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KENT ULLBERG: CELEBRATING THE WILD AND WONDERFUL

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IMAGES LEFT TO RIGHT (DETAILS OF): Kent Ullberg (American, b. 1945), Great Arch, 2000, bronze, 12 in. x 17 in. x 17 in., collection of Veerle and Kent Ullberg; Kent Ullberg, (American, b. 1945), Waiting for Sockeye, 1994, bronze, 32 in. x 48 in. x 20 in., from the Corpus Christi Art Connection Gallery

This extensive retrospective celebrates Corpus Christi artist, Kent Ullberg’s, long career as one of the world’s most distinguished wildlife artists since John James Audubon. Best known for iconic public sculptures throughout South Texas, Kent Ullberg’s international acclaim stems from his monumental works executed for museums and municipalities across the globe. Here in South Texas, Ullberg’s detailed and superb depictions of fish, sea mammals, turtles, native birds, and majestic land animals illustrate our dependence upon and affection for land and sea creatures. In addition to the 50 sculptures, as well as maquettes, tools, sketchbooks, drawings, and grouped pieces showing the stages in the process for casting sculpture on view, the Museum will bring the world of Ullberg to our visitors through interactive technology. FUNDING FOR THIS EXHIBITION IS GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY:

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CONTENTS JUNE 2019 | THE ARTIST ISSUE

AROUND THE BEND 18 | STYLE 21 | TRENDING 22 | WHAT’S ONLINE 24 | GIVING BACK 27 | 5 BEST 28 | PERSON OF INTEREST HEALTH 56 | BE WELL 58 | BEAUTY HOME & GARDEN 64 | OPEN HOUSE 70 | GARDENING 72 | SPACES

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OUT & ABOUT 76 | ARTS & CULTURE 88 | DATE BOOK 90 | SOCIAL HOUR CUISINE 96 | FARM TO TABLE 100 | THE DRINK 102 | DINING GUIDE 104 | THE DISH HISTORY 106 | LOOKING BACK

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SAT: 10AM - 5PM SUN: CLOSED I create a mood board on Pinterest, and I add pins bearing inspirational quotes, which serve as building blocks to get my creative juices flowing. Once I’m pumped, I get to the drawing board and begin!

My biggest inspiration comes from the subject at the center of each of my pieces. People really are at the root of everything I do. Whether it be their body language, a specific way they described something, or simply just the way their face lights up when speaking about their passions – complete strangers are usually who spark my creative process.

Whether I am just dreaming up a new idea or trying to work out the kinks of an ongoing project, I find most of my inspiration from nature. My favorite thing is to sit down along a nature path and observe the millions of tiny things that are happening all around me.

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I find inspiration in nature, travel, and others’ experiences and stories. If a deadline’s looming and the well is dry, I look at trends, research, and the mother-load, Instagram.

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We really can’t take any credit when it comes to this month’s cover. Every June, we dedicate our cover story to local artists. This year, we wanted to explore four different individuals with very specific points of view. The result lent us one of our favorite issues to date. The work we picked to grace our cover was done by Ben Wright. The piece is entitled "Sky Medicine," acrylic on panel.

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JUNE | P U B L I S H E R ’ S L E T T E R

PAINTINGby theNUMBERS A few weeks before our first daughter was born, I thought it would be fun to take my wife, Kaley, out to a wine and painting class. Since she was pregnant, I figured she would do most of the painting and I would take care of the wine. It was my first painting class, so I had no idea what to expect. When we arrived at the studio, we made the call to share a canvas, thinking one would be enough. The instructor made sure we were set up with all the brushes and paints we would need to create the piece and the process began. We set out to paint a beautiful peacock with pastel shades of pink and green. I made the comment to my wife that this would be the perfect addition to our daughter’s nursery. She had worked on the nursery for months and I figured this was my chance to add the final touch. She gave me a polite smile, but I didn’t pay it too much mind. The lesson was getting started and I was fully committed to painting the perfect peacock for the nursery. I watched as the instructor demonstrated each special motion of the brush, doing my best to perfectly match our painting to the example we were attempting to emulate. Needless to say, I got a bit more into the class than originally anticipated. I felt fairly proud of the final paining, thinking it was nearly an identical twin to the original.

So, why share this story? Well, it finally hit me while reading this month’s annual feature on local artists, that the best works of art have an original voice and point of view. Essentially, they are pieces capable of saying something unique about the world. They are drawn from each individual artist’s own history and experiences. This is the story Kylie Cooper tells in our feature on page 32. She says “In the midst of remix culture, there are few original ideas, yet the originality and history of an artist is expressed in their work through that point of view.” I was simply painting by the numbers, while Kaley wanted to take the canvas of our daughter’s room and truly create something special from her unique style and perspective.

The ride back home resulted in a quick fall from my short lived artistic high. Kaley kindly explained why she didn’t think the painting would be a good fit for the nursery. Not only were the colors incorrect, but the piece did not fit the vision and style she wanted to create for our daughter’s nursery. After a futile effort to defend the piece, I gave up. However, it did become a nice addition to the back of our closet.

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AROUND THE BEND STYLE 18 TRENDING 21 WHAT’S ONLINE 22 GIVING BACK 24 5 BEST 27 PERSON OF INTEREST

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What’s Inside We caught up with Alexa Gignac, of Coastal Closet, to talk about introducing pops of color through accessories. This tried-and-true way of bringing an interesting focal point to any outfit is easily achieved by adding brightly colored earrings or a bold statement necklace.

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AROUND THE BEND | S T Y L E

stylist statement You can always add a little edge and attitude to your looks with your accessories. I love adding bright pops of color even to the most casual of looks. I had so much fun styling these casually chic looks!

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Color is a very handy tool and if used correctly, will work wonders for your appearance. Here's a few ways to drop some color into your everyday style. PHOTOS BY: BRYNN OSBORN STYLED BY: ALEXA GIGNAC WA R D R O B E : C O A S TA L C L O S E T

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Instagram Shoutouts With this being our Artist Issue, a wide spectrum of colors grace this month’s pages. Because of this, we wanted to find images for our Instagram Shoutouts with inspiring color palettes. Both @sweetlifebake and @shellandpine have colorful feeds that always tell a beautiful story. From the brightly colored foods always featured on Sweet Life Bake's page to the vintage pastels portrayed on Shell and Pine’s feed, we often look to these two local ladies for color inspiration!


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AROUND THE BEND | G I V I N G B A C K

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Last year, the art contest was crafted as a fundraiser for art supplies for West Oso High School, awarding the school $1,000 for supplies. “We thought, ‘If we can do this with West Oso, why not do it with CCISD schools?’” says Lee Bailey, Special Project Coordinator. This year’s contest included 150 entries between West Oso and the eight CCISD high schools. For each school, a first, second, and third place winner was named and received $150, $100, or $50 award based on placement. “I was impressed with their creativity and originality. It was really difficult to choose a Top 3 out of 20 entries,” says Bailey. The top three winners from each of the nine schools are entered into a Grand Championship Round at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and Natural History. The top three winners of the Grand Championship Round, held last month, were awarded college scholarships up to $3,000. Internationally renowned sculptor Kent Ullberg leads the team of judges for the final competition, along with Dinah Bowman and David Winter. Bailey begins his closing thoughts with a hopeful attitude, one that is present in just about everything Fish for Life does: “We hope to inspire these kids to be well-rounded citizens – people who study music and art, who develop their creativity. These are the people of tomorrow." Contact: PO BOX 2243, Corpus Christi fishforlifecc@yahoo.com | 361.443.3035

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Brunch, lunch, and dinner plates are best adorned with a crisp companion. With the variety of restaurants we have in the area, the simplicity of the chip has a different influence at each place. Nobody’s sandwich plate was ever as complete without this savory side, and we’re certainly appreciative. House-made chips can either make or break a restaurant, but we haven’t seen a bad chip yet. Here are some of our favorites from local spots.

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4. PARADISE KEY is one of Rockport’s best scenic diners, and the chips live up to the business. Thin, browned, and crispy, their potato chips spruce up their best dishes and make us appreciate the saltiness of the coast a little more. 165 Cove Harbor, Rockport

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meet BILL HOELSCHER Discussing shifts in the local LGBTQIA+ conversation, Corpus Christi Pride, and more C O V E R S AT I O N B Y : K Y L I E C O O P E R PHOTO BY: LILLIAN REITZ

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE CONVERSATION AROUND THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY IN THE COASTAL BEND SHIFT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS? I have been a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi. Over the past few decades, I’ve seen a significant change in the way LGBT people are treated. It used to be many of us tried to remain closeted, especially professionally, because we knew we could easily lose our jobs. I feel there certainly are more opportunities for LGBT people to live openly, but upon saying that, the pendulum can easily swing the other way, when you have leadership that creates an environment of bigotry and hostility. A prime example are the laws that some legislators are trying to pass in Texas, which will allow for discrimination against LGBT people. The reality is that once you create legalized systematic discrimination of any sub-population, you open the door for discrimination against all minority populations. I remember my own experience as I entered the professional world, being passed over for positions because they had concerns about “my kind.” It was always vague threats masked behind ambiguous words. That’s why I was determined once I was able to lead an organization: I wanted to create a safe environment where a person is judged by their achievements alone. 28 The Bend

YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A LOT OF NEW ADVANCEMENTS IN THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY – NOT JUST THE COASTAL BEND, BUT SOUTH TEXAS AT LARGE. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. I am very excited and proud that the agency I work for is at the front of providing services to the LGBT community in the Coastal Bend. The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, for over 30 years, provides assistance to those most vulnerable in our community. Research suggests that LGBT individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBT persons has been associated with mental health issues, substance abuse, and suicide. With the building of a new facility, we will be opening the Coastal Bend Pride Center, which will offer access to services and be a source for community resources. It will be a safe place for LGBT groups to congregate and support each other. This endeavor will be self-funded through fundraising, private donations and foundation grants; we are looking to our LGBT community and allies to keep the project on track. Another LGBT health initiative is providing open access to all services, such as primary health care, hormone therapy for

transgender, counseling, and substance abuse treatment. We offer a safe environment, which is free of judgement, allowing for a better system of personal health and wellness. IN REGARD TO EDUCATION, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO CONTINUE OFFERING PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE IN OUR AREA TO LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY? Knowledge is always the key to self-awareness. The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation offers a no-cost training called “Safe Zone,” which provides LGBT cultural competency by exploring labels and trends in the community. This training can be accessed by anyone wishing to learn more. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CORPUS PRIDE CHRISTI EVENT. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT JUST MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY, BUT ALLIES OF THE COMMUNITY SHOWING UP IN SUPPORT FOR THE CELEBRATION? As Board President of the Mosaic Project, the non-profit that organizes Pride Corpus Christi, I hope to see this event continue to


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THE WORLD OF ART, By: Kylie Cooper Photos by: Samantha Lunstedt

as a whole, is unquestionably subjective. When one decides to create a piece of work, and put it out in the public eye, they are also agreeing to allow complete strangers the ability to interpret said work. However, an artist’s point of view is often the theme they hope to scream through their canvas – whether that scream be subtle or not. Their point of view is what allows individuals to exist in such a saturated world of craft in the first place. In the midst of remix culture, there are few original ideas, yet the individuality and history of an artist is expressed in their work through that point of view. Sometimes, the personal perspective is very distinct and intentional; other artists are more obscure and indirect. Whatever form it takes, viewpoint is the elevating factor – it is what sets you apart from the rest. With an opportunity to explore four different local artists’ specific points of view, we dove deep. Our team was invited into each artist’s work space – a sacred place for most – where we got the chance to be immersed into the message these creators attempt to share with all who will listen.

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AN ORIGIN STORY Every journey begins somewhere. There might not always be a specific moment in time we can pinpoint, but there is always an inaugural memory we refer back to when thinking about how we got to where we currently are. For Sandra Gonzalez, a local independent painter whose works mix the practice of realism through cultural identity, the artistic journey began after moving to Laredo, Texas. Her high school art class became a safe space following the move to America; this is where she first discovered acrylic paints and the concepts of color theory. Her mind, as she puts it, was opened. “I was 14 years old when we moved to Laredo,” Gonzalez says as she begins to recall her foundation. We are sitting at a fold-out table in her home studio, surrounded by stacks of canvases leaning against the walls. “A lot of people still speak Spanish there, so I never felt a huge culture shock when moving to America. But I had self-confidence issues; I couldn’t speak any English whatsoever. So, at times, I felt as though I couldn’t properly express myself. But then, there was art – it allowed me to express my thoughts when I didn’t have the words to do so.” With encouraging parents supporting her dream, she graduated high school and enrolled in the Laredo Community College to obtain her Associate of Arts, then on to Texas A&M International University at Laredo for her BA, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi for her MA in Painting, and lastly, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for her MA in Fine Arts. Her resumé is stacked with impressive stewardships, teaching positions, various visiting artist and panel judging credits, and gallery exhibitions. It is safe to say Gonzalez found her passion, hit the ground running, and hasn’t stopped since. During her time at TAMU-CC, she was actively sending every piece of work to be shown in various Chicano galleries in California. She remained in Pennsylvania after obtaining her MFA for a position with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, where she worked under Betsy Casañas, a prominent mural artist. While she refers to this time in her life as being the turning point in her career, she made the move back to South Texas one year later in effort to be closer to her family and her now husband, Earl. Some 2,600 miles south of Laredo (and a couple decades prior), Angalee DeForest, a realist landscape and plein-air artist, was being raised in Venezuela. Her family relocated to the 34 The Bend


South Texas area, which led to DeForest attending boarding school in San Antonio. Her first real memory of art comes in the form of a paint set gifted to her by her brother when she was about 12. She studied Fine Art at the University of Texas in Austin, and independently with nationally known artists throughout the United States. After meeting her husband on Padre Island during an Easter break vacation, the two soon became a military family – which means their journey contains several notches of travel destinations. In 2006, after deciding to move to Rockport in order to take care of her husband’s mother, their family finally became planted … but a new phase in her 40-year art career was about to begin. She begins to recall her experience of becoming submerged into the Rockport art scene – one for which it is well known. With one of her five cats, a gray and fluffy little guy named Cruiser, purring away on the upper part of the couch we are sharing, the story unfolds. “My husband was from here, you see, but I wasn’t. So I didn’t really have a whole lot of friends,” she says. “I joined the Art Center immediately and got involved over there. But, truly, the people in the art community really kind of took me in – they made me feel like I belonged here.” DeForest credits local artists such as Steve Russell and the late Tom Kantz for helping her find her place. From inviting her into their close circles to actually painting together, she is grateful to have received such an encouraging welcome. She planted her roots into the Rockport art community and joined the Wind Way Gallery – which, in turn, provided her with a second family of sorts. “That is just an incredibly supportive group of people,” she says. “I mean, it’s more than just the art: we’ve seen each other through deaths of spouses and children, all kinds of things. It is a support system I am so thankful for.” We travel forward in time and across the Atlantic Ocean – to Bratislava, Slovakia, where Katarina Janeckova Walshe was figuring out who she was. A drawing exists, made by Walshe around the age of 8, depicting a woman painting, with the words “I want to be a painter” written next to it. In a sense, you could say she was manifesting her own destiny. As she was preparing for school, she had every intention of going down a traditional route: attending school to become a masseuse, or joining some bi-lingual gymnasium and doing something with that. However, it was her mother who actually suggested she go to art school. “My parents were a great influence on me,” she says as her baby girl, not yet two years old, sits next to us on a blanket eating blueberries, in Walshe’s beautifully curated paradise of a garden outside her home studio. “So many parents discourage their children from going down an artistic path, and I am so thankful mine were supportive of it. They wanted me to do something I was passionate about.” And so, Walshe attended the High School of Applied Art of J. Vydra, and went on to study at the Academy of Fine Art, where she obtained her MA in Painting. While in school, the art scene in Slovakia was much different than here in the United States. Walshe recalls the concept of PR and the selling of thebendmag.com

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"THERE IS SO MUCH BEAUTY HERE THAT IS DISAPPEARING FROM UNDER OUR NOSES & I THINK WE NEED TO CAPTURE THAT AS MUCH AS WE CAN." - Angelee DeForest

works as something that other artists looked down upon. But, Walshe and her best friend (a fellow artist, studio mate, and her first boyfriend who also happened to be gay), decided to start a revolution of sorts. They began hosting parties where people could come and view their works, drink, eat, and mingle. Doing this allowed her to gain the confidence she would need after leaving school, because her name was already out there in the art hemisphere – she already had people collecting her works before graduating. Around the same time she was getting done with school, she met her husband on a diving trip. Their love brought her here, to the Coastal Bend – where she has lived for the past six years. Now, we travel back both in time and over the Atlantic Ocean some 7,000 miles or so to Lynchburg, Virginia, where a young Ben Wright was learning to walk in the late ’40s. As we sit in K Space Studios on a couch covered by a colorful blanket near the open windows, I ask Wright how he got to the Coastal Bend. His response: “That’s a good question,” followed by a tumultuous laugh – this, turns out, is very true to form for him. His family moved to Corpus Christi by the time he was in elementary school, and by the early ’60s, they were relocated to California. But art wasn’t always his passion. In fact, he hadn’t given it a single thought until he began submitting drawings to art magazines. You could send an illustration of, say, a pirate or a deer, and they would enroll you in a correspondence course where you would submit art and illustrators would send you back critiques. Turns out, he was pretty good at it. He had a corporate job, but, similar to a significant portion of mid-20-year-olds in corporate America, he felt a lack of fulfillment at the end of the day. So the next obvious move was to quit his 9-to-5 and pursue a full-time career in art. By the early ’80s, he was showing and selling his work in Los Angeles. I won’t list out all the places he called home after that, but he didn’t make it back to this neck of the woods until 1986, and even after that, it wasn’t a permanent move. Around 2015, he decided to opt out of a traditional lifestyle, and hasn’t had an actual address ever since. “I really was just passing through Corpus, you know, on one of my runs.” Jimmy Peña, a fellow K Space artist he had met years prior, told him a studio space was available, so he paid the rent and has been working out of his studio space there ever since. When I ask why he decided to stay, he says, “The space was available, but the community here – there is nothing like it. The art scene downtown was kind of revitalizing itself, and the community was undeniable.” 36 The Bend


ANGALEE DEFOREST

'Water Street Morning in Rockport, Texas' – Oil on Canvas

BEN WRIGHT 'Quanah Parker' – Acrylic on Canvas

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"MY PAINTINGS ARE & ALWAYS WERE SUPER SEXUAL BECAUSE I WAS CREATING AT AN AGE WHERE THOSE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONS WERE BEGINNING TO BE HAD... IT WAS A TOPIC THAT ALLOWED ME TO TRULY FEEL FREE." - Katerina Janeckova Walshe

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KATERINA JANECKOVA WALSHE 'Habana Vieja' - Acrylic on Canvas

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A POINT OF VIEW Where and how we began are influences on who we become, but there’s always more to the story than that. Other factors, from personal preferences to family history, help inform our worldviews, and choosing to concentrate on those factors can give artists direction and focus in their work. Sandra Gonzalez, who primarily paints with acrylics for her murals and oils for her personal pieces, has a habit of pulling heavily from her heritage when it comes to the images portrayed in her work. Her grandmother plays a significant role in a lot of her paintings. “My creative process often starts by looking at family portraits,” she says. “I am very influenced by the textiles my grandmother would wear.” She points to a box on the shelf next to us that is filled with hundreds of fabric scraps. “The patterns and colors, you know, they can paint a portrait without even painting a face.” While these patterns, colors, and motifs are present in her mural work (Gonzalez is the lead artist behind the Caller Times mural and the new YWCA mural), her personal work tends to dive deeper into emotions, and sometimes draws on past and current events from her culture and history. A large round painting hanging above her work station – it almost looks like an extremely oversized cross stitch – is a self-portrait showing Gonzalez lying on the ground in front of a monument on the border in Laredo. “This piece deals with immigration and the experiences of growing up in a border town,” she says. “I was born in Mexico, but I have been a U.S. citizen for some time now, and you always have that feeling of duality inside of you.” She talks about having family members who still live in Mexico and friends who are DREAMERS, and the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to share a message with the world. “I think it is important to have a point of view as an artist, not just to stand out, but because not everyone has the opportunity to put things out into the world for others to see. It’s like we have this gift or this duty to expose concepts others are feeling.” For Angalee DeForest’s work, which is primarily done in oils, geographical beauty is the guiding light. With a very limited palette of white, two reds, sometimes two yellows, and a blue, she depicts landscape images in hopes of underscoring the necessity of conservation for various environments. “I am always looking – I see things everywhere I go,” she says. “There is so much beauty here that is disappearing right from under our noses, and I think we need to capture that as much as we can.” Preserving those beautiful elements of the world, and showing others how important they are, allows DeForest to share with thebendmag.com

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others a need to hold on to that beauty. Other than conserving the Earth’s natural splendor via impeccable realist paintings, DeForest’s true point of view comes across in a feeling she hopes to instill in the viewer. “I hope my work communicates something to cause people to smile and to love. It should be something of a healing feeling,” she says. “This day and era, it seems like we are being pounded over the head with negativity, and somewhere along the way, we need to have a spot for people to stop and smile and experience some peace.” Making people feel or appreciate something has always been her goal. She recalls a story of her late husband once telling her how grateful he was, because if not for her, he never would have really seen things. Whether it is with a landscape painting, her portrait work, or any practice she dabbles in, that remains her point of view: showing the viewer both beauty and positivity. Katarina Janeckova Walshe’s point of view heavily revolves around sexuality and the human body, two subjects that have long captivated her. As early as the age of 18, tones of sexuality were present in her works. The female body and empowerment are a point of view threaded through each of her pieces. “My paintings are and always were super sexual, because I was beginning to create at an age where those types of conversations were beginning to be had. When you are 18, you begin to understand sexuality and start having questions about it, and you explore that. It was a topic that allowed me to truly feel free – and I have always loved the body and the way it looks,” she says. If you’ve seen any of her work, which is done in both acrylic and oil, you’ll be familiar with the motif of a brown or black bear. The bear is representative of a man – or, more generally, whatever form the viewer’s partner might take. “To paint a man,” she says, “I feel like I would either have to love that man or really know that man, but I don’t want to paint a random man’s face. So instead, I paint the bear, and it allows both me and the viewer to play with fantasies and interpret it as they wish.” Walshe said she isn’t thinking about sexuality in a controversial way; she isn’t ever trying to shock the viewer. And as her work developed, she feels as though her interpretation of sexuality matured as well. That maturity is seen even more in her recent works, now that she is a mother. While the over-arching theme has an undertone of sexuality, it comes in various forms. Walshe recalls her anxieties of motherhood altering her works before her daughter was born. “I still paint with the idea of human relationships and intimacy, but I’m not ever forcing anything,” she says. “It has different qualities now, and because of that I second-guessed myself for a little bit.” But she has learned to embrace that change and, after an overwhelming positive response from her recent show at K Space (which featured various images depicting a woman and the concept of motherhood), she is continuing to let her point of view flow.

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Both cultural identity and history play a significant role in Ben Wright’s point of view as an artist. Wright, who is part Cherokee, started his narrative of Native-themed paintings more because of his love for history – however, the deeper he dove into the spiritual learnings of North American tribes, specifically their beliefs and mysticism, the more that began to influence him and traveled to the forefront of his pieces. “It is empowering to identify your own uniqueness, as opposed to ascribing to what other people tell you to be,” he says in regard to the evolution of consciousness displayed in his works. His artistic point of view is very similar to that of his overall view on existence. The morals of both his paintings and how he lives his life are almost interchangeable. “I guess what I am trying to say as an artist is that we are all related and connected through our spiritual essences,” he says. “We are all just trying to manifest ourselves as the best human beings we can possibly be.” These concepts of self-identity and the inward journey are key components to the spiritual teachings he has studied – and because of that, those essences became the motif for his works. He describes it as attempting to express those teachings in a visual way. When it comes to the importance of a point of view, Wright is on a similar page as Gonzalez: When you’re an artist, you have this implicit duty to bring messages, that might otherwise go unnoticed or unexplored, to foreground in a viewer’s consciousness. He describes artists as having this unique perspective on life because of the creative filters they use to view it. “You open up new possibilities for people by exposing them to new ideas,” he says, “and that is crucial.” And he is right. Without these various perspectives or points of view, our world would certainly be less colorful – in the actual sense of the word color, but also in the sense of ideas, and the fact that seeing things from various perspectives is the only way we can coexist as individuals on the same planet. Each of these four artists, while their singular points of view are vastly different from one another, have an ultimate end goal of advancing the thought of the viewer; hoping to bring a new concept into their worlds. After all, without a point of view, the world would just be variations of a monochromatic grayscale anyway, right?

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a Strong Sense of Place A hurricane, a decision, and a grant: how the Rockport Center for the Arts has remained as resilient as ever amidst adversity

BY: LAURA SHAVER

PHOTOS BY: AARON GARCIA

urricane Harvey blew through the Coastal Bend nearly two years ago, picking and choosing which structures to destroy and which ones to spare. When the storm was long gone, Luis Purón, Executive Director, and staff from of the Rockport Center for the Arts walked the grounds to assess the damage. Half of the center’s roof was ripped off and the building as a whole showed the results of a catastrophic storm. After three days of rummaging through the destruction, the center’s staff was able to save 60 percent of the artwork. However, those behind the center weren’t going to allow Harvey to decide the fate of its existence. An art show was scheduled for installation the week after Harvey hit. Not having the event was simply not an option. Instead, the Coastal Bend art community rallied together. The Art Museum of South Texas graciously agreed to host the exhibit. Because after all, the show must always go on. Not a single sculpture from the collection was lost, although some needed a little more love than others. This is just one prime example of the resilient spirit the center has always portrayed. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Rockport Center for the Arts, firmly set in a temporary location, continues to serve as a core asset to the coastal community. Though the first location on the water’s edge in Rockport was torn apart by the storm, the center’s staff rallied quickly – and served a major role in recovery efforts and continued scheduled programming without a hitch. “We promised our community that we would be here, and we delivered on that promise. Faced with so much adversity, we are very proud we made that promise a reality,” says Purón. Five days after the storm, the center opened a temporary office in downtown Corpus Christi to work on exhibits, programs, and events. 44 The Bend

By December 2017, only 99 days after the storm, a temporary space was opened on land previously purchased for a planned expansion, half a mile away on Austin Street. With the temporary building in place, the center was able to continue offering art education programs to the Rockport community. “For 50 years, our organization has been more than an art gallery or a place to take an art class. The depth of what we have built over the past five decades here is quite significant. We are very fortunate that we were able to recover so quickly. I attribute our recovery to support from across the Coastal Bend and the State of Texas,” says Purón. The team at the center knew how important it was to continue running their programs and providing a space to the community where people could go and remember how special Rockport is. “We didn’t want to cancel any of our events, and we had our youth programs back and running immediately,” says Elena Rodriguez, Curator of Exhibitions. “We began to offer the Free Family Saturday program on Saturday mornings at Wind Way Gallery before the temporary space was ready. We wanted to offer something fun and lighthearted for all our families working tirelessly on their homes.” The City of Rockport is known for its arts culture, and the Rockport Center for the Arts is fully interwoven with the community. The center’s major events each year include the Rockport Film Festival, the Rockport Tour of Homes, and the Rockport Art Festival, as well as numerous gallery exhibitions and community offerings. And, it is safe to say the Center is conducting business as usual. This spring, the Rockport Tour of Homes and Studios once again showcased the living and working spaces of Rockport artists and residents.


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By the Numbers • The new center will feature 22,000 square feet of new space in Downtown Rockport • The center received $5 million in grant money from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration • The estimated total cost of the capital project is around $8.7 million • The new permanent location for the Rockport Center for the Arts will be in the heart of Downtown Rockport at South Austin St. and North St.

Scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend each year, the Rockport Art Festival will officially celebrate the Center’s 50th year. This beloved and well-attended festival is a gathering of local and national artists. After a call for entries, a jury of three select those who are invited to display their work. The jury changes each year, so the exceptional talent is always fresh and new.

The new facility will provide enough space that all the youth summer camp sessions will be held at the center proper for the first time in recent history. “This will allow more interaction for our campers with the Sculpture Garden and our summer exhibitions, further enriching the camp experience for our area youth,” says Karen Ernst, Director of Education.

“Everything is up and running as best as we are able right now,” says Rodriguez. The gallery space offers rotating exhibitions of work by both local and nationally acclaimed artists.

“We will also be able to expand our weekly series offerings for adults, to create open studio time for both 2-D and ceramics, and to offer an expansive list of advanced workshops in various media throughout the year,” says Ernst. “I hope to make use of the newly designed outdoor spaces to offer free programming for area families, children, and children at heart, such as Movies on the Green, or Jazz Under the Stars.”

The Rockport Center for the Arts remains actively involved in the whole of Rockport’s comeback from Hurricane Harvey, offering support for its downtown gallery neighbors. One example is the formation of The Rockport Art Loop, a collaboration among ten downtown art galleries, all of which have their opening receptions on the same night. “We organized this to create an outdoor art experience, where art lovers can see a wide variety of media and subjects and enjoy the walkable and charming downtown Rockport. Our hope is that by combining efforts with all Rockport galleries, we may be able to attract more cultural tourists than if we were working alone,” says Rodriguez. A capital campaign is in place for the permanent facility for the Rockport Center for the Arts, and for an endowment that will sustain the organization for years to come. The total cost of the capital project is estimated at $8.7 million and includes 22,000 square feet of new space in downtown Rockport – all dedicated to the arts. The campaign was aided tremendously by a $5 million grant, which was awarded to the Center and the City of Rockport by the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. “These federal grant dollars, as well as private funds raised in the capital campaign, are earmarked to construct a new home for the Rockport Center for the Arts. The new facility will also feature a conference center and space for performing and cinematic arts,” says Purón. “The future for the arts in Rockport has never been brighter.” 46 The Bend

What Rockport has accomplished since the hurricane is truly astonishing, considering the extent of the damage and the short amount of time that has passed. “Our message early on was ‘We are open for business,’ and we definitely are. Our attractions, stores, restaurants, and hotels all started opening as soon as possible after the storm. We immediately recognized the importance of being back to business quickly,” says Purón. The Rockport Center for the Arts and the staff’s dedication to be present for the community of Rockport was instrumental in helping people heal – providing an outlet for all the hardships presented by the recovery efforts. “Rockport’s comeback campaign, ‘Find Yourself in Rockport Fulton,’ has been a tremendous success,” said Purón. “Our community has a strong sense of place, and Rockport Center for the Arts is, and always will be, intertwined with the quality of life in our community.”

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Royal gowns focus on characters from literature, mythology, and fairy tales By: Jacqueline Gonzalez Photos by: Raymond Gray

Las Doñas de la Corte have brought sparkle and fun to the Coastal Bend since 1954. That’s when the local Civitan Club requested the addition of a social and pageant atmosphere to the already existing Buccaneer Days – a pirate-themed kick off to tourism season, filled with festivities for all to enjoy. Each year, Las Doñas presents a Coronation Pageant, which is designed to promote Buccaneer Days festivities in South Texas and throughout the state, in order to encourage more people to come to the Coastal Bend. They work in tandem with the King’s Men to honor local and out-of-town families, adding excitement while celebrating traditions. Each year, hundreds of families join in, bringing second- and third-generation participants to the event. In conjunction with these traditions, Las Doñas also honors the community through their philanthropic activities. They are proud to partner with the Coastal Bend Community Foundation by encouraging guests to donate to the Coastal Bend Day of Giving through the matching program. These donations are a special way to commemorate the Court during the Buccaneer Days Coronation, but they also benefit Corpus Christi and surrounding communities. The Court of Legendary Enchantment not only celebrates family and community through their gracious acts, they also represent the Coastal Bend.

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Thomas Albert Gates King Alonso LXVI

Thomas Albert Gates, son of the late Dorothy Jean and Albert Gates, was crowned King Alonso LXVI. Thomas is husband to Diane Dilworth Gates, father to Dos Gates and his wife, Samantha, and grandfather to Isla and Louisa Gates. A native of South Texas, Thomas grew up in Laredo and spent a lot of time on his ranch at Catarina. He attended Texas Military Institute in San Antonio and Texas A&M – College Station. A committed citizen of the Coastal Bend, Thomas is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and sits on the board of the International Bank of Commerce. This year, Thomas and his family were honored at the Cattle Baron’s Ball for his continued support of the American Cancer Society. This is not the first time Thomas has celebrated these time-honored traditions; he served as an escort to his wife, Diane, in the Las Doñas de la Corte Pageant in 1978. He also watched proudly as his son, Dos, served as an escort in 2005. Thomas devotes considerable time to the family business, an oil and gas company based in San Antonio. He and his son, Dos, have also invested in maritime interests in the Gulf of Mexico, which support the Port of Corpus Christi. Beyond his business and work responsibilities, Thomas cherishes any downtime and spends it with his family and friends at home, on his ranch, and in Vail, Colorado. When he is not working or volunteering his time, the proud grandfather also enjoys watching his granddaughters grow and experience new adventures.

Elizabeth Claire of the House of Webster

Olivia Cannon of the House of McClanahan

Elizabeth Claire Webster, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Andrew Webster, was crowned Queen of the Court of Legendary Enchantment.

Olivia Cannon McClanahan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher McClanahan, was crowned Princess of the Court of Legendary Enchantment. Reigning as the Princess of Enchanted Evening, her gown honors Luna, the Moon Goddess.

Her Gracious Majesty Queen of the Court of Legendary Enchantment

Reigning as the Queen of Eternal Light, her gown honors Hemera, the Goddess of Daylight, Sunrise, and Sunset. The gown, an exquisite golden sheer silk covered in Swarovski crystals and layered on top with strips of teal and blue fabric, also features a neckline emblazoned with rays of golden sunlight reflecting the sky and sea. The jeweled rays emanating from the sun in shades of gold, teal, sky blue, and white adorn the royal train. The ruffles surrounding the sun depict the warmth and glow of sunshine, while the jeweled flowers cascading down portions of the train signify the possibilities due to the warmth of the sun. The gown was designed by Court Artist David Phillips in collaboration with Peggy Ahuja, Wardrobe Chairman, and her assistant, Sheryl McMillan. Dressmakers Lucy Salinas and Monica Castillo created the magic of the gifts of sunshine bestowed by the Goddess Hemera, bringing this gorgeous design to life. Webster is an alumna of Incarnate Word Academy High School and attends the University of Texas in Austin, where she is majoring in Communication Studies. Her scholarly activities include membership in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Miss Webster also devotes her free time doing volunteer work with Court Appointed Special Advocates ( CASA ) and the Salvation Army.

Her Royal Highness Princess of the Court of Legendary Enchantment

The hand-beaded Swarovski crystals sitting atop the fabric of the gown reflect twinkling stars and the tranquil moonlight, while the neckline forms the perfect star upon which wishes are made and dreams come true. A three-dimensional display of yellow-green moths, orchids, and red roses perfectly accentuate the vibrant dark navy velvet background of the royal train. The crescent moon at the top of the royal collar lights the sparkling Swarovski waterfall, cascading over the fountains and adding the perfect finishing touch. Court Artist David Philips, Wardrobe Designer Peggy Ahuja and her assistant, Sheryl McMillan, collaborated to design the royal gown, while dressmakers Lucy Salinas and Monica Castillo recreated the magic of enchanted evenings. Miss McClanahan’s paternal grandparents are Mr. Jack McClanahan and Mrs. Tom McKinney, both of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Douglas Johnson, Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an alumna of Incarnate Word Academy High School and attends The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where she studies Integrated Marketing and Communications. Her scholarly activities include a membership in the Delta Delta Delta sorority and Delta Delta Delta Leadership Team.


Design Concepts Salon-Boutique-Spa has a combined experience level of 80 plus years in the beauty and fashion industry. We are on the cutting edge of new trends, fads and classic styles. We are able to see the trends and fads of fashion before they ever hit mainstream by working Fashion Week and immersing in education. Corpus Christi is growing and we love keeping it a part of the beauty map. Most of our guests have been coming to our salon for 15 plus years and we welcome everyone to our Spa-Boutique-Salon. No one is a stranger and there is beauty in all faces. We believe that our staff deserve to make a career in the salon industry, not just a job. We educate our staff to all be top-notch at their craft. There is no “I” in Team. We all succeed together. The salon is a place for our staff to plant roots and keep growing and building there clientele. We include a retirement program for our staff that keeps them earning more and more and allows them to stay in one place so clients are not having to chase them all over town. We have a system that works and allows us to handpick all of our staff and then pour as much education into them to take them to the top. All this translates into the finest experience you can find in Corpus Christi. Deidra has been a Redken Educator since 1998 has traveled the world teaching Cutting, Coloring, working Fashion Week and specializing in Blondes and Color Correction. She has been the owner of Design Concepts since 1999 and loves that her roots are planted deep in Corpus Christi.

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Thomas Albert Gates, Jr.

Duane Stevens Herbst

Thomas Albert Gates, Jr., most commonly known as Dos, son of Diane and Thomas Gates, was crowned Lord High Chamberlain.

Duane Stevens Herbst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stevens Grosvenor Herbst, was crowned Chancellor of the Realm. Duane and his wife, Janet Rueb Herbst, are the proud parents of Monica Elizabeth Herbst, Stevens Arthur Herbst, Blake Robert Herbst, and Brett William Herbst.

Lord High Chamberlain 2019

A proud native South Texan, Dos spent his childhood in Corpus Christi and Laredo, where he attended St. James Episcopal School and United Day School, respectively. He attended St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio as a boarding student for high school. He attended Texas Christian University in San Antonio, and after graduation, he moved back to Laredo to work for one of the family’s companies. In 2007, he married Samantha Shafer of San Antonio, also an alumna of Texas Christian University. The pair made the Coastal Bend their home in 2009. Dos and Samantha have been involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations. Their most important commitment is to the Church of the Good Shepherd, where they actively attend with their children. Dos has started various businesses in the Corpus Christi area, and has served on several boards, including The Art Museum of South Texas, The Lexington, The Texas State Aquarium, The Spohn Foundation, and The American Cancer Society’s Advisory Board. Family is very important to the Gates clan. Together with their beautiful daughters, Isla Margaret and Louisa Frances, Dos and Samantha enjoy traveling together and spending their summers in Port Aransas. The Gates family also spends quality time engaging in hobbies such as snow skiing, hiking, hunting, fishing, cooking, golfing, and tennis, traditions they hope their children will carry on someday.

Did You Know? • Coronation is modeled after a royal court reminiscent of the Spanish rule of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. • Pays homage to 16th century explorer, Alonso de Pineda, pioneer of Corpus Christi. • King Alonso, the Queen, and the Princess of the court remain confidential until presented at the end of the Coronation.

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Chancellor of the Realm

A true scholar, Duane is a graduate of Incarnate Word Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science from Trinity University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. Duane currently holds the title of Vice-President of Rainbow Investments Company, a privately held corporation focused on oil and gas exploration and venture capital investments. Previously, he served as Corporate Secretary and later Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for Midcoast Energy Resources, Inc., which was engaged in the natural gas transportation business. Afterward, he began his career as a loan officer with MBank, followed by Bank One, both in Dallas. A native South Texan and charitable gentleman, Duane is very giving of his time. An active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, he currently serves on their Endowment Committee. Previously, he served on the Vestry, including for two years as the Junior Warden, and the Charmain of the Building Committee for the Growing in Grace Capital Campaign. Along with these impressive positions, he served two terms on the St. James Episcopal School Board, where he was Chairman of the Board for two of those years. He was also a former member of the Endowment Committee at St. James. Aside from his many work-related duties, he loves the great South Texas outdoors where he can partake in many activities, especially hunting and fishing trips. He also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, traveling when he can.

Doctor Paul Alexander Kennedy III Lord High Steward 2019

Dr. Paul, son of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Alexander Kennedy Jr., and brother to Lisa Kennedy Allen, was crowned Lord High Steward. He is a proud native of Corpus Christi, and a husband to Merritt. Dr. Paul and Merritt have two children, Kate Elizabeth Kennedy and Paul Alexander Kennedy IV (Cuatro). Dr. Paul is a practicing pediatric dentist and owner of Kennedy Dental Care, a group dental practice started by his father 50 years ago. He loves working with children and their families while advocating for improving children’s oral health in South Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Baylor University, a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific-Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Paul then earned a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and went on to become Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Paul is an active member of the American Dental Association, where he received the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership, and currently serves as a Texas Delegate. He also serves in various capacities in the Texas Dental Association, Nueces Valley District Dental Society, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Recently, he served as Co-Chair of the Texas Mission of Mercy, a program designed to provide free dental care for Coastal Bend residents. He is also a member of the Corpus Christi Executives Association, served many years on the Windsor Park Elementary Planning and Decision Making Committee, and is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Outside of dentistry, leadership, and volunteer work, Dr. Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, surfing, and snow skiing.


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What’s Inside Hailey Chapman has a goal of bettering the health of our community, one cup of tea at a time. With centuries long research regarding health benefits connected to tea, Chapman lives and runs her business by the motto: “Tea is always the answer.”

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Local business aims to educate others on the benefits of tea BY: EMMA COMERY

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college student out of bed before noon on a Saturday morning is a rare sight. But Hailey Chapman, a web design student at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, braves the early weekend hours to load up her car (and her mother’s car) and drive over to the Southside Farmer’s Market. There she sets up a booth for her blossoming business, Teacup Goods, which specializes in all things tea – from traditional and original blends to handmade tea-based products. Still in her first year of business, Chapman works out of her parents’ kitchen, and thus is subject to Texas Cottage Food Law, which limits the food products she can make and sell to the public. So while images of a charming tea shop and industrial kitchen sit firmly in her vision of the future, in the meantime, this young entrepreneur is building her business by maximizing the number of tea-based products she can produce out of her home. Jellies, candles, soaps, bath bombs, lip balm, bath salts, and oils – Teacup Goods is a one-stop-shop for selfcare. Better yet, Texas Cottage Food Law allows her to sell one of her favorite tea products: Earl Grey Tea Shortbread, a recipe she’s been perfecting since she was 12 years old. Spurred by the realization that Teacup Goods was a business on the verge of booming, Chapman took the leap of quitting her part-time job at the university police department to focus on her business. “I was at the point where I could afford to make that change, and I needed to.” Besides, she adds, “My tea business is the love of my life” – and that love is tangible in her voice, in her eyes, in the tiny portions of Passionfruit Tango tea she carefully pours into a pouch. And while she admits that she enjoys “tea for tea’s sake” and considers the health benefits “an added perk,” Chapman is happy to suggest to her customers different teas known for their health benefits -- always with the caveat that she is a web design major (the Teacup Goods website is rather delightful), not a doctor. “Hibiscus can help regulate your blood pressure,” she shares, “and Chamomile has been used throughout history – all the way back to ancient Egypt – as an anxiety treatment.” For folks looking to transition from coffee to tea, Chapman recommends caffeine-laden black tea, specifically English Breakfast, which she promises is “the taste of happiness.” For tummy trouble, nothing beats the probiotic jackpot of ginger tea, and a little green tea can go a long way towards improving metabolism. Health effects aside, tea holds a simple, remarkable power. For example, a cup of Peach Bellini tea can turn a normal Sunday morning into a sun-dappled meditation. Netflix Friday nights are enhanced by lavender tea bath bombs, tea-infused candles, and a plate of shortbread cookies. Chapman has built her business and her life on the belief that “tea is always the answer.” She may very well be right. Tea, after all, reminds us to infuse our hectic lives with small moments of tranquility, one cup at a time. Contact: hailey@teacupgoods.com 361.271.4333 | @teacupgoods

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I’m definitely one of those moms who is always on the go and in a hurry…but I never allow myself to forget the importance of a good skin care regimen. Although aging is inevitable, I’ve learned that we can slow down the process and even prevent unwanted wrinkles if we just take the time to give our skin the nutrition it so desperately desires. This is why, no matter how tired I am after a long day, I make sure to set aside time for myself. No excuses, ladies. In the end, we will regret every night we didn’t take off our makeup and forgot to moisturize.


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Time is everything, and right now I don’t have a lot to spare. So instead of spending 15 minutes on my eyebrows using all the ABH eyebrow products, I now use Wet N Wilds eyebrow pencils … and LOVE them. Same look achieved within 2-4 minutes. I do have a scar on one of my eyebrows where the hair doesn’t grow, so that’s when I use the micro pencil to make hair-like strokes to fill in the little gap. Then I use the regular-sized pencil to give them both a little more pigment and volume.

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s the old adage says – “Home is where our story begins” – Porter and Jason Devries found the perfect home in The Coves at Lago Vista subdivision to begin their family’s story. Although Porter left Corpus Christi to attend college in San Antonio and Jason to College Station, they knew when it came time to start a family, the best place was in Corpus Christi. The subdivision's rich family lifestyle, large lots, and a first-rate view of the Oso Bay Wetlands were just some of the winning points for the Devries family.

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Their stunning home offers great curb appeal with a tiled front porch and alder wood front door. It features high ceilings and natural lighting, with a sleek and fresh color palette allowing an eye-catching aesthetic, drawing eyes to the pieces you want to focus on. “Much of our décor has a story,” says Porter, “I can look at a piece and recall where we were, what we were doing, and why this piece is important.” The riddling wine rack, a gift from her parents, is repurposed as wall décor, complete with a clock and macramé accessories. The wine rack is a memory of her parents, who are wine connoisseurs,


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A small room to the left of the foyer was remade into an office area. Taking a cue from Emily Ley, author and designer, Porter placed a large white desk with shelves covering floor to ceiling, with gold accents. The stark white of the desk and shelves provides the perfect background for the many colorful objects displayed on the shelves. Some of Porter’s favorite books line the top shelf of her desk and bring more color to the space, creating a unique display. Directly to the right of the office area sits a stunning kitchen with stained cabinets, granite counters, and an extensive island. The family

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loves to grill which makes the layout of the kitchen, and its close proximity to the dining area and the backyard, the perfect space. The dining area is not just the place where the Devries family sits down to enjoy a meal. The table doubles as a crafting and game area, where most of their time is spent. The metallic gold pendant lights, situated directly above the table, add warmth and personality to the area. Sometimes, the most simple and clean of ideas are what works best. The living area sits in simplicity with subtle and sophisticated hues in neutral shades, giving off a warm, yet masculine touch. Large plants in simple containers add a splash of nature, showcasing the architectural lines of the high ceilings. Monogrammed pieces placed throughout the home add a personal touch without being overwhelming. The neutral palette of the home flows into the master bedroom creating a timeless aura. With such a versatile color scheme, these hues can transform the area into a place of serenity. The children’s bedrooms also showcase a soothing neutral palette with added pops of color in shades that reflect their individual personalities. The Devries family has a true love of art that is reflected throughout the home. The basic neutral shades of the walls offer a wonderful background for their art pieces. Colorful pieces by Hailey Mitchell of Austin and fishing artwork by John Deerman adorn the walls, reflecting their personalities and ties to South Texas.

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The second floor offers a great space for family time. Once a bar and game room, Porter and Jason converted the upstairs into a large play area for their kids. The plush carpet and colorful rug add comfort, while the built-in shelves to store their toys keep clutter at bay. The show stopper of the play area is the gorgeous view of the Oso Bay wetlands, and the children’s playroom has one of the best views. The pairing of Porter’s classic style with Jason’s masculine taste, sprinkled with a bit of the kids’ quirky preferences, makes Porter and Jason’s home a personalized and unique combination that says family in a really fun way!

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S P E C I A L P R O M OT I O N

BART BRASELTON

As the school year winds to a close, and shouts of “School’s Out for the Summer!” resound throughout the Coastal Bend, parents everywhere (having survived months of soccer schedules, PTA meetings, teacher appreciation luncheons, spelling tests, science fair projects, and carpool lines) start their annual spring cleaning. Out go the lunch boxes, old cleats, and backpacks…and everything else collected during the year, that has found its way into our homes.

Today, we will review the “little miracle” we call the Drop Zone. In Northern areas, these spaces are called a “mudroom.” However, we have taken that area, upped the ante, and turned this small space into the hardest working room in your house. A place to drop your keys and packages when you get home – this room has added storage benches, hooks, cubbies and even desks, to provide homes not only for the kids backpacks and sports gear, but also for the monthly bills and mail.

And every year, at this time, as the closets, pantries, and playrooms are purged, parents everywhere resolve that next year will definitely be different – that they will never let this happen again. Next school year…they will be organized.

Come check out our newest model home, at 9401 English Oak Dr., located in the award-winning Tuloso Midway school district, in our Royal Oaks Neighborhood. Homes in this neighborhood start in the $170’s, and are a family ‘s dream come true.

But, we know its not just the kids; we parents have too much stuff too. Closets and attics are bursting, and the garage is full of everything...but cars.

In the Model Home, at the Owners Entry from the garage, The Drop Zone is the first thing that greets you. With this location, the kids can store their aforementioned sports gear, backpacks, and all their other stuff neatly. The can put it away immediately, so it’s ready for tomorrow.

Remember when your mother said, “A place for everything and everything in its place?” With Braselton Home designs, no space is wasted, and every nook and cranny of our homes are designed to give you the organized, efficient home you want (and keep pinning on Pinterest), but thought you could never have. And so, at Braselton Homes, we have designed our new homes to address this problem. Just as important as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that a home has, should be the number of storage areas. BraseltonBuilt homes have unique and clever storage solutions built right into them. So, with your Braselton Home, you can save that money you now spend each month at your storage unit location. Today, our most popular Home Storage solutions include: – Drop Zones – Oversized walk-in pantries – Texas Basements – "Tech” Bars

And, along with the other kid-friendly aspects of this Braselton Home, the open floor plan, walk-in pantry, and abundance of natural light make this the perfect home for your family to enjoy. The location of this Royal Oaks is ideal. It is only 2 minutes from I-37, but in the protection of the rolling hills of the Northwest. It’s just minutes to the Fulton Corridor, and downtown, as well as close to churches, parks and shopping. Royal Oaks is among the best living areas that our city has to offer. For a map, and more info, visit us at Braseltonhomes.com With plenty to choose from, Royal Oaks has completed homes available for you to tour, or you could come out, select your home site, choose your own decorating, and build the home of your choice.

Bart Braselton is the Executive Vice President of Braselton Homes, the Coastal Bend’s oldest and largest Homebuilder and Neighborhood Developer. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Bart is the third generation of The Braselton family building in the Bay Area. Returning to Corpus Christi after earning a BBA in Finance, as well as a second degree in Real Estate, from the University of Texas, at Austin, Braselton began working in the family business as a construction superintendent. Since then, Braselton Homes has won numerous local, state, and national awards, including the Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award, as well as the Environments for Living Diamond Award for Energy Efficiency. And, the company has grown into one of the Nation’ s Largest Homebuilders, earning consistent rankings in the annual lists compiled by both Professional Builder, as well as Builder Magazine. Bart, a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 18, has served on numerous local community and business boards, including the Coastal Bend Green Built Initiative, Bay Area Smart Growth, and the Police Foundation. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Development Corporation, the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, the Builders Association and the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation. Braselton and his wife, Michelle, have 2 young children at home, and are active, with Braselton Homes, in community and church organizations throughout the city, including the American Heart Association, the ECF Community Center, and the Food Bank.

See you in the neighborhood, Bart Braselton

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HOME & GARDEN | G A R D E N I N G

marigoldmine Beauty, fragrance, taste, pest control: Marigolds really do have it all BY: JUSTIN BUTTS

Marigolds were the favorite flower of the Aztecs. They used marigolds as food, as medicine, to make oil, and to adorn their bodies. They lined parade routes with thousands of marigolds so Montezuma could be carried to the pyramids on streets paved with fragrant flowers of orange, red, and gold. Marigolds are native to Central America. The conquistadors introduced marigolds to their international trade routes, and they soon became enormously popular in India. Today, marigolds in the millions are offered at temples to Ganesh across India. Marigolds are one of the easiest flowers to grow in The Bend. Plant these heat-loving, drought-tolerant annuals in full sun by seed any time after mid-February, and they will grow lush and colorful into November or later. Marigolds are easy to find as transplants at local nurseries and even big box stores.

How to Plant: Begin with a well-tilled bed (can plant in moderate or even poor soil). Hand broadcast seeds across the bed and gently rake into the soil. Water well for several weeks. Thin seedlings to the correct spacing by variety (see spacing below). Once seedlings reach 4” to 6”, mulch generously between flowers with native leaf mulch to prevent weeds, conserve water, and promote growth in high heat. In the oppressive heat of August, marigolds may lose their blooms or fail to bloom at all. Providing extra native leaf mulch and more frequent waterings will promote robust blooms.

African Marigolds:

French Marigolds:

Signet Marigolds:

Mexican Mint Marigolds:

(SPACING, 12”; HEIGHT, 2’ TO 3’)

(SPACING, 10”; HEIGHT, 12” TO 1.5’)

(SPACING, 8”; HEIGHT, 8” TO 12”)

(SPACING, 12”- 15” ; HEIGHT, 2’ - 3’)

Tall and leggy – long stems make these best for cut flowers. The puffy blooms are large, colorful, and fragrant. Excellent companion for tomatoes, since they compete better for sunlight. Repels many garden pests.

Dense and compact with many blooms. Vibrant colors, very fragrant. French are the only variety proven to repel root-knot nematodes. For severe infestations, plant entire bed densely with French marigolds, then plow plants underneath when at full flower. Not edible (bitter and pungent).

Smaller, paler flowers than French. Edible – in fact, a delicacy. Signet are not as robust as French or African: fewer blooms, a little harder to grow. Will lose blooms sooner in high heat and regain blooms later in fall. Grows best in pots.

Edible, tastes of tarragon, and also called “Texas tarragon.” The tallest, bushiest variety. Repels many garden pests. Excellent for a low hedge at far rows of garden – making an edible pest barrier.

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NOFIRE? no problem

a non-traditional fireplace, done right BY: KYLIE COOPER STYLED BY: JARRED SCHUETZE P H O T O S B Y : R A C H E L B E N AV I D E S

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used to think non-working fireplaces were extremely pointless. That is, until I moved into a home with a non-working fireplace. I had tons of ideas on how to transform this non-traditional space. Hop on Pinterest and search “decorating fake fireplaces” and you will be amazed by the amount of results. So, I figured there were others out there who might be struggling with what to do about their fireless fireplace. Here are a few of our recommendations!

Green House There is something about having an absurd amount of plants in your home that just makes you feel better. Sure, some house plants purify the air and maybe that has something to do with it, but there’s more to it. A non-working fireplace is the perfect spot to bunch your favorite plants together. By choosing plants of various heights, colors, and textures, you can create your own little greenhouse right in the living room. We paired this vintage mid-century modern magazine rack with our selection of plants and the space came together perfectly.

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Roman Chic This look will definitely cater to the simplistic bunch – you know, less is more and whatnot. Finding an assortment of vases that fit your particular preferences and arranging them inside the fireplace makes for a minimal and elegant space. We opted for these roman-esque sculpted head vases and a third vase that features the same raw textures, yet adds a pop of color through the bronze finishing up top. Artfully place your favorite stack of books and a tray of candles on top and viola: a sophisticated fake fireplace.

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What’s Inside Kaleigh Glover has always had one goal in mind: helping local artists achieve their dreams. Her latest effort, The Art Project, does just that. In an effort to put Corpus Christi artists on the map, she is putting her all into helping others.

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In the Name of ART

How a passion for art has cultivated a stronger community B Y : J E S S I E M O N S AVA I S

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ince she moved to Corpus Christi, Kaleigh Glover has been an active ingredient in the growing art scene. The Art Project, which helps local artists show their work in area shops and restaurants, is one of her main undertakings, and illustrates her passion for bringing people together in the name of art. Glover has been painting for 10 years. As we sit in her studio on a gloomy day, she begins to reminisce with me. She talks about selling her paintings under the tree at La Retama Park during ArtWalk some time ago. After graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture from TAMU-CC in 2017, she teamed up with Urbana to create their stunning chalkboard menu. Pleased with her work, she began curating monthly art shows and setting up soft openings at Urbana during ArtWalk. “It’s been a goal of mine to help put Corpus Christi on the map for art in Texas, and to help connect Corpus more to our state in that way. I’d like for it to be one day known as a destination to shop for art, like Santa Fe or Charleston,” she says. “I think with all the different artists and art galleries such as the South Texas Art Museum, the Art Department at TAMUCC, K Space, and surrounding towns like Rockport and Port Aransas, they are continuing to make that happen. By using hashtags like #CorpusChristiArt or #TexasArt on social media posts, I hope to expand the range of viewers.” Since Urbana, Glover has become the Art Curator for The Exchange and The Cosmopolitan. In partnership with the Downtown Marina District, The Art Project helps place different vendors in the various businesses. The Exchange displays four different themed art collections in each room of the restaurant. From sea-related artwork and recycled art for Earth Day Bay Day to “Surf Grotto,” an assembly of artwork that highlights the Texas surf scene created by a group of local surfers, The Art Project helps artists such as Cameron Walls, Dinah Bowmen, and more display their unique work of vibrant scenes of Coastal Bend life.

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The Cosmopolitan displays Coastal art with a modern look – like that of Jon Steel, a surf photographer who, for over 20 years, has traveled around the world taking pictures of surfing. Cat Huss, an abstract artist with an impressive collection of work that has been shown in Brooklyn, Dallas, and California, also has work up here. Her most recent series was picked up by Bed, Bath and Beyond and the originals of that collection can be seen at The Cosmopolitan. Glover and Huss also have a Coastal collaborative series at The Cosmopolitan alongside their original work. “She did all the backgrounds, and I created all the foregrounds. We used imagery from the Coastal Bend, from downtown to the Island,” shares Glover. Glover shared what a refreshing journey it has been – meeting with different artists, mix-and-matching artwork based on color, composition, and subject imagery, and also curating spaces and designing aesthetic values to match each artist to one another. “I’ve been in the same shoes, and still am, that all the other artists have been. It’s been really cool to see the other side and help this art scene grow,” she says. The Art Project isn’t just about curating, it can be anything, according to Glover. “I’ve continued to do these painting parties at Lazy Beach and Lorelei Brewery. They have been so fun, because people come and do their own paintings. I lead the class with an example painting I’ve created beforehand, and then I paint another one with the class. There’s lots of laughter, moans, and groans in between, and silence. Sometimes I have to remind people to breathe during the process, and when they see their beautiful painting, it’s great!” Glover hopes to continue serving and working with other artists in making art and merchandise with The Art Project. “Before I started, I was just another artist trying to make it out here, doing chalkboard art, murals, painting, and graphic design. It’s a hard market as a big small town. I just found there wasn’t common knowledge of the art scene and the importance art plays in a community.” The Art Project has transformed nontraditional art spaces and put artists and their work into everyday life: restaurants, apartment homes, a grocery store. The Art Project continues to grow and develop as a source of knowledge and guidance, helping artists get their art out into the world. “As far as artists go, I hope I have helped them and proven that you can show your work anywhere.”

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The idea for the Mustangs organization was born in 1988 by Rear Admiral James H. Scott, retired. An initial meeting was held at Williams Wholesale for lunch, where approximately 35-40 founding members gathered and were served the now famous meal, minus the cole slaw, which was added later. Today, the organization boasts approximately 150 members and caters about six events per year, which are chosen by the Board of Directors from a list of numerous requests. The cost of the food and all supplies are funded entirely by the individual members of the Corpus Christi Mustangs organization.

Terry Schade is the President of Casa de Oro Jewelers, serving the Coastal Bend for 40 years. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Terry served in the U.S. Army after high school. After his tour, he returned to complete his B.B.A. from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. His goal at Casa de Oro Jewelers is to sell and

create fine jewelry without the overinflated, retail prices, while treating everyone like family. Casa de Oro Jewelers has many local organizations near and dear to the heart, but few are more special than the relationship with Driscoll Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. They have been making the ‘Angel’ charms since 2005 – 100% of the proceeds go to scholarships for Driscoll Oncology patients. Today, in addition to attending to the daily operations of Casa de Oro Jewelers, Terry is a community advocate. He currently serves

on the Board of Directors for The Rotary Club of Corpus Christi and the Board of Directors for The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi – you might have tried his award-winning food at Men Who Cook, a marque fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House. He is a member of the Corpus Christi Mustangs, the Bucaraders Organization, and a graduate of Leadership CC. He and his wife, Stefany, always welcome visitors to talk ‘shop’, whether it is business or community related or just to say hello. YOU CAN FIND THEM AT

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The city motto of "Rockport Strong" came about after Rockport was devastated by Hurricane Harvey over a year ago. The beloved Coastal Bend community continues to grow stronger each day, at a very impressive rate. Hotel and condominium rental occupancy is expected to be back to 73% capacity by this summer with 95% of businesses open. Many local art galleries along Austin St. are alive and well, along with the new location of the Rockport Center for the Arts after its headquarters in an old, blue Victorian home was devastated after hurricane Harvey. Rockport has a long history of being a gathering place for artists. It was even named one of the “Top Ten Coastal Art Colony� by Coastal Living Magazine. Its local wildlife and beautiful scenery have given inspiration to many well-known artists for over a century. Today, many artists call Rockport home and have formed a tight-knit community around their art. Rockport artists encourage, inspire, and sell their art together in local galleries. The Rockport Center for the Arts has long been the hub and catalyst for local artists in the area. Along with regular exhibitions, classes, and workshops, the Rockport Center for the Arts hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Rockport Art Festival being held from July 6-7 this year. Visitors are sure to find the perfect work of art for their home or business in Rockport this summer.

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Recently, the team experienced two milestone events that deserve recognition. John Jackson was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2019 list of America’s Best-in-State Advisors. In addition, the team expanded its already considerable capabilities with the addition of Bill Wilson III, a Financial Advisor with more than twelve years of commercial and private banking experience. Please join us in wishing John continued success and congratulating him for not only his accomplishment, but his team’s dedication to its clients and community.

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15th Annual Stache Dash 5K & Kids 1K June 15th For the 7th year in a row, join in on the fun for the Stache Dash benefiting Bikes for Kids! The event features a fun 5K Run-Walk, 2 Mile Walk, and 1K Kid Run, all designed to cater to any fitness level. Every 2 Mile and 5K finisher will receive a free mustache! The event will also feature beer, snacks, and of course, will benefit children in need! Register today on the Stache Dash website.

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PRIDE Corpus Christi June 3rd - 12th The annual community celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Coastal Bend is here! This year’s week long celebration will feature a variety of events and fun for the whole family. A screening of the film, “Rocketman: The Elton John Story,” comedy night, pub crawl, a youth and adult prom, the annual parade downtown, and a huge block party to end the festivities are just a few of the events the week will feature! Head to the PRIDE Corpus Christi Facebook page for all the dates and information

Corgi Convention Corpus Christi June 15th A new event has found its way to the Coastal Bend: The Corgi Convention of Corpus Christi. This event completely revolves around the short, stumpy, fluffy butt dogs we all know and love. The event will be held at J.P. Luby Beach and everyone is invited (yes, even if you don’t have a corgi)! The event will feature a costume contest for the pups, a raffle, and more. Stop by for one epic puppy playdate and bask in the glory of all the four-legged friends!

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For the second year in a row, the Brew HaHa festival is back! The event, which will take place at the American Bank Center, allows guests to enjoy samples of the best local and regional craft beers. Pair that with comedy and it is sure to be one heck of a night! This is a 21+ event and features over 30 breweries – including some of your local favorites such as Lazy Beach Brewing, Lorelei Brewing Company, and Rebel Toad Brewing Company! Purchase tickets online now. American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

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What’s Inside When House of Rock put together their summer cocktail lineup, they knew bringing back an old favorite was a must. The Sexy Mexy features both fruity and spicy notes and is sure to cool down the Coastal Bend heat.

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Benefits of Foraging Foraging offers more than just free food. Hunting for wild food exposes you to new locales and flavors. Wild plants are local and organic and have a minimal carbon footprint. Better yet, wild plants are very high in antioxidants and many boast antiviral, antifungal, or antibiotic properties. Walking and hiking outside to pick said foods improves mood and boosts vitamin D, serotonin, and dopamine.

First-time Foragers Setting off into the wild blue yonder with nothing but a basket, pair of gardening shears, and your zest for life may seem romantic, but a foraging excursion will yield higher fruits with some advance preparation. Studying up on common edibles, such as dandelion, chickweed, thistle, or clover, is a great way to start foraging around your own yard. Delve further into foraging with a field guide, good book or guided tour from an expert or knowledgeable mentor. Before venturing off into a flower-filled meadow off I-35, remember:

- Most state and federal lands prohibit the gathering of plants unless in survival circumstances. - Gathering plants on private property is considered illegal (and most Texas landowners also carry firearms). - Avoid high-traffic areas, city parks, property lines, or industrial areas. - Choose green spaces that are free of litter, pollution, or herbicides/pesticides. - Dress in long sleeves and pants, comfortable closed-toed shoes, and a pair of heavy duty gloves for maximum comfort on a foraging foray.

Plant Identification Plants have developed incredible mimicry adaptations that are wonderful for stumping herbivorous predators, but painstaking for would-be foragers. A good rule of green thumb is to use three characteristics to successfully identify wild plants: leaf, stem, color, bloom, fruit, bark, location, soil conditions, fragrance, life cycle, or season. If in doubt, leave it behind. Harvesting edible weeds that grow around us can be an empowering, sustainable, and fun way to supplement a meal. Grab the kids and a can of mosquito spray and venture out to the beach, the plains, the woods, or even, your own backyard. Adventure (and a basketful of tasty treats) awaits. Resources: Mark “Merriweather� Vorderbruggen, 2006. foragingtexas. com. Learn more from his book, Foraging: Over 30 Tasty Recipes to Turn Your Foraged Finds into Feasts.

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the sweet heat of summer is served with a salted-rim. The House of Rock downtown – working on their line-up for unique summertime cocktails – has brought back the recurring favorite, the Sexy Mexy, and it’s a good thing we’re thirsty. This drink is a mix between fruity and spicy influences. Broken down, it can be described as a pineapple and jalapeño margarita … perfect for feeling refreshed during the hot Texas summers. The tequila that the HoR uses is infused in-house with freshly cut pineapple and jalapeño slices that soak into the liquor over a few days. This sets the heat of the jalapeño into the tequila, giving it a sweet spiciness. Roughly shaken with fresh-squeezed lime juice, orange liquor, and a house-made simple syrup, this drink is poured with a menacing freshness. In a tall, salt-rimmed cup, it is presented with a few finishing slices of raw jalapeño – which some people like to eat, too, apparently. 100 The Bend

Not surprisingly, the unique drink is one that the House of Rock has brought back summer after summer. Bar manager Britney Cook recalls this drink being around for even longer than she has. “The special thing about this drink is all the handcrafted ingredients: we could’ve gone to the store and gotten the juice, but we made it ourselves and we infused the tequila ourselves, too,” she says. “It’s also one of the only specialty margaritas that we have. We don’t have an unspicy version, but it does shock people how mild the spice is. It’s delicious, not too spicy – most people get wary about the jalapeño, but the pineapple balances it out perfectly.” Sitting at one of the barstools, while listening to good music and the AC blasting, this drink will help you escape a South Texas summer, even for just a brief moment in time. All in all, the Sexy Mexy remains a Starr Street classic.


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ANDY’S COUNTRY KITCHEN $ You will feel right at home just like eat’n in mom’s kitchen. Great southern comfort food that gets back to the basics! 5802 S Staples St, (361) 993-0251, Andyskitchen.com

ATOMIC OMELETTE & GRILL $ Omelettes are just the beginning here! Comfortable atmosphere with a flavor for casual dining and handmade family recipes. 6313 Wooldridge Rd #10, (361) 334-3942, Atomicomelette.com

CITRUS BAYFRONT BISTRO $ Enjoy casual homestyle dishes with everything homemade, even down to the pie crusts, and all with a gorgeous view of the marina. 100 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 882-2047, Citrusbistro.com

HAMLIN FOUNTAIN & GIFTS $ With bold purpose and flavor craving taste buds, they set forth a new twist on local fare and many culinary delights from islands around the globe. 3801 Staples St, (361) 853-7303, hamlinfg.com

HOEGEMEYER’S BBQ $$ Smoked fresh barbeque on a strong German heritage background and a satisfaction for something unique. South Texas barbeque that comes from the heart. 711 Concrete St, (361) 884-4227, Hoegemeyers.com

IRIE’S ISLAND FOOD $ With bold purpose and flavor craving taste buds, they set forth a new twist on local fare and many culinary delights from islands around the globe. 503 N Alister St, (361) 749-2310, Iriesislandfood.com

PADRE ISLAND BURGER COMPANY $$ Burgers, burgers, and burgers! Build it yourself or choose from their handcrafted menu. 11878 TX-361, (361) 949-3490, Padreislandburgercompany.com

POETS FAMILY RESTAURANT $ A hidden gem among life-long locals, Poets is a family style restaurant serving up a wide array of delicious home cooking. You’ll be greeted with smiling faces, laughs, and of course their complimentary chips and salsa. 4825 Saratoga Blvd, (361) 993-2170

SURFSIDE SANDWICH SHOPPE $ Dine inside or outside on the patio, and enjoy their large assortment of sandwiches and sides or have a nice cold beverage. Don’t forget the homemade desserts! 15113 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-0505, surfsidesandwichshoppe.com

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THE GLASS PAVILION $$$ Casual hotel eatery offering simple American mains and views of the sea. Did we mention they also offer a breakfast buffet? Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 2nd Floor Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 887-1600, Omnihotels.com

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The most beloved casual dive dining spot serving up the best in burgers, beer and live music. Make sure to stop by on Tuesday nights for $2 Pints! 1724 N Tancahua, (361) 884-2739, Brewsterstreet.net

FINS GRILL AND ICEHOUSE $$

Enjoy this popular gastro-pub with delicious dishes that are meant to be shared, along side a beer or cocktail of course! 3850 S Alameda, (361) 452-0907, thepostlamarpark.com

For years they’ve featured fresh seafood, 1/2 lb. Angus beef burgers and delicious chicken dishes plus a full bar. They’re also home to the “You Hook ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em” service for all the fisherman out there. 420 West Cotter, (361) 749-8646, Finsgrillandicehouse.com

TOWN & COUNTRY CAFÉ $

STINGRAY’S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL $$

THE POST $$

This down-to-earth diner serves the best in homestyle American comfort food for breakfast and lunch. 4228 S Alameda St, (361) 9920360, Facebook.com/town-country-cafe

ASIAN AKA SUSHI $$ Creative and daring rolls that work well together. The authentic Asian cuisine is made by a masterful chef with scratch recipes that will blow your mind. 415 Water St, (361) 882-885, Facebook.com/akasushidowntowncc

SANG’S IMPERIAL CAFÉ $$ Culturally dynamic décor brings an international ambiance to the atmosphere. Their commitment to the freshest food shows through from the dishes to the sushi bar. 4650 Corona Dr, (361) 808-8881, Facebook.com/imperialcafe

VIETNAM RESTAURANT $$$ Local fine dining restaurawith an extensive menu and eye catching Vietnamese culture spread throughout the dining area. 701 N Water St, (361) 853-2682, Vietnam-restaurant.com

Z COUNTER $

It is all about combining fusion concepts with the authentic flavors of famous street dishes from Asia, including Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China and more. 51220 Airline Rd #155, (361) 991-1115, z-counter.com

BAR & GRILL BOATHOUSE BAR & GRILL $$ The best thing about the Boathouse Bar & Grill is that there’s something for everyone; a mouthwatering menu, full bars with HDTVs, all on waterfront patio dining. 15241 Leeward Dr, (361) 589-9601, Boathousepadreisland.com

An industrial-chic elite sports bar that provides you ‘raving fans’ a unique dining and entertaining experience, right around the corner from the beach! 401 Beach St, (361)749-2287, Stingraystaphouse.com

CAFÉ GREEN LIGHT COFFEE SOUTHSIDE $ A true triple threat, GLC Southside features a coffee shop, full bar, and delicious bakery in a trendy, casual atmosphere perfect for gathering with friends. 3819 S Alameda St., (361) 225-4663, fillingoodbakery.com

HESTERS CAFE $ This legendary local cafe and coffee bar serves up invintive breakfast and lunch dishes with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients. 3812 S Alameda St, (361) 855-1892, hesterscafe.com

JB’S GERMAN BAKERY $ Committed to maintaining the highest German standard, every product is handmade following age-old German traditions and recipes. 15137 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-5474, Jbsgermanbakery.com

SUGARBAKERS $

Made from scratch French and European cuisine with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The perfect spot for a simple breakfast or lunch with the family. 2766 Santa Fe St, (361) 884-9541, sugarbakerscc.com

FRENCH DRAGONFLY $$$ A multitude of international backgrounds to the cuisine prepared entirely from scratch daily by the owner and culinary artist. The menu is full of unforgettable flavor profiles to satisfy any craving. 14701 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-2224


ITALIAN BELLA LUNA DOWNTOWN $$ Authentic gourmet Italian cuisine always made fresh to order in the heart of The Marina Arts District. 429 Schatzell St, (361) 887-4777, Bellalunadowntown.com

BELLINO’S $$ Comfortable and welcoming with a trattoria style authentic cuisine. You won’t find these dishes anywhere else in Corpus Christi! 3815 S Alameda St, (361) 814-8998, 523 S. Fulton Beach Rd, (361) 729-9003, Bellinostexas.com

prime cuts of meat to assure the freshest, a best tasting tacos around, Sonny’s Barbacoa is no joke. 4066 S. Port Ave, (361) 808-7711

SEAFOOD BLACK MARLIN BAR & GRILL $$$ Sit indoors, sit outdoors, see the Gulf Coast from any seat in the house while diving into top-quality coastal cuisine, live music and the best views around. 258 Snapdragon, (361) 749-4653, Blackmarlinbarandgrill.com

COSTA SUR WOK & CEVICHE BAR $$

Top notch pizza and appetizers, cold beer, cocktails, and live entertainment! Does it get any better? 511 Starr St, (361) 882-7625, Texashouseofrock.ticketfly.com

This cevicheria is a true Peruvian party on your palette. The dishes are exciting, fresh takes on traditional dishes from South America. Perfect for ending a long beach day. 15113 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 945-8303, Costasurcc.com

PADRE PIZZERIA $

GLOW $$

HOUSE OF ROCK $

For over 15 years, their famous Padre pizza dough is handmade, hand-tossed and prepared daily. 14493 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-0787, Padrepizzeria.com

PORT “A” PIZZERIA $$ Bring the kids, as this family-friendly pizzeria offers an all-day buffet, video games and draft beer. Or, order straight off the menu! 407 E Avenue G, (361) 749-5226,

TRATTORIA TADDEI $ The chef’s recipes and experience, all with a genuine Italian flavor, from his home region’s traditional cuisine passed from generation to generation over many centuries. 920 Louisiana Ave, (361) 884-4400, Trattoriataddei.com

VENETIAN HOT PLATE $$$ Quality cuisine and a quaint, yet energetic atmosphere, giving a real touch of Italy. 232 Beach St, (361) 749-7617, Venetianhotplate.com

MEXICAN HI-HO RESTAURANT $ One of the oldest, and most cherished taquerias in town, Hi-Ho’s is undoubtedly the go-to place for breakfast tacos. 3703 Morgan Ave, (361) 888-4992

LA PLAYA BY THE BAY $$ A vibrant, bi-level Tex-Mex eatery and full service bar in a contemporary, colorful space with large outdoor seating right in the heart of downtown Corpus Christi. And that view! 227 N Water St, (361) 885-7702

RESTAURANT SAN JUAN $ A down-to-earth, colorful hacienda-themed atmosphere with an extensive Mexican menu, including whole fish, fajitas, and breakfast! 410 Cut-Off Rd, (361) 749-6521

ROSITA’S TACO SHOP $ This family-owned-and-operated taco shop in Rockport serves up some of the most delicious tacos and Mexican dishes in the Coastal Bend. 402 E Market St, (361) 790-8513

SONNY’S BARBACOA $ This quaint taco shop is the place to go if you’re searching for barbacoa. Using only

From a renovated boathouse, they offer simply-cooked bistro fare using the best local seafood and produce. Bright, relaxed atmosphere with white-washed ship lap wood walls and a full bar. 1815 Broadway St, (361) 727-2644, Glowrockport.com

HARRISON’S LANDING $$ Local waterfront treasure serving up the best in casual dining, relaxed happy hour, and leisure shopping experiences. 108 Peoples St, (361) 881-8503, harrisonslanding.net

LANCE'S BLACK SHEEP BISTRO $$ A unique, trendy atmosphere that transcends age and style with a menu full of foods rich, colorful, and full of flavor. 15201 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-4819, Blacksheepbistro.net

LATITUDE 28˚02’ $$$ Contemporary dining experience specializing in tasty fresh, local seafood. Eye-catching walls that serve as a gallery space, holding colorful works by local artists. 105 N Austin St, (361) 727-9009, Latituderockport.com

LISABELLA’S BISTRO $$$ Casual coastal elegance with a family-friendly setting. The menu boasts a remarkable gourmet twist to your favorite fare, and a full bar that goes beyond just ordinary. 5009 Hwy 361, (361) 749-4222, Cinnamonshore.com

RED FISH WILLIES WATERFRONT GRILL $$ Enjoy a casual laid back evening of fine dining, there is something for all seafood lovers at Willie’s. With a vast menu and award-winning dishes, you won’t be disappointed. 322 Huff St., 361.758.9991, redfishwillies.com

ROCK & ROLLS SUSHI LOUNGE $$ At Rock & Rolls, they’re dishing out the most delectable and delicate fish from islands all over the world. Delight in a cold appetizer then “plug in” for some rolls and sashimi! 15121 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 949-1110, Rockandrollssushi.com

ROOSEVELT’S AT THE TARPON INN $$$ Gourmet dining at its finest in a beautiful Louisiana style home that sets the perfect tone for a taste of luxury. Historic background gives a unique sense of its famous visitors. 200 E Cotter Ave, (361)749-1540, Rooseveltsatthetarponinn.com

SCUTTLEBUTT’S BAR & GRILL $$ Extensive menu makes sure to have something for everyone. Food made from scratch from the dressings to the burger patties. Make sure to stop by during happy hour for drink specials. 14254 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-6769, Scuttlebuttsbarandgrill.com

SNOOPY’S PIER $ Outdoor dining experience and local harvested quality with an on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility that enables the freshness. 13313 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-8815, Snoopyspier.com

THE BOILING POT $$ Roll up your sleeves and take manners to a new level for a great Cajun experience. 201 S Fulton Beach Rd, (361) 729-6972

WATER STREET OYSTER BAR $$ Long-standing and beloved Corpus Christi landmark serving up oysters, sushi rolls and fresh Gulf seafood in a historic, brick building in the heart of downtown. 309 N Water St, (361) 881-9448, waterstreetmarketcc.com

YARDARM $$$ Savory seafood dishes with great bay view seating. Family owned gives off a special ambiance in the atmosphere as well as the entrees. 4310 Ocean Dr, (361) 855-8157

STEAKHOUSE KATZ 21 $$$ Sets the standard for premier fine dining experience. Prime steakhouse specializes in dryaged prime beef and fresh gulf coast seafood. 5702 Spohn Dr, (361) 884-1221, Katz21.com

NIKOS STEAKHOUSE $$ Committed to the motto “Great Food, Great Times. Great Experience.” Casual and elegant atmosphere that will truly exceed any steak lover’s expectiations. 5409 Saratoga Blvd, (361) 992-2333, nikossteakhouse.com

REPUBLIC OF TEXAS $$$ One of the most exclusive dining destinations in the Coastal Bend. A multi-level steakhouse offers beautiful panoramic views of the bay and exceptional dishes. 900 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 887-1600, omnihotels.com

THAI BKK THAI KITCHEN + BAR $$ BKK is brining a modern twist to the traditional Thai dishes. Their menu is filled with tasty items you are sure to love. 3850 S Alameda, Ste. 27, (361) 334-0857, bkkthaikitchenbar.com

THAI COTTAGE $$ Unique and refreshing, Thai curries meet teriyaki and Chinese dishes in a cozy red cottage. 5830 McArdle Rd, (361) 993-0777, Thai-cottage.com

THAI SPICE $$$ Family owned and operated for over 12 years, this restaurant is an intimate fixture providing curries, noodles & other traditional Thai dishes in a upscale relaxed atmosphere. 523 N Water St, (361) 883-8884

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CUISINE | T H E D I S H

ISLAND EATS

M E E T T H E N E X T B I G CO R P U S C H E F M A K I N G WAV E S O N PA D R E I S L A N D BY: EMMA COMERY

P H O T O S B Y : R A C H E L B E N AV I D E S

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owering above every other building, Schlitterbahn has long been a landmark on Padre Island. But as the waterpark makes its transition into Waves Resort Corpus Christi, the spotlight is shifting from the lazy river to the kitchen. The resort’s restaurant, EATS, is quickly making a name for itself as trendy, innovative, and completely in a league of its own. The chef behind this must-try island restaurant is Javier (“call me Javi”) Chapa, a Corpus Christi native and 2013 Le Cordon Bleu graduate who dazzled diners across the state while working at P.F. Chang’s and Big Daddy’s Barbeque before returning to Corpus to reunite with family and work at Costa Sur and, later, Island Time Sushi. This impressive career path was just the prelude to his greatest work to date: the EATS menu. “I’ve never built a menu from the ground up before,” he says. “At Island Time or Costa Sur, I was able to come up with specials, but I’ve never had the opportunity to work something like this.” His dishes combine technical expertise with delightful innovation, all while staying true to the food culture of the coast. “I’m French trained but I’ve worked in an Asian restaurant, a barbeque restaurant, a Peruvian restaurant, and then a sushi bar. So I pull from everywhere. But I also wanted to incorporate the coast.” What does this mega-fusion actually look and taste like in real life? How about mouth-watering Poke, handmade tortillas, Korean Short 104 The Bend

Ribs, Lengua Salpicon in a jicama taco shell…? Chapa’s menu is an eclectic showcase of pan-Asian, Latin American, and Coastal Bend comfort food at its finest and most innovative. It’s a love-at-first-taste kind of menu, and people are falling hard. Case in point: in a city where driving over the bridge sometimes feels like too big a commitment, EATS is drawing diners from Flour Bluff, Southside, Downtown, and beyond on a regular basis, bringing people together from neighborhoods across the Coastal Bend. With an easy laugh and broad, welcoming face, Chapa has the kind of dynamic personality that suggests he’s a natural at building community through food, but he points out that running an entire kitchen is a new – though welcome – challenge for him. “This is probably the biggest kitchen I’ve ever worked in,” he explains. “I’m running around it all day, directing the team, yelling at people...” We’re not buying that last bit. Between Chapa’s laid-back but hardworking energy and the dining room’s warm vibe, EATS is the furthest thing from “Hell’s Kitchen.” From the menu to the atmosphere, every aspect invites guests to unwind and discover something new about their old comfort food favorites. Contact: 14353 Commodore Dr. 361.589.4230 | @wavesresortcc


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Located in the lively downtown Marina District, Omni Corpus Christi Hotel offers luxurious guestrooms with spectacular views of the Corpus Christi bay. Situated along 131 miles of Texas coast, there are virtually limitless choices for water sports, including year-round sailing, swimming, snorkeling and some of the world’s best deep-sea fishing.

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HISTORY | L O O K I N G B A C K

LOOKING BACK

The entire Pleasure Pier and the Corpus Christi skyline are visible from the foot of the pier on Dec. 6, 1938.

A Thousand Feet From Shore BY: JILLIAN BECQUET

PHOTO BY: DOC MCGREGOR, CORPUS CHRISTI PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Before there was a seawall to stroll, you needed to be on Water Street to get the best view of the Corpus Christi Bay. It ran along the water, and businesses thrived with locals and visitors looking to get the most scenic view for their business meetings, meals, and hotel stays. These attractions went through two hurricanes in 1916 and 1919, so when the 1920s arrived, the city knew the area needed a major attraction to get business going again.

the opening of a new 50-table building in 1932 promised the view would provide “a delightfully cool atmosphere” for diners. The Nueces Hotel – with its zig-zagging fire escapes visible at the right side of the image – enjoyed the best views of the pier, and its guests regularly enjoyed its charter boats, dining, and fishing. It wasn’t unusual for locals working downtown to stroll the pier on their lunch breaks, or after a meeting at the Nueces Hotel.

Pleasure Pier’s 1,000-foot structure had a T-head for landing boats and one of the most popular restaurants in the area: Pier Café, located at the left side of the pier in this image. The Café’s advertisement for

Pleasure Pier went on to survive future storms, and lasted until it was dismantled for seawall construction in the late 1930s, which gave us the bayfront elevation we know and love today.

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