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Website has a New Look!

I am excited to launch a NEW website format! Please take a look around, and let me know what you think. On the CONTACT Page, you may now safely sign up for email notification regarding new art, upcoming exhibits, and fresh postings. Did I mention it is MOBILE friendly!! Great appreciation goes out to Ray Gulick of Evolution Web Development for his expertise and patience in getting this new site up and running! Now, it’s time to make more ART!!!

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2015 Big Bend National Park Calendar

At the end of June, I received a call from Barbara Hines of the Big Bend Natural History Association. She invited me to be the featured photographer for the 2015 Big Bend National Park Calendar. After a moment of shocked silence, I responded, “Yes, why it’s a dream come true!” They needed the images by the first part of August 2013, and you may wonder why so early? They needed time…time to select the images and for park personnel to write narratives about each photo. Time for the graphics company to design the layout and to have the calendar printed at the first of 2014. The goal was to have the calendars ready to sell by February. That meant I had only July to add new images to my portfolio. How will I document snow and fall foliage in the middle of our desert summer? “May I dig in the archives?” and yes, was the response.

So off I went, tromping through old hard drives and using images I had considered for nothing else. The ones waiting for their shining moment. With the unusually mild temperatures and the classic lovely rains in July, I was also able to trek across the desert, chasing evening rainbows and early morning light. Exploring new locations and visiting old favorites in the hopes of seeing iconic places of our beloved national park from a different perpective. I found my mind dancing with ideas…there was so much to share. Beautiful flora, interesting fauna, exciting geological formations, historical sites. The different biomes…the river, the desert, the mountains. The subtle changes in seasons…rain and blooms and fall colors. Through all of this, I had to think in a square format which was exciting and different for me. As a photographer, I’m technically challenged, but the praises of a ‘good eye’ pressed me forward. My final images were taken with 5 different cameras…most of which are a point and shoot variety. I even resurrected an old camera that had taken many of my favorite images.

In a whirlwind, I delivered my files, and the staff of the association chose their favorites…13 for the large spaces and 12 for the small spaces. Now the images are with Chris and Ellen Ruggia of Vastgraphics in Alpine. I have worked with them on many projects in the past so I was thrilled they were handling the design. Now we wait. I posted a few here that were not selected to keep the final product a surprise. In the meantime, you can support the Big Bend Natural History Association by buying their 2014 calendar with images by Blake Trester. Blake’s images include the nighttime Milky Way over the Chisos Mountains and a gorgeous view from the rim of Mariscal Canyon. Trust me, it’s marvelous.

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.

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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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!

Artwalk Exhibit Next Month!

November 18 and 19 Artwalk 2011 is coming soon…at least imminence is felt as I get the pieces ready. My exhibit at TransPecos Bank in Alpine will begin on Tuesday, November 15th and end on November 30th. I recently finished this commissioned piece that will be on display. It was a luscious piece of work with new Unison Color Soft Pastels on Wallis Pastel Paper. This sanded paper allowed me to work in a larger format (36.5″ x 24″) Thanks to both former Artwalk featured artists, Lindy Cook Severns and Deborah Allison for the info on materials as well as their inspiration. The original pastel drawing (image below) I made for Artwalk will be raffled off at $10 a ticket and the monies will go the School Art Fund! Tickets are available through me or at Kiowa Gallery in Alpine. The drawing is matted and framed and looks great! Last week, I delivered this year’s Artwalk check to the Big Bend High School and the 8th graders of the Terlingua Common School District. Spent the time talking to them about Artwalk…the Art Car Parade and chance to see regional art. I also shared my ‘Macro on the Go’ presentation from the Shooting West Texas Photography Symposium. What a fine group of young adults in Terlingua! They were attentive and interacted. One student went home that night, took a close-up of a butterfly and is now entering it in a contest. Yesssss!

Shooting West Texas Follow Up

What a mind soaking weekend in September at the 2011 Shooting West Texas Photo Symposium, and not just because it rained! My head is swimming with so many fantastic images…Wyman Meinser’s aerial view of Guitar Mountain, Terry Nathan’s cloud embraced peaks, and Jeremy Woodhouse’s filmy birds in fight. I loved Rachel Waller’s passionate horse portraits and Laren Bridges’s enthusiastic connection to people. The ranch legacy is revered in Adam Jahiel’s stunning silver prints. Wayne Baize’s gracious love of painting and drawing the West Texas ranch life carries over from his referential photographs. For the next Texas Monthly cover, I’ll muse over TJ Tucker’s perseverance as creative director. True to his home and heart, Russell Graves shared his smile-inducing video ventures. True to the preservation of historical photographs are Melleta Bell and Mike Howard, Archives of the Big Bend. On a menu of fabulous photographers, I was the last to present. My topic was called ‘Macro Mode on the Go’ but more aptly could’ve been ‘Close Up on a Budget’ or ‘Getting Intimate with Things that Stick, Sting or Bite’. I hope it gave folks the gusto to explore with their photography. Again and again, thanks to Barney Nelson, Barbara Richerson and all those that made the event at Sul Ross State University a success. Okay, enough sitting and more shooting!

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