©Caleb Jagger
Jim Bones
©Jim Bones


Alpine Photo Weekend
June 3-5, 2016



Friday, June 3, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception for TPS 25: The International Competition

25th anniversary exhibition from the Texas Photographic Society, premiering at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine and featuring 60 images from the TPS International Competition. The exhibit runs through September 4, 2016.


Saturday, June 4
Photography Talks and Demonstrations

Experienced area photographers share their work and techniques. Classic to contemporary photography topics will be discussed. On the campus of Sul Ross State University, Warnock Science Building Room 101. Registration is not required.

10:00–11:00 a.m. Farm Worker Portraiture with Caleb Jagger
11:00 a.m.–noon Dye Transfer Printing with Jim Bones
1:00–2:00 p.m. Traveling Light in the Backcountry with Crystal Allbright
2:00–3:00 p.m. Selected Images with James H. Evans
3:00–4:00 p.m. iPhoneography with Steve Goff

Click Here for Talks and Demonstrations Details


Saturday, June, 7:00 p.m.: Hancock Hill Sunset Photo Hike
Sunday, June 5, 6:30 a.m.: Downtown Alpine Morning Photo Walk

All images captured in and around Alpine are eligible for free entry in the 6th Annual Shooting Alpine Photo Contest ($500 top prize).
More contest information at visitalpinetx.com/photocontest

Click Here for Hike and Walk Details

All Alpine Photo Weekend events are free of charge. For more information,
call (432) 837-8143, or email ude.s1464337283sorlu1464337283s@wol1464337283ebmur1464337283.eigg1464337283am1464337283

©Crystal Allbright
The Bike Tree
©Matt Walter
Hallie and Dadie Stillwell
©James H. Evans

Flora Domesticas
©Steve Goff
Caneel Cardwell
©Caneel Cardwell

Off the Top, watercolor, 20 X 30”, Teal Blake (2015)
Trappings of Texas

30th Annual Trappings of Texas

An Exhibit & Sale Of
Traditional Western Art & Custom Cowboy Gear

Exhibit & Sale Dates: April 14 – May 15, 2016

“My favorite show is the Trappings of Texas in Alpine. They bring the finest artists in the United States to this one place and they really take care of the artists. I call it an ‘artist revival’ because every time I leave there, I’m fired up.” — Raul Ruiz

Watch the Video of 2016 Trappings!

Jim Bones

Jim Bones: 50 Years of Bagging Light in the Big Bend

EXHIBIT DATES: Through August 31, 2016

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Jim Bones was born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1943. His father was an Air Force officer so he attended many primary schools, graduating from high school in Lompoc, California, in 1962. He enrolled at UT Austin in 1962 to study aerospace engineering, but soon switched to geology. He then changed to fine arts to study and work with the documentary photographer Russell W. Lee. In 1965 Bones began a lifelong career working with a large-format camera that makes 4x5 inch transparent slides. His first professional job was as production assistant to filmmaker Ron Perryman, for the H.E.W.-sponsored film, Pandora’s Box, Austin, Texas (1967) and the following year as a research photography consultant, for Programma de Education InterAmericana, for Texas A&M University. From 1971 to 1972 he was a photography teacher at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas. He spent a year (1972-1973) at the Dobie-Paisano Ranch, near Austin. The photographs made during his residency were published in 1975 in Texas Heartland: A Hill Country Year with John Graves. From 1975 to 1978 he worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the dye transfer printing assistant to Eliot Porter, who was widely respected for his large-format color work, especially of nature. Bones’ other works include the black and white book Texas Earth Surfaces (1970), Texas Wild, with Richard Phelan (1976), Junks of Central China, with Joseph E. Spencer (1976), Texas West of the Pecos (1981), Rio Grande, Mountains to the Sea (1985), Texas, Images of the Landscape (1986), Seeds Of Change-The Living Treasure, with Kenny Ausabel, (1994), The Smithsonian Guides To Natural America, The South Central States, with Mel White (1996), and A Long View Southwest, with J. Frank Dobie (2012). Encino Press of Austin, Texas, published two portfolios of Bones’ handmade dye-transfer prints, A Texas Portfolio, with John Graves (1977), and A Wildflower Portfolio (1978). While living in Santa Fe from 1978 to 2005, he was a self-employed photographer, writer and guide and upon moving to Alpine in 2005 has been the Interpretive Exhibit Photographer and Design Consultant for the Brewster County Tourism Council. Bones also produced Images and Memories, an 8-part series of video programs about nature with writer Bill Porterfield for The Public Broadcasting System at KERA-TV, Dallas, Texas (1970-1971). In 1998 he produced The Seed Ball Story, a half hour video about a unique habitat restoration technique. His most recent video, Dreams of the Earth, Love Songs for a Troubled Planet, was made in collaboration with Terlingua songwriter, June Rapp. All are viewable on Youtube. His works are in the permanent collections of: Alexander and Alexander of Texas, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas ; Allen State Bank Collection, Dallas, Texas, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Greg Copeland Collection, Fairfield, New Jersey; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Photography Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, Southland Royalty Company, Fort Worth, Lucent Corporation, Dallas, Wittliff Collection, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Story Sloane Collection, Houston.

Big Bend Legacy

Big Bend Legacy

The exhibit Big Bend Legacy greets visitors as they enter the Museum of the Big Bend. Legacy introduces visitors to the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region. Native Americans inhabited the area for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. The Spanish, through their system of missions and presidios, imprinted their customs on the region only to be replaced by the nation of Mexico. The westward expansion of the United States brought yet another unique culture to the Big Bend. Big Bend Legacy invites the visitor to experience this panorama of natural and human history. Enjoy the video montage below which walks you through the museum’s world-class permanent exhibits!