Summer Exhibits at the Museum of the Big Bend

New Summer Exhibits at the Museum of the Big Bend

ALPINE, TX - The Museum of the Big Bend is pleased to announce the 2014 Summer Exhibition Schedule.

E.T. Paull: America’s Other March King (Located in the Jess Yell Womack Education Room Hallway)

From the Collection of Yana and Marty Davis are 12 framed pieces of E.T. Paull’s sheet music that have a military theme. Edward Taylor Paull was born on February 16, 1858 in Gerradstown, Virginia, now West Virginia, where his father was a farmer and later became a prosperous boarding house keeper in Martinsburg. It is thought that Paull witnessed the effects of the Civil War and the lasting memories are reflected in the amount of material that he wrote and published that had war and military themes.
Included in the show are Charge of the Light Brigade, 1896, Paull's first publication after moving his family and growing enterprise to New York City; America Forever!, 1898, one of Paull's earliest patriotic pieces, likely in response to the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine that was the catalyst for the Spanish-American War and Spirit of the U.S.A., 1924, the last of the great Paull patriotic marches published during the composer's lifetime.
Visitors are encouraged to test their knowledge of when states came into the Union with the two sheet music pieces titled The Triumphant Banner, 1907 and The Home Coming, 1908.

The Triumphant Banner

Selected Works from the Trappings of Texas Collection (Located in the Temporary Gallery Hallway)

On display in the hallway are art and gear from the Trappings of Texas Collection. Featured 2D artists are Mike Capron, Sheffield, Leroy Featherston, Gary Morton, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, Hillsboro, New Mexico, and F. Gentry. Gear makers include Billy Klapper, spurs, Pampa, Wilson Capron, spurs, Christoval, PeeWee Peebles, bits and spurs, Tesnus, and Wayne Franklin, 3 piece buckle set, Christoval.
In addition is an information panel on the history of Trappings of Texas and how one can become a sponsor.

   Sunrise On The Cathedral by Gary Morton, Oil on Canvas
   The Museum of the Big Bend Trappings of Texas Collection


Beryl (Located in the Temporary Gallery)

Selected works from the Beryl Lowe Rice Collection are on display in the Temporary Gallery. Beryl’s works reflects her passion for exploring many avenues of art including Naive Art, Sculpture, Ceramic Tile Work, Monotypes, Stitchery, Portraiture and her whimsical Bottle Dolls.

Beryl Lowe Rice spent her early years on the Lowe Ranch in McMullen and LaSalle counties, Texas. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Later she attended Trinity University and the McNay Art Institute in San Antonio where she studied painting, pottery and sculpture.

With her husband, John Rice, they lived in Santa Barbara, California, and Milan Italy, where she studied at the Brera Institute. She and John also lived in San Antonio and San Angelo where she exhibited her work.
In the late 1960s, Beryl and John moved to Marfa. There they opened the La Mota gallery and she continued to exhibit. Rice continued to take classes in portrait, oil and watercolor painting in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana.

Beryl Rice Exhibit

In the early 1970s, Beryl was inspired by friend and artist, Martha Mood, to try her hand at stitchery. Also during this time, she and John became interested in ceramics. As a team they created a series of tile murals that were often tributes to great masterworks. Beryl painted the tiles with underglazes while John was responsible for firing the tiles in their large gas kiln.
Beryl’s work varied in scope and design. Essentially a self-taught artist, she created a large body of one-of-a- kind monotypes. Many of these works are derived as abstractions from the landscape.

Beryl was an explorer in her art. She was undaunted by a new medium and seemed to take every challenge as an opportunity. What is obvious in her work is the great love and commitment she had for the act of creativity. This body of work represents a life-time of artistic joy that she shared with her family, friends and beloved husband, John.

There will be a closing reception on Friday, July 18th that will feature works created by the Museum of the Big Bend summer Art Camp artists that will be integrated into the Beryl Rice exhibit.

Additionally, the “Maps As Art” exhibit displayed in the Map Gallery Hallway downstairs showcases the aesthetic and artistic value of selected maps from the Yana & Marty Davis Map Collection.

The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the campus of Sul Ross State University. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free - donations are welcome. Private tours are available. For more information on exhibits and our Children’s & Adult Educational opportunities, please visit or call 432-837-8143.