The Ranch Hand Art Roundup in Kingsville is taking place this weekend. It is a collaboration with the King Ranch, and coincides with the Ranch Hand Breakfast event.
The people involved with the Art Roundup said they want to let South Texas know that Kingsville has a strong art presence.
Preparations are underway at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for the event this weekend. They are getting ready for the steamroller print event, taking place this Saturday. They will essentially be moving a whole print shop to downtown, complete with inks, rollers and blocks.
On Tuesday at TAMUK, a Kiii News crew got a look at some of the blocks from last year's event, and some of the new ones for this year's event. This year, the theme is "cowboy."
It's a really interesting process: a design is created on a computer. Then, the drawing is projected onto compressed cardboard. Then they make cuts to the board and lay down the ink.
Assistant Professor Jesus De La Rosa said part of the attraction of the steamroller print process is the physicality of it, adding that, while modern computer software is used for coming up with the design, there is still the use of the human hand involved in cutting and making a mark. He said that showing this kind of art to kids is really important, because it lets them know that they can use their hands, and don't have to completely rely on technology.
The Ranch Hand Art Roundup starts on Friday and goes through Sunday.
The Steam Roller Prints demonstration will take place between 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
Confirmed out of town artists include: Luis Contreras, Mission; Celeste de Luna, South Texas College in Harlingen; Paul Valadez, UTPA, Edinburg; Carlos G. Gomez, UTB, Brownsville; and Lenard Brown, TSU, Houston.
Confirmed Kingsville artists include: Jesus De La Rosa, Nick Mendoza, Bob Peña, Todd Lucas, Cody Blesford, Greg Rubio, Jimmy Don Snowden, Katharine Alaniz, Ross Castro, Roger Garcia, Monica Garza, Omar Gonzalez, Solomon Moges, Stacy Pawalek, Brittney Rodriguez and Hunter Sutton.