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Nature Speaker Series

Explore nature with great speakers discussing topics from birds and butterflies to culture and art of the Rio Grande Valley. Thursday Nights 6:00- 7:00 P.M. This educational program is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.

Rachel Brown

The Environment, Arts & Economy: Interdependence and Success in Ancient & Modern Mexico

October 8th 6:00- 7:00 pm

How does the balance of the environment, art and economy sustain culture? Join us Thursday October 8th, 6 pm at Quinta Mazatlan for a look into Ancient and Modern Mexico with speaker Rachel F. Brown.

Rachel Brown is an artist and art historian with deep interests in the environment and the many challenges faced by contemporary society. She found significance in the thriving artistic communities of Oaxaca during a summer program entitled "Pictorial Histories: the 'Graphic Novels" of the Mixtec and Aztec' in Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City.

Rachel Brown has been teaching with STC's Art Department since 1997. Her background is in an MA in Art History, certificate in Museum Education, and BA in Archeology, to which she added an MFA, 2-D concentration and a certificate for Creative Journal Expressive Arts. Rachel has a strong interest in guiding her students in their discovery of creative talent and practice of artistic discipline. She believes it is important for students to discover and appreciate their own cultures and creativity as well as that of others. Ultimately, teaching arts is most rewarding because art demonstrates that we are all united as humans, and at the same time, we can express our individuality.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through April 2016 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. The program fee is $3 per person and no advance reservation is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit

Quinta Mazatlan Folk Art Room

2015-2016 Speaker Series Schedule

  • October 8- Environment, Art & Economy-Interdependence & Success in Ancient & Modern Mexico: Rachel Brown Visual Arts & Music, Professor STC
  • October 15- Beetle Mania with Dr. Don Thomas
  • October 22- Draw Nature Outdoors-Made Easy with artist Jessica Monroe
  • October 29- Naming Britain's 1st National Bird by David Lindo & Touring a Birders Paradise in Spain by Vanesa Palacios
  • November 5- Kiskadee of Death: Author Jan Dunlap unveils her newest mystery book
  • November 12- Birds & Buds: Richard Moore presents his newest video "Birds of South Texas" outdoor screening ($5.00)
  • November 19- A Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles: Author Melissa Gaskill
  • December 3- Birds in Folklore, Mythology or Legends
  • December 10- Christmas Concert in the Park ($5.00)

Explore nature Thursday evenings with great speakers talking about everything from birds and butterflies to culture and art of the Rio Grande Valley.

The educational series is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.

Regular Schedule & Fees
Date: Thursday Evenings (October through April)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fee: $3.00 Per Person
FREE with Membership

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Quinta Mazatlan

600 Sunset Drive
McAllen, TX 78504

(956) 681-3370

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