Early Galveston Artists and Photographers: Recovering a Legacy

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Since Audubon visited Galveston in 1837, artists have flocked to the island, some just passing through and others staying their entire lives. But because Galveston remained remote from the nation’s cultural centers, its artistic contributions were initially largely ignored. However, the recovery effort from the Great Storm of 1900 spurred a new sense of local pride and civic determination. The Cotton Carnivals attracted people throughout the state, the city’s artists united to promote local art through the creation of the Galveston Art League and photographers modernized their practices. In the early 1920s, a new generation, freed from nineteenth-century traditions, started to gain attention both on and off the island. Explore Galveston’s artistic heritage with local historian Pat Jakobi, from the portraits of Thomas Flintoff to the Balinese Room murals of Marie Marchi Ragone.
ISBN: 9781467146302
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Images: 61
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Pat was inspired by her high school art teacher to minor in art history in college (there was no major at her college). Her goal was to work in an art museum. But life and family needs intervened. After working as a social worker, an English teacher and a healthcare planner, she obtained her PhD in history of American health policy, ending up in Galveston as a health policy analyst and grants writer. The day after she went from full-time to part-time work, she joined the Galveston Art League and began showing her photography at its gallery. Now fully retired, she has finally realized her goal from a half century earlier, working as the volunteer manager of that gallery and continuing her fascination with Galveston’s rich cultural history.
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