Category Archives: Arts

Pipes Turn Into Artist Canvases in McAllen

(Keep McAllen Beautiful photo)

The Rio Grande Valley is known for its irrigation pipes alongside the network of canals that have historically provided water from the river to farm fields. The pipes remain standing amid a now urbanized region with farming pushed further out from expanding city limits. McAllen is among the Valley cities that have utilized property alongside canals for hike-and-bike trails. There are more than 200 irrigation pipes in the city, many…

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TSC Virtual Art Show Showcases Innovation

For the first time ever, the Department of Fine Arts at Texas Southmost College is hosting a virtual art show to replace the program’s annual art show. It just comes to show that nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop the department from showcasing its students’ artwork. TSC Art Instructor Robert Andes said he is thankful for the support the department has received with the TSC Fine Arts Show. “Naturally…

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IMAS to Reopen With Capacity Limits

The International Museum of Art & Science is planning to reopen to the public on June 11. An IMAS member preview will take place June 9 from 3-7 p.m. When the museum opens, there will be a capacity limit of 25 percent, following the recommendations of the Texas Department of State Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the interactive areas will not be accessible…

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Palm Theater Awards Go Online May 24

Palm Awards 2020

The annual celebration of high-school theater in the Rio Grande Valley, the Palm Awards is going online. Event organizers of the Palm Awards will livestream the awards show May 24 at 3 p.m. on the Palm Awards Facebook page, on TV (Somos El Valle channel 5.2 or cable 1240) and also streaming online. “The Palm Awards is the ultimate celebration of high-school theater in our region, with over 1,700 in…

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Brew-seum Comes Home June 6

The International Museum of Art & Science’s Night at the Brew-seum is going virtual with Brew-seum@Home June 6. In the virtual experience, ticket holders may pick up their Brew-seum@Home beer kit ahead of time for the live program. “While the tradition has continued now for 12 years, the International Museum of Art & Science is pivoting the format this year to do our part in the effort to shelter at…

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McAllen ISD Students Create Modern Chaos

Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken in the hallway of McAllen ISD’s Lamar Academy, showing recyclable fashions in their Modern Chaos line.

Dressing “on trend” is vitally important to many teens, but Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken are designing their own recyclable fashions, creating Modern Chaos in the process. Costa and Damken are seniors in McAllen ISD’s International Baccalaureate Programme at Lamar Academy. They named their fashion line Modern Chaos, as we learned in January when their classmate, Alexis Alvarado, wrote about their designs. We decided to follow up with Costa and…

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Support IMAS With Night at the Brew-seum

The International Museum of Art & Science presents its annual fundraiser, the 12th annual Night at the Brew-seum April 4. Brew-seum showcases specialty and craft beers from across Texas. It also brings together more than 25 restaurants and food trucks from the RGV who donate their time, talents and fare. The event takes place at the museum from 7-11 p.m. with VIP guests early access at 6 p.m. Brew-seum will…

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At 50, Life is Just Beginning for Nicole Gates

Nicole Gates proudly wears her Portrait-Masters-Associate-Level medal around her neck while in her studio.

The moment you open the door at Nicole Gates Photography on North Main Street in McAllen, you step into a place Gates designed so women would never want to leave.   “Women are the caretakers, the nurturers,” Gates said. “We take care of everyone else, and we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. I let women put themselves first again. My job is to help women fall in love with…

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Indiana Jones Comes to the Symphony

Indiana Jones and the Wild West both come to the area Feb. 28 as the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Big Country,” a classic Western film. The concert will feature Soloist and VSO Principal Trumpet Jared Broussard with Maestro Peter Dabrowski as conductor. Broussard will perform Alexander Arutunian’s trumpet concerto. The piece showcases the sound and character of the trumpet. The concerto…

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