Archive for January, 2011

Magical mystical mural

Next to this handsome work of outdoor art is painted an enigmatic instruction that says “for fortune get the free tag reader at”

Someone other than y.t. must do this and explain in a comment for this entry, because I’m not a person equipped to follow the directions.

Art House United does offer an explanation of the process of consulting the mural, a “fortune telling wall.” The art was created by Fernando Pinon and Michelle Posey for Wall Flavor Murals.

Find this art at Cantu’s Imports on South First, next door to Capitol Cleaners, where most of the former patrons of Washburn’s Town and Country Cleaners on South Congress have taken their business. Don’t overlook Cantu’s itself when there to view the outdoor art.

The water’s not orange

H20range is just plain clear still bottled water that tastes slightly sweet, along the lines of Ty Nant or Evian. It’s bottled in Texas, and I think it’s the activated carbon listed on the label that accounts for the impression of sweetness.

H20range has been a popular purchase for friends visiting Austin, and the unusual bottle makes a wonderful souvenir. According to the H20range Web site, manufacturing this bottle was indeed a challenge: “Molding a Tower-shaped bottle that could withstand the pressures of filling, stacking, and transportation was challenging; and several modifications had to be made.” These bottles are very finely detailed and very true in proportions.

On the water’s site, the source is described as follows: “H20range is “Texas Purified” to achieve optimum purity and taste. Texas rainwater collects in three Texas rivers – the Atascosa, Nueces and Frio – which flow into Choke Canyon Reservoir and Lake Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Municipal Water District purifies that water to exacting EPA standards, then the Oneta Bottling Company further purifies H20range, using a combination of activated carbon, ozone, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and deionization.”

A purchase of H20range contributes to academic scholarships, we’re told. H20range is not an exotic product; as the locator shows (enter “Austin”), it’s to be found around town everywhere.

Turner to Monet: today and tomorrow

Those wishing to tour the “Turner to Monet” exhibit at the Blanton Museum may do so from 11 am to 5 pm even though it’s New Year’s Day, and also during the same hours tomorrow, which is the very last day to see these masterpieces.

Yesterday, the line formed outside the doors before they opened. Being there early makes for a less crowded experience than arriving later, but these galleries are far from deserted. We found no exhibition catalogue or even a listing of the paintings, but the Web site mentions many of them. There’s a descriptive card for each painting, and the cards appear to be placed at a height convenient for those in wheelchairs; all others but the most diminutive or those with the sharpest vision must stoop to read. The galleries take viewers to an exit via the museum gift shop, where there are stationery items and other inventory related to the exhibit, most of which feature the Degas, Monet, or Manet.

Not to be missed is the exhibit upstairs called “Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection.” This runs through January 16 and is intended to be a companion to the works downstairs. Here, the views are unobstructed by others, and the rewards to the viewer are exceptionally great.

We all have a fantasy art collection. I’d like the Asher B. Durand and the orientalist paintings, plus nearly every one of the prints and drawings in the Repartee exhibit. This is a wonderful alternative to football, football, and more football, and the entry fee is worth every penny.

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