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Exploring Mexican Folk Art

At 6 p.m. on Oct. 23, art enthusiasts of the Valley can explore the vibrant world of folk art with seasoned connoisseurs, George and Virginia Gause. The program will be held at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen. They have amassed a collection over a 40-year span of original works of folk art and have gained unique expertise in their field. Become acquainted with what distinguishes folk art from other forms of art and explore the Gause’s extensive, personal collection. They will lead a tour of the Ann Maddox Moore Folk Art room filled with Serenas, Trees of Life, Diablos and Alebrijes (fictional wildlife). The program fee is $3 per person; no reservation is required. For more information, call 681-3370 or visit


‘Meet the Mormons’ documentary opens today at Cinemark

The new documentary movie “Meet the Mormons” will be released this Friday, Oct. 10, in theaters across the country. Locally, it is showing at the Cinemark Hollywood USA theatre in McAllen located at 2nd St. and Nolana.

Filmed on location and across the globe, “Meet the Mormons” takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.


PalmFest Folklife Celebration offers variety entertainment

McALLEN – The eighth annual PalmFest International Folklife Celebration features an array of attractions this weekend on Oct. 4 and 5. It will be staged on the grounds and in the conference halls of the McAllen Convention Center at Ware Road and Expressway 83 from 12 Noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

PalmFest features major attractions, historical displays, car show, art, family games, rides and activities, cooking competitions and demonstrations, live entertainment, diverse food and beverage. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. Parking is also free.


Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL

Jessica Monroe will lead a series of children’s art classes, “Fall into Art,” beginning Oct. 11 at the Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th in Mission.  Geared for ages 7 to 10 years, it runs for six weeks on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., ending Nov. 15.

Monroe began teaching children’s art classes at UVAL in 1998 until 2001 when she left to attend Southwestern University where she earned her bachelor’s in studio art.  After graduating, she returned to the Valley and taught art at Med High in Mercedes and Juan Diego Academy in Mission.


Tranquil Beginnings

20140905 Tranquil-BeginningsUpper Valley art League member David Bowen is a musician, but only recently entered the visual arts scene when he became a member of UVAL about three years ago. He is an accomplished organist, pianist and harpsichordist whose primary interest is early music. Having no experience in the visual arts, the floodgates opened when he immersed himself in all the instruction available as he attended many workshops, and studied with Ines Kowalyszyn who says that his rapid progress is based on "practice, practice, practice." The fruits his labors and dedication will be on display in his exhibit, “Tranquil Beginnings,” that opens at McAllen Stained Glass this Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. It is located at 800 Main St., Ste. 400.

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