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.
Johnny Was: Boho Chic & Vintage-Inspired Style
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Local Artists at the Museum of the Big Bend
Alpine Artist DIANE BAYLOR
I was born in Louisiana, but I am a westerner in my heart and soul. I made my first trip across the west when I was 10 years old, and I knew immediately this was where I wanted to be. It took awhile, with sojourns into Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and central Texas, but I did get here. When I arrived in Alpine, I knew I was home.
I have been married to a wonderful man, Roland Baylor, for 30 years. We are active with Meals on Wheels, the Methodist Church, the Humane Society, the Alpine Animal Shelter, and of course Gallery on the Square. With all our activities and our wonderful friends, I have never been happier in my life. It seems I have always been fascinated by rocks. To me, they were simply unusual, interesting, or pretty. However, since I moved to Alpine, I have really begun to learn something about them. Rocks are an incredible material. No two are the same, and even different slabs of the same rock will be different.
I had never considered making pieces of jewelry from rocks until I joined the Gem and Mineral Club in Alpine. There I saw how innovative people could be with their rock creations.
I consider myself an “artist-in-training.” I hope I have not yet reached my full potential with my designs or my craftsmanship. I am constantly trying new ideas and styles. My work does not include imitation gemstones, and all the metal used is sterling silver. I hope you get as much pleasure looking at my pieces—and possibly wearing them—as I did making them.
Inspired by the austere landscape, this city boy is mesmerized by the West Texas wide-open spaces and the shapes the sun creates by bathing the objects below, even the clouds cast shadows! The mountains miles away or the cactus at my feet, the inspiration for my painting is right in front of me.
Having graduated with a BFA from Auburn University and after a very successful entertainment career, I return to my passion of painting and earned an MA from Sul Ross State University in my semi-retirement in my new home of Alpine, Texas. Reigniting my passion and artistic style with an emphasis on the landscape, its inhabitants and its manmade elements telling stories of how we coexist with nature and its beauty.
Like the cow in the desert, I am so happy in my new environment under the huge sky enjoying the sun, the clouds during the day and the abundance of stars at night. What I see around me keeps me looking up, smiling and painting.
Museum of the Big Bend & Alpine Products Now Available
We are now featuring a selection of Museum of the Big Bend & Alpine ceramic magnets by local artist, Amanda Calhoun; “Cajun” Beef Jerky made by students at Sul Ross State University Meat Lab located at the Turner Range Animal Science complex; a custom blend of fair trade, organic coffee from Big Bend Coffee Roasters; and t-shirts & hoodie sweatshirts in a variety of sizes and designs. Come by the shop and have a look!
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.