The Horlock Gallery will be closed this weekend, Spet. 23-24, for Texas Reds. We will be at the festival happening in Bryan. See you there, thanks
NAVASOTA, Texas – It worked. Made from a collapsible pet kennel, I drove the new portable darkroom to a secluded country road to make a test image. I am working with paper negatives. It took about twenty minutes to set up and breakdown. It was scorching hot inside. However, I’m excited. This brings me one crucial step closer to crafting tintypes and ambrotypes anywhere. Maybe a tour of Grimes County or the entire Brazos Valley will happen next. We’ll have to wait and see.
NAVASOTA, Texas, 2017 – My folks and I left Austin to photograph the countryside of East Texas in November 2014. However, heavy traffic jammed the highway at Bastrop. We discussed turning back, decided to keep going, and reached Navasota at last light. While admiring the P.A. Smith Hotel on Railroad Street during the golden hour, a friendly lady said hello. “If you’re looking for something to photograph, there’s a beautiful railroad bridge located to the north.” We drove in circles trying to find it and came away empty. However, I returned in 2017 as a resident artist at the Horlock House with a trestle on my mind.
Thank you to City Hall and the Navasota Garden club for keeping the Horlock House beautiful! The trees blocking the house have been removed, and the lovely ladies from the garden club are working on cleaning up left over debris from Harvey. And we have new art up on the walls! Open Wed-Sun. 9-6
NAVASOTA – As Hurricane Harvey landed on the Texas Coast, we gathered essentials, moved the gallery’s open sign inside and watched the news. Outside of the Horlock House, rain fell for three days. The corner grocer sold out of milk and bread. The Navasota river flooded, and the Brazos breached at Highway 105. However, we emerged unharmed.
Navasota has a big heart. Residents donated supplies, took boats to Houston and restored my faith in neighbors helping strangers. During the storm, surrounded by half-submerged houses at night, News Channel Two filmed an Anderson man pushing a boat to rescue stranded Houstonians. When asked why, he said, “I just want to help; it’s the right thing.”
So I recently got the opportunity to teach K-6 art at KOR education school in College Station. It was my first time teaching art, but it was actually really fun! It was exciting to see what the kids were making and watch them use their imagination to create things. Our first lesson was learning about the color wheel and how to mix paint to create new colors. While we didn’t stick to the plan 100%, I think the results were pretty great!
Since Navasota is a such a small town, it’s good to get a little out of town every once in a while. About 30 miles north of Navasota is the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan. At every opening exhibition there is a free lecture and viewing of the exhibition, so we went to check it out! On view currently is Horse Power: The Story of Horse-Drawn Vehicles. The exhibit consists of several old carriages and stage coaches dating all the way back to the 1800s, loaned to the museum by the owner of the Buggy Barn Museum in Blanco, TX, Dennis J. Moore. He has an extensive collection of carriages, buggies and wagons, many of which he rents out to movies to use for filming (so cool!)
The museum is a great little place to check out, not too far from Navasota. Openings are free admission, but other days are only $5, except the 1st Tuesday (only $1!)
I’ve been making my way through Navasota exploring, searching, and collecting. The history of this town is amazing. There is lots to see in such a small town. Shapes, architecture, colors, patterns; it’s all here, you just have to find it. Excited to see how all these shapes will make their way into my work…
We made a pinhole projector so that we could watch the eclipse. The weather cooperated, and everything was beautiful. Continue reading “Solar Eclipse”