West Texas Weekly looks at the memorial to Judy Ann Magers. She was known better as the Burro Lady and is an enduring symbol of independence and freedom. GoSanAngelo.com reported on her death here.
Charlotte Allen discusses the memorial:
Regarding artwork in Alpine, I would like to submit the following news item. Texas Highways Magazine’s May 2009 issue will be featuring a full page color photograph of our newest outdoor mural/silohette entitled “Judy, the Burro Lady”. Unveiled at our 30th anniverdary celebration, this life-sized metal sculpture, located at Apache Trading Post in Alpine, depicts Judy Magers riding her beloved burro.
As locals recall, the burro lady’s legacy was celebrated throughout the region during Alpine’s ArtWalk’s 2007. James Evans’ classic black and white photograph of the burro lady was featured in an exhibit and on posters during the event.
Apache Trading Post’s metal artwork was designed and created by Alan Gerson, of Gerson Artworks formerly of Alpine, who has returned to his studio in Brenham.
To compliment the new mural and to hear about the burro lady’s life history, visitors are also treated to a musical rendition of “The Ballad of the Burro Lady” which can be heard inside at the Spirit of the West Gallery adjacent to the trading post.
Visitors can not only listen to Neil Trammel’s exclusive ballad, as commissioned by owner, Charlotte Allen, but images and accounts of the burro lady’s life story may be purchased as well.
The music is played while visitors peruse a permanent fine art photography installation there. Color images and black and white images depict the cowhand’s vision of West Texas ranch life. All works of art have been handsomely framed by Keri Artz of Kiowa Gallery downtown.