Behind the Scene
by Randy Limbird
Editor & Publisher, El Paso Scene
Nothing else defines El Paso better than the annual Sun Bowl. Once a year we invite the entire nation to watch us live on television, and most of the time, we live up to the name Sun Bowl, offering warm temperatures under clear skies.
Now known as the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, the football game and all its related events are a source of pride to all El Pasoans. The combined success is a story worth telling, which is why we chose that as our feature story this month. Consider these facts: The Sun Bowl is the nation’s second oldest bowl game, and it’s been televised on CBS for more than half a century. Our annual parade is just slightly younger than the football game, and still ranks as the city’s best-attended event.
The WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is in its 58th year. The Sun Bowl Marathon College All-America Golf Classic dates back to 1974, and has introduced El Pasoans to such golfers as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
Art lovers can also take pride in the Sun Bowl name. The Sun Bowl Art Exhibit began in 1949 and is still one of the two biggest juried art shows in the region.
So it doesn’t matter which brand attaches its name to the Sun Bowl, the Sun Bowl’s name itself is its own brand that carries a reputation for success unparalleled by any other.
On a personal note, I always root for Stanford to have a good but not too good season so that they can come to the Sun Bowl. The Cardinal has come here two of the past three years, winning by one point over Pitt last year and two points over North Carolina. I may be the only person who has attended consecutive Stanford victories in the Rose Bowl (1971-1972) and in the Sun Bowl (2016 and 2018).
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Since the previous paragraph already gave away a clue about my age, I will confess to having more and more “senior moments.” A recent example was when I was asked to judge the Celebration of Our Mountains Art Exhibit at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. One painting was leaning against a wall that had not been hung yet, but it jumped out at me as a clear winner for the El Paso Scene Cover Award. No wonder. I had run that same painting on the August cover.
What happened was that I had noticed another painting by Victor Mireles at last year’s Celebration exhibit, and Victor emailed me some newer works to consider. That’s how his “Gunsight” painting of the Franklin Mountains ended up on the August 2019 cover. Then he entered “Gunsight” in this year’s exhibit. I had not seen the original painting before, just the digital image he sent me. When I saw the actual painting, it impressed me so much that I did not realize it had just run on the Scene cover.
The good news is that Victor has plenty of other great paintings to share, as this month’s cover proves.
Victor himself is quite a story. He grew working in his father’s printing business, worked with famed book designer Carl Hertzog at UTEP where he also studied fine art under Dr. Robert Massey. Victor went on to serve as creative director at Helen of Troy and Conair/Cuisinarts, and started his own design company, Mireles Creative, in 1993.
His proudest achievement, he says, was designing the El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center in downtown El Paso, which allowed him to use all his talents “with a vision to help educate visitors on the lessons of the Holocaust.”
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