Apr 16 2019

Reaugh Party to Leave on Sketching Trip Out West

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00 PM, at the Turner House in Dallas, Texas, the Frank Reaugh Art Club, along with the Texas Art Collectors Organization, will be revealing the destination of six sets of Frank Reaugh pastels to be donated to six museums in West Texas where Reaugh loved to sketch the open spaces and the amicable longhorns. The chosen museums will remain in suspense and won’t discover which gift of framed art they will receive until their name is drawn from a hat during the event.

This year the Board of Directors and Advisors of the Frank Reaugh Art Club decided to share the club’s 38 small pastels with Texas museums committed to preserve Mr. Reaugh’s legacy. The museums are San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, The Grace Museum in Abilene, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Old Jail Art Center in Albany, El Paso Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Big Bend Alpine.

For many years, the art was in club scrapbooks until Mrs. T. L. Tipton, club president from 1941-1943, donated the works to the organization for proper framing and preservation. Recently, current club members acquired a professional conservator to assess the sketches, divide them by artistic value, and conserve them for a Texas “museum-with- curator” home in mind. Bonnie Rea, President of the club adds, “We hope by sharing these pastels by Mr. Reaugh, they will inspire a renewed interest in his vision of recording the simple and complex beauty of nature.”

In 1876, Reaugh’s parents loaded young Frank and his adopted sister Mary in a wagon and ventured south from Morgan County, Illinois to Kaufman County, Texas. Settling near Terrell, Reaugh took to the warmer temperatures and was enamored by the very fine grass and meandering longhorns. Around 1890, he and his family moved to Oak Cliff, Texas where his home and studios, The Ironshed and El Sibil, were a base for his art, teachings, and popular cultural events. For decades, Reaugh gave private lessons and taught in public schools, which soon gave way to memorable, summer sketching trips spanning over more than 30 years. Throughout his career, Reaugh continually promoted the arts in Dallas. The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts was formed in Frank Reaugh’s Lake Cliff studio, and many Frank Reaugh Art Club meetings were held at the historic Turner House at 401 N. Rosemont Avenue where the ceremony will be held. Space is limited and reservations are appreciated at reaughclub@gmail.com.

Jan 28 2019

Frank Reaugh Returns to Highland Park Gallery

UPDATE – We can’t thank Highland Park Library for having us out on a chilly rainy Saturday, but for those in attendance, we think seeing Reaugh’s story brightened their day. We especially enjoyed talking to folks afterwards. We met some relatives of Reaugh’s students and found these connections fascinating. We hope to share the story of one student, Fay Lively Porter, soon. Our thanks again to Holly Russell and the entire Highland Park Library team! It was gift to screen his story in one of his favorite locations.

Original Post – Once home to the Highland Park Gallery, Frank Reaugh’s documentary will screen at the Highland Park Town Council Chamber, March 2nd at 2:00 PM. Admission is FREE but seating is limited so reserve your seat today by calling 214-559-9400.

Nov 9 2018

A Larger-Than-Life Tribute to Frank Reaugh

On November 17, 2018, Historic Downtown Terrell plans an afternoon celebration dedicated to Terrell resident and Texas artist Frank Reaugh with the unveiling of the completed giant 96-foot mural by Texas artist Charlie Bullock, city ribbon cutting, and a screening of the documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains.

Save the Date and Time — Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM starting on the North side of Terrell City Hall at 227 N. Adelaide. The hour-long screening of the documentary will begin approximately around 4:00 and 4:15 inside Council Chambers close by at 201 E. Nash. The entire event is free and open to the public.

You may want to even plan a day of it as Terrell’s Mural Project, an on-going endeavor to portray the history of Terrell through art, and visit all ten murals throughout Historic Downtown Terrell. Take a peek at www.MuralsofTerrellTx.com for more information and locations.

Aug 10 2018

Tonight is the Night – September 6th

Jul 5 2018

The Texas Red Bugs are Biting

~ Frank Reaugh, May 7, 1905

“As to the sketch trip, I believe we can manage it all right if you think you can spare a couple of months at any time this summer. I mentioned June or July because that would be the earliest that I could get off, and also, I had an idea that mid-summer was your dull season as it is mine. By that time the red bugs have gone into business and all the Dallas people that have money hunt a higher latitude. Any way they keep off the grass. While Sept. and Oct. are good months to teach, they are also good for sketching, the best in the year in fact, and I hope we can arrange to be out then.”

A favorite, this excerpt was taken from a letter written to Mr. Reaugh’s protégé and long-time friend, Louis Oscar Griffith (L.O.), some 113 years ago.

Oh, the chiggers—some things never change!

Speaking of bites, we’ve got a big one for this Fall but we can’t divulge the exciting news at this time. We know you’re itching to find out, but dab some apple cider vinegar on them, and stay close to this site, our Facebook Page, or Twitter.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the play on words!

Dec 12 2017

A Frank Reaugh Celebration

The Frank Reaugh Art Club will we having its Annual Meeting and Birthday Celebration in the Ohara Room on the 7th floor of the downtown Dallas Public Library on Saturday, December 30th from 11:30 until 1:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

FRAC was founded in 1922 to celebrate the life of Frank Reaugh (born December 29, 1860) and to encourage artistic endeavors. Bonnie Rea is the president and will chair the meeting. Historian, Bob Reitz, will tell how Reaugh’s legacy insipired a children’s book, an un-published novel, and the beginnings of a play.

The highlight of each meeting encourages anyone either to bring and talk about any material relating to Frank Reaugh or any similar artist of his times.

Also on display, see Frank Reaugh’s painting, “Scene on the Brazos” in the hallway of the the newly renovated 7th floor. In front of the Ohara Room, will be an exhibit on the life of Reaugh drawn from materials in the Dallas/Texas archives curated by staffer, Adriane Pierce.

The celebration is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

The library is a located at 1515 Young Street (75201) across the street from Dallas City Hall. Free underground parking is accessed on Wood Street behind the library.

Let’s end the year on a high note by celebrating together all forms of Early Texas Art!

Nov 29 2017

A Time to Sit and Watch the Leaves Turn

With hundreds of Frank Reaugh paintings in the documentary, it would be impossible to pick a favorite but this one comes close. Courtesy of our friends at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK this Reaugh beauty is called Resting.

Happy Fall Y’all!







See more Reaughs and the enitre Gilcrease collection by clicking here.

Jun 20 2017

The Texas Aesthetic XI Hosts Frank Reaugh Documentary July 1st

Reaves FoltzFrank Reaugh documentary screening wraps this year’s The Texas Aesthetic XI on Saturday, July 1st 2:30 to 4:00.

For the last eleven years, the gallery has curated an end-of-season finale investigating the abiding attributes of great Texas art, posing the perennial question for all who care: “What makes Texas art, “Texas” art?  The Texas Aesthetic series has been the gallery’s effort to engage viewers in an examination and celebration of the long tradition of Texas painting.  By showcasing the content and style of a select group of contemporary Texas painters, we have attempted to not only convey the excellence of their present work, but also to rouse a greater reflection upon past progressions of our state’s visual arts fortunes… all of this to call attention to the rich artistic legacy which we hold as Texans. [Read more…]

Feb 8 2017

SMU’s Meadows Museum to Screen Frank Reaugh Film

Blanco Canyon.001

UPDATE: We have a packed house planned for Thursday! All seats have been spoken for. If you feel lucky, you can stop by to see if there is a no-show, but we can’t make any promises there will be an extra seat – sorry!

On March 30, 2017, starting at 5:30pm, SMU and the Meadows Museum is honoring our Frank Reaugh documentary with a special screening as part of their Clements Center Evening Lecture Series.

It is fitting to be screening at the University since SMU was a key contributor to the film in several ways. SMU’s own Sam Ratcliffe, head of the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections in the Hamon Arts Library, is one of twelve interviewees featured in the documentary. And, SMU was a contributor to the film with the loan of several historical images from the extensive SMU Digital Collection including this painting of Blanco Canyon (seen here.) Another interviewee and student of Frank Reaugh, Lucretia Donnell, earned her degree in Art and Education from SMU along with several other Reaugh students such as Alexandre Hogue and Florence McClung, also discussed in the documentary.

The screening and parking are FREE and open to the public, general seating. The Museum is asking that you please register as soon as possible at this link to assist with seating.

This special screening is co-sponsored by SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Hamon Arts Library, the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Library, and the Meadows Museum.

Register to Attend!

Date and Time

Thu, March 30, 2017

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT


Meadows Museum

5900 Bishop Boulevard

Smith Auditorium

Dallas, TX 75205

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Dec 22 2016

Frank Reaugh: Landscape and Cattle Painter

Reaugh Landscape Cattle PainterThe Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) in Denton, TX has invited yours truly, Marla Fields, to speak and share highlights from the documentary, Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains, to members and guests on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The presentation is free to members and only $3 for guests and the general public. The event will take place at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, at the corner of Hickory and Bell.

Frank Reaugh was more than an artist. He was a teacher, mentor, naturalist, photographer, inventor, and most of all, a visionary. In this special program called Frank Reaugh: Landscape and Cattle Painter, we will explore these many aspects of Professor Reaugh’s career and character while highlighting special moments from the full-length documentary.

You can read more about the event and VAST at this link here.

About The Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) –vast

Organized in 1975, VAST is based in Denton, Texas, and functions as a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to supporting artists and art lovers. VAST is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service and donations to VAST are tax-deductible.