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.

West Texas Mesa

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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Apr 14 2016

Our Fredericksburg Weekend Revisited

“When a filmmaker gets a standing ovation for an art documentary, you know you’re connecting with the community in the right way. Frank Reaugh’s story touches not only art lovers, but filmmakers, historians, and everyday movie-goers as well. We sincerely thank Marla Fields for the opportunity to screen Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains in Fredericksburg.”

— Chad Mathews, Executive Director, Hill Country Film Society

Shannon and GarlandIt was an honor to screen our film this weekend, but in all honestly, we think the ovation was in honor of our most special guests – Texas artist and Reaugh student, Lucretia Donnell Coke and her daughters, Carilane Newman Vieregg and Lucretia (Bonnie) Newman Pohl. Plus, there were so many art lovers and friends in the audience thanks to the huge following that Shannon Hanna of RS Hanna Gallery has within the community. Shannon was so instrumental in making the screening a success along with Chad, Amy, and Matt of the Hill Country Film Society. She was kind enough to host a weekend of events at her gallery RS Hanna Gallery's Leading Ladiesin honor of the screening;  first, with a mini-exhibition of Mr. Reaugh’s and the Donnell family art, an art talk with gallery artists Jeri Salter and Garland Weeks (seen above with Shannon), and a special tea party in Lucretia’s honor on Sunday before the screening at Fritztown Cinema.

Again, we can’t thank Shannon and her entire family enough for making the weekend extra special. And thank you to Jeri and Garland and the wonderful community of Fredericksburg and its art lovers for embracing our film.

Hill Country Screening

(Standing L to R Cari, Chad, Bob Reitz, Marla, Bonnie Rea, Below Bonnie, and Lucretia)


Mar 14 2016

More Than A Frank Reaugh Screening!

HCFS LogoFor Immediate Release: March 14, 2016

In partnership with Fritztown Cinema, the Hill Country Film Society presents their next FREE independent film series screening on April 3, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m. The fourth screening in the series in 2016 is the new art documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains (d. Marla Fields, U.S., 2015).

In addition to the special screening, RS Hanna Gallery will host a weekend of events in honor of Reaugh (pronounced Ray), starting with the city’s popular First Friday Art Walk beginning April 1, 2016.  “RS Hanna Gallery is proud to be the host of a weekend celebration of Frank Reaugh, one of the West’s most influential frontier artists,” comments gallery owner Shannon Hanna. “His haunting landscapes, rooted in early impressionism, are like the skin of a well developed thought, lyrically whole, opening to the timeless conversation of the Texas wilderness and beyond. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of honoring such iconic talent.”

Beginning on Friday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m., RS Hanna Gallery will display three generations of works by artists Lucretia Donnell and daughter Lucretia D. Coke, two of Mr. Reaugh’s favorite students, plus a pastel from her daughter Cari Newman Vieregg. Also on display, a select few of original Reaughs also from the Jim and Bonnie Pohl and Lucretia D. Coke Collection. The gallery will play host to a Reaugh lap easel, his pastels, and photos as well. Guests are welcome to come during the day and/or attend the evening’s reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk and this month’s exhibition celebrating photographer James Heupel.

On Saturday, April 2nd, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., guests are invited to meet two of the gallery’s talented artists, Garland Weeks and Jeri Salter, and hear how Mr. Reaugh has influenced their work even today.

And, on Sunday, April 3rd, the gallery will host a tea party in honor of the Texas artist, Reaugh student Lucretia Donnell Coke, and her daughters from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. In the proud tradition of the Frank Reaugh Art Club, club president Bonnie Rea will speak and make the introductions. Filmmaker Marla Fields will be in attendance to answer any questions that art and film lovers may have during the gallery events and after the screening Sunday evening.

Yellow Longhorn“We’re excited to have the opportunity to share the life story of Frank Reaugh and how he earned the ‘Dean of Texas Painters’ title,” said Chad Mathews, executive director, at Hill Country Film Society. “As a society, our mission is to create experiences that educate, inspire, and engage, and we believe this documentary will do just that as attendees come away with a greater appreciation of Reaugh and his influence on Texas artists.”

“It is the hope of our Texas filmmakers that this documentary, featuring Reaugh’s impressionistic images of the Southwest, period photographs, original music and colorful commentary from scholars, people that knew him, and the film’s narrator and singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, will finally bring deserved attention to this artist’s fascinating life,” adds Marla Fields.

Gallery events are free. Admission to the screening is free; donations will be accepted benefiting the Hill Country Film Society. Seating for the screening is first come, first serve at the Fritztown Cinema. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

About Hill Country Film Society

The Hill Country Film Festival, created in 2010 to celebrate and showcase filmmakers from Texas and around the world, quickly evolved into a non-profit organization with a broader vision. The Hill Country Film Society not only hosts the annual festival, but provides year-round independent film programming in the Texas Hill Country as well as education in the art of independent film. Its mission is to encourage discovery through visual storytelling and create experiences that educate, inspire and engage. The society relies on its sponsors and members to help achieve its mission and ensure the future of film as part of a vibrant, creative culture. For more information, visit www.hillcountryff.com/film-society.

About Fritztown Cinema

Newly licensed for beer and wine sales, Fritztown Cinema, owned and operated by Sloan Ruth, is welcoming movie fans to its location at 2254 Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg, Texas. For more information, visit www.fritztowncinema.com or www.facebook.com/fritztowncinema.

About RS Hanna Gallery

Shannon Hanna has been connecting exceptional art and collectors since 1998 in Fredericksburg first for Whistlepik Gallery for 11 years, then founding InSight Gallery with her sister in 2009 to national article fanfare. In 2011, Shannon opened RS Hanna Gallery with the philosophy to hold open a place for sharing life’s beauty with others, bringing “artist’s artists” and art lovers together. Thirty recognized artists from 14 states, Scotland, and Canada have found a home at 208 S. Llano St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. An emphasis on new, fine quality work of highly collectible artists, together with her thoughtful and attentive style to both artists and collectors alike, has marked her success with her new gallery. Experience RS “Shannon” Hanna’s passion for art, contagiously sharing that passion with others at www.rshannagallery.com.

About Frank Reaugh (1860 – 1945) and the Film

Many consider Charles Franklin (Frank) Reaugh’s oils and pastels some of the most poetic depictions of Western landscapes ever produced. A key figure in the state’s development of visual art and art education beginning in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Reaugh was also an inventor, naturalist and photographer. He affected more Texas artists through his paintings, teachings and annual sketching trips than any other Texas artist in history. While his contributions are known to historians, curators and collectors, his story is remarkably unfamiliar to the general public. Learn more about this man and his story at http://marlafields.com/frankreaugh/.

For Frank Reaugh art and photos and any film images please contact marla.fields@sbcglobal.net or marla@marlafields.com.


Feb 5 2016

Documentary Tours the Southwest – Next Stop San Antonio

Reaugh Witte Poster“Superb documentary…” Joe Holley, Columnist, The Houston Chronicle

“An extraordinary lesson in art and history…” Kevin Vogel, President,Valley House Gallery and Sculpture

“A wonderful piece of work…” Lias J. “Jeff” Steen, Film Producer

“Exemplary piece on one of America’s truly great unsung artists…” Michael Grauer, Curator of Art & Western Heritage, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this special screening in San Antonio, February 11th starting at 6:30pm courtesy of sponsors Vogt Auction and J.R. Mooney Galleries, and host The Witte Museum as sponsored by The Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series and Fund. The documentary is narrated by Michael Martin Murphey and features Reaugh’s oils, pastels, landscapes, cattle, and nature studies held in public and private collections, interviews with curators, scholars, and those that knew him, period photographs, ephemera, and original music.

Reserve your seat today by calling 210-357-1910.

Suggested donation for the Wagner Series is $5 for members and students, $10 for adults.  (See address and map here.)  Funding for The Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series is generously provided by The Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series Fund.


Jan 8 2016

Reaugh Documentary Coming to San Antonio

Witte ThumbSAVE THIS DATEThursday, February 11, 2016 for a special screening of Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains.

Join The Witte Museum for a special screening of Marla Fields’ moving documentary that vividly explores the life and work of Frank Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”), Texas’ foremost “landscape and cattle painter” and teacher and mentor of young artists across the state and the great Southwest.

Reaugh Business CardThe Witte collection features over 50 of Mr. Reaugh’s works with several on display during this special screening followed by lively Q&A from the film’s producer and director. The event begins with refreshments in the newly renovated Prassel Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Vogt ThumbThis special screening was made possible by the documentary’s generous San Antonio sponsors and art advocates Vogt Auction and J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art.Mooney Thumb Katy Alexander, Fine Art Consignment Director of Vogt Auction adds, “I had the pleasure of seeing an advance screening of the documentary and knew immediately that our San Antonio audience would love to see this work of art. The film itself goes beyond an exploration of one man’s vision and legacy—it provides a foundation for the understanding of Texas art as we know it today.”

The Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series is generously sponsored by the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series Fund. Suggested donation for the Wagner Series is $5 for members and students, $10 for adults. Reservations are required. Please call 210.357.1910. (See address and map here.)


Dec 10 2015

You’re Invited to Frank Reaugh’s Birthday Party

Reaugh Invitation 2015

It’s a Birthday Party a 155 years in the making!

The Frank Reaugh Art Club & The Dallas Public Library invites you to Frank Reaugh’s Birthday Party and to a special Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of the Documentary of Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains.

Join us Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 4:30pm at the Shirley Philipson Pollock Performance Space, 4th floor of The Dallas Library for a one-of-kind celebration in honor of Mr. Reaugh. 

See never before seen moments from the documentary and special highlights from the finished film. See and hear stories of their taping experience from several of our on-camera experts and interviewees such as George Palmer, Joe Oliver, Robert Reitz, and Bonnie Rea. Hear production and post-production stories, and as an added treat, see a special bloopers reel of all of our talent and crew.

As part of this Birthday tradition, the Frank Reaugh Art Club invites you to bring any Reaugh treasures you have and wish to show in a mini show and tell.

The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so bring your friends and family!

MAP – Dallas Library, 1515 Young Street Dallas, TX 75201


Dec 10 2015

Rounded Up in Glory!

Michael Grauer's BookComing soon, our own Michael Grauer’s book to be released in May 2016! You can actually pre-order it now here on Amazon!

To quote the description, “Rounded Up in Glory is the first full-length biography. 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”

Congratulations Michael!


Dec 4 2015

Press: Joe Holley’s Native Texan, Houston Chronicle

Read all about it here!

Houston Chronicle 11-18-15

 


Nov 28 2015

Houston Embraces Reaugh Documentary

THouston Reaugh_Posterhe Center for the Advancement of the Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) was proud to help sponsor the Houston screening of this important Frank Reaugh documentary. Marla Fields did such a wonderful job of showing the man and his work to great and well-deserved advantage. We appreciate all that she is doing to share Reaugh’s story and all that she is doing for early Texas art. 

—Tam Kiehnhoff, Chair, CASETA Board

Houstonians were not the only Reaugh fans in the audience Thursday, Novemeber 19th. Surprisingly, admirers traveled in from Beaumont, San Antonio, and Austin to see this exclusive screening. With nearly eighty-five invited guests in attendance, the documentary was enlightening to those familiar and unfamiliar in the lore of Frank Reaugh. Guests were genuinely entertained not only by the film but by the active question-and-answer session that followed.

William Reaves Family_resized“When I started this documentary, I thought it was all about Mr. Reaugh’s life story, but now I see how my personal story has changed and is changing with each event and every new friendship made during my film’s journey,” comments Marla Fields. “If not for the documentary, I would have never met Jeff and Barbara Steen and the wonderful family at William Reaves Fine Art. Not to mention, all the friends and supporters of the film throughout the years.”

We greatly appreciate our host CASETA and sponsors John and Bobbie Nau, Jeff and Barbara Steen, and William Reaves Fine Art for their continued support of early Texas art. Their prompt endorsement of our film has helped spurred even more events and sponsored screenings in the near future.

Reaugh Courtesy John Bobbie NauTexas art advocate William Reaves adds,“In this film, Marla Fields has done an incredible job documenting the life and work of one of the most significant Texas artists ever to come our way. We were so proud to have played a small role in presenting this to our Houston friends and patrons. Reaugh is such an important figure in the development of Texas art and Fields is such a talented producer that combined create a compelling art film. We just hope that the state’s larger cinema community will take notice and get behind Marla’s devoted efforts to offer this magnificent story to the larger audiences it deserves.”

The story of Frank Reaugh was begging to be told. Marla Fields poignantly captures the essence of the man and his impact on early Texas art. Reaugh is a Texas treasure that deserves to endure, and this documentary ensures that future generations of Texans will better understand the “cattle painter” and how he shaped the art and artists that followed. A wonderful piece of work.

—Lias J. “Jeff” Steen, Attorney, Texas Art Collector, Film Producer


Nov 9 2015

Houston to Host Exclusive Screening of New Documentary on Artist Frank Reaugh

 

3For Immediate Release
Contact: Sarah Foltz – 713.521.7500

Houston, Texas (November 9, 2015) – The Center for Advancement and Study of Texas Art (CASETA) is quick on the draw to present an exclusive screening of the new, full-length documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University, November 19th. Hosted by CASETA, the screening is being sponsored by Texas art advocates John and Bobbie Nau, Jeff and Barbara Steen, and William Reaves Fine Art as part of the gallery’s year-long anniversary celebration of ten years of Texas art in Houston.

Reaugh Landscape Cattle PainterAmerican artist, inventor, and educator, Charles Franklin Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”), was born in 1860 when the Great Plains was considered the “Great American Desert.” Like many early adventurers, Reaugh’s father loaded the family in a covered wagon and braved the trail down from Illinois to Texas, settling near Terrell in 1876. As a teen, “Frank” Reaugh took to the warmer temperatures and was enamored by the open range, the fine grass, and with what quickly became his favorite subject—the wild longhorn. In the early 1880s, Reaugh, never professing to being a cowboy, joined cattle entrepreneurs Frank and Romie Houston on the last of the Texas roundups. These trips earned Reaugh the distinction of possibly being the only artist to participate in, sketch, and record the cattle drives as they happened. This experience acted as the catalyst to Reaugh’s role of becoming the country’s most preeminent “landscape and cattle painter” and key figure in the development of visual art and art education in the Southwest. In 1945, Reaugh died in Oak Cliff/Dallas, Texas, and for a majority of the public, passed away into total obscurity.

Produced and directed by native Texan and one-time Houstonian, Marla Fields meticulously weaves our rich Western heritage into each milestone of Mr. Reaugh’s full life. From the Midwest to the Southwest, Fields takes viewers on an epic journey that encompasses eight decades. Since the film’s genesis in 2010, Fields and Reaugh devotees, have rallied together to fund this non-profit documentary while stimulating a new awareness for Reaugh’s many contributions. “While Reaugh is known to historians, curators and collectors, his story is remarkably unfamiliar to the general public,” comments Fields. “And, I’m so honored for the film’s first public screening to be in the city where I grew up. His is a fascinating story and I think this documentary will even surprise the most learned of Reaugh aficionados.” In this project, Fields captured and helped preserve on film over 200 impressionistic paintings, period photographs, including Reaugh’s pictures, and colorful commentary from scholars, historians, and those that knew him. Reaugh admirer and singer/songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey, adds to the film’s narrative. Born in Reaugh’s adopted city, Oak Cliff, Murphey is part of a long list of Texans that worked on the production, including editor Chuck Venable, director of photography John Dempsey, and musicians Curtis Peoples, Doug Smith, and Adam Oliver.

Reclining Cattle WRFA.002Film champion and gallery owner William Reaves adds, “We couldn’t be more pleased to co-sponsor the Houston screening of this documentary along with Texas collectors John and Bobbie Nau, and Jeff and Barbara Steen. We actually think that this film by Marla Fields is an important landmark for Texas art history, since it likely represents the first full-length documentary to address a Texas artist working in the 1800s that we are aware of. All of us who love Texas art are indebted to Marla for her diligence and leadership in developing this project, and for CASETA’s on-going support of such scholarship, as exemplified through their local hosting of this event. The new Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Rice University present the perfect venue for showcasing this important documentary about one of Texas’ most fabled artists.”

For more information on the event please call William Reaves Fine Art at 713.521.7500 or visit http://reavesart.com/. For more information on the film visit http://marlafields.com/frankreaugh/ or call 972.978.2630. Additional or larger art files on request.


Oct 22 2015

Reaugh’s Teachings – J.D. McKay

J.D. McKay Seasons TogetherLast year, I had the pleasure of meeting the talented artist J.D. McKay. His kind daughter Kristie had found our website and inquired about the film. She wanted to surprise her parents with a DVD but they got wind of the film before we could produce the final release. A longtime fan of Mr. Reaugh’s work, J.D., his wife Kathie, and his mother Virgina Brown, have kindly donated to the film and have attended several of our events in his honor. When we chatted, he mentioned how Mr. Reaugh had influenced his art, as well as Reaugh protégé and artist Reveau Bassett.

J.D. grew up in Oak Cliff on Glenfield Street—yes, across the street from the Vaughans, but that’s another story. He met Mr. Reaugh at Fair Park in Dallas, in the form of a wax figure. Frank Reaugh had passed away several years before J.D was born but this encounter, along with a visit to the Hall of State to see several of Mr. Reaugh’s pastels, made an early and lasting impression. J.D. adds, “We are all big fans. My mother use to have a frame shop and gallery in downtown Garland that she affectionately named “El Sibil.” Many times in my twenties, I made trips to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, to see the collection of Reaugh paintings. I would camp in Palo Duro Canyon with a little box of pastels and sketch until the museum opened, study Reaugh’s work all day, and then go back to the canyon to sketch until the sun went down.”

J.D. McKay 4For J.D, there’s something captivating about the vistas of the West Texas horizon that creates a longing unlike anything at Yellowstone or the Grande Tetons. And, it was Mr. Reaugh’s subtle and atmospheric style that attracted and inspired J.D. throughout his career. He feels that he is still evolving as an artist, and makes a point to learn from all kinds of art, and not just wildlife art. To see more of J.D’s art, click on this link for Southwest Gallery, and our thanks to the gallery and J.D. for sharing his story with us.


Sep 10 2015

Reaugh at Twenty

Reaugh's Allom PPHM c188037When I was researching and gathering images for the documentary, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum graciously volunteered their entire collection of Reaugh materials for review and consideration in the film. You can’t imagine! We shot and scanned over 200 paintings and sketches, photographs, and writings. While most made the documentary, there’s always those few gems that, as they say in showbiz, landed on the cutting room floor. Such was the case for this early Reaugh beauty.

Back in day, and even today, young artists will learn by copying the masters. This is one of Mr. Reaugh’s earlier works (c. 1880) likely before any formal training in St. Louis and Paris. It is a copy of an engraving by Scottish painter Thomas Allom (1804-1872) called Ben Lomond from Inveruglas (Dunbartonshire).  Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage at PPHM, Reaugh scholar and champion, and documentary interviewee adds, “Mr. Reaugh’s first exposure to art came from reproductions of paintings in popular magazines such as Harper’s, Scribner’s, and Century Illustrated. He copied engravings of paintings by Scottish painters such as Thomas Allom and Horatio McCulloch, and British artists J. M. W. Turner.  Mr. Reaugh supplied the color as the engravings were nearly always black and white.”

T Allom 1837The engraving here was published by William Beattie, M.D., Scotland Illustrated in a Series of Views Taken Expressly for this Work by Messrs. T. Allom, W.H. Bartlett, and H. M’Culloch (London: Virtue, London, 1838). Ben Lomond is one of the Scottish lakes (lochs).

Thank you again Michael for sharing this bit of history with us! And, be sure to visit the other Reaugh beauties on permanent display at PPHM. And coming soon, the documentary available on DVD! Stay tuned!

 


Sep 10 2015

Austin Exhibit Not to Missed

Frank Reaugh HRC“Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West” on view at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin through November 29, 2015

Frank Reaugh (1860–1945) is one of the Southwest’s earliest and most distinguished artists. Working in the vein of American Impressionism, Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”) devoted his career to visually documenting the immense unsettled regions of the Southwest before the turn of the twentieth century. A restless and intrepid traveler, Reaugh sketched scenes while riding with cattlemen during the height of Texas’s historic roundups, and he led annual sketch trips to some of Texas’s most spectacular and remote locations. Drawing on more than 100 artworks from the Harry Ransom Center’s collection, as well as public and private collections across the state, the exhibition showcases Reaugh’s approach to landscape painting and his mastery of the pastel medium.

Further reading at —

The Most Important Artist in Dallas History by Pete Simek

Dallas’ First Great Artist Gets His Due in Austin by Rick Brettell

Ransom Center Honors Texas Artist Frank Reaugh With a Major Exhibit by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin


Jun 24 2015

Reaugh Reviews Are In

Two words: Impressive Tribute. —John Crain, Texas History Program Director, The Summerlee Foundation

Reaugh Screening5Over a 175 people attended the private screening of the documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains, June 7th, at the Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. The screening was a small thank you to all of the contributors, both monetary and in-kind, who helped produce this film!

I loved it! Everyone who contributed to the film did such a great job. Thank you for all the work you did to make this a possibility. —Leslie Thompson, Director of Adult Programs, Sid Richardson Museum

If I, Marla Fields (producer/director), had to count the number of contributors, I would say there were at least 100+ more who couldn’t make it this afternoon. Hopefully there will be several more screenings to attend. As one patron added, “It’s the kind of film that will just get better with each viewing.”

Every American Art museum should consider showing this film! It is an extraordinary lesson in art and history and serves as excellent tribute to Frank Reaugh’s many contributions to American Art. —Kevin Vogel, President, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Reaugh Screening6It was a whirlwind for me, and I’m sure I failed to see and thank everyone! I can’t say thank you enough to my editor Chuck Venable and his better half, Kim Venable, for calming my nerves and making me feel like royalty this special day. And of course, the entire crew! What talent – they made me look so good! Don’t I know how to pick ’em! Some of the talented crew in attendance included – Adam Oliver – Music, John Dempsey – Director of Photography, Sher LaDieu – Makeup, and Chuck Venable – Editing.

What an afternoon it was for you and for Mr. Reaugh. Proof that you did good: I teared up. Thank you Marla, for your sensitive attraction to this amazing story and for righting many wrongs in our cultural amnesia.—Max Levy, Architect

Plus, to have so many of our film’s interviewees in attendance such as, Becky Lawton, Bonnie Rea, Michael Grauer, Sam Ratcliffe, Joe Oliver, George Palmer, Peter Mears, and Robert Reitz.

Being a third generation student of Frank Reaugh, the film moved me deeply by embracing the respect and awe collectors, curators, historians and artists have for Mr. Reaugh still today. —Pernie Fallon, Texas Artist & Instructor, Liberty H.S.

Reaugh Screening10Robert Reitz kicked off the event with opening remarks. Robert has been such advocate for this film, and when I say, I couldn’t have made this without him, it is true. He, along with his co-writer and researcher Gardner Smith, provided the foundation for this documentary.

Amazing research evident! Creative presentation! I learned so much and hope our students of history and art will have an opportunity to experience this gem! —Bonnie Rea, President, Frank Reaugh Art Club

To cap the evening, we added elegance with closing remarks from Bonnie Rea, President of the Frank Reaugh Art Club, the film’s largest contributor! She and the club were instrumental in getting Mr. Reaugh’s story to the big screen! And, my it was a big screen! Although he was a visionary, I don’t believe Mr. Reaugh could have ever imagined his work being seen like this. It was such an honor to portray Mr. Reaugh’s story and artwork in such a grand display!

I thought the film was marvelous! I felt like I had had a personal visit with Mr. Reaugh, and taken a tour of his life and his art. —Julie Travis, Librarian

Reaugh Screening14Special thanks goes out to Brad Sharp, filmmaker and photographer of New Heart Digital, for capturing this special event for us! It was fun to see everyone and equally fun to hear feedback on what part of the story seemed to touch which viewers the most.

I was quite impressed by the film’s ability to show Mr. Reaugh’s feelings for Josephine Oliver, both before and after she married Olin Travis. It was a very touching story. —Scott Chase, Oak Cliff Resident & Early Texas Art Collector

What’s next? We need your help with publicity and distribution! Be it with donations for duplication or with networking! Perhaps you may want to sponsor a future screening? Please let us know if you wish to help spread the Reaugh gospel by contacting us here.

Finally, a documentary film on American artist Frank Reaugh. Marla Fields has poured her heart and soul into telling Mr. Reaugh’s story on film. Now it remains for film festivals, public institutions, and public television, to air this exemplary piece on one of America’s truly great unsung artists and historical figures. Perhaps Texas itself might right this wrong by taking the steer by the horns?—Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art & Western Heritage, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum


May 28 2015

Celebrating Kindness!

For all of our film’s donors, both monetary and in-kind— Do you have your tickets yet?

Over the past five years, so many have given so much to help make this documentary a reality. As a thank you, we are having a private screening of the full-length film at the Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The screening is set from 4:00 p.m., doors open at 3:30, with a brief Q&A afterwards.

Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains is currently working the film festival circuit and therefore, tickets can’t be sold, but if you can’t wait, donations can still earn you seats at this private screening.

For those that believed in this project and gave to the cause, you should have received your invitation and information to securing your tickets via a personal invitation via email. If you haven’t received your invitation via email check your SPAM or by all means, click the tab Contact above and let us know.

Tickets are general seating and we encourage you to sit in the center section to start. Refreshments are available for purchase at the theater’s concession stand. Dress is casual. And a warning – allow time to park. For more information on parking visit this link or see this Google map for more details on parking dos and don’ts.

Thank you all for your kindness and see you at the celebration June 7th!

Producer/Director

Marla