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2008-01-31

Texas-style art kicks off library BD

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Artist Robert Wanat will bring several of his acclaimed cowhide maps of Texas to the Bandera County Public Library, 515 Main Street, to kick-off a year-long celebration of the library’s 75th anniversary.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, March 9, and run through April. Details will be available later.

Wanat has displayed his work at the Alamo and the Bob Bullock Texas State Historical Museum. This cowhide map shows the first recorded cattle brands in all 254 Texas counties. It took Wanat a year to complete. He revealed he had to sort through 20,000 hides before finding one that suitably mirrored Texas’ topography. Wanat “branded” all the counties with miniature brands he fashioned to replicate every original Texas brand.