BY Amanda Sotelo
“I’m just a guy who likes to have fun,” said local artist Tony Schaub. “I was a kid in the 1950’s and I thought everything was so neat looking so I wanted my art to reflect that. For me F-U-N is my bottom line and I want to share the nostalgia.”
Schaub’s work is currently featured at the Texas State Technical College Dr. J. Gilbert Leal Learning Resource Center, and was recently honored with an exhibit opening and reception at the college.
The evening was open to TSTC students, faculty and staff, and the community. It included a meet and greet with the local pop artist, live music by the Amazing Walter and the Happy Time Band, a ukulele group from South Padre Island and hors d’oeuvres.
“Overall the event was a great success,” said Nancy Hendricks, learning resource center director. “Throughout the event I heard nothing but great comments about the artist’s work and the setup of the event. People really enjoyed it.”
This is the fifth year TSTC’s Learning Resource Center has invited and honored a local artist like Schaub. Every Fall and Spring semester an artist is invited as a way to expose students to different genres of art.
TSTC student Florencia Salazar, who is pursuing an associate degree in Education and Training and is currently enrolled in an art appreciation class, called this event a great experience.
“I had never been to an exhibit opening or reception like this,” said Salazar. “It’s a huge benefit for us as students to have something like this readily available to us on campus.”
Salazar, like her peers in attendance, were responsible for selecting two pieces of Schaub’s art and interpreting their meanings for an essay assigned to them in art class.
Schaub’s art will be on exhibit through May 1 at TSTC’s Learning Resource Center. All students, faculty, staff and the community are welcomed to visit.
“Not only do we get to expose our students to talented local artists, but we also get to showcase the many types of art available here in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Hendricks.
For more information on Schaub’s exhibit please call 956-364-4708.