Islander’s 1967 Sting Ray still has value and cachet
Wouldn’t it be nice to be like the Chevrolet Corvette? To start off up near the pinnacle of cool — among the elite of things powerful, sleek, stylish and sexy — and then just keep getting cooler as the years roll by?
The 1967 Corvette models turned 50 this year, but have grown exponentially in both value and cachet during those five decades. [Read more…]
A racing boat built by an innovative engineer
Shazaam is only 36 feet long but more than able in open water. [Read more…]
Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Island band preserves the memories of a long-gone seafaring era
Deep in the aft hold of the majestic sailing ship Elissa lies an exhibit devoted to a musical relic of a time when vessels truly sailed the seven seas, their sails luffing in vagaries of the breeze. [Read more…]
Islander’s photos capture the beauty of coastal nature
You might not know Barbara Rabek, but if you’ve ever been to Galveston, you probably know her work. [Read more…]
Lowrider blends disparate parts into a harmonious whole
People encountering Mike Landry Jr.’s lowrider for the first time might suffer a little dissonance. On the one hand, it has the familiar sweeping, elliptical silhouette of 1950s American passenger car. But even with all the digits of the other hand, it’s impossible to put a finger on exactly what it is. [Read more…]
Charter boat captain knows where the fish are biting
Islander Jason Rittenhouse started as a deckhand for charter boat tours. After Hurricane Ike, which struck in 2008, he jumped at the opportunity to get his captain’s license. Now a charter boat captain for Rod Bending Charters in Galveston, Rittenhouse shares what it’s like fishing on a charter boat and being a captain. [Read more…]
Restored Bel Air racks up miles and trophies
When you meet somebody with a car the likes of Elmer Johnson’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe, chances are good you’ve encountered one of two kinds of people — the guy who bought the car as is for an awful lot of money; or the guy who built it frame up and knows every inch of it, including, probably, the torque specifications of every nut and bolt. [Read more…]
How an island mentorship program helped a young artist sell her first work
“Andromeda” draws you in. Its whimsical subjects — an octopus, fish and ocean flora — conjure up a fantastical world below the sea. The painting is named after an Ethiopian princess, who in Greek mythology is saved by a sea monster after her parents try to sacrifice her to save their kingdom from the wrath of god Poseidon.
The painting’s textural, three-dimensional quality and vibrant mix of consciously chosen colors beckons to be touched. It recently sold at ArtWalk in downtown Galveston for $225. [Read more…]