Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Capturing the Drama of the American West: Photography Exhibit Coming to Town Hall

Lonesome Dove, the miniseries: Dramatic photographs by Bill Wittliff, is an exciting art exhibit coming to Southlake, TX, that photography enthusiasts should not miss.

This exhibit showcases over 50 breathtaking photographs taken by screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff while on set during the filming of the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove.

This free exhibit will be on display in the lobby of Southlake Town Hall beginning Saturday, July 8, 2023, through Saturday, August 19, 2023. The exhibition will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sundays.

A reception will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023, in the lobby of Southlake Town Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. UNT Associate Professor of History Mike Wise will present during the reception.

“This will be our ninth summer exhibit in Town Hall,” explains SHS president Connie Cooley. “And like all our previous exhibits, there’s a Southlake connection. Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove began as a screenplay that sat around for a number of years in the 1970s before he decided to make it into a novel, but a novel without a title. In an interview, he tells about returning from a restaurant north of Fort Worth one day and seeing a church bus on the side of the road with Lonesome Dove Baptist Church written on it. He immediately knew that was his title. That same Lonesome Dove Baptist Church, established in now-Southlake in 1846, still occupies the property on Lonesome Dove Road north of Dove Road and is one of Tarrant County’s oldest churches. And there’s your connection.”

The Lonesome Dove miniseries was based on the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry. The epic Western adventure told the story of two aging Texas Rangers, Augustus McCrae, and Woodrow Call, leading a cattle drive from the Rio Grande to Montana. The miniseries was filmed in Austin, Del Rio, and Santa Fe, TX, and earned seven Emmys, a Peabody Award, and two Golden Globes.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Humanities Texas and the Southlake Historical Society. It is part of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos. The event organizers have put together a great collection that showcases the drama, capers, and tender moments captured during the show’s filming.

The Lonesome Dove Art Exhibit is an excellent opportunity to see beautiful photographs and learn more about the American West. Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of Lonesome Dove.

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