I will be one of the authors of Van Zandt County, Texas, showcasing and selling their works at Van Zandt County Authors Showcase. The event is held by the Friends of the Library, in lieu of National Library Week, this coming Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 5-7 pm, at the Van Zandt County Library, Canton, Tx. Open for public.
A commemorative book for the 135th Anniversary of Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church, Edgewood, Texas. Published October 2014.
To commemorate its 135 years of incredible heritage, the Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church has published “A Legacy of Faith”, an illustrated history book organized, researched, and designed by Ine Burke. Founded in 1879, the Methodist church is the first church established in the town of Edgewood, Texas. The forefathers and mothers of the church were the pioneers of Van Zandt County.
The beginning of the church history is preceded with an essay, strengthened by timeline charts, of how Van Zandt county and Edgewood was formed. Inspired by the first church’s history book published in 1972 by Rev. Joe V. Clouse, this book follows the evolution of the church in the context of historical, civic, and cultural change that direct its fellowship, services, and ministries to the current state. Its struggles and development keep evolving, from the era of the Old Dallas-Shreveport Road, through the World Wars and great depression time, to the current issues. Several local publications listed in the bibliography include “Building a County” by Elvis Allen, “The Edgewood Story” by Authula M. McLemore & Eloise Pettigrew Ellis, and “Van Zandt County Texas Pictorial History 1848-1994 Volume III” by the Van Zandt County Texas Historical Commission.
The history of the church is traced through 200 images including historical and new photographs, timelines, illustrations, works of art, building plans, and artifacts. The written and pictorial works were contributed by many church members whose names are chronicled throughout the book.
With the phrase “THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE” in mind, the cover of the book depicts the front view of the current building, with the congregation interacting on a regular Sunday service. Ine Burke challenged herself and went outside her ”comfort-zone” by doing the acrylic painting that wraps around this 8.3”x10.2”, 130-page, hardcover book. The book is available for purchase through Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood (903-896-4935). It will also be brought by Ine Burke to the Ben Wheeler Book Fair, Saturday, November 29th, at the Elwood Schoolhouse, downtown Ben Wheeler, Tx. The price per book is $45. ***
Flying Fish Gallery, an art gallery nestled in the heart of revitalized old downtown Ben Wheeler, Texas, is operated by husband and wife, Randy and Sherri Martin. The art pieces shown and sold here, are created by artists who lives around the area, including Randy and Sherri’s. Sherri repurposes objects made of metal, wood, or sometimes paper, she found in a flea market, garage sale, or estate sale. She would work with an object by observing it first until she sees a new object comes out of it. Then she would start dismantling, combining, and adding elements to it and go toward where her initial instinct told her to go. For Sherri, animal is the object she loves to make. Randy’s artwork are also shaped by used metal comes from old farm implements or other industrial material. His artworks are displayed outdoor, some mobile, as garden ornaments. Take a peek of Sherri and Randy’s work and gallery through my photos below. The whole art gallery is an art by itself. It’s welcoming, warm, bright, but tranquil at the same time. Sherri Martin was featured in the County Line Magazine in June 2012. Click here to read the coverage. The Flying Fish Gallery is located at downtown Ben Wheeler, along FM279 Artisan Trail, connecting Ben Wheeler and Edom, Texas, off Hwy 64.
I have the honor to be one of the artists whose work is made available for sale through Flying Fish Gallery. My second photography book, My Northeast Texas, is presented beautifully among other local artists’ work in the following photo. The County Line Magazine reviewed the book in March 2013 issue, Artist Publishes Book of Her Northeast Texas Views (Click here to read the review online).
For more information about my book, go to MY NORTHEAST TEXAS.