It’s not often murals painted on the walls of the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts see the light of day.
In most cases, they remain long after installations have come and gone, hidden under a fresh layer of paint making a blank canvas for the next exhibit.
But the “Ignite” mural, created by a group of former Bowie High School students to honor their former teacher and nationally known Chicano artist Gaspar Enriquez, has found a permanent home on an outer wall of the high school facing Piedras Street behind the softball field for all to see.
The mural was created for the exhibit on display from June through September entitled “IGNITE: The Artistic and Educational Heritage of Gaspar Enriquez.”
Kerry Doyle, director at the Rubin Center, said the exhibit was part of the University of Texas at El Paso’s centennial celebration.
They chose Enriquez for the exhibit because he is an alumnus and has reached a national level of success, but continues to contribute to the community.
"We wanted to honor him," she said.
Installing the mural at Bowie after the exhibit seemed a natural fit since Enriquez taught there for nearly 30 years. Five of his former students at Bowie, now artists in their own right, painted the mural.
Mauricio Olague, one of the former students and now art teacher at Bowie, said it was important to have the mural installed at the high school as a tribute to Enriquez and as a way to inspire current students.
"It’s a way to honor him while he’s still here," he said. "It is a crowning achievement."
Olague said making sure Bowie students know about Enriquez’s work is not only important, but he made it part if his curriculum.
"We need to make sure they know who he is," he said.
The impact Enriquez has had on those students and others has varied for each individual.
For Herman Delgado, who helped document the mural process, the lesson was patience.
"I have the utmost respect for him," Delgado said.
Fabian Araiza, who came up with the design for the mural, said Enriquez taught him how art could be more than just a creative outlet.
"It really helped me out to stay away from stuff that I shouldn’t have been getting into," he said. "I learned to prioritize when it came to spending an afternoon painting or spending an afternoon with my friends doing nothing."
Araiza made sure to incorporate a feature in the mural that will help future generations learn about Enriquez.
The center of the mural has a bar-code that can be scanned and directs people to the artist’s Website.
"The students will have an opportunity to learn about him right then and there," he said.
Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado said he learned it is possible to earn a living creating art, but not without an education.
Enriquez had no role in the design or creation of the Ignite mural and while he knew it would eventually grace the walls of Bowie High, it continues to humble the artist.
"It was just an honor to have that done for me, it left me speechless," he said.
Elida S. Perez may be reached at 546-6137.
The Ignite mural will be officially dedicated at Bowie High School Oct. 24.
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Moving out of the apartment
don’t worry. you can create it again if you want.
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YOU HAVE VANQUISHED ME, MIGHTY BEAST
Cub: DAD STOP
Cub: DAD OH MY GOD
Lion: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE…
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Somewhere outside El Paso, Texas
The Black Train Bridge at Executive Center at Paisano.
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My Border City. El Paso, TX.
Photos by Dejeanne Doublet.
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The most important invention in the kitchen since jarred mayonnaise… [Crisco] Ain’t just for frying. You ever get a sticky something stuck in your hair, like gum?…That’s right, Crisco. Spread this on a baby’s bottom, you won’t even know what diaper rash is…shoot, I seen ladies rub it under they eyes and on they husband’s scaly feet…Clean the goo from a price tag, take the squeak out a door hinge. Lights get cut off, stick a wick in it and burn it like a candle….And after all that, it’ll still fry your chicken.
Image Source: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich: The pirate Mary Read, nineteenth-century print
What we admire in pirates—at least our fictional pirates—is that they so enjoy their villainy. They’re not sly or covert or subtle. Everything about them is over-the-top, histrionic: they glory in their infamy. While most of us drag ourselves through the daily dullness of our lives, they swagger, they pirouette, and, in the case of Captain Hook, even dance a tarantella. Like the trailblazer and the gunslinger, the pirate represents a New World ideal of freedom—a proud renegade living by his wits and his daring.
Of course, pirates were historically crude, vicious, and bloodthirsty—qualities that the two recent TV series Black Sails and Crossbones have certainly dramatized (or melodramatized). Neither show is particularly remarkable—Crossbones, which starred John Malkovich as Blackbeard living in hiding from the British Navy, has since been cancelled after only one season, and Black Sails, a historical drama devised as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, is mostly an aimless welter of sex and violence.
The New York saga of one of the original “Mad Men.”
McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.
Co-sponsored by The Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.
If any writer might have been receptive to Amazon’s call to arms, it would be Mishka Shubaly. Mr. Shubaly was a remorseless alcoholic who finally pulled his life together five years ago. He began writing for Amazon’s Kindle Singles line, which publishes long digital narratives. Mr. Shubaly’s account of his redemption through running, as well as other episodes from a colorful life, won a receptive audience from readers. His six Kindle Singles have earned him more than $200,000.
"I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude to Amazon," the writer said. "If Jeff Bezos called me in the middle of the night and asked me to move a dead body, I would do it.”
And yet. Mr. Shubaly, 37, hails from the punk rock tradition, which means suspicion of capitalism is in his blood. “I’m a fan of small independent businesses,” he said. “The more variety of bookstores and booksellers out there, the better.”
So when Amazon sent the email asking him to march on Hachette, he deleted it after reading only a few paragraphs.
“I think ambivalence is the only proper response that a writer can have to this dispute,” said Mr. Shubaly, who is now writing a memoir for PublicAffairs. Hachette said this summer that it was buying a group of smaller publishers including PublicAffairs, but the deal fell apart.