“We Bleed Blue Art Exhibition Reception” 3/22 5:30p

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 “WE BLEED BLUE”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Art Students of Port Isabel Junior High are proud to present its “We Bleed Blue Art Exhibition Reception” on Wednesday, March 22nd, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 302 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 5:30 pm.

The art students of Port Isabel Junior High are proud to present their artwork from the 2016-2017 school year. The students have shown major growth since the first day of school as they experimented with a variety of art styles and mediums. The artwork presented in the show titled “We Bleed Blue” are a combination of skills and techniques they have learned through observation and practice.

India ink was a completely new medium to most students, however they quickly picked up the various methods associated with India ink drawings. Students learned different brush strokes to create value as well as how to produce washes with ink and water. At first, the dip pen was difficult since they were not used to the style, but with enough practice the students were able to create wonderful illustrations.

Students learned of color theory and how to mix colors from the primary colors. Watercolors were soon introduced and using their previous knowledge of color theory they produced various wonderful watercolor paintings. Perspective drawings were tough for students to grasp but once they understood the concept they ran with the idea. The still life paintings seen here were created with watercolors, India ink, and colored pencils and were the end result from the first semester.

In this semester, the students were eager to study 3-dimensional mediums. Students learned of the various techniques, processes, vocabulary and Native American history of ceramics. Using the ancient coil method of creating pottery, students successfully created bowls, cups, and random figurines. Not only did students learn clay techniques but they were surprised to learn about how to find natural clay in their environment. Classes were taken outside around the school to observe signs of naturally formed clay. Students experimented in digging and figuring out for themselves the difference between clay and mud. Many students even took this clay and successfully created various pieces. These pieces are a great addition to our show, We Bleed Blue.

The energetic artists of Port Isabel Junior High are filled with great creativity and extraordinary imagination. As you can see in the displayed artwork the students from grades 6th, 7th and 8th grade have shown exponential achievement with the challenges presented to them. Students were given a chance to vote for the name of the art show and school pride prevailed with We Bleed Blur beating the competition. The wining poster design, created by 8th grade student Devin Rea was inspired by the local community and wildlife. We greatly hope you enjoy the artwork from the future artist of America.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with the art students of the Port Isabel Junior High. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free art reception. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

For more information contact the Museum Director, Jeannie Flores at 956/943-7602 or by email: museumdirector@copitx.com.

 

Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse Gets Needed Repairs: Scheduled Reopening Date late May / early June

The historic Port Isabel Lighthouse, which has been closed since October 2016 in preparation, begins the re-stuccoing process today (March 1, 2017). A reopening date of late May / early June has been tentatively set.

March 1, 2017. Port Isabel lighthouse begins re-stuccoing.

 

HISTORY:

The Port Isabel Lighthouse has long been a dominant feature at the southern tip of the Texas Gulf Coast. Its heavy brick walls have stood against the elements for more than a century, and for most of that time, its light has been a familiar aid to seafarers.

This area, long known to coastal Barrado Indians, was discovered by the Spanish explorer Pineda in 1519 while on a mapping expedition of the Gulf shores. Spanish control was established here in the late 1700s, as ranchers began moving into the vicinity from Mexico. By the 1830s a small settlement El Fronton de Santa Isabella, served as headquarters for a large Mexican ranch owned by Don Rafael Garcia.

The Point Isabel region passed almost uneventfully through the period of the Texas Republic to statehood, but it gained widespread attention in 1846. In late April, General Zachary Taylor moved his troops into this area north of the Rio Grande when hostilities between the United States and Mexico seemed imminent. Within two weeks war had begun. The opening battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma were fought north of present-day Brownsville. Point Isabel received the wounded form these initial struggles and served as an American supply depot for the duration of the war.

1930s photo of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.

The point continued in use after the war to supply two military stations on the Rio Grande–Fort Brown and Ringgold Barracks. Because of the heavy shipping traffic through Brazos Santiago Pass to Point Isabel, a navigational light became a necessity. Land at the point was made available by the War Department, money was authorized by Congress, and construction of a lighthouse was underway by 1851. Two years later, the brick tower had been completed and was topped by a stationary white light that could be seen for almost 16 miles. The Civil War brought armed conflict once again to Point Isabel. Confederate forces held this area in the early stages of the war but gave way in 1863 to Federal troops who were sent to strengthen the blockade on Southern shipping. Both sides used the lighthouse as an observation post. At nearby Palmetto Ranch, Union and Rebel soldiers clashed on May 13, 1865, more than a month after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, in what has since been acknowledged as the last battle of the war.

1940s picture postcard of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.In 1866 the lighthouse was repaired and relit. For the next two decades its beacon guided large numbers of commercial vessels to southernmost Texas. The light was extinguished between 1888 and 1894 during negotiations over ownership of the site; when finally reactivated, its years of service were numbered. The lighthouse was abandoned permanently in 1905 after shipping traffic declined. And although the coast was later active with defense measures during the two world wars, the tower at Point Isabel stood a dark watch.
The lighthouse and its associated buildings were donated to the state in 1950 as a historic site by Mr. & Mrs. Lon C. Hill, Jr. and the Port Isabel Realty Company. The State Parks Board remodeled the tower by replacing the iron platform with concrete and by raising the glass dome to provide easier access for visitors. Additional repair work by the Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD Point Isabel Lighthouse Flyer) was completed in 1970. At present, the tower with its mercury-vapor light is marked on sea charts as an aid to navigation. Of sixteen lighthouses constructed along the Texas coast, Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only one now open to the public.
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Port Isabel Lighthouse.Upon Re-opening:
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily (weather permitting). Tickets may be purchased in the Lighthouse, the Keepers Cottage (Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center), the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum.
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Admission: Adults ($4.00); Seniors ($3.00); Students with id ($2.00). Last ticket sold 1/2 hour before closing. Children 5 & Under (must be at least 38″ and 4 years old tall to climb the lighthouse): Free.

Telling Our Stories: 2/24 7p “Port Isabel, Our Stories” by Dr. Sheldon

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017 on Thursday, February 23rd, at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Avenue at 7pm. This month’s topic will focus on “Port Isabel – Our Stories” by Dr. Eli Sheldon.

Dr. Eli Sheldon is a native of Michigan and lived in Texas for several years before moving to Oklahoma. Dr. Sheldon is an author, minister, and adjunct instructor for Oklahoma Baptist University. Along with books and newspaper articles, Dr. Sheldon is the editor and primary writer of a 60 page Historical journal published twice annually.. As a long-time Winter Texan, he has turned his studies of our area into a Historical coloring book. This is his second book produced in this manner and is the bases of the presentation on Thursday, February 23rd @ 7pm.

Dr. Sheldon is an award winning writer and received his doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His wife, Freida, is a native Texan and aids him in matters of Historical research. Dr. Sheldon has had cartoons and articles published in several newspapers. Dr. Sheldon is the author of a theological book on the subject of Near Death experiences.

For more contact information on Dr. Sheldon:
E-mail: eli.okc1@sbcglobal.net

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Dr. Sheldon on giving a presentation of the history of the “Port Isabel – Our Stories” with emphasis on the Port Isabel and local area. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By: Ms. Barbara Wells
Port Isabel Historic Preservation Board Member

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

 

 

 

Telling Our Stories: 1/26 Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse

“The Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse of 9/15/2001”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present it’s 2017 series of “Telling Our Stories” with The Causeway Collapse featuring the City of Port Isabel Marketing Director Valerie Bates as the guest speaker on January 26th at 7:00 pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum located at 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578.

As the City of Port Isabel Marketing Director and avid photographer, Valerie Bates has an up close perspective view of the tragedy that shocked the Rio Grande Valley. Her images captured a story that gripped the valley four days after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Disaster.

The Incident on September 15, 2001 has never been forgotten by Valley residents and an annual memorial service is held on the Port Isabel side at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge in honor of those who lost their lives that fateful night.

Port Isabel and South Padre Island have always shared a special connection long before the causeway was constructed. People including Native Americans would cross the Laguna Madre on foot during low tide or on horse back long before the first Europeans came to American and well into the 1930’s.

Please join us as we tell the story of the Causeway Collapse. All locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

“Telling Our Stories” is a free presentation open to the public that is held by the Museums of Port Isabel. These presentations are set on the final Thursday of the month from January through September at 6:30 pm. Our thanks go out to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, the Port Isabel Merchants Committee, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local natural history through presentations and exhibits.

For more information on telling our stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Flores at 956-943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com you can also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.

20th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre Museum Fundraiser 2/3

 

The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 20th Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST! The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 3, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price. This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel.

The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 20th Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 3, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price.

This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel or online: http://bit.ly/2017mopi

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