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Cultural Art Happenings June 2012

The summer began with the May 4th street party celebration of the Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective and Touring Sculpture Garden at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). The Seussical Celebration continues with a dinner Friday, June 4th to launch the NCCIL exhibition of original illustrations from the Lorax, courtesy of the LBJ Library with special guest Lynda Johnson Robb.


Registrations from as far away as Iowa and West Virginia have come in for the CALF Festival which will kick off with the CCA's "Seuss is Loose" ArtWalk on June 14th and the unveiling of our own "Cat In the Hat" bronze sculpture in Everman Park.  Great Dr. Seuss art, dramatic Dr. Seuss presentations, hands on art activities, movies, and a huge children's play area at Frontier Texas! are some of what CALF festival attendees will experience.  If you haven't already registered go online to or call us at 677-1161.  We look forward to seeing children of all ages downtown!


Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



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Lorax June NCCIL
Jaws Paramount


Tot Spot at The Grace

June 7- 8

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.

325-673-4587 /



Friends of the Abilene Library Public Annual Book Sale

June 7-10 

Thursday: Members only sale, 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: Bag Sale - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Abilene Civic Center

1100 N. 6th St. 

325-676-6025 /



Chautauqua Learning Series
June 9
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Francis Prestridge
Topic: The Daughters of the American Revolution 
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St
Buffalo Gap, TX 
Summer Hours through September 3
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Mon. - Sat.
Noon - 6 p.m. Sun.
325-572-3365 /


Family Fun Saturday's

June 9, 16, 23, 30

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NCCIL's art educators help you create a "work of art" using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery.  


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 /



The Lorax: An Evening with Lynda Johnson Robb 

June 10

6:30 p.m.

NCCIL's opening event for The Lorax with guest Lynda Johnson Robb

Ticketed Event: $125 per person; $1500 for a table

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 /



Dr. Seuss- Inspired Art Intensive 

June 11 - 14

9 a.m. to Noon (younger)

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (older) 

Fee: $80, limited seating available

Cockerell Galleries and Studios 

1133 N 2nd, Studio 210 




Mid-Month Movie: Art in the 21st Century: Humor

June 13
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

How do artists use irony, goofiness, satire, and sarcasm in their work? Can an artwork be funny and critical at the same time? Bring your brown bag lunch and learn while you dine. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.


ArtWalk: Dr. Seuss is Loose! 

June 14

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurant, shops, museums, galleries, and entertainment await you!


325-677-8389 /


The Mousetrap

June 14 -16, 21 - 23, 29 - 30 

7:30 p.m.

Agatha Christie comes forth with another hit about a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. To get the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the police probe the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. 

Abilene Community Theatre 

809 Barrow St. 

$10 - Adults, $8 - Students, Seniors, Active Military, $5 - Age 12 & younger




Military Appreciation Day

June 17 

Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Free to active and retired military and their family 

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.

Buffalo Gap, TX

325-572-3365 /



Cinderella's Enchanting Dance Camp (ages 3-4) 

June 18 - 22

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Does your little ballerina dream of waltzing across the dance floor at the Royal Ball? If so, this is an experience you don't want your preschooler to miss. 

Fee: $100 

325-675-0303 or 325-6755198 /

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Lynn Barnett  - 325.677.1161