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Viva Terlingua Fest 2014

Regal Ringneck © Crystal Allbright

Regal Ringneck © Crystal Allbright

Terlingua, Texas is rich with the talent of local musicians, photographers, and filmmakers, and they will have the chance to share their artistry this next weekend, August 14th – 17th. A group of fine folks headed up by Pat O’Bryan are presenting Viva Terlingua Fest. “…we decided that we’d put on a party and invite people like ourselves. People who live their lives like art and make art like they live.” So, what do I do? I enter all three categories and had work accepted in each. Insert a little smiling, grateful tap dance here.

The four days of festivities will include a photography exhibit at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua. Three of my images will be displayed…two pics have never been shown in public! My good friend, Jennifer Peña, will be showing her photos for the first time!

The Red Rock Theater in Lajitas will be the cool setting for videos on the afternoons of Friday and Saturday. I submitted a 3 minute video called “Hoop for Rain” which is set to outstanding guitar wizardry of Julian Mock. It will be played on Saturday, the 16th at noon.

I love original music, especially when it is written by friends, especially when it comes from their souls. Songwriters will be featured each evening at the Thirsty Goat in Lajitas and the Starlight Theater in Terlingua. These are two great venues for enjoying refreshing beverages while listening to words spun into song. Prolific songwriter, Laird Considine, will perform on Friday, the 15th from 6 – 7 pm at the Starlight and I’ll be backing him up with the squeezebox. Then on Saturday, the 16th at 5 pm, I’ll sing a few of my creations with Laird weaving sweet mandolin lines into the mix.

What a great way to spend August! Of course, there will be hula hooping, too! A hooping jam will be hosted by the Barton Warnock Center on Thursday, August 14th from 10 am – noon. Come hoop with us on the state park’s spacious, cool porch, and loosen up those hips before a weekend of fine art and fun times.

Alpine Artwalk 2013 almost here!

Yes, I hope to see much art and many artists at the TWENTIETH annual Alpine Artwalk. Dates are November 22 and 23rd. Earlier this summer, Jean Hardy-Pittman, of Front Street Books invited me to show in the Reading Room. Copper Love will have her Big Bend paintings there, too! Then the Artwalk Board Members decided to have a show at Trans Pecos Bank to feature all the featured artists from the past 20 years…great idea! So I will also have some pieces at the Trans Pecos Bank along with a fine line up of artists. The list so far: Deborah Allison, Wayne Baize, Tom Curry, John Davis, Boyd Elder, Teresa Elliott, James H. Evans, and Abby Levine. Other featured artists on this impressive list include Merrian Meriwether, Harriet McDonald, Emily Harmon and Alan Gerson. The there will be the Austin Bike Zoo Parade on Saturday as well as hula hoopers in the street. Wow! Should be a great show and I hope to say howdy to all y’all!

Artwork on the Move

IMG_8302My artwork has moved to the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, Texas and will be on display for the month of July 2013. It was great to visit with friends that work there while hanging the show. I hope the images bring folks a little cheer. The exhibit is made possible by the Big Bend Arts Council.

Artwork at West Texas Nat’l Bank in Alpine, Texas

Rosemary Fritz contacted me about participating in an art exhibit program sponsored by the Big Bend Arts Council, and I said, YES! The artist shows at two locations for a month each and the easels and wall display format make it an easy hang. For the month of June, I have photographs and paintings at West Texas National Bank in Alpine, Texas. The lobby hours are 9 am – 3 pm MON-FRI. For the month of July, the artwork will move to the Big Bend Regional Medical Center. So stop by the bank lobby this June, and take a break from the heat. While prepping the display, it was great to visit with Jan Moeller (paints beautiful watercolors), Sheriff Ronny Dodson and Dr. Roy Dodson (my painting professor at Sul Ross). Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing any of the pieces… Cheers!

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!