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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Title: They look like Terrorist...


Title: They look like Terrorist...
Media: Acrylic on Political Plastic Board
Dims: 4ft x 4ft
Dated:Dec. 2008
Artist: Gabriel Trevino
Send in your work to: brownsvilleartform@yahoo.com and post here on TAOB.
FROM ALL OF ME HERE ON TAOB TO ALL OF YOU...HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR...
"QUE DEBERAS LA PASEN BIEN CHINGON "....

Monday, December 29, 2008

Libertad es Abstracto

Libertad es Abstracto

la pintura es vivir en el sueño
de darle importancia a la nada
pensar en el mas alla, tan
lejos despues de tu muerte

querida vida no te canses
la imagen es una pelicula sin fin
muestrale al mundo la nada
dentro los ojos de tras de tus desnudas

que bonito es llorar por los muertos
sufrir ambres por tu ultimo respiro
el romance de una pintura que refleja
el paraiso que de la nada se creo....



gabriel trevino

CALL FOR ARTISTS-JURIED TRAVELING SHOW

Call for Artists
4th Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition
2009 Juried Traveling Show

South Texas College Art Gallery
University of Monterrey, Mexico

The theme for the artwork must deal with human rights issues. All artwork must be original. The concept may be applied to a broad range of topics. The exhibition shall be on display in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Conference sponsored by South Texas College’s Women’s Studies Committee. The “Across the Border” exhibition will be located at South Texas College and the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico.

Selections: The exhibition is open to artists of all media, including but not limited to painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation art, drawings, photography and mixed media. Each artist can submit up to three (3) works. If selected, artists are responsible for delivery by March 6, 2009 and pickup of work by May 16, 2009. If shipped the return postage will be paid for by the exhibit sponsors. Hand delivered work not picked up by this date will become the property of South Texas College.

Save those pieces that the artist needs to be present to display or present for a special or non-traditional installation, all work must be ready to hang and received in good condition. Any work not ready to hang will be returned to the artist and excluded from the exhibit.

All submissions should include a self-addressed stamped envelope, properly-sized to fit any items that should be returned.

Submission fee: $25 per three entries. Make checks payable to South Texas College.

Mail to: Art Department (Human Rights Exhibition)
South Texas College
3201 W. Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78502-9701

Deadline: Postmarked by February 2, 2009
Submission Guidelines & Acceptable Image Formats
Digital Images
Submit a PC formatted CD containing JPEG images (please no slides) with the title of the work, medium & dimensions. This information can accompany the images on the screen or by hard copy. Label the CD with your name.
Video
Submit a DVD or VHS. Label with your name, title of the work and full running time.

*Submissions may include a brief description of the work in regards to concept or other physical attributes if not obvious in the image.

Sales: A 30% sales commission will be taken on all artwork sales. All profits after expenses will be donated to a nonprofit human rights organization.

Presentation: Two-dimensional work must be dry, complete, prepared in a professional manner and ready to hang. The necessary hanging hardware must be attached to the back of the work – either wire in eyelets or a serrated hanger on the frame. No glass please, only Plexiglas. 3-D work must be similarly complete.
*Exhibitors are encouraged to insure their work.
*An exhibit catalog will be printed after the exhibition and a copy will be sent to each accepted participant. There will be a Best of Show awarded to one entry and highlighted in the following year’s catalog.

For more information about the conference please see our website:

www.southtexascollege.edu/womens_studies/ or e-mail:

Jenny Clark (Conference Coordinator)
jclark@southtexascollege.edu

Richard Lubben (Exhibition Coordinator)
rdlubben@southtexascollege.edu

NO BORDER WALL and Galeria 409


PRESS RELEASE
(Please consider posting the following announcement, along with the attached image, on your blog. And please come to the party -- it's about damn time he leaves!!)

During his illustrious career, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has driven a wall through the borderlands, thrown out the laws that protect us, imprisoned immigrant families, and set a new low in the response to Hurricane Katrina. Join us in Brownsville on January 10th as we celebrate his long-awaited exit!

Retirement Cake! Music! Games! Puppets! Raffle!

Galeria 409 is located at 409 E. 13th Street , between Levee and Elizabeth , a block from the Gateway Bridge and spitting distance from the coming border wall. Contact http://us.mc355.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=noborderwall@yahoo.com for more information.

Hosted by NO BORDER WALL and Galeria 409

NO BORDER WALL COALITION
http://www.notexasborderwall.com/
http://www.notexasborderwall.blogspot.com/
http://www.borderwallinthenews.blogspot.com/
http://www.noborderwall-take-action.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 21, 2008

POETRY NOT INCLUDED

The Artist Blabber Mouth

Its a new thing, science and art,
doesn't have to look like art to be art,
if you turn on the tv , thats art, as is the food on the table,
its a reflection of what I see and what you see,
when you see me,
in some definition, of somesorts what culture, and when art becomes functional,
as a part of me as reflected in its color scheme.

As I drip and spray, the stroke of the brush, it loosens the mind
and desolves periodically into a inconsistant, picture of what life is.
A commercial art race against post modern art, till the day people walk by
and not recognize it exist.

by gabriel trevino

send in your poetry and post on TAOB : brownsvilleartform@yahoo.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Support:The Art of Brownsville & Merry-Christmas

Many thanks for visiting The Art of Brownsville blog. I will continue posting all the way until the end of the year, so don't be a Grinch and stop by..I don't think I will be taking a Christmas break from blogging TAOB .. To all who just tuned in ,this November THE ART OF BROWNSVILLE blog turned 5 YEARS OLD.. Many thanks to exblogger and founder Mayra Cruz all her dedication, "wish you the best", also thanks to the support from contributing blogger writers Lucy Quezada and Sarah Williams, who were always at the meetings contributing there thoughts, last but not least one of the smartest arts advocate that I have met through TAOB Cristina Balli , all who truly pushed, inspired and help lead the idea of this blog. Many thanks, I feel you have given me inspiration and knowledge to do this on my own.... Of course many thanks to all the artist that have submitted there artwork, music, poetry, pictures , ideas and time for interviews to post here on TAOB.. It is because of you we are here.. Not forgetting anonymous and distinguished commentators,, great gob in your comments,, keep it up.. we must grow with feedback..
Well I guess that's it for my many thanks...Keep visiting and I'll keep on posting..

I won't be asking for direct donations this time, but I would like to ask that you to support The Art of Brownsville by purchasing art by local artist...need a number just let me know and I am shure I can get you connected.. brownsvilleartform@yahoo.com

gabriel trevino - Merry-Christmas..

Thursday, December 11, 2008

cgg COMMENT: CALL OUT FOR ART.....

Anyone catch this comment below... , call out for art....

"There too many good artists in our area who are not given the opportunity to present their artwork and do not get respect. But in a way we shoot ourselves in the foot by not working together and on many occasions bad mouthing. I would like and encourage those of you who live the dream to work together and create a data base of Brownsville artists. Those interested please submit a simple digital portfolio with a bio, resume, artist statement and at least 10 high quality jpegs. I do curate and have contacts with outside groups who have an interest in Brownsville art/artist. I have no political ties or hidden agendas. To me it is all good and we all deserve a shot at it….art is that big. By the way did anybody catch the 60 Minutes interview of Julian Schnabel…he rules "…cgg

Send stuff to:Carlos G. Gómez, MFAFine Arts DepartmentUTB/TSC80 Fort BrownBRrownsville, TX 78520

MUSEOIMENOS


See the attached flyer.

Museo {i}menos may be participating in this Arts Festival in Matamoros and additional Street Art events there.

The festival is this Saturday the 13th and Next Saturday the 20th.
If we are able to participate ie (if we can get insurance and license plates for the {i}menos mobile in time) we will conduct a stencil workshop:

La Prensa Portátil del Pueblo / The People's Portable Printing Press
Saturday, December 13
1pm-6pm
at the NAHUAL BAR
4a and Matamoros
Matamoros Heroica, Matamoros

this Saturday from 1:00 - until 6:00, but we have been known to go on longer. If any of you would like to participate in live art or as part of the tianguis of the People's Portable Printing Press you are more than welcome to join us.

************************************************************************************************************************************************************
Saturday the 20th we will be conducting a MAIL ART WORKSHOP in Weslaco.


Mail Art Workshop
Saturday, December 20
12-4
Weslaco Historical Museum
500 S. Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX


and doing a Pika Pika workshop at the Nahual Bar in Matamoros from 7:00 throughout the duration of the festival...

Pika Pika Workshop
Saturday, December 20
7:00pm - throughout the duration of the festival
NAHUAL BAR
4a and Matamoros
Matamoros Heroica, Matamoros

Be sure to bring anything that emits light for the pika pika workshop. We have plenty of LED lights but anything goes, ie sparklers, glowsticks, bottlerockets, cell phones, blacklights, etc...




-- René Z. GarzaMuseo {i}menosRGV / FRONT. TAMPSP.O. BOX 55Weslaco, TX78599 USA1.956.534.1997www.museoimenos.orgmuseoimenos@gmail.com¡ Para los que hacen mas con menos !

Monday, December 08, 2008

AMIGOS ARTISTAS OPENS 12/12

FRIDAY , DECEMBER 12, 2008, 6:30PM
Amigos Artistas and The Historic Brownsville Museum presenta : "Between two Cultures " -Contemporary Artist , featuring over 50 works from 20 different Artist.
FREE ADMISSION
HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM
641 E. MADISON ST.
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS
CONTACT:956-548-1313
SITE :PRESS RELEASE

Sunday, December 07, 2008

SE VALE PINTAR

"Se vale pintar " , a recent idea that everything is possible to turn into art, and art challanges you to use your creativity, for those painting without a clue of what they are doing.

Has a new style of art emerged from all the local artist of the Rio Grande Valley and how near is the local production as a whole to the art of tomorrow ? Is there a trend at hold where we imitate each others work, hopelessly , unconsciously repetitively ? Is there an economic hold on local artist? Do we have the tools to really practice art in modern ways beyond the sketching on paper or easel painting, or even worst scrounging around for trash or industrial left over objects to use as a medium of art. Ever find yourself shopping for discounted spray paint, or oops bad mix paint at the local Wal-Marts and Home-Depot's ?
Is the trend do with what you gots...?

How much do you as a local artist recycle your work, or find new use for scrap trash and turn into your art ?

Is this trend perhaps due to state and local educational funding for better art classes? Just as we are with sports seasons do we need art seasons ? More trips to museums, more exposure to art, more supplies, better facilities ????

What kind of art education and exposure have you had growing up locally ? Tell us your story ..

gabriel trevino

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Art Extravaganza Sale!



JOIN TONI AND FRIENDS AT THE ART EXTRAVAGANZA THIS SATURDAY AT 10:00 A.M. 2300 COFFEEPORT RD. THERE WILL BE LOCAL ARTISTS WITH THEIR WORK AND SPECIAL GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT GREAT PRICES! SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Art by Mario Diaz of Tampico Tamaulipas, Mexico




Dear: TAOB readers, and Art Galleries of the Rio Grande Valley

I am a local painter in Tampico Tamaulipas,Mexico,trying to promote and sell my artwork in the U.S.A.....wish to know if an exhibition of my paintings could be possible next year in the Brownsville, Harlingen or Mcallen .

I'll be visiting Brownville and McAllen area next december 19th or 20th...please send me an email to: arqmariodiazl@prodigy.net.mx if an appointment could be scheduled for of cd catalogue review (or original work if required).... The image above is of one of my paintings for reference.... thanks in advance for your time...

Mario Diaz Labastida
Tampico Tamps
Mexico

"Amuletos " - exhibit by seven artist of Matamoros and Reynosa

On Thursday, 04 December "The Border Wall" a documentary film directed and produced by Wayne Ewing will be shown at 6:00 pm at Galerîa 409. Then join us at 8:00 pm for a reception to meet Ewing and to celeberate the openings of "Amuletos" an exhibition of paintings by seven artists from Metamoros and Reynosa and a juried show of paintings by local artists, "The Border Fence" Admission is free. Galeria 409 is located at 409 East 13th Street in downtown historic Brownsville, a block from the Gateway Bridge.

Monday, November 24, 2008

"TIME FOR A CHANGE "







Time for a change, The Art of Brownsville goes green, not necessarily environmental friendly,, but a fresher look. The top pick is one of my paintings but, you can send me a jpeg picture of your artwork for I plan to keep changing it monthly or twice a month depending on entries.. I am wanting to put some posting of your art for sale with your contact info (under your terms and under your responsibility)-"please note I am not selling your work I am just posting what you send me"...so send them in, in hopes of TAOB blog being an outlet for promoting your work, the work of local artist..... gt

Noche de Peña at Galeria 409

You are invited to Noche de Peña VIII at 7pm on 25 November at Galerîa 409. The program, organized by Adrian Foncerrado will include: Benito de la Villa Moreno - Sitar

Jessica Marcela Lustenberger - Soprano Ensamble La Misiøn - World Music, Art Song
A $5 cover charge includes wine and snacks. Galerîa 409 is located at 409 East 13th Street in historic, downtown Brownsville, between Elizabeth and Levee Streets, one block from the Gateway Bridge. For information: 952 455 3599

"Monumental Idea in Miniature Book "

Press Release
Carlos G. Gómez, Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is one of 100 artists worldwide that was invited to a “Monumental Idea in Miniature Book” an exhibition that will travel to Spain, China, Argentina, Pakistan and Finland. The edition of six artbooks will also be exhibited in; Columbia College, Chicago, SGC 2009. March 2009, Sala Políglota. Proyecto' ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Northern Illinois University, April, 2009, University of Texas at Arlington, Jan. 2010, Ohio University, Athens, OH, Sept. 2009, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Birmingham-Southern College, Fall 2009, Texas Tech University, Houghton College, NY., University of Colorado, Boulder, Youngstown State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Ohio Northern University, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Kansas City Art Institute, MO, Columbia College, Chicago, SGC 2009. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Ill., April, 2009, University of Texas at Arlington, Jan. 2010, Ohio University, Athens, OH, Sept. 2009, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Birmingham-Southern College, Fall 2009, Art House, Cleveland, OH, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin TX, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, Southern Graphics Councils Printmaking Conference. March 2009, Sala Políglota. Proyecto’ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, University of Akron, Akron Ohio, Murray State University, KY, University of Michigan, Ann Arber, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, Boise State University, Boise, ID, and other pending venues. The artwork will travel from 2009 to 2011.


Artist: Carlos G. Gómez
Title: Someone broke my yolk! Edition of Six 2008
Media: Metal, Oil, Acrylic and water soluble ink on Vellum
Size:4”X5”



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A visit to la Revolucion...Galeria 409

On Saturday I got a chance to go check out the group show "Viva la Revolucion" at the Galeria 409.
In this show you can check out and or purchase work by Daniel Maldonado, Celeste de Luna, Castorena, Linda Saldaña, Javier Barbosa, Antonio Antinori, Paul Valadez...

All the work is medium size to small...some BISD student work entries also, which are very good....I was suprise to see the way the art was labeled, on this one..something I thought I would never see which was card pinned up by tacks to the brick ...as Mark would say it "STRANGE". I thought the show could of done without that..

If I was to pick a favorite on this one, I couldn't say.debatable.. they were all good..
Don't miss this show.. go check it out..

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Art by Rene & Valadez

Pancho Villa Rides Lives Again!

Artwork by Rene Z. Garza & Paul Valadez on exhibit November 8, 2008 to November 30, 2008 at the Old City Cemetery Center

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How much is your art worth ?

How do you price art ? In Brownsville, as far as I know the artist is free to price its own art ? I don't think I have ever heard of any gallery or museum institute price the art for the artist based on what they think the art is worth. This maybe true all the way to Mcallen, I don't know you tell me. I ask why is that ? Shouldn't it be up to the curator to price the art ? Is that a task to tough to handle ? What would that be like I ask? Would it push the artist to deliver work at a higher standard ? Or would that just add to the misery of the starving artist ?

Sometimes I think of the value of the art based on the consistency of the work of the artist. If the artist is producing this year and the next, but then takes a 10 year decides not to be an artist because it is to tough or decided to have a carreer change into perhaps selling ice cream and break away to where no art is produce what good or what value would the art have then ?
I think the art with the best value is of those who truly lived there entire life around producing there own art.
Gallerys and perhaps Musuems for that matter may in time may come and go, one year they are the center of the art world the next, they are a beuty salon.
But what consistency , what dedication , what strugle must the true artist outlive to the day of his death producing the work he was born to do ?

Support the art of Brownsville not just today because its a trend... but tomorrow and the next..

gabriel trevino

Pictures-12th Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival







































"VIVA LA REVOLUCION" AT THE GALERIA 409

PRESS RELEASE

Noche de Peña VII starts at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, 28 October.
The program will include:
Jair - Classical Guitar
Benito de la Villa Morena - Sitar, Guitar
Joey Tamayo - Original Songs
Ensamble la Misíon - Art Song, World Music
A $5 cover charge includes wine and refreshments.


You are invited to the opening of 'Viva la Revolucíon', a show
of paintings, drawings, and ceramics about the Mexican
Revolution. The show opens with a reception to meet the
artists at 6:00 pm on Saturday, 1 November at Galería 409
in conjunction with shows on the same theme at the
Brownsville Heritage Complex and the Alonzo Building.
Admission is free.

Yoga is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 pm
until 8:00.

Tango is on Saturdays at 7:00 pm.

Galería 409 is located at 409 East 13th Street, between Levee
and Elizabeth Streets, one block from the Gateway Bridge.
Hours are Wednesday - Saturday from noon until 5:00 pm.
For information call 956 455 3599.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

All in one post- Art Review -Brownsville Art Scene and the Economy

Catching up with the readers of TAOB, October has been a busy and hectic month for all of us... I think, the Brownsville Art scene..and the Economy slump, Falling Gas prices and Presidential Elections coming up..

So what do you think... Obama or McCain for president ? Who's agenda would we in the Valley benefit more from ?

Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival was exciting this month.. Amigos Artistas joined in by exhibiting a small taste "15works-paintings" of artist of Oaxaca, Mexico, which they will be exhibiting in December at the Historic. The show is a must see.

Also at the Galeria 409 is the work of Cande Aguilar, I got a chance to see this show before the opening, I thought more than half of the work was typical of his style similar to that of his "vivo mas" exhibit which was earlier this year at the BMFA , but brought a new work to this exhibit "untitled" a collage of recycle bags spread against a 5 x 8 frame and wrapped together in industrial wrapping. The piece is phenomenal, it breaks new ground, I thought it to be very important and progressive similar to that of Eduardos Cheeto Painting one of my favorite works.

At the UTB a recent show opened this past Tuesday "Self-Portrait -Invitational " . A group show of several artist ranging from Toni Hudson to Cesar Martinez. The center piece or the piece that stood out the most for this show in my opinion was Gomez self-portrait collage which completely broke away from Gomez re-known style of social abstract surrealist oil painting. Breaking down the collage, made up by "overalls and t-shirt that are hung up against a chalk board "-these overalls typically used by Gomez , and a "hanging eraser "- perhaps suggesting a stand off , a challange of some sort against the viewer. The chalk board which appears in heavy use and erased leaving only a word "machacado" -which means dry eatable meat - perhaps representing the human body- the carnal side of Gomez- the flesh and blood he is made of. Also tacked against the board is an oil painting on paper that depicts a sketchy drawing of Gomez writing on the chalk board - for me a representation of his devotion to his carrier as a professor at the university. Above the overalls is a oil painting of a red, white and green flag- suggestive of Gomez being born in Mexico, with a image of a snake which seams to scar itself on to the canvas - the snake for me is simbolic reflecting a probable shedding his skin metaphorically speaking - in respect to him taking off the clothes off his back and now on display as his work, also perhaps suggesting his work now showing a new skin and entering a new era in his life and in his work, the snake is curled up in a circle almost as a silhouette of an eye. On the flag there is also a series of silver skull pins outlining a skull descending perhaps his life as an artist until his death. The work is complex by all means, a strong message to the viewer.. I think this is the one that will make them think the unthinkable, for me it already has..



Support the art of Brownsville....

gt

Friday, October 17, 2008

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL 10/18/2008

PRESS RELEASE

The BHA and the City of Brownsville present
The Second Annual Brownsville Heritage Celebration
and Dia de los Muertos Festival
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Old City Cemetery Center
Cost: Free to Public

Brownsville Historical Association's Old City Cemetery Center, working in
conjunction with the City of Brownsville, Stripes, Inc., City of Brownsville
Parks and Recreation Department, Texas Commission on the Arts,
Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts and Brownsville Independent
School District Fine Arts Department, invites the public to celebrate the
Second Annual Brownsville Heritage Celebration and Day of the Dead
Festival at the Old City Cemetery Center on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Festivities are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all activities are free
to the public. In addition, BHA will be presenting the 1st Annual Sam
and Chula Griffin Award for Cemetery Preservation to Andrew Widener
and to Hudson Elementary.
Free scheduled activities outside of the cemetery center will include
sugarskull making, papel picado, shoebox altars, paper marigolds, face
painting, paper mache skulls and print making by local artists and
community groups. Several groups will also have food booths and arts
and crafts for sale.
The festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with guided cemetery tours by the
participants of the Keepers of the Crypt program from Hudson
Elementary. At 5:45 p.m. the Reinas de Saba belly dancing group will
perform. The program will continue with the presentation of the 1st
Annual Sam and Chula Griffin Award at 6:00 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m. the festivities continue with the opening reception for the
BISD Dia de los Muertos Faculty exhibition. The exhibit features
the artwork of BISD faculty and guest student exhibitors. The exhibition
in sponsored in part by the BISD Fine Arts Department.

At 7:00 p.m. calavera poetry will be recited by BHA Emeritus Board
Member Yolanda Gonzalez-Gomez and UTB Professor Dr. Melba
Lucio.
At 7:30 the Porter High School Folklorico Dance group will perform
several dances, including an Aztec dance. Guests will enjoy a musical
performance at 8 p.m. by Joe and Rosa Perez of Rumbo al' Anacua,
whose songs about Mexican culture and Dia de los Muertos will
compliment the theme of the exhibition. Their performance is sponsored
in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.
The evening will conclude with Day of the Dead presentations by
UTB-TSC History professor Dr. Manuel Medrano and UTPA Special
Collections Librarian George Gause.

The Old City Cemetery Center is located at 600 E. Jackson Street on
the corner of 6th street and Monroe.
The mission of the Old City Cemetery Center is to advance life-long
learning opportunities about the history, architecture, art, genealogy,
and folk art customs of the Brownsville Historic City Cemetery and
the surrounding Buena Vida neighborhood through exhibitions, cultural
events, and educational programs.

For more information please call 956-541-5560.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Yareth Fernandez and Luis Sanchez

Art Review : Local Artist Antinori and I dropped by to see this show last week and right off the bat walking in gave the show thumbs up. I thought the show was very well curated, the two artists work looked good together, several peices, but didn't feel crowded.
I was pleased to see the pastel drawings were very well matted and and framed, very clean,it suited for Luis pastel work which was very sharp and clean. I would defenitely want to see his next show in pastels.
The work of Yareth reminded me of the ink work of Dali - but taken it to her own surrealist world. Asthetically the paintings looked slicked and of high quality. I would say my favorite was a three piece painting of characters being animated by the next painting dragging heart across the river.
I couldn't help but say great show.. Even the prices looked great, very well priced. Get out there check out this show..wish I would have gone to the openning..

PRESS RELEASE

The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC

Presents

Talent and Incentive


Brownsville, TX – The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building is proud to present “Talent and Incentive” a scholarship sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. The scholarship winners are UTB/TSC students Luis Sanchez and Yareth Fernandez. Their work consists of mixed media within painting, drawing and installation.

· Opening reception, Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 6:30- 8:30 PM

· The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC

· Exhibition runs from September 30 to October 18, 2008

· Admission: $1.00

· Semester Passes: $3.00



Gallery Hours:

Mondays to Wednesday:

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Thursday:

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturdays:

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Closed Holidays and between shows





Artist Statements:

I am currently a senior student at the University of Texas at Brownsville and pursuing a degree in Studio Art. My main concentration is painting; however I tend to experience other areas in art. My approach and growth in art has meaning in my artwork moving towards humanity and nature. The artwork deals with ideas of how some part of humanity has limited their minds and souls, disrespecting themselves and other creatures of the earth. Moreover, humanity has become so attached to the stereotypes of society that the soul and mind cannot function together, therefore, both get lost and the physical body is blocked. In addition, I also deal with the division and obligation reconstructing harmony in lives between nature and humanity. However; the discord and negation of humanity to control and destroy nature’s habitat has given nature no acceptance, respect nor value for what it is worth.

Yareth Fernandez

When it comes to art I have one simple goal, to tell a story. Many times as I look through history books and see different works of art it seem to make more sense to me then the passage written under them. Art allows me to understand things from a visual perspective giving me an ability to think differently than with words. As a student I have learn much about the use of different materials. I often find myself working with mix media. Once an idea is born I try to find the right materials to portray the message. Coming from an energetic person, my technique portrays my persona through ruff and expressive works. Many times it is by taking abstraction and combining it with every day events. The development of my work has been through the influences of such artist as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo. Dali’s ability to take what is real and twist it around really caught my interest as a young man, as well as Picasso use of color and creative abstraction which took me to another level of thinking. Frida’s express full paintings were like journals of personal thought. There is no need to hide; art can be anything and everything. Art is creation.

Luis Sanchez

Art Classes by Jose Manuel Salas

Jose Manuel Salas is a graduate of the prestigious school of "San Carlos - Escuela de Artes Plasticas " UNAM Mexico and the recent winner of this years "Peoples Choice" of the Amigos Artistas "Art in the Park".

Jose will host a sample class on this Friday 10/17 at 7pm at the Imagenes Studio - Quarter Exhibit "ART IN MOTION". Jose's work will also be on display.

For more information contact:
Imagenes Studios : 956-574-0088 and or 956-372-4589.

also

CERAMIC CLASS COMING SOON
$45-ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED
CLASS OCT. 25TH 10AM TO 12:30NOON
TONI's HOUSE
2300 COFFEE PORT RD
BROWNSVILLE TEXAS 78521
TO REGISTER CONTACT"956-574-0088

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Sweethearts

What up TAOB,

TnT Productions Presents: The Sweethearts Live at Maddog's
Saturday, October 11th 2008.

The Sweethearts have been taking a little break after touring earlier this year. Now they are well rested and ready to show Brownsville some of their new moves. The Sweethearts hail from Austin, Texas, although all but the drummer, grew up in Brownsville. The Guitarist and the singer are actually sweethearts. The bassist and the drummer are not. They have a new EP out which just proves that his band is for real and they are definitely going to leave their mark. They are a Punk Rockin' band with a female front and they are sure to give the Valley the best Punk Rock show of the year!!! They will be featuring local cover bands, Back to Riverdale, who cover the Riverdales, and The Woozles, who cover Screaching Weasle. It's a must see show that you will regret missing.

MADDOG'S is located at 1900 N. Expressway Brownsville, Texas in the Omni Pavillion by Hooters next to Bucana's. The show will be packed early so get there earlier. Show starts at 9pm Saturday October 11th 2008. For more information, contact TnT Productions of South Texas 956.640.1491

You can check out the Sweethearts on their myspace account. myspace slash sweethearts. WARNING: After just thirty seconds of listening to The Sweethearts, you will be a fan for life.

See you at the show!! IF YOU AIN'T THERE, YOU AIN'T PUNK!!!

William E. Torres
TnT Productions of South Texas
956.640.1491

Sunday, October 05, 2008

"GREEN DREAM"

CANDE AGUILAR

NEWEST EXHIBITION
"GREEN DREAM" AT THE GALERIA 409
RECEPTION 6PM OCTOBER 11, 2008

GALERIA 409
409 E 13 STREET
BROWNSVILLE TEXAS

EXHIBIT WILL BE ON DISPLAY THE WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER


"You are invited to a show of new work by Cande Aquilar at Galeria 409. The show opens Saturday, 11 October at 6:00 p.m. with a reception for the artist.A jazz trio will play during the and the tango class will be delayed until 8 p.m.Galeria 409 is located at 409 East 13th Street in historic downtown Brownsville,one block from the Gateway Bridge. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday,from noon until 5:00 p.m. For more information call 956 455 3599 "

IT'S TIME!!, BROWNSVILLE LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL "FREE CONCERTS"

Press Release

Thursday October 9
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT
with the best Straight-Ahead Jazz in the RGV
from 8:00 to 11:00 PM at
Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grill
in North Brownsville, with
*THE FRONTERA JAZZ QUARTET
*THE BROWNTOWN JAZZ MASTERS
with Clay Moore, Tom Nevill, Joe Chapa, Terry Tomlin
and other invited artists, in a Festival Exclusive
Tribute to Cal Tjader! plus a SUPER HOT version of the always great
TOMÁS RAMIREZ ENSEMBLE
*Stick around until 2:00 AM for the after-show,
all-star jam session with surprise guests TBA, indoors at
2451 Pablo Kisel Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78526
right in front of Best Buy, click here for a map!


Sunday October 12
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT!

A day of excellent music, dance, art, good food and wholesome
fun for the entire family from 2 PM to 10 PM, in front of
the Capitol Theatre, on the corner of 11th & Levee Streets
in Historic Downtown Brownsville, featuring:
The Premier Flutist in Latin Jazz
DAVE VALENTÍN QUINTET
joined by the renowned Conductor and Pianist
of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
ARTURO O'FARRILL
plus these great acts...
**Ritmo Caribe
**The UTB/TSC Jazz Bands
**Dulce Gonzalez y Sol Latino
**The UTPA Salsa Band
**Sabor Vallero Dancers
**Ensamble La Misión
**The SPI Pan Band

Also showing... the tropical masterpieces of
IMÁGENES ART STUDIO
and a special contemporary art exhibit from
OAXACA and NAYARIT
sponsored by AmigosArtistas.org and the
Consulado de México en Brownsville!

WORLD-CLASS MUSIC, GREAT FOOD, DANCING, BEVERAGES &

FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY... BRING THE KIDS!

THIS SHOW CAN'T SELL OUT... IT'S FREE!


* Artists, schedules and locations may change without previous notice!
©2008 BSPA - All Rights Reserved

****CHECKOUT THE BROWNSVILLE SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, FOR THE LATIN JAZZ FRIDAY 10/10 AND SATURDAY 10/11 CONCERTS FEATURING THE BIGGEST NAMES, ALSO CHECK OUT VEDEO FOOTAGE OF THE 2005, 2006 AND 2007 BROWNSVILLE LATIN JAZZ FESTIVALS. http://www.brosociety.org/Jazz/index.htm

** The Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival is hands down the very best, you just can not miss out on this event. It lights up the city for four days, with music, dance, and art.. This is truly the festival that puts Brownsville on the map. gt

Anyone interested in exhibiting art should contact Toni Hudson at Imagenes Studio..

"Taquachito Nights "

For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2008

Contact: Rogelio T. Nuñez
(956) 367-0335
Email: nmcacsb@yahoo.com/nrogelio@hushmail.com
NMCAC Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary of “Taquachito Nights” at the 17th Annual Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival
WHO: The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
WHAT: 17th Annual Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival
WHEN: Saturday October 25, 2006 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday September 26, 2006 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
WHERE: 225 E. Stenger Street , San Benito , Texas

The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, Glazer’s Distributors and the City of San Benito is proud to announce the re-scheduling of the 17th Annual Conjunto Festival, October 25, 26, 2008.

The Center marks a special milestone as it celebrates the 10th year anniversary of the release of the Festival’s CD entitled “Taquachito Nights.” The caliber of the festival garnered national attention in 1998 as the Smithsonian Institution’s Folkway Recordings label produced a CD entitled “Taquachito Nights.”.

This year will feature a reunion of the 1998 musical line-up which included Gilberto Perez, Ernesto Guerra, Ricardo Guzman, Freddy Gonzalez, Martin Zapata, Beto Martinez, and Conjunto Aztlan. Two deceased conjunto greats will be represented by their family. Flavio Longoria will be represented by his son, Flavio Longoria and Tony de la Rosa will be represented by his nephews, Los D Boyz.

Other featured bands this year will include some Festival regulars such as Juan Lugo y su Conjunto and Los Angeles del Sur. Highlighting the Festival will be two conjunto legends - Oscar Hernandez and the headliner, Esteban Jordan.

“We’re happy to be celebrating another milestone,” says NMCAC co-founder and Festival artistic director, Ramon de Leon. “We’ve done a lot of work over the years to celebrate our music and our people and we’ve had good results, like Taquachito Nights.”

The celebration includes live music, dancing, and food and beverage for the entire family. General admission is $2.00 each day; children under 12 receive free admission.

NMCAC invites interested parties to join the Conjunto celebration as volunteers, food or crafts vendors. For information on the Festival contact Rogelio Nuñez at (956) 361-0110 or (956) 367-0335.
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center preserves, promotes and develops the rich cultural heritage of the “Mexicano” community through programs in the visual arts, music, theater, dance and literature.

Young Latino Artists

PRESS RELEASE

Everything's Going to be Okay: Young Latino Artists 13


Curated by Leslie Moody Castro
October 3 – November 9, 2008

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-9373

Opening Reception – Friday, October 3, 2008
Members’ Preview – 6:00-7:00 PM
Reception – 7:00-9:00 PM
Performance by Carlos Rosales-Silva – 8:00 PM

Everything’s Going to be Okay illustrates how moments of vulnerability can turn into our greatest strengths. The artists in this exhibition do not define themselves by the blood running through their veins or their ancestral history, but rather their personal histories. This exhibition, in its 13th year, features and challenges young Latino artists under the age of 35 to create and present their vision in a reexamination of social and aesthetic norms with new and experimental media.

Artists:
Luis David Contreras II (Mission, TX)
Adriana Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Cardee Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Gerardo Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Christina Garza-Mitchell (Corinth, TX)
Ivan R. Lozano (Austin, TX)
Nathan Orosco (Odessa, TX)
Carlos Rosales-Silva (Austin, TX)
Xochi Solis (Austin, TX)
Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Plano, TX)
Felix Anthony Trejo (Brownsville, TX)
David “Shek” Vega (San Antonio, TX)

For more information, please contact pr@mexic-artemuseum.org or (512) 480-9373.
www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Sponsored by Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Austin News KXAN, The Statesman, Univision 62, Real Ale Brewing Company, La Que Buena 104.3, Recuerdo 107.7 FM, The Ladies Room with Lolis, Talk Radio 1370 AM

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Art Review : BISD Faculty Show

Here is a show with a lot of potential, the work of some of Brownsville most talented artist, not holding back to say including myself on this one as a guest artist, in the new B M F A building, that in my opinion failed to be what it should, an exhibition and a grand openning that truly suits and honors the art educators of Brownsville. I gotta say I just didn't feel it, it lacked a curator, the art literally hung everywhere and anywhere, as if lets just get this over with.

Being around when this show was hung, for some reason it felt this show was rush, same day drop and hang your own, fend for your space.. What I did not understand is why the show was not curated by the museums curator, does this event lack funding or volunteering ? What is the arrangement there ?

Speaking with some of the artist on this show, for feed back I heard, "well I have new work but I just brought whatever, since it is a mandatory event, I would like to use my new work for a one man show, where I control the invornment, this is simply just chaos ".

I can't help but note what teachers must go through, on Mondays to go to work and rush over to the museum of home pickup the paintings, rush to the museum and hang. The work they are hanging is work they take pride in, work they do at home or in there studio at there convinience.

I thought the reception, lacked celebration to honor the artist, for what an art teachers goes through, "add funding for supplies,or do with what you got, perhaps art is not longer thought with just a ebony pencil and paper, it is much more complex ",sure its a school night, but where was the wine and cheese reception, where was the tamales and menudo, where was the mariachis ..

Let us celebrate the artist, the art educators of Brownsville, let us fund them so that they have all the supplies they need, let us provide them with bigger rooms and eisels and proper facilities so that they may teach and enrich our children with the greatest light I have ever known............the knowledge of art.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts

BISD Faculty Exhibition
Opening reception: Wednesday, October 1, 6-8pm
Public lecture: Thursday, October 9, 4-5pm

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
660 E. Ringgold Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Check out recent Brownsville Herald Article....

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/entertainment/art_90361___article.html/exhibit_bisd.html

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Art Review: Artwork of J.C. Miller- Haunted Exhibit

As I walked into the Rusteburg gallery, just pass the glass doors, it is precisely at this moment where I pay attention to my own first impression, and note on what grabs my attention, whether its the vibrant colors, a certain form , a line or even framing and matting, or perhaps the way the show was curated, in other words practically swallowing the exhibit in whole and see how it tastes.

I gotta tell you, first thing I noted was the size of the art work, which there is nothing wrong with size but it gave away to the question of the way the art was presented, would it have been better matted or un-matted or if the poster framing used was what shrunk the pieces even more. I think, and this is always argued,even I have been a victim of this over and over again, investing in framing is key, it is a sacrifice, but it is a rewarding sacrifice, it compliments the work and you can always, ask for a higher price if it is for sale, and or , you can always reuse the frames if not sold, or last option you can try to return them for your money back..nothing wrong with that, some stores will honor it. Presentation wise I did think it short ended the whole exhibit.

The art itself was, which is what I should be talking about anyways was a little questionable. I got the idea that scanner was being used as a tool , the same way we use a paint brush or camera, the images seemed simply done, I didn't feel the scanner was use to an advantage. The media, candle labels Catholic Saints,artificial flowers, crumpled paper,fabrics, some Buddhist or India and Greek or Roman ceramics, which all reminded me of dollar store items for some reason..Overall the images seemed dull, I didn't get to much of any strikingly vibrant colors, which I thought a scanner would represent well. The subject matter, the objects use to connect the viewer to your feelings or ideas seemed random and or of popular art culture pushing the work into psychedelic work, disconnecting me as a viewer to the artist, in a sense that the scanner is to much empowered and in control.

I thought about this one all last night, but in my opinion, looking at the art this is what I see if I was to break down the art into "what dominates the art" this is that I would grade it, 60% is the scanner,20% is the objects used, and 20% was creativity. It should be the other way around, the way I see it the whole purpose and beuty of making art is that the artist is in control. When I look at art I like to see that what dominates it is the ideas of the arts and techniques, at that point is not a matter of what media you used or what type of framing you did, you can not help escape that the artist idea and technique was good enough and nothing else mattered, or would of made a difference, hence the price of the artwork.

I would like to say for the artist if this was a test run and its your first time with scanogrophy, great, but I think there is much to be learn.

My opinion is based on my observation as a viewer to your art.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

12th Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival

PRESS RELEASE
The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) has announced its 12th Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place this coming October 9 to 12, 2008 in Brownsville, Texas . For complete schedules, artist bios, line-ups, venue directions, table reservations, online tickets and our very popular hotel/ticket discount packages, visit www.brosociety.org, call 956-831-9590 or e-mail info@brosociety.org. See attachment for more details.

Mexican or American or perhaps a mix of both..

I think it has always been said , usually in institutions such as schools or perhaps in the media, how in Brownsville:, perhaps because of our proximity to Mexico, or well not only that but most of Brownsvillians come from Mexican descent, :how influenced we are of the Mexican Culture. And that's great, but the well known flip to that is, we are also highly influence by the American Culture as well. A clear example of that can be seen in the obvious: the way people dress, choice of language or,beyond that, I would like to say our local Punk, Hardcore, Death Metal, Skateboard and Surf scene that has been around perhaps since before the mid 80's...not forgetting MTV Rap and the thug life out there. How American or Mexican is the direction of our infrastructure, given that this is the mid point of where two giant cultures meet ina physical proximity ? Cut out all the Stripes Gasoline Stations, all the big retail commerce around Sunrise Mall, blank out the WalMarts and what do we have left ?

Well the answer I am looking for is not poverty...

You may say to yourself, "well its a new wave thing ", or why is he talking about this, well I don't know yet, but I beg to differ. I think perhaps it may all date back to the Vietnam war, when a lot of local service men, Mexican-American, White, Blacks traveled together in a brotherhood around the world and brought back a piece of each other.( Just to throw this out there SUPPORT VETERANS HOSPITAL) I'm no historian, I am rolling the dice on this one, it must be a great thing to watch Mexican and American Television Networks, Mexican and American POP Culture and get it. To understand the movies of Pedro Infante and turn around at the same time and understand the lyrics and feel the music of Jim Morrison and The Doors. And don't get me started on Break dancing, I know there was a scene..I would go back to the Homer Hanna year book or our first Brownsville high school year books and check out what kids were like back then, that should give clues..
Who was the first person to get on a surfboard and surf the waves of South Padre Island and or Boca Chica Beach and when ? Who was the first person to skate down our historical downtown Elizabeth Street ? Who build the first half pipe or quarter pipe in Brownsville? What was the name of the first punk rock band formed in Brownsville and who were the members ?

By the way anyone know who was the first local painter to a exhibit a one man show in Brownsville, when and where was the exhibit ? Who was the first artist painter to make the cover of our local Brownsville Herald ?

GT

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Texas Commission on the Arts

PRESS RELEASE

Greetings from the Texas Commission on the Arts!

TCA has opened the call for nominations for Texas State Poet Laureate, Musician, Visual Artist 2-D, and Visual Artist 3-D. TCA oversees the selection process for the four positions, created by S.B. 1043 of the 77th Legislature, and we would really appreciate your help in getting the word out about this opportunity. If you know of a qualified candidate, please make a nomination.

Detailed information and the online nomination form are available on the TCA website at:
www.arts.state.tx.us/stateartist

Deadline for receipt of nominations is October 5th.

The Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee, composed of members appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives, will make the final selections sometime in the spring of 2009 when the 81st Legislature convenes.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!
Gaye Greever McElwain
Director of Marketing and Development
Texas Commission on the Arts
512/936-6562

A day in the Life - Ernesto Garcia Cabral

PRESS RELEASE

STC Library Art Gallery
Pecan Campus – McAllen

Proudly Presents

“A Day in the Life: Comic Illustrations and Cinema Prints by Ernesto García Cabral”
September 18 - October 17, 2008


Thursday, September 18, 2008
Art Lecture – 6-7pm, Library, rm. F-102
Opening Reception– 7-9 pm, Library Art Gallery
light refreshments & music provided!!
Free Admission!
For more information call 956-872-3488, or visit
www.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart

STC Library Art Gallery
Art for Learning, Art for Life!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GALERIA 409 - FRANCHUTE

Galerîa 409 invites you to the opening of an exhibition
of paintings by Franchute, with a reception for the
artist beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16th.
Franchute, a Matamoros native paints in a colorful but
sophisticated international style that resonates with
the artist love of European and Mexican culture and
art history.

Galerîa 409 is located at 409 East 13th Street in
historic Brownsville, Texas. Gallery hours are
Wednesday - Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. and
admission is free. For additional information
call 956 455 3599.


Noche de Peña VI starts at 7:30 pm on Tuesday,
September 23rd.
Rev. Dr. Starship - Originals
Rumbo al Anacua - North of the Border Originals
The G Man Band - Pop Rock Originals
Ensamble la Misîon - World Music / Art Song
$5.00 admission includes snacks/beverage

The Political Art World

What is art if not a commodity ? Perhaps its easy to exploit the art world, even more perhaps in a city such as ours. What artist does not believe in museums political games? With paintings made by local artist valued and perhaps selling at $300.00 to $5000.00 a piece, what gallery or museum wouldn't want a 20 to 30 percent piece of that? State funding, local funding , tax payers in the loop, its an educational cover and underneath its skin the starving artist.

Can anyone be an artist, and how do you price your art and why ? Its easy to make believe your art is $2000.00, its perhaps as easy as finding a buyer who believes its worth much more? Art is funny that way.. Splitter splatter a ten minute master piece. Want a series ? Splitter splatter some more, 20 imitations of the first splitter splatter. Can you define your art or is it too complex and how do you price it then ? How long will it last, is it of the highest quality ?

I am a famous painter, like it says in my my space page.

Art openings seem to be great only until the bottles of wine run dry yet so many out there fanatics of the art world who've never bought a single piece of original art.

Support your local artist......he he

by Rolling Tomato

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Art of Brownsville

For those of you still asking the question, "what now?, Mayra is gone.. boohoo" well cheer up my dear ol freinds The Art of Brownsville, will continue.. I have no doubt, you will continue to visit and support. Lets all wish Mayra the best of luck in her new ventures.... that must of been one tough first week of school....

Continue sending your press releases for your local art shows, "JPEG" please ready for copy and paste.. poems, pictures , etc.....don't make my life any harder than it is, or i'll quit too,,eh eh just kidding..

I will continue posting as usual and invite others to do so as well. Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged.

The Art of Brownsville will celebrate its 5th anniversary and has the support of Galeria 409 Mark Clark to host a party for the cause November 29, Saturday night at the Galeria...
When I say The Art of Brownsville that means you, all you readers and artist that have contributed to the blog, to the art scene, and most of all to our neighboring cities of the Rio Grande Valley without borders.



BISD FACULTY ART SHOW OCTOBER 1, 2008

PRESS RELEASE

Brownsville Independent School District
Department of Fine Arts

Brownsville Museum
of Fine Art
660 E. Ringgold St.
Brownsville, Texas
October 1-11, 2008

BISD faculty
and staff are
welcome to
participate.

For more information, call Marsha L. Betancourt,
Supervisor of Visual Arts (956) 698-0193 or (956) 982-3730

"The Rise of Joe's on the Blvd." by William Torres

Bring On The Shows At Joe's, Joe's on the Blvd. is hosting another hardcore, show in Brownsville on September 19th 2008: Acts include Panteon, the Rejected, and Soul Twist.

In my opinion Panteon and the Rejected are two of the best original bands to ever be born of Brownsville, Texas. Soul Twist is an up and coming band whose members have over fifteen years of music experience, and are expected to be quite the contender when it comes to hardcore, original, music, born and bred in Brownsville, Texas.

While other venues have decided to ignore the hardcore scene, and the deprevity of the hardcore people in Brownsville, Joe's is taking a chance and it seems to be paying off for everyone involved. "It's time to try something different", says Ruben, owner of Joe's on the Blvd..

"While the hardcore scene may not be new to Brownsville, local bands and bar owner's maybe taking note to the closing of (Chapa's Bar, and The Pit), and perhaps now been looking for a new venue",says Ronnie Gonzalez, of the Rejected.

Joe's offers a different atmosphere than any other place in Brownsville. It's outdoors and has an Austin, feel to it, that I like, that other venues can't offer. Joe's on the Blvd. intends to offer competitive pay for bands that can draw the crowds, and plans to do it without ever charging cover. Bands around town are hard at work practicing and getting better everyday. It is a new day in Brownsville thanks to places like Joe's, others are sure to follow which is a very good thing for everyone. Believe it or not, the city as a whole does better when the local bars are doing well with sales.

It's my opinion that the city should do more to invest in larger venues and allow concerts in parks and such. If you feel the same, contact Chris Patterson at Parks and Recreation(956-455-7729) I'm sure he'd love to hear from you. The market is huge and it's getting larger everyday. "They can spend time with they're corporate ventures", we'll keep giving the people what they want, something pure, something true, something unforgettable. BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, HARDCORE!!

Some would argue that what we are doing is anything but ART. Well my friends, if you've ever painted a picture while feeling sad and consumed by pain; if you've ever splattered paint on a canvas while being overwhelmed by anger; if you've ever written a poem about life while being influenced by the confusion around you; if you've ever dared to speak up and out against the norm; well my friends, you too, are Hardcore. Appreciate other forms of art. Come check out a show at Joe's.

For more info about the hardcore scene in Brownsville, call TnT Productions of South Texas at 956.640.1491

Tune in for more Shows at Joe's. On the 26th it's Metal, Metal, and more Metal with Spiral Fire, Hybrid and Grace of Terror. Coming in October, The Sweethearts, Back to Riverdale, and Redemtion by Cutting Fist. That's going to be one Hardcore Punk Rock show. How will you express yourself today?

BY WILLIAM TORRES

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Haunted:Artwork of J.C. Miller

The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC
Presents
Haunted: Artwork of J.C. Miller

Brownsville, TX – The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building is proud to present “Haunted: Artworks of J.C. Miller.”


· Opening reception, Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 6:30- 8:30 PM
· The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC
· Exhibition runs from September 9 to September 27, 2008
· Admission: $1.00
· Semester Passes: $3.00
· All Art Majors: Free admission

Gallery Hours:

Mondays to Thursdays
1:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturdays
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Closed Holidays and between shows


For more information, please contact Marivel Graham at gallery@utb.edu or call (956) 882-7097. Please check out our website http://blue.utb.edu/artgallery/

Artist’s Statement

My work is how I deal with life, from expressing my love to dealing with pain. I have leaned on my artwork to cope with losing loved ones to contemplating the reason for my existence. I create artwork by looking at or hearing ideas that seem apart from the harmony of its surroundings. A misprint in the newspaper or a breaking of a satellite image gives me the spark that kindles a series of pencil and ink sketches, then a set of paintings or scans.

My recent work has been influenced by technology, from sonograms to digital imagery. The retrieval of images and how they are perceived is what I take to ideas that have haunted my imagination for years.
I have endlessly explored the theme of mother and child, music and drama, life and death. Scanography has allowed to explore these concepts and give them new meanings through distortion. In turn, the use of this technology has influenced how I present ideas with traditional mediums such oil painting and pencil drawing. I hope that my work allows the viewer to find personal meaning and worth.


James C. Miller

Monday, September 01, 2008

A TAOB Team Member Makes Her Exit

Dear TAOB Readers:

It grieves me to say that this is my last post as an official member of the TAOB team. I am more than sorry to say that I am taking this exit after nearly five years but alas; life is pulling me in a different direction. As passionate as I am about promoting and advocating our local arts and culture, teaching and my students are taking a bigger place in my heart, thus a bigger chunk of my time and energy. I have sincerely tried to manage my time in many different ways to make time for the blog, and for teaching and for the many projects I was trying to juggle; but as I grow life is proving to be more complicated where yes, priorities have to be set and sadly one has to be selective of the various desires of one's heart. I know it sounds incredibly pessimistic; to not pursue all the desires of your heart (at least not at the same time), but it’s also realistic. For the sake of my health and for peace of mind, I am cutting some cords and trying to simplify what I dedicate my time to as well as enjoy more of it with my family, for my art and myself. At this point in my life, I would rather be the best teacher I could be than be a mediocre teacher and a mediocre blogger.

As far as teaching goes, it has been the most challenging but also most educational experience of my life. And I am so happy to say that after my rookie year, I am loving my 2nd year experience. Yes, the same challenges are there, but I have learned to deal with them differently and I am sure there will be more lessons to learn, new challenges to meet. But it's worth it because my students are worth it! Right now, I cannot think of a better feeling than when you open students' minds to new ideas and concepts and when you see them apply it and take it to heart. It is an impression they will take with them for the rest of their lives and God knowing, so many young people need more positive impressions in their lives, to help them make better decisions.

So with all this in mind and close to heart, I write this exit. This blog has become more than I could have ever imagined when it was first born out of an idea for a computer class assignment from my small apartment in Austin, Texas. I have been able to connect with many great individuals who have passion for art and culture and especially for the Brownsville/RGV/Mexico frontera. I have been able to meet and make friends with people from our local communities as well across the nation and across the world. I have seen many good things evolve out of these connections such as collaborations, activities and the sharing and exchange of thoughts and ideas. And I am especially glad to say that the blog will continue to play witness to this. Even though I take my exit, The Art of Brownsville will continue under the direction of local artist Gabriel Treviño. I want to thank Gabriel for his contributions to the blog and it brings me much joy and relief to know that the mission of the blog will continue.

Keep an eye out for more posts about next week's "Art in the Park" by local organization Amigos Artistas on Sunday, September 7th at Ringgold Pavilion as Dean Porter Park. Also look forward to coverage of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art's Joaquin Quintana Garcia exhibition and the BISD Faculty Art Show, also to be at the BMFA. And for sure, mark your calendars to celebrate The Art of Brownsville's 5th Anniversary at Gallery 409 on Saturday, November 29th!

So there is still much more to expect from The Art of Brownsville and I look forward to seeing its development and evolution. I encourage all those who may be interested in contributing by becoming an established member of the TAOB team and helping run “the behind the scenes” of the blog, or would just like to contribute articles from time to time, to contact Gabriel Treviño at brownsvilleartform@yahoo.com.

Thanks again for everything readers and for visiting this site these almost past five years and for coming back time again. As I close this chapter in my life, The Art of Brownsville is just in the beginning of its own journey! QUE VIVA EL ARTE! QUE VIVA TAOB!

With love and appreciation,

Mayra Cruz

Thursday, August 21, 2008

" THE REJECTED " from Brownsville Texas
























































FRIDAY 8/15 : JOE'S BAR AND GRILL (LOCATED ON CENTRAL BLVD) INVITED LOCAL LEGENDARY HARDCORE PUNK ROCK BAND "THE REJECTED" TO PLAY A SHOW WHICH ALSO INCLUDED A NEW UP AND COMING SKATE PUNK BAND "HAD ABOUT ENOUGH" AND "BACK TO THE RIVERDALES'.
"THE REJECTED " MEMBERS INCLUDE ( JOHNNY:VOCALS, ALLEN:DRUMS, RONNIE:GUITAR, JOE:GUITAR, VALDO:BASS) A BAND STARTED IN THE EARLY 90'S AND MEMBERS THAT HAVE DESCENDED FROM MENTAL DISORDER AND CERO BRAINS WHICH DATE BACK TO THE MID 80'S. "THE REJECTED" PLAY FAST, GRIND AND DISTORTED, ORIGINAL MUSIC WITH SONG TITLES "IF I HAD MY WAY WITH YOU" AND "WHITE TRASH". "THERE IS NOTHING BUT POSITIVE ENERGY WHEN THESE GUYS PLAY, ITS ABOUT ENJOYING THE MOMENT AND FEELING ALIVE " NOTED BAND MANAGER WILLIAM TORRES.
THE PUNK SCENE HAD SLOWED DOWN THIS YEAR DUE TO THE CLOSING VENUE "CHAPAS BAR" (LOCATED ON 14TH ST.) A MUSIC BAR THAT IN 2007 HOSTED A CONCERT BY MARKY RAMONES DRUMMER OF THE "RAMONES " INDUCTEE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BAND. GALERIA 409 STEPPED IN THIS YEAR HOSTING A BENEFIT CONCERT WHICH INCLUDED "THE REJECTED" IN THE LINE UP. GALERIA 409 THEN AFTER PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD HOST NO MORE PUNK SHOWS.
HOWEVER IT SEEMS NOW JOES BAR AND GRILL HAS STEPPED IN TO FILL THE MUCH NEEDED VENUE. THIS SHOW DEFINITELY PROVES THAT THE LOCAL SCENE WILL NEVER DIE AWAY, "PUNKS NOT DEAD" AND SHOWS NO SIGNS OF MERCY.

GT..
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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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