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‘The Land That Shaped Us:’ an artistic exhibit

Eduardo Ibarra
During the 1990s, Wyler Aerial Tramway went to series renovation it became a Texas State Park in 1997 and was open to the public in 2001 before it closed again in September 2018.

From June 3 to June 23, the International Museum of Art opened an art exhibition in celebration of 100 years of Texas state parks. It included photographs and history information about Texas States Parks. “The Land That Shaped Us: Stories at Texas State Parks” was an exhibition made by the community for the community 

The mission of the museum is “To support and encourage the visual arts in El Paso and the southwest through the presentation of local, regional, and international artist exhibits, lectures, gallery talks, art education and guided tours.” 

El Paso has much to offer, from diversity to natural places where people get to enjoy themselves. The Franklin Mountains, Hueco Tanks and Wyler Aerial Tramway are wonderful examples of what the Sun City provides. 

The staff of Texas state parks reached out to the El Paso community to collaborate and put together an exhibition. The exhibition was highly informative and brought attention to the beautiful natural areas in the city as well stories and experiences from locals.  

“In my opinion, it is a great way to bring everyone together not only in the artistic side but also in the outdoorsy side on showcasing history, El Paso, and community,” said Alare Slack, communications coordinator at the museum. “I think they really shined through there.” 

Thanks to the exhibition, it is now known how the Franklin Mountains were seriously aggravated by humans. Nevertheless, the mountains continue to be a home where animals and plants live harmoniously. The mountains are now a staple to the El Paso community as they do their best to preserve the land.  

The exhibition also highlighted the role of volunteers. Through their dedication and hard work, they maintain the area and keep a safe environment for visitors.  

The state parks hold a very significant meaning to El Paso community. Families and friends getting together in an environment full of fun, nature, and history making memories that they will never forget. 

“Some of my memories at Hueco Tanks in El Paso are (unforgettable),” wrote Zachary Baker.  

Many beautiful and meaningful pictures surrounded the room where people got to learn more about Texas state parks. Locals were able to share their memories and post them for everybody else to read. 

“Many memories with Judy and the rest of the WHOOPS group. Love our state parks,” wrote Pat Rios. 

Another state park goer chimed in with her comment as well.  

“My son and I have had many great adventures at Hueco Tanks. We enjoyed all of them,” wrote Stephanie.  

The International Museum of Art will be hosting a new exhibition called Art of Antonio Piña that will be open July 1 through July 29. The museum is currently recruiting artists to submit their art for the “Special Places and Wide Open Spaces” exhibition. 

For more information visit the International Museum of Art. 

Angelica Gutierrez is a contributor and may be reached at [email protected] 

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About the Contributors
Angelica Gutierrez, Contributor/Reporter
Angelica Gutierrez is a sophomore at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in digital media production and minoring in film. She is a contributor for The Prospector. She wants to integrate into the film industry as a writer and director.
Eduardo Ibarra, Contributor/Photographer
Eduardo Ibarra is a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso expected to graduate in fall of 2024. He is a contributor at The Prospector. His major is multimedia journalism with a minor in film studies. He would like to dedicate my life as a photojournalist and multimedia journalist either working in a newspaper or a major news station. He would also pursue to earn a MFA in Photography at UNM so he can teach photography and film studies at university level. It is his dream job along working with Reuters as a photojournalist in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and New Zealand.
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