I am always amazed when I ask people if they know we have a art gallery here in Baytown and they say no. It is a pleasant and tranquil place to visit. There is more to offer here than paintings on exhibit and for sale. We have a metal sculpture of a giant fish, a cast aluminum bust, a metal sculpture of a Levratian skeleton, pottery by well known M.A. Ceramist, Marsha Landers.  Beautiful intricately carved gourds by Karen Knight and Kay Whitcomb. Beautiful jewelry.

John Grden offers leather pouches and one-of-a-kind pens for the man or woman who has everything and made in the “Steam Punk” fashion. Great for gifts. Also on display and for sale are intriguing photography of Brooks Walker, Steve Knight, Aileen Harding, Karen Knight, and many more award winning photographers displaying their work.

Also on exhibit are some antique collectible framed historical newspapers from 1938 and 1945 with headlines “Secret 1945 Atomic Bomb”,”Reds Trap Half Million” 1945 and air views of Houston 1935. These collectibles are for sale. 

We also offer art classes for adults and children. There are so many more good artist but I can’t mention them all, Danna Lambert,T.D. Avant, Barbara Trust, Rhonda and Scott Hollerman, Felipe Garcia, Luz Cantu,Carole Fox and yours truly.

The Art Gallery is located at 110 W. Texas Avenue. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Art Gallery is a wonderful place to visit. And who knows you may want to join us and create some art too.

Priscilla Hopkins

Baytown

The information below was obtained from Wikipedia.org.  That website has the complete history of the Texas including all battles in World War I and World War 2.

On Dec. 13, 1988, the Texas was pulled from her berth with great difficulty by six large tugboats to begin the 56-mile trip from her berth to Todd Shipyards on Pelican Island on the north side of Galveston. Once under tow she started taking on water, with a serious breach just forward of the engine room. The crew had three 4-inch pumps and two 2-inch pumps in continuous service to combat the flooding. During the nine-hour transit, the ship’s normal 28 foot draft increased 18 to 20 inches in the stern. 

The Texas entered the floating drydock on Dec. 13 at high tide with only 6 inches to spare between her hull and the blocks she would sit on.  A 14-month refit restored the ship to her 1945 condition. Yard workers sand-blasted paint from the hull and the superstructure, and replaced many tons of rusted metal from the hull. Inside the ship, workers replaced weakened structural beams and numerous rusted-out deck plates. Topside, workers removed the concrete from the main deck and made repairs. A new pinewood deck would be installed in Green’s Bayou.  More than 375,000 pounds of steel was replaced and more than 40,000 rivets were seal welded on the underwater hull. 

On Feb. 24, 1990, tugboats moved the Texas from dry dock to a repair facility on Green’s Bayou. The wood deck was installed and four of the 10 mounts of quad 40 mm guns were installed. On July 26, the ship was returned to her berth at San Jacinto where the final six mounts of 40 mm guns were installed. With repairs complete, the ship officially reopened to the public on Sept. 8, 1990.

Other leaks repaired

• 2010 - a leak on the starboard side caused the Texas to sink two to three feet.

• 2012 - 30 new leaks, between 1 inch holes and 2 sq. ft. gaps required a three-week closure of the ship to visitors. 

• 2017 - a 6-inch by 8-inch hole 15 feet below the waterline caused the ship to tilt six degrees to the starboard side.

The next drydocking

The Texas will be towed to a shipyard in Louisiana, Alabama or Florida for complete replacement of the entire hull below the waterline.

Jerry L. Jones

Baytown

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