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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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..
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
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
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....
Friday, October 17, 2008
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
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
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..
The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC
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
Mondays to Wednesday:
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 5:00PM – 7:00PM
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed Holidays and between shows
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.
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.
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.
CERAMIC CLASS COMING SOON
$45-ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED
CLASS OCT. 25TH 10AM TO 12:30NOON
2300 COFFEE PORT RD
BROWNSVILLE TEXAS 78521
TO REGISTER CONTACT"956-574-0088
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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
Sunday, October 05, 2008
"GREEN DREAM" AT THE GALERIA 409
RECEPTION 6PM OCTOBER 11, 2008
409 E 13 STREET
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 "
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
plus these great acts...
**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..
October 6, 2008
Contact: Rogelio T. Nuñez
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.
Everything's Going to be Okay: Young Latino Artists 13
Curated by Leslie Moody Castro
October 3 – November 9, 2008
419 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
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.
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 email@example.com or (512) 480-9373.
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
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.
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