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New local exhibits

Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum opens Cuero Celebrates Warhol exhibit

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Not one but two new exhibits launched last Thursday night, Oct. 10 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum (CTHM) in Cuero. Combined with the vision of museum chairman Robert Oliver and the diligent work of their staff and volunteers, Cuero Celebrates Warhol and a spurs exhibit from Bruce Bartlett were unveiled.

Almost eight years in the making, the spurs display features the work of Joe Bianchi of Victoria. Bianchi’s spurs still influence what’s made today. One of Bianchi’s students, Raymond Bego, became a spur maker, and his daughter, Mattye Stiles, donated two of his pairs to the museum.

“I was a child when daddy started making those spurs,” Stiles said, who is now 90. “I gave the spurs here, because I was awfully proud of my daddy making them. I thought this was a nice place to display them.”

Though not as famous as Bianchi, Bego was still busy all the time making spurs, as Stiles recalls.

“When he first started making them, he sold them for $12.50 a pair,” she said. “I was in grade school when he started making them.”

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