The Arts

August 17, 2011

Artists of the Rio Grande Valley

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Written by: Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
Jose Manuel Salas
Maria Antonia Ramirez

Maria Antonia Ramirez

The first effort organizing an Art Walk in Harlingen, Texas might not have brought in a huge crowd but it did bring very talented artists who defied the afternoon heat displaying their original works of art at Baloo’s Club.

I was able to meet a good number of artists that will be featured each week on La Vida Valle. Introducing local artists gives me great joy because they are all so talented, each in their own way, their work inspires others, their work tells a story, the story of the Rio Grande Valley’s emerging Art Renaissance.

The featured photograph for this article is of Jose Manuel Salas, a resident of Brownsville, Texas. Jose

Toni Hudson

Toni Hudson

Manuel received his Fine Arts degree from the prestigious San Carlos College of Mexico City, a branch of the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM).   Acrylic colors, Jose Manuel’s favorite medium when applying strokes of paint, create visually attractive and wonderful impressionist work.

Jose Manuel is an Art teacher for young and old, in fact, he informed me that if a group of five (5) people get together, he will give a private two hour class and bring the necessary materials for the first introductory session at a cost of $30.00 per person.  Jose Manuel can be contacted by calling (956) 372-4589 or by email at [email protected].

Another artist that traveled from Brownsville to participate on this first Art Walk was Maria Antonia Ramirez who enjoys painting as a hobby; Maria Antonia uses acrylics and oils on canvas sometimes enhancing surfaces with plaster. Maria Antonia presented me her work titled “Midas Divine” she said she loved horses because of their fortitude, courage and noble attitude.

Toni Hudson answered La Muerte (death) when I asked her what inspired her, her answer was not surprising, Toni’s personality is so strong; her character is reflected on her very creative designs. Toni has developed a very unique way to draw the faces and torsos of women on tiles and prints.  To admire more of Toni’s work visit The Art Factory located at 2300 Coffee Port Rd. in Brownsville, Texas or by calling (956) 574-0088. To view her work log on to www.imagenesstudio.com

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Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts,nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most important, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .




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