Category Archives: Arts

New Youth Symphony Orchestra Seeks Student Musicians


A new initiative, the Rio Grande Youth Symphony Orchestra, invites music students ages 12 to 21 to join in the all-new musical experience. Students with two or more years of instrumental experience are welcome to audition. Students from music programs throughout the Rio Grande Valley region and neighboring communities will compromise RGYSO. Rehearsals will take place at the UTRGV campus in Edinburg on Sundays starting Sept. 12. Each season will…

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IMAS Expands Hours

IMAS extends hours

The International Museum of Art & Science has expanded its hours for visitors to include Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. The extended hours come just in time for the opening of the new photography exhibit “Stillness” by Carlos Limas on May 8. IMAS’s new hours include Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Sundays hours are 1-5 p.m. The museum closes for cleaning from 1-2 p.m.…

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IMAS Director Elected to TAM Council

Ann Fortescue

Ann Fortescue, president and executive director of the International Museum of Art & Science, has been elected to the Texas Association of Museums as a Councilor-at-Large for a two-year term beginning March 2021. She joins 15 museum leaders from across the state as the governing body for TAM. Representing more than 600 TAM members, the association advances the work of museums in serving communities and professional excellence of museum staff.…

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Art Association Recognizes TSC Instructor

Robert Andes

Texas Southmost College Instructor of Fine Arts Robert Andes recently earned a third-place recognition for his painting Santa Fe Woman at the Texas Association of School of Art Artovation 2020: A virtual exhibition of the Art of Texas. The painting was part of the online exhibit and contest and is based on a photograph Andes took during a trip to Santa Fe, NM.  “It was exciting to learn I had…

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Using Art To Boost SPI Economy

The art business incubator at SPI offers community workshops where local residents can learn more about sculpturing.

The usual formula to fuel economic development focuses on manufacturing, transportation and distribution. At South Padre Island, the path to boosting the economy has branched out to also include art and how creative endeavors can lead to growth. The Art Business Incubator South Padre Island seeks to give both new and existing art businesses support to establish a presence in the local economy. Its program director Alexa Ocean Ray is…

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Beach Park Debuts Largest Sea Turtle Sculpture 

Chelsea Fedigan shows just how tall the latest member of the South Padre Sea Turtle Art Trail is.

The third – and largest – of South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Art Trail turtles has “hatched” at Beach Park on South Padre Island. Painted by mother and daughter artists Beth and Chelsea Fedigan, the enormous turtle is near the entrance of Beach Park Water Park. The 11-foot-tall sea turtle depicts the beauty of living on the island. The Fedigans have spent months on the design depicting sea life, palm…

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UTRGV Professor Releases Children’s Book Series

Dr. David Bowles, UTRGV associate professor of English in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies. (Photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

Otherwordly adventures await young readers with“13th Street,” the newest work by Dr. David Bowles, UTRGV associate professor of English. A series of books for children, it tells the tales of three Latinx youth in South Texas and their mysterious adventures filled with zombies, monsters, ghouls and skeletons. Bowles’s literary adventure began in 2018 with the approach of publishing giant HarperCollins with the concept of “13th Street,” a chapter book series for…

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IMAS Celebrates Hubble Anniversary 

Hubble 30 IMAS Banner

On April 24, 2020, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. In honor of that occasion, a new Hubble image called “Cosmic Reef” was released virtually and will be on display at the International Museum of Art & Science beginning Aug. 7. The IMAS is one of 74 locations across the nation to unveil the Hubble 30th anniversary photo to the…

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Busy Bristles Uses Art For New Understandings

Cynthia Duran is gearing up to start another school year – in whatever form that may take – but she’s always teaching. The Weslaco school district art educator has navigated through an interesting summer at her Busy Bristles Art Studio. The downtown Weslaco business also had its COVID-19 ups and downs. The enthusiasm for art never waned.  The interest of children and adults to get before a canvas again ran…

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