rain Uptown, Stella’s, The Crafthouse Gastropub, and Covey Smokehouse.

Another regular is Hardin Farms LLC at 15409 County Road 1300 Ropesville Texas James K. and Kimberly A. Hardin operators.

Another is Apple Country High Plains Orchards 12206 E. US Highway 62 4 miles east of Idalou Texas operated by Calvin and Susan Brints. At the orchards on September 14-15 is the annual Apple Butter Festival $3 admission. Other events are regularly held so this is a destination for good eating and to buy jars bottles and other goods made from apples.

Another is the GRUB program of the South Plains Food Bank Growing Recruits for Urban Business involving youngsters ages 14 – 21 in growing crops, harvesting crops, and marketing crops. The resource is the Carolyn Lanier Farm at 76th Street and Avenue B southeast of the interchange of South Loop 289 and Interstate Highway 27.

Wolf Creek Farms started in 2010 on 1.3 acres at which sometimes it’s possible to purchase from an online produce stand. Located at 5301 County Road 1260 north of Wolfforth off W. 50th Street.

The Art Market rotates vendors but they include jewelry, beadwork, wood carving. leather detailed items, gourds, soaps, and craft art of all types. Sandstorm Glass Works is open for blown glass items.


Yarn storming continues as a popular phenomena nationwide. On June 8, 2013 there was an open public yarn storming at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Folks arrived with their knitting tools and chose a location to work on a project. One of them was the school bell outside an old schoolhouse. Another installation of yarn work will occur in October.


Ranson Canyon is a town south east of Lubbock that includes Lake Ransom Canyon within its borders. The Canyon is within Yellow House Canyon in which the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows. At various points within Ransom Canyon there are springs that bring forth potable water so this place was used by Indians and by Comanchero who traded with them. The Comanchero traded for food, beadwork, bison based goods but sometimes the Indians would have Anglo captives and the Comanchero would trade for the captives and later take them to the closest Anglo settlement and ransom or sell them back to their families. This Comanchero purchase of Anglo captives and reselling them back as ransom to their families is what gave Ransom Canyon its name; Canon de Rescate or Ransom Canyon.


On September 29 there will be a one hour carillon bells concert at 5:00 pm in the west tower of the Texas Tech University Administration Building. The carillonneur is Dr. Thomas Hughes and the program is dedicated to the late Judson Maynard of the School of Music faculty who first played these bells. Many people enjoy these concerts by bringing a lawn chair and sitting on the Memorial Circle grass.

——————— Cantina Antinori Winemaker opened its new headquarters in Spring 2013 at Bargino Italy and it is tastefully designed while functional. Archea Architects of Florence specializes in structures that fit into and become part of the landscape. This ten year project cost $100 million and the result is world class phenomenal. 540,000 square feet includes the winery, cantilevered tasting rooms set above the look-down-into wine cellars, a 200 seat auditorium, museum, restaurant and shop. The multilevel metal corkscrew staircase is a central access point, the uppermost level being an overlook onto the Tuscan countryside.

———————————- Gold Dome Building (1958) in Oklahoma City Oklahoma on Route 66 was originally built for Classen State Bank. Based on Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome design, by the architects Bailey Bozalis Dickinson and Roloff, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has 625 gold anodized aluminum panels each 60-70 pounds overhanging a 27,000 square foot space. TEEMCO engineering firm of Edmond Oklahoma just acquired it and will move 65 of its headquarters staff into the building. see also


Mark Saka, For God and Revolution: Priest, Peasant and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexican Huasteca (University of New Mexico Press 2013) here’s the author’s radio interview about the book Native Mexicans, i.e. Indians in the Huasteca region of northeastern Mexico, were already radicalized against the gradually capitalist nationalist Mexico but became in the 1870s strong opponents of the Porfirio Diaz regime and wanted control over their ancestral lands held in common rather than in private ownership by non-Indians. Saka is a history professor at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Hardcover $45 e-book $40.


The Museum of North Texas History and Wichita County Archives at Wichita Falls has a new facade with three paintings Oil Pump at Sunset by Karyl Barbosa, Paper Boy by J. Bradford M, and Texas Legend by Linda Rust

ory/ Karyl Barbosa J Bradford M Linda Rust The original paintings, selected from a competition, were reproduced into 10 by 15 feet panels that were em-placed into the building’s facade.


September 3 is the scheduled date to open for traffic the rebuilt eastern sections of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, including the Self-Anchored Suspension Tower. Here are eight photos Earthquakes damaged these eastern sections and this was a 12 year rebuilding project.


Friends of TTU School of Art:


Texas Tech School of Art will be well represented in the Art Galleries surrounding the Slaton Town Square this coming Friday, August 30 when Slaton presents its 5th Friday Art Show on the Square, from 6pm to 9pm.   School of Art faculty and graduate student work will be on display in the galleries dotting the Square, including In Between Gallery, WaterSpace Gallery, Multiplicity Gallery, Jennifer Greer Gallery, V2 Gallery, and others.  All the merchants on the Square will also be open for business that evening and the sidewalks will be overflowing with crafts, food, and other fun. A great way to ease into the Fall Semester. 


Mark your calendars now for School of Art’s Welcome Back exhibition celebrations with an opening reception for 4 new exhibits on First Friday, September 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Art Building.  Exhibitions include:


·         The Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, on display in the Landmark Gallery through Oct. 13.

·         The Annual MFA Candidate Group Show, in the Studio Gallery through Sep. 29.

·         The New West Texas Sky Project, through Sep. 22 in the Folio Gallery.  Presented by Zach Nader, this exhibition is an investigation into collective image making, image ownership, and distribution.  Participants in West Texas were invited to make a photograph of the sky on September 29, 2012 and then upload it to a designated server, without maker information.  All told, 642 images are presented in this exhibition.

·         Maury Gortemiller: All-Time Lotion, is in the SRO Photo Gallery through Sep. 29.


All about Yemen: The state in the southwest tip of the Arabian peninsula is Yemen. Back 3,200 years ago it was Sheba. Who hasn’t heard of the Kings and Queens of Sheba?

On the southern coast is Aden, a major port city that the British seized in 1839 and occupied as a “British Protectorate” until 1967. Without Aden the Suez Canal would have been useless. The USS Cole Navy ship was berthed at Aden in 2000 when a terrorist bomb ripped a hole in the ship and killed 17 USA sailors.;r?o=2800&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn& It was a thirty year rule by the autocrat Ali Abdullah Salih 1977 – 2007 that was ended by Yemen’s version of an Arab Spring uprising.

USA has conducted drone strikes in Yemen.

Paul Dresch, A History of Modern Yemen (Cambridge University Press 2000) Texas Tech Library DS 247.Y48 D74

Engseng Ho, The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility Across the Indian Ocean (University of California Press 2006)

Gregory D. Johnsen, The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda and America’s War in Arabia (Scribe Publications 2012)

Noel Brehony, Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia (Tauris 2011)


Philipp Meyer, The Son (Simon & Schuster 2013) is a novel that reconstructs the history of Texas through four generations of fictional McCullough family members beginning in 1836. It is an epic storyline but unlike the earlier James A. Michener novel Texas (1985). Eli McCullough at age 13 is captured by Comanche and raised as a boy warrior learning their ways and culture, a clear reference to the historical capture of Cynthia Ann Parker when a girl. In another episode in the new Texas Republic Anglo Texans [then known as Texians] turn on and destroy Tejano Texans [Mexican Creole or Spanish descent], another reference to historical activity. $16.79 hardcover $ 13.53 paperback $12.80 Kindle but $16.27 new at ABE Books incl s&h

One recalls that Michener’s novel Texas (Random House 1985 page count 1,096) was not well received inside Texas, garnering a Bum Steer Award from the magazine Texas Monthly. I think the rather more historically accurate and multiple perspective Michener book was more spot on than some Texans were willing to admit, but then some Texans cling to a simplistic mythic origin for Texas.

Meyer’s depiction of a single family line with greed and self-interest served by violence at its core, may be more appealing to readers. It also may not fairly represent actual historical facts.

Juan Seguin is an example of a Texas Revolutionary hero who was driven in 1842 from San Antonio, his birthplace, by Anglo Texians and forced to seek asylum in Mexico. He died, embittered, in Nuevo Laredo across the river from his home for which he valiantly fought. In 2000 his remains would be removed and reburied in Seguin Texas and a bronze statuary of him riding his horse during the Texas revolution would be installed in Seguin. The sculptor is Erik Christianson.



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