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Art Highlights GC Museum Open House

Sam Holbrooks
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

While Gaines County's history and its artifacts have remained the primary focus of the annual Christmas Open House at the Gaines County Museum for nearly a decade, the experience is enhanced by food, music, and art, done in a variety of media by the area's most talented artisans. 

While a large number of area residents are expected to attend the annual event on Thursday, December 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., new artworks will be featured by an artist from well outside of Gaines County, with the pen and ink sketches of Seattle native, Roslyn Burns. 

A Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Burns, 32, recently entered a relationship with the University of Texas, Austin's Department of Germanic Studies, leading her to pursue her interest in Low German, the language of West Texas' growing Mennonite Community. 

While temporarily residing in Lubbock, those pursuits have brought her to Seminole, where she happened to come into contact with the museum. With a passion for art since childhood, It was word of her pen and ink drawings that got the attention of Museum Director Sally Davis. 

Ms. Burns studied Spanish and standard German in High School in Seattle, and studied Russian in her final year of college. She majored in Linguistics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon before earning her Masters and PhD, in 2016, at the University of California, Berkley. She has been involved in language documentation projects for Plautdietsch (German), the subject of her unbdergraduate thesis, as well as the Slavic language of Bulgaria, and Abo (Bantu, sub-Saharan Africa).

With her ever evolving works of sculpture that reflect her passion for the culture and history of the Soutwest, most notably the spiritualism and mysticism of Native American culture, Seminole artist Jammey Huggins will return to the Museum with her latest works. 

Formally trained at Texas Tech University where she earned her art degree, Ms. Huggins has been sculpting in bronze and other media since 1982. Her works have been displayed in several prominent museums and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain. 

Also returning to the Museum will be photographer Brett Whitfield, whose work on display this year are primarily drawn from a recent visit to McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains. The Fort Stockton native has been a resident of Seminole since 1982, when he accepted a High School coaching position. 

Now five years into his retirement from the School district, Mr. Whitfield continues to pursue his passion for photography, one he has held since childhood. 

A diverse array of artworks by Seminole High School art students, under the direction of Art teacher Bryce Autry, will also be on display. Music will be provided bythe SHS Jazz Brigade. 

Additionally, a Nativity Scene will be on display, drawn from the private collection of Ms. Laura Hoffman.

The annual Open House is sponsored by the Friends of the Gaines County Museum. Admission is free.