CASETA Members and Friends,

We are again sharing HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group's monthly newsletter and we appreciate this organization letting us know what early Texas art events and other news is taking place in the Houston area.   Please click on the link below and enjoy!  Thanks HETAG!

CASETA is partnering with the Museum of Southeast Texas, The McFaddin-Ward House and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum for two exciting outreach events in August. Mark your calendars!

In addition to the two August outreach events read more about the upcoming book, Rounded Up In Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man by Michael Grauer which will be published by University of North Texas Press in August.

Make sure you read about the wonderful Georgia O'Keefe exhibit in Santa Fe with Texas ties.  Thanks to Jack Davis for recommending it!

There are many early Texas art exhibits that are showing now or will be opening soon.  Enjoy!    
Lots of interesting early Texas art items for the Houston area and beyond!



The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art   
the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the McFaddin-Ward House  
  cordially invite you to join us on
Thursday, August 18, 2016    
       6:30 pm           
Art Museum of Southeast Texas 
  500 Main Street 
Beaumont, Texas 77701 
 for a   
 screening of       
FRANK REAUGH: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains  
along with a reception and Q & A with
producer and director Marla Fields

The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art    
and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

cordially invite you to join us
for the   
  Heart of Texas Art: VIP Event Weekend       
Friday - Sunday 
August 26 - 28, 2016
$50 per person  

Fri: Dinner reception & Tours of ETA Galleries
 Sat: Morning brunch and tour of Jose Arpa exhibition;   
afternoon bus tour of Palo Duro canyon & Amarillo sites
Sun: Guided downtown tour of Amarillo  

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum  
  2503 4th Avenue  
Canyon, TX 77701

Frank Reaugh Biography Being Published This Month  

This August the University of North Texas is publishing the first full-length biography of Texas artist Frank Reaugh, written by Michael Grauer, early Texas art scholar and longtime friend of CASETA.

According to the publisher's website,"
In Rounded Up In Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man, Michael Grauer argues for Reaugh's importance as more than just a "longhorn painter." Reaugh's works and far-reaching imagination earned him a prominent place in the Texas art pantheon."    
Exhibition at Georgia O'Keefe Museum has Texas Theme

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

April 29, 2016 - October 30, 2016
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum brings together the watercolors created by the artist during the years she lived in Canyon, Texas (1916-1918). This is a period of radical innovation and the moment when O'Keeffe's commitment to abstraction is firmly established... While she was at West Texas State Normal College (now West Texas A & M University) she taught his curriculum, which became her life-long practice.
Twenty-eight of the 51 watercolors O'Keeffe created while living in Canyon, Texas will be on view... A gorgeous catalogue will accompany the exhibition of O'Keeffe's Texas paintings... An essay by Amy Von Lintel, professor of art history at West Texas A & M University, will accompany the images. She has studied the original documents from O'Keeffe's Texas years including her letters to Alfred Stieglitz as well as University documents to shed new critical light on this productive period of O'Keeffe's life.
[from the Georgia O'Keefe Museum website]
ETA Exhibits Across Texas

2503 4th Avenue
Canyon, Texas 79015
April 9, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Jose Arpa, A Spanish Painter in Texas will be on exhibition April 9th, 2016 through September 5, 2016 at PPHM.  This will be the first major Jose Arpa exhibition since 1998 and it will showcase Arpa as one of the Texas artists who brought Impressionism to the Lone Star State.
Arpa's use of the color black reflects Spanish influences and he used this innovatively.  Another characteristic of Arpa's work is consistent off-balance compositions in landscapes.  In addition, with the mixture of many cultures and influences such as European, Mexican and American, Texas supplied Arpa with subjects found nowhere else making his work incredibly unique.

Born in Carmona, Spain,  Jose Arpa y Perea (1858-1952) began studying part-time at the Academia des Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in Seville.  He became a full-time art student by 1876, studying with the history painter Edouardo Cano. Arpa sent paintings as part of the Spanish contingent to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where Impressionism was "all the rage."

He traveled to San Antonio, in 1899, and exhibited at the San Antonio International Fair in 1900.  Afterwards, he divided his time between Mexico, Spain, and San Antonio until 1923, when he founded his own painting school in San Antonio.  Assisted later by his nephew, the artist Xavier Gonzales, he began teaching classes en plein air in Bandera, Texas, in 1926.
Arpa's paintings and his teachings impacted "Texas Impressionism" more than any artist in south-central Texas. He continued to exhibit frequently at museums and galleries throughout Texas as well as in New York and Spain. Arpa returned to Spain in 1931 and remained there until his death in 1952. [from PPHM website]

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Texas Folk Art
October 16, 2015-September 19, 2016
Texas Folk Art features the spirited work of some of the state's most original painters and sculptors, including H. O. Kelly, Reverend Johnnie Swearingen, Velox Ward, and Clara McDonald Williamson, among others. Developing their own styles, these artists were unfettered by the conventions of academic training and traditional guidelines of art making. Lively storytelling was their primary focus, and they used any pictorial means necessary to create animated narratives about working, playing, and worshipping in Texas. Because their subject matter most often derives from personal experiences, these artists created scenes reminiscent of Texas's past. Kelley, Ward, and Williamson, for instance, depicted scenes of rural life, daily chores, and family and community rituals that they recalled from their youth. These paintings are more than autobiographical memories; they are historical reminders of the state's rural past and evolving identity.
[from ACM website]

5900 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75205

This exhibition will present the work of two pioneering artists working and teaching in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s, Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) and Janet Turner (1914-1988). Corpron, working in photography, and Turner, working in painting and printmaking, both taught art education at Texas universities and came into their own maturity of style during the middle of the twentieth century. Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner explores the work of both artists made during this period of consummate experimentation. This exhibition draws entirely from holdings within the Dallas area, including Bywaters Special Collections of SMU, which holds an impressive collection of art by both Turner and Corpron.
[from MM website] 

1100 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002
July 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016
The Heritage Society (THS) is organizing This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945-1965 in partnership with Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). The inaugural exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum in 1948 was a show called This Is Contemporary Art. It was a concept, perhaps growing out of a Bauhaus approach brought to Houston by Robert Preusser, emphasizing that both fine and decorative arts should be appreciated and that art was something to bring into all aspects of life.

This was also the model for a look back at a time when Houston and the Houston art world were in transition from regional to national - era of Handmakers, a cooperative of Houston artists making things for the home.  The exhibition will use the 1948 show when Houston and the Houston art world were in transition from regional to national even international significance.  Though the art and decorative items in the earlier show were not Houston made, this time, we will be showcasing Houston art and decorative arts and furniture made and/or designed here.
[from THS website]

1902 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017
The Art Museum of South Texas has received major funding support to document and honor the life and career of 20th century American artist and Texas Modernist, Dorothy Hood. Her life and art will be profiled in an exhibition and book entitled Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/ El Color del Ser is the first major critical overview of Hood's paintings and works on paper produced from the 1930s until her death in 2000. The exhibition will fill most of the Museum. Works of art for the exhibition will be drawn from the important museums, foundations, and private collections across the country. Hood's work is in the permanent collections of over 30 major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Dallas Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
[from the AMST website]
CASETA gave funding support for the book that accompanies this exhibition.


1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701

July 8, 2016 - September 18, 2016

The renowned Southwestern painter Woody Gwyn was born in San Antonio and raised in Midland. His work can be found in private collections all over town, and in museums throughout the Southwest. Gwyn's realistic landscape paintings often play with ranges of scale, from tiny to huge. The artist lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico, and has not had an exhibition at the Museum of the Southwest in over a decade. This exhibition features rarely seen works from the Museum's permanent collection as well as several local collectors.
[from MSW website]

One Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901

July 24, 2016 - June 11, 2017

In 1998 the El Paso Museum of Art inaugurated the Tom Lea gallery devoted to the work of Tom Lea and other artists of this region from the nineteenth century to the present. Born in El Paso in 1907, Tom Lea was one of the Southwest's most prolific and respected American scene artists. Today he is well known for his work as muralist, illustrator, war correspondent, portraitist, landscapist, novelist, and historian.  As a portraitist Tom Lea enjoyed capturing the portrait likenesses of those close to him.

Taking inspiration from Tom Lea's celebrated portrait of his wife Sarah, this upcoming exhibition focuses on the special and intimate connections found between artists and models.  The majority of the women represented in the artworks had a personal association with the artists, whether they were relatives, close friends, or acquaintances. A handful of the portrayals are by female painters, including a watercolor self-portrait of Wanda de Turczynowicz Hermann (illustrated above) in which she shows herself accompanied by the tools of her craft: pigments, brush, palette, and palette knife. Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Tom Lea, Manuel Acosta, Fremont Ellis, Peter Hurd, Helen Mithoff, and Leola Freeman. Female Portraits: A Connection between Artists and Models explores how women are depicted in portraits created by someone who knew them personally. It also highlights how each work was executed with a close attention to detail in order to capture the dignity, humble character, or beauty of each subject. The portraits present in this exhibition not only describe an individual but also evoke the artist's sentiments and embody Lea's words on painting portraits: "It gives me a good feeling about my relationship to [a person] when I put down what I feel about him [or her]." 
[from EPMA website]

One Love Street
San Angelo, TX 76903
September 15 - November 27, 2016
This exhibition will feature a hallmark selection of pastel landscapes from the collection of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.
[from the SAMFA website]