Happy Monday, Beta Testers! Last weekend I spent in San Angelo, Texas at Goodfellow AFB watching my baby brother graduate from intelligence tech school. In between eating an inordinate amount of beef and getting some quality time with my folks-- I saw some awesome public art.
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Art is a delightful oasis of art in West Texas. Brilliantly affordable ($1-2 entrance--What?!) and offering a wide range of community programs. They also do a great job offering a wide range of art to the San Angelo community.
I love the way the museum in both architecture and in choice of work displayed is a wonderful juxtaposition of traditional and modern. The foyer is a case in point, modern flooring and traditional brickwork, traditional devotional painting and modern sculpture.
At SAMFA I saw four great shows-- an open storage pottery show, Creative Energy: Art about the Texas Energy Boom, and a two-part show called Meditations which includes secular and religious art.
I love the combination of secular and religious representations of meditation, it honored the religious connotations while also allowing the word to take on numerous meanings and feelings. I enjoyed the interpretation panels written by community members, it made the show feel very communal and genuine.
There were some awesome sculpture in the Creative Energy show as well but did I get a good photo? No. No I did not. So you'll just have to go to San Angelo, Texas and see it for yourself. It is a visceral, creative portrayal of the work that has made a few Texans very wealthy. It was moving to see an industry and an area rendered so honestly and with such affection.
I had a grand old time in San Angelo, made even better by seeing my parents and brother!
Hope you've enjoyed seeing a bit of my art travels, I hope to be sharing more of them in the future. In the mean time, if you're really jonesing for art, check out my friend Emily's site Selavy! She shares tons of great work from local, national and international artists and takes really gorgeous photos.
The holidays are coming so stay tuned for lots of great recipes and projects to keep your days merry. Have you seen any amazing art on the street or in a museum lately? Share it with me on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter with #bettybetatester! xoxo--