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Friday, December 21, 2007

POETRY

"THE STARVING ARTIST"
What artist does or does not have the power to create and build his own world beyond that of the common critic, the art dealers of local galleries and or museums? What artist can or can not truly reflect on life and completely escape fear and entrapment of our social foundations of law, religion and culture?. What artist is willing to express his or her own thoughts or ideas without grasping a breath of awareness of what has already been done and set us more free......... (GT)....


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL TAOB READERS.......

Thursday, December 20, 2007

NEW ART SPACE MCALLEN

Manichaus, Modern Art Space, located at 1301-B North Main Street, McAllen, Texas, will be having a Christmas Art Sale on Saturday, December 22, 2007 and run through to December 29, 2007. The reception for the sale will be from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22nd.
Omar I. Rodriguez & Dawn Haughey
For more information: 956-207-0940

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

DECEMBER 22, 2007

Uplift! Movement 'Under-Grand' Opening!
Food and drinks, craft & art swap/tianguis!

Stencil workshops by Museo {i}menos, project collaborations
& consignment after party...

MUSICA:
DJ NomaZ, Ronnie Garza, DJ Canguru, Cloak & Dagger,
Son Taller Jarocho and local djs & experimental musicians...

ART TIANGUIS/SALE ARTISTS:
DREPT of Visual Feast, Claudia Garza, ¡NOALMURO!, Gabriel Treviño, Ronnie Garza, Carl Vestberg, MENOS and more local artists...

Contact: Eduardo 961-5823,
jungleizm@yahoo.com
www.myspace.com/upliftmovement
www.myspace.com/upliftgifts

or

René 534-1997,
museoimenos@gmail.com
www.museoimenos.org

Uplift! Movement 'Under-Grand' Opening
Saturday,December 22, 2007
12pm - sundown???
Uplift! Movement
109 1/2 Park Ave.
Pharr, TX


Directions: US EXPY 83 exit Cage/Pharr exit and go south approx. 1.5mi on Cage. Turn left on Park Ave. (The 1st street after you cross Business 83). Uplift! Movement is located on the North side of Park Ave.
¡Para los que hacen mas con menos!

--
René Z. Garza
Museo {i}menos
RGV / FRONT. TAMPS
78596 USA
1.956.534.1997
www.museoimenos.org
museoimenos@gmail.com
¡ Para los que hacen mas con menos !

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

TEXAS VALLEY ARTIST ASS.

"AL FRESCO ART SALE"
12/08 'SATURDAY 11AM TO 4PM


WHERE:6073 CONTINENTAL DRIVE
BROWNSVILLE TX 78520
SITE: V.I.C.C -VISIBLE ON 802

BY : TEXAS VALLEY ARTIST ASSOCIATION
CONTACT:956-544-0429
JENNIFER MORGAN

"ALL ARTISTS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE AND EXHIBIT YOUR ART"
20% OF SALE DONATION WILL BE ACCEPTED AND GREATELY APPRICIATED FOR STUDENT AFTER SCHOOL ARTWORKSHOP SUPPLIES TO BE HELD IN MARCH 2008......

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hello Art Community

> Dear Art Community,
> My name is Ruben Avila and I am with the Visual Arts
> Network, a brand new
> television network dedicated to art appreciation and
> art instruction. We
> are a satellite television network that broadcasts
> out of W. Palm Beach,
> Florida. However, I make my residence here in
> McAllen and if you would like
> to see the programming--go to
>
www.VisualArtsNetwork.TV
> That's .TV not .com
>
> Recently I had the pleasure to attend the Upper
> Valley Art League show and
> got to meet some of you--and video tape you as well.
> I am still finishing
> some of that editing. Jesus DeLa Rosa's video of
> that night is completed.
> You could do me and the local art community a huge
> favor by going to see
> these videos and posting your comments at
>
> http://www.youtube.com/VisualArtsNetwork
>
> The videos that you see here are the same one's that
> will be seen on the
> television network on a program I produce called
> "ART i SEE"--in the coming
> weeks.
> Since I am here in the Rio Grande Valley, together
> we have a great
> opportunity to show the Nation the unique beauty and
> talent that we have
> awaiting them here in the Valley.
>
> I am looking for more artists to create these 5:45
> videos for the website
> and television. I also need help in creating a
> local version of this
> television show. Wouldn't that be great! Our own
> local show featuring
> local artists, shows and the associations events?
> This can be easily done
> if we all work together. FIRST things first, I need
> you to circulate this
> email to your friends in the arts directing them to
> the videos on the
> YouTube site.
>
> Please feel free to email me to say hello and/or to
> point me in the
> direction of the next art event in order to capture
> it on video.
>
> For the Arts,
>
> Ruben Avila, Producer
> Visual Arts Network
>
>
> SCHEDULE FOR "ART i SEE" -- SEEN WEEKLY on
>
www.VisualArtsNetwork.TV
>
> THURSDAY 3:30 AM 9:30 AM 3:30 PM
> 9:30 PM
>
> FRIDAY 4:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
> 10:30 PM
>
> SATURDAY 4:00 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
>
> SUNDAY 4:00 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM

visualartsnetworktv@gmail.com

Monday, December 03, 2007

BMFA - EXHIBITION

BMFA Member Exhibition Reception
&
Holiday Open House

Wednesday
December 5, 2007
4 pm - 7 pm

Free admission

660 E. Ringgold St
956/542-0941

Member Exhibtion on display
Dec 5, 2007 - Feb 3, 2008

"Peripheral Visions"


“Peripheral Visions,” a collection of works by UTB Senior Art Students will be displayed at the Rusteberg Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at The University of Texas at Brownsville , opening December 4, 2007 at 6:30 P.M.

Location: Rusteberg Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building

Opening Reception: December 4th, 2007, 6:30 P.M.
Last day to view work: December 10th, 2007
Admission: $3.00 (Free to Patron of the Arts members. Student semester passes available for $5.00)
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Closed: Friday, weekends and university holidays

“Peripheral Visions,” an exhibit by senior art students from the University of Texas at Brownsville , will be displayed on December 4th, 2007 through December 10th, 2007 at the new Rusteberg Art Gallery . The show will open on October December 4th at 6:30 P.M. Admission is $3.00. Semester passes are available for all UTB students for $5.00. Admission is free to all Patron of the Arts members.
The show will include a variety of 2-D and 3-D works recently created by students Fatima Lai, Juan Hurtado , Daniel J. Nunez, and William David Hockaday. Each student has spent the past semester preparing for this exhibit and has placed every ounce of creativity and strength into their work. “Peripheral Visions” is a collection of “modern abstractions created by Senior Artists,” in the words of our senior students, and is sure to make an impression.

Artist Statements:
“I can say most of my paintings and ceramic pieces are from my ideas, thoughts and perceived notions behind the concepts of life, death and the afterlife. They are about saying something like a feeling; expressing one’s emotions. It’s not just about feeling them, but about understanding them. Knowing why you are feeling that way and why you should listen to yourself.
-Fátima Lai

“Form is everything.” - Juan Hurtado

“Emotion is the main criteria for creation and appreciation of my work.”
-Daniel J. Núñez

“The visual image is the most important. Every time I create I get motivated by the creative process and the images that come forth.”
-William David Hockaday

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

QUE VIVA EL ARTE

COMING SOON,
ONLINE-GOOGLE-VIDEO

"QUE VIVA EL ARTE" 1HOUR
VIDEO FOOTAGE OF OUR LOCAL ART SCENE

"Its as raw as video can get, real, like a bag of potatoes. Its just a small taste of what is going on in our local art scene"gt

THE ART OF BROWNSVILLE BLOG 11/30/2007 4YRS OF ART, CULTURE AND MUMBO JUMBO.....

y de una vez,

"hay donde me encuentres....mi arte estara " gt

DRAWINGS & PAINTINGS
BY:GABRIEL TREVINO

77 FLEA MARKET - "LA PULGA"
BROWNSVILLE, TX
-----------------------------------
December 2, Sunday 8:30am to 1:30pm
December 9, Sunday 8:30am to 1:30pm
December 16, Sunday 8:30am to 1:30pm
December 29, Saturday 8:30am to 1:30pm
December 30, Sunday 8:30am to 1:30pm
----------------------------
Contact : 956-838-5519

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Hour


OPENING TODAY. Tuesday November 20, 2007 @ 6:30 p.m.
Rusteberg Art Gallery (UTB Campus)
80 Fort Brown, Brownsville Texas

Single Admission for all 2007-2008 events: $3.00
Student semester passes: $5.00
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Thursday 10:00am -1pm and 2pm to 7pm
Closed Weekends, Holidays, and between exhibitions

Saturday, November 10, 2007

T.A.O.B. READERS

Many thanks to you The Art of Brownsville Blog readers for your continues visits to the blog and the art scene... T.A.O.B. Blog turns 4yrs of existence 11/30/2007.. Please continue to watch out for updates on that. A celebration may be in order.....
Where is Mayra ? Mayra if your out there, reading.... Yes the TAOB readers miss you...Come back and wow us with your intellectual artistic ridiculously cool insights on the world we call art.

Heads up coming up November 15, 2007 Galeria 409 opens with " IRON " . Mark Clarks new group show of local talent iron sculptors....

Your comments are always welcomed here at T.A.O.B. Blog...

Friday, November 09, 2007

SAVE THE DATES FOR THE BMFA

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 6:30 P.M. $25
Art Lecture by Dr. Romeo Montalvo
View the Montalvo Collection of Contemporary Latin American Art and attend an art lecture by Dr. Romeo Montalvo. Dr. Romeo and Linda Montalvo are recent recipients of the Distinguished Collectors’ Award.
Wine and canapés. Reservations requested.

Saturday, November 17, 2007, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. $10
Make Holiday Arts & Crafts
Family Fun Day - all ages
You will make your own cards, decorations and more. Instructors, Snacks and Materials provided

Sunday, December 2, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. $25
Christmas Tree Contest
Each tree decorated with hand-made ornaments by Brownsville Middle School Students

Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 4:00-7:00 P.M.
Museum Members Exhibition


Saturday, December 15, 2007, 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
37th Annual Children’s Art Exhibition
Formerly Student International Art Show. Free admission.

(956)542-0941

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

PROGRESO ART NOV. 17, 2007

Progreso Art:
Nuevo Progreso Tamaulipas, México,
124 Benito Júarez Ave. Second Floor
Gallery Hours: 11am - 5pm and by appointment
www.progresoart.com

For Immediate Release -November 1, 2007
CONTACT: Jesus S. De La Rosa, 956-457-0475:
jesusdlr@yahoo.com
EXHIBITION:Symbol Perception As Suspect Device
DATES:
November 17, 2007 - January 31, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17th • 8pm
Admission to the gallery and reception is free.

Progreso Art is pleased to present Symbol Perception
As Suspect Device an exhibition incorporating
two-dimensional works, installation and sound
environment by Kris Ohlinger and Pablo De La Rosa.
Pablo De La Rosa (www.pablodelarosa.net)
Pablo De La Rosa is an artist, musician and graphic
designer living in the South Texas and Mexico border
region. His music has been featured in ISM Magazine
www.ismcommunity.org.

Artist Statement:
My artwork allows me to play out a fascination with
emotionally established perceptive associations and
how these affect the creative process, its output, and
an audience's mode of evaluation through experiments
with sound, music, and visual art.

Kris Ohlinger (www.krisoh.com)
Kris has been featured in Festiva and published in
Gallery: UTPA's journal of student literature and art.
He is a physics and math major at UTPA and produces
art to the distraction of both. His work consists of
abstract field drawings and steel and mixed media
sculptures.

Artist Statement:
This conglomeration of products-produced has grown out
of a frenzy-search for that "something" out of
abstraction that hits like a life lesson suddenly
understood with the caveat that the lesson broadens
the search itself. The area of investigation lies in
generalized patterns and matters of scale independence
and transcendence of properties and other intangible
tanglings with my attempt at cooping with my
perception. I like to think these "dances with chance"
run contrary to reductionist attacks on conceptual
holes and stab blindly into the expansive unknown to
an aesthetic so-so.
Please Join Us!

-Jesus De La Rosa

Saturday, October 27, 2007

STENCIL MAKING WORKSHOP

Casa Hudson
2300 Coffee Port
Brownsville, Texas

November 3, 2007
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Materials: #1 exacto-knife, spray paint and something to paint on. Donations accepted not required.

Directions: Take US 83 to Brownsville and exit FM 802. Turn right onto Paredes Line and continue until Coffee Port Rd.
Turn left onto Coffee Port Rd. It is the 3rd entrance on the right.


Contact Imagenes Studios for more info:956-574-0088

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

BMFA First Anniversary Gala


Carlos G. Gómez

A collection of large works by Carlos G. Gòmez will be exhibited at the Rusteberg Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at The University of Texas at Brownsville , opening October 23rd at 6:30 P.M.

Location: Rusteberg Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building

Opening Reception: October 23rd, 2007, 6:30 P.M.
Last day to view work: November 15th, 2007
Admission: $3.00 (Free to Patron of the Arts members. Student semester passes available for $5.00)
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Closed: Friday, weekends and university holidays

Carlos G. Gòmez, a University of Texas at Brownsville professor, will be displaying his works October 23rd, 2007 through November 15th, 2007 at the new Rusteberg Art Gallery . The show will open on October 23rd at 6:30 P.M. Admission is $3.00. Semester passes are available for all UTB students for $5.00. Admission is free to all Patron of the Arts members.
Gòmez is an exceptional artist who has participated in numerous exhibitions nationally. Most notable of these exhibitions are “The 24th exhibition of Painting and Sculpture” in Barnegat Light , New Jersey and “the Second National Jury Exhibition in Washington DC .” His works have also been displayed in a number of prominent galleries and museums inclduing Galería Lorenzo Homar Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia , PA , Kellogg Gallery at California State Polytechnic in Pomona , CA , and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tamaulipas.
He has also been featured in several publications such as “K-8 Spotlight on Art” by Robyn M. Turner and Rebecca L. Brooks and “Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art Work: Artist, Works, and Education” which is published by the Hispanic Research Center out of Arizona State University .

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL


FESTIVAL LINE-UP *
Thursday, October 11th
A free outdoor concert for all, featuring the
very best Jazz in the RGV! From 7:00 to about 11:00 PM
on the parking lot in front of Gazpacho's Mediterranean
Bistro (3000 Pablo Kisel Blvd.), right next
to Circuit City in North Brownsville!
*The Frontera Jazz Quartet
*The SPI Pan Band
*René Sandoval
*The Rick Cortez Trio
*Join us for the Jazz Jam inside Gazpacho's after the show!
Friday, October 12th
The premier Salsa dance event in the RGV!
Featuring our famous Sabor Vallero dance
competitions, showcases and the
incredible music of...
*Rosalía de Cuba
Find out more about Rosalía and this event
Doors open 7:00 PM at the Jacob Brown Auditorium
$25 General Admission / $250 VIP Tables for Six
Buy your tickets online NOW for $20 or
a Weekend Pass (Friday and Saturday) for $40!
Saturday, October 13th
This is our Tropical Gala where you can enjoy the
ambience of the great Latin dance clubs of
New York, Havana and Miami,
featuring Brownsville's favorite home-boys
*The Brew
opening for the Festival's headline performers and
*The Pride of San Juan, Puerto Rico...
*Gary Nuñez &
*PLENA LIBRE
Find out more about Plena and this event
Doors open 7:00 PM at the Jacob Brown Auditorium
$30 General Admission / $300 VIP Tables for Six
Buy your tickets online now for $25 or
a Weekend Pass (Friday and Saturday) for $40!
Sunday, October 14th
A day of excellent music, good food and wholesome
fun for the entire family from 2 PM to 10 PM on
the street, right in front of the Capitol Theatre,
on the corner of 11th & Levee Streets
in Historic Downtown Brownsville! Featuring:
*RICARDO LEMVO
& *MAKINA LOCA
*Henry Brun &
*the Latin Playerz
*Dulce Gonzalez y *Sol Latino
*The UTB/TSC Jazz Bands &
*the Latin Jazz Ensemble
*The Los Fresnos H.S.
Latin Jazz Band
*Unlimited Dance
*Sabor Vallero
**GREAT FOOD, BEVERAGES & FUN FOR ALL.
THIS SHOW CAN'T SELL OUT.... IT'S FREE!


Also showing the tropical masterpieces of
IMÁGENES ART STUDIO

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

TAMUK EXHIBITION "AS OF NOW"

Works of Leading Rio Grande Valley Artists on Display
at A&M-Kingsville Ben Bailey Art Gallery Oct. 2 -
Nov.2 ........read more on http://www.thev247.com/
:link
http://www.thev247.com/entertainment/works_1307___article.html

Texas
Brownsville: Carlos G. Gomez; Gabriel Trevino
Edinburg: Leila Hernandez; Paul Valadez
Harlingen: Lenard Brown; Jennifer Rodriguez
McAllen: Celeste de Luna; Phyllis Evans; David
Freeman; Aleida Garcia; Veronica Jaeger; Izel Vargas;
Brian Wedgworth
Mission: Luis Contreras
Weslaco: Rachel Freyman Brown; Rene Garza
Mexico
Matamoros: Juan Gonzalez Rosales; Mauricio Sáenz

The exhibit is an Hispanic Heritage Month event. For more information, call 361-593-2619 or jason.marton@tamuk.edu

ALSO CHECKOUT GLASSTIRE - NEWSWIRE
Yes Virginia, there's art in the Valley - 10/02/07 - Rainey Knudson
Those of us who live topside of the Nueces tend, predictably, to think of South Texas as a mysterious, somewhat barren place where everyone's bilingual and life is sleepy (except when the federal government announces "preliminary" plans to build a giant fence bisecting people's property). A place, in short, where there's very little art. Well there is some art, and a show opening at A&M-Kingsville this Friday, Oct. 5 proves it: As of Now: A Collection of Rio Grande Valley Artists features work from Gabriel Trevino, Leila Hernandez, Paul Valdez, Phyllis Evans, Izel Vargas, Luis Contreras and Mauricio Sáenz, amongst others. It's a mixed bag, sure, but a sign that there might just be gold in them thar Valley towns.

http://live.glasstire.com/

© 2001 - 2007 Glasstire P.O. Box 70408 Houston, Texas 77270-0408
Glasstire is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Eduardo Ibarra's Recent Paintings

Recent works of Eduardo Ibarra will be exhibited at the Richardson Art Gallery in the Art Building at The University of Texas at Brownsville , opening October 2nd at 6:30 P.M.

Location: Richardson Art Gallery in Art Building

Opening Reception: October 2nd, 2007, 6:30 P.M.

Last day to view work: October 18th, 2007
Admission: $3.00 (Free to Patron of the Arts members. Student semester passes available for $5.00)
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Closed: Weekends and university holidays

Eduardo Ibarra is a Brownsville born artist who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and spent his summer breaks in New York City . After completing his degree, he lived and worked in New York City for over a year. Ibarra’s works have been displayed in various exhibitions around the nation and has even had his paintings displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Ibarra is back in Brownsville and is currently teaching at Vela Middle School.
Eduardo Ibarra has sometimes been compared to Robert Colescott. Both artists began by balancing the demands of junior high teaching with a passion for the act of painting. Both integrate humor with an appreciation of traditional works.
Eduardo Ibarra latest works will be on display October 2nd, 2007 through October 18th, 2007 at the Richardson Art Gallery in the Art Building at the University of Texas at Brownsville . The opening reception will start October 2nd at 6:30 P.M. Admission is $3.00. Semester passes are available for all UTB students for $5.00. Admission is free to all Patron of the Arts members.

Artist’s Statement:

For my upcoming show at the University of Texas at Brownsville , I will explore the idea of subject matter in Art History by combining images that cause the viewer to question the idea of traditional subject matter and style in art.

As part of the new series that will be presented, I will also expand on the idea of viewing work in a gallery by creating a link on the actual paintings. With the link, the viewers will later be able to see the images on their computers in the comfort of their own homes.

Friday, September 28, 2007

EDUARDO IBARRA


"What is art if not signed eduardoibarra.com or a self portrait of the artist in a trash can ? What does it mean ? Well it doesn't have to mean anything, it maybe possible that Eduardo Ibarra may not be out to change the art world but simply out to amuse himself and his friends. I think not. Even if it was, for me, it may not be so much that the characters are in the trash can but that they are wearing as if it was in style. Making the paintings Social, personal and controversial, a great exhibit way worth checking out."gt

Thursday, September 20, 2007

ART EXHIBITION: SEPT.19 TO OCT. 14

WHAT: 12th Annual BISD Art Faculty Exhibition


WHERE: Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
660 E. Ringgold St; Brownsville
542-0941

WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2007; Reception at 6 pm. FREE ADMISSION
Sept 19 - Oct 14: Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and Brownsville Independent School District present the 12th Annual BISD Art Faculty Exhibition. Reception Wednesday at 6pm on Sept 19, Free Admission.

Note: For the duration of this exhibition, BISD and UTB/TSC students with valid school ID can come in free of charge to the museum (during regular visiting hours; children must be accompanied by an adult) to view this excellent exhibition! Don't miss it! For information call 542-0941.


Renata Lara-Ali
Assistant Director
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
660 E. Ringgold St.
Brownsville, Texas 78520
lara@brownsvillemfa.org
Tel: 956.542.0941 Ext. 304
Fax: 956.542.6931

NO BORDER WALL PARTY!

You're invited to the NO BORDER WALL Kite-Making Party!

This Sunday, September 23, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM At the Galeria 409, 409 E 13th St in Brownsville

Come help us make kites for the children to fly at the Brownsville Pachanga! Come make stencils for your anti-border wall signs! Learn new skills! Meet new people!

Mark Clark's Galeria 409 is housed in a charming old building with views of the Rio Grande. He's going to show us how to make and decorate kites using inexpensive materials. Rene Z. Garza /Museo {i}menos will also show us the art of stencil cutting and 'spainting.'


DIRECTIONS TO GALERIA 409: From Expressway 77/83 in Brownsville, exit International and go south. Turn left onto Washington. Turn left on E 12th. Turn left on Levee St. Turn left onto E 13th. Galeria 409 is on the left in the middle of the block between Levee and Elizabeth streets. Parking is available at meters on Levee and Elizabeth, and there's a big parking lot on Levee and E 12th. Call Mark at 455-3599 for further directions or questions. -- --


René Z. GarzaMuseo {i}menos
623 S. Indiana Ave.Weslaco,TX78596 USA
1.956.534.1997mailto:1.956.534.1997museoimenos@gmail.com¡
Para los que hacen mas con menos !

Monday, September 17, 2007

"Museum of Ignorant and Secondhand Art"


Artwork by : Gabriel Trevino
77FLEA MARKET
ROOF:4
LOT:4040
September 22, 2007 - Saturday
8am to 2:30pm
Artists welcomed to join at no cost..Limited to 12ftx12ft

Saturday, September 15, 2007

CALL FOR : BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Richardson Gallery
Press Release


Carlos Gomez will jury and curate an exhibition of black and white photography.

Important Dates:
October 16: Deadline to submit work by jpeg or gif on CD
November 1: Notifications of acceptance sent out
January 20: Selected artwork due in gallery office
January 28, 2008 Opening reception
February 14: Last day to view exhibition
February 22: All artwork must be picked up
· All black and white formats will be accepted. There is a 48 inch height limit.
· All exhibited artwork can be priced for sale and the Richardson Art Gallery will retain 30% of the asking price.
· All work must be framed, matted, and wired. Only Plexy or acrylic glass accepted. Frames must have wire on back and no saw tooth hangers.

Carlos Gomez and the Richardson Art Gallery are inviting all artists to enter their black and white photographs into an exhibit that Carlos Gomez will curate and judge. There is an entry fee of $10 dollars and only two photographs may be entered. All photographs must be submitted as a JPEG, GIF, or TIFF on a CD. The deadline for all entries is on October 16, 2007.

For more information, please go to http://blue.utb.edu/artgallery.
Link to the entry form and more information: http://blue.utb.edu/artgallery/Black%20and%20White.htm

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College80 Fort Brown
Brownsville , TX 78520

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Chris Leonard

Recent works of Chris Leonard will be on exhibition at the Richardson Gallery in the Art Building at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

Location: Richardson Art Gallery in Art Building
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
Contact: Teresa Eckerman-Pfeil
gallery@utb.edu
Phone 956 882 7097
Opening Reception: September 17

Last day to view work: September 28

Admission: $3.00
(Free to Patron of the Arts members. Student semester passes available for $5.00)
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., closed 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., and Friday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Closed: weekends and university holidays


An exhibit featuring Chris Leonard’s recent works will be opening on September 17, 2007 at 6:30 P.M. at the Richardson Art Gallery in the Art building at the University of Texas at Brownsville. It will run from September 17 through September 28. Gallery hours are from Monday through Thursday, 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 PM, closed from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., and open Friday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The gallery will not be open on weekends and university holidays. Admission is $3.00, and it is free to Patron of the Arts members. Students may purchase semester passes for $5.00 dollars.

Chris Leonard is a ceramic artist and a painter. He is currently an art lecturer at the University of Texas Pan America, teaching ceramics. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Texas Pan American. His work has been displayed nationwide. Exhibits include “From the Ground up 13” at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in Las Cruces, New Mexico, “CatManDoodad City OK” at the Murray State College, Tishomingo, Oklahoma, “International Tea Bowl Invitational Exhibition” at the NAU Art Museum, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, “Cuatro Gatos: Chris Leonard, Paul Valadez, Izel Vargas and Carl Vestwebber” at Murray State College, Tishomingo, Oklahoma and “Untitled Presents: Adapt: Adapt” at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee. He was awarded the Museum of Art Purchase Award for “Gato Borracho Bottles, Six Pack of Small Blue.” Leonard’s work has been featured in various publications, including Voices of Art Magazine.


Chris Leonard’s Artist Statement:
Clay/Paint/Imagination: Leonardland is the sort of place where anything could make sense. The pursuit of sensibility in our/my part of the physical world and the ongoing of assault of mixed messages and multi cultures is my focus. I am examining the human condition—specifically my own human condition—through a humanoid extension of the feline friends that cruise in and out of my life. Cats have taken center stage and certainly haven’t worked their way out of my system. I like the curious mix of independence and indifference almost any cat seems to possess. Plus, unless they’re black, nobody really seems to care much about what color a cat may happen to be. Humans don’t always land on their feet, but cats do.

I like the multiple possibilities of synonymous meanings that can originate with the word cat. Who wouldn't want to be a cool cat? A hep cat? A pussy cat! Current investigations into the multitude of feline friends include a variety of mediations on mortality. When compared to immortality, nine lives certainly seem like a happy medium. Nine times an average of an optimistic seventy years yields 630 years, a healthy dose of time here on earth: An optimistic imagination, pure impossibility? I’d certainly bargain for an additional four or five hours a day. One could get a bit closer to all the wonders that clay holds while quite possibly finishing a couple of cross word puzzles at the same time.

Cat’s aren’t the only meow: Leonardland seems to have become a haven for borrachos, maranos, as well as a few peros calientes. I like playing god with my little universe and matching the little creatures off two by two. And why not, a flood may be coming



Chris Leonard
(956) 457-5925
Leonardskirules@hotmail.com http://www.leonardski.com/

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"El Centro" opening TODAY @ Galeria 409

Galeria 409 presents 'El Centro', an exhibition of photographs curated by Brad Doherty plus 'HistoricBrownsville, Heroic Matamoros', a show of paintings and photography of the Sister Cities. The show opens with a reception at 6:00 pm onThursday, September 6th. Galeria 409 is located at409 East 13th Street in downtown historic Brownsville, one block from the GatewayBridge. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 5:00pm. Admissionis always free.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Melissa Zamora

Melissa Zamora
Blogginallthingsbrownsville.com


Weathered


My body awoke to the stunning sound of rain tapping at my windowsill,
But my soul was never at rest.
For the thoughts in my head continued to fritter away the day's poison pill,
Passion oppressed.
Still, as I watched God's weary water embrace the battered soils,
I took comfort in its innocence.
Long had I seen such true spoils,
As I yearned to be those blades of grass with its deliberate defense.

Noemi Martinez

here's a piece called "reality"

The browning of America they say
but It's not evident
until you see who's cooking
your zen garden bowl of noodles
when we see brown brothers
working in snazzy yuppie catering
establishments on congress and sixth.
The browning of this meat
can't be seen in the strawberries,
grapes, oranges, onions that
we consume with no
second though on the thumbs
that blacken
and burn.
the browning in El Paso sand
where voiceless bones are bleached,
the sun tenderly loving the already dead.
tell me when
when this fucking new dawn
age of revolution will come
tell me when this fucking take over
is scheduled to appear
we've been waiting
for 500 years
with no release in sight.
we've seen too many too many
raza, the brown folks,
killed, scalped, beheaded, handcuffed, raped, gutted.
Too many of us sent, trained to kill
kill ourselves with lies
of a better tomorrow
a steady paycheck
and we have fucking killed ourselves,
killed each other, misled
signed up for a rich man's war.
We have this history in our blood
of assimilation, acculturation, murder and revelations
cultural genocide, ethnocide
riding on three white horses
yet we repeat the process
ingest, repeat
ingest, repeat
when will this browning of amerikka
be here
because I am so tired
so fucking tired of
having to reteach to my seven year old
who Christopher Columbus really was
and what really happened to the "Indians"
and how being brown is not wrong.
and there being one black history month
and one "his-panic" month
but i'm trying to teach him
to be proud chicano
12 months out of the year.
Calma, Mimi, Calma.
cuz i'm trying to teach him
to be nonviolent,
nonsexist,
unmacho
in this fucked up society
where our voice is constantly
being silenced,
repressed,
oppressed.
when the color lines became apparent
to him at two, the class lines at four.
reality
we were never meant to survive.

--
Noemi "hermana, resist" Martinez
http://www.hermanaresist.com
Edingburg, Tx

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

POETRY UNDERGOUND

"The process of making Art"

Sickened by the sight of the moon he regurgitated art over the screaming phone melting. A flashing red light like a drum beat echoed in the background as a voice whispered " you owe the world nothing" repeatedly.

"La Pena"

Ya nadien se acuerda de ti, de tu ambre, de tus enfermedades, de tu sufrimiento cuando te trajeron a esta cuidad a la fuerza. Ni un centavo te dan o te prestan los carros que pasan al diario. Solo te abientan las piedras y el humo que te intoxica tus pensamientos. Ni les tocas la concienca de tras de esos lentes oscuros que se ponen para olvidarte mas. No miran que de tras tu vestido roto y sucio esta tu cuerpo viejo cansado y con la pena que te sustiene el corazon.


Send in your poetry to brownsvilleartform@yahoo.com and post on TAOB..

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Museo [i]Menos Anniversary


TAOB Note: To learn more about Museo {i}Menos, please visit their website at www.museoimenos.org.
The Art of Brownsville wishes Museo {i}Menos a very happy 1st Anniversary! Esperamos a celebrar mas! Thanks for your work and advocacy and for keeping your vision and mission alive!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

UPDATED: Results of City Commission Meeting on $2 PUB fee

As reported today by the Brownsville Herald in their article "To pay or not to pay; City gives residents option on $2 fee":

"City commissioners in a unanimous vote on Tuesday approved a new ordinance that will give some 44,000 PUB customers a choice to pay the fee. The original ordinance was amended by Commissioner Anthony P. Troiani to give customers the choice to pay the $2. It also requires that those recipients of the money from the fine arts sector apply for grants to fund their projects. There will also be periodic audits to ensure the money is being spent properly. "

At the July 31st meeting, Commissioner Troiani also recommended the creation of an Office of Cultural Affairs that would oversee the distribution of funds to the local arts sector, through which all local arts entities may be able to present proposals to apply for funds, rather than the funds only going to the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and the Camille Playhouse as proposed in the original ordinance.

So our question is TAOB readers, what are your thoughts on this recent amendment to the ordinance where the fee is optional and for the potential creation of an Office of Cultural Affairs? Do you think it will create obstacles for the local art community as Mayor Pat Ahumada suggested or will it create opportunities?

To see online video coverage of the City Commission meeting visit the Cafe Brownsville blog post. To see the agenda and eventually posted minutes of the Commission meeting visit the City of Brownsville Commission webpage.

***** UPDATE 8/5/2007 ******

As reported by the Herald in their 8/3/2007 article "Changes to commission meeting agenda puts actions in question", the legality of the passing of the $2 PUB fee ordinance is in question and that the proposal will be considered again at this Tuesday's meeting (August 7th). In attendance at last week's meeting, I was happy to see representatives and advocates for the local arts. However, I still think that there is a need for more representation and advocacy from members of our art community and that more people need to practice civic engagement and be aware of what's going on. If you want to see a difference, then make a difference! Get involved and represent! So here's another opportunity for your voice to be heard or just to see arts advocacy in action! The Tuesday, August 7th meeting will be held at 6pm at City Hall (the former federal courthouse in downtown Elizabeth street across the Majestic Mall.) To see the agenda for the meeting, visit the City Commission page.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Much commotion and talk has stirred among the Brownsville political and arts communities since the passing and the recent cease of the $2 PUB fee passed by the City Commission a few weeks ago. For more information, check out The Herald's report "PUB stops billing new $2 fee" from this past Saturday.

The City Commission will be holding a special meeting this Tuesday, July 31st at 6pm to be held at City Hall (the former Federal Courthouse on Elizabeth street, acorss the Majestic Mall.)
Whatever your opinions or passions about the $2 fee may be, this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard and to become civically enaged in policy that is impacting the local arts community.

Obviously, this proposal is bringing the art community into the public eye and I think that whatever the decision may be on Tuesday, the art community must remember that we are ONE community and that if don't always agree with one another, we should always remain interested in one another and to learn from one another. In the end, isn't our common interest art; our love and passion for art and wanting to share it with others? If we want support from our Brownsville residents, be it in the form of funding from a $2 fee or higher attendance at programs or more benefactors of local artists, then I think it vital that the public view the art community as a strong and active force with a common interest in mind.

So again, I encourage you to attend the special City Commission meeting this Tuesday to let your voice be heard!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The future of Art

Castorena, perhaps maybe the last true local Chicano artist of our times. The "Mevale" in my opinion, speaks a visual language well known and heartfelt in our community. Perhaps it will someday be said Castorenas art is the voice of our local culture. "Nah", who would believe that you might say, you never know, the history of art is always in the making. I would like to say that I thought the show was indeed a great show. Some of the art pieces seem and should be destine to the permanent collection of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts. If ever that was considered by the BMFA go ahead and add Eduardos Cheeto Painting which deserves recognition. Not to get of track there...The greatest question for me will then stand will Castorena follow up with a sequel to "Mevale" and remain true to his roots or will he change his style ?
What is the future of Art in Brownsville for that matter ? The continuing of regurgitated art like "Anonymous" states or Mecca of the art scene post 911 ? You wish? You wonder? It can happen....sky is the limit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

July Masterpieces 2007


Everyone is welcome to the reception this Friday, July 20th from 7:00-9:00 PM.
The exhibit will be inside the Paseo Plaza Buliding. 1805 E. Ruben Torres Blvd. in
Brownsville, TX. This show will run from the 20th through the 22 of July. Free Admission
to the public. For more info call (956) 574-0088.

Friday, July 13, 2007

"Mevale"

Mevale, an exhibition of painting, ceramic sculpture and drawing by George Castorena will open in the Richardson Gallery located in the Art Building of the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College.








Opening Reception: Monday July 23 at 6:30pm

Exhibition continues July 24 through August 9

Gallery Hours: 10:30am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday

Single Admission for all Summer 2007 events: $1.00



George Ruiz Castorena: Mevale

The title of the exhibition, Mevale, evolved from George Castorena ’s interaction with a one of his special education students at Pace High School . He suggested that she employ a particular drawing technique and her response was "Mevale," which mean "whatever I do is what intend to do." Later, she recommended a change to one of George’s color pencil sketch and replied, "Mevale."

George Ruiz Castorena’s art is drawn from his life. He engages memories of the struggles of family and friends from "El Barrio" through his narrative works of art. The artist states:

"I believe the most powerful and profound in aspiration can come from the simplest things in our immediate surroundings. To me, great artists strive to find something extraordinary within the ordinary context of their lives. My images must be powerful enough to grab the viewer’s attention yet make the subtle connections that trigger curiosity about what the artist is doing and why. Once intrigued, they will return repeatedly, attempting to discern the meaning."

The exhibition Mevale features drawings, painting, ceramics and sculpture. Mr. Castorena uses longhorn red clay to create his sculpture. He prefers the interaction of longhorn white with underglaze to achieve the painterly coloristic effects of his tiles. He has recently begun exploring the possibilities of using commercial tile as a base for his work. He says "There are advantages and disadvantages to total glazing. However, I am looking for an outlet that offers self expression."

Of his painting, George Castorena says, "I work spontaneously, using the quick gesture which results in energetic brushwork. Color is an important element in my work, with ambiguous or vague color shaping both figure and space. I am challenging people to think about Chicano art in my paintings or drawings and to decide whether they thought it was right or wrong. It had much to do with raising ethnic consciousness.

My first concern with the relevance of art is the emotional impact that it carries. I wish to reach my audience in a strong and emotional way by the use of color, mood, tone, and subjective composition. My paintings are my statements, by reaching into the past of the Chicano community. The influences and interactions help me give concrete visibility to the Chicano experiences in the southern part of Valley."
George Ruiz Castorena

For further information contact George Castorena at: jrcast05@yahoo.com

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Brownsville Awarded White House "Preserve America" Grant

TAOB Note: Pretty Good News! Not only is Brownsville's heritage getting national recognition (from the White House no less), but it is obtaining funding to help preserve our heritage for the education of our community, its visitors and for generations to come!

Brownsville-The City of Brownsville was one of 43 communities across the nation recently recognized in the first round of 2007 Preserve America grants. Brownsville was awarded the grant for a project in collaboration with the Brownsville Historical Association and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.

The grant awards ceremony took place on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 9 a.m. in the Cannon Caucus Room in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and Honorary Chair of Preserve America; Rep. Brad Miller (North Carolina), and Rep. Mike Turner (Ohio), co-chairs of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus; Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne; John L. Nau, III, chairman, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation were there to present Brownsville with the grant award. The honorable Mayor Patricio Ahumada received the grant award on behalf of the City of Brownsville. Delina Barrera, Executive Director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, Gail Bruciak, City of Brownsville MIS Director, and Priscilla Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Brownsville Historical Association were also in attendance.

The City of Brownsville was awarded $132,870 for Brownsville-21 Project: Discovering Brownsville’s Historic Places. This project will develop an interactive web-based description of historical sites in the City of Brownsville using GIS technology, related audiovisual media including CDs and DVDs and brochures and signage. A series of walking and driving historical tours that will be accessible on the internet and placed in informational kiosks in various historic and strategically located buildings in downtown Brownsville will be developed by the Brownsville Historical Association.

The goal of Brownsville-21 is to promote and enhance the heritage of Brownsville while attracting visitors to the region and making Brownsville’s historic sites and information more readily available to the public via technology and in various media. The kiosks will provide up to date information on the building’s history, its architectural significance, as well as the plot location and cause of death of the individuals buried at the Historic City Cemetery. This information will be a valuable historic resource for genealogists, the general public, scholars and tourists to Brownsville. The goal of this project is to merge historic resources with 21st century technology, thereby introducing the study of history to a whole new generation of visitors and public.

The nine sites selected to house the kiosks in the downtown area preserve and interpret local, state and nationally significant aspects of Brownsville history and have the potential to be among the most visited places in the city. “It is our hope that this grant might help launch a new era of commitment to our heritage,” said BHA Executive Director Priscilla Rodriguez.

“We are extremely pleased that the White House has recognized the importance of the historic treasures that are in Brownsville and their potential to attract heritage tourists,” said Charlie Cabler, City Manager. “We look forward to working with the Brownsville Historical Association, and Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation and others as the plan for Brownsville-21 transforms from idea into reality.”

Preserve America is a White House initiative developed in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Department of the Interior, and other federal agencies. Mrs. Bush serves as Honorary Chair. These grants are awarded on a biannual basis, and approved by both the House and Senate.For more information on this project and other projects of the Brownsville Historical Association please call 956-541-5560 or email info@brownsvillehistory.org

Monday, July 09, 2007

PUB CUSTOMERS TO SUPPORT THE ARTS @ 29K PER MONTH

Anyone out there reading the Brownsville Herald.."Commission approves PUB bill hike by Emma P-Treviño " ?

Check out the comments section....my goodness the squible squable....


TAOB readers, What do you think ? yay or nay...Is this the way to go ?

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Art Garage Sale TODAY

Local university students will have an Art Garage sale this Sunday. There will be paintings, ceramics, photography and more on sale.

Starts at 10:00 am
Where?: 3481 Chablis Dr.
Brownsville, Texas

Don't miss out the opportunity to collect work from your
local artists at rock bottom prices!

See you there!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

"LET LOCAL ART LIVE AND PROSPER"



MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE ART GARAGE SALE AND STENCIL WORKSHOP BY RENE GARZA..THERE WAS NO WAY THE BIT OF RAIN AND HOT SUN WAS GOING TO STOP THE EVENT FROM HAPPENNING. PARTICIPATING ARTIST: RENE G., LUCY Q., TONI H., MIRIAM H., ELIDA , K. OHLINGER, WENDY G., G.T. ..
MANY THANKS FOR BELEIVING IN THE EVENT AND GIVING IT A CHANCE......................."IF ART CAN EXIST IN OUR MIND, SOUL AND HEART, IT CAN EXIST ANYWHERE ELSE".GT











































Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Seeing The Light"


The digital photographs of Richard Pfeil will be on exhibition at the Richardson Gallery of University of Texas Brownsville in the old Art Building.
Opening Reception: Monday July 2 at 6:30pm
Exhibition continues: Tuesday, July 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, and 19
Gallery Hours: 10:30am to 5pm

Richardson Gallery UTB/TSC

80 Fort Brown

Brownsville, Texas

Single Admission for all Summer 2007 events: $1.00


ARTIST’S STATEMENT

The photographs are taken from four European cities, Paris , Rome , Florence , and Venice . They represent my vision of color and content with the goal of transforming somewhat ordinary subjects into ones that pull the viewer in and elicit an individual experience from each of them.
My intention as a photographer is to capture images that can be brought to life and provide a personal message for the viewer.
All of the photographs in the show were taken with a Minolta Dimage A1 five megapixel digital camera and slightly retouched with Adobe Photoshop.
My interest in photography began in 1976 in Buffalo, NY with a Minolta 201 35 mm film camera. My interest quickly blossomed into equipping my own darkroom and producing images with my own personal signature. As with anything that is passionate my skill is self taught through trial and error and by reading numerous publications and books.
To support my photographic appetite I am employed as an Engineering Manager for a local automobile parts manufacturer.
I hope you enjoy the show as much as I had putting it together.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

"AMBOS LADOS DEL RIO" ART EXHIBITION


"La exposición “Ambos lados del Río” en el Museo de Historia de Brownsville es una colectiva de artistas tanto de Matamoros como de Brownsville; ojala nos puedan acompañar y envío la invitación para que inviten al publico en general mediante su pagina." Mario Jiménez Díaz

Friday, June 08, 2007

THE LOFT "NIGHT CLUB" PROMOTES LOCAL ART

CHECK OUT THE ARTWORK OF DANIEL MALDONADO ON DISPLAY AT THE NEWEST NIGHTCLUB IN BROWNSVILLE "THE LOFT" ON PRICE ROAD. VERY COOL CLUB...

Saturday, June 02, 2007

ORIGINAL ART-GARAGE SALE & FREE STENCIL WORKSHOP BY RENE Z. GARZA


ORIGINAL ART-GARAGE SALE & FREE STENCIL WORKSHOP BY RENE Z. GARZA
WHEN: SATURDAY June 30, 2007
10AM TO 6PM


 
WHY : "ART BBQ EXCUSE"
*ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS -FRAMED AND UNFRAMED
*GARAGE SALE PRICES OF COURSE - FRAMED AND UNFRAMED MIX MEDIA
DRAWINGS $3 TO $10 . PAINTINGS $10 TO $50.
*ARTWORK TRADE WELCOME
*ALL LOCAL ARTIST WELCOME TO JOIN THE ART-GARAGE SALE, NO FEE OR DONATIONS REQUIRED.
PLEASE CONTACT:GABRIEL  , EMAIL: brownsvilleartform@yahoo.com

or
René Z. Garza
Museo {i}menos
623 S. Indiana Ave.
Weslaco,TX
78596 USA
1.956.534.1997
museoimenos@gmail.com
¡ Para los que hacen mas con menos !

TITLE : "MERCY FOR HUMANITY"
AVAILABLE @ ART GARAGE SALE
PRICE: $50.00
ART GARAGE SALE SPECIAL PRICE TO ENCOURAGE BUYERS ....

Thursday, May 31, 2007

"El Centro"

Event: "El Centro": An exhibition of photographs by UTB students
Juried and curated by: Brad Doherty
Participants:
Ruby Campos
Adriana Cisneros
Analisa Garcia
Louise Goforth
Martha Del Pozo
Aide Escalante
Yareth Fernandez
Maria Garcia-De-Alba
Alejandro Macias
Miguel Roberts
Maria Rodriguez
Maria Valdez Gomez
Magallie Torres
Location: Richardson Art Gallery, Art Building, University of Texas Brownsville-Texas Southmost College
Dates: Opening Reception June 7@6:30pm
Continuing through June 28
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:30am to 5pm
For further information or special accommodations: email gallery@utb.edu .
Admission $1.00.
Juror's Statement
During the 07 spring semester the photography students learned they would have an opportunity to participate in an all photography exhibit, at the Richardson Art Gallery. The exhibit would be the first strictly photography only exhibit. Along with all the with all the students' excitement the first consideration I had was what would the theme be. As I remember it, Yareth Fernandez immediately suggested downtown Brownsville, and Ruby Campos commented that she had always known downtown as El Centro. So in a matter of minutes a theme as well as a name was decided upon, not by the instructor, but by the students.
Downtown Brownsville is not just downtown Brownsville, to many people it is El Centro. As the name El Centro implies, the area is a wealth of activity with many people buying, selling and going about their daily lives, some in a rush and many content with a slower pace. El Centro is filled with historic buildings some restored to their original beauty and some cursed with a mid-century makeover. Block after block there is an eclectic mix of people, history, architecture and icons from both sides of the border, Elvis, Marilyn, Villa, Zapata and Coca-Cola.
For visual artists and especially photographers, El Centro is alluring. Thirteen UTB-TSC photography students spent time documenting the area during the Spring 2007 semester. All thirteen shooting black and white film. Some photographers shot by day and others chose to explore the streets at night to capture the ordinary as well as the extraordinary scenes that abound. Some of the photographers were equipped with 35mm cameras, some with Holgas, and one with a cardboard pinhole camera sought to capture the essence of El Centro.
Look closely at these images, spend some time with them and enjoy what the photographers saw. El Centro is like a stage where the scenes consisting of light and shadows are constantly changing, as well as the cast of characters. One of the students, Louise Goforth stated that once she was there photographing she was not merely observing or passing through, but had actually become part of the landscape. Observing for sure, but also interacting and taking her place there.
Brad Doherty, Photography Instructor.

Friday, May 25, 2007

409 SEEKS ART

409 Art Gallery
ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES
Mark Clark of the 409 Art Gallery is calling for artist for the following four upcoming art shows:
*DEAD
*HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE/HEROIC MATAMOROS
*FE / FAITH
*ROTULOS
Artwork should relate in some way to the show entered. Contact Mark Clark for more information: 956-455-3599.
Mark Clark will be closing the 409 gallery for the summer but is considering to stay open if there is enough interest by local artist and artwork to do an art show that reflects on controversial issues : border fence & immigration reform , oil prices, Iraq war, terrorism, local politics, social or economic issues. Artist wanting to exhibit artwork on these issue contact Mark as soon as possible..

Sunday, May 13, 2007

SKATEBOARDING AS AN ARTFORM


"Skateboarding is an artform and our way of life" states Brownsville Street Skateboarders Emmanuel Avete and Farmer John. On Saturday May 12 I got a chance to take pictures of these two local skaters rippin it up at the Brownsville Edlestein Park which features a not to bad skate area located on 12th and Polk.
In Brownsville skateboarding has become part of an underground culture of sport, music, art and lifestyle since back in the late 80's early 90's. Its just something you do on the streets on your own. Its not pushed by society like football or soccer, its kept aside like, punk music or a weird hair style. Its a culture that has accepted all that was rejected. It was simple, you were freinds with everyone else who skated. You almost wanted to know everyone so you can find out where the next skateboard hotspot was at.
For me and several other skaters the Cameron County Courthouse was center of it all. The courthouse just had almost everything you needed and is practically downtown. Back then, my parents were renting a house in front of the Edlestein Park, of course back then the park had no skate area like it does now, and almost everyone down Polk was a skater. You just had to be, there was too much influence.
I think it all dates back to two local surfboarders Chucky and Jaime who built a quarter pipe ramp in there front lawn with a giant spray painted Misfits skull that got the attention of every kid down the block. I think every found there way to Bycle World the only placed that sold pro-skateboards that featured brands from Powell Paralta and Tony Alva. Skateboards were expensive for kids like me, about $100 for a complete skateboard. You had to either buy a used one from your freinds or wait until Christmas and hope you got it as a gift.
The scene was then undertaken by the punk music scene at the time. Everyone skated and listened to punk, it just made sense that way. Bands like Mental Disorder/ Cero Brains -The Rejected whom also lived and practiced in the neighborhood fueled the scene into an everyday lifestyle that would be unstoppable...
The skateboarding scene is still out there and is part of a new generation. Hundreds of local skaters are still waiting for Brownsville to accept it into the public parks as everything else. Brownsville is too big now and skateboarding is more dangerouse on the streets than it was back then. I support the idea of building a full on public skatepark. Its part of our lifestyle..



























































































































Friday, May 11, 2007

T.A.O.B POETRY UNDERGROUND

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TITLE: MARKET
BY: ROLLING TOMATO


WE ARRIVE IN METAL HORSES
EARS PIERCED AND ATTITUDES
HUNGRY FOR WHAT THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER
THE GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE LABELS
WARNINGS OF NUTRITION AND OVERDOSES
WE ROLE THE DICE AND TAKE OUR OPTIONS

THE MASSES, THERE ARE SO MANY OF US I THOUGHT,
WE ACT, WE PLAY OUR PARTS
CONSUMPTION OF SUBSTANCE, OUR BODIES GROW BY DAY AND NIGHT
THE PRODUCTS OF BELIEF, THE CURE FOR OUR MORALITY
THANK THE DISTRIBUTORS FOR GETTING THEM THERE ON TIME


CHECK OUT THE NEWEST ITEMS
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TITLE: THE TAQUACHES DOWN THE ROAD SEEM TO KNOW WHO I AM
BY: ARTISTICUS RIDICULUS


LET ME GO INSIDE YOUR HEAD , WALK YOU THROUGH
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE SEEMINGLY UNIMPORTANT


JUST WHAT HAS BECOME OF ME, US AND THE GOVERNMENT
MY THOUGHTS ARE ALL SCREWED UP BUT I CAN'T BLAME THE MEDIA


I CAN'T REMEMBER BEING A CHILD ONLY ONCE IN THIS LIFETIME
I FACE THE BIGGEST CHALLANGE TODAY AND EVERYDAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE

MY FAMILY AND FREINDS HAVE GATHERED TO DRINK IN HONOR OF THE WEEKEND SEEMS TO HAPPEN EVERY SO OFTEN
THEY TALK OUT LOUD AS NO ONE IS LISTENING


I CAN REMEMBER LIVING AND DYING SIMOTANIOUSLY AS I WAS WALKING ACROSS THE BORDER MUST OF BEEN THREE MAYBE FOUR IN THE MORNING FOR I FELT THE DARKNESS AND THE HUMIDITY BURNED A HOLE IN MY NECK.

I HAVE TWO DOLLARS AND WALK BELOW THE MOON, HEY THERE MY GOOD FELLOW QUIET THE TAQUACHES DOWN THE ROAD SEEM TO KNOW WHO I AM.
HEY THERE FLACO WHERE YOU GOING NOW?
INTO THE DREAM WHERE I ALWAYS GO

I FEEL PLEASE TO ANOUNCE TODAY, TONIGHT MAY BE THE LAST TIME I SMOKE THIS CIGARETTE. EVER BEEN THERE, OF COURSE YOU HAVE.
AINT HAPPY TO BE BUT I CAN TELL THE TRUTH THE MATAMOROS, BROWNSVILLE BORDER AND DISORDER CAPTIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT CONSISTENTLY WE CALL HOME AND CULTURE HERE BY EXCLUDE THE USE OF WELFARE AND FOODSTAMPS AS VICTIM OF THE LAST, WHAT MAY I CALL IT IF NOT INCLUSIVE MUMBO JUMBO MINUMUS WAGEIOUS,
NO THANKS FOR THE WARNING BUT YOUR STARTING TO SOUND A LITTLE BIT NAUSEOUS CATIOUS AND COWARDLY DIVINE.
THERE FOR SENTENCING EVERYONE TO FREEDOM , HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE TO THINK WELL DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU TWICE , PUNK WAS THE WORD, AND ACCEPTIONAL IN THE ARTISTIC SEMICONDUCTIVE WAY OF EXPRESSING THE HERE AFTER AND THE SUBCONSIOUSNESS BITTERNESS OF THE WORLD ,
YET WE THANK AND HOPE TO GOD IN BECOMING SENSLESS FOREVER MORE , YATA YATA YATA...MUST OF HAPPEN SOMETIME THIS SOON.
FOR NOW I KEEP THE BRUSH IN THE SUIT CASE FOR I AM PACKING FOR MY NEXT JOURNEY AND TRIP INTO THE PLATFORM OF THE UNKOWN.........

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

CARMEN LOMAS GARZA IN SAN BENITO THIS THURSDAY

You are cordially invited to a reception with
acclaimed Chicana artist

CARMEN LOMAS GARZA

Thursday April 26, 2007
7:00 PM
at
the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
225 E. Stenger Street
San Benito, TX

Ms. Lomas Garza will visit the center to learn about San Benito’s music, arts and cultural heritage and share her experiences with local artists.

For more information please call
(956) 361-3804 x 303

http://www.carmenlomasgarza.com/

Art by Rosendo Sandoval - Title:"La que bailo con el diablo " contact: galloblanco03@yahoo.com

Art by Rosendo Sandoval - Title:"La que bailo con el diablo " contact: galloblanco03@yahoo.com

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