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Friday, October 30, 2009
Certainly it is one thing to be poor, and another thing is to lack the ganas or the spirit to do anything...The lack of ideas or the will to come up with ways to improve the world we live in are harbored deep inside....
Of course as artists we contribute art , but art is a concept, a perception, a way of thinking that allows us to express how we view the world.. and how do we view the world is asked ? How do we describe beauty, life and or death ?
An artist is a thinker, poet, an engineer, a scientist, a story teller, a politician, a psychologist, a sum of all put together, and at any given moment a genius capable of producing the next wonder of the world. At least the world we know, the valley, the city we live in, the neighborhood, the house, or the bed we sleep in..for some even only the floor to sleep in or stand on, is the only world we know..
Sometimes when I think about art or the production of public art, I think about how it can also compliment the city of Brownsville, and its surroundinng cities ..The most obvious thoughts about public art that comes to mind, that may compliment the city is murals and public sculptures, set throughout every corner of the city, that can be seen on a drive to work, the movies , the park, the store, something that pleases the eye , and at the same time pleases the soul. Public art that resonates the ideologies of the good spirit that lives with in us.
Certainly all art has a price, for us one we can not afford as we look into our pockets or reflect on the jobs and opportunities the city has to offer. Let us reflect our city, Brownsville, a great city neighboring, Matamoros Tamaulipas Mexico.., with its own airport, and Port, with South Padre Island only 20minutes away, the University of Texas at Brownsville ...certainly a fast growing city , with new business opening everyday.
How do we survive..? How do we live..? How do we prosper.... ? What can an artist offer the city ? What are your ideas ?
Can an artist contribute ideas to prevent flooding in our city?
Can an artist contribute ideas to improve the Port of Brownsville and bring a bigger industry, allowing the port to grow and create jobs and income that will benefit all the people -residents of Brownsville?
Can an artist contribute ideas that can improve driving across the border into Mexico and returning a more pleasant drive?
Can an artist contribute ideas that can improve the quality and standards of our health care systems ?
Can an artist improve the gridlock of traffic during rush hour?
Can an artist improve the quality of life in Brownsville?
What can or should an artist improve? Or should the city improve itself to provide more opportunities for artists and its people, its residents and tax payers ?
Certainly no one should feel like the owe anybody anything...
And its not about being a city decorator..
Improving the city and the quality of life is the job of those who run for a public office and are elected by the people..
Museums and or Noneprofit organization also play their part aswell, when they ask for funds in the name of helping promote culture , creativity and encouraging emerging artists.
It is simple begins with a an idea nurtured when we are kids by parents and teachers......
Thursday, October 29, 2009
STAR: South Texas Artist Registry proposal
MAINTAINED BY "UT-PAN AM"
2-3 images of art work
Brownsville Texas 78526
The Art of Brownsville
Gabriel Trevino is an artist born on July 12, 1976 in Brownsville, Texas. As a child Gabriel was described as a day dreamer who doodled in class. Gabriel's interest in art was not until the last year of high school (1994) where he exhibited his first formal drawings in an art class competition. After high school Gabriel continued to produce drawings and sought formal training in 1997 at the University of Texas at Brownsville art program. In the summer of 1998, after a productive year Gabriel was allowed a one man show at the Richardson Art Gallery. Surprisingly after a successful show for the young artist, in the fall of 1998 Gabriel began to work for Breed Automotive, putting on hold the idea of producing art.
In 2002 after the birth of his son Michelangelo, a new inspiration appeared and began to fuel the idea of producing art again. In 2005 Gabriel restarted his art career through a series of exhibits at the local flea market that explored the idea of art in a primitive art culture. Gabriel received his first break and recognized as a notable artist in a University of Texas at Brownsville art exhibit curated by artist and professor Carlos G. Gomez title Four Emerging Artist: Gabriel Trevino, Mauricio Saenz, Luis Valderas, Jesus de la Rosa.
Gabriel is now an active artist and arts advocate author of The Art of Brownsville Blog.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
BMFA creates memorial fund to honor late director
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art has created a memorial fund to honor the legacy of its late executive director, Barry T. Horn, who died this weekend.
The memorial fund, which will be administered by the museum, will support a public art program throughout the City of Brownsville. The fund will encourage the installation of artwork in a wide range of public locations.
The fund will support projects that promote a culture of creativity and encourage new and emerging artists. Such projects will serve as visual reminders of Horn’s life-long desire to make art relevant and accessible to all people.
“Barry strongly believed that art should be available to all,” said Eddie Knebel, board president. “The Museum has the opportunity to perpetuate Barry’s legacy through an endowment that will bear his name and honor his ideals.”
The memorial fund was created at a meeting on Tuesday of the museum’s Board of Trustees. George Ramirez, owner of Polibrid Coatings, attended the meeting and presented a $10,000 check to the museum to be used by the fund.
“I want this contribution to serve as a challenge to everyone who believes in Barry’s vision for the arts in Brownsville,” Ramirez said. “The recent city budget issues have created divisiveness among cultural organizations here. We need to stand together during this tragic time.”
To contribute to the memorial fund in honor of Barry T. Horn, contact Linda Marin, Interim Executive Director, at (956) 542-0941.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
2009 Award Presentations
Benjamin Dominguez and Gabriel Trevino
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Old City Cemetery Center presents BISD Dia de los Muertos Faculty Art Exhibit
Brownsville, Texas October 2009- The Old City Cemetery Center, located in the Mitte Cultural District, invites the public to view the Dia de los Muertos Faculty Art Exhibitby Brownsville Independent School District art teachers. This exhibition is part of the Dia de los Muertos Cultural Series sponsored by Target.
The exhibit runs from October 17, 2009 to November 14, 2009. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 1 at 6:00 in conjunction with Brownsville's 3nd Annual Heritage Celebration and Dia de los Muertos Festival. The event is free to the public.
The exhibit features artwork created by the faculty of BISD in honor of Dia de los Muertos. The exhibit includes works in various media, including an altar.
The exhibit is guest curated by BISD Visual Arts Supervisor Marsha Betancourt.
This community outreach initiative is also sponsored in part through the Historic City Cemetery Project sponsored by Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation and City of Brownsville.
The Old City Cemetery Center offers free admission from Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The Brownsville Historical Association manages the Old City Cemetery Center. For more information on BHA programs and exhibits please call 956-541-5560 or 956-541-1167.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
by Mauricio Saenz
As I find myself attending graduate school at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain, I have found myself with the urge of absorbing and looking at different expressions of art as much as I can. I think sharing this experience with TAOB will not only allow its readers to learn a little of how the art scene is like here in Valencia and Spain in general, but also to have a different perspective on how artists, museums, galleries, fine arts departments, professors, exhibits, and so on work and in this way compare it to the one we have in the valley, always with the objective of trying to improve the conditions that we possess and learning about new things that we lack. These chronicles will be based on the views of a person from the Rio Grande Valley / Norte de Tamaulipas who would like to see progress on the local scene and who is aware of its strengths and weaknesses, yet a person who is abroad to acquire a different perspective on producing art and looking at alternative expressions of it as a whole to expand his knowledge and who is eager to discover new paths in this world.
The first stop on my way to Valencia was Madrid, majestic and sophisticated Madrid. The Spanish capital possesses some of the best art museums in Europe and vast collections of art from the world's best known artists. No tour of art museums can't be started anywhere else other than in Museo del Prado, right along Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid's most famous avenue. With a statue of Diego Velazquez standing proud at its entrance, El Prado Museum houses some of Europe's most famous masterpieces, among them "Third of May" by Francisco Goya and "Las Meninas" by Velazquez. Unfortunately it's not allowed to take pictures inside but tried to take some outside. Gearing from academic, classical art to a more modern face of it Museo de Arte Reino Sofia stands as the most important museum for contemporary art in Spain. This venue holds Picasso's masterpiece "Guernica" among others by artists such Joan Miro. Aside from these artworks Museo Reina Sofia holds exhibits from international artists in a more contemporary context. The last venue I was able to attend the day before coming to Valencia was a cultural centre called "Caixa Forum" (sponsored by bank "La Caixa") where I saw an exhibit of the work of a person who changed the history of modern architecture in the world, Richard Rogers.
The first feeling I can tell you I experienced after being able to appreciate all these expressions of art was being in the first world, a place where your eyes are wandering everywhere in awe as they discover new and incredible things around you. That sense of having fulfilled your sight with so many wonders is something I want to experience more often. First tip to TAOB readers from an avid traveller and emerging artist: try to go out of the valley as much as you can and look at art that is being produced somewhere else, you can't imagine the inspiration and eye-opener this is. The excellent Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in the next crónica.
Contact Maurcio :
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I wanted to share the information about the idea for our MFA program group project. We are creating an Artist Registry for all artists located in the South Texas region at no charge to each artist. The Artist Registry will consist of a website maintained by the UT-Pan Am MFA graduate students. With the help of each artist, we would like to create an internet site with accessible information regarding contacts, images, and biographies of each artist. We strongly believe that this registry will help the art community as well as those who are patrons of the arts. At this moment, I would like to invite you and the The Art of Brownsville members to participate in this truly beneficial moment in South Texas art history. Below is what will be needed from each artist:
2-3 images of art work
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will gladly try to answer them. I hope to hear from you and your fellow members and hopefully meet in person at some time.
EMAIL TO :firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
PAINTINGS BY ROSENDO SANDOVAL
Rosendo Sandoval was born in Tamaulipas, México in 1957. When he was two years of age, his family moved to the state of Nuevo León, back to the place where they were from. His father died in 1968. This caused the family to immigrate to the United States two years later. Once they arrived in the U.S., they settled in Weslaco, Texas. After graduating from Weslaco High School in 1977, he attended Pan American University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art in 1982. Later on, he decided to continue his education and received two masters’ degrees in Art. A Master of Science in Art from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas and a Master of Fine Arts in Art from UTPA in Edinburg, Texas. Today, Mr. Sandoval resides in Elsa, Texas where he lives with his wife and kids. He works as a full time Art teacher for the Mercedes I.S.D., and paints on his spare time.
Since the late 1990’s my painting style has been gradually changing. In 1999 I decided to look at my culture for inspiration and I came up with a large painting that I call “La Piñata”, and ever since that time all I am doing is related to themes that I can find in the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures. My works are done in a semi-realistic romantic style. I like to use what I call the three C’s in all my works, that’s composition, color and contrast.
I usually start a painting by researching the theme and working out the composition. My second step is to decide on the color scheme that I will use, after that is done, the next step will be to transfer the sketch to the panel and start the painting. I always use an imprimatura or an under painting before I start with the over painting or top layer. At the present time, I hold an M.S. in art from Texas A&I University and an M.F.A. in art from UTPA.
The artists that have inspired me are the Mexican Mural painters such as Siqueiros and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena.
At the present time, I am a member of the Upper Valley Art League and I have participated in both group and one-man art
exhibits. I have exhibited my work at IMAS, The Rio Grande Valley Art Museum, The Narciso Martinez Cultural Art Center and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. Some of the awards that I have won include a first place painting and an honorable mention painting in the oil painting category at the Brownsville International Art Show in 2006, and a best of show painting also in the oil painting category at the Brownsville International Art Show in 2008.
Monday, October 05, 2009
is just around the corner! We're looking for works of art in all media for our live and silent auctions. All works will be available for preview and bidding beginning October 13. Funds will go toward the retirement of the Museum construction loan.
To donate a work of art, contact Barry Horn at (956) 542-0941
or at email@example.com
to those who've already donated art for the
Anniversary Benefit Gala:
& many others!
The Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year will feature live music, dinner, wine and winners of the Cultural Leaders of the Year Award. Seating is limited!
Buy your tickets today!
Sunday, October 04, 2009
October 17, 2009 - January 9, 2010
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Rick del Castillo – Guitar/Vocals
Alex Ruiz – Lead Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica
Mike Zeoli – Drums
Albert Besteiro – Bass
Del Castillo visits the Rio Grande Valley frequently, most recently on September 5, was invited by the City of Mercedes Texas to inaugurate the first Annual Mercedes Street Festival, a concert which was free to the public..
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Painting by Carlos G. Gomez
Social Abstract Surrealist - Carlos G. Gomez executes a masterful work in this painting titled "What ever happen to love May 1519 ".
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