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Issue: #14 September/ 2010
Ali James,
 Board Chair
Ali James

As my year as Board Chair comes to a close at the end of August, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my opportunity to be a part of this great organization.
Having spoken at the 2003 Symposium and serving on the advisory committee, I was well aware of CASETA's history and mission. When former boss and mentor Bonnie Campbell asked me to serve on the Board in 2007, I was happy to oblige. I enjoyed working with fellow Board members and acting as an enthusiastic advocate for early Texas art.
If I could use only one word to describe my year as Chair, it would be "transition." We received notice from Texas State University last September that the University has very acute needs for additional space and cannot afford to provide space to CASETA. That launched a year with a focus on Strategic Planning for the future of the organization. Houston rolled out the red carpet for the annual Symposium in April with many living early Texas artists joining us for a once-in-a-lifetime book-signing event. And finally, also in the Spring, CASETA Director Courtney DiSabato tendered her resignation effective August 31, 2010.
After much hard work from the Strategic Planning Committee in reviewing all viable options, I am pleased to note that CASETA will now be administered via Madeleine Crouch of Madeleine Crouch & Co. Inc. Madeleine and her team of professionals have a long and proven record in managing not-for-profit arts groups like ours. I have no doubt that the Board will work tirelessly with them to ensure that CASETA reaches every possible potential next year and beyond. Contact information for Madeleine is below.
I leave the CASETA Board of Directors knowing that the organization is in good hands with Stephen Alton as chair, Francine Carraro as Vice Chair, Mark Kever as Treasurer and David Spradling as Secretary.  My thanks go to each of you as you guide CASETA into the next fiscal year. To all current and future Board members, I wish you every happiness and thank you for your dedicated service.
In closing I urge all CASETA lovers to mark your calendar for April 15-17, 2011, when the annual Symposium will be held in Dallas. I am already looking forward to another great weekend enjoying all that early Texas art has to offer.
Best wishes,
Ali James
FY 2010 CASETA Chair

New Contact Information
c/o Madeleine Crouch & Co., Inc.
14070 Proton Rd. Suite 100, LB 9
Dallas, TX 75244-3601

Phone  972/233-9107 ext. 204
Fax  972/490-4219 or

Save the Date
  9th Annual Texas Art Fair and
Symposium on Early Texas Art
April 15-17, 2011
Sheraton Dallas Hotel

Details will be posted at as they are available.
2011 Symposium: Call for Proposals
Submit your ideas for Symposium Sessions  
Have an idea for a great session related to early Texas art?  Heard an excellent, engaging speaker who might like to speak at the CASETA Symposium?  Or perhaps you would like to speak at the Symposium yourself?  We want to hear from you.

Click here to learn more about submitting your ideas or making a proposal and to download the Session Proposal Form.
Please submit one form per session idea, but feel free to submit as many ideas as you like.  The Symposium Committee will review all submissions, and then make session selections to ensure a well balanced program.  Any session proposals not utilized this year will be saved and forwarded to next year's committee for review. 

Your comments, suggestions and ideas are important to us. 
Member Spotlight
Cherry A Houston Modernist Writes Home: Two Letters From Emma Richardson Cherry To Her Daughter In the 1920's
by Randolph K. Tibbits

Part 2: Mrs. Cherry's Paris Spree
In 1925 Emma Richardson Cherry embarked on what seems to have been her seventh trip
abroad. Though she went abroad often for a woman of her day, even one in the upper-middle class, it had been 13 years since her last trip. World War I had largely halted
European travel by non-military Americans, Cherry included, for many years. Even after the disruption of war had ended, personal circumstances intervened to keep her on the
American side of the Atlantic.

By 1925 she was eager to renew her acquaintance with Europe and with Paris in particular. This trip would not be her last: she went abroad again in 1928 and 1930, and may have done so even later. Judged by the quantity and the content of the letters she sent home, however, her 1925/26 trip appears to have been one of her most productive in terms of both artistic development (always a prime motivation for her travel) and

She departed New Orleans in mid-June on the ship La Salle, and landed at Le Havre in the late afternoon of June 28, 1925. Clemens Tanquary Robinson, called Clemmie Tan
by Cherry, who would be her companion for much of the next year, was there to meet her.

Through July and August the two painted in Brittany, first in Guerande, then in Batz-Sur-Mer and other towns in the salt-producing regions along the south coast.

They arrived in Paris by September - the Paris of Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald; of La Revue Negre, Josephine Baker and L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifset Industriels Modernes, from which the term Art Deco derived; of Dada, Surrealism and a raft of other innovations in art. It was an exciting time and place for an artist, and Cherry plunged in. She studied with the cubist painter Andre Lhote (also L'Hote), went to galleries and museums, and made or renewed contact with European and American friends and other artists, including Sonia Delaunay. She also had an active social life with other Houstonians who, like her, were taking advantage of the favorable exchange rate that made Paris appealing to so many Americans in the Roaring Twenties...

Click here to continue reading from the CASETA website, including footnotes and images.

Click here to read Part 1: Mrs. Cherry's Red Letter Day

Image: Cherry, 1925
Early Texas Art Across the State
Current Lectures, Exhibits and Events

Early Texas Art Events

Tone Poems: L.O. Griffith's Texas Landscapes
Sunday, September 19, 2-4pm
A Lecture by Rebecca Lawton, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum
Tyler Museum of Art

Hari Kidd: The Entrepreneurs of War
Sunday, September 19, 2pm
A Lecture by Cita Schuster, local expert on Hari Kidd
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso

Texas Regional Art Symposium
Saturday, October 9, 9:30-5pm
Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Heard-Craig Museum
This year's event will focus on the lives of women artists working in Texas during the first half of the 20th century. Symposium Curator, Annie Royer, states that "In small towns and urban centers, women artists had a vision for a cultured community that led them to create, educate, collect and collaborate. Important research and dedicated collecting continues to spread awareness of the artistic contribution of these women. Their story sheds light on the role gender played, and continues to play, in the arts."

Texas Art Collectors "Show and Sell"

Saturday and Sunday, November 13 & 14, 11am-6pm

Flatbed Press
2830 East MLK Boulevard, Austin, 78702
An intimate and informal opportunity to view and purchase early Texas art from dealers and collectors from the Austin and San Antonio area.
Contact for more information.

Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences
Friday, January 28, 6-8pm
Opening reception and lectures by Randy Tibbits and Katie Robinson Edwards
Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Texas Medal of Arts Awards
February 28 & March 1, 2011
Presented by the Texas Cultural Trust Council

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions of Early Texas Art

Summer Remodeling Sale!
William Reaves Fine Art

Ten in '10
September 18- January 30, 2011
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

Texas Art, Past and Present
Opening November 7, Ongoing
Farmer's and Merchant's Gallery
Pilot Point

Hari Kidd: The Entrepreneurs of War
Through November 29
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso

7th Annual Reflections of Texas Art Show
Opening reception: Sunday, September 12, 2-6pm
September 12-21
Central Texas Oil Patch Museum

L.O. Griffith: Painting the Texas Landscape
September 19- January 2, 2011
Tyler Museum of Art

Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary
January 14- March 24, 2011
Art Museum of South Texas
Corpus Christi

Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences
January 29- April 3, 2011
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Thank you for your interest in early Texas art!  I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of you during my time with CASETA.  The last three years have been a wonderful time of learning and growth.  I look forward to seeing you out and about at some of the fabulous Texas art events going on this Fall. 
Courtney DiSabato
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