Retroregionalism: Reaves Gallery Teams With Regional Museum For Weekend Texas Art Sale in Marathon

Jon Flaming, Abandoned Store West Texas, 2009

Jon Flaming, Abandoned Store West Texas, 2009

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Art is partnering with William Reaves Fine Art, a Houston gallery specializing in historical Texas art, to hold an art sale and fundraiser at the historic Gage Hotel in Marathon on March 21-23. The sale was “designed in conjunction” with the museum’s current exhibition, Restless Heart: Early and Contemporary Texas Regionalism, and will feature artists included in that show.

They’re bringing “sixteen of the state’s best living painters (fifteen of whom are represented in the SAMFA exhibit)” to Marathon, along with “a rare display and sale of limited edition bronzes by the talented American sculptor Edward Kemeys (1843-1907), the nation’s first wildlife sculptor.” The painters are members of Reaves’ retro-regional “Contemporary Texas Regionalists” group, “who paint either a subject or in a style inspired by earlier Texas artists; and those whose works evoke the seminal qualities of this classic period.”

The preview for the sale begins at 10 am on Thursday, March 21, with an official “meet and greet” that afternoon at 2:30. The weekend’s program includes lectures on Texas art by Laura Huckaby, Collections Manager at SAMFA and J.P. Bryan, Founder and CEO of Torch Energy Advisors and big-time collector of Texana, who will present a Saturday evening dinner lecture on the life and work of pioneering Texas artist, Frank Reaugh.

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