Arts History Update for early November 2013

10 Nov

Arts History Update for early November 2013 by David Cummins

Many churches in many towns have amazing art. Occasionally the art is on exhibit or temporary loan. From October 29 through November 14 Steven Hendricks has three pieces on loan at the First Unitarian Universalist Church 2801 42nd Street in Lubbock. They are Amerika, Patriot and Arab Spring all acrylic paint on panels.


11… Veterans Day at the Silent Wings Museum. (A collaborative announcement) All events are at the Silent Wings Museum: 10am… Doors open, free admission 11am… Opening Ceremony Veterans Day Presidential Proclamation (Mayor Speaks, Color Guard, Wester Elem. School children sing) 2pm… “Toys Go To War” Gallery Talk by Donald Abbe, PhD 5:30 – 7:30pm… Evening Reception begins — Hors d’oeuvres and Live Swing Music by Jazz Alley 6pm… Guest Speaker LCDR US Navy Barent N. McCool


Urban Tech / Texas Tech University College of Architecture Downtown Center is at 1120 Main Street Suite 206 between Avenue J and Avenue K phone 806-543-7165 and current exhibits by students relate to Migrant Worker Housing and an Outdoor Stage on Avenue J! The Lubbock area has a long history with migrant workers and their housing. Aztlan Park 101 Avenue J was once [1940s and 1950s] the largest migrant worker housing complex [primarily tents and huts] in the entire South Plains. Marker Unveiled in Aztlan Park Tells Story of Blood Sweat and Tears Shed by Migrant Workers Who Once Lived in Camp At the Site, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, April 24, 2009 Today most migrant worker housing is closer to the farms on which the migrants work, and is regulated by United States Department of Labor OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Copper Canyon Press of Port Townsend Washington is a small press that publishes poetry a genre in which pretty much no one makes money but art is made. It’s a non-profit entity


On November 2 a Quanah Parker Trail Arrow was installed by Charles A. Smith, sculptor from New Home Texas, at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center 2301 North Soncy Street Amarillo in the northwest edge of the city. This site is a nature preserve with primitive trails. My daughter and I once did a 10K Volsporting walk on those trails. Very enjoyable although the excitement of the day was at one point on the trail when a helicopter landed with EMS personnel because one of the walkers suffered a rattlesnake bite and was airlifted to an Amarillo hospital where he was appropriately treated and survived. From that point on during the walk we looked down at the ground ahead as much as out into the hackberry, salt cedar, juniper, creosote bush and other native flora in the Panhandle.

The arrows are 342 pounds of steel with fletching in traditional Comanche colors, 22 feet in length with the bottom foot below the arrowhead encased into a concrete pad for stability. The arrow in Lubbock is in Mackenzie Park near the American Museum of Agriculture. In August 2013 it was renamed Bayer Museum of Agriculture since Bayer CropScience paid to name and expand the museum into 35,000 square feet of display space.

——————– Steinway Concert Grand Piano that is choice of many concert pianists. Is this instrument the new piano at the School of Music? The Jon Kimura Parker concert on October 13 was the inaugural playing of Tech’s new Steinway grand piano, but I don’t know what model was purchased. John A. Paulson, hedge fund billionaire, just purchased Steinway Musical Instruments, the former Steinway & Sons, for $512 million.


Here’s the recap on the recently concluded Texas Book Festival in Austin attended by 40,000 people on October 26-27.


Window on the West: Views From the American Frontier is a fascinating exhibit at Texas Tech Museum. Closes November 13, 2013. What is singular about these pieces of art is that they are all by artists who actually traveled into the western United States and painted or sketched what they actually saw, often being one of the first records of the visual likeness of the location. The style of most of these artists was Hudson River School or Mount Washington School or similar perspectives on natural realism. The earliest piece was 1838, the latest in the first decade of the new century. Many were done in association with survey parties. If only Captain Marcy had an artist alongside him during

his treks across the Llano Estacado we might have similar art for our region.

As one views these initial visitations to the western United States one immediately begins to recall the periods and concerns of art immediately following the western landscape period. Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s River, 1900 – 1940 (eds. Kirsten Jensen & Bartholomew F. Bland, Fordham University Press 2013) a period when the bucolic river becomes urban and industrial in art.


The multi-talented principal of Estacado High School, Samuel J. Ayers, Ed.D., has an exhibition of his sketches and relief prints at Lubbock Christian University Art Galleries November 4 – December 6. A reception with the artist is Monday evening November 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.


Art on the Llano Committee selected and Texas Department of Transportation installed the fifth sculpture in the project at 19th Street and Quaker Avenue Prairie Dancers (2013) by Jerry Daniel Here is Daniel’s website Installation took place November 4, 2013 and the loan will be there for two years. It’s on the southeast corner of the intersection. Here is a You Tube video of his installations of other metal dancers Jerry Daniel is a 1963 graduate of Texas Tech University. His studio is near McKinney Texas. 

Previous installations were Texas Landscape (2008) by Eric McGehearty a metal book at South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue southeast corner, Moon River (2007) or by Michelle O’Michael  at South Loop 289 and I-27 flyover, Black Pink (2009) gas inflated steel by William Cannings at Marsha Sharp Freeway and 19th Street South frontage road, Sky Drill (2012) by Brent Baggett at West Loop 289 and Marsha Sharp Freeway.

For more information on the Art on the Llano project telephone Dianah Ascencio at TEXDOT 748-4472


Art Critic (1955) by Norman Rockwell 1894 – 1978 depicts a young lad with painting tools standing before a museum painting, closely inspecting it with a magnifying glass. We were all charmed by his sharing our lives with us. Some viewed him as “just an illustrator” for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, but his subtleties were often lost on the effete. A new and revealing biography is Deborah Solomon, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux November 5, 2013) $17.71 Kindle $12.74. The humorous and optimistic paintings that created a national ethos were a far cry from those of the man who suffered from depression, anxiety and a sense of inadequacy. Three marriages brought him little happiness, he was treated by psychoanalyst Erik Erikson and he moved to Stockbridge Massachusetts to be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. Basic information is here The Norman Rockwell Museum is in Stockbridge

A current exhibition is American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts at Nashville Tennessee November 1 – February 9, 2014.

There is a collection of Rockwell paintings at the National Museum of Scouting at Irving Texas boy scout activity was a favorite topic for his paintings.


Images of America: Lubbock (Arcadia Publishing November 2013) will be for sale and authors will sign the book Sunday November 17 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at 2701 19th Street inside the Snyder-Martin-Chalk Heritage House, a free event sponsored by Lubbock Heritage Society. Authors are Pam Brink, Daniel Sanchez and Cindy Martin who are all active in Lubbock Heritage Society $22 Arcadia $15.94


Designed by architect Sylvan Blum Haynes it was built in 1929 for Fred and Annie Snyder and sold by them to merchant Retha Martin in 1944, then transferred in 1964 to John and Callie Chalk [Callie being Mr. Martin’s daughter]. Hence the name Snyder-Martin-Chalk House. In 2004 it was purchased by banker [CEO Vista Bank] Kirk McLaughlin, renovated and named Rivendell, presumably a reference to the refuge for elves in J.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle Earth.


The public has this opportunity to enter this historic house, visit with the authors of the book, and purchase this new book on historical Lubbock. You may very well consider joining as a member of Lubbock Heritage Society, that does many good things in and for the community.


Samuel J. Ayers, Dean of West Texas Architecture: Sylvan Blum Haynes (Knowledge Center Inc. 2007) Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 72 A977 D281




























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