Piney Woods Live March 2011

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March 2011 The Azalea Trail • Art in the Park • Emily Elbert • David Adickes • Bluegrass in Longview • Modern Art Fills a Tyler Home • Robert Langham

Art... Music of the Soul

• Art Walks • Art in Education

Azalea Matinee by Jan Statman



March is the time in the piney woods when we all begin to think about spring. We look forward to daffodils poking up their heads, sometimes in altogether unexpected places, but mostly in spots where they have been making their annual appearances for years uncounted. Then comes Nature’s terminal punctuation for winter, the final frost of the season. Soon the redbud trees bloom, and then, given a little rain at the right time, the glorious azaleas spring into bloom. Ahhh, spring is here! Appropriately, our March issue cover blooms with the stunning “Azalea Matinee” by local artist Jan Statman. But in the Piney Woods, flowers are not the only things that mark the dawn of the season. All over East Texas, folks are busily engaged in another springtime activity: planning for the dozens of outdoor festivals, art walks, and concerts that will occur with the season and into the summer. Our news coverage this time deals with many such events. To a large extent, we have moved things outdoors, if only figuratively. Our prolific contributing writer, Tom Callens, gets the ball rolling with his feature on the Goodman Museum’s Art in the Park, and then wraps up the issue with an extended profile of outdoor photographer Robert Langham. We trace the history, development, and current status of Tyler’s world famous springtime rite, The Azalea Trail. “Home Grown” columnist Larry Tucker reminisces on his experiences attending East Texas festivals as a youngster, the essential role they played in nurturing local art and music, and their continued importance today. Spring is also a time when students bring the academic year to a close. For many art students, this may mean an opportunity to have their work shown and judged in an exhibition setting. We cover two such events in this issue: The February Region 7 Visual Art Scholastic Event, and the upcoming High School Art Exhibition at the Tyler Museum of Fine Arts. As we write this, the future of art education in Texas is uncertain, to say the least. The political climate in Austin seems to indicate that staff layoffs and program eliminations are inevitable. Will individuals, non-government organizations, and businesses be able to pick up the slack? We don’t know, but it seems hard to imagine. Our regular coverage of the arts continues with new profiles on local artists, musicians, photographers and writers, Randy Brown’s B-Side of Music offers practical advise and opinion that will be useful to creative artists of all types, the “Art In The Home” series returns, and much more. Looking forward to next month, April 2011, our theme will be “The Art of Words.” We are still seeking additional poetry and short fiction submissions for publication. Deadline for the April issue is March 11. Enjoy. We hope you have as much fun reading as we have putting it together. P.S. What’s on your mind? Let us know. Email us at publisher@pineywoodslive. com or post on our wall at

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news Dr. Shirley Handler by Randi Garcia As the February issue of Piney Woods Live was going to press, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Shirley Handler in late January. Shirley was born in Marshall and taught biology at East Texas Baptist College from 1947-1995. Following her retirement as a full time paid college professor, she devoted untold hours serving as a full time unpaid volunteer. Her efforts supported many creative arts activities within the community, among them the Marshall Symphony Association and the Marshall Regional Arts Council. She kept the activity calendar for the community and shared it with many organizations across East Texas and in Louisiana. That is how I met Shirley several months ago and how we were able to share a brief afternoon at her home in Marshall. Dr. Handler leaves a huge void in the arts community that others must now fill. Her friend and colleague, Dr. Jerry Hopkins, writing in the Marshall News Messenger: “We need others who will be willing to take up the work that Shirley so ably did. There is much yet for us to accomplish for the arts and for the symphony.” He goes on to suggest how we might do this. “Join with us at the Marshall Regional Arts Council and the Marshall Symphony Association to make sure that these efforts are strong and that they will be maintained and strengthened.” Good advice.

Texas Guitar Summit Benefit Scheduled for Ronnie “Mouse” Weiss Friends plan a fundraiser for the iconic late 1960s singer Ronnie Weiss on March 19th at Music City Texas in Linden. Weiss fronted the band Mouse & the Traps which had regional hits with the Dylanesque-sounding “Public Execution,” the quieter “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win,” and the near-punk-rock “Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice.” Weiss has suffered from emphysema for a long time and has had lung surgery twice. He is in the queue for a badly needed lung transplant. Appearances are planned by Bugs Henderson, Joe Stampley, Marc Benno, and many many more. More info at

Gallery Main Street Announces “ArtWorks Instructional Series” Spring Class Schedule Persons interested in registering for classes may do so by sending via email to the gallery your name, phone number and the name of the class(es) you’re interested in attending to Classes are divided into two “tracks”. Track one is made up of free instructionalbased classes for the artist interested in exploring various fine art subsets. Track two is for the artist interested in a more in-depth look at a subject. Class fees apply for all track two classes. Track One Classes (Class sizes are limited) Dissolving the Blocks: A Guided Adventure with Your Intuition and Creativity: April 2, 2011, 11 am - 4 pm by Ruth Drayer ( No class fee - free. Suitable for ages 18+. . Sculpture Workshop: March 26, 2011 - 11 am - 4 pm by Casey Koehler. ( $10 supply fee for hands-on portion, instruction is free. Bring a photo of a person or animal. Track Two Classes (Classes size is limited! Students must be 18 years+) Figure Drawing: Figure Drawing classes, featuring live models, will be offered the first and third Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Gallery Main Street. There will be a $20 per class fee. Cancellation requested 24 hours prior. Class Dates: March 1 and 15. Pro Tricks and Tips to Take Better Photographs: March 12, 2011 - 1 - 5 pm by Dolph Miller and John Johansson. It is recommended that artists have attended Basic Photography 1 and/or II, but not required. $15 class fee. Equipment needed: Camera (digital preferred), camera manual, Tripod (optional). Photographing your Artwork for Submission: Workshop: March 26, 2011- 1 - 5 pm by Dolph Miller and John Johansson. Hands-on instruction on photographing and submitting quality photos of your artwork for contests, exhibits and galleries. $15 class fee. Equipment needed: Camera (digital preferred), Camera manual, Tripod (optional)

contents Art is defined as a product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions.

About the cover:

Azalea Matinee by Jan Statman is a four ft. by four and a half ft. acrylic on canvas painting. Even though you cannot actually see the azaleas, or the hour of the morning, it is painted with a special glow that brings to mind that spectacular moment in springtime when the azaleas of East Texas put on their breathtaking “matinee performance” that makes the heart sing and the spirit soar.

T he Azalea and Spring Flower Trail While oil booms gave Tyler an economic head start in the 1930’s, azalea and rose blooms gave the city its beauty. Azaleas were introduced to Tyler in 1929 by Maurice Shamburger, one of the city’s early nurserymen. Pleased with results of a test garden of azaleas, Shamburger shipped the colorful plants here by the boxcar loads from Georgia. After completing his garden in 1929, Shamburger discussed the beautification potential of azaleas with Mrs. Sara Butler of the Tyler Courier Times Telegraph. Mrs. Butler not only encouraged Shamburger to promote azalea plantings in the city, but planted a number of bushes at her own home on Charnwood Street. That home site, along with several other gardens on Lindsey Lane, soon became springtime showplaces with their colorful azalea blooms, and Tylerites began buying the plants by the thousands. Some of the thick, towering azaleas at older homes on the Trail date back to the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. By 1960, the blooming azaleas were attracting much attention, and that year the Chamber of Commerce established a marked route. The first Trail featured about 60 homes on a five-mile route. Today the Azalea Trail stretches over ten miles and encompasses 100’s of homes and attracts over 150,000 visitors to Tyler. The festival has grown to 3 weekends and includes events like a historic tour of homes, living history exhibits, plant sales, antique shows, arts and crafts fair, and much more. The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail is the 4th weekend of March to the 2nd weekend of April every year. The Azalea Belles were first used in 1964. The first group was made up of two chamber secretar1st Place Winner Jana Ezernack ies who made their own costumes and handed out brochures. Today, over thirty Azalea Belles are chosen from Tyler area high schools. They are selected as official ambassadors to greet visitors to the Tyler area. The Belles are happy to pose for pictures and give out information year round. The homeowners make the Trail the success it is. They regularly increase their azalea plantings and spend countless hours making sure their yards are spotless for 2nd Place Winner Lisa Kendall the annual visitors. Some of the flowers that are featured along the trail include most notably the azalea, but there are also dogwoods, rosebuds and lots of spring flowers. The breathtaking beauty of this annual display has been praised by visitors as a floral wonderland and photographer’s paradise. The Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsors an annual amateur photography contest during every Azalea Trail. Cash prizes are awarded and the winner’s photo may be used in future brochures and websites! So, don’t forget that camera!! Pictured are winners of the 2010 contest. For more information, contact the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-235-5712, or visit for a complete listing of events.

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Piney Woods Live is an expression of the community it serves. Dr. Shirley Handler - Goodbye to a Friend, Benefit for Ronnie “Mouse” Weiss, and Gallery Main Street Spring Classes ......... 2 The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail...................................................... 3 Art in the Park at the Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum .................................................................................. 4 Emily Elbert and The Boston Boys To Play Three Dates In East Texas ......................................................................... 5 David Adickes To Exhibit His Art And Sculpture At The Gold Leaf Gallery In Tyler.................................................... 6 Karen Dean: Beyond Mere Thought ................................................... 10 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition Opening At The Tyler Museum of Art Sunday, March 6 ............................... 11 Tyler Couple Fills Home With Art They Love ..................................... 12 Chuck E. Costa Performs In Edom, Art Studio Opens, and Marshall Civic Center Becomes Marshall Convention Center ........................................................ 13 Longview Bluegrass Music Association Kicks Off 2011 Concert Series ..................................................................... 14 The “B” Side of Music: Of Thieves and Pimps................................... 15 East Texas Photographer, Robert Langham ........................................ 18 Home Grown .................................................................................... 19 Art Walks In East Texas ...................................................................... 20 P’s Gallery Opens New Exhibit, Poetry Group Meets At Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and Mayfair Fine Arts Exhibit ........................................................................... 21 Information For Advertisers, Kilgore Free Concert Events, and Gallery Main Street Announces March Exhibition ................. 22

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art Art in the Park at the Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum by Tom Callens The Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum, a beautiful antebellum home in Tyler, is scheduled to host the second annual Art in the Park event on Saturday, April 16. Patricia Heaton, the Museum’s curator said the event is designed to reach beyond the art community. Art in the Park will be open to the public with no admission fee. “We wanted to give people the opportunity to see different types of art,” Heaton said. “If someone sees an artist at work, it could inspire them to give it a try.” Heaton explained that she wanted to focus primarily on the fine arts, allowing people who might not have normal exposure with them to explore the many varieties in one location. Apart from educating visitors about different methods, Heaton said that it will give amature and student artists the chance to display their methods, styles, and finished works in a publicized venue. Art in the Park will also host UT Tyler Art Professor Marrie White as guest lecturer. The event is designed to educate, but it will also serve as a networking opportunity for students, amatures, and established artists alike. Art in the Park 2009 featured 33 artists and took place in the front yard of the 9-acre estate. This year’s exhibitors are expected to include oil on canvas,

pastels, water colors, acrylics, sculpture, and more. Artists for exhibition are selected through an invitation/application process. Applicants are reviewed by Goodman Volunteer, Nora Schreiber, to make sure they comply with the stated goals of Art in the Park. Heaton stated that Schreiber was instrumental in coordinating the first Art in the Park and continues to keep the project on track. The Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum was originally constructed in 1859. The house now serves as a historical site and local museum. Although the park is open to the general public, Heaton wanted the estate to be more than just a historical dot on the map. “I felt like the park was just wasn‘t being used to its full potential,” Heaton said, “the grounds are just beautiful during the spring, with all the plants in bloom.” Art in the Park is just one of many ideas Heaton envisioned for the grounds. She is eager to use the park to educate and inform people in a fun and entertaining way. If viewing and buying art while visiting with the artists tempts you, remember it will take place before one of Tyler’s most beautiful landmarks, making Art in the Park the must attend event this spring.

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music Emily Elbert and the Boston Boys to Play Three Dates in East Texas Award-winning singer-songwriter Emily Elbert moved from Coppell to Boston to attend college, but she doesn’t miss a chance to come home and play for Texas audiences. In March, she will be back in Texas again, this time bringing contemporary blue-grass musicians, “The Boston Boys”, with her. The young Berklee College of Music students and graduates will perform ten shows in Texas, including three showcase appearances during South-by-Southwest in Austin, as well as gigs in Marcos and Dallas. Good news for acoustic music fans in the Piney Woods -- the tour also includes preformances in Mineola, Winnsboro, and Paris. “Some of my favorite shows ever have been in small Texas towns. There’s nothing else quite like their charm and culture combined with their sweet, listening audiences. I love getting to show off my home state,” Emily says. “I’m looking forward to showing the Boston Boys some real southern hospitality, and I can’t wait for Texas audiences to hear The Boston Boys.” A native of Coppell, Emily plays soulful, jazzy, acoustic music. Noted for her guitar chops, as well as her singing and writing, The Berklee College of Music senior has performed over 350 shows throughout the U.S. and around the world. Recently named one of the Top Ten College Women by Glamour magazine, Emily released her second CD, ”Proof”, in September. It features Emily at her best with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work. The Boston Boys, who also hail from Berklee, are talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. They’ve created quite a buzz while touring the past two years at festivals and clubs. Matt Glaser of Berklee says, “Eric Robertson and

the Boston Boys are at the absolute forefront of the acoustic string scene in the U.S., and no one is more on fire with groove and creativity then they are.” The group’s East Texas shows are: March 25 at The Henry Hotel, Mineola March 26 at Crossroads Music Company, Winnsboro March 27 at That Guy’s Coffee, Paris For venue information, visit

The Boogie Woogie Ball! to benefit Marshall Main Street, help replace the stolen sound equipment, and keep music in our streets. Starring Marshall’s Boogie Woogie Legend

Calling All Artists & Photographers During the months of March & April, WCA is accepting original pet art and photographs for a contest: $2 for each submission, 3 for $5. Photos must be mounted or framed with name, address, email and phone on back. Identify the breed and any special attributes. Categories include: Adult Amateur, Adult Pro, and Youth. Call 903-342-0686 or 903-375-4067 to ensure that someone will be available at the Center to receive your entry. The Center is located at 200 Market Street in Winnsboro across from the Depot. The Festival, with Pet Parade, Tricks & Costume Contests, booths, displays and awards will take place in April. Date is to be announced.

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art David Adickes to exhibit his art and sculpture at the Gold Leaf Gallery in Tyler and France. Several museums and hundreds of corporate and private collectors own his work. In the 50’s, he traveled extensively, circling the globe, painting in Tahiti, Japan, Spain and living six years in France. In 1983, Adickes was commissioned to make his first monumental sculpture in Downtown Houston, “Virtuoso” at the Lyric Center, then in 1994 he completed the 76 foot figure of Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas.

David Adickes is the sculptor responsible for the life size Charlie Wilson sculpture recently donated to the Veteran’s Center in Lufkin and the 67 foot sculpture of Sam Houston on I-45 near Huntsville. David is responsible for the “Presidential Garden” in South Dakota. It consists of 43 18-foot high scuptures of past presidents! David Adickes, 80 years young, has spent his time as a painter and more recently a sculptor. He was born and raised in Huntsville, Texas. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in math/physics, Adickes went to France and studied from 1948 to 1950 with modern French master Fernand Leger. He returned to Houston and began a painting career which led to dozens of one-man shows in the U.S.

In 1996, he began a seven year project, building two Presidents Parks, one near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota in August 2003, and the other at Williamsburg, Virginia in March 2004. Each park contains 18’ to 20’ tall busts of all the U.S. presidents. Since December 2003, Adickes has resumed painting full time and is currently very

productive. His subjects, as always, are groups of figures, landscapes, and still lifes. His signature figures, dubbed “the Adickes men” by biographer A. Cantey, were later described as “stunning canvases that are painted with virtuosity that is compelling” by author James A. Michener in his monograph/critique, “Adickes,” published in Barcelona in 1968. David is an amazingly normal fellow, father of one daughter and grandfather of twins. In 2005, he began producing Giclee Fine Art Prints of selected paintings, which he continues to do today. He has lived for over 50 years in Houston where he continually paints. Adept at music, he is an accomplished clarinetist who composed a concerto that the Houston Symphony still plays. His most recent sculpture work of the Beatles (37 feet high) attracts crowds 24 hours a day. It is located in the Warehouse District north of downtown Houston. This prolific artist/sculptor has more pieces of public art than any other living artist/ sculptor. Enjoy an amazing night with such an extraordinary individual. Opening night will be March 22 from 5-8 pm and will run through April 2nd. Gold Leaf Gallery 4518 S. Broadway Tyler, Texas

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artists Mary Hortman

artist profiles

“My name is Mary Hortman, and I am the owner of a gallery/ studio called Sojourn Gallery. Sojourn Gallery is located in the Ben Wheeler Arts District, just around the corner from Moore’s Restaurant on Hwy 279 and across from the park (“Pickin’ on the Porch”). I have been a professional artist for thirty years. For many of those years I have been primarily a portrait artist, but I also paint virtually every kind of subject imaginable. For ten years I was an Arizona artist, having shown and sold my work in galleries and art shows there. Visitors to the gallery frequently ask what brought me to Ben Wheeler. The answer is that I actually grew up near here. It was a great opportunity to have my own gallery, but also an opportunity to come home.

Article submissions: Articles are accepted and reviewed by a panel. Photos may accompany articles. Space, relevance, writing and appropriateness play a huge part in the decision making process. Individual artists are more likely to have fewer than 100 words plus a photo published. Deadlines are the 5th of the month prior to publication.

Don Hollis The essence of Don Hollis’ unique art pottery is the wild clay body made from local Eocene clays. He collects clay from a creek bank on his property or wherever it’s found at the surface and offered. The clay is dried, screened, and prepared in small batches yielding enough for one or two pieces at a time. Don forms his pottery with hand building methods such as pinch, coil, and slab. During the drying stage, the pieces are burnished with a smooth flint stone to give the surface a distinctive shine. The pottery is pit fired using wood gathered from the woods around his studio. Dried native plants and select organics added for color, as well as the fire clouds added by Mother Nature during firing, give each piece its final unique character. Don’s “wild clay” pottery is displayed with the collection of eclectic art found at the Flying Fish Gallery, hub of the downtown art district, Ben Wheeler, Texas.

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We offer weekly classes on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm, which are followed by lunch, and on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. For more information, please call 903-343-3385.”

Alicia Conway A native of East Texas, Alicia decided to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Texas at Tyler. At UT Tyler, Alicia enrolled in three-dimensional classes and became interested in sculpture. Recently, Alicia has been utilizing the casting process and uses steel, bronze, and aluminum as her primary materials. In 2010, her sculpture, Exhaustion, was awarded best in show at the Juried Student Exhibition at UT Tyler, and her work has been featured in other galleries and community art events. Upon graduation in May, Alicia plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. Detail

artists Mark Merrill

Tin Top Road Bluegrass Band “I create paintings in my own studio using bold strokes and primary colors to develop highly graphic themes of color and movement with acrylics and oil. I started late as a selftaught painter using memory and feelings from the moment. My main concerns are colors, shape, technique, proportion, and most impor-

tantly, the relationships to color and movement. My first juried art show was in Fort Worth at “The Main Street Art Festival” in April 2004 and currently some of my work is on display at the Weisman Gallery in Marshall, TX.” 903-938-2333

It’s always good to visit friends. “Many years ago we went out by Weatherford, Texas for a friend gathering and saw a sign that said TIN TOP ROAD,” says Tin Top Road band leader Steve Partain. “Well, at our age, not many things stick in our memory, but that did. So, we figured there must be a purpose. In coming up with a name for our bluegrass band, all the rivers, creeks, mountains and highways were taken. So we used this little road in Weatherford that still had a spot in our memory.” New to bluegrass but not new to the music scene, the bluegrass style of music became Steve’s passion after moving out of the city in 2003. In additon to Steve providing banjo, guitar and vocals, the group includes Kathie Partain, mandolin and vocals; Clif Allen, bass; Jeff Harrison, dobro, guitar, bass and vocals; Dennis Conn, guitar and vocals. The band is based in Fairfield. Band manager Steve Partain can be contacted at 214-724-0355.

Michele Malone Greene

Charles Adams Charles Adams, a bladesmith with 25 years experience, offers a unique approach to the art of metal working. As an artist, he crafts handmade knives and swords from historical examples, his own designs, and patron’s custom inventions. He also demonstrates the historic craft of blacksmithing at festivals around the region. During the forging process, running commentary is given on the process of smithing and technique involved, historical anecdotes are narrated, and explanations abound on how the smithing of yesterday impacts our lives today. Additionally, Adams offers private Make-Your-Own-Knife workshops for those who wish to try their hand.

“My name is Michele Malone Greene. I live in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. I have been oil painting for 12 years. I prefer to work from “Still Life.” Still Life is wonderful, it really helps keep me motivated to finish a painting, since my subjects are subject to change. Flowers start to wither, turn or drop petals. Fruit withers and loses it’s color. It is a joy to capture some of God’s creation on canvas. I never seem to tire of it. There are so many beautiful things all around me. I am always thinking of what I want to paint next! I mostly paint for my own enjoyment but am delighted when someone likes a painting enough to buy one. I find, even though I am maturing in my painting skills, some of my older pieces are still some of my favorites. Some of my paintings are displayed at “The Frame Up Art Gallery” in Mt. Vernon. You can also see more of my work on

Visit his website,, or come watch him work at the Four Winds Renaissance Festival in Tyler, TX (weekends March and April.)

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art & writing Beyond Mere Thoughts by Karen Dean Ever since elementary school, with pencil in hand, whether a rainbow of colors or basic graphite, I’ve been drawing pictures. I know I was born to create. Looking back, I’m grateful to my elementary teachers who recognized my gifts and encouraged me. As a result, every assigned project I did was loaded with intricate illustrations in colored pencil or paper, paint, and even the solar system in a sparkling array of dazzling glitter. Since my Dad was a tailor, sewing became another outlet for my creativity. In 6th grade, a family member with an art supply store recognized my talent and gave me my first set of oil paints and a how-to book. He had no idea what new world would open up for me as I squeezed out tubes of luscious colors and immediately witnessed the effect of applying this creamy paint to the gripping canvas. I was transported to my own quiet little world, which was totally dependent on the movement of my hand, from the concept of my mind, and the desire of my heart. A couple of high school classes helped me progress, but I could hardly wait to get to college to really study art and become a commercial artist. I finished with a degree in Interior Design and Fine Arts, but because of a rude, cutting critique from the oil painting professor, I stopped painting. His harsh words and smearing blue and orange paint on a portrait of my little girls, shut me down from doing my art for twelve years. The other students in the class said, “Don’t listen to him. He’s jealous of your work.” A few years later, I also earned a Master’s Degree in Clothing and Textiles. I designed and made clothes for 25 years, as well as a soft-sculptured praying baby doll. Somehow sewing just did not satisfy the artist within me. The paintings that were locked up inside started screaming, “Let me out!” I embarked on a journey of renting and buying art videos and magazines to learn anything I could from other artists. What colors do they use – what brands? How do they hold the brush, what’s mixed into the paint, but most importantly, what it feels like to be an artist. The trapped paintings started pouring out. In 2000, now in my 50’s, I had the incredible, life-changing experience to study Flemish Realism oil painting, one-on-one with a master painter. In just five intense 10-12 hour days,

he transformed my work and my life. My Classical Realism portrait and still life career began. A short time later I studied with a watercolor master to get my watercolors equally dramatic. Quite by surprise, in 1999, a new creative outlet, not ever having been on my radar screen, emerged. I had the thought and desire to write and illustrate a children’s book about charming Mackinac Island, located between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It just amazes me, when a simple little thought like that, without any detail or experience to back it up, when acted upon, could launch a whole new career. I now have three children’s books published (Let’s Go to Mackinac Island, Let’s Go to Chicago, and Kitty Kate’s Tea Party), and I’m currently writing book number 33. To know my books are in the hands of a few thousand children and adults is wonderfully rewarding. It took me a while to get over the fact that so many people were excited to have my autograph. Going through the writing and illustrating process, learning what I can from others, one step at a time, is the key. In future articles, I will delve into what it takes to get beyond mere thoughts and into the reality of writing and illustrating for children or adults.

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education 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition Opening at the Tyler Museum of Art Sunday, March 6 Join us in celebrating the creative abilities of over 70 students from nine local schools during the Tyler Museum of Art’s 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition, March 6–27, 2011. The event coincides with Youth Art Month and offers local high school students the opportunity to have their original works of art shown in a true museum exhibition. The public is invited to join student artists and their friends and families for a free reception and awards ceremony at 2 pm on Sunday, March 20. Light refreshments will be served in the Museum lobby, and special art activities will be provided in the TMA Classroom. The exhibition is sponsored by Kay Arms. “We look forward to this event as one of our most important annual endeavors,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “By participating in this exhibition, high school students are able to not only enjoy the excitement of having their art installed in a true museum setting, but to also build their resumes towards a future in fine arts. We believe that by offering this type of opportunity, we may be able to help support these young artists’ future activity in the arts as well as to encourage their artistic expression and creativity.” The 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition will showcase both two and three-dimensional pieces, which will be installed in the Museum’s Bell Gallery. The works have been selected for entry into the exhibition by the students’ teachers. Prior to the opening of the exhibition, the pieces will be judged by a panel of jurors selected by the TMA curatorial staff from local college art departments. Jurors include Chris Stewart, Chairman of the Visual Arts Department at Tyler Junior College; Curtis Watson, Professor of Art at Texas College; and Merrie Wright, ceramicist and assistant professor for the University of Texas at Tyler. The five most outstanding exhibition entries, as determined by the jurors, will be selected to receive Merit of Honor Awards, with recipients to be named at the March 20th awards ceremony. Each student whose work was selected for the exhibition will receive a certificate of participation and a one-year student membership to the Tyler Museum of Art. This year, the TMA will continue its “Up and Coming” category, which was created in 2010. Participating schools have been invited to select a work of art from one freshman, sophomore and junior student and submit the

work for exhibition. New This Year For the first time, the exhibition will also have a “Viewers’ Choice” award, which will be announced during the March 20th reception. Voting begins on the opening day of the exhibition and will be closed at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 19. Ballots will be available in the Bell Gallery. In order to create added dimension to the High School Art Exhibition, the Museum invited Michael Pianta, a past participant of the exhibition, to serve as Assistant Exhibition Designer this year. Mr. Pianta will assist Museum staff in the exhibition design and installation of artworks, and he will also provide guidance to interns selected to participate in the installation process. “Michael is a practicing artist who has worked with the TMA Exhibition Department on several occasions since graduating college at the University of Texas at Tyler,” said Mr. Tomio. “We hope that this will become a permanent aspect of the high school exhibition experience so that students like Michael may return to the Museum for continuing opportunities and also to mentor students who have followed in their footsteps.”

Lindale High School: (Walter James, Instructor) Chloe Parra. Overton High School: (Cassie Bayless, Instructor) Dena Baker, Davida Harris, Shianne Lugenbell, Avery Lee Nevendorff, Shelbi Proctor, Michael Shelton Rogers, Alexandria Starke, Reid Stone, and Reggie Thompson. Robert E. Lee High School: (Linda East, Linda Keane, and Elizabeth Lade, Instructors) Ronnie Alley, Tyler Banks, Paige Chamness, Erin Fidone, Evelyn Galindez, Rebecca Hoffman, Jeremi McGuire, Robert McKay Rands, Casey Reynolds-Keais, Sergio Soto, Sabrina Wang, and Alicia Zavala. Whitehouse High School: (Lisa Kendall and Christine Killian, Instructors) Kelsey Bailey, Mariah Casarez, Nathan Denning, Maddison Hartgraves, Amber Jones, Courtney McKay, Haneen Mumani, Eduardo Ocampo, Alison Peck, Jacqueline Yost, and Jacob Ziegler.

Participating Schools All Saints Episcopal School: (Millie Piwonka and Dede Smith, Instructors) William Baker, Sydney Booth, Cambridge Bosworth, Stephen DeCarlo, Ryan Dwyer, Baxter Easley, Hillary Hancock, Kate Hill, Jennifer Johnson, Neiman Johnson, Cassidy Loving, Ally McMann, and Lindsey Stewart. Bishop T. K. Gorman High School: (Lisa McGehee, Instructor) Jacob Becker, Madelin Ann Camp, Jacob Johnson, Philip Morley, Zachary Norris, Aza Pace, Madeline Ryder, Mary Schwarzbach, and Miles Zeorlin. Hallsville High School: (Jeannie Davis, Instructor) Anthony Eason, Kathryn Ortiz, Tia Owens, Sarah Pattullo, Matt Smith, Samantha Thompson, and Kristy Whitehurst. Henderson High School: (Jodi Waggoner, Instructor) Brooke Moore. John Tyler High School: (Marilyn Coler, Instructor) Sarah Branin, Racheal Correno, Vanessa Murilio and Jazmin Solis.

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art in the home Tyler Couple Fills Home With Art They Love By Tom Callens


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If you spend enough time in the art community, you are bound to meet someone who maintains an extensive gallery in their home. A gallery in the home is pleasant, but it’s fair to say that Martin and Michelle‘s home is a gallery unto itself. Literally every room in the house holds a painting of some kind. As soon as you walk in the door, you are overwhelmed with bright colors and striking imagery. Martin and Michelle asked that their last name not be used, but you don’t need to know their last name to understand that they have transformed the interior of their vintage Tyler home into a hidden gem. Their collection is almost exclusively comprised of paintings, ranging from landscapes and plants to figures and tasteful nudes. The couple described the bulk of their collection to be inspired by Fauvism. It is a style of art born in early 20th century France. It is recognized by the use of bold colors and visible brush strokes, as opposed to impressionistic art that attempts to portray realism. Though short lived, the movement created a lasting impression still popular in art circles around the world. Martin and Michelle have collected pieces from several specific artists: Frank Frazier, Femi Johnson, Anne Broadaway, and Jenna Fredding, just to name a few. One of the most visually striking artists featured in the home gallery is a woman from New York named Aja. Her pieces make use of palette, a method where the artist uses the palette knife to spread acrylic paint across the canvas. This creates a dimensional effect, not unlike a stucco wall. “It’s nice to be able to come home and sit together,” Martin said, “to relax and just enjoy the art itself.” Each piece in the home seems to shout at the viewer. From the African influenced figure paintings to the detailed cityscapes, each work pulls the casual observer in and holds their attention. With a house full of visually striking works, it is important to remember that Martin and Michelle do not simply view art as something pretty to look at. “It’s like always being in school, you can learn something new every day,” Martin said. Researching the method and learning what motivated the artist is a very important part of the couple’s appreciation of art. “I like to think of it as suduko for art lovers,” Michelle said. The couple sees the study of art as an opportunity to share an enjoyable activity together. They enjoy learning about different methods and styles, or the characteristic marks hidden somewhere in a piece by an eccentric artist. Martin explained how he thoroughly enjoys trying to understand what motivates the artist, trying to see the world through different eyes, and empathizing with someone else’s viewpoint. It could even be said that the art of understanding an artist is an art unto itself. Martin and Michelle certainly possess a broad knowledge of style, method, and technique. The most rewarding part of their quest for knowledge is the virtually limitless nature of the art world. No matter who made it, or where you find it, art speaks something different to every person. The important thing is how you listen, as Michelle pointed out about purchasing art, “It’s about seeing something you like. If you like it, buy it.”

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news Chuck E. Costa Performs in Edom Visitors to downtown Edom on a Saturday evening in January had the opportunity to take in a show at the Old Firehouse Visual Arts Gallery featuring Chuck E. Costa and two of the three members of Mon Monarch, a Connecticut based folk group. Coincidentally, one member, guitarist Eric Tate, is from Van, Texas. It was a fantastic show, typical of the type of talent that Jeff and Judy Gottesman are bringing to the Old Firehouse once every month. You can see photos here: www.pineywoodslive. com/photos. The bongo player you see in the photos is Eric’s younger brother, who sat in with the duo on a few numbers. A pre-release of the Mon Monarch’s first album is available for a voluntary donation at Chuck has released two solo discs, Where the Songs Come From (2006) and At the Drawing Board (2009). Both are available on eMusic. You can also take a listen at

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Marshall Civic Center Becomes Marshall Convention Center Mayor William “Buddy” Power issued a Proclamation which officially changed the name of the Marshall Civic Center to the Marshall Convention Center prior to the Legacy of Floyd Cramer Concert on February 18th, 2011. In October of 1984, Floyd Cramer, accompanied by the Marshall Symphony, was the first performer at the newly opened theater inside the Marshall Civic Center. Now, almost 25 years later, his grandson, Jason Coleman, who has mastered his grandfather’s musical style, was the first performer to play at the newly rechristened Marshall Convention Center.

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Longview Bluegrass Music Association Kicks Off 2011 Concert Series by Gary Krell In 2004, Dave Skidmore and some other bluegrass musicians and fans decided the time was right to bring bluegrass music to Longview. While it was true that a number of bluegrass jams and shows were regularly put on within driving distance of Longview, none existed in the city at the time. So the Longview Bluegrass Music Association was formed, and the group began putting on regular jams gaining a venue at Jordan Greer is a past runner-up in the Books A Million. Soon the National Fiddlers Championship organization was booking traveling bands from the ArkLaTex region for once-a-month shows. Two years ago, in order to accomodate the larger crowds they were attracting, the LBMA moved the venue to the Center Court Stage inside the Longview Mall. The initial event of the 2011 season was held February 5. On the program were Longview’s “On My Way”, “Tin Top Road” a group from Fairfield, and “The Greer Family”, a Houston area band.

Performances will continue through the year on the first Saturday evening of every month. Each show kicks off with an open jam at 5pm with everyone invited. Guest performers take the stage at 6:50. Skidmore says, “There’s plenty of room, but we do usually have two to three hundred guests, so get there early.” The upcoming LBMA March 5 event will feature the groups “Hard 2 Git” and “Joyful Noise”. “The shows are free and great family entertainment! Bring a chair,” Skidmore adds. Musicians or other interested parties can contact the Longview Bluegrass Music Association at 903-452-2641, or by emailing

Tin Top Road at the Longview Bluegrass Music Association concert in February 2011. Photos by Piney Woods Live.

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Of Thieves & Pimps


“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.� – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Good old Hunter Thompson, he could always be counted on to take the cynical approach. I am certainly not as down on the music business as Dr. Thompson. It is full of pitfalls, and yes, there are even some thieves and pimps. However, I am aware that most of my readers are not worrying about the thieves and pimps but instead are wondering how to proceed with their art. Art is a tough business. Let us say that you are a struggling [insert the art form you are struggling in here]. You have talent but don’t know how to move forward. You are not sure of your next step, but you know you must take it to keep progressing financially, professionally, and in your art. Your [insert relationship of encourager here] insists that you are the most talented person ever to walk this earth. If the previous blank was filled in with any of the following: friends, parents, husband, wife, significant other or anybody else you are close to, then you don’t need a lawyer or an agent, what you really need are unbiased professional opinions. Most of us think that we have to pay big bucks to those who might possibly be thieves or pimps in order to get useful professional opinions. I promise you that you have 10’s or perhaps 100’s of great professional opinions waiting to be asked for and they are all free. They are called your artistic peers. By peers, I don’t mean the folks at the same level you inhabit in your particular corner of the art world. Nope, I mean the folks who are 2, 3 or even 4 rungs up the ladder, who have “been there and done that�. I have found these folks to be honest and forthcoming with praise, criticism, cautions and advice. They care about their art, but they also remember how it was to be starting out. Listen and learn when these folks speak, they are voices of wisdom, which can save you much money, time and aggravation. If they say you need to woodshed with your instrument or that you need to play out more or maybe work on certain aspects of your writing, you should listen and act on what they say. If they think you really have talent, they could possibly take you under their wing and use you as an opener on their tour; don’t laugh, it happens all the time. They might want you to do a couple of dates with them and man the merchandise table. If so, jump on the chance and be the best merchandise person that ever was. Or barring the last two offers, simply go to a few shows and pay attention, lurk if you will. Watch everything, the performance, the audience, what works and what doesn’t. In short, watch everything. If possible, ask questions and listen very carefully to the answers, because the real truth of the music business lies in these answers. Another benefit you get from these mostly unpaid experiences with higher level artists is that you get to see what the music business is REALLY like. You will learn quickly that being on tour is hardly glamorous. Instead, it is fast food, long drives, late nights, cheap motels and hours of boredom with an hour or two of face time with an audience. Then back to the fast food and long drives. That doesn’t mean you won’t like it, but it sure ain’t what you see in the movies and TV. This is the REAL music business. Many of us (yes, I once believed it too) think that we aren’t really successful in this business unless someone else is doing all the footwork. I mean, don’t we need booking agents, entertainment lawyers and publicity agents? Well, think about it, if you can play regularly, get paid an acceptable amount and have folks listen to you, then what the heck do you need agents, lawyers or managers for? Besides, those guys don’t do it for free; nope, they do it for a fee. They don’t care if your car breaks down, if you are behind on the rent, or you need to have a tooth filled. They want their money first and will expect you to play in places that don’t suit you, your songs or your performance. They want you to make money because that is how they get paid. That doesn’t mean that agents, lawyers and managers aren’t necessary. They are really necessary but only when your music career has become so successful you can’t manage it all yourself. Always remember what my Dad said; “Just because a big dog licks your hand doesn’t mean he likes you. He may only be checking out how you taste.� Watch out for those thieves and pimps. By the way, if you have comments, suggestions or criticisms about this or any of my columns, feel free to send them to me: You can also go to All these columns are archived there, sometimes with additional content such as photos, links to songs and more info on artists mentioned. See you next issue. Randy Brown is a small business owner and singer/songwriter 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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artist Cheryl McClure Cheryl D. McClure is a visual artist/painter living on a small ranch in northeastern Texas near Overton/New London. She has been painting seriously for more than 30 years. Her work is shown in several galleries throughout the USA as well as at P’s gallery and the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview. Influenced by nature and the land, McClure is committed to abstraction, gesture, color and surface quality in her mixed media and acrylic paintings. Her work is also available through her website. Title of this image is “Umbrella Pine, Umbria�....24 x 24 inches, encaustic on wood panel, framed. Available through P’s Gallery, Longview TX


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artists Felicity Enas Yorkshire-born Felicity Enas presents England’s first Elizabeth (1533-1603) as a living, dynamic woman. Felicity has made history come alive for groups throughout East Texas. A talented seamstress and costumer, Felicity will appear in full Elizabethan regalia, speaking as the Queen herself at club meetings and libraries. A two-session interactive program is available for middle schools and high schools. For more information, visit To book an appearance by Her Majesty, contact The Slightly Amusing Theater Company. 1-903-839-6807

Deborah Hernandez “My name is Deborah Hernandez and art is my life. I am a mixed media artist. I use junk I find in thrift stores and garage sales in my artworks. I see art in all things around me. I am somewhat of a recycle artist. I work in one-of-a-kind artwork from my paintings to my windchimes. I was lucky enough in my journey of life to apprentice with a great artist named Joseph Hopps. He is the very well known artist of whimsical birdhouses in Edom,TX. The numerous techniques I learned from Mr.Hopps has been helpful beyond imagination! I’ve always said, “People don’t become artists, they were born artists.” Artwork can be seen at Arbor Castle Birdhouses Edom, Tx 903-852-7893

Jed Marum “As a young man, I worked construction and excavation during the day and played music in bars and coffeehouses at night until I was 32. I studied electronics and computers. I dropped music performance and worked Information Technology in the airline and then the telecom world until I was 48. My wife and I packed up our three boys and moved from Massachusetts to Texas in 1986. When I bought a nice guitar and banjo in 1996 and 1997, I rekindled my love of music. I quit the day job in January of 2000, and I have earned my living at performing music ever since. I play Celtic or Folk/Bluegrass festival and concert venues around the US. I have done a little bit of TV and lot of radio. I have licensed songs and recordings to film and television that have played to international markets on PBS, History Channel, the Playboy Channel and in theaters. I have published and released nine albums on Boston Road Records. I am performing at the Four Winds Faire, March 26-27, in Troup, Texas and March 25 at the Cajun Tex Restaurant in Marshall, Texas.”


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Artists find inspiration in many strange places, observing scenes or behavior and rebuilding it to translate their perception of events, people or places. Robert Langham does things slightly different. He presents what he sees directly to the viewer, capturing a moment in time, without attaching his own interpretation. “I often tell my students that one challenge of photography is getting them to see what’s in front of their face,� Langham said. Langham teaches photography part-time at Tyler Junior College. He is a lens for hire, often accepting commercial photography assignments from a variety of clients, and he always carries a camera with him to capture an opportune moment. He recently completed a four seasons photo shoot of Greenbriar Lake, ending the set by featuring the recent winter snow. Langham’s work often includes capturing landscapes in natural light. He explained, “One difficulty is getting the camera ready quickly, because that ‘perfect’ lighting can change in a matter of seconds.� “I shoot mostly in East Texas, but I also go out to Ship Rock and Yosemite,� Langham said. Langham also features a variety of local animals. Some of his photos might even be found on the greeting card isle of your local drug store. His work also turns up in galleries from time to time, including the University of Texas at Dallas, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, and The University of Texas in Austin. “My prints can show up on display at any time,� Langham said, “Sometimes I receive notice and sometimes I don’t.� Langham does his commercial work in digital format, but shoots exhibition work in 5X7, and develops the film in his Tyler studio. His studio reflects his many interests. Not only is it filled with photography equipment and prints, it also houses evidence of his other shooting interests. Langham is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and Shiprock, Moonset. wildlife photography. His Brick Street Studio houses awards won in rifle shooting competitions. He is a member of the Texas State Rifle Association and has bullseye targets that testify to his shooting prowess. One thing seems apparent about Robert Langham, whether it’s photography or firearms, he was born to shoot and shoot well.


Home Grown

by Larry Tucker

East Texas and festivals have been around since early settlers first graced the Piney Woods outback. My family tree grows roots deep in East Texas, but I actually grew up in the southeast part of Dallas known as Pleasant Grove, aka The Grove, home of the infamous Grove Rats. My Dad, Clent Tucker, was head of security at Ford Motor Company on East Grand when the plant closed its doors in 1968. Most of the security men at Ford did part-time work at Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas and at the Cotton Bowl for football games. Because Dad was able to take the kids to various events, I got to witness some great sporting events and got to take in the State Fair in ways other kids never got to see. I got to see Don Meredith play his first varsity game in the Cotton Bowl against Texas as well as the great Bobby Layne when his Pittsburgh Steelers whipped a brand new Dallas Cowboy team quarterbacked by Eddie LeBaron in 1960. There was the time Roger Staubach played for Navy in 1963, and from 1960 to 1962 the AFL Dallas Texans played there on the Sundays when the Cowboys didn’t. I loved the midway, from the rides to games. When I was about five or six, I wanted one of those little green parakeets you could win if you could make a few free throws. Being about 3 foot 6 inches and weighing maybe 50 pounds, I could not get the ball to the basket. You know, those rims were just big enough for a regulation ball to go through. But what they did not know was that Big Clent was an all region basketball player in his days at Quitman High School and could shoot free throws as good as anybody in Wood County. My Dad stepped to the line that night after his security shift and after he drilled 10 in a row, the carny running the game gave me my green parakeet, a stuffed teddy bear for my sister and asked my Dad to please not return to his game. My parakeet died about two days later, but I will never forget Dad ripping those nets. The State Fair is like a county fair on steroids. But my favorite festival, fair or event was one I attended in Quitman as far back as I can remember, and it has gone on every year since 1898 at the same location. We would load up the first weekend in August and head to my grandparents, either the Tucker or the Stedry farmstead, both on Martin Bridge Road. It was time for the Old Settlers Reunion at Jim Hogg Park in Quitman. Me and my cousins, and there were a bunch of ‘em, would hit the ferris wheel, the octopus and the tilt-awhirl with an energy I can only experience through my grandkids today. Wednesday night we went to the gospel singing and then Thursday was the big talent night. A Quitman High School folk singer named Sissy Spacek strummed her guitar and sang back in the 1960’s; others in the talent contest such as Clint Williams, Shae Seeger Smith and Joe Wayne Reynolds have gone on to music careers and successful endeavors as adults. Country music night we got to see entertainment like Joe Paul Nichols and His Five Pennies, former KMOO personality Michael Gunn, Robert Joe Vandygriff It is unique to find a city such as (who currently does Joe Texas, a one-man show in BranLongview, that has such a vibrant arts son about the Cowboy life), gospel-bluegrass award community – a ballet, opera, symphony winning The Isaacs, Higher Trails and countless others. orchestra, symphonic band, art museum, The fiddlers descended on the park on Saturdays, and historical museum, and a children’s the fiddlin’ lasted into the night. theatre group! With such widespread The work that goes into pulling off even a small support and dreams for the future, the festival is enormous and almost always done by volunarts in Longview continue to flourish and teers. As Spring approaches and the festivals start to it is by working together to promote our pop up nearly every weekend somewhere in East Texas, creative resources that will enhance the please take some time and support the ones you can get arts community for everyone. to. We are blessed to have many events with incredible themes and fun-filled family adventures. Take your kids, your grandkids and the neighbors Visit us online at kids. Go make some memories right here in East Texas. You won’t regret it! Keep Texas Music in your heart and Texas Blues in for a complete Calendar of Events! your soul.

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art Art Walks in East Texas by Randi Garcia


Have you been to a local Art Walk? Being a spectator at an Art Walk is a fun and versatile way to get out, enjoy art, listen to music, and meet artists. Throughout the year, art lovers can find Art Walks in Ben Wheeler/ Edom, Kilgore, Longview, Tyler, Henderson and many other surrounding communities. We understand that there are quite a few additional communities planning their own art walks. It is the new rage! Art Walks play an exciting part in our community for both businesses and artists. They are a relaxing venue for an artist and/or musician to be seen, and perhaps commissioned. When an Art Walk is held in a downtown area, it brings traffic into participating and nearby businesses, benefiting everyone. It is especially benificial for those businesses that sponsor an artist. Activity from out of town guests, local art lovers and visiting artists stimulates shopping and interest in these downtown areas. So take an opportunity to enjoy the weather, art and music while contributing to our local economies by attending an Art Walk and purchasing art from those who reside in the Piney Woods.

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Henderson “An Affair of the ARTS” May 6th (Fri) and May 7th (Sat) from 10am to 5pm each day Contact Lorraine White at Plan it Home 903-657-1230, or 903-445-6897

Artists: The available websites are the first step to take to submit your artwork. Keep in mind that the sooner you submit a piece to exhibit, and you are accepted, the better chance that the cities will be able to feature you in their media and press releases. Once you submit your pictures and completed form, depending on the location, you may be assigned a business that will host your work. In Longview, once your entry has been accepted, you will need to find a “home” for your work. Try approaching a few of the downtown area shops. You may want to consider whether your art compliments the business you approach and that they compliment your art. Artists who want to participate in artwalks need to consider that each community has their own guidelines.


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news P’s Gallery Opens New Exhibit An overflow crowd of artists and art lovers attended the recent opening of P’s Gallery’s “Blending Together� exhibition. The Saturday evening reception provided an opportunity to mingle with the ten featured artists in the new exhibition, as well as view examples of their varied work. Gallery owner, Paula Davis said “I was blown away by the turnout. There must have been 175-200 people that came through the gallery.� The new exhibit features Sharon Grimes, Mark Hiett, Beverly Sheveland, Astha Tuladhar, Anup Bhandari, Jan Statman, Thora Doucette, Amanda Dunnavant, Bryan Boyd, and David E. Webb. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2011. Davis said a new exhibition, with a new group of artists, will open in June.

P’s Gallery in the skybridge at Glencrest. Photos by Piney Woods Live.

P’s Gallery is at 712 Glencrest (upstairs) in Longview and can be reached at 903-212-2626.

P’s Gallery featured artists (from left to right): David E. Webb, Mark Hiet, Thora Doucette, Beverly Sheveland, and Anup Bhandari.

Poetry Group Meets At Longview Museum of Fine Arts The poetry group, “Art&Soul� meets every third Saturday of the month at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts between 1pm and 3pm. They are comprised of poets, fiction writers and literature lovers who simply enjoy being in the presence of like-minded people. They support and sustain each other, always going around the circle asking each other how and what we’re doing before we discuss each others’ works. The group is inspired by the great visual art that surrounds them at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts. They have chosen the name Art&Soul for their group for this reason. Everyone is welcome to join in. “We may be completely unknown, but we are here, being nourished by the art we create, and the spirit which being in such a group engenders.� Kathleen Hart 903-234-1386

Mayfair Fine Arts Exhibit The Franklin County Arts Alliance will hold its annual spring invitational art exhibit Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, in Mount Vernon. Mayfair will be open to the public at the Cultural Arts Center on Saturday from 10-7 with an artists and sponsor reception Friday from 4pm-6pm. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival, which will be held on the Mount Vernon Plaza on Saturday. Live music is expected at both events. For additional information, contact Carolyn Teague at or 903-5374913.

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Always the First Friday of the Month at 7:00pm. It’s located under the derricks in the World’s Richest Acre Park. It’s very laid back. You bring a lawn chair and kick back. Kids bring blankets and run around. It’s very Norman Rockwell meets Mayberry. April 1st – Shine Box May 6th – Buggs Henderson (BIG NAME GUY) June 3rd – Borderline July 1st – Last Call Outlaws August 5th – Robin & the Blue Birds

Thursdays in the Patch – the Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation (KHPF). Always the Third Thursday, times vary. It’s located under the derricks at the World’s Richest Acre Park. Same idea, bring a lawn chair and kick back. We like to promote the idea of “eat dinner and go to a concert” - like a night out downtown sort of thing. March 24th – Joe Teague Combo April 28th – Kilgore High School Orchestra May 19th – Robert E. Lee High School Fiddlers

Gallery Main Street announces March exhibition Gallery Main Street in Tyler has announced their newest exhibition, Still Life, which will run from March 3 through April 12, 2011. This exhibit will feature both two- and three-dimensional artwork detailing vignettes of life from local artists, representing the artist’s interpretation of the show theme. A reception will be held March 3, during the Downtown Tyler ArtWalk, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Gallery Main Street, 110 West Erwin. This event is free to the public.

Mayfair Invitational Fine Arts Exhibit May 20-21, 2011 Cultural Arts Center Mount Vernon, Texas Sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Alliance Friday, May 20, 4-6pm: Artist and Sponsor Reception Saturday, May 21, 10am-7pm: Public Exhibition

Fine Arts Exhibit 2009 winning oil painting by Sandy St. John

Information: Carolyn Teague at or 903-537-4913.

art in education Art Happened in East Texas at the Region 7 Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) On Saturday, February 12, 2011 ART HAPPENED in East Texas at the Region 7 Visual Art Scholastic Event sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association and hosted by Whitehouse High School. Thirty-two high school art teachers from the region registered more than six hundred works of art for the competition which included works ranging from ninth through twelfth grade students in media ranging from drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry making, graphic design, photography, printmaking to mixed media. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. “The mission of VASE is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the visual arts and we certainly have seen exemplary achievement at this event. I applaud your creative triumphs – for you and for your teacher and parents.” -- Joey Doyle, State VASE Director. Students are provided the opportunity to compete with a maximum of two works of art each that they have created in their art classes to the regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard rubric of their understanding of the art process involved in the development of their artwork looking for originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for visual arts, and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent. “Participating in VASE enables me to compete with others of similar skills and have my work accessed.” Annie Walters, VASE participant. Jurors are educated in the visual arts and are career artists, college professors, and museum curators. Art works are scored with ratings from a 1-4 with four being a superior rating which earns the student a medal. These regional events are held in all of the 20 Texas Education Agency service center regions across the state. Students who earn a superior rating at the regional event qualify for the area event where another round of judging happens and 8% of those works are chosen to attend STATE VASE, where they are judged one final time and works are scored, medaled and the state superior works are chosen as Gold Key awardees. This group of works will travel in an exhibit across the state with its culmination at the TAEA state art teachers’ convention in November. The Region 7 VASE director Christine Killian, art instructor at Whitehouse High School commented, “The event was visually stimulating in an exhaustive array of media displaying the varied interests of the students in our area,” and she is proud of all of the artists who presented their work before the jurors. “It can be stressful for these kids to stand before a stranger and discuss their work that is so personal to them.” Of the 620 original entries, approximately seventy five of each of the four divisions had students earning a spot in the Area Judging where a mere 22 works of art advanced to state. Each of these students is invited to participate in the State VASE event in the Houston area where the works will again be juried, students will attend workshops led by professional artists and college professors, awards will be given and scholarships earned. “I have participated in VASE for three years and earned a IV for the first time this year, and my work was selected to advance to state. I am so excited!” exclaimed Norma Gonzalez. In addition to the High School VASE event TAEA sponsors a Jr VASE event for sixth through eighth graders. This event runs in the same manner as the High School event where the students present their art work to a juror and the work is scored, medals are awarded, and 10% of the superior ratings are awarded with essentially a best of show award. This event is hosted by Whitehouse High School and the Region 7 director for Jr VASE is Daniel Killian, art instructor at Moore Math Science Technology Middle School in Tyler ISD. If you would like further information on this event, contact him at

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Art Walk Thursday, April 7th • 5-8pm Stop by 506 N. 2nd St. in Longview while we celebrate the artists and musicians of the Piney Woods of East Texas! Community Mosaic Project! Join us in creating mosaic art for our Piney Woods LIVE outdoor sign featuring Glass Artist Cassie Edmonds! Meet some of the artists that have been featured in Piney Woods LIVE from all over East Texas! Clark Langley Alicia Conway Sonia Semone Carol Morgan Pace Robert Langham

Anup Bhandari

LIVE MUSIC! Rocking Loretta Callens

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Astha Tuladhar

Meet these artists: Candace Williams, Lisa Rachel Horlander, Cassie Edmonds, and Casey Koehler!

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