Cultural Art Happenings January 2012


As we begin 2012, I hope you resolved to take advantage of the extraordinary cultural opportunities offered throughout the city.   A few of the highlights include Bob Stuth-Wade's exhibition and painting demonstration at the Grace Museum on January 19th from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., and his talk at 7:00. Stuth-Wade is one of the best landscape artists  of our time!  


Next view, "Artists Uncut", the work of some of Abilene's outstanding artists, as well as some of the best photographers in Texas, at the Center for Contemporary Arts.   The Texas Photographic Society's is exhibiting its National Juried Competition in the Photography Gallery.


As the month ends, the Abilene Philharmonic's first classical concert of the New Year, "Celebrations" takes place on January 28th, featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine.   Wishing you all a happy and art-filled New Year! 


Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



Roman Holiday at Paramount 2012
Love, Sex and IRS play
NCCIL Ed Young
Jan 2012 Artwalk


Tot Spot at The Grace

January 5 - 6

Thursday - 10:00 a.m. & Friday - 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

This popular program, for ages 3 to 5 and parents, features hands-on activities & games. 

$5 Non-members, Free for Members

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St.




Art Adventure

January 6 

10:00 a.m.

This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery. 


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature 

102 Cedar St.




Just for Fun! Origami

January 7

1:30 p.m.

The ancient Japanese art form of origami is enjoyable, creative, and can be as simple or as complex as you like. Learn your way around paper folding with Abilene's most experienced instructor, Terry Minami. We supply all materials needed. Space is limited, so please pre-register by calling 676-6025 or signing up on our Events Calendar online at


Abilene Public Library - Main Library Auditorium

202 Cedar




Family Fun Saturdays

January 7, 14, 21 & 28 

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Art educators help you create a "work of art" using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge. 


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. 




ArtWalk: Poetry in Motion

January 12

5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Breed Gallery will be transformed into a 1950's Beatnik Coffee House, and feature an evening of poetry. Participants will travel in time and discover how the social, political and economic issues of the Beat Generation parallel those of today's young people.  


The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St

325-677-8389 /

Gallery Hours: 

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Free



Chautauqua Learning Series

January 14
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Based on the Chautauqua movement which spread throughout the rural United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries providing educational lectures and entertainment for average Americans before the advent of mass media like radio and television. This month is Joe Specht who will be speaking about Elmer Kelton ~ We will never see the like of it again.
$7 per person; Members free
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William - Buffalo Gap, TX
325-572-3363, Historic Village

Buffalo Gap Historic Village: Military Appreciation Day 

January 15

Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Free to active and retired military and their family

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William - Buffalo Gap, TX



Mid-Month Movie Matinees - Art in the 21st Century: Consumption

January 18

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

How does contemporary art address the idea of consumption? How do artists question commonly held assumptions about commerce, mass media, and consumer society? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary "Consumption" explores these questions through the work of the artists Barabra Kruger, Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney, Andrea Zittel, and Mel Chin. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts is instituting a new "Learning Lunches" program. Bring a brown bag or box lunch and enjoy a movie in our main gallery while you eat...and you can't help but learn something about art and artists, painlessly!


The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St

325-677-8389 /


Museum Matters: Engaging Art

January 19

3:00 - 8:00 p.m.; with artist talk at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening with the artist Bob Stuth-Wade as he demonstrates his painting technique and style. His work is currently on display at The Grace Museum through February 18th. 

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St.




Cover-to-Cover Book Club

January 19

7:00 p.m.

Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Members select a fiction or non-fiction title each month by consensus, then read and discuss during the meeting. During January, bring a book you've recently enjoyed and share it with the group. Everyone is welcome!


Abilene Public Library - Main Library Auditorium

202 Cedar




Disney's The Jungle Book Kids

January 20 - 22

Jan. 20 and 21 - 7:30pm, Jan. 22 - 2:00 p.m.

This exciting live stage adaptation of the Disney classic musical features 28 local performers aged 8 to 14. The show contains favorite tunes like "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You" for perfect family entertainment. 

Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress

325-676-9620 for ticket information



Master Class: HSU and the Philharmonic

January 27

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic in conjunction with the Hardin-Simmons University's School of Music and Fine Arts present a master class featuring international violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Showcasing local talent of Abilene, students are given the chance to perform for this highly acclaimed artist.


Hardin - Simmons University

Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall

325-677-6710 - Philharmonic for more information



Celebrations featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5 

January 28

8:00 p.m.

Our first classical concert of the New Year is Celebrations featuring Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor and Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. The evening showcases violinist Rachel Barton Pine. A fan of rock and heavy metal since her pre-teens, Pine's ability to see the connecting threads between classical and rock music makes her the perfect bridge between generations of music fans. Hailed as an artistic ambassador, she often visits rock radio stations and rock clubs to perform her own arrangements of rock and metal songs followed by classical pieces to illustrate how the two genres share a similar intensity and compositional complexity.

Abilene Philharmonic

402 Cypress, Suite 130

(325) 677-6710 - For more information


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