Ride: New Works by Amber Eagle | March 7 – May 4, 2014

The Nave Museum will be exhibiting Ride: New Works by Amber Eagle. Amber Eagle is an internationally exhibited artist who works in many different media and is well known for her exquisitely crafted award-winning art cars.

Ride is inspired by ancient aliens and outer space as well as the ancient and baroque culture of Mexico where Eagle lives. The ancient alien is used a metaphor for the stranger in everyone, as well as illegal aliens; and outer space as a metaphor for our mysterious inner space.

The exhibit features the worldwide premier of her new art car “Rosebud” and a series of work she has created while making the car. The car arrives in Victoria for the March 6th opening, having travelled the route of many alien crossings from central Mexico. Eagle’s exhibit reflects a collaboration with many Mexican craftspeople including her husband Guillermo Rosas and his wrought iron workshop, as well as mechanics, carpenters, electricians and seamstresses.

Amber Eagle will be present March 6, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Nave Museum for our Member Preview. Nowhere but The Nave do Members have the exclusive opportunity to meet and mingle with the Artists, Collectors and Curators responsible for our exhibits. Anyone interested in becoming a Member can contact The Nave office by calling 361-575-8227, emailing info@navemuseum.com or simply join at the door on March 6. We look forward to seeing you!

The Nave Museum is located at 306 W. Commercial in Victoria, TX and is open to the public 12-4pm Tues through Sun and 12-7pm Thursday. Admission is Pay What You Want. Enjoy the exhibit and decide what you would like to give to support our mission.

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Eye to Eye: Regional Portraits of Pioneers, Founders, Leaders, Citizens, Movers and Shakers | January 16 – February 23, 2014

Along with “The Cattle Baron’s Daughter and the Artists Who Loved Her” and “Art on The Hoof,” “Eye to Eye” is the third in a series of exhibits at The Nave showcasing regional history through art. Portraits in this exhibit cover a range of styles and techniques, as well as providing windows to the past.  What do you see when you stand “eye to eye” with these portraits?  Steely resolve?  Feminine beauty?  Traits of character?  You will certainly come face to face with familiar images.  Finally, you can judge for yourself how accurately or convincingly the artist has captured the individual.  A fair likeness?  Well, that is in the eye of the beholder.

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Art Spoken Here |



Art Spoken Here will be the first time multi-discipline forms converge under one roof when the Nave opens its doors to spoken word, musical and visual artists. The artists are from Houston, Austin and Victoria. For some, it will be a homecoming celebration, and for all it will be a chance to show the works that they feel best represents who they are as artists. The styles range far and wide – mixed media, sculptures, paintings and photography combined with the oral traditions of poetry and music to tell their stories.

12/19 performance – Kim Pickens

12/29 performance – Folly Collage

12/21 will be an expanded performance of spoken word and musical acts at the Golden Gecko, 202 W. Forrest St where doors will open at 9PM. Scheduled to appear are Rajolei Pickens, Aaron Jacob, Matt Harlan, Zin, Layla Becker, Angela Guillory, Da’Shade Moonbeam, Steph Gordon, Neal’s Acoustic Journey.

Visual Artists scheduled – Michael K Taylor, Lovie Olivia, Tina Hernandez, The Artfull Dodger (Patrick Medrano), Katy Anderson, Lisa Qualls, Rodolfo Villarreal, Angela Guillory, Seditious Seraphim (Taylor Stephens), Monito Loco, Liana Lopez and Edwin Daniel Kuykendall (Danny K). For more information, please visit http://navemuseum.com or www.facebook.com/somewhereinbetweenart.

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Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Exhibition | November 2 – December 15, 2013

On display inside The Nave will be artistic Altars (Ofrendas) that commemorate the memory of a loved one.  These altars include photos, brilliant flowers, art work, and often the honored person’s favorite food or drink.  The exhibit at The Nave will also include a Silent Auction of over 50 Retablos, small devotional folk-art pieces that are lovingly crafted and highly detailed, and available in many unique styles, created by artists from Victoria and the surrounding area. The Silent Auction continues at The Nave through December 15th. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm36MAdyMHg

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Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Downtown Festival | Saturday, November 2, 2013


The Nave Museum will again host a FREE Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) Festival and Exhibit, beginning with a somber March of Remembrance from St. Mary’s church (Church & Main Streets) at 11a.m. to the Nave Museum (Moody & Commercial Streets). All are invited to join which marchers, many of whom will carry pictures of their deceased loved ones. Then festivities will then commence with a sometimes macabre, always loving celebration on the grounds of The Nave and at DeLeon Plaza. Activities include a children’s arts and crafts area hosted by Manhattan Art Program and Museum of the Coastal Bend, face painting, food and beverage vendors, a Mercado and musical performances throughout the day and evening, including Ballet Folklorico and other local school groups. The celebration will end with a candlelight March of Remembrance around DeLeon Plaza.

Like the festivals facebook page for more updates! https://www.facebook.com/vtxdf

2013 Festival Commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsnD5Y6s-x4



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McKay Otto: Ever About Ever | September 5 – October 20, 2013

Utilizing light, sound and the work of McKay Otto, The Nave will be transformed into a space for meditation and contemplation. Artist Statement:  In consideration of the dimensional relationships that exist between drawing, painting, and sculpture, this work is concerned with freeing two-dimensionality in painting.  The specially formulated transparent nylon “canvas” provides the opportunity to work within and transform the traditional support of painting.   The implementation of the grid serves as a drawn formal structure that both stabilizes the surface of the art object while simultaneously creating passages for the viewer to literally see beyond.   This current body of work may serve as a metaphor for humanity’s capacity to transcend itself. mckayotto.net/

Exhibit Commercial : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9SK_vuS1vQ



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Framing Main: Crossroads of History


Framing Main: Crossroads of History depicts a photographic journey portraying Joanne Ross’s search for traces of her father and his South Texas family.  Framing Main includes varied media and aspects, including photography, written narrative and documentary artifacts that follow her search for information about her ancestry and heritage, as well as the source of nearly forgotten, sometimes re-imagined memories.  The body of work uses Main Street in Cuero, Texas as a contextual frame through which memories are recovered while future memories are launched.


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Students in grades 3-6 are invited to ‘trot’ on over to Musuem of the Coastal Bend, The Texas Zoo, & The Nave Museum for a  three day triple threat camp!

Day 1: At Museum of the Coastal Bend, learn about cowboys, make your own brand and find out how native Americans lived.

Day 2: Focus on Texas habitats and native animals at the Texas Zoo. Learn why cows and horses are best suited for ranching.

Day 3: ’Rocket’ the horse will model as each camper  uses mixed-media to create their own ‘Rocket’ rendition at The Nave.

Register by contacting Nathan Palmer at (361)573-7681 or visiting the gift shop at The Texas Zoo. Registration forms available at http://texaszoo.org/events.aspx

Cost is $75 for members at any of the three organizations & $90 for non-members.

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