Sep 6 2016

AMoA Hosts Special Frank Reaugh Program September 29th

AMoA Exhibit.001A special light shines on the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) with their current Frank Reaugh exhibition on display through November 6, 2016. Alex Gregory, Curator of Art, comments, Light on the Plains: Frank Reaugh Pastels from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is a rare opportunity to view 65 small-scale pastels and marvel at Reaugh’s exquisitely minimal use of material. Reaugh adeptly rendered the landscape and its inhabitants [the flora, fauna, and occasional longhorn cattle] with an incredible attentiveness to light, and sensitivity to color, within this ever-changing harsh and vast Great Plains region.”

To celebrate the exhibit’s muse, AMoA and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum have teamed together and invited us to screen our documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains after museum hours on Thursday, September 29th beginning at 6:00 pm. Also in attendance, guests will have the opportunity to hear Michael Grauer, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Dr. Grauer recently completed the first full-length biography on Mr. Reaugh, Rounded Up in Glory, is featured in the Reaugh documentary, and will lead a roundtable discussion with the museum’s curator, Alex Gregory, and the film’s producer and director, Marla Fields, after the screening. The evening will conclude with a book signing in the gallery and an opportunity to view the Reaugh exhibit.

F Reaugh PPHMGrauer adds, “The innumerable small pastels…are the true jewels of Frank Reaugh’s oeuvre. For in each of these small masterpieces, mostly completed out-of-doors, Reaugh’s special relationship with the West is mingled with each stroke of the pastel. And this mixing of a part of himself with his medium gives each pastel a sparkle and a life which resulted from the spiritual communion between Frank Reaugh and his chosen arena of worship: the landscape of the Southwest.”

The event is free for WTAMU Faculty/Staff/Students, Amarillo College Faculty/Staff/Students, AMoA Members, and PPHM Members. $10 for non-members. Please R.S.V.P. at this link or call 806.651.2242.

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Special Program: September 29, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: 2200 South Van Buren
Amarillo, Texas 79109-2401
Phone 806.371.5050
Fax 806.345.5682
Weekends and event evenings 806.371.5392
Email amoa@actx.edu
www.amarilloart.org


Sep 1 2016

Headin’ Back to “Hub City”

festval-logo-squareFrank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains is hitchin’ up the wagon and headin’ back to Lubbock, Texas for the Flatland Film Festival.

logo-dark_no-buildingWe are so honored to be selected to start Saturday’s full day of full-length movies at the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) on October 8, 2016, beginning at 11:30am. The festival begins on Thursday, October 6th and kicks off a special weekend of film and art as the three-day festival coincides with the ever-popular First Friday Art Trail.

Poster Flatland Temp 2b.002This is not our film’s first trip to Lubbock. Back in December 2013, we were invited to present a preview of the documentary by art champions Camille Scioli Chambers and Charles Adams at his gallery. (Read the recap here.) Camille and Charles introduced us to many Reaugh fans who were happy to learn about the film and now eager to see the completed story.

The documentary shares several other key connections with Lubbock as well. A substantial amount of the music heard in the film was contributed by local composer and musician Curtis Peoples. (Read more here.) Some may know Curtis from his role as the Archivist at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. “Cicada”, one of Curtis’ songs in the film, was recently selected for the new release “Lubbock Music Now 2016”. Curtis introduced us to Michael Martin Murphey, iconic cowboy singer and songwriter, Reaugh fan, and our film’s narrator that we recorded with Scott Faris at the ever popular Amusement Park Recording Studio in Lubbock. The documentary was also honored with music from West Texas pianist and composer, Doug Smith. His song “The Hartz Horizon” is the perfect close to Frank Reaugh’s tribute. We were hopeful to thank Doug in person at the screening but we are saddened to say he passed away suddenly in June before seeing his contributions in the film. He too was a big Reaugh fan.

reaugh-on-the-road-c1890sReaugh was more than an artist. He was an educator, photographer, inventor, and naturalist that sketched and painted the West Texas plains during the cattle drives of the nineteenth century and into the early 1900s before progress took over the reigns. His art classes soon gave way to memorable, summer sketching trips spanning more than thirty years, often times into Lubbock’s own backyard. First, by mule, horse and wagon, and later by automobile, he traveled into the great plains and beyond painting vistas such as Palo Duro Canyon, Tule Canyon, Quitaque Peaks, Medicine Mound, and Caprock Canyon, all of which are featured in the film. The documentary features Reaugh’s oils and hundreds of pastel landscapes and nature studies held in public and private collections, a student interview, commentary from curators and gallerists, period photographs, ephemera, and music. Once you see this story and his artwork, you will never look at West Texas the same.

And, as an added treat, the National Ranching Heritage Center, on the campus of Texas Tech University at 3121 Fourth Street, is currently hosting an exhibition of 120 works comprising Frank Reaugh: View from the Easel. Art lovers and filmgoers are welcome to attend the opening reception to be held on Saturday, October 8th from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

To see the complete lineup of exceptional films visit the Flatland Film Festival website to learn more. Our film is FREE but several films require a badge or tickets, but a badge is only $30 for all the films and receptions. See you there!

Did you know? Lubbock is sometimes called the “Hub City” because it is surrounded by five major highways, giving it the appearance of a hub on an old wagon wheel.

Aug 31 2016

A Must See For All Art Lovers

Beaumont Screening.001Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains is a true gem and art historical treasure – featuring the life and story of one of our state’s greatest artists. Through her documentary, Marla Fields has managed to tell Mr. Reaugh’s story in both a fascinating and educational sense, enlightening audiences and giving fresh voice to this piece of our past. This is a must see for all art lovers, Texas art collectors and history buffs – as well as emerging documentary filmmakers!”

—Sarah Beth Wilson, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

Beaumont Screening.002The beauty of making a documentary is that, with each community screening and viewing, you affect change. And it’s champions like The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the McFaddin-Ward House Museum, and the Center for the Advancement of Early Texas Art that made the Beaumont screening a success. We met some of the most appreciative audience members during this event. During the credits, one lovely lady, jumped up to leave, or so I thought! But to my surprise, she wanted to hug me, the producer, to thank me for sharing this story. McFaddin-Ward Curator Allen Lea, who had joined us for a screening earlier in Houston, also confessed how he has become “obsessed with Frank Reaugh” and was excited for his membership to see the film.

Beaumont Screening.003The discussion after the event quickly passed and we want to say thank you again to the AMSET family for hosting the event, specifically Executive Director Lynn Castle, Sarah Beth Wilson, and Andy Gardner. Special thanks to Allen Lea and his McFaddin-Ward team. As a side note, Allen kindly gave me a tour of this historic property during the rain. Believe me, this tour is a must see on your bucket list next time you are in Beaumont! Thank you to CASETA for their continued support. And to our audience, thank you for being fans of and for supporting the arts!

—Marla Fields, Producer and Director


Aug 5 2016

The First Great Plein Air Artist…

Howard Picks Reduced.003Can you imagine yourself making a journey lasting from two weeks to two months in an open air vehicle with a rigid suspension system, accompanied by a dozen other people sitting side-by-side on hard bench seats and traveling over dirt roads and rugged terrain?

This is the opening sentence to a delightful story written back in 2014 for the Standard-Times by Howard Taylor, Director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. He vividly imagines what it might be like to ride along with Mr. Reaugh on one of his annual summer sketching out West in the early 1900s. The story also recalls Mr. Reaugh’s personal journey, his students, and contributions.

Thank you Howard for sharing your article with our Reaugh fans. To add to Howard’s story, we’ve added some photos and art from our archives, largely from the Jim and Bonnie Pohl and Lucretia D. Coke Collection. 

Click here to read the complete story entitled The First Great Plein Air Artist of Texas Created a Legacy that is Alive in Our Community Today by Howard Taylor.


Jul 15 2016

Rounded Up in Glory!

Michael Grauer's Book “Certainly, there is no one more qualified than Michael Grauer to author a signal publication on this artist.”

—William Reaves, Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art

Rounded Up in Glory is the first full-length biography written on Frank Reaugh. Michael Grauer makes a case for Reaugh’s importance as more than just a “longhorn painter.” His works and far-reaching imagination earned him a prominent place in not just Texas, but in American art!

Congratulations Michael! Order yours today.


Apr 27 2016

In Memory of Little Creek

Lucretia Donnell Coke Interview 1A screening doesn’t go by without several people telling me how wonderful Lucretia Donnell Coke (March 28, 1917 – April 27, 2016) is and how she’s definitely the star of the documentary. I knew this would be the case when we first met and sat down back in October 2010 to record her memories of her friend and mentor Frank Reaugh. I didn’t know Lucretia long, but I imagine throughout her entire life, she was stealing the scene. She had this magnetic personality, and once you caught her smile, you wanted to be near her —shoot, you wanted to be her. She led an incredible life. Her children, Carilane Newman Vieregg, Lucretia “Bonnie” Newman Pohl, and Earl Donnell Newman share her story in this full tribute. (Please click this link or the sunset photo to the right for the full story and service information.)

Tea PartyJust recently, (April 3rd) we were blessed to sit down and visit with Lucretia and her daughters at our recent screening at the Hill Country Film Indie Series in Fredericksburg, TX. Shannon and the leading ladies of RS Hanna Gallery threw a wonderful tea party in Lucretia’s honor.

She was glowing as she reminisced about Mr. Reaugh, her art, and family. All day she would thank everyone for all we were doing for her and for sharing Reaugh’s story, but we were the thankful ones. She was more than Mr. Reaugh’s student. She was his protégé, friend, and champion of his legacy.

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We will miss you little “Creek,” a nickname as a child from her camp days and sometimes signed on her beautiful artwork. She was also our “Lady Maximus” in Mr. Reaugh’s club for little girls, the Striginians. To us here, she will always be our “Superstar Lucretia,” who we will miss dearly.

Tell Mr. Reaugh, or as you called him dear Lucretia, “Ursa Major” howdy for us!

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