“Eggs-travagant” art shown at The Garage

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The Garage Coffee, Music & More was transformed into a unique gallery space by the Back Room group of Alpine on Saturday, June 17 for the "Between the Notes" art show.

With six walls of artwork under one roof, the exhibition balanced the works of well-established artists with emerging new talents, all following the theme of space.

The collaborative event lured 14 artists to participate, and marked the very first Fort Stockton-based art show for The Back Room.

The initial goal to merge Fort Stockton and Alpine artists was surpassed with the entries of artists from as far as El Paso and Fredericksburg joining in on the collective.

Bringing in some tourism, featured artist Joshua Winston drove into town for the first time and stayed in a hotel for the weekend. Winston is a Dallas native who is currently represented by The Good Art Co. Gallery in Fredericksburg.

The artist says he “had the absolute best time at this show” and visited local businesses such as Stixx Sports Bar, Sage Brush Cafe, and 5 O'Clock Somewhere during his stay.

Winston's thought-provoking egg shell medium stirred much conversation at the show, and led an art collector to purchase one of his pieces priced for over $500. This feat is not common in Fort Stockton, aside from the work of career artists such as Nita Henderson, Evelyn Cunningham, and muralist Indian Frank.

The Back Room related that the "Between the Notes" art show was one of the best turnouts in terms of selling artwork.

Participating artist and Back Room representative Lori Griffin said, “Our inventory for the show had 38 art listings. We actually had 41 pieces in the show. 16 pieces of art found new homes. This was a very successful show!”

For a town without a sought-out art scene like Marfa, the art show was hopeful to sell five pieces of artwork. Further commenting on the high volume of sales in Fort Stockton, Griffin said, “We noticed that sales directly correlated to the artist being at the show. Patrons love meeting the artist.”

The 14-artist line up included the works of Joshua Winston, Molly Dumas, Rainey Miller, Roxana Rodriguez, Anne Eckley, Carol Fairlie, Aaron Brooks, and Robert Garcia. Participating Fort Stockton artists included Laura Thornton, Armanda Gonzalez, Jeremy Gonzalez, Lisa C. Hannon, and Carissa Sparks.

For this show, the Back Room met with over seven organizations, gave special invites to collectors, gallery owners, and took much time promoting art sales.

The Back Room even put in promotion with Marfa Public Radio (KVLF AM-1240 & KALP FM-92.7) and Alpine Radio, both KALP 92.7(FM) and KVLF 1240(AM)

The Swifts of Alpine provided music for the show, creating a great environment for strolling The Garage's Music Hall and viewing artwork.

While the "Between the Notes" show was a one-night event, some of the artwork has been hand-selected by Renee Gaylor of The Garage to be featured in the follow up traveling show. Gaylor has made arrangements with a handful of businesses in Fort Stockton to display the work until Saturday, June 24.

Artists featured in the traveling show include Lisa C. Hannon, Laura Thornton, Molly Dumas, Carissa Sparks, Armanda Gonzalez, Jeremy Gonzalez, Roxana Rodriguez, Lori Griffin, and Carol Fairlie.

Locations showcasing the artwork include The Fort Stockton Pioneer, The Fort Stockton Public Library, Nolen's Gift Shop, Two Chicks Photography & Design, The Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce, The Pecos County Courthouse, and B's Family Dinning.

The traveling show gives the community one last chance to view or purchase the artwork featured in the "Between the Notes" art show. Payment for a painting can be made at The Garage Coffee, Music & More. For more information on The Back Room, visit Facebook.com/TheBackRoomGroup

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