Celebration of Life and Death

Ruth Allbright 1917 - 2012

Ruth Allbright 1917 – 2012

The fall of 2012 has been bittersweet. My art opening was so fabulous but there was one missing ingredient – my mother, Ruth Allbright. She had a mild stroke three days before the exhibit opened so she was unable to attend the gala. She recovered well enough to make a trip to Terlingua and Lajitas the following week – she viewed beautiful sunrises, attended a party at Desert Sports and made it to the Sangregado Gallery to see my show. She loved it! Especially the gallery-wrapped photo image of the Coryphantha cacti which I immediately ordered for her Christmas present. My sisters and I knew the stroke had effected Mom to the point she needed more care so after her 95th birthday party on Oct. 21, we moved her from Alpine to El Paso to her own room in a beautiful assisted living residence – The Regency – where one of my sisters works as a nurse. I told Mom it was a journey on a cruise ship where she wouldn’t get sea sick. We filled her room with art and family photos and her comfortable furniture. She jumped right into the activities…exercise classes, dancing, bowling (even bowled a strike), making new friends and eating healthy food. My visit at Thanksgiving was fun, but I knew she wasn’t quite right. The drive to the Franklin Mountains and through the Upper Valley to see the brilliant orange trees only stressed her. “Have we been to Kentucky?” she asked. It was the day after I left that she had another stroke that left her unconscious. The three sisters came together to help her through her final days under the gentle guidance of Hospice of El Paso. We held her hand, talked to her, sang songs for her and told her we loved her. She struggled at first, but her last full day was peaceful. It seemed that she held on until I told her, “I know you love us, and it’s okay to let go…you will see your good friends and dear family that have gone before you.” My sister raised the window and a cool breeze filtered in. You could almost feel Ruth’s spirit leave to join the fluttering leaves in the lovely, tall cottonwood tree just outside her room. She loved the outdoors, and that is where I plan to spend more time and continue Ruth’s Celebration of Life. The art exhibit at Lajitas Resort in the Sangregado Gallery is extended through New Year’s and then it is on to more music and art in 2013! Much love to my sisters, my family, and to the friends of Ruth Allbright!

Gratitude for the Lajitas Gala

Thanks to everyone that attended the Sangregado Gallery Opening at Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa! Beautiful setting, good company and perfect weather…an excellent way to share art. My appreciation goes to General Manager John Finley for inviting me to be the featured artist. Special thanks to Anita Goss for making everything happen from the posters to the lovely food trays. Music performed by Chris Baker on flute and Kerry O’Hare on violin added more class to the event. Thank you, Sian and Debbie, for all your help in keeping the gallery open!

The exhibit will be shown through November 30th and gallery hours are 9 – 6 pm, 7 days a week (closed for lunch from 1 – 2 pm). Call ahead to make special arrangements for viewing at 432.424.5005. More images from the gala here. And more great photos by Voni Glaves here along with a posting in the Alpine Daily Planet. Also in the Planet, an article by Carlton Leatherwood who was gracious enough to interview me earlier this summer. Alpine Avalanche’s Amanda Tilley made the trek to the gallery and wrote this piece which covers the goals of the gallery. One more for now: Marlys Hersey wrote an insightful commentary in the September Big Bend Gazette.

Art on the Walls in Lajitas!

The show is up and running in Lajitas thanks to the help of my friend, Melissa Forsythe and the fine folks in Lajitas. The new Sangregado Gallery on the Lajitas Boardwalk will be open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. Join us at the reception on Sat, Oct 6th from 4 to 8 pm. Listen to the musical talents of Chris Baker! Enjoy some local art! Visit with interesting people!

ART in Lajitas

You are invited to the opening reception on October 6th, 2012! The exhibit will be on display all of October and November!

Lajitas Art Gallery Exhibit this Fall

Getting word out that I have been invited to exhibit at the LAJITAS ART GALLERY at Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa! The exhibit will show for two fine fall months – October and November with a WINE & CHEESE reception on Saturday, OCTOBER 6TH from 4 – 8 pm. You’ll see some of my classic photos in a fresh way, and I’m spending the summer filling blank canvases with new ideas. Christina’s World (fabulous jewelry and art store next door) will be joining in the fun. October 6th is also IMBA’s “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” so make a weekend of it by biking, hiking, playing golf and joining other resort activities. Mark your calendar and reserve your room or camping spot.

Featured Artist at Earth and Fire Imports!

Announcing the grand opening of Earth & Fire Imports in their new location in Terlingua Ghost Town (between Starlight Theater and Espresso…y Poco Mas). I was invited to be the featured artist for the next two weeks – Dec. 19th – Jan. 2nd – with an opening reception on Mon. Dec 19th from 4:30 – 8:30 pm. The rock wall of the historic building will hold a sampling of my paintings, drawings and photography. Paintings by Dani Bottenfield and photography by Ruth Jansyn, will also be on display. Fine ceramics and metal art from Mexico will be featured. Happy Holidays!

Artwalk Gratitude

Whoa….what an Artwalk! Huge, warm hugs of gratitude go to all the fine people that supported my show and made the event possible. The raffle winner of the original Artwalk image is…..Janet Stewart of Alpine, Texas. Well-deserving Janet is the dedicated director of the Big Bend Arts Council. My young artist friend, Luna, pulled the winning ticket. The raffle raised over $1500 to jumpstart fundraising for this coming year’s Savor the Arts progam which pledges money to the area school art programs.

And what a lovely, comfortable setting for my work at TransPecos Bank! Ben Russell and staff welcomed and helped with all that was needed. The Sul Ross Mariachi Ensemble serenaded while wine and refreshments were served. My art generated a range of responses – a few were haunted by snakes and spiders but most were impressed. I loved the stories the images generated – one lady, armed with a broom and a dustpan, was almost hit by a truck when trying to save a tarantula from the road. Another woman told me about being eye level with a snake (the non-venomous variety) and her adventures in moving it so the frogs living in her unfinished outdoor shower wouldn’t be eaten. I met my toddling great-niece, Jolee, and her artist mom, Mary Jo Vick, for the first time, and an adult variety great-niece, Jessica Vick, had a successful weekend at her shop in Alpine. It was great to hang with friends and meet new ones. The South County contingency was strong and we were the last around the campfire.

Riding the Austin Bike Zoo double trouble butterfly bike along with the Zebracorn in the Art Car Parade was a highlight as well as dancing to Augie Meyers and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Left my exhibit guardian duty to hear the music of Trevor Reichman for a few songs. Dashed into other galleries and saw the work of Rachel Madera, Renee Cisneros and Julianna Johnson among many others. Small world award goes to photographers, Laren and Drew Bridges. My sister and I stopped to visit with Laren, a fellow photo symposium speaker, and meet her husband when we discovered that Drew had been raised by our Aunt Polly Allbright. A few tears here.

If you were unable to make the exhibit, here is a virtual tour. Autographed posters ($10) and long-sleeve event shirts ($25) are still available at Kiowa Gallery in Alpine (thanks, Keri!). The sale of these items will fund Artwalk 2012. Well, time to recover between the holidays. Thanks again to ALL…to the friends who loaned art from their private collection…to Dennie Miller for loaning me rechargeable batteries in a pinch…to the ladies who loaned me their wardrobe advice. Cheers to ART!

Last Minute Artwalk Notes

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Ominous microphone

Packing up for Alpine today!

Here’s a link to the Marfa Public Radio show and the interview by Jason “Oslo” Kolker.
Also, an article by Mark Glover with the Big Bend Sentinel.

Don’t forget to check out work by Terlingua Artists!

add to this list: David Sines and Luna at Rachel Madera’s shop and Roger Cutforth at Sibley Gallery

Other Terlingua Artists at Kiowa Gallery include:
Paul Wiggins with his bold, striking silver jewelry
Collie Ryan with her individualistic hubcap paintings
Marie French with her lovely jewelry
Marie will also have a book signing and demonstration at Front Street Books from 4:00 – 9:30 pm on Saturday the 19th.

Bonnie Wonderlich’s paintings are at Catchlight Art Gallery on 117 W. Holland Ave. She is one of 14 artists in their fine art co-op and will be available Saturday evening of Artwalk so please come by.

And from Mark Kneeskern: Eye AM showing at Sibley Gallery! I will have two freestanding wood sculptures…ponderosa logs from CO, carved into characters and creatures.

Looking forward to it all! Thanks to EVERYONE who has supported these efforts!

Love and Peace, Crystal

The Approach of Artwalk

Howdy all!
Artwalk 2011 is approaching, and I’m letting folks know about the festivities.
This week, I’ll be interviewed on Marfa Public Radio for their Talk at Ten show. So listen at 10 am or 6:30 pm on Wed, Nov. 9th. You can also listen to the podcast posted on their website. Whoohoo…the airwaves!

My paintings, drawings and photographs will be shown at TransPecos Bank
102 West Avenue E . corner of 5th and the westbound one-way

Artwalk Reception hours: Nov. 18 & 19 from noon to 8 pm
Music provided by the Mariache Ensemble from Sul Ross State University

If you’re unable to make Artwalk, the exhibit will be up for two weeks.
Exhibit dates: Nov. 15 – 30th
Bank hours: 9 am – 4 pm on M-Th and 9 am – 5 pm on Fri
Closed on Thanksgiving Day

A few pastels will also be on display at Kiowa Gallery 105 E. Holland Ave
Raffle tickets for the original Artwalk drawing are still available. Contact me or Kiowa Gallery. Proceeds go the the area art school programs thanks to Savor the Arts.

Other Terlingua Artists at Kiowa Gallery include:
Paul Wiggins with his bold, striking silver jewelry
Collie Ryan with her individualistic hubcap paintings
Marie French with her lovely jewelry
Marie will also have a book signing and demonstration at Front Street Books from 4:00 – 9:30 pm on Saturday the 19th.

Bonnie Wonderlich’s paintings are at Catchlight Art Gallery on 117 W. Holland Ave. She is one of 14 artists in their fine art co-op and will be available Saturday evening of Artwalk so please come by.

And from Mark Kneeskern: Eye AM showing at Sibley Gallery! I will have two freestanding wood sculptures…ponderosa logs from CO, carved into characters and creatures.

Artwalk 2011! Don’t miss the music! or the Art Car Parade! or cycling on a giant butterfly brought to you by Austin Bike Zoo!