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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
When It Rains It Pours
I am fully aware I didn't mention many recent events like The Latin Jazz Festival or the Padre Island Sand Castle Days...and that's no good because those were very awesome events that I regret passing up...but you know life happens. So...here we go!
Below I posted information about the upcoming Anniversary Celebration on Friday October 29th at The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito. I suggest you all go check it out. All of the people I have met through the NMCAC have been awesome and very passionate about Valley culture and especially conjunto music...and also, my mom is going to be catering that event, so there will be good food too!
Another event I want to bring immediate attention to is an exhibition taking place at La Peña Gallery in Austin, Texas. It is called Capitol Selections and it will end this Friday on October 29th. It is a very special exhibition because it showcases the art of three art students from Lopez HS Fine Arts Academy in Brownsville. Here is a sample of an art piece that is in exhibition and which La Peña is using on their promotional postcards.
Impressive work isn't it? It looks better than some college level art I have seen.
Another event, which I have been helping with, is to take place on Nov. 11th in at Lopez High School Fine Arts Academy with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. Professors from each department (Art, Music and Theatre & Dance) will be coming to give students workshops and a portfolio review. This will give many high school students who may have aspirations in the fine arts a glimpse into higher fine arts education and what expectations and experiences they will meet if they do pursue a career in the fine arts. As soon as I get a press release or see something in the news, I will post it to this blog.
I also want to give recognition to my friend Frank Diaz, who recently had a written piece published on the online magazine The Backword. His piece "A Weekend In The Valley", reflects on his observations and experiences of living life in the Valley. Frank is an awesome writer and his talent and right-on-target articulation is something that distinguishes his writing. Frank will always be welcomed to post at The Art of Brownsville. Congratulations Frank! :0)
Here are links to the posts he contributed to The Art of Brownsville:
Frank's Post #1, Frank's Post #2, Frank's Post #3, Frank's Post #4, Frank's Post #5, Frank's Post #6, Frank's Post #7, Frank's Post #8, Frank's Post #9, Frank's Post #10
I also recommend that you take a look at the online magazine The Backword. I have been in contact with their staff and they are very awesome people who wish to expand the writing spotlight on Texas to cover areas of the state that are underrepresented in the media..areas like The Rio Grande Valley. Like many people who wish to improve exposure for culture and the arts, they do their job on a voluntary basis during their free time. So please support this magazine simply by reading it and telling your friends about it.
Here is a link to an article called "Yo Quiero Brownsville!" Backword editor and founder Cesar Diaz (no relation to Frank Diaz) wrote. Keep an eye out for this guy, he's going to help change the face of Texas writing and he is perhaps one of the most suprising sources of Brownsville culture advocacy I have had the good luck of meeting (who ::gasp!:: is not in Brownsville).
There is a new exhibtion called "Carnaval de Fantasmas" coming up at TinSoupArtSpace in Brownsville. I was not able to get all the information but I wil put it up as soon as I get it and you can also keep updated at the Image Formula website.
Isn't it true?... the phrase "WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS".
The shower is just barely beginning in The Valley and I am most proud of the artistic storm that is beginning to brew! What an exciting time to be in the Rio Grande Valley! I am also sure there are so many other cultural events I didn't get to post. If you ever want to inform me of any arts and cultural events that are going on in the Rio Grande Valley or concerning Valley art and culture ( even if it's an art exhibition in India by an artist who was born in Los Fresnos), let me know! I will be glad to post it! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information. Articles, blogs and websites about Valley art, heritage and culture are also welcomed to be linked at The Art of Brownsville. Thanks folks for reading and remember to support the arts, you may not know it, but the arts are improving the quality of your life everyday. Here is an interesting report called The Creative Community you all should take a look at as well. Thanks folks for coming by The Art of Brownsville. Again, if you have any suggestions, do not hesitate to add comments or send an email my way.
“Only through art can we get outside of ourselves and know another’s view of the universe which is not the same as ours and see landscapes which would otherwise have remained unknown to us like the landscape of the moon.” —Marcel Proust
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