JOSE ARPA: A Spanish Painter in Texas
José Arpa, Grand Canyon, 1925, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in., Panhanlde-Plains Historical Museum, James D. Hamlin Collection
Photo by Ernst Raba, JBSP at SMU
Born in Carmona, Spain, José Arpa y Perea (1858-1952) began studying part-time at the Academia des Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in Seville. In 1876, he became a full-time art student studying with history painter, Eduardo Cano de la Peña. In 1893, following the Impressionist era, Arpa sent paintings as part of the Spanish contingent to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Arpa journeyed to San Antonio and showcased his work at the San Antonio International Fair in 1900. He then traveled between Mexico, Spain, and, finally, San Antonio where he founded his painting school in 1923. Arpa began teaching en plein air classes in Bandera, Texas, in 1926, assisted by his nephew and artist, Xavier Gonzales. Arpa’s use of black hues is a nod to his Spanish heritage, while the mixture of other cultures such as European countries, Mexican and American influenced his work. Texas culture, especially, provided Arpa with an abundance of inspiration making his work vibrant and diverse. “Texas Impressionism” was greatly impacted by Arpa’s style, and his teachings transformed this movement in south-central Texas. Arpa exhibited his artwork in museums and galleries throughout Texas, with viewings in New York and Spain. In 1931, Arpa returned to Spain where he remained until his death in 1952.
A gallery talk will be given at the opening reception on Friday, March 17 by Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Art and Western Heritage at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. This exhibition has been organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Edaren Foundation, Sheila and Jerry Reese, Humanities Texas (state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), The Honorable Marcia Crone and Seth Crone, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
ALISON GASPARD: What Will They Become
Dominic, 2017, oil on canvas, 8x10 in.
Alison Gaspard, a Houston, TX, artist and educator, graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) from Lamar University in 2014. Currently, Gaspard is not only an art educator for the Houston Independent School District, she also began the Fine Arts Program on the same campus beginning the Fall of 2016. Before moving to Houston, Gaspard gained experience working at the Art museum of Southeast Texas. Gaspard credits the development of her style and technique to various sources including: her professors at Lamar University, her experiences while studying abroad in Florence, Italy, the staff at AMSET, and, most of all, the inspiration she derives from her students. As an educator, Gaspard is moved by the innocence of the young and their desire to learn.
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