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A&M Bonfires Photography Exhibit
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 • Posted June 22, 2012

Since 1907, Texas Aggies have annually built their Bonfire. What began as a one-off celebration of a football victory grew into something much more. When the A&M bonfire was first formally defined in 1947, it was said that “Bonfire symbolizes two things; a burning desire to beat the team from the University of Texas, and the undying flame of love that every loyal Aggie carries in his heart for the school.” As Texas A&M moves on from a storied rivalry, bonfire remains an undying flame.

The Dion C. McInnis Gallery is a rare look inside the continuing story of the bonfire tradition. In 2003 and 2004, Dion was a Grey Pot for Bonfire, and the first Head Stack of Bonfire after 1999. His is a perspective on the return of a tradition and a living memorial, from its re-beginning. In the close-knit bonfire culture, an experience this close is only found “in the woods,” as they say. And Dion takes us there, close enough to the undying flame to feel.

The opening reception is at Uptown Blanco Art Center and Courtyard, 317 Main Street (entrance on 3rd), on Saturday, June 30, from 6 to 8 PM.

Please contact the Art Center at 830-833-1579, or email Jennifer@UptownBlanco.com for more information.

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