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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.

Last Minute Artwalk Notes


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

James H. Evans Book Review – Cenizo Journal


The 2nd quarter issue of the Cenizo Journal has been distributed throughout the Trans Pecos of West Texas. Publisher/Editor, Dallas Baxter, had asked me to review the new book, Crazy from the Heat: a Chronicle of Twenty Years in the Big Bend. This is the second book of fabulous photographic images by James H. Evans. The foreword is graced by eloquent, versatile writer, Rebecca Solnit. To prepare for the review, I pulled photographic books out of storage and refreshed my feelings for a few my favorite photographers: Anne Noggle and Rosamond Wolff Purcell. I’ve been in awe of Evans’s work for 20 years, and it was an honor to be immersed in his images. The book will be available May 11, 2011.

Artwalk and Asleep at the Wheel

01 April 2011 – The ‘Honored Artist’ was announced to a large crowd at the Granada Theater after Charles Maxwell and the Ranger Canyon Band opened the evening. No foolin’, I had to get on stage, say a few words and accept the award that was introduced and presented by Marlys Hersey, Alpine Artwalk Board Member. I thanked the many supportive folks, talked about Jean Norsworthy’s influence, and encouraged support of the 80,000 Texas teachers whose jobs are threatened by budget cuts. Then, it was time to dance with my mom and friends to the fabulous Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. Well, now it’s time to get to work – art work that is…

Here a few pics from my beautiful sister, Robin.

Honored Artist Alpine Artwalk 2011

Yeehaw! I have been invited to be the Honored Artist for Artwalk 2011 held in Alpine, Texas in November. Double Yeehaw! What’s up with Artwalk? It’s annual event where artists of the Big Bend come together to show and sell their creations. Ah, and music abounds throughout the streets along with a variety of food tents. It’s a party to celebrate the arts and raise money for local school art programs. Dates are November 18 & 19, 2011. wpid-400dpicrop_web-2011-03-30-15-17.jpg This pastel/pencil drawing, entitled ‘Pescado Despoblado’, was created for Artwalk promotions – postcards, flyers, t-shirts, etc. Is it for sale? The framed original has been donated to a raffle to raise money for local school art programs, so there is a chance of acquiring the original (details in planning stage). You will be able to see an exhibit of my art at TransPecos National Bank (Thank you for the gracious wall space!). It will include paintings, drawings and photographs. I will also have drawings from the ‘Fish No Water’ series at Kiowa Gallery (Thank you, Keri Artz!). I look forward to promoting other artists through this honor. See you in November!

Shooting West Texas 2011

Red Racer . © Crystal Allbright

Red Racer . © Crystal Allbright

This is the third year for the successful photography symposium, Shooting West Texas, to be held at Sul Ross State University in Alpine on September 15-18, 2011. Texas photographers share their images and philosophies while dispelling valuable technical tips. Along with presentations, the weekend includes workshops in the field and also a juried photography show. I have been invited to be a presenter, and will be talking about macro photography without an SLR camera. ‘Macro on the Go’ is for those with smaller versions of digital cameras. We’ll discuss how to use the ‘macro mode’ to approach subjects from different angles with the use of available light. At first, they wanted me to show ‘bug’ images, and now that’s been expanded to include spiders and snakes…how about flowers?

Sensational photographers presenting at Shooting West Texas are Wyman Meinser, Jeremy WoodhouseWayne Baize, Russell Graves, Earl Nottingham, Terry Nathan, Laren Bridges and Rachel Waller.