The Arts

March 28, 2012

Sculpting Lives

01. Student work 2011


There are many reasons and situations that drive people to enroll in a college or university. Most people choose to believe the only reason is related to finances; to get a better job, a higher salary, a competitive edge and so on. There is definitely another side to the matter; there are those who enroll in college to heal, to pause and regroup, to remember they are still alive, to dream and to find the allusive meaning of life.

Regardless of the reasons, when a student registers for a sculpture class at the University of Texas in Brownsville, their skills, creativity and spirit will be lifted by new professor Angel Cabrales. Angel’s sensitivity and passion for incorporating new technology into traditional sculpture principles has students swarming to class.  His direct approach reaches out to students inspiring them to push the boundaries of their imagination and intellect. He invites them to rethink and reevaluate visual perceptions and life’s circumstances; he invites them to heal, grow and prosper.

During Angel’s first semester at UTB, and with the support of the university, his advanced sculpture class participated in the Aurora 2011 art show in Dallas, Texas; a show organized by the Dallas Arts District where emerging and established artists from around the country create site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art. This was the first time any college from the Rio Grande Valley has not only participated, but Angel’s students were the recipients of great reviews by the local media. The work exhibited by these talented UTB students consisted of illuminated sculptures. The photographs featured in this article show some of the sculpture pieces that participated in this show.

This month, the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum opens its doors to an exhibit by Angel Cabrales’ advanced sculpture class students titled 5000 Watts. The public is invited to the opening reception to be held on Thursday, April 12, at 6:00 PM. The exhibit will be on display until May 20, 2012. Admission to the reception is free. For additional information please call the museum at 956-216-4901.

Come and enjoy this very unique and creative sculpture exhibit and support the young local talent of the Rio Grande Valley.

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About the Author

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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