Artist in Residence

The Red River County Historical Society is pleased to announce the newest Artist in Residence program. Mother-daughter artist team Jamie Carter and Melinda Watters will be the newest participants arriving March 23rd.

Jamie is a resident of the Woodland community in Red River County. She has been a professional, nationally recognized artist for over thirty five years. Jamie’s daughter Melinda is also an artist currently finishing her graduate Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Melinda served for ten years in faith-based non profit work, before returning to academia to seek to more fully integrate her passion for community-based work and her creative practice.

Beginning Sunday, March 23rd the duo will begin investigating the relationship of memory to place through a series of interviews of local residents. The artists will record the interviews and begin creating works of art based on the conversations and sites mentioned. The residency will culminate in a community gathering at the Red River County Public Library on Thursday, March 27th from 3-5pm. The public is encouraged to attend and view the works created, along with the audio recordings of interviews.

If you would like your memories of place to be included in the Parallel Memories archive or to be considered for an interview, please answer one or more of the following questions and mail your answer(s) and contact information to:

Parallel Memories
c/o Jamie Carter
14814 FM 195
Detroit, Tx 75436

You may also email your responses and questions to: or contact the Chamber @ 903-427-2645.

What place in Red River County (a specific building, piece of land, a home, etc.) conjures up a special, simple memory that you shared with someone special in your life? What was the memory?

What was a specific place in the area where you feel like something big in your life changed? What is your memory of the event?

Is there a place in Red River County that you wished never existed? Why?

Where was a special place in Red River County that your community loved to gather (a specific church, a certain place outdoors, a restaurant or business, etc.)? What is one special memory you have of that place?

The Red River County Historical Society was founded in 1961 with the purpose of preserving the rich history of Red River County. Since that time, the Society has been instrumental in saving many renowned landmarks, preserving vintage photographs, and leading the way in historical tourism.

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