Big Bend Trading Company
Big Bend Trading Company, the museum’s gift shop, sells books related to the Big Bend and the museum’s collections. It also carries a variety of clothing, gifts and crafts for children and adults including Gorky Pottery, Charley Harper Handcrafted Birds, and Big Bend Collection Candles.
Gorky Pottery: Gorky González founded Alfarería Tradicional, the first pottery workshop in Guanajito, in order to reproduce and preserve the traditional majolica pottery technique of the region. All Gorky Pottery is food safe according to FDA standards and regulations. The Museum of the Big Bend is the exclusive retail outlet of Gorky Pottery in the Big Bend.
Charley Harper Handcrafted Birds: Charley Harper born on a farm in West Virginia, studied art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he later made his home. For more than 60 years, without computers, Mr. Harper captured color, shape and movement. He uniquely simplified intricate and complex lines through his painted art. Designed by Gold Leaf Design Group and approved by the Harper Estate, each of these birds is a representation of Mr. Harper’s “minimal realism.”
Big Bend Collection Candles: Created exclusively for the Museum of the Big Bend, these artisanal soy candles were inspired by the desire to bring nature’s calm, serene fragrances of the Big Bend into all environments. Each candle is carefully crafted from start to finish in the USA, using only the finest, locally sourced materials to ensure the highest quality.
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Local Artists featured in the Big Bend Trading Company
Amanda Calhoun is a working artist in Alpine, Texas where she creates one of a kind ceramic art pieces. Originally, from Corpus Christi, Texas, Amanda started her journey with ceramics at Aloe Tile Works in 1999. She worked for the small tile company for fourteen years and developed her love of clay and color. During this time, she attended Texas A&M – Corpus Christi where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in ceramics and printmaking. In 2013, she and her artist husband, Gregory Tegarden, moved to Alpine, Texas. Together they create in clay and enjoy West Texas sunsets. Amanda’s work is chiefly influenced by classic movies, vintage tourism, and food. She strives to make pieces that can appeal to anyone and that celebrate the small beauties in life.
June Adler, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, has received numerous awards in juried art exhibitions and is represented in many private and corporate collections and in the permanent collection of the McAllen International Museum, McAllen, Texas. Having been included in exhibitions at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art and the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Ms. Adler was also selected for a one person traveling exhibition that toured Universities and Libraries across the United States for five years. Besides creating her own artwork in a variety of media, she has represented other artists, and is one of the original founders of Archway Gallery in Houston, the longest running artist partnership gallery in the United States. Having been involved in various aspects of the visual arts for most of her life, June Adler wrote her first play in 1999 and has had five short plays produced. She has written a book of humorous short fiction (“Strangers in the Attic”) and before moving to Alpine from Houston, was a frequent reader in the Archway Gallery Reading Series and Scriptwriters Houston.
Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide
A full-color softcover book containing 52 photographs by Jim Bones of the Continental Divide from Alaska into Mexico alongside ekphrastic poetry, poems written after reflecting on an objet d’art, by 39 poets from Texas and New Mexico. A low resolution copy of the book can be viewed here.
This anthology is a record of the exhibit Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide which is currently showing at the Museum Big Bend from January 13 – March 25, 2018.
The book retails for $24.95 + tax, $5.00 for shipping.