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.


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