Waco painter Kermit Oliver is hardly unknown.

His deeply allegorical work was included in the inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. There was a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2005. And curator Dave Hickey selected him for SITE Santa Fe’s fourth International Biennial in 2001.

Despite this storied history, Oliver has remained peripheral to the Texas art world and is best known as the postal worker who became the first American to design a scarf for the French fashion house Hermès.

Born into a family of ranch workers in Refugio, Texas, in 1943, Oliver would go on to study at Texas Southern University in Houston. Having decided against a career in teaching, and although exhibiting with Houston galleries, he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1984, he and his family moved to Waco. He

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Don Fotine and wife Connie with his winning painting 'Snow Geese' at the Carson Valley Art 
Assocation Scholarship show.

Don Fotine and wife Connie with his winning painting ‘Snow Geese’ at the Carson Valley Art
Assocation Scholarship show.

 

Carson Valley Art Association recently displayed the art of more than 40 local artists in their annual Scholarship Benefit Art Show in Minden.

This year’s show was held Nov. 5-7 and 112 pieces were on display, mostly from Carson and Eagle valley artists, with a few from Reno, Markleeville, and Stagecoach.

Several of the entries were from nonassociation members and many were new to the show.

This free three-day art show included a reception, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a flea table.

Eight media categories in the art show were acrylic, water media, mixed media, photography, oil, 3D-art, pastel and other. Mark Tompkins was the judge this year.

Carson Valley Art Association thanked the community for its support in this scholarship fundraising event, and for supporting and promoting

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When he was a kid in the seventies, first experimenting with photography, Charles Mason found that mistakes he had made on film could produce fascinating results. “You always look at things that went wrong, to see if they’re interesting on their own,” he recalled. “Did the photo gods step in and give you something?”

For the works he has on display this month at Well Street Art Co., Mason found himself back in this place. The show originated in a 2018 artist in residence stint at Denali National Park, where he employed the 19th century collodion process to take pictures and develop them on the spot, with serendipity and chemical interactions having as much to do with the end result of each image as Mason’s framing.

“It was the first practical way to shoot in the field easily and come up with reproducible pictures and make big pictures,” Mason

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“An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain,” a new photography exhibition, opens Friday, Dec. 3 at the Milwaukee Art Museum and it is the first comprehensive show of work by Vietnamese-born American photographer An-My Lê.

The exhibition, in the Baker/Rowland Galleries, was organized by Carnegie Museum of Art Curator of Photography Dan Leers and coordinated here by MAM Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts Lisa Sutcliffe.

“On Contested Terrain” – which includes works from a number of the photographer’s series – runs through March 27, 2022.

An-My Lê was born in Saigon in 1960 during the Vietnam War and most, though not all, of the photographs explore conflict and war.

Here you can see her process:


For one series, she embedded with military training in the American Southwest for the Iraq War. For another, she participated in reenactments of the Vietnam War.

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