Frank Reaugh was born in 1860 and came to Texas in 1876, settling in Terrell. He spent much of his time interpreting north Texas ranching life in plein air paintings along the Wichita River near my hometown of Wichita Falls. I'm glad to know that his legacy is being carried on by the folks at the Dallas Heritage Village of Old City Park with an annual event called "Following Frank Reaugh: A Celebration of Plein Air Painting". Artists are encouraged to visit the grounds of Old City Park and paint away at any number of interesting subjects. Those works, along with other plein air paintings not related to the DHV, can then be entered in their October juried show.
I'm very impressed with the hospitality of the organizers. They provided several of us with a gate access code to enter the park before normal operating hours so that we could set up beforehand and take advantage of early light. Not to mention that we were allowed free entry. For those not familiar with the Dallas Heritage Village, please visit their website. They are located just south of downtown Dallas and it's a great place to kill an afternoon.
|8x10 oil on panel - School House|
|9x12 oil on canvas panel - The Dugout|