Tree sculpture Stroller   
Cultural Art Happenings September 2012

The 32nd Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: SculpTOUR is this month. We are excited to present another great year of amazing contemporary sculpture in downtown Abilene. The weekend long event will include meet and greets with the artists, an iron pouring demonstration, and 3 gallery openings. We invite you to join us for the opening at the Center for Contemporary Arts at 5:30p.m. September 22nd. 


Also, you don't want to miss the West Texas Book Festival, September 18 -22, featuring the author of Hank the Cowdog. The Abilene Community Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors with performances throughout the month and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra's Classical Concert on September 29th. 


We look forward to seeing you at these great art events! 



Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



Sculpture Weekend
Hank Cow Dog
Rear Window
West Texas Book Festival


Family Fun Saturday's

September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 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 /



Tot Spot at The Grace

September 6 - 7, 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 /



Art Adventure   

September 7, 10:30 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. 


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. / 325-673-4586 /



Chautauqua Learning Series

September 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Don Frazier
Topic: My Life with Phil Collins
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St
Buffalo Gap, TX / 325-572-3365 / 



Abilene Community Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors
September 13 - 15, 20 - 22, 28 - 29
A down and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. But not all is what it seems! 
809 Barrow / 673-6271 (for tickets) /
ArtWalk: Dog Days

September 13, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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


The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. / 325-677-8389 /


Michael Martin Murphey Concert with HSU Orchestra

September 15, 8:00 p.m. 

Singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey & The Rio Grande Band will perform with the HSU Orchestra to raise funds to grow the Orchestra Studies Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 2010. 

HSU / 325-671-2258 / tickets:



Military Appreciation Day

September 16, 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 /



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

September 19, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Bring your brown bag lunch and learn while you dine. Time is always present in our interaction with works of art, whether we sit to contemplate a painting, stroll past a sculpture, or watch a video piece for its entire duration. 


The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. / 325-677-8389 /


Museum Matters: Engaging History
September 20th 
The Grace Museum 
102 Cypress St / 325 - 673 - 4587 / 

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra: Classical Concert
September 29th, 8:00 p.m. 
Featuring Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Brahms's Symphony No. 3. 
Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St. / 325 - 677-6710 / 

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