Category Archives: Arts

Living Life in Terms of Music

Founder of Musical Living Academy Edelir Garza offers one of his students some pointers after a private lesson.

Exploring a unique avenue in education is Edelir Garza, founder, instructor and owner of Musical Living Academy in McAllen. Garza knew that this was the next step in his musical journey. Music had been instilled in his heart since he was only 8 years old. “I remember listening to songs and there was this one that would stand out above all … it wasn’t until my father helped me pinpoint…

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Free Latin Jazz Festival This Weekend

This weekend’s Latin Jazz Festival will bring the reverberating sounds of congas, drums, guitars, saxophones and other musical instruments to Brownsville. From today, Oct. 10, through Oct. 12, the 23rd annual music and dance spectacle will feature three well-known groups hailing from this part of South Texas. They are The Clay Moore Group, The Brew and Del Castillo. The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts hosts the festival which saw its beginnings 23…

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A “Night in Old Mexico” in Harlingen

Rewind at the Taste of Harlingen 2018

Sample the cuisines from local restaurants and chefs while enjoying live music and a silent auction all while helping the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum.  That and more are in store for attendees of the 17th Taste of Harlingen fundraising event, which uses the proceeds to maintain the historic buildings, curate artifacts, fund exhibits and promote the facility.  This year’s “Taste” theme is A Night in Old Mexico. Sombreros and serapes…

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Keep McAllen Beautiful Call for Artists

Keep McAllen Beautiful irrigation pipes artwork by Manuel Robledo, Cristina Pechero, Concepcion Flores and Alejandra Leal.

Keep McAllen Beautiful is working to give public art a stronger presence in the city. The organization is seeking local design concepts that would painted on irrigation pipes. Submissions should promote the Rio Grande Valley natural landscape, ecology, species and heritage. The submission deadline is Oct. 25. Location of the pipes is along the City of McAllen’s hike and bike trails along Bicentennial Boulevard and 2nd Street, According to Chris Lash, program coordinator for…

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Museum of South Texas History Open House

Museum of South Texas History visitors starting their tour with a look at a mammoth fossils.

The Museum of South Texas History held a one-day free admission open house on Sept. 14. For this event, the museum extended its free hours to help kick off Hispanic Heritage month. The museum’s exhibits lead you on a history tour of the blended history of the Rio Grande Valley. The main exhibit, “Rio Grande Legacy Exhibit,” begins in prehistoric times, taking patrons all the way through Spanish colonial times…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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Passion Meets Education

RGV Photography Workshops Owner Rafael Sepulveda and Co-Instructor Eric Sierra engage with their advanced photography class while Creative Assistant Nora Cuevas prepares the model of the day.

McAllen native Rafael Sepulveda received his bachelor’s in advertising from Boston University then attended photography school in Atlanta. Upon completing those courses and receiving Professional Photographers of America certification, he opened up two destination photography businesses. During his time as a destination wedding photographer in Atlanta, he discovered that he really enjoyed teaching other photographers that assisted him on his shoots. Establishing direction Sepulveda established RGV Photography Workshops in McAllen…

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Pharr Dancer Going Pro

Erick Perales, UTRGV dance performance graduate from Pharr, at the Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. (Photo Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

UTRGV Dance Program alumnus Erick Perales is off to the Big Apple to begin his professional dance career. The Pharr native was hired recently by Ballet Nepantla, a dance company known for fusing contemporary dance with Mexican folklórico to showcase its culture and history. Perales already was familiar with the company after having seen them perform and was in awe of their performance. Now, he gets to join them on stage in New…

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When Passion Becomes Business

Very Artsy owner, Veronica Cerda-Ayala, stands at her checkout counter, which used to be an old restaurant cashier stand that she transformed by added the molding details on the front and painted in a trendy ombre pattern.

Whether writing, playing a sport, dancing or creating something new, our hobbies are a labor of love and enjoyment. Every once in a while, we are lucky enough to turn our hobbies into something more. This is exactly what Veronica Cerda-Ayala did.  After 18 years of being a teacher, Ayala decided she was ready to pursue her true passion … home decor. She began several years ago in her very…

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Giving Back: McAllen Artist Mitch D’Arte

Mitch D'Arte with villagers from one of the remote communities in San Luis Potosi. (courtesy Mitch D'Arte)

The works of Mcallen artist Mitch D’Arte are very much inspired by the multi-colors and textures of Mexican art. Her paintings are very representative of the heavy local Mexican influence.  But D’Arte’s connection to Mexico goes deeper than the vibrant colors and culture found in her artwork. At least twice a year, D’Arte travels to San Luis Potosi, Mexico and into the very remote parts of the city to give…

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