WHAT: Hal Marcus Studio Tour
WHEN: 2 Days! 10 am – 5 pm Saturday, April 27th
INFO: Hal Marcus is opening up his art studio for free tours Sat. Apr. 27th, 10 am to 5 pm, & Sun. Apr. 28th, 12 to 5 pm, in conjunction with the “El Paso Artist’s Studio Tour”.
Hal’s painting studio is located in a converted garage apartment behind his home in Sunset Heights. Once inside climb the spiral staircase to see what’s currently on his easel. Hal will be available to talk and share colorful stories about his profession as an artist in El Paso for over 40 years. Be sure and take a peek and wander out the back door of the studio to enjoy his unique and beautiful back yard where you will find lots of tile, sculptures, and oddities guaranteed to transport you to another place and time.
Artist Holly Cox will be Hal’s guest artist. Holly’s work is currently on display at Hal’s Gallery in the exhibit “3 Generations” which features Holly’s work along with her father, Eugene Thurston, and her grandmother, Fern Thurston.
FOR MORE INFO: about Hal & Hal’s studio, call (915) 533-9090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR OTHER STUDIO INFO: This is a 2 weekend city-wide event running April, 20-21 & 27-28 for info. on the locations of the other studios & dates they will be open, go to:
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‘3 Generations’ : Feb. 21 opening & March 21 ARTalk & EEPACO Meeting
Opening Thursday, February 21, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hal Marcus Gallery - 1308 N. Oregon
Three Generations of Early El Paso Artists are highlighted in the Gallery’s latest exhibit of work by important El Paso artists Fern Thurston, Eugene Thurston and Holly Cox; respectively Grandmother, Father and Daughter. Each artist achieved the level of professional excellence as an artist and contributed greatly to El Paso’s art legacy.
Fern Thurston (1870-1956) was the first of three generations of Early Texas Artist. She studied with notable El Paso artists Dey de Ribcowsky, Xavier Gonzalez and Rolla Taylor. Fern painted in oil and was known mostly for her florals and landscapes. She was also a teacher. She helped organize the Art Study Group at the El Paso Women’s Club in 1924; participated in the First Sun Carnival Exhibit of 1949, was a charter member of the El Paso Art Association, was a founding member of the El Paso Art Guild and participated in its shows as well as the “Curb Shows” at the El Paso Public Library, El Paso Women’s Club, El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and the El Paso Art Association. Her paintings are in many collections including the Texas Capita in Austin. She is the mother of Eugene Thurston and grandmother of Holly Cox.
Eugene Thurston (1896-1993) is the second generation and the most well-known of the three Thurston artists. He is collected widely in El Paso and especially by Early Texas Art enthusiasts. By the time he was in El Paso High School, he was the cartoonist and editor of the “Tatler”. By 1916 he was drawing commercial advertisements for El Paso businesses. The El Paso Herald Post published his first political cartoon in 1917. In the 1920’s he did color lithographic printing with Carl Hertzog, produced greeting cards of his work which were sold at the Popular Dry Goods & The White House stores and distributed as far as Santa Fe and San Antonio. Encouraged by his mother, Fern Thurston, artists Audley Dean Nicols and Harry Wagoner, artist and owner of the “Fine Arts Shop” he began painting landscapes in oils. His classic desert and landscapes are what he is most well -known for and are highly collectable today. In 1924 he assisted Dey de Ribcowsky and Harry Wagoner to organize the Southwest International Exposition. Eugene became interested in expanding opportunities for all El Paso artists and helped organize the El Paso Arts Guild in 1927, the Del Norte Arts and Crafts Guild in 1934, the Far Southwest Artists in 1935 and served on the first Sun Carnival Exhibit committee in 1949. In 1940 Eugene began teaching art at El Paso Technical Institute and continued for over 25 years, passing on his knowledge of art to high school students. He was a Charter member of the El Paso Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the El Paso Art Association where he served as President in 1950 and 1951; he was a member of the Southern States Art League and The Texas Fine Art Association. His paintings are the Texas Capital Historic Artifacts Collection, the Texas Retired Teacher Association Collection in Austin, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, in the El Paso Museum of Art, the International Museum of Art collection, the El Paso Art Association President’s Collection and the University of Texas at El Paso Library.
Holly Thurston Cox is still actively creating art. She represents the third generation of Thurston artists. Holly studied art in college and graduated with a BA in art in 1954 from Texas Western College. She grew up surrounded by her grandmother and father’s art. She began painting as a child when her grandmother, Fern Thurston, told her “You sit here and I’ll sit there and we will paint”. Her father, Eugene Thurston gave her tubes of paint, a palette and palette knife and told her to practice mixing pigments, which was the beginning of her lifelong love for color and painting. At a young age she began showing her paintings. Holly also studied with Eloise Hobble, Urbici Soler, Robert Massey, Ellen Coogler, Vera Wise, and Kelly Fearing. Later she studied with Rogelio Madera de la Pena, Ben Konis, Dong Kingman, and Win Korf.
Holly is well known for her colorful, ethereal abstract paintings. She has exhibited her paintings in numerous exhibits in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and California and has received many awards for her paintings. Holly is not only an artist, but also a teacher and expert on Early Texas and El Paso Art.
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