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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Contact: Celeste De Luna
THE ART GALLERY IN THE RUSTEBERG BUILDING AT UTB/TSC
PRESENTS Scorpio: Alumni Show
The Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC presents “Scorpio: the Alumni Art Show”. This show is the third in a series of art exhibits that highlights the visual arts department at the university. This series is aligned with celebrating the 25th anniversary of Patron of the Arts. The first two shows in this series, the Adjunct show and Faculty show highlighted visual arts faculty. This open show was meant to highlight UTB alumni who create visual art from all majors. A list of names of past alumni was recommended and contacted by multiple sources. Some alumni who will be showing their work are Teodoro Estrada, Marivel Graham, and Jose Maria Parga, and Jose Salinas. The show will be held at the gallery in the Rusteberg Building (first floor) at UTB/TSC located at 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520. Reception will be from 6:30-8:30pm and light refreshments will be served.
Who: UTB/TSC Gallery at the Rusteberg Building
What: Scorpio: Alumni Art Show
When: Monday, March 8, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: UTB/TSC campus/80 Fort Brown/Brownsville, Texas 78520
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Entry Deadline: March 8, 2010
Cash & Awards Valued Over $10,000
COMPLETE GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM at: www.artistshavengallery.com
Includes Artists Haven Gallery Representation Contract, Solo Exhibition, Internet Exposure, Website Hosting, Book Publishing, Magazine Publicity, and additional Sponsorship Prizes.
$25 per first entry / $10 each additional. No Entry Limit. Submissions on CD or DVD.
The 2010 International Fine Art Painting Competition will be juried by Dr. Karen Roberts, Senior Professor of Visual Arts, Broward College.
TAOB Notes: This was sent in via email.. Enter at your own risk..
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I would like to share what I have done in Weslaco . Very minor, but it may illustrate to others that things can be accomplished. A replica of Michelangelo's "David" was available by a Chicago-based company. It was actually a fragment of the famous sculpture
; the head. Apparently the sculpture was cleaned several years ago by a certain party and secretly they created a mold of the head. It stayed in a family’s possession for years until they sold it. Anyway, the replicas produced are exact and allow one to see the artists work up close.
The sculpture was purchased by organizing art teachers to fundraise and to create a public relations plan. My idea was to present the sculpture to a public area on a long term loan. In return, the people who ran the office/grounds would feature it in their events. We chose the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce as they could showcase it properly and was in the news regularly. Getting the event recognized was very hard. Local newspapers and TV stations did not show interest. I had to really be persistent and ended up with some coverage.
3 years have past, and the city of Weslaco and Weslaco ISD has given art a chance.
In March an elementary Weslaco campus will open a permanent art gallery for students to see their own art and traveling art shows. A small sculpture by Auguste Rodin will be donated by elementary art clubs and the city officials will declare Youth Art Month for Weslaco in March.
This month, art students took a trip with their drawing boards, 11 x 18 paper, and ebony pencils to sketch “David”.
Brownsville has so many resources and talent. I learned about hard work there.
Attached to this e-mail are students sketching “David”. "
by James Miller
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is proud to announce the opening of the BMFA Art Gallery Store. The BMFA will showcase original art work by our members that the public can purchase. Thirty percent of the sales contribute to the museum's mission to provide cultural enrichment to the community.
We will begin to accept original art work from BMFA members on Feb. 27th, 2010. All art work must be adequately framed, matted, in excellent condition and appropriately priced. Two art works per member will be allowed on display for a 3 month time frame.
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art strives to contribute to the art education and cultural enrichment of the community, exhibit works of art, arrange for and offer educational programs for children and adults, and encourage and develop the appreciation and advancement of art throughout the community.
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
660 E. Ringgold St.
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 542-0941
Fax: (956) 542-6931
Friday, February 12, 2010
"Art & Cultural Center of Brownsville" on Friday, February 19 at 7:00pm.
Event: Art & Cultural Center of Brownsville
Start Time: Friday, February 19 at 7:00pm
End Time: Friday, February 19 at 9:00pm
Where: 1124 Market Square, between 11th & 12th and Washington & Adams,
EVERYONE WELCOME - FREE ADMISSION
Actually, anonymous, this center is run by about 30 artists that were formally with the Brownsville Art League. They approached Brownsville Historical Association with the need for space because the Neale House was sold and they felt their needs were not being met, and they also felt they were not being listened to.
Because BHA has the lease on the entire Market Square building and will occupy it all once the new BUS terminal is built, BHA had the extra space available for the group. BHA provided its own $$ to fix the space for the group.
They have called the space the Art and Cultural Center of Brownsville, and it is not managed by the Brownsville Historical Association nor by me personally. I have a dedicated staff and board who manage everything together and we work as a team.
It certainly has nothing to do with my close buddies either, though I will say that some of my closest buddies run museums and cultural centers throughout the state of Texas (and some in other states).
I do not know what being from McAllen has anything to do with anything either. In my opinion, part of what keeps Brownsville lagging behind McAllen is the distrust of outsiders, and the crab mentality where anyone that tries to do anything positive is quickly criticized and brought down. It is unfortunate because I firmly believe that Brownsville has much more to offer in cultural resources than any town in the RGV.
I believe the group of artists at the Art and Cultural Center of Brownsville offer open membership with dues, and they share studio space at Market Square. BHA does not take a commission on the sale of the work, commission on memberships, or percentage of workshops held. In exchange for the use of the space, the artists agree to run the Market Square gallery that houses the Edelstein collection for the BHA on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you have any questions about what BHA does or does not run, please do not hesitate to contact BHA at 956-541-5560. Any one of the staff members would be happy to answer questions.
Brownsville Historical Association
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Yes, I think about it all the time......Running the blog is hard work, is not just about posting events, its about making it work, posting every day and keeping it interesting. It requires a big commitment. There is also a lot going on, allot of events , allot of work being produced, its hard making it to all the events to cover whats going on....Its always easier when readers and or artists send in work to post... But its always great when things get done...very rewarding I think.
What is the positive and the negative of being the TAOB blog administrator ?
Positive, well that's easy, your in control, so there is a creative freedom of how to run the blog. I have met a lot of people that read the blog and tell me how great it looks and how they can not beleive the work that is being produced locally.....The positive feedback is always rewarding..
Negative, of course I will say the comments..which I think has been the hardest thing I've had to deal with. Half of the readers want comments and the other half doesn't. How do you justify that..? On top of that you got - anonymous commentators who simply are out to "cagar palo" - if you get my drift..... I personally , don't mind the comments,,,but you just simply can't please everyone.... The idea of the blog is so that everyone can join in and create a dialogue about local art.. Some of the comments are really good and its great - people should be able to express themselves.. but again others pretend give out false identity, which is beyond me, I can't tell who it is, and do not have the time and or want to waist my time to research the "caga palos"..
Again for the most part is positive. I couldn't be anymore thank full for how The Art of Brownsville has turned out..
And thats just mentioning the growth and changes in Brownsville. Matamoros, Port Isabel, San Benito , Harlingen , and Mcallen are also on the rise... Think of the potential the valley has as a whole, it is something to look foward to I think...
What has been the most memorable moment about The Art of Brownsville blog...?
I would have to say when TAOB got together to celebrate the 3rd anniversary which was I think the biggest step for the blog.. I think it was really great having everyone come together to celebrate local art. Not about one person but about all of us, everyone that supports and or works to improve the art culture in our area...
What have you learned from The Art of Brownsville blog ?
Well there is a lot to learn from blogging itself. I think what has been most important is being part of the growth of the local art culture.. I feel I have been witness to a great evolution in our local history..Some of the last exhibitions at the old Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts now the new building next to the Gladys Porter Zoo and Richardson Art Gallery now - Rusteberg Gallery, Amigos Artistas - which continues to grow with "Art in the Park" - Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival, Historic Brownsville Museum, Cemetery Museum, and Heritage Complex all of which have hosted several great art exhibitions, and of course Galeria 409 and Imagenes Studio Paseo Plaza - The Art Factory which are pushing shows.. ...There has also been a numerous amounts of local restaurants/bars that now feature local art on the walls...
All of which have been venues for now several artists that have made there mark and have become important in the growth of our art culture..
What is the purpose of The Art of Brownsville blog...? One of the most misconceptions that people have about the blog is that, they define it as a group of artists or that its about only a certain group.. Not at all, the blog is about contributions, comments, announcing events, perspectives, but most importantly defining the art that is being produced locally of course, no matter by whom. If you send in a picture of your work, people will comment on it, by some who have a high education in art, some who have a good knowledge of art or by some who observe and want to give there opinion.. It is simply a tool to learn from, is not by all means the end of the world if someone comments a negative critic.
Lets take a moment to answer some questions....send in your questions about the blog via comments......
Anonymous: Why do you promote bands in TAOB? Bands have enough exposure or should have their own Blog. Do promote the venues that host these bands because you making money off the ads? Its an expiremental thing as The Art of Brownsville continues to grow. I appreciate all sorts of music the way I appreciate art, and bringing it to The Art of Brownsville has been a great pleasure....What I have liked most is getting out there to hear and to take pictures of the bands during there performance and working with the images. I am learning as I go.... The Art of Brownsville will continue to promote venues that provide space for local artist, painters, musicians, poets...etc.. free of charge whether it be a museum, gallery, resturaunt or a bar, hell even the local pulga or garage style exhibit. I do want to note to the readers and everyone the idea of selling ad space has been a topic that I have spoken to several people about, that has not been ruled out..I mean why not?.... For now anyone wanting to make a donation to my efforts are more than welcomed..
Friday, February 05, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Please take a look at this new art-iguana video. It is a contest entry with Jerry's Artarama, so please lok at it multiple times and tell your friends about it too. The more views it gets the more chance I have of winning the "Art Stars Video Contest". So I'm asking you please to help me and feel free to forward this message along to your friends neighbors etc.
I want to thank you in advance for your help.
Please click below:
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