Category Archives: Arts

Artist Walks Into “Bubble” & Creates Visual World

The Artworld of Manuel Hinojosa is currently on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.

Manuel Hinojosa walks between the exhibit rooms of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, the faces of his sports heroes looking back at him. Many are childhood heroes – the boys of summer – be it Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays, with current stars like Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros included among the baseball greats.  Hinojosa himself is wearing an Astros cap, as he often does, a smile underneath…

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TSC Art Instructor Holds First Solo Show

Robert Andes

Robert Andes teaches and trains future generations of artists at Texas Southmost College. He also practices what he lectures as an award-winning Rio Grande Valley artist, with a current exhibit at Puente Art Gallery in Brownsville. Andes said this is his first solo art show and he is honored. “When I got the invitation, I was speechless,” said the TSC art instructor. “As an artist, a solo show is the…

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U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Perform Free Concert

U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors

The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors are making a stop at the McAllen Performing Arts Center on Feb. 16 for a free concert. The Army’s official touring big band has received widespread acclaim at home and abroad, earning the Jazz Ambassadors the title “America’s Big Band.” The 7 p.m. concert is open to the public. The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier big band, forming in 1969. Performances by…

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School Of Rock Beating Strong In McAllen

Leo Salazar, left, owns School of Rock McAllen with JJ Gomez working as his musical director.

The practice rooms at the McAllen school on North Ware Road bear the names of musical icons whose songs students learn to play. Zeppelin, Hendrix, Queen and Rush are among the names on windows looking into the practice rooms at School of Rock McAllen. Inside there are guitars in blues, black and green standing tall on stands where the instruments lean over just right. Drum sticks line up like pencils…

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Holiday Market Kicks Off IMAS Christmas

IMAS Christmas Tree Forest

The International Museum of Art & Science presents a community Holiday Market to kick off this year’s annual Christmas Tree Forest “Christmas in the RGV” Dec. 5. The artisan market takes place from 1-5 p.m. In addition to the local artists, the Valley Symphony Orchestra and the McAllen Creative Arts Incubator will participate in the event this year. The community may support these local artists and artisans and then visit…

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Incubator Creates Space & Opportunities

Christmas paintings are among the works by students at the Young Masters Academy.

Eddie Mirza is a survivor of job layoffs, illness and economic upheavals, but there’s one thing he could always depend on.  His talents as an artist, teacher and soccer coach have served him well, as has the multiple languages he speaks, giving him a versatility to make a living when buffeted by misfortunes. Mirza has worked at newspapers, advertising agencies, and printing and telecommunications companies. These days, he is up…

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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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