With the release of this issue, Nº41, ARTL!ES completes its first decade of publication. A little over 10 years ago, artist Wade Chandler had a contagious dream that I, among others, embraced. Our intent to provide a publication that addresses the historic lack of documentation of the rich, culturally diverse contemporary arts community in Texas, and to establish a meaningful dialogue among its various constituencies, exists to this day.
ARTL!ES is one of a small handful of regional arts journals still in publication in this country. We've grown from a bi-monthly, volunteer effort covering the Houston arts community to a quarterly covering the ponderous expanse of Texasfrom El Paso to Beaumont and from Amarillo to the Gulf Coast. Originating as a grass roots effort, the journal is now in the process of completing a self-imposed goal of professionalization, solidifying staff positions as we grow into a sound and sustaining publication. Thanks to the unyielding support of the Texas arts community, we have, so far, survived.
To celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary, events are planned around the State. In November, we kicked off our anniversary countdown with an event in Dallas, generously hosted by the Belo Foundation. This issue is to be released at a reception sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Art on February 29th. On May 22nd, to coincide with the release of the Spring Issue, we have a celebration in the works in San Antonio. And finally, in September, we'll return home to Houston in grand fashion, with the release of Issue N°43 and a celebration not to be missed!
There are many folks without whose support this journal would not have come to be, let alone survived. My heart felt thanks goes out to all of you as we look forward to the future of ARTL!ES with a sense of renewed hope and optimisma sentiment not unlike the concord with which the journal began.
John R. Bryant