Arts Roundup: 'Lonesome Dove,' Bethany Fields, Chamber Music Amarillo, AC Faculty Art Show

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"Crossing the Rio Grande" by Bill Wittliff
Courtesy Humanities Texas

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

In this collection of the latest in Amarillo arts news, Panhandle-Plains celebrates a Western classic, an Amarillo artist exhibits in New York and a new executive director is hired at CMA.


Lonesome Dove

"Gus and Call on the Mesa" by Bill Wittliff is among the behind-the-scenes images on view in "Lonesome Dove" at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon.
Courtesy Humanities Texas

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lonesome Dove in a new photography exhibition at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

Screenwriter, author and photographer Bill Wittliff, who wrote screenplays for the miniseries, took photos during the filming of the miniseries, which centered on a trail drive by two former Texas Rangers, Capt. Woodrow F. Call and Capt. August "Gus" McCrae. The men were partially inspired by real-life cattlemen Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight, whose Goodnight-Loving Trail ran through nearby Eastern New Mexico.

The traveling exhibition— on view through Dec. 3 — was created by the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Additional images are on view at the Amarillo National Bank Historic Federal Building, 620 S. Tyler St. in downtown Amarillo.

“It is very exciting for PPHM to host this exhibition,” said Carol Lovelady, PPHM director, “because we have the real thing – the chuck box used by Charles Goodnight and the oldest extant image of Oliver Loving in a public collection.”

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $6 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members, children younger than 4 and West Texas A&M University faculty, staff and students.

Call 806-651-2244.


Enduring Brilliance

Amarillo artist Bethany Fields' "The Glade at the Edge" will be on view in a Pastel Society of America exhibition in New York.

Amarillo artist Bethany Fields is featured in a new international exhibition in New York City.

Fields, a contemporary artist who works in pastel, oil, acrylic and photography, is displaying works in Enduring Brilliance, an annual juried international show for Pastel Society of America.

The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 30 at the National Arts Club in Grammercy Park, featuring 180 pastel works from around the world, including Fields' "The Glade at the Edge."

It is Fields' second year in a row to be chosen for the exhibition.


Chamber Music Amarillo

Karen Logan is the new executive director of Chamber Music Amarillo.Karen Logan is the new executive director of Chamber Music Amarillo. Karen Logan took over as executive director of Chamber Music Amarillo on Monday.

Logan, a lifelong Amarillo resident, has degrees from Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University and the University of Southern California. She previously worked at AC, where she founded and ran the AC Pantry, then was corporate relationship manager for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon for three years.

She also works with Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, Toastmasters, League of Women Voters, the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and others.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Karen," CMA artistic director David Palmer said. "Having Karen join our team during CMA's 20th season is a pivotal moment is our history. Her expertise and passion for our mission will propel our organization in new and exciting ways, helping us become even more relevant for our community."

CMA was founded in 1999 and features a series of classical concerts and jazz concerts, mostly in the Fibonacci Space, 3306 S.W. Sixth Ave. The group's 20th season-opening concert is Saturday, featuring pianist J.T. Hassell and the Caelus Piano Quartet.

Call 806-236-3545.


Faculty Art Show

Steven Cost's "Don Matteo" is among the works that will be on view beginning Sept. 21 in an Amarillo College visual arts department faculty art show.

The visual arts department at Amarillo College will come together for its first Faculty Art Show.

The show opens Sept. 21 in the Common Lobby Art Gallery, located in the bottom floor between the Music Building, Concert Hall Theatre and Amarillo Museum of Art on the AC Washington Street campus. It will hang through Oct. 5.

Faculty members expecting to display work include Victoria Taylor-Gore, Brent Cavanaugh, Stephanie Jung, Rene West, Dennis Olson, Derek Weathersbee, Steven Cost and others.

"It is important for our AC family, students, and the community to get an opportunity to view works by AC Visual Arts faculty because it showcases the amazing skills and creativity of our faculty. We have a lot to offer our students and the community, and as they say — a picture is worth a thousand words," said Taylor-Gore, dean of liberal arts. "In art, design, and photography, faculty need to stay active in their fields and current in their work so they inspire not just by great teaching but also by example. Faculty also benefit from getting work together for a show and seeing what other faculty are doing."

The exhibition will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, graphic design and more.

An opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 21. The party will feature music by AC jazz professor Jim Laughlin's combo and refreshments.

Call 806-371-5290.



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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