One of four siblings, Margaret was born in Snyder, Texas, but later moved to Levelland. She is a fifth generation West Texan "from my dad's pioneer family, the Lewis family," she remarks. Her father was Roy Gaines Lewis, a cowboy in his youth who turned to farming. Among her mother's family were Methodist missionaries. She calls her grandmother, Jessie Donaldson "a precious saint on this earth" who greatly influenced her life, including the fact that Mrs. Donaldson was "the first real country music fan that I ever knew." The two spent hours playing records of Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold and Ernest Tubbs. To read the entire biography please click the link above.
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While we celebrate our independence, we like to celebrate those who won it and those who preserved it for us.
To understand the history of Western art, it's important to begin at the beginning and that's what we do in this tour.
All artists perfect their own techniques to create a unique aesthetic. This month visitors will explore just how that happens, examining particular works closely to see how the artists composed them.
What? Scared of a little art? You will be after our tour. Even though it takes place in the middle of the afternoon, you'll wind your way down echoing halls and around corners where paintings and sculpture (and the other odd item) inspire hair-raising tales.
Resoration and Conservation: The On-Going Saga of the Norton's Tapestries
In our last article, we updated you on the process of the cleaning of the tapestries at Jessica Hack Textile Restoration in New Orleans. At that point, we were at step two the careful, every square inch, hand vacuuming of each of the very large tapestries. Now, the process is at perhaps the most difficult step: the wet cleaning process. Each tapestry will be individually immersed in a large tank containing a solution of water and sodium lauryl sulfate (a neutral pH surfactant) and thoroughly washed, front and back. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
Featured This Month:
Phlox is a wonderful old fashion plant that flowers from June to September in Louisiana. It will even last a few years, making it a great choice as a perennial. Its name comes from a Greek word meaning flame which was most likely given for its bright colors of either white, pink, purple, violet, blue or red. We have a nice patch along the employee parking area; it will be blooming in June. Summer Phlox is a great plant and can be found in most garden centers. Caring for Phlox: 1) It loves the sun but can also handle some afternoon shade. 2) If the old blooms are removed, it will flower longer. 3) Well drained soil is important; water it deeply, but allow it to dry out between waterings. 4) Its great to fertilize with 14-14-14 in early spring (AKA Osmocote). Butterflies love it, and I've seen hummingbirds hover around, too. Plus it smells as pretty as it looks, which is a bonus!