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Harlingen Art Night Provides Creative Outlet

Ali Art paintings at Harlingen Art Night

Ali Garza of Ali Art & Co. is setting up a display of what she calls “kinetic art” as the first group of onlookers and possible customers stroll over to take a look during Harlingen Art Night.  “Anything we can do to get our name out there is good,” said the Brownsville resident. “Events like one this allow us to express what we have to offer.” The last Friday of…

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This Home is Where the Art Is

A young student takes a violin lesson from Georgette Garcia.

The old house at East Madison and 15th street in Brownsville might look like a building in stages of decay. Some of the letters on the east side of the building are fading away. It reads “Carlotta K. Petrina.” Petrina was an artist from New York who moved to this part of South Texas many years ago. But inside the brick structure that served as her home until she died in 1997…

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ART, WINE & CHEESE featuring Don Breeden

Rancho Viejo hosts its quarterly Art, Wine & Cheese mixer at The Casa Grande  featuring artist Don Breeden and his paintings. Guests will enjoy complimentary cheese and wine while viewing Breeden’s paintings. Attendees also have a chance to participate in a Blind Auction for one special painting Breeden is donating. A cash bar is available as well as pieces available for purchase. This event is open to the public and…

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San Benito Culture on Display

Museum patrons view an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the history of San Benito. (Courtesy)

Every city has a story to tell and San Benito, with the new San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum, is now better able to tell it while also attracting traveling exhibits that can bring new insights to the city. The 7,000-foot-square museum opened in November 2018 and has already featured photo and artistic elements highlighting border life and culture. Luis Contreras II, the city’s cultural arts director, says those exhibits are…

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Designing Iconic Texas Art

Ida Rodriguez holds a work in progress, a decorated steer skull, in her South Texas Longhorns studio. (VBR)

With a dream of becoming a fashion designer, Ida Rodriguez started out designing and sewing her own clothes. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley town of Alton, she was one of a family of seven with a father who was the sole provider, and a strict patriarch. In her early 20s she had an opportunity to attend fashion design school in Dallas, but her father said no; she needed…

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Dancing as Fast as She Can 

In 1995, during her senior year at Lamar University, Lori Rodgers often traveled between Beaumont and Harlingen as she prepared to open her business. The dance major, with advice from her father Rick Mathes, had found a home for Rio Grande Valley Arts Studio in Harlingen and was having the building renovated. She convinced him that she did not need a teaching degree as a backup.“Dance is what I know…

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