Renowned southwestern artist Amado Peña was the featured “Heritage Artist” at the 2019 Texas Arts & Crafts Fair. Peña, a native of Laredo, got his start at the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair almost 50 years ago.
Peña, who is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry, says in his biography that his work “celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land.”
Along with his fine art career that stretches over many decades, Peña has been a high school art teacher and adjunct professor at the University of Texas. He now lives in Santa Fe.
The special exhibit of Peña’s work will feature his art that is famous for bold color, line and composition. The exhibit at the fair will be indoors at the foundation’s Duncan-McAshan Gallery.
Other headliners included watercolorist Edith Maskey of Comfort and goldsmith Fred Stockbauer of Wimberley, both of whom exhibited at the first fair, held in 1972 on the Schreiner University campus in Kerrville. Joining them are other creative notables such as Daryl Howard and Steve Kriechbaum, both of Austin, Sue Corbett of San Antonio, Gary Thompson of Dripping Springs, Mark Jackson of Ingram, and John Maskey and Mike Martin of Comfort.
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