Friday, September 09, 2011

Alpine's Kokernot Lodge, The Lost Colony exhibition at Museum of the Big Bend

Kokernot Lodge, Oil, ca. 1930s, 36 X 48, Julius Woeltz, Museum of the Big Bend
If you've ever been to Alpine's Kokernot Lodge, you'll recognize it in this lovely painting now showing at the Museum of the Big Bend.  Exhibition curator, Mary Bones writes us:

"Opening on September 10th at the Museum of the Big Bend is a major retrospective of early Texas artists and their students who were at Sul Ross State University. The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings surveys the first 30 years of the Art Department and the establishment of an Art Colony at the school. This Art Colony was active from 1932 to 1950.

The Art Colony began in 1932 when San Antonio native, Julius Woeltz was hired to head the Art Department. He immediately started an Art Colony and chose his former art instructor, Xavier Gonzalez, as the instructor. That first Art Colony was based out of Kokernot Lodge in Alpine, Texas.

The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.  Operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, 1 to 5pm.  Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Free parking."

This is just one of many lovely image from the exhibition...make a point to visit!  The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through January 29, 2012!

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