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Charles Schorre: Cuero artist's exhibit coming to Nave Museum

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
July 14, 2011 at 2:14 a.m.

Charles Schorre was a committed artist to the very end.

His daughter, Robin Glover, can attest to that.

"He painted until the day before he died (July 20, 1996). He never retired," she said.

Schorre, prior to his death, suffered from Parkinson's disease.

Those close to him have spent nearly a year collecting his work to prepare for the exhibit at the Nave Museum.

"The Incredible Views of Charles Schorre" is a retrospective that will contain his works from the beginning to the end of his career. The exhibit will be open to the public Friday through Aug. 21.

Gary Dunnam said many selections include acryllic on paper and acryllic on canvas. There are also a few photo collages.

Many of the 67 pieces displayed came from individuals' private collections.

"It's like being a kid in a candy store," Dunnam said.

Hopefully, everyone will find something they can enjoy, according to Dunnam. And that's the way Schorre would have wanted it.

Dunnam was a fan and a friend to the belated artist.

He owns several of Schorre's pieces. One of his favorites, "Autumn -I," is a bright painting that appears to have the arms of Christ moving toward heaven. But, it's designed in an abstract way. Dunnam said he is still moved by the piece.

"It's still as exciting to me today as when I first saw it," he said.

The unassuming artist would often say, "Art should be different to different people."

His son-in-law, Hays Glover, said Schorre wanted the viewer to draw their own interpretations. Schorre deflected questions about the inspiration behind his work.

Hays Glover said he tried to ask his father-in-law that question, but Schorre politely told him the question was not answerable.

Schorre perhaps didn't respond about his works, but he spoke to people with his hands. He was an artist, sculptor and photographer.

Schorre also produced the "Artist's Handbook." The book is a series of photographs and includes artists, writers, friends and the world-famous Andy Warhol.

Not only was Schorre an artist, he also was a professor. He taught at Rice University in Houston for 12 years. His class was in such high demand that the school eventually had to put a limit to the class size.

His 71 years of life were filled with faith, family, art and love.

Glover described her father as sweet and authentic. She said Schorre had a separate studio, and time with his family was precious. But loved ones would hear the jazz sounds by John Coltrane and Chick Corea, emanating from his studio at times.

"He's known for his art work, but he will be remembered for his personality," Glover said.



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