The front hallway at Alpine Bed and Breakfast is dedicated to highlighting local artists. Each month we will feature one or two artists and their work.
100% of the proceeds from all sales go directly to the artists.
This Month's Featured Artists
Collage is my favorite medium. I love how scraps of paper and the odd image can transform to represent something new. It can make sense out of chaos, and at times, chaos out of sense
I was born and raised in Alpine, Texas, and I have been fortunate to lead a diverse and interesting life. I grew up in a ranching community and was surrounded by animals wild and domestic. I love hiking and just admiring the mountains and desert of Far West Texas. There is a peace and tranquility here like few other places I have been. Even the smells are as unique as the weather and can tell many stories.
In 1995 I discovered another remarkable place on earth. My sister Pat had been living on the Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas for several years. I was living in Corpus Christi at the time. My father and I went to visit Pat for Christmas.
I met a salvage group from Minnesota that needed a cook for their dive boat. I got that job and didn’t return to the US for months! I worked for them for 2 years, cruising around the islands and feeding hungry treasure divers. We never found much treasure but the experiences were unforgettable.
Since those days I have called Eleuthera my second home. The Bahamians have a loving and positive nature that is truly what makes these islands “paradise.” I have a small home on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. When on island I often use beach trash to create art, which is sold at a local gift shop. I also sell Beach Trash Art at Gallery on the Square (GOTS) here in Alpine. 50% of the sales from “Beach Trash Art” goes to the Ocean Conservancy.
This is why West Texas and the tropics are both depicted in my work. For me there is a direct correlation between the desert and the sea.
When I am here I miss the ocean: when I am on Eleuthera I miss the mountains.
More of Emory’s art is on display at Gallery on the Square, 117 W Holland Ave., Alpine TX, (432) 837-7203.
Since 1975, Tom Curry has had a successful career as an illustrator and artist. Tom has accumulated awards from American Illustration, Communication Arts, The New York Art Director's Club, Graphis, The Society of Illustrators, and Print. He has worked with the best art directors and designers in the world.
Today Tom and his wife, Susan, live in a remote community in the mountains of Alpine, Texas, near Big Bend National Park. They built their studio, home and gallery from papercrete, a green building material made from recycled paper, their homage to sustainability. In his art and lifestyle, Tom Curry has shared his vision of American culture with viewers all around the world.
Take a look at his portfolios at www.tomcurrystudio.com
Phone – 432-386-2348
Address – 104 West Murphy St., Alpine TX 79830