Art exhibits honor El Paso war hero Robert E. “Bob” Chisolm

Two events this weekend will share various arts with Borderland residents.

The Patriotic Art & Award Exhibit honoring the late retired Lt. Col. Robert E. “Bob” Chisolm will have a closing reception from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at the Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano Drive.

Chisolm served in the US Army during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Many of his awards, plaques and memorabilia will be on display. He was a proud member of the Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association.

He died on January 4 at age 96.

The exhibit includes American-themed artwork from 27 artists.

The event is open to the public. It also includes artwork created by Fort Bliss families on display as part of the post’s Resiliency Through Art program. The exhibition is sponsored by Andra and Gary Crossland; Richard Doyle, son-in-law of Chisolm; and Sunset Funeral Homes.

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An exhibition at the Toma Gallery & Studios explores printmaking

The Printmaker’s Ball Opening Reception will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at Toma Gallery & Studios, 210 Poplar St.

The exhibit will feature works by more than 40 Borderland artists, including Efrén Solórzano, Francisco Delgado, Gaby Velasquez, Mask, Horned Toad Prints, Mario Perez, Gabriel Marquez, Marco Sánchez, and Brian Holt.

Artists will have prints available for purchase, live prints, and small workshops for those who want to try out printing.

The exhibition will also be open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, with musical guest Kainoa.

The exhibition is open to the public and people are encouraged to view and explore the art of printmaking.

Printmaker Marco Sánchez works on a sculpture of his mother, Guillermina, with hummingbirds at the El Paso Community College printmaking studio on the Valle Verde campus.

William E. Bennett