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Art... Music of the Soul Mardi Gras Art of a Fun Marriage Life Beyond Cancer Exploring Art With The One You Love Kazuri Beads Holga Contest Winners The Culberson House

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Illustration by Mike R. Baker Mardi Gras Legacy by Candace Williams



The Art of Healing … making room for….Growth, Prosperity, Expansion, Love… Creation Have you ever noticed that you have your most creative thoughts while you are showering or mowing? The paper gets soaked and the mower is too bumpy to capture it. I call them my little moments of clarity. They come to me when I am doing nothing. I know you are thinking, “an experienced artist can force themselves into a creative zone”. My best stuff comes when I am thinking about the laundry. Collecting stifles my creativity. One may collect because they enjoy a certain item, look or subject. Too often I see collectibles collecting dust. At this point I call it clutter. It is hard to be creative in clutter. I am not just talking about things. There is also emotional clutter. Thoughts or feelings we hold onto. Fears; fear of loss, fear that there may not be enough. We are afraid that if we do not keep this thing or feeling close we might forget and lose it forever. We can become all full up with thoughts of lack and limitation. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology, proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid, with the largest and most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom with self-actualization at the top. The basic four layers of the pyramid contain what Maslow called “deficiency needs”: esteem, friendship and love, security, and physical needs. If the physiological needs are met and the other “deficiency needs” are not met, the individual feels anxious and tense and unable to move up the pyramid. Maslow’s theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will focus motivation upon the secondary or higher level needs. “What a man can be, he must be.” This level of need pertains to what a person’s full potential is and realizing that potential. Maslow describes this desire as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming. For example one individual may have the strong desire to be expressed in painting, pictures, or inventions. As mentioned before, in order to reach a clear understanding of this level of need one must first not only achieve the previous needs, physiological, safety, love, and esteem, but master these needs. Tips on clearing clutter: Paper: Touch it once. Notes from the teacher- respond; Mail- pay the bill, reply, put it on the calendar right then- then THROW IT AWAY! Dishes: Wash as you go. Laundry: Separate colors in bags as you pick up; if you have not worn it in a year give it to a shelter. Clutter: Emotional clutter that becomes physical; this is the hard part…. The card your child made, the gift your sister gave, the shawl your distant aunt created, the dress your friend’s grandma gave you, the broken down classic car…. are these things bringing you joy or are they stacked in a scary room filling an emotional/insecure void? If they bring joy, store them well, but consider where you will hang that van Gogh if you have garage sale paintings everywhere. Heal yourself. Make room for new memories, make room for stuff that brings you joy. No one in their right mind will be angry if you throw away that broken figurine. We speak of white space in text and advertising, it accentuates the message. The same is true for our walls and our minds.

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news Gallery Main Street Begins Year with ‘Pop Art’ Exhibit Artistic interpretations of pop culture images and subjects are being featured at Gallery Main Street’s “15 Minutes of Fame: Pop Culture” exhibit through Feb. 8. “Twenty-two works of art were accepted into the juried show,” said Tyler Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. The pieces include sculpture, photography, oil, acrylic, watercolor and even spray paint on canvas. “That wide variety of materials and techniques is quite appropriate to a pop art theme,” Abell said. “The public will be intrigued by the many interpretations of ‘pop art’ as expressed by the artists,” she added. The exhibit’s Best in Show winner, Derrick White, for his painting “That Human Spirit”, was announced at an opening reception in January. Derrick White is an art instructor at Tyler Junior College. The “Pop Culture” show begins a diverse 2011 calendar that includes exhibit themes including “Image in Revolt,” “The Perfect Bloom” and still life. Throughout 2011, Best in Show winners from 2010 will be honored with oneand two-person shows. Information on how to enter the gallery’s next juried exhibit can be found at General information is available by calling 903-593-6905.

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Mardi Gras Legacy by Candace Williams Mardi Gras, a festival of celebration, the season of Carnival, roughly a two week long event of parades, parties and masquerading revelers partaking in city wide good times. “Laissez Bon Temps Rouler”, the Big Easy mantra “to let the good times roll;” this expression embodies the celebratory spirit and culture of New Orleans. Traditionally, Carnival time begins at or around Epiphany and ends the day before Ash Wednesday. Hence the term Mardi Gras which means Fat Tuesday. The last night of Carnival, a season of rich indulgences, celebration and family, ends at 12 midnight just as the ritual of Lent begins (the religious tradition of fasting and spiritual obligation). Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent; it is a day of confession, cleansing and blessing. The day is symbolized with an ashen cross smeared on the forehead of parishioners, removing the sin of decadence and over indulgences. Mardi Gras Indians are a parading tradition that most tourists don’t get the chance to experience. This native New Orleans tradition dates to the early 1700’s; a unique highly diverse sub-culture of Native American and African Caribbean traditions. Local Indian tribes mask in full hand-made Indian attire. Members are beautifully adorned in original designs crafted with thousands of brightly colored feathers and beads. Most designs require a full year to create, hundreds of hours of stitching, which traditionally can only be worn one day during Mardi Gras. Rival Indian tribes from all over the city dressed in their design compete with one another, chanting and dancing to see who has the best style of ritualized performance.

More about Mardi Gras by Tom Callens What we think of as Mardi Gras today differs starkly from its origins in Europe, and likewise the art associated with the carnival adapts to catch the awestruck eye. The modern festival is an explosion of creative designs and new applications to an old world tradition. In the early days of this “religious” celebration the participants would often dress themselves like fools or jesters, as described in Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado. This foolish attire gave party-goers the advantage of not being recognized while acting their part. As the attitude towards more secular behavior grew lax, the costumes became quite ornate. With less of a need to hide from questionable activity during the carnival season, wealthy patrons commissioned people with an artistic flare to create the most attention grabbing costume. One mark of the classic Mardi Gras costume lies in the traditional purple, green and gold coloration. While it is no longer seen as an absolute, it is still common in all things Mardi Gras.

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler by Jan Statman

Today, Mardi Gras partiers have an almost anything goes attitude towards the festivities. The same attitude is exhibited in the iconic symbols surrounding the modern carnival. No longer are ornate costumes the only art showcased in the festival, anything that captures the spirit of the carnival is welcome. Mardi Gras is a carnival of self expression and flamboyant celebration, before returning to face the rigors of daily life. The perfect setting for artists of all kinds to find inspiration.

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Gallery Main Street Begins Year with ‘Pop Art’ Exhibit ............2 Mardi Gras Legacy and More About Mardi Gras .....................3 The Art of a Fun Marriage .......................................................4 “Studiously Slangy”.................................................................5 TJC Art Student Artists, Megan Bryant and Erika Garrett, Create Dancing Paintings...............................6 Art Center Coming to Longview............................................10 The “B” Side of Music: Are You An Artist? ............................11 Life Beyond Cancer ...............................................................12 Henderson Artist Designs Winning Historical Mural .............12 Exploring Art with the One You Love ....................................13 Kazuri Beads Provide Jobs for Hundreds of Single Mothers in Africa ...............................................................14 Learn How to Make Art Cards at the Tyler Public Library ......14 Winners of Holga Contest Announced ..................................16 The East Texas Jazz Orchestra in Ben Wheeler ......................17 Home Grown ........................................................................19 “Art in the Park” at the Goodman-LeGrand Museum ............20 Short Exposure Photography Exhibit at LMFA .......................20 Emilie’s Story .........................................................................21 How I Got Into Movies .........................................................22 Roxie’s Readings ....................................................................23 East Texas Writers Guild ........................................................23 Poetry by Anne McCrady .......................................................23 The Culberson House in Jefferson, Texas ...............................24 Publishers Tracy Magness Krell & Gary Krell Editor Denice Barton Advertising Director Gary Krell Public Relations Randi Garcia Contributing Writers Tom Callens, Candace Williams, Phil Armour, Randy Brown, Larry Tucker, Tony McCullough, Ann McCrady Graphic Artists Tracy Krell, Joni Guess, Mary Hernandez Sales: Donna Vincent, April Harlow, Shannon Dykes, Denise Reid, Randi Garcia, Kathy Hollan, Cookie Bias

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self-help The Art of a Fun Marriage by Phil Armour At the core of a healthy relationship, is a healthy friendship. Cultivating this friendship takes creativity, time, and flexibility. Here are a few secrets my wife and I have discovered. One of our favorite secrets is an idea we started doing a few years ago. After a long day, I will call my wife up and ask her to meet me at the coffee shop. Talking about the day over a cup of coffee prior to going home helps us interject a little fun and breaks up the usual routine of work, dishes, and paying bills. So now when either of us has had a hard day, we simply say, “I’ll meet you at the coffee shop in twenty minutes.” Escaping for just 30 minutes can recharge my emotional batteries. Another secret to the art of a fun marriage is the simple act of daydreaming together. We enjoy planning imaginary trips or talking about living abroad. The act of daydreaming communicates our futures are entwined together. Thinking in terms of “us in the future,” engenders an excitement for what is possible. As a good friend, my wife challenges me to dream bigger than my practical mind allows. I admire her ability to take a risk. A third secret to a healthy relationship and one that creates a foundation for the other two is play. We try to maintain a generous dose of play in our marriage. Play involves letting your guard down and being yourself. A lighthearted approach to life is not always easy. Problems with the plumbing and stress at work can siphon off your sense of humor. A playful approach to life is a skill and an art. For us, our play often involves quoting lines from silly movies we

like or some type of inside joke. A playful approach to marriage is hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. Often couples begin their relationship having fun and being silly. I am reminded of a great scene from a movie that captures the sense of play. In the movie, Sleeping with the Enemy, Julia Roberts’ character is a woman who has escaped an abusive relationship. She begins a new life, but she has an emotional wall she keeps up. A theatre teacher who is interested in developing a relationship with her invites her to experience the wonder of make believe by trying on various costumes. During this fun mischievous time Julia Robert’s character goes from one costume to another laughing and dancing. The movie amplifies the magic and joy of the moment by playing the song “Brown Eyed Girl,” by Van Morrison. It is during this scene that her defenses come down, and both of them are just enjoying the moment together. While you do not need to try on costumes, it is vital that you have fun with each other. Great relationships are an art. I invite you to develop your own “secrets” together. Phil Armour is a Marriage and Family Therapist 409 N. Fredonia, Suite 105 - Longview, TX 75602

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news “Studiously Slangy” America’s Aesthetic Takes Shape at the Tyler Museum of Art The Tyler Museum of Art examines the late 19th Century expression of an American aesthetic with the exhibition “Studiously Slangy and Bohemian,” The Tile Club–Artists of America’s Aesthetic Movement from the Graham Williford Collection. The exhibition opened December 14, 2010 and will remain on view through February 20, 2011 in the Museum’s Bell Gallery. In addition to the two rare examples of the exhibition’s namesake tiles, over 80 paintings, sculptures and prints from the Tile Club artists will be on view. The exhibition is organized by the Tyler Museum of Art. Tile Club members were arguably the first group of artists who succeeded in creating a “cult of the artists” against the backdrop of America’s “Aesthetic Movement” during the late 19th Century. Their group, based in New York, was primarily made up of artists but also included other professionals such as an architect and two writers. This motley crew may be best described in the words of the artists themselves, “studiously slangy and bohemian,” and with a tongue-incheek pronouncement of “Let us be decorative!” the small group gathered together at regular soirées to paint decorative tiles. Although the Tile Club’s professed intent was to paint tiles, they soon abandoned that pursuit for other art-related projects. The group organized plein-air, or outdoor, sketching trips to Long Island and up the Hudson River. The artists provided illustrations to the “travelogue” written by the writers of the group, and the magazine articles captured the popular imagination of its middle class readers who must have envied this “aesthetic life” led by the Tile Club’s bohemian artists. The group’s progressive self-promotion and

public antics appealed to the country’s growing middle class and helped to cultivate among the populace an interest in the decorative arts. The rising middle class art aficionados of the Gilded Age avidly followed the Tile Club’s deeds, which were covered in the popular publications of the last quarter of the 19th Century like Scribner’s Monthly and The Century Magazine. While the group as a whole did not produce any distinct artistic style, the Tile Club members were some of the most notable American artists of the period such as Edwin Austin Abbey, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Elihu Vedder. With additional members such as art critic Earl Shinn and journalist William Laffan, the Club successfully cultivated an atmosphere of alluring art culture during the Gilded Age. Admission to “Studiously Slangy and Bohemian,” The Tile Club–Artists of America’s Aesthetic Movement from the Graham Williford Collection is free. The exhibition is presented with support from the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Otis and Claudia Carroll, Steve and June Hillis, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, and Mrs. Watson Simons. A free art tour, led by a member of the TMA staff, begins at 11:00 a.m. February 4th and lasts under an hour. First Friday Art Tours are offered on the first Friday of every month. The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler, and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. Also in February, Part 2 of the Spring Lecture Series: The Art of the Dragon Throne; Paintings, Ceramics & Decorative Furnishings made for the Emperors of China given by Elizabeth Hammer, V.P. Specialist of Chinese paintings for Christie’s in NYC. February 24th, at 5:30 pm; free for members, $7 adults, $5 students and seniors. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

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art education TJC Art Student Artists, Megan Bryant and Erika Garrett, Create Dancing Paintings In 2004, Margaret Perkins from Citizens First Bank in Tyler requested TJC art students create two large scale (6’ x 6’) paintings for the foyer area of the bank. The result was a huge success and Mr. and Mrs. Perkins rewarded the art program by funding multiple scholarships for art students. This semester Mrs. Perkins again requested the talents of the art program to create three silhouette paintings for the dance studio in the TJC Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center. Two of the department’s outstanding artists, Megan Bryant and Erika Garrett, accepted the challenge and created three (4’ x 5’) consecutive panel paintings of dancers. Each piece is its own individual composition and artwork, but all together the three have strength and a consistency of style. The paintings show expressive movements of dance in their flowing colors of line and shapes of human forms. Three additional paintings are now planned for an adjacent dance studio. The new works will be completed in the 2011 spring semester. Both Megan and Erika, as returning students, will be involved in the creation and supervision of the new project.

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Jim Sawyer “I am originally from El Paso where I started painting at 9 years of age. In high school, I was the president of the art club and a member of “Who’s Who in Art”. I studied art at Texas Western University before moving to Tyler as a young man. In 1969, I received an Associate in Arts Degree from TJC. I have entered many paintings at the East Texas State Fair, receiving many awards (Tri-Color Award two years ago). My wife and I moved to Henderson two months ago, and I have my own art show at MoJoes Coffee Shop in Henderson.”

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Lydia Covey Lydia Covey is a professional harpist serving East Texas and beyond. She began her musical studies on piano in 1997. Her true love is the harp. She was thrilled to begin studying the fine art of playing harp in 2004. Lydia excelled on the harp and amazed her teachers with her quickly advancing talent. She has taken from Laure Elder of Chattanooga, TN and Naoko Stromberg of Dallas, TX. In the summer of 2008, she was chosen to attend the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts School in Michigan to intensely study harp.

“My name is Briana Sutton and I am currently a Graduate student at the University of Texas at Tyler getting my Master’s of Fine Arts. I paint using water color and different materials such as fabric and tissue paper. My current focus is on the relationship between flow of mind and flow of nature. There are so many beautiful things found in nature that really get my thoughts turning. There are so many natural things that occur that are intriguing to me like the feel of the wind, the colors and warmth of a sunset, the sting and shock of cold water, etc. I think the flow of the natural world and the flow of mind have a very close relationship. I think of a calm body of water and the ripple effect you get from even the smallest drop of water onto it and how that parallels with the way thoughts can be moving in a steady flow and the smallest thing can knock them off into many directions. My paintings have become very organic and reflect these movements and my flow of emotions.”

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Since then, Lydia has focused on expanding her business and becoming a full time performing harpist. She predominately performs for weddings, which are her love. She also plays for receptions, parties, banquets, churches, and local nursing homes as a ministry. She greatly enjoys sharing her music and witnessing the joy that it brings people. Lydia is enjoying beginning to teach harp. Lydia gives all the glory to God and her music is her praise to Him for His abundant blessings. For bookings call 903-261-3097.

Mother Goose & Friends Q: What has three parts and more than 100 years of theater experience? A: Mother Goose & Friends: Felicity Enas, Evelyn McLane, and Frances Whiteside. Each has been active in theater since childhood, with Frances the senior member at age 72. The three write and perform interactive educational theater offerings at schools and libraries for grades K-2. You may choose from six original scripts of “Mother Goose’s Adventures in Storyland.” In real life, Felicity is on the education staff of the Tyler Art Museum. Evelyn is the programming associate at the Tyler Public Library. “I am,” says Frances, “retired -- yet again.” The trio is managed by The Slightly Amusing Theater Company. “Have educational entertainment; will travel!” 1-903-839-6807

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artists Rambellwood

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“We, the band at Rambellwood, are a close-knit family of musicians dedicated to writing music with a voice of its own. We create songs with an eclectic fusion of guitar, piano, bass, drums, & carefully crafted melodies. We write our lyrics with the same determination, using uncommon imagery to tell the story on our hearts. Now, entering 2011, we are putting the finishing touches on our official album, due to be on iTunes in January. We are pushing forward with a passion to share the heart of the Father through music. Hear our music, and learn about our family’s journey, at”

It takes stamina, muscle memory and hand/eye coordination only a few possess. And its popularity is growing faster than the national debt. What is it you ask? The Hallsville High School Drumline, that’s what! Up to two dozen practiced and disciplined young high school aged guys and girls hammering out cadences with wild names like “Bud”, “Spider” and “Linoleum.” Mind-blowing rhythms, teasing you with change-ups in pace, sound, and pitch. Listen to enough of it and you’ll quickly find yourself imitating what you’ve heard on your steering wheel next time you’re stuck in traffic or at a red light. Where can you find it? Believe it or not, Hallsville, Texas, that’s where. The “Roarin’ Band from Bobcat Land” has over 20 drumline members. They play bass drums, quads, cymbals and snares. In a pinch, they can pop a catchy beat using anything from eating utensils, barrels, tables, even PVC pipe. They’re too good to be picky. All they need is something to beat on.

Dyan Johnson “My techniques include creative textures, handmade stamps, overlays and pierce-work to silver, gold, copper and brass. The collection often includes natural “rough” form to highly polished or faceted gemstones embraced in bezel settings. I enjoy variety in fabricating elegant forms, combined with traditional qualities of fine jewelry, to rustic styles with rivets.” Visit Studio Metal to experience Dyan Johnson’s unique jewelry or help design your own creation. Located in the arts district of historic Ben Wheeler, Texas, on FM 279, off Hwy. 64 between Tyler & Canton.” “Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself!”

They start every July at what’s formally called Drumline Camp. Informally, however, they call it Boot Camp. But the long hours of practice in the hot Texas sun have paid dividends. Everything from national recognition, media spots, and awards. They not only are the highlight of the third quarter at every Bobcat football game, they’ve performed at Shreveport Mudbugs and San Antonio Spurs games. Go to to see a video of the Hallsville Drumline.

Candace Williams “The medium of art that I am most comfortable with is graphite. I create work that is delicate in presentation yet strong in cultural significance and content. I choose to create images that embrace the beauty of the stolen African in America and to create images that most are told not to appreciate. My art is kinky hair, brown skin, astounding features and the dynamics of the single black woman and mother. We are jewels essential to evolution, holding the melanin that has the magical ability to create the palest shade of cream to the deepest shade of mahogany indigo. Features range from noses broad to keen and all shapes in between. I choose the stolen African to celebrate the subtly bold beauty of graphite with seamless variations.”

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news Arts Center Coming to Longview After many years in the making, a dream is finally coming true. Artist Denna Miller and her daughter Calli will be opening an Art Center/ French Style bakery for all to enjoy. Create ART! Is a new art facility being built at 4315 Gilmer Road with projected opening date set for mid February. The art studio will feature a gallery for students and East Texas artists & musicians to be featured throughout the year. Create ART! will offer a variety of art classes and workshops for all ages. It will host birthday parties, baby and wedding showers, graduation events and a “ladies night out.” Create ART! will be a studio where people can walk in and create a work of art. Mediums will include fused glass, canvas, wet clay, custom jewelry and bisque ware. Denna Miller, artist & member of the ETBA, will have works exhibited for clients and builders to view. The atmosphere will allow one to escape from everyday life and to create. La cabane de dessert is a French style bakery that will offer a warm, inviting experience as you come in the door. The bakery will feature pastries, breads, a variety of cupcakes, flavored coffees, as well as an array of items that can be custom ordered. La cabane de dessert, with Pastry Chef Calli Miller, will be contributing to the wedding world with bridal and groom’s cakes. Some of her pieces will be showcased in the bakery itself along with a portfolio for all to view.

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Growing up, Calli was raised around a mother who was always doing some type of art including cooking and rolling out and baking cookies for special occasions. Of course, Calli helped. From the time she was very young, Calli loved to bake and cook. As a teenager her dreams were to open a bakery and a clothing boutique. Calli finished high school a year early. She went to Oklahoma State to follow their fashion design program. She ended up majoring and getting her Bachelor’s degree in Business in a short 3 years. From there, she quickly moved down to Orlando, FL to attend a prestigious European pastry school, Notter School of Pastry Arts, while working in a local bakery almost every day. Following her graduation from pastry school, Calli set out for Boca Raton to be a pastry chef at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. After gathering knowledge and experience she has returned to East Texas to share the wonderful creations that she learned. Having 3 years official experience along with many years at home, Calli is so excited to be able to open this French-style bakery in hopes that it will bring a unique experience to those who visit. Calli says, “Being able to go to pastry school after college was such an amazing experience. I am so blessed to have gone, and God gave me this gift that I love to be able to share with others. Thank you.”

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And she said... Flowers are red young man Green leaves are green There’s no need to see flowers any other way Than the way they always have been seen But the little boy said... There are so many colors in the rainbow So many colors in the morning sun So many colors in the flower and I see every one Harry Chapin – “Flowers are Red” The late Harry Chapin was unparalleled at getting his point across without beating you on the head with it, as in this month’s lyric from his song “Flowers are Red.” If you have never heard the song, I strongly suggest that you go to YouTube and search for it. There are several videos of his performances of this song. I think it applies quite well to this month’s column. I recently had the opportunity to be in the company of some very good but unfamiliar, to me, songwriters. In our discussion of our shared passion, I mentioned that I believed it was important that we do not forget the fact that we were artists before it became our business (the topic of last month’s B-Side). Well, the reaction wasn’t quite what I expected as I was greeted by several looks that indicated I might as well be from some other planet. Upon further discussion, it appears that many songwriters don’t consider themselves artists. So, my idea that art and the love of art, comes first before the business just ain’t necessarily so. “Houston, we have a problem.” It appears that there are a lot of folks out there, creating new writing, painting or [insert favored art-like endeavor here], who don’t consider themselves artists. The only response I have to that assertion is “baloney!” If you spend some of your precious time on this earth thinking about and creating and tweaking into existence anything that honestly conveys to others your own unique sense of the

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world then, my friend, YOU are an artist. To be an artist doesn’t automatically make you dress funny, act weird or become the local eccentric, though there is certainly nothing wrong with that. However, you might find if you think of yourself as an artist, then you will begin to treat yourself and your creations differently, think differently, see the world differently and pretty soon you may start to dress funny, act weird and become the local eccentric. To be an artist means nothing more than you have a passion to create something that expresses your essence or your ideas. Now, I am sure that some of you will disagree and you are certainly welcome. But before you write me an objecting letter or email, ask yourself this one question. Do I care about the things I create? If so, then save your breath, time, ink and paper because, I am correct and you ARE an artist, despite your arguments to the contrary. If not, I concede that you aren’t an artist and suggest that you stop wasting your time creating something you don’t care about. Also, I can suggest a couple of good therapists. If you have comments, suggestions or criticisms about this or any of my columns, feel free to send them to me: Heck, I might even put them in the column. If you get curious about what the heck this rambling old man does, then go to , listen to a few songs and let me know what you think. Oh yeah, these columns past and present are always available on my website as a blog, even after this paper issue is history. See you next issue. Randy Brown is a small business owner, singer/songwriter/performing philosopher and accidental columnist in East Texas and has been involved with many sides of the music business over the years, from being a sideman, a sound man, touring songwriter, operating a venue, and a recording studio owner/engineer.

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Art serves many functions worldwide, but most people don’t associate practicing art with healing cancer. Expressionistic art plays a large part in the upcoming Life Beyond Cancer retreat, organized by Jill Dickerson. Dickerson is a nurse manager for Texas Oncology’s Tyler office and said she was inspired to organize the local event after attending a large retreat in Arizona. She attended the event with a patient and decided it was a good experience she wanted to replicate. “We try to make the event about living well,” Dickerson said, “not about focusing on cancer.” Apart from classes about staying healthy during treatment, the retreat will feature art and poetry workshops. Dickerson explained that these are excellent opportunities for patients to meet others who share their perspective. “It’s amazing to see what some of these people can do when they try something new,” Dickerson said. The main purpose of the two day event is to promote a balanced lifestyle, with emphasis on the arts, education and health. Dickerson also added that she hopes people not only enjoy the programming but make new friendships and forge rich connections with one another. This year’s retreat is scheduled for March 3 and 4, and will be supported by grants from local businesses and organizations who believe in the importance of reaching out. Medical research shows that people who feel engaged and connected with others have a higher recovery rate. Part of the event’s message is to end preconceived notions about cancer and share new ideas. Fighting something as intimidating as cancer requires support and inner strength. Communication with friends and survivors in the community can give people the support they need, and the expression of people’s deepest feelings through the arts can feed their souls. The Retreat will be held at Holiday Inn Express, 2421 ESE Loop 323. 903-566-0600. It is for survivors or women with cancer (any type at any place in treatment, just begininng or 20 years out.) Sign up reservations will be limited to the first 50 patients.

Henderson Artist Designs Winning Historical Mural Last summer, at the urging of her husband, Henderson High School art teacher Janet Wallace entered a contest seeking an East Texas artist to design a mural that would artistically and accurately depict the past 80 years of Henderson and Rusk County. She was surprised when she won the contest, which carried a $1500 cash prize. The contest was sponsored by Citizens National Bank in Henderson, who then commissioned Longview-based muralist Denna Miller to paint Wallace’s design on the side of the Western Auto building, across from CNB’s main offices. The finished mural measures 40’ by 10’. At the time she was announced as the winner, Wallace said she entered the contest because “I’m from Rusk County and I have a lot of books on its history” and “the $1500 was also nice.” Piney Woods Live recently talked to Wallace to see what the reaction to her work has been. She said many people have told her that the mural has prompted them to reminisce about places and activities that they remembered from earlier years. “One lady, who grew up here, took a copy of the painting to Madison, Ohio, where she now lives, and wrote me a nice thank you note telling me how much she has enjoyed showing the picture to her friends and telling them about East Texas.” Wallace said she was flattered to win the contest, but she was reluctant to turn the design over to another artist, and had to struggle with the desire to do the painting herself. In the end, restraints on her time tipped the balance and allowed her to come to terms with herself. “It was a good decision. I really enjoyed watching Denna Miller paint the mural. I learned so much from her. She is a great artist and seems to have no fear.” “I am very blessed to have had this experience,” she concluded. Wallace is currently engaged in painting several murals for the children’s ministry of Highland Baptist Church in Kilgore.

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art & relationships Exploring Art with the One You Love by Tom Callens, Contributing Writer Don and Bonny Edmonds married in June of 1958, a week after they both graduated from North Texas State University. They expected nothing less than the American dream of owning a home and raising a family. Neither of them knew what a huge role art would play in that dream. The first few years together were like most marriages of the time, working hard to make ends meet and waiting for career opportunities to come into fruition. Don came from a small town in West Texas. He and his family were a group of well-practiced athletes; the arts were not a prevalent part of his community. Bonny grew up in the DFW area where art was common but it was not a prominent part of her early life either.

The Edmonds settled down in the DFW area after their marriage. “Don was working for the government in Dallas”, Bonny said, “I decided to learn about stained glass and painting.” The Edmonds’ involvement in the arts grew in the ‘70s. After they moved their family to Kilgore, programs and events at Kilgore College peaked the couple’s interest in exploring the art world. “People really don’t understand how fortunate they are to have a college in their community,” Bonny said. “The college was always putting on an art display or music event.” The Edmonds made a point to travel throughout Europe and see the great works of art they had read about. The more they learned about art, the more they realized the diversity of the subject. Don recalled that after viewing a well known piece they began to notice the other art in the room. As they peeled back the layers, the Edmonds knew that the limitless realm of art would be their family getaway. Don’s career prompted them to move to Virginia where Bonny enjoyed the opportunity of running a branch

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of the Virginia Museum of Art in Martinsville. While in Virginia they honed their art appreciation and explored the many different creative avenues. Finally, in 1986, the Edmonds decided to pursue their passion full time by taking a sabbatical in Mexico. “Our time in Mexico was key to developing our appreciation of art,” Bonny said. “When you try different methods of art, it really makes you realize how difficult some things can be.” They began collecting folk art, a style that reflects functionality and viewpoints unique to specific cultures. The Edmonds settled in San Miguel De Allende, a city known throughout the world for its affluence in the visual arts community. Nestled in central Mexico, the city bustles with sculptors, painters and prestigious art academies. Art runs deep in the Edmonds’ family: parents who spend every opportunity to learn about art, children who grew up sharing their parents’ enthusiasm and creating art themselves. The couple’s 50th anniversary reflected the theme of their half century marriage, with a trip across Europe, including a two week stay on the island of Murano. The island is known for its master glass blowers, and the nearby city of Venice has been at the center of western art for more than a thousand years. “Our 50th anniversary trip was the culmination of our relationship in regards to art,” Bonny said. Their current home in Tyler reflects a lifetime devoted to the study of art. Pieces collected and created over the years make their house into a private gallery. Even the front lawn features a unique iron sculpture, a creation of Don and his son-in-law, Lynn Lucas. The Edmonds still explore the fascinating world of art. They plan to visit South Africa in the near future to acquire a few pieces of local

folk art and learn about the culture behind the imagery. The Edmonds certainly seem to know the secret to a successful marriage, and they have made art an integral part or their marriage. If Don and Bonny Edmonds can teach us anything, it is that art is something best explored with someone you love.

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Emily Ross Martinka, Longview native, is currently exhibiting her paintings and prints at Jeff’s Coffee Cafe in downtown Longview. Emily is a 2009 graduate of Baylor University with a BFA in painting. She has exhibited at the Martin Museum of Art in Waco, receiving the Juror’s Choice Award for her oil painting, Spencer at Christmas Time. She has also exhibited in Waco as part of the Waco Co-op Art Exhibit; in Longview at Forbes & Butler Visual Communications during ArtWalk in 2008; and at the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville. While at Longview High School, Emily was a finalist in the national Coca-Cola Art of Harmony competition, as well as placing in the LMFA Student Art Competition. Along with painting, Emily enjoys ceramics and printmaking. She currently lives in Waco.

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Home Grown

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Ed. Note - This month we introduce you to a new writer, Larry Tucker, and his column “Home Grown.” Larry is a teacher, coach, radio deejay, and writer from the Lake Fork area of the Piney Woods. His column this month offers his personal recollections of the eccentric Mineola singer-songwriter Winston Henry “Hank” Riddle who died in 2003. Time has given way to reflection as I wind my way along to life’s next adventure. My sojourn into the music and arts entrenched in East Texas has been introspective as well as educational. I have had the good fortune to have worked in the broadcast and print media in some form or fashion in East Texas for over three decades. You might find it amusing that I am currently a high school basketball and baseball coach who re-entered the profession in 2001 after 20 years chasing journalistic endeavors. The past decade I have been able to chase my love of music, arts and philosophy on a free lance basis. Yes, some of us dumb old coaches actually have lives that lead to interests other than our respective sports. A few of us even teach real classes and experience things such as going to concerts, visiting listening rooms, art galleries, museums and live theater. My love for anything Texas and more so East Texan, has grown through the years as I have aged and become grateful and aware of the vast amount of creative and talented people who are my neighbors. I live in the East Texas outback known as Wood County, more specifically on the southwest edge of Lake Fork. After moving to the area in 1981, leaving my teaching and coaching career behind, I embarked into the world of small town radio at KMOO radio in Mineola. I went into the door at the old KMOO studio and walked into a brand new world. Now, for somebody that could not sing or play a lick on an instrument, it was a way to be a part of the music that, otherwise, I would never have experienced. I had been working at KMOO for about a year and had just started Texas Homegrown, a one hour show on Wednesday nights featuring local and state-wide talent; nothing Nashville, all Texan. I pulled out Stephen Fomholtz’s original version of “I‘d Have to be Crazy,” made popular by Willie Hugh Nelson, and almost on the first note, the phone started ringing. When I finally answered, an almost growl of voice said, “My name is Henry Riddle, my friends call me Hank, and you can call me Hank because that song you are playing is one of the best ever written.” And that was my introduction into the world of Hank Riddle, a man’s man, who loved his mama and daddy, his dogs, his farm, Hainesville, Texas, his friends, his alligator buddy in the bottoms behind the farm, and ‘tellin’ stories with his songwriting. He was Texas Homegrown through and through. He told me about a song he had written called “Until I Met You” that had been recorded by Judy Rodman on a new Nashville label, MTM Records. The song is a simple love song about many of the things Hank loved most. His songs had a way of painting a mental picture you could gaze at for hours. We kept weekly tabs on “Until I Met You” and watched as it made its debut and consistently climbed the Billboard and Cashbox charts until it reached number one. It would be Hank’s only number one song and also MTM records only number one song ever. He was an incredible songwriter, who left this world by his own hand much too early for those of us who loved him and many who simply tolerated his eccentric behavior. Hank was the only guy I ever knew that was barred from the local Sonic in Quitman. He could not under-

stand why it was a problem for him to go car to car singing his latest creation. He had no regard for those of us who actually had to work for a living and let his disdain be known. He gave a whole Hank Riddle photo by Denice Barton. new meaning to the term “free spirit.” He could write a song, clear brush all day and then play first base barefooted in a game of baseball with my Lake Fork Mudcats men’s amateur team that same night. Hank came by to get me at my office at the Wood County Democrat one summer day and just wanted to talk and “take a ride.” We got in his Trooper and he declared that we could go from Quitman to Texarkana on blacktop back roads only crossing paved highways. I said, “Well Hank, what about my job?” “*&*&^%^ that job. We are going to Texarkana,” he responded. So we stopped and loaded up King Harold and Little Ralph (Hank’s dogs), got some Carlton cigarettes with some Carling Black Label beer and off we went. Some seven to eight hours later, we were sitting in a bar on the Arkansas side of Texarkana where Hank pulled out his guitar and was singing his latest song to a beautiful young bartender who was afraid not to listen. The Hank stories are numerous and anyone who experienced them knows what I mean. Because of Hank, I got to meet local talents like Bob Campbell, Scott Walker, and John Defore, three of the most diverse and talented professionals in the Texas music world. On one road trip to Dallas, we walked in Poor David’s Pub at closing and heard Townes Van Zandt finish his evening with a haunting version of Pancho and Lefty. Then, Hank sat and visited with the eccentric Texas troubadour. I just listened in amazement. Another time, it was a trip to an East Dallas studio with B.W. Stevenson to record Hank’s Rose and the Gringo Cowboy. What I wouldn’t give to have those tapes today. Hank gave me a songwriter’s history lesson concerning Jack Rhodes who is buried at Mineola City Cemetery. Rhodes wrote “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” recorded by many artists, “A Satisfied Mind” which was a number one for Porter Wagoner among many others, and several groundbreaking rockabilly tunes for Gene Vincent, but that is a whole other story. In my world history class a Renaissance Man is described as the “universal man,” an educated person who created art and strove to master every area he could study. That was Hank, a real Texas Renaissance Man. He was an entertainer, philosopher, and teacher, scoundrel at times and fiercely loyal to all whom he befriended. As a matter of fact, I have already broken one of Hank’s rules of writing: “Omit Unnecessary Words.” Until next time, keep Texas music in your heart.

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Join the Marshall Regional Arts Council for a night of entertainment and nostalgia as Jason Coleman performs the legendary sound of his late grandfather. This event will be fun and exciting for the whole family.

Friday, February 18, 2011 • 7:30pm Marshall Convention Center Tickets: $15.00 Doors open at 7:00pm • Concert beings at 7:30pm For more information, call the MRAC office at (903) 935-4484, visit the website at or stop by the office in the Marshall Convention Center. Meet the Artist Afterparty: Contact MRAC about how to attend a meet and greet with Jason Coleman after the concert. The Marshall Regional Arts Council would like to thank Davis Music Group for helping sponsor Legacy of Floyd Cramer.

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, Taste of the Arts Food & Gospel Fest, Marshall Convention Center

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It is unique to find a city such as Longview, that has such a vibrant arts community – a ballet, opera, symphony orchestra, symphonic band, art museum, historical museum, and a children’s theatre group! With such widespread support and dreams for the future, the arts in Longview continue to flourish and it is by working together to promote our creative resources that will enhance the arts community for everyone.

“Art in the Park” at the Goodman-LeGrand Museum

Short Exposure Photography Exhibit at LMFA

The Goodman-LeGrand Museum in Tyler has announced the second annual ”Art in the Park”, to be held April 16, 2011. Artists are welcome to showcase their art on the grounds of the museum. Art sales will be allowed. The museum is seeking artists to exhibit oil on canvas paintings, watercolors, charcoal (or other medium) drawings, sculpture, pottery and other fine art. Invitations and applications will be emailed to interested artists about March 1. For more information, and to receive an application, contact Patricia J. Heaton, Museum Curator, at 903-531-1286 or email pheaton@

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts will host the Third Annual “Short Exposure” photography exhibit March 5 through March 20, 2011. The exhibit will include both local photographers and photographers from the Mid-South Region. It will be a juried event. The scope of work “is intended to show varied aspects of the photographic art form” with traditional to digital, all photographic techniques, subject matter, and styles, according to the museum’s Niki Blaske. Winners will be announced at opening night of the exhibit, March 5. Cash prizes of $500, $350, and $250 will be awarded. Photographers who have submitted entries should be notified of acceptance by February 9. For more information, go to or call Niki Blaske at 903-753-8103.

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Mark Your Calendar! Kilgore’s Main Street Concert Series will be the first Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. beginning April 1st with Shine Box. All concerts in the series will be under the derricks in the World’s Richest Acre Park.

Lorelle Bacon “I am known as a portrait artist, though I enjoy painting and drawing whatever strikes me at any given time. The subject usually dictates to me what medium I do it in. This isn’t a problem as I use oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, colored pencil, pen and ink, graphite and really enjoying the challenge of scratchboard of late! Currently I’m working on a couple of raccoons in the moonlight in scratchboard. I was a late bloomer as far as art goes. I took a few lessons when I was 40 then painted a bit on my own before going through a divorce. I had to work six days a week then so it was eight more years before I started again. I had a car accident and had to quit my line of work. Being single at the time, I had to make a living. My doctor said, “I’ve seen some of your art work, why don’t you teach?” At that time I’d had a total of close to two years of doing it as a hobby, and I thought, “Me teach?” Then I thought I guess I know more than some children do, so I put up notices around the neighborhood and started in the garage with four little boys! Art has meant so much to me ever since. When I am not creating, it is as though a big part of me is missing! I’ve had students as young as six and as old as 92 in my classes and loved them all. It is so rewarding for me to see when someone “gets it”. Something I have begun that seems to be well received is “Painting Parties”.The hostess furnishes a place for us to meet (usually her home), she chooses what medium and subject she wants me to teach and gets together four to eight of her friends. The hostess gets her lesson free, and the guests each

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pay $50. I bring the supplies, teach them the chosen modality and they go home with a finished piece of art! Fun for all of us.”

news Emilie’s Story Publisher’s Note: Last October, on a Thursday afternoon, I received a phone call from my son, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, telling me about a good friend, Emilie, who had recently been involved in a serious bike accident. We want to tell this beautiful young woman’s story. By some strange coincidence, her story contains the elements of the themes of this month’s issue. My son says that Emilie and her boyfriend, Alan Lundgard, are wonderful people to have as friends. I believe him. On the morning of Friday, October 8, 2010 Emilie Louise Gossiaux was struck by an 18-wheel semitruck while riding her bike in Brooklyn, NY. She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan where trauma doctors performed emergency surgery to save her life. In addition to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and resuscitated cardiac arrest, she suffered multiple fractures in her head, pelvis, and left leg. She emerged from the ER in severely critical condition with a pessimistic assessment of her brain function. A “grim” prognosis was made of her chance for survival. Born August 4, 1989 in New Orleans, LA, Emilie was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss at a young age due to an untreatable disorder. Her hearing deteriorated rapidly throughout her teens; a deficit that Emilie filled with a passion for visual art. She pursued her art education in high school at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and, after evacuating from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. Emilie arrived at The Cooper Union School of Art in Manhattan, NY in 2007 for her undergraduate studies. Upon completion of her junior year in May 2010, she received cochlear implant surgery in her left ear to partially address her hearing impairment. A month and a half after the Oct. 8 incident, Emilie’s friends and family waited diligently at her bedside; she showed very few signs of mental functioning or response. Due to facial fractures, Emilie’s mouth had been wired shut, a tracheostomy prevented her from speaking, and the integrity of her vision was in question. Finally in stable condition after multiple surgeries, doctors determined that Emilie was not cognitively ready for rehabilitative treatment, and should instead be transferred to a long-term nursing home facility. Although she was deaf and unable to communicate without assistive hearing devices, Emilie’s boyfriend, also a student

at The Cooper Union School of Art, was still certain of her mental acuity and fought the hospital for her admission to rehab. By writing on her palm with his index-finger, he was able to communicate with her, proving her high-level cognitive function, and eventually coaxing her into allowing her hearing aid to be inserted. Once switched on, Emilie bounced back immediately, but not without recoil. Her memory and cognitive functioning were completely intact, but she awoke to discover that the trauma had left her blind. Emilie was then admitted to the neurorehabilitation program at the Rusk Institute in Manhattan on Thanksgiving, where she remains today. Her outlook on recovery was set from day one. Simply happy to be living, Emilie approaches each day with positivity and thanks for the support from everyone around her. Despite her vision loss, Emilie is certain she will complete her final year at The Cooper Union, and is determined to help others by joining The Peace Corps as soon as she is able. She has many more surgeries and extensive physical therapy ahead of her. Please help Emilie begin her life again.


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dramatic arts Information for Advertisers Our Mission Statement â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Magazine for Art Lovers in the Piney Woods.â&#x20AC;? Art is defined as a product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. Piney Woods Live features articles about and for local artists with the objective of appealing to individuals with an interest in fine art, fine dining, and fine performances. Copies of Piney Woods Live are strategically placed where affluent, educated East Texans who want the best out of living can enjoy them. Live is more than an expression of the artist community it serves; it gives discerning readers a blend of in-depth art news, reviews, views on the business of art, as well as information on the artists themselves.

Content Artists may submit up 100 words plus a photo. Art events or venues may submit 300 or so words. All submissions must be in electronic format. Interested freelance writers or photographers should contact with ideas. Piney Woods Live reserves the right to refuse any content not suitable.

Distribution Piney Woods Live is a free publication with subscriptions available. It is distributed in twelve East Texas counties, most heavily in Smith, Gregg, Wood, Harrison, Upshur, Camp, and Franklin counties. An electronic edition is available online at Our subscribers by mail may be anywhere. Our distribution includes friendly saturation in downtown businesses in our coverage area plus museums, wineries, theatres, coffee shops, art galleries, chambers and select businesses and offices to maximize our ability to reach our target audience. We use paid contractors, volunteer footwork, non-profits, chambers, subscribers, advertisers and friends. Contact us at to be added as a distribution point or to be a distributor in your area.

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by Tony McCullough From the time I was born, my father was dragging me all over East Texas as he played in traditional country bands and bluegrass festivals. I started playing instruments when I was four years old, and fell in love with music. My two older sisters were Elvis fans, so I was raised on Ernest Tubb and Elvis. In high school a friend talked me into joining him in drama class, and I found my second love in life. I graduated from White Oak High School and went on to Kilgore College as a theater major and Voice of the Rangerettes. I would have pursued acting after KC, but at that time your choices were Los Angeles or New York. I just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care to leave East Texas. At that point, I was an extra in my first movie, Steel Magnolias, before taking another job. Deciding to stay in Longview, with announcer experience as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voice of the Rangerettes,â&#x20AC;? I went into radio. I had great success for thirteen years in radio and still miss it dearly. About a year and a half ago, while working in insurance, I found a casting notice on the internet for extras for a movie to be shot in Shreveport. I submitted immediately, got a call, and was hired. The movie turned out to be Straw Dogs, a remake of the Sam Peckinpah film from 1971. It will be released in 2011. And so I tried movie work again, and found that I still loved it. Since then I have worked in over a dozen film projects as an extra, stand in, photo double, actor, stunt double, and stunt driver. Some of the projects Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked with are Battle: Los Angeles, ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Gates, Season of the Witch, and Drive Angry. Currently I am doing some background work on NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chase. 2011 should be an exciting year with many opportunities being presented. With the promise of the film industry growing greatly in Texas and Louisiana, I plan to continue in the film business. I have a new band that has already started rehearsing in the Shreveport area, and I am also looking at some other possibilities in the entertainment industry. Who would have dreamed 20 years ago that someone would be able to live in East Texas and still make a living working in the film industry? East Texas is a beautiful place with some of the best people you will find anywhere in the nation. I am proud to be able to do the work I love and still call it home. Tony McCullough was born and raised in East Texas, and has been in the entertainment industry for most of his life. He is currently working in the film business in Louisiana and Texas as an actor. To contact him, email

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writing Roxieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Readings Roxieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Readings began when a a group of friends started gathering at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roxieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? when it was open on Green Street. The purpose was to offer a safe and open environment for those who express their art and creativity in the written word. Poems and Prose and any format that had been written was read by the author at the gatherings. After Roxie closed her business, the group found other venues. Currently readings are held at Pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery at 712 Glencrest Lane, Suite B in Longview every other Friday evening as scheduling permits. When Pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery is not available, alternative locations are selected. Roxieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reading Group was created to help members communicate with one another. It is also a venue for interaction between the members as they see fit. Anyone is welcome to Roxieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Readings. The format is intimate, informal and open to all. It is nonpolitical, non-sectarian and friendly. Each meeting is structured around those who come prepared to read. The only official â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruleâ&#x20AC;? is that each reader read what has been created and written by themselves. Questions are welcome.

Conversation Anne McCrady I am a poet who writes in books. Never content to read alone, I make marks in margins, scribble love notes between lines, add harmonies to songs. When no one is looking, if I am feeling Chilean, I retranslate Neruda. A modern day mystic, I paraphrase Rumi, trade thoughts with Thoreau. In bookstores and cafes, I speak free verse out loud, pretending to be the one making the metaphors. At night, I lip whisper Dickinson, recite Heaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish like counting sheep. Mornings, my own poems pose questions in answer to Pulitzers, Laureates, Pushcarts, and as I go about the work of my writing life, I talk in alliterated sentences, ask for directions with assonance, text messages in meter, and sing every sad ballad on the radio in perfect rhyme.

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East Texas Writers Guild The East Texas Writers Guild offers support, education and opportunity for writers with a serious interest in the art of writing. ETWG meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Tyler. Guest speaker for the February 14 meeting will be Dr. Pieter Dewet. Visitors are always welcome, but after three meetings we encourage you to join in order to keep receiving our monthly newsletter, The Next Chapter, and other timely writing information that we share through TNC and e-mail. For directions and more information, visit East Texas Writers Guild at or email

Anne McCrady is an internationally published poet, writer, editor, storyteller and speaker. Her two poetry collections both garnered publication awards, and her creative non-fiction appears in literary and inspirational anthologies. She is also a noted workshop presenter and motivational speaker. Anne lives in Henderson; her website is

Like clouds circling off the coast of Africa fed by Atlantic warmth, the swirling winds at work in my life gather; a disturbance, certain. Still only a hint of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come, the future does not yet have a name, but in the pit of my stomach I feel the pressure dropping, the noose, tightening into what will become the eye of the storm. Given the usual pattern, there is not much time to warn those in the path of trouble; already I am reciting the alphabet of likely monikers: Avarice Betrayal Conceit Desire.

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art in the home The Culberson House in Jefferson, Texas Ed. Note: Piney Woods Live, with this edition, is starting a series on “Art in the Home.” We decided to start with a home that represents East Texas’ beginnings, and we thought there was no better place to look than Jefferson, Texas. When Tamara and Hollis Campbell bought the Culberson House in 2005 they also bought a mystery. Driving down North Walnut Street in Jefferson, one encounters a number of grand old homes. One of those homes is a Greek Revival mansion called the Culberson House. Built about 1867 by David Browning Culberson, Jr., a prominant lawyer, state representative, military officer, and later U. S. Senator for 23 years, the home was owned and occupied by the Culberson family into the 20th century. A visitor entering the home today is met with a grand hallway entrance that quickly says that this is special .... Further exploration reveals what appears to be a treasure of art pieces representative of the 19th century. So what is the mystery you might ask? Well, it turns out that few of the artifacts in the house have been identified or traced to their origins. What is known is that none of the contents are currently traceable to the original Culberson inhabitants. How this happened is a story that spans many years. Although the descendants of David Browning Culberson owned the home for

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more than one hundred years, the last of the Culberson family left in the early 20th century. The house stood vacant for many years, falling into disrepair in the process. However, in 1982 it was purchased by Jack and Bonnie Stewart, who were collectors of European antiques and art. The Stewarts completely renovated the house, restored it to the configuration it would have had about 1900, and furnished it with furniture and art typically available during that time period. Following Jack Stewart’s death, Mrs. Stewart sold the house, including all of its contents, to B. B. and Burke Barr in 1996. Shortly afterward, Bonnie Stewart died. As a consequence, Mrs. Stewart’s records were unavailable to the Barrs and they were unable to learn the details of the art and antiques they had acquired. Who are the artists? That is the mystery. With the exception of a few pieces, the present owners, the Campbells, know very little about the grand furnishings of the Culberson House. Art was an incredibly popular luxury in the 19th century. The home of ordinary people late in the 1800’s tended to be devoid of decoration, with furnishings that were strictly utilitarian. The social and economic elite, on the other hand, of which the Culbersons were representative, had the luxury to furnish their dwellings in attactive fashion. This meant they probably would have acquired fine furniture and art from the Eastern U.S. and Europe. This appears to be the spirit in which the Stewarts re-furnished the Culberson House following their restoration, since it contains examples of period styles including Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism. And so we may conjecture that the art in the Culberson House today is very representative of the art that could have been there in the late 19th century. The Culberson House is currently operated as a bed and breakfast. (For more pictures of the Culberson home, go to our website at

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Mardis Gras for the Museum: March Pioneer Days Festival: 2nd Saturday in April Farmer’s Market: May thru August Pittsburg Rodeo: May Movies in the Park: Monthly in Summer Independence Day Blast ChickFest: 3rd Saturday in September Downtown Alive Concert Series: October thru December Trick or Treat on Main Street Christmas in Pittsburg: 1st Saturday in December

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Local Links • Pittsburg Chamber 903-856-3442

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• Camp County 903-856-3845

• Rural Heritage Museum 903-856-1200

Piney Woods Live Feb 2011  

Artists and artistic happenings in the Piney Woods region of North East Texas.

Piney Woods Live Feb 2011  

Artists and artistic happenings in the Piney Woods region of North East Texas.