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
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.
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2013 Festival Commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsnD5Y6s-x4
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
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.
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.
Houston-based artist Carter Ernst will exhibit a broad retrospective of her sculpture, painting and drawings of animals, insects, and other living forms found in nature. Ernst’s creations reflect her intensive study of three disciplines: ceramics, painting, and sculpture. With an extraordinary natural intuition and a mastery over the fundamentals of structure, color and form, Ernst is able to create works of art that are embodiments of the inner spirit of living beings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1FRx0h6wCI
Once again, the Nave will transform into “Art Car Victoria” with a FREE family event. The Nave will kick off the festivities May 18 at 11:30am with Victoria’s 2nd annual Art Car Parade through downtown Victoria and ending at The Nave. There will be arts and crafts provided by The Manhattan Art Program and The Museum of the Coastal bend. Tasty’s food truck will be parked in front of The Nave from 12-4pm to feed your need for great tacos!
Ann Harithas, event curator and board member of the Nave, has been a judge at the annual Orange Show Houston Art Car Parade for 25 years and is also founder of the Art Car Museum in Houston. For the fourth year in Victoria, Harithas will organize award-winning art cars from noted art car artists for display on Commercial Street in front of the Nave, along with a new exhibition by Carter Ernst on view inside the museum, which will offer free admission from 12 – 4pm.
Born in Corpus Christi and currently living and working in Rockport, Jesus Moroles has more than 2000 works on display in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. His most visible public sculpture is “Lapstrake” 1987, a massive 22 foot tall 64 ton work located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 2008 Moroles was honored with the highest award given to an artist by the U.S. government, the National Medal of Arts. His exhibit at the Nave will be a diverse and comprehensive survey of his distinguished 30 year career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3JAZQ0nb2o
The Nave is pARTnering with the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival to bring you an outdoor screening of “The Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa .” Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show!
An unlikely thief. An unthinkable theft. An unsolved mystery. Until now.
This is the story of the man who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, his 84-year-old daughter who thought he did it for patriotic reasons, and the filmmaker who spent more than 30 years trying to find the truth.
The Nave is pARTnering with the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival to bring you an outdoor screening of “The Cardboard Bernini.” Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show!
“The Cardboard Bernini,” examines the work and life of artist James Grashow as he spends 4 years building a giant cardboard fountain inspired by the work of the famous Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
James Grashow is an artist who has made—among many other things—giant 15 foot tall fighting men, an anthropomorphized city, and an ocean– using paper mache, fabric, chicken wire and cardboard. More recently, he has begun making sculptures entirely out of corrugated cardboard and twist ties.
Several years ago, while visiting the home of his art dealer, Allan Stone (who was also my father), Grashow stumbled across his giant paper mache fighting men that had been put outside due to lack of space. They were disintegrating. Although it was deeply painful and shocking for Jimmy to see his work like that, it was also surprisingly beautiful.
Feeling that he hadn’t been honest with himself about the full arc of his creative endeavors, and the inevitable decay of his art, he challenged himself to own the “back end” of his process by building something magnificent that he would install outside to disintegrate. He decided to build a giant cardboard “fountain”– a “Grashow Bernini.” Work on the fountain began in 2007, and was completed in 2011.
We follow as Jimmy asks what is the point of art and creation? What is the connection between creation and destruction? And, ultimately, how do we find meaning when we are faced with mortality?