Arts History Update for late April 2015

17 Apr

Arts History Update for late April 2015 by David Cummins
Joyce Runyan, abstract water-media painter who lives and works in Ransom Canyon has twelve pieces at Pioneer Hotel Condominiums 1204 Broadway Street in downtown Lubbock. They enhance the vitality of the lobby entrance and The West Table restaurant off the lobby in the building!

What you ask is water-media? She uses acrylic paint that is water soluble and depending on dilution and modification by gels, media or paste it can resemble watercolor painting, an oil painting, or be distinctive from either. The West Texas Watercolor Society includes water-media painters and Runyan is a former president.

If you haven’t yet eaten at The West Table, reservations are preferred and can be made by phone or online, it’s closed Monday and Tuesday, open lunch Wednesday – Friday 11:00 – 2:00 pm, open dinner Wednesday – Saturday 5:00 – 9:00 pm, open Sunday for Brunch 11:00 – 2:00 pm and Supper 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The best value is Sunday Supper at 6:30 or 7:00 pm seatings pre-set four course meal for $25. The bar is open from 11:00 am to closing. Dirk West and Mary Ruth West’s grandson Cameron West and his wife are owners of and chefs at The West Table.

Here are nine paintings by Runyan to entice you to visit


James Wines’s Green Architecture showrooms, nine in total, are now either demolished or renovated beyond recognition except for the so-called Forest Building showroom for Best Products in 1980 on Quioccasin Road in Richmond Virginia. It’s now owned by West End Presbyterian Church and here is its website page on the structure Wines is age 83 and is founder and president of SITE a New York City based architecture and environmental arts organization.


Now that March Madness ended and college basketball is over, is the NBA National Basketball Association enough for your addiction? If not, be aware that the NBA started a Development League and in the Western Conference Southwest Division of that League are four teams Oklahoma City Blue, Texas Legends, Austin Spurs, and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. This is minor league professional basketball. Legends are associated with the Dallas Mavericks, Spurs are associated with San Antonio Spurs, and Vipers are associated with the Houston Rockets.

Venues: Texas Legends play at Dr Pepper Arena Frisco Texas, Austin Spurs play at Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park Texas and Rio Grande Valley Vipers play at State Farm Arena Hidalgo Texas. Deep into the season Legends are 22-28, Spurs are 32-28, and Vipers are 27-23. There are 18 teams in the Development League from small markets like Maine Red Claws in Portland Maine, Sioux Falls Skyforce in South Dakota, and Bakersfield Jam in Bakersfield California. The playoffs are going on right now and the Austin Spurs played the Bakersfield Jam on April 7, 11 and 12. Jam beat the Spurs on April 7 but the Spurs won the second and third games and are in the second round. The other three match-ups in the playoffs are Maine v. Fort Wayne, Sioux Falls v. Canton, and Santa Cruz v. Oklahoma City. Series to advance are best two out of three games. Santa Cruz Warriors won in first round and meets Austin Spurs on Sunday April 19 at 5:00 pm TV-ESPNU at Cedar Park and Tuesday April 21 at 8:30 pm TV-ESPNU at Santa Cruz California. Game three in Santa Cruz on Thursday if they are tied 1-1.

WNBA Women’s National Basketball Association schedule begins June 5 through September so as to be off-season relative to the Men’s NBA play and provide year round opportunities to enjoy professional basketball. Teams include the San Antonio Stars The draft for new players will be April 16, 2015


Super Geeks Lubbock on 66th Street promises a free video tutorial on the Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System that is currently in Beta testing. Here is the You Tube Channel for Super Geeks for you to access when the video comes online

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 40th Annual Exhibition is April 16, 2015 – July 15, 2015 at Texas Tech Museum and the host Society is West Texas Watercolor Society represented by Carol Peterson who may be contacted at or by phone 806-535-6137. On January 28 the submissions were accepted or rejected and paintings were sent in March. Linda Baker will juror the show from April 27 – May 1, 2015 and winners will be notified by May 4. Delegates to the annual Exhibition will arrive on May 28 and depart on June 1. Western Federation Societies can be found in eight states

Here are images of the entries in the Exhibition that you can view as a slide show.

West Texas Watercolor Society offices are at the YWCA Legacy Event Center downtown Lubbock 14th Street and Avenue O.


Human Rights Art Exhibition from the Collection at South Texas College, McAllen Texas and also from South Plains artists, goes on exhibit April 23 through June 10, 2015 at International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University. The opening reception is Thursday April 23 from 4:30-6:30 pm during which a film Benches will be shown in the Auditorium while Kristi Humphries will provide a performance.

Trafficked by Lynn M. Randolph of Houston Texas is one of the paintings exhibited

There is a half-scale seaworthy replica of La Salle’s ship La Belle [feminine beautiful] that is called La Petite [small] Belle docked alongside the Palacios Texas shrimping fleet, and artifacts recovered i.e. excavated from, the seabed of the shipwrecked La Belle in Matagorda Bay in 1686, appear in a seven Gulf Coast museums including City By The Sea Museum in Palacios

La Salle is Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle,_Sieur_de_La_Salle the French explorer who died age 43 inland the next year 1687 near present day Huntsville Texas.

A marvelous temporary exhibit La Belle The Ship That Changed History is at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin October 25, 2014 – May 17, 2015 and the permanent exhibit on La Belle will go up in November 2015 while the temporary exhibit begins traveling the state.

La Salle had previously in 1685 started a colony at the mis-named Fort St Louis on a bluff overlooking Garcitas Creek before it emptied into Lavaca Bay on the Gulf Coast of later to be Texas. It was just an outpost amid hostile natives, the Karankawa Indians. It was La Salle’s attempt to beat the English and Spanish to this area he thought to be near the mouth of the Mississippi River, his goal, and La Salle left the outpost to travel inland to gain relief for his people in January 1687. At that point there were only 50 men women and children at the outpost and a Karankawa Indian attack ended their colonization in 1689. Spanish explorers would find the site of the former French colony and build a Spanish outpost over it Evidence of Karankawa occupation also was present in the area, so it’s quite historic. The Spanish De Leon Expedition found the abandoned and empty colony and made this map of it after burying the cannon because they anticipated returning to the area and using the cannon for a Spanish outpost’s defense. The Spanish burned the French-constructed buildings to the ground.

As we think about La Salle’s early exploration we are reminded of Alver Nunez Cabeza de Vaca’s ill-fated Narvaez Expedition of 1527 and his being rescued and enslaved by Karankawa Indians along the Texas Gulf Coast Early European entrance into Texas is an amazing story.

A fiction is Miles Arceneaux, La Salle’s Ghost: A Novel (Stephen F. Austin University Press 2013). The author Arceneaux is a pen name for three writers who collaborate on fiction such as this, namely Brent Douglass, John T. Davis, and James R. Dennis. $15.45 paperback $10 e-book. Brent Douglass’s parents reside in Lubbock Texas.


Congress mistakenly passed a Medicare Reform Payment Plan including a sustainable growth rate formula SGR and on April 14, 2015 repealed it, averting a 21 % across the board reduction in Medicare’s physician fees for covered services. There are complexities with regard to appropriately compensating physicians while reducing the growth rate of health care costs, and Congress now realizes, belatedly, that a simple meat-ax approach won’t work

The reality is that ever since 2002 Congress has adjusted the reality of payment reductions that the SGR would have imposed, so the SGR has been an unenforced specter for many years. It’s best to get rid of it and take careful account of reality.


In 1913 before The Great War commenced, an all African-American Army National Guard Regiment was formed, the 15th Infantry Regiment, New York. Most of its members lived in New York City or the NYC area. It continued to train as an Army National Guard Regiment after The Great War began in 1914 but the United States did not enter the War until 1917 and The American Army Expeditionary Forces under General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing were posted to Europe. Initially the 15th became the US Army 369th Infantry Regiment and were deployed alongside the Expeditionary Forces but not incorporated within them, only being used as stevedores and support troops. Pershing had insisted that the American Army Expeditionary Forces not be incorporated into the commands and troops in the field of the French, English and Canadian Armies but rather be assigned their own sector and fight under their own military commanders. He did allow for the 369th Infantry Regiment to be assigned to the French Army in its sector of battle at Champagne-Marne and at Meuse-Argonne and their French commanders referred to the regiment as The Men of Bronze, and awarded medals and badges for bravery and military accomplishment.

Bill Miles, Men of Bronze (documentary film 60 minutes black and white 1977)

Max Brooks, The Harlem Hellfighters (Turtleback Books hardcover Broadway Books paperback 2014) is a 257 page graphic novel illustrated by Caanan Whte, that is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment from its inception. Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft well-known film actors. Lubbock Public Library GEN FIC BROO two copies. $23.48 hardcover $14.13 paperback $10 e-book.

Max Brooks will show portions of the documentary film and discuss his graphic novel on the Texas Tech University campus on Wednesday April 22 at 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the School of Law Lanier Professional Development Center Auditorium. A free event.

Sony Pictures purchased the film rights to the graphic novel and is producing a movie to be released in 2016.


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