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“Oaxacan Gold – Illuminating Mystical Mexico,” an art exhibit curated by Livingston High School Graduate Greg Davis, an esteemed National Geographic contributing photographer, will be exhibited from May 10 through August 13 at the new Art Center Waco. The series features 35 limited edition photographs accompanied by five mediums of folk art by master Mexican artists.

“Cortes came to the new world looking for gold, but he found something way more valuable … the people, its culture and its traditions,” Davis said.

The May 7 opening night celebration sold out in three days. It is a ticketed multimedia art and cultural experience featuring Davis’ photography, a 20-person dance performance by Ballet Folklorico de Austin and the folk art of grand master folk artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles (alebrije which are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures), Carlomagno Pedro Martinez (barro negro, or “black clay,” which is a style of pottery distinguished by its color, sheen and unique designs), Alejandro Vera (masks), Jose and Teresita Garcia Antonio (ceramics), Magdalena Pedro Martinez (black potter) and the Mendoza family (textiles). Opening night participants will also experience “The Taste of Oaxaca” by El Alebrije and ChefATX complimented by “The Spirit of Oaxaca” tastings of Mezcal Vago and Wahaka Mezcal.

The purpose of “Oaxacan Gold” is to illuminate the mystical southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Davis began photographing and producing the multimedia cultural experience in 2018.

This was his sophomore large-scale, multimedia project–the first being, “India’s Kumbh Mela,” which premiered at the Museum of the Southwest and followed the stories of individual pilgrims to the 2013 Kumbh Mela, the largest religious pilgrimage in history. It was accompanied by Davis’ first short documentary film, “Cloth Paper Dreams,” and shared with eight museums, art centers and cultural centers in Texas.

“The purpose of my work is to serve as a reminder to us that we are all part of something greater than ourselves. At a faster rate than ever before, our world is shrinking, and traditional cultures are at risk. It is imperative that we be aware of and respect the diversity of our planet as well as our unprecedented need to preserve it,” Davis said.

He is the recipient of the 2017 Ambassador of the Year award for the Austin non-profit Well Aware, which provides innovative and sustainable solutions to the problems of water scarcity and contamination in Africa.

After quitting his job in 2004 and selling most of his possessions, Davis went on a yearlong global soul-searching expedition. Nine months in, fate intervened to put him face to face with a Black Hmong blanket weaver in the highlands of Northern Vietnam. It was then that he captured an image that, unbeknownst to him, would weave their fates together and fill him with a new sense of purpose—to weave the world a little closer through his photography.

Currently a contributing photographer for National Geographic/Disney, Davis was represented by the National Geographic Image Collection for over a decade. A fourth-generation Baylor University alum, he said he credits an Art Center Waco gallery talk for inspiring his current artistic journey. He has worked his way from local festivals to international exhibitions and his works now hang in private and institutional collections worldwide.

All pieces from Davis’ collections are printed on archival museum rag paper using 12-color archival pigment inks, then treated with a protective UV coating to further protect and maximize the archivability of the works. Each piece is hand-signed, numbered in a limited edition of 50, titled, embossed and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

He is currently offering his latest traveling exhibit, “Oaxacan Gold,” to art centers and museums around the nation.

“The purpose of this exhibition is to bring awareness to the stunning beauty, cultural depth and mystical nature of the great Mexican state of Oaxaca through an educational multimedia cultural experience of photography, folk art, textiles, dance and music,” Davis said.

Art Center Waco is located at 701 S. 8th St. in Waco. The phone number is (254)752-4371 and the website is artcenterwaco.org. More of Davis’ work may be seen at gregdavisphotography.com

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Beto coming to Livingston

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Beto O’Rourke will be in town Sunday with his People of Texas Town Hall to ask East Texas to support his bid to be the next Governor of Texas. The Beto campaign will host the town hall at 1 p.m. at the Across the Tracks Live Music Venue at 309 N. Jackson in Livingston.

“The club is excited that the Beto campaign is putting a focus on the voters of rural East Texas,” Willie White, president of the Democratic Club of Polk County, said. “We have a lot of voters who have felt that many past statewide campaigns ignored the rural voters. But Beto, now and during his senate race, has shown a real interest in the needs of rural East Texas.”

Polk County Democratic Party Chair-elect Ann Turney said the Beto O’Rouke campaign knows the importance of the older Democratic Party voters.

“But Beto is also addressing the needs and interest of younger voters, students and non-students alike, to bring them into the political life of Texas. Beto wants to tap the full potential of Texas, and we are joining him to make that happen,” Turney said, adding, “We also invite and encourage Republicans and Independents to take a look at what Beto has to offer Texas.”

O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan from El Paso and served in the U.S. Congress from the 16th Congressional District before becoming a candidate for higher office. He has directed his campaign message toward the Texas power grid problems, COVID-19, jobs, schools and education, health care, gun safety, voting rights and immigration.

“Beto is aware of the many problems facing Texans and the great potential we Texans have as we address them,” White said.

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PCSO smokes out jail scheme

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CigarettesA Polk County Correctional Officer found herself on the other side of the bars Thursday, as she was arrested after an extensive investigation. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Correctional Officer Carly Viola Noack, 30, of Votaw, and charged Polk County Jail inmate Mark Anthony Jacobs, 19, of Goodrich, for introducing prohibited substances into the Polk County Jail. 

The sheriff’s office investigated and charged both with prohibited substance/item in a correctional facility, a felony 3 offense. 

The corrections officer was immediately placed on administrative suspension, pending the investigation. Noack has been employed as a correctional officer in the Polk County Jail since December 2021.   

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives received information in reference to Noack for bringing tobacco products into the Polk County Jail. 

Detectives discovered through their investigation that Noack purchased and delivered tobacco products to an inmate, receiving cash payments for doing so. Once delivered, Jacobs provided tobacco to other inmates for profit. 

After conducting interviews with the parties involved, detectives were provided with evidence and information as to how all transactions were made.   

Arrest warrants were obtained, and Officer Noack turned herself in to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, where she was terminated and booked into the Polk County Jail on a $5,000 bond. 

Jacobs was also charged and given a $5,000 bond. He is currently in jail for capital murder, aggravated kidnapping and several drug possession charges.

Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons would like for all to know that he will continue to investigate and prosecute any misconduct or violation of the law by any employee of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, if an investigation finds that they have violated the law.

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Two students booked at county jail

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PolkCountySherrifBadgeTwo students at Livingston High School were booked into the Polk County Jail Thursday morning, each receiving the same charge.

Unlawful restraint of someone less than 17 years of age was the charge for both Jacob Newman Haynes, 18, of Livingston, and Landon Eugene Leggett, 17, of Goodrich.

Through a release from last week, Livingston ISD said an investigation began after the district official were notified earlier this month.

“Livingston ISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins confirms that on April 5, 2022, the Livingston administration was made aware of allegations of inappropriate contact by a student-athlete in the LHS baseball program toward another player. An investigation was immediately commenced, and remedial measures were put in place to ensure the safety of all LISD students, including removing the alleged offender from the program until the investigation is complete.”

The Enterprise has learned that the two were involved in an altercation with a younger student-athlete in the Livingston program.

Leggett and Haynes have been held out of athletic competition since last week. Starters on the varsity baseball team, the two helped the Lions to what is now a 7-1 district record, good for first place in 21-4A.

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Man with multiple warrants arrested

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Delbert  HarrisDelbert HarrisPolk County Constable Precinct 1 Scott Hughes and Constable Precinct 3 Ray Myers’ deputies received information on a Livingston man with several outstanding warrants last week that led to an arrest.

Delbert Dewayne Harris, 67, had nine warrants from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. He is said to be the former owner of a wrecker
service in Conroe.

A precinct 3 deputy was advised that Harris had recently moved to Polk County. The charges of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child span from 2012 to 2020.

Harris was arrested at his residence by deputies and booked into the Polk County Jail. Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Robert Johnson set all bonds at $50,000 each.

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