Arts History Update for late July 2015

19 Jul

Arts History Update for late July 2015 by David Cummins

Is too much of a good thing still a good thing, or is it just too much? In 1965 a hotly debated political struggle ended with the establishment of a Landmarks Preservation Commission for New York City. Fast forward 50 years and this unique city has 1,300 individual landmarks, 114 historic districts, and 33,000 land-marked properties. These include 100 lamp posts, seven cast-iron sidewalk clocks, three Coney Island amusement park rides, and a magnifloria grandiflora tree planted in Brooklyn in 1885 from which a novel arose Betty Smith, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: A Novel (Harper 1947). It also includes Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, a wooden frame structure built in 1652 and the city’s oldest structure in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. What it doesn’t include is Pennsylvania Station that was razed to the ground in 1963-1965 and precipitated the public and political outcry that brought forward the landmark preservation law.

The Museum of the City of New York exhibit Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks is on view from April 21-September 13, 2015 and tells a remarkable story. Preservation activities helped spawn an architecture community of professionals who are expert in renovating and re-purposing historic or landmarked properties so that they remain historic but are perfectly useful and valuable in today’s market and society. Also, these professionals learned how to construct new buildings within an historic district so as not to clash with or displace or alter what is historic about the district. Smart architecture and smart technology is the best kind today.


The Robert Bruno Steel House will be available for public viewing and walk through on Sunday October 4, 2015 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm admission $10 at 91 E. Canyon View Drive in Ransom [Rescate] Canyon. This 35 year project by the late Robert Bruno is an art and architectural masterpiece even if not livable for a contemporary nuclear family. That day and time is also the 2015 Art Show for the Ransom Canyon Property Owners Association and payment of the viewing fee at the Steel House is also the admission fee for the Art Show at the Ranch House down below lakeside where art is exhibited and sold. Since several of the residents and former residents are accomplished artists, this show is surprisingly good for many first timers. No surprise for those who’ve attended in previous years. For more information call Jackie De Vore Lindsey 806-543-7089 or e-mail Ranch House manager is Ron Bornick phone 806-407-0510 and the new Ranch House is bookable as an event center.


Noted iconographer, Peter Pearson, is returning to Lubbock!

The class will be held September 15-19, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Lubbock. Class will meet Tuesday to Friday nights from 6:00-9:00pm, and Saturday morning 9:00am-12:00 noon.

Cost is $300. All supplies will be provided.

To reserve a place please send a check for $50.00 to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2807 42nd, Lubbock, Texas 79413. Please include your contact information and email address.

For questions, please contact:

Tom Hicks



Vendor Market is Saturday July 18 from 11:00 – 5:00 pm at 1108 Main Street downtown. The location is two blocks southeast of Mahon Library, one block west of the County Courthouse and in the block north of Broadway on Avenue J. There will be live demonstrations of crafts and creating art pieces, hot food, cold beverages, and more than fifteen artists have booths with creations for sale.

Julio Gonzalez is owner of United We Art at 1108 Main Street and Nikki Uriegas is owner of Lion and Owl at the same address Here is the lowdown Welcome to Lion & Owl, home of a selection of eclectic notions from the collections of artisans, salvagers, and fashionistas in the Lubbock, Texas area. Lion & Owl is located at 1108 Main St in downtown Lubbock. We are open by appointment only, during First Friday Art Trail, and during our monthly Vendor Market Event. For more details contact!


Nelly Arcan 1973-2009 [name at birth Isabelle Fortier] was a Quebecois who worked in Montreal as a prostitute and was obsessed with beauty, distressed by its passing, and committed suicide at age 36. Surprisingly for many people she was an accomplished writer and her semi-autobiographical novels marked her descent and demise Whore: A Novel (2001, transl. Bruce Benderson, Black Cat 2004), Hysteric: A Novel (2004, transl. David and Jacob Homel, Anvil Press 2014), Breakneck: A Novel (2007, transl. David & Jacob Homel, Anvil Press 2014), and Exit: A Novel (2009, transl. David Scott Hamilton, Anvil Press 2014). Soon after finishing this last novel she took her life by hanging.

Her collected non-fiction pieces are published posthumously in Nelly Arcan, Burqa of Skin (transl. Melissa Bell, Anvil Press 2014) Texas Tech Library PQ 3919.3.A78 B8713 the title refers to the author’s belief that in some parts of the world when women come of age they must be veiled while in the western world they cover themselves with a burqa of skin. Arcan wrote “Shame begets an endless lineage of women that strings together in hangmen’s nooses’ birth knots which lump, one after the next, like a snake that eats its tail, digesting itself and regenerating, self-sufficient, neither starving nor quenched.” The raw pain in that single sentence is expressed throughout her writings. Arcan’s philosophical wrestlings with humanity and in particular her revulsion from male power are seen from a “society is broken” perspective rather than an “all men are inherently evil” perspective. Would that she could have realized that the commercial buy/sell paradigm on view in urban daily life is not society but rather what so many people in society do to put bread on the table. She was obviously remarkably intelligent, always trying to second guess how and why a woman should be, and she found death the only answer to her predicament. The titles of her novels Whore, Hysteric, Breakneck and Exit succinctly and poignantly summarize the short life and hard won philosophy of this exceptional writer.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (1921) for Aline Barnsdall in Los Angeles was just lovingly restored and re-opened to the public. Here are two dozen photographs of the masterpiece that is now available for tours at only $7 per person 4800 Hollywood Blvd as a central feature of the Barnsdall Art Park.


Landwer-Manicapelli House at Buddy Holly Recreation Area astride Conquistador Lake the northwesterly and first of the Jim Bertram Canyon Lakes System of six lakes, was re-opened July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am with a formal ribbon-cutting after a $750,000 renovation by City of Lubbock.

Dr. and Mrs. Milton Fredric Landwer built the house in Spanish Mission revival style in 1936 the year he and Virginia married. They had no children. Dr. Landwer was a zoology professor at Texas Technological College from 1927 until his retirement in 1966. His wife Virginia taught biology at Lubbock High School. At that time Yellowhouse Draw was an active creek and Landwer put in an earthen dam to create a pond or small lake adjoining their home. Their neighbor was Boles Dairy operated by George B. Boles. Dr. Landwer 1897-October 17, 1980 age 83. Virginia Landwer 1916-November 22, 1996 age 80. Endowed scholarships were bequeathed for needy Texas Tech students.

Joseph and Mrs. Manicapelli bought the house in 1947 and thereafter extended it to the south and to the north putting in an additional fireplace in the north extension to add to the two fireplaces in the Landwer house. Steel casement windows were used in the extensions. Joseph died April 9, 1963 and his widow sold the house to the City of Lubbock in 1972. In 1980 the City spent $100,000 to renovate the House and in 1982 it was designated as a historical landmark. It was thereafter used as a rental or party house until the roof collapsed in 2008 and it was closed. By 2012 the City committed to spend $414,000 to renovate it, eventually spending $750,000 prior to its reopening in Summer 2015.

The City currently leases the House to Fiestas del Llano Inc. that will rent out the House for events. For booking call Sam Harper at 806-789-5013. Fiestas del Llano Inc is a Texas non-profit corporation # 0101005901 federal employer identification number 75-1943892 registered address P.O. Box 94814 Lubbock TX 79493-4814 registered agent Sam R. Harper 5701 County Road 6170 Lubbock TX 79415 and annually produces a Fiestas Patrias [patriotic party celebrating Mexican Hispanic heritage] in Lubbock, typically the weekend prior to September 16 Mexican Independence Day in 1821. Here is the schedule for 2014


A Taste of Terry County Vineyard Festival is Saturday August 1, 2015 in and near Brownfield Texas it includes a viticulture and wine exposition at American Legion Hall 1021 South 8th Street in Brownfield 8:00 – 5:00 pm free admission, a tour of Texas Custom Crush Wine Works at 1823 Terry County Road # 460 Brownfield and three vineyards outside of town beginning at 9:00 am $15 per person, and a concluding Food and Wine Event at the Senior Center 1201 Tahoka Highway $35 per person.

Terry County is now officially the Wine Grape Capital of Texas [since June 17, 2015 by Governor Abbott signing a legislative document] and unofficially the “Napa Valley” of Texas. Texas Custom Crush Wine Works is the hub for the burgeoning industry. If you collar Dusty Timmons he is the founder of Twin T Vineyards and a viticulture expert. His brother Andy Timmons is owner of Lost Draw Vineyard. If you run into Mike Sipowicz he is an enologist wine producer. The Brownfield Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor of all these good times, call 806-637-2564 for more information.

Here is an incomplete list of Texas High Plains vineyards



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