The Texas Trost Society is launching an exhibition in the ground-level windows of some of Downtown El Paso’s greatest treasures.
Exhibits will be placed in the display windows of the Plaza Hotel (1930), Kress Building (1937), and Roberts-Banner Building (1910). The ribbon-cutting will be Saturday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m. in Pioneer Plaza; and the exhibits will be completely free to the public.
Max Grossman, Vice-Chair of the El Paso County Historical Commission says, “This is by far the most ambitious exhibition of its kind ever hosted in El Paso and it is funded by numerous corporate sponsors, including Mills Plaza Properties, Humanities Texas, the Hunt Famliy Foundation, MCAD, DMD, Kemp Smith, Western Refining, Martin Lofts, the Electric Company, In Situ Architecture, and several others.”
Malissa Arras, Executive Director of the Texas Trost Society and the Organizer in Chief adds, “This exhibition will educate El Pasoans of our historic building’s irreplaceable value and why they deserve to be saved for their beauty, what they contribute to the region’s history, and their economic potential.”
The Urban Transformations: Visions of the Past and Future of Downtown El Paso exhibition promotes history and culture by providing photographs, tours, contemporary artwork, and educational materials to remind El Pasoans of a time when the city enjoyed a booming economy and subsequently underwent an architectural transformation that rivaled some of the biggest cities in the country, and show them what they can look forward to after our historic core is revitalized.
Six Guns and Shady Ladies will perform between 11:00am and 12pm, and there will be free tours of downtown architecture in both English and Spanish. Additionally there will be coloring books and activities for families.
The exhibits will showcase the transformation of El Paso from a small cattle ranch into a booming metropolis in exhibits curated by Dr. Max Grossman, architectural historian, as well as host artistic works envisioning the future of downtown El Paso in a juried exhibition.
Participating artists include Daniel Rios-Lopera, Peter Svarzbein, Matthew Villarreal, Los Dos, Arturo and Vallarie Enriquez, Candy Mayer, Jessica Tolbert, Marc Stone, and Anne Giangiulio.
That same night, at 7:00pm, the Texas Trost Society will host a fundraiser inside Trost’s W.S. Hills Building (1926). Proceeds will support historic preservation efforts in El Paso. Tickets are $95/person and include food, adult drinks, and live music. The donation also includes a gift and membership to the Tom Lea Institute and Texas Trost Society.
This event, titled Head for the Hills: Live Exhibition and Fiesta, will be held in the Trost-designed W.S. Hills Building (108 1/2 Texas Avenue) from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am.
Head for the Hills pays homage to the artists that have given us an understanding of what it means to be from El Paso del Norte. Attendees will celebrate with music, fashion, live arts, local fare, and dancing in one of the most beautiful buildings downtown has to offer – soon to be a hub for the arts and heritage tourism – with a keynote presentation by J.P. Bryan, renown architectural conservationist and patron of our region’s cultural traditions.
Sponsors for this even include appetizers sponsored by Stonewood, Crave Kitchen and Bar, Malolam, Hillside, and Independent Burger, cocktails sponsored by Jarritos, Hornitos Tequila, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and bar service provided by International Bar.
Live music provided by Frontera Bugalu and D.J. Julio Salgado. Live art by Los Dos, Matthew Poe, Abel Saucedo, Exist, Laura Turon, Zayra Estrada, Paola Martinez, Zeke Pena, Michelle Arnold, and Rogelio Garcia. Prints by Proper Print Shop.