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Museum in Corning, New York, the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art in
Indianapolis, and the CHS before returning to Texas last year.
The current exhibit at the Center, "Under Western Skies," features
more than sixty of artist Robert Pummill's paintings and sculptures
(through November io). During the course of his 4o-year career, Pum-
mill's talent has taken him down many paths. The earliest days included
working for TRW Systems in Los Angeles, where he created conceptual
drawings for the NASA Voyager Project. Soon, however, he was drawn to
full-time easel painting and sculpting, and his subject of choice was the
American West. The essence of his career has been captured in the mu-
seum's first publication, Under Western Skies, by Duty, that features more
than 150 color reproductions of Pummill's work. You may order the book
from the Center at P.O. Box 294300, Kerrville 780o28; telephone 830/
896-2553, or fax 830/896-2556. The price of the book is $85; there are
also collector's ($2,000) and patron's ($5,ooo) editions.
One of the mysteries-and great joys-of Texas is how concert pianist
James Dick continues to grow his International Festival-Institute at Round
Top, situated just off U.S. Highway 290 between Houston and Austin.
Dick is an internationally known musician who continues his own con-
certizing but decided, in 1971, to establish a summer music festival in
Round Top. Operating on a pay-as-you-go basis, Dick has now assembled
a number of historic structures from the area, built an i, oo-seat concert
hall, and operates a year-round series of events on a lovingly landscaped
2oo-acre campus just outside of this historic village. Meanwhile, students
from conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad pur-
sue their musical studies at the Round Top music festival under the guid-
ance of an international faculty, and the concerts are broadcast by NPR
Performance Today and through a yearly program titled "Live from Festi-
val Hill" over public radio stations from coast to coast.
What most people do not know, however, is that the Festival Institute
has also assembled quite a bit of Texas history. In addition to the historic
structures, which he has beautifully restored and uses, Dick has accepted
and cares for Texas composer David W. Guion's Archives and Americana
Collection ("Home on the Range," "Turkey in the Straw"), the Anders
and Josephine Oxehufwud Swedish and European Collection, and the li-
braries of two TSHA members, Dorman H. Winfrey, the former state li-
brarian, and the late Chester V. Keilman, the former director of the Bark-
er Texas History Center. Dick is providing space in his still-developing
concert hall for a library and galleries to display these historic collections.
This past spring the Texas State Library and Archives Commission dis-
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