Marfa After Dark

While attending Chinati Weekend last month, walked around town. Marfa was dead when I arrived at 6 pm.


Yet within minutes of getting my bags into the room and freshening up, I drove to find the exhibit at the Locker Plant. Everyone was out. I parked my car back at the fine Airbnb where I was staying, a few blocks away from most things that night.

On the way to a few open galleries and exhibitions, I recognized the usual locals and they me. Plus loads of others who must live for these Marfa art parties.


I stayed about 30 minutes, as Big Bend Brewing Co’s Tejas Negra Lager and my conversation with the bartender helped. He’s also looking for something better and asked about Las Cruces.

By 8 or 9 pm, after more visits, it became peaceful again for resuming my walk about town with some dusk-botanizing, including this fine Bur Oak / Quercus macrocarpa in silhouette.


I’m told the Marfa Plateau has some good, deep topsoil, explaining so many amazingly healthy, xeric trees in town.


Donald Judd’s “Ranch Office” was next. I believe the ADC brand means Ayalas de Chinati, the name for his collection of remote properties in the region.


Some of Judd’s art pieces and assorted ranch parts are set in a spare but appealing building room.



Of course, I’m not alone in taking pictures of everything.  Photos of another photographer.


As she snapped away, I sat on the step near her boyfriend, we both connected but kept to ourselves in the solace.


At the local public radio station, Jackson is spinning yet another great selection of tunes on vinyl.


If I had a get-together, I would happily hire Jackson to spin disks and cook all bloody day and night. Plus he’s as friendly and intelligent as his knowledge of music and things culinary is immense.


Of course, there’s someone running short films, somewhere.

This time it’s inside a gritty auto shop, a very independent, touched-up film about who-knows-what, running in the background of some people chatting. And no surprise how they are very much in the know of the other, even way out here!



11/17/17 weather: 81 / 40 / 0.00