Behind the Scene
by Randy Limbird
Editor & Publisher, El Paso Scene
This issue marks the 24th anniversary of El Paso Scene, and as the years go, there are fewer and fewer events in these pages that have lasted as long as us. One of the few is the Arts International, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in September.
Presented by the El Paso Art Association, the Arts International is not only the city’s premier art exhibition, but also one of the largest and oldest juried art shows in the state of Texas.
The exhibition has moved around a variety of locations during the time we’ve been covering it — it’s been at a bank lobby, a downtown business building basement, a mall and most recently, the Crossland Gallery at the Association’s Art Junction downtown. For its 50th show, the Arts International returns to its roots: the International Museum of Art in the elegant Turney Home at 1211 Montana. This was the previous home of the El Paso Museum of Art before it moved to its current downtown location.
Many years ago, El Paso Scene began offering a Cover Award for the Arts International that would serve as the best image for our front page. This year we selected “Sacred Mountains of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indians” by Joey Avalos (Prismacolor pencil and watercolor ). His dramatic, surrealistic imagery of the Organ Mountains and desert foreground, complete with roadrunner and spirit-inhabited yucca, mesmerizes the viewer.
We also gave an honorable mention to Danny Jimenez for his “Desert Bloom,” a very realistic watercolor that shows true mastery of that medium. We ran out of space on the front page, so we included it in our column space here.
Newsprint doesn’t do justice to these artists, so be sure to see the actual artworks Sept. 2-Oct. 4 at the International Museum. The opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
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One tradition the El Paso Scene started in 2001 was our annual Performing Arts Guide. We wanted to give all the major performing arts groups a way of sharing with the public their upcoming seasons, most of which start around September. You will find this 16-page special section in the middle of this month’s issue.
The Performing Arts Guide has been made possible each year by sponsoring organizations. The Season Sponsor each year has been El Paso Live and Broadway in El Paso. El Paso Symphony has also been a sponsor each year, and again is a major sponsor. El Paso Pro-Musica and the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts also return as major sponsors. Co-sponsors include long-time supporters El Paso Chopin Music Festival, El Paso Opera and the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future.
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Another tradition the Scene started in 2001 was our “Hike Through Time” up Mount Cristo Rey. This year’s hike starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. I’ll give you more details next month,
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