After Gallery Nights, Texas

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Maybe this is funny, maybe it is not. How could you bake a loaf of bread if the temperature of the oven would only go up to 100F. degrees? How can a person that takes “beta-blockers” get their heart rate up to 136 per minute… when such medicine is designed to keep the heart rate way down! Specially a person such as me that has for the time being an unknown coronary problem situation! So that was the scenario this morning at the Odessa Medical Hospital. I was not for sure going to fall flat on my face or burst these old tubes of mine, specially when I found out about the “beta-blocker” dilemma. The order was changed to a “chemically induced” stress test, as I wondered who invented that one… not the most pleasant 4 minutes, but able to put up with it for that short of time… Results? December 2nd… Till then, the folder is locked and put away and we are on our way to “The Oasis”, our own space. I am exhausted, inside out.


Days spend in such urban magnification unveils such a slide show calling me back to Nature as fast as I can. We probably should have stayed in Odessa one more night, but… it just was not going to happen. We made it back to Alpine, again, where we will run some errands tomorrow, check out the empty spaces at the Gallery and finally go on to embrace that soil waiting for us. We arrived back in the dark, “Gallery Nights” banner across the road was still up, but the streets are now empty, the sparkles of the nights are dimmed and all is left are some great memories.


Kiowa Gallery, Alpine

There is no more smells of food, no more smoke from the portable grills, one can cross the street without being the center of the glare of hundreds of vehicles and I cannot help being a bit nostalgic about it all. The smiles where everywhere, the air was electric and I am already looking forward to next year. I know the medical news will be good and I know the Journey will again take us throughout those unique and special spaces, maybe some we have already seen and felt and still to this day feeling.


Derailleurs a  

“The Derailers” arrived in their “jazzy” tour bus and entertained us on Saturday night with their incredible music which was a treat to listen to.


A new Friend, the very talented Artist “Barbell”. I love her shoes, her socks, her Blue Cross bag, necklace and her not seen here “liquid ring”. She is a “statement” and can afford it.



From rugs to guitars, it was all there for these two memorable nights.

Granada a

The main attraction was the newly renovated Granada Theatre, circa 1928. I have not been able yet to find much information on it, but I do know that it has been a dream come through. It will be used for local events, soon even with an outside patio and for those two nights was the location for the “silent auction” benefiting the new “public library”. I myself donated a packet of Art Cards and all this being so new to me, was such a thrill to stop by a couple times and find out that there had been some bids on them.

Granada b

Granada c Granada d

A beautiful space, a space the town of Alpine can be so proud of as I am sure it will used for so many functions, shows and a multitude of Artistic events. Upstairs is the “Yoga” center, another beautiful room filed with the warmth of wood, and a unique wall filled with lights and ropes ready for the stretching.

Yoga wall 

Even the restrooms had a special touch to their entrances!

Granada e

My mind this morning, the “morning after” as they call it, is on photos, the Journey, winter still ahead of us, local adventures, new experiences and wondering when the next “wow” photo is going to happen. Not being the only one as this has been a conversation subject with many Photographers, I have discovered 3 categories of Photos. The ones I call “documentary”, being sometimes not even good photos but enabling me to show where we have been even if the sun has turned our sky green… The “good” photos, nice ones and finally the “wow” photo… the ones lucky enough if it happens a couple times a year! My standards of their vision is so high toward those particular photos that I feel one has to be lucky to be there at the right place, at the right time more than anything else.

Keri and John


I remember each of those! A Sunset at the California Lost Coast, a Sunrise at the Chisos, the Beehive south of Moab, Sotol Look Out on one magical evening filled with distant storms, and there are just a few more. They are the ones that will grab all the senses and as defined I will go “WOW”! And yet, it is all so subjective… So that is the fun part of it all, Mother Nature’s Art Work in correlation with the Human senses all laid out in pixels on a piece of paper!!! It is not anymore the stream amongst the mountains, the ocotillo branch pointing to the skies, even the beautiful Texas sunsets that make up the “wow” pictures anymore. I will not know till it happens, could be the next minute or next year! But we will be out there ready… as we always are.


I has to stop last night on our way back from Odessa… the skies so often offer this gift I just cannot pass up!

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Be well, always.   Ara & Spirit

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4 Responses to “After Gallery Nights, Texas”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Hi Ara,

    It’s been a while since hearing from you. I’m checking in on ya! I love your new photographs! Any word yet on whether or not you are coming to Austin?
    Big hugs,

  2. Zelda Says:

    Hi, Ara,
    You were in Randy’s and my thoughts yesterday, as I’m sure you were in the thoughts of your many readers. We know how it feels to look forward to saying “this is behind me now” and we were looking forward to that time when you could say it, too. Meanwhile, your pictures of Alpine Gallery Nights and Texas sunsets is a happy reminder that there is still beauty and joy in good company and makes us wish we were there! Not to say that isn’t the case in Iowa, but the grass is always greener in some exotic place.
    With warm thoughts of you and Spirit,
    “Zelda” (actually Pam, Randy’s wife)

  3. Jim Says:

    Yep I’ve had that stress tess my self a couple times……..sometimes I think the “cure is worse than the cause”
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Marti Says:

    Hi Ara,

    It’s been a while since we chatted. Thanks so much for the visit to Gallery Night. Did not make it down to Big Bend this year, but we will be there next November. We have a workshop scheduled November 14-20, 2009. You can see it on our new website at

    What’s with the stress test? Don’t you go make me worrying about you and Spirit!!

    Sending you lots of good-health energy and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,

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