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.

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

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.

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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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)

Dec 4 2015

Press: Joe Holley’s Native Texan, Houston Chronicle

Read all about it here!

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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

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!