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

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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.

Dec 21 2016

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Mr. Reaugh’s Birthday

birthday-invite-2017-001Since its inception in 1922, the Frank Reaugh Art Club has celebrated the “Dean of Texas Artists” on his birthday and this year is no exception.

Please join the celebration Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Dallas Public Library at 1515 Young Street on the 7th floor in the O’Hara Hall.

Join Club President Bonnie Rea and Club Member and
Speaker Robert Reitz as they share Reaugh Highlights from 2016. The Dallas History and Archives Staff will also discuss the recent renovation of the 7th Floor and discuss some of the materials in the Frank Reaugh Art Club Collection on display.

The event is free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring any Frank Reaugh treasures they wish to show to attendees.

Dec 8 2016

Nobody Loved Texas Like Frank Reaugh;

dallas-news-picLatest news from the Dallas News from Frank Reaugh friend and fan William Murchison – read it here.

The article begins—

He was a painter who knew what he was about, and, better still, why. 

“I like to be where the skies are unstained by dust and smoke, where the trees are untrimmed and where the wildflowers grow,” wrote Charles Franklin Reaugh (1860-1945), toward the close of a half-century-long career spent gratifying that love affair”…


Sep 6 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.