The Big Bend area has always been one of the most alluring places in the South. On one highway, a trio of towns-Marfa, Alpine, and Marathon-show that untamed geography stirs an inspiring spirit.
A block down Holland Avenue at Kiowa Gallery, the spirited Keri Artzt greets me at the door, as colorfully dressed as the walls in her place. “You don’t come to Alpine for a mall fix,” Peggy Martin, a nine-year employee, says. “But we can make it rattle if we need to.” In a town of painted murals―I see several driving from Kiowa to the Big Bend Saddlery―Alpineers draw from the same creative wellspring as do its sister towns.
photo: Artist Camp Bosworth's wood pieces play off Big Bend life.