SURFACE TREATMENT: A Life Story

With COVID-19 rebounding and slowing gallery openings, we will keep your art experiences alive by looking back at some more memorable shows/reviews. Today, we...

SURFACE TREATMENT: Creation of All Things

BY NANCY MOYER SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR “The Big Bang” exhibition is a broad reference to the creation of all things, including not only the works...

Coalition guiding teens through the pandemic

Teenagers may be aware of the safety measures to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they don’t always know how to deal with the isolation. One of the most difficult things about this pandemic for 14-year-old Jennifer Cruz, a member of the UNITED Youth Group, is not being able to see her nephew due to safety guidelines. The UNITED group is part of the Uniting Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense (UNIDAD) coalition, a program from Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas which serves in Hidalgo County and focuses on topics such as underage drinking, binge drinking, marijuana and synthetics, and prescription medication misuse, according to its website. Read the full story at themonitor.com

SURFACE TREATMENT: STC faculty artists offer distinctive, expressive interests in exhibition

A satisfying art experience for longwaiting art lovers beckons from the Chase Tower Lobby gallery. Deep into COVID-19 deprivations, the “South Texas College Art Faculty Exhibition”...

Edinburg’s Matt Castillo to release new country album in the fall

Artist Matt Castillo is combining the flavors of South Texas in “How The River Flows,” his upcoming 12-song album recorded in Nashville. Born in Austin and raised in Edinburg, Castillo explained “How The River Flows” is about living in the state Capitol and the Rio Grande Valley, and all the life lessons his family taught him during his upbringing. “I really wanted to pay homage to them and say thank you,” he said. “We took a chance on a lot of things on this album... being patient with these songs.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Garden View: Caring for Ixora: Help yours look their best

I often exchange gardening columns with Cameron Co. Master Gardener Lori Murray, who writes for the Valley Morning Star. This week, I wanted to...

Edinburg comics specialist releases new collection partly based on Valley experiences

There are no limits when it comes to creating comics for Jose Alaniz, a professor in the department of Slavic languages and literatures at...

United Way of South Texas pumping hundreds of thousands of relief dollars to local...

As the pandemic forces businesses to stay shuttered, bringing uncertainty to the employment of many, the work of the United Way of South Texas...

SURFACE TREATMENT: Brutality in black and white

BY NANCY MOYER SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR With his poignant, yet beautiful, black and white photographs, Jonathan Moller reminds and informs us of the extreme wave...

U.S. Capitol to display Edinburg student’s artwork

Gabrielle Garcia believes she is not very good at expressing herself with words. She just lets her art do all the talking. The Edinburg North High School sophomore won the Artistics Discovery contest, a nationwide high school art competition. Her artwork, “We Have Become Something Else,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Garcia explained the meaning behind her piece, a drawing made with color pencils. Read the full story at themonitor.com