Reception for local photographer at XIT Museum
By Robin Scott
The Dallam-Hartley Counties Historical Association presents local photographer Sylvia Renick in her third gallery showing at a reception to be held at the XIT Museum on Thursday, July 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. The subject matter of Renick’s exhibit will be unveiled along with the photographs.
Sylvia Renick, a Georgia peach, grew up the daughter of an Army Soldier. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1975. She moved to Dalhart in 1978, and she and husband, Scot became the first couple to marry at the XIT Museum in October of that same year. The Renicks have one son, Keir, born in 1983.
Renick is a former journalist and photographer of the Dalhart Texan, where she worked both full and part-time for many years. She discovered photography in her last year in college and subsequently became what she terms, “an avid amateur.” While working part-time for the Texan, she began classes at Amarillo College and earned an Associate of Arts in Photography in 1993. Also in 1993, Renick opened her own business, specializing in location/landscape/environmental portraiture.
As the immediate past president of the Dallam-Hartley Counties Historical Association, Renick has a fondness for the XIT Museum. Renick has been on the board of trustees for the Association since 2001. The board has been able to utilize Renick’s passion for art by having her coordinate the gallery events at the museum. Museum Curator Nick Olson asked Renick to get involved in the Art Galley, which she gladly did.
In the past, the museum offered many one to two-week summer programs for children. Renick stated that part of the reason for the success of the summer programs was due to the relationships between the ladies that took on the responsibility for the programs. Terry Rogers, Patsi Lowe, Kelly Frates and Renick assisted together in providing community education type summer workshops. Renick noted, “We all worked so well together and really enjoyed the summer events.” Renick strived to have artists whose works were showing at the museum spend a day demonstrating techniques and methods to interested observers. Renick described herself and her role at the museum as “always art driven.”
Renick is the Director of Community Connect in Dallam and Hartley Counties. She is responsible for not only finding qualified instructors for the many courses offered by Community Connect, but she also motivates the community in participating. Community Connect has grown in popularity and attendance in the last two years and Renick stated she’s excited to see how it progresses in the future.
Renick’s first showing at the museum, entitled “Wildlife of Kenya,” was held in 1979 and was a collection of photographs she took on a trip to Africa. Her second showing, held in 1994, was entitled “Boys Ranch Road” and was a collection of landscape photographs from Dalhart to Amarillo.