Saturday, July 25, 2009
Impressions of Texas
This year’s theme was Impressions of Texas, curated by Michael R. Grauer, Curator of Art, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, with assistance from TACO member Konrad Shields. The exhibition focused on the Texas brand of Impressionism which began to spread across the globe in the 1870s and reached its peak between about 1890 and 1920. Mr. Grauer presented a gallery lecture discussing the development of Texas Impressionism in the larger context of American and world Impressionism, considering what does or does not make a painting “Impressionist”. Included in the exhibition were works by Frank Reaugh, E. G. Eisenlohr, Julian Onderdonk, Ella K. Mewhinney, L. O. Griffith, Franz Strahalm, and Jose Arpa. Patrons at the event enjoyed live jazz, a variety of fine wines, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Impressions of Texas was a wonderful and unique event. The OCFSFA board of directors wishes to express our appreciation to everyone who helped to make it such a success. Our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees all came together to create an extraordinary cultural event and to further our mission of restoring Turner House, enriching our Community and supporting the Arts. Thank you one and all.