Over the last few weeks, I’ve been introducing you to some of the artists and photographers who will be speaking at the Austin Museum of Art during the Texas Book Festival this weekend. I’d love to introduce you to all the authors coming to this year’s TBF, but there are about 200, so I’m sticking to the ones who will be appearing at the venue that I chair - the Austin Museum of Art. You can check out the website to see the entire list of authors and the schedule to see where and when they’ll be appearing.
Today, let me introduce two books:
First off, Collage by Lance Letscher. Letsher takes paper and transforms it into art. His art pieces vary from small pieces on paper to huge elaborate constructions. This book contains not only 118 examples of his pieces, but an introduction by Charles Dee Mitchell to Letshcer’s work and influences.
If you get a chance to look at Collage (or buy it and have him sign it), be sure you look at the inside of the cover. It’s a peek at how he works.
Lance Letscher will speak at the Austin Museum of Art on Sunday, November 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Next, even if you’re not a Texan, you’ll like thumbing through Ranch Gates of the Southwest. Photographers Daniel M. Olsen and Henk Van Assen show off more than 225 color photographs of ranch gates. In case you’re wondering, ranch gates are just what you might have guessed - the gates leading into ranches. Some gates are interesting all by themselves. Some are included because of the amazing vistas they lead to. Some are old; some are modern. They’re all fascinating.
I checked to see if my uncle’s was included. It wasn’t. His would have fit in with the others, though. His ranch is called The Lazy TP - the gate features a teepee sitting in a rocking chair drinking a mug of beer. Maybe in the next book.
Daniel M. Olsen and Henk Van Assen will speak at the Austin Museum of Art on Sunday, November 1, from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.
If you come, be sure to say “hi” to me. I’ll be there all weekend.
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