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T for TEXAS!  We have arrived in 106 degree heat !!  and have wilted ! … like limp lettuce … went to the campus and signed up for Student ID and toured the four floors of the Library (AWESOME !)  and then found out that the Graduate Art Orientation was postponed until Sept.3rd …. no studios yet available … Classes begin on Monday, the 29th … so back to our RV park to float on the pool.  Not another soul in sight and the palm trees rustling and swaying in a stiff breeze. Having been told that there has not been a drop of rain for 10 months, I watered the grapefruit trees which surround The Winter Palace before I went to the pool.  Half an hour later the puffy, white clouds assumed a threatening gray and thunder rolled … and sheets of lovely, cool rain hit the water of the pool … each drop hit with a pop ! ! ! little exclamation points all over the place.  Why read Marcel Duchamp when the sky is putting on the ultimate show ?

UTPA Walkway

UTPA Walkway

The UTPA campus is beautifully adapted to the surrounding environment. The intense summer heat is partly defeated by the covered walkways between buildings.  Landscaping is geared to native, drought resistant plants and trees.

Musicians at the Pool

Musicians at the Pool

The Arts section has a great fountain/pool which functions as an outdoor practice space for musicians …

Piano Table with Flutist

Piano Table with Flutist

The table in the courtyard has been painted with a piano keyboard where this young woman plays the flute. Quite inspiring to walk up and hear tubas, horns, etc. tootling along … lots of smiles !

UTPA Professional

UTPA Professional

My fellow artists are serious about this program ….they are  “UTPA Professionals ” and proud of it! It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm displayed by these future art professionals. I am looking forward to hearing their ideas and goals …. go,  go, go UTPA Broncs !

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