Thursday, May 15, 2008

Deep In The Art of Texas

When I tell people that the great Republic of Texas is the state that I refer to as home, I often get the snickering little jokes about backwards cowboys wanting to “smoke ‘em out” or “get ‘er done.” Of course, those of us who are true Texans know of the great variety of cultural delights that exist in our state.

The Stark Museum of Art contains, perhaps, some of the most exciting collections of art from the great American West covering the vast period spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Western Art collection includes two centuries worth of iconic images from the historic Wild West to modern artistic colonies. The extensive list of artists in this collection include (but, of course, are not limited to) the following:

The Decorative Arts collection primarily contains works produced in glass and porcelain. Artists contributing to this extensive collection include:

The American Indian art collection contains artistic works from members of many Native American tribes. You can find Pueblo pottery, kachina dolls, as well as Navajo rugs and blankets. Artists in this category include:

The museum also has a collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts including rare treasures that are beloved by art lovers worldwide. The collection includes The Birds of America by John James Audubon.

Stark Museum of Art also hosts exhibitions, such as the Celebrate Shangri La event currently in progress through June 28th in honor of the opening of the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas. This event is a must-see for aficionados of flowers and nature... and includes a pavilion for children that provides interactive games and a reading table.

When planning your future vacation, be sure to put Orange, Texas on your itinerary and be sure to enjoy all that the Stark Museum of Art has to offer.

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