ARTWALK 2014: Nancy Whitlock
ARTWALK 2014 honored Alpine’s Nancy Whitlock as our 2014 Featured Artist with an exhibit held at TransPecos Banks. Nancy also displayed her work at the Whitlock Studio of Fine Arts at 110B N. 6th Street.
A new mural project was underway during ARTWALK 2014 at the historic Big Bend Wool & Mohair building on W. Murphy Street. The “Mercado Mural” was designed and painted by Stylle Read with the assistance of local volunteers.
Ray Wylie Hubbard headlined Friday’s music line-up and Saturday night’s music was headlined by The Derailers.
Alpine’s Gallery Night, Inc. Art in Education program hosted award-winning artist Lilibeth Andre to create a large chalk art installation on Murphy Street on Saturday during ARTWALK as well as an earlier workshop with students at Alpine High School in October.
Another highlight of Saturday’s festivities was the colorful Parade of Flags in which dozens of students and citizens participated. The weekend activities were featured in this article in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
Artist’s Statement, from nancywhitlockart.com:
“My interests in arts and science are apparent in my formal and informal education. As an x-ray Technologist, I worked my way through college, receiving a BFA and a BA, then an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Missouri, Columbia. I’ve studied painting and drawing in Aix-En-Provence, France and also in Saarbrucken, Germany.
“While in Columbia, Missouri, I worked propagating native plants and re-establishing native prairie habitats. I also participated in a research project involving mist-netting and spot mapping song birds with the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project.
“My love of natural forms in brilliant light has led me from Taos, NM. to Alpine, Texas. The mild temperatures and beautiful landscapes of West Texas give me the chance to work outdoors year round.
“I develop most of my paintings in front of my subject so that I can capture the experience of ‘being on top of the mountain.’ While a photograph can be a useful tool in painting, it records only a fraction of the subject. My goal is to capture in my paintings, through the use of intense color and expressive line, the experience of hiking in the Chihuahuan Desert.”