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seclusion until his death. Today, an authentic Bess painting can sell for five figures and his works continue to gain in value. Bess made national news a few years ago when the Matagorda County Museum decided to have an auction on eBay of a group of paintings that may have been created by the artist. The operative word is “may,” since the paintings came to the museum from a collector known to deal in forgeries, and no one could authenticate the paintings. Real or not, the paintings offered on eBay sold out, and the auction was written about in the Los Angeles Times, Texas Highways and Art & Antiques. brought in and they found the remains of La Belle. The discovery made international headlines, and THC SHOPPER’S PARADISE embarked on a massive operation to recover the oldest The museum anchors Bay City’s lively town square, where French shipwreck in the western hemisphere. The story retail and service businesses are thriving. People come continues today at the Matagorda County Museum where from all over town – and Texas – to shop the antique and artifacts from the wreck are on display, along with a resale shops and gift emporiums that surround the diorama of a portion of the ship, showing it under courthouse square. You can enjoy a cup of gourmet excavation from the bottom of the sea. coffee or cappuccino here, or drop by another shop for Along with its historical exhibits, the county museum organic and natural groceries and snacks. Market Days, features paintings by Bay City’s most famous artist, held the third Saturday of the month from March through Forrest Bess (1911-1977). Bess was a contemporary of the December, are popular events with vendors setting up renowned abstract artist Jackson Pollack and exhibited at booths around the courthouse with everything from the same New York City gallery in the 1950s. Many art handmade furniture and art to roasted nuts and fresh critics think Bess might have become as famous as flowers and plants. Merchants around the square often Pollack had not mental illness taken its toll and forced him have their own specials and sidewalk sales on Market to return to Bay City, where he lived and worked in Days as well. 12


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