Numerous vehicles drive down Sixth Street through the Mitte Cultural District oblivious to the opportunity to stop and spend an hour to expose themselves and their children to the value of art appreciation.
When you take your children to the wonderful Gladys Porter Zoo or play at Dean Porter Park, take time to enter the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art to cool off from the summer heat and to open your eyes to the expressions of artists to the world around us.
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is now holding its Members Art Show for the entire month of June. The Members Show will specifically showcase the adult artists enrolled in classes, the volunteer instructors and other BMFA members’ work.
In May the museum presented the outstanding art of the 46th International Art Exhibit, featuring artists from the United States and a variety of other countries. It featured works judged from more than 400 entries.
We all are aware of the value of art for children, but being creative is of immense value for adults and especially the senior citizens of our area. Taking classes with like-minded individuals offers access to socialization that is especially good for mental and physical health as we age.
One of our members came to her first class at age 89, and at 92 still is enjoying painting individual note cards to send to her friends as she copes with hospice care.
A BMFA artist’s membership provides access to classes in oil, acrylics, pastels, water media and repoussé weekday mornings and Wednesday evening at no extra charge.
BMFA is recognizing the value of the artist members who initially founded the Brownsville Art League in 1935 and are now involved in the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.
This Members’ Art Show is the first members’ show presented since 2007, and it will be repeated as an important annual event as it was at the Neale House and the former Brownsville Art League Museum on the levee.
We thank the present board members for recognizing the importance of their members’ contributions, and we invite the community to join as supporters.
BMFA hopes to eventually assist our adult members by reducing the cost of art supplies, sponsoring specific workshops and providing a scholarship program for classes to needed senior members in the community.
The opening reception for the Members Art Exhibit was held Friday, June 1.
You are invited to attend the exhibits at BMFA, located on Sixth Street just south of Ringgold Street. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $2.50
for seniors, students and veterans, and free for children under 6 years of age.
Marilyn J. Brown
BMFA volunteer instructor
Local forum appreciated
Thank you Brownsville Herald for advocating free speech and supporting the First Amendment. I’ve been retired and living here for just over 6 years and have enjoyed reading your paper online or in offices. I am sure many out there agree and also are thankful.
I especially like the funny ones where people create stories and they are posted on the editorial pages. It definitely makes for some interesting reading and analysis. I am thankful that The Herald has also given me an opportunity to write and submit letters, some of which were posted.
I remember vaguely what a well-educated and quite pleasant English teacher at Cummings Junior High from long ago named Mrs. Marilyn Burns (RIP) taught us in class. I recall her saying that there are only three reasons why one writes: to entertain, to inform or to persuade, not in any particular order.
I like to think that in all my efforts to learn there and in college have paid off, as I really only stick with the second and third reasons. By the way, we practiced all three types of writing skills and even used them in combinations.
I think it is important to use them wisely, considering one’s audience (thank you, Mrs. Burns). Didn’t the city name a school after Mrs. Burns? Her son Johnny and I were in the same class and I believe he’s up north somewhere.
I leave the first reason to write (fear and superstition) to the Hollywood people, et al., who think they are better than we are and know what we really need. Entertainment is a great thing and many rely on stuff they hear on fake news and think it’s real. One can lie or make up stuff (fiction) when entertaining” people.
Movies have been made from this type of creative artwork (chainsaws, cars, trucks) that you have probably seen. I liked, from the very beginning, the notion that using skill and science as opposed to fear and superstition when writing is definitely a better position to take when discussing any issues. When was the last time a debate team won by solely entertaining the opposing team?
Additionally, many politicians don’t really have a platform to run on and don’t really inform or persuade anyone, so there’s only one thing left to do: rely on smear tactics.
When one entertains, the words usually are called comedy.
To inform and or persuade people requires work, a difficult concept for some to truly grasp. Aye, research it and learn about what’s going on, hence the term “skill and science,” which really never really hurt anyone.
I realize it can be difficult for some folks to understand this, just like those who forget that we have laws for everything from murder to entering this country illegally. It’s OK, this country’s culture is filled with these types, and we need them because then life, without their writing, would not be as entertaining. Just like the very old saying about a fool and his money going separate ways.
I concede that ignorance is bliss, and I have seen it in every place I have traveled to (even overseas). Oh yeah, lots of bliss.
The Herald has my deepest sense of gratitude for allowing many readers the ability to exercise their First Amendment rights.
It is wonderful, and let us hope that no one wants to infringe upon their “right” to free speech (the First Amendment).
I hope the Second Amendment will also be protected because as movies point out, cars, chainsaws, screwdrivers, drills, sledgehammers, baseball bats, etc., also kill people too.
Now, please entertain me with that.
Strong lights draw concern
While not as important as say, driving while intoxicated or speeding, the use of strong LED headlights in cars impairs the vision of other drivers. I believe this is a rising safety concern as more and more Brownsvillians adopt the technology.
Yes, it can help you out if you can barely see during the night hours. However, I also do hold a somewhat unpopular opinion that you need to let the other drivers see the road and take precautions.
If you cannot see the road during the night, you have to stop and think if it is absolutely necessary to blind other drivers by putting strong LED headlights. The roads in this city are already well lit and good reflective paint is used in the lanes.
Think for the common good. Blinding others will lead to a crash or even to the damage of vision of others, which in turn could lead to a more widespread use of strong LED headlights and even more crashes.
Drive on, fellow Americans!