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International Museum of Art
Photo by Don Beene
How does one write a memorial tribute to a man for whom the descriptive epithet, “Renaissance Man,” actually applies? Bill Rakocy was certainly such a man. The WWII veteran had many jobs during the ninety-one years he lived but only one career – that of being an Artist. At various times Rak was an entrepreneur, El Paso Museum of Art curator, ad agency art director, art school teacher, and the author of over a dozen books on southwestern art and history. He exuded boundless energy and enthusiasm for projects such as: creating dioramas of early El Paso area native villages at the Archeology Museum, founding the Rio Bravo Watercolor Society, judging art shows, doing painting demonstrations for art students, planning art exhibits at local galleries and museums and always – painting, painting, painting. From the earliest drawings in elementary school to the last painting he worked on just days before he passed away, Bill Rakocy sought to capture the beauty of form and color that he saw all around him.
One of the things that I most admired about Bill Rakocy was his resilience and positive approach to life. With Rak it was never about yesterday, it was all about what he was doing today and what he anticipated doing tomorrow. Gloria, his lovely wife of 65 years, recently told me that she had never seen Rak depressed. His enthusiasm for life permeates his art; it is vibrant, fairly bursting off the canvas with motion, color and line. Rakocy’s unique style makes his paintings immediately recognizable. His art reaches out and grabs the viewer fairly shouting “Look at me and be compelled to react; whether you like me or not, you cannot ignore me.” Rak’s paintings reflect the beauty of the southwest and are testaments that the man had the soul of an artist. RIP my friend.
In collaboration with the El Paso Art Association and Ft. Bliss Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the El Paso Museum of Art (located downtown) presented a one weekend exhibition of artwork created by students and volunteer artists participating in the Soldier Art Workshops. The artwork was on display July 30-August 1st. There was a great turnout!
Krystyna Robbins and Sgt. 1st Class Andres Cisneros at the Opening Reception
Click HERE to see a list of the workshops.
Click HERE to donate online to this program.
If you prefer to mail in a donation, please click HERE and print a mail-in donation form.
For more information, please contact John Robbins at (915) 309-1891 or Gary Crossland at (915) 534-7377.
By now, you should have received your copy of the 2015-2016 Yearbook. If you didn’t, please call Karla Zanelli in the office at 915-534-7377 to check your membership information and make sure everything is up-to-date. Also, if something was inaccurate regarding your name, home address, phone number, email, or privacy settings, please let Karla know. We make every attempt to do things correctly and will be more than happy to make changes to get our membership database as accurate as possible.
Thank you to the volunteers who helped stuff the yearbook envelopes! Thank you Erin Galvez, Cesar Barraza, Nancy Brown, Christine Lites, Jimmy Bemont, Robert Lomnicki, and EPAA Board Member Robert Word.
For more details about the show, visit Crossland Gallery.
ACCEPTED ARTISTS in the 2015 show: Raafat Ayoub, Cesar Barraza, Jacques Barriac, Sherri Bryant, Julie Caffee-Cruz, Gerardo Chavez, Debra De Santis, Marisol Dominguez, Robert Dozal, Jan Dreher, Paul DuMond, Blanca Estrada, David Fickett, Erin Galvez, Homero Holguin, Cesar Inostroza, Lin Bentley Keeling, Robert W. Lomnicki, Leticia Luevanos, John W. MacKenzie, Candy Mayer, Christine Miles, DeeOlga MinYoung-Phillips, Antonio Munoz, Rachel Murphree, Carmen Navar, John Northcutt, Ricardo Quinonez Aleman, Krystyna Robbins, Brenda Roberts, Patt Robles, John Rust, Bert Saldana, Rami Scully, Penny Simpson, Patricia Stockmeyer, Frank Valdez, Donna Vesely, and Nina Walker. (Check your email for instructions and drop-off information.)
"Reflections" by Antonio Munoz
Here is one of the accepted entries in this year's Arts International. It is by artist Antonio Munoz. He is one of the few artists who had all of his entries accepted into the show. Congratulations.
With the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.