Cultural Art Happenings
 July 2014  
     Downtown Abilene is alive with young summer campers learning about dance, sculpting, famous artists, etiquette,  drawing and more! Spaces are still available for many July camps, so please check out our list in the calendar below.
     Some special events this month include CarWalk on July 11, which kicks off a weekend of car shows and races, and  the celebration of the American Cowboy with Tom Perini at The Grace Museum on July 26.
     We are busy thanking everyone who made the 2014 Children's Art & Literacy Festival possible in June. If you didn't have a chance to attend the festival, you can see William Joyce's art at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature until Sept. 27. Also, come meet downtown's newest residents - Joyce's Guardians of Childhood. These five bronze sculptures are permanently installed outside. They will be joined by the Man in the Moon later this year.     
 

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

ACU bites into Shakespeare for annual festival
The Abilene Shakespeare Festival continues this month with new takes on the Bard's classics from the Abilene Christian University Theatre Department. 
This version of "Macbeth" is set in the heart of the 1930s mafia. The show isThursday, July 3 in Fulks Theatre at ACU. Free admission. 
"William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead" will be performed July 2 and July 5 at Fulks Theatre. This hilarious show is set in London in 1599 when a plague-ridden madmen turns the Elizabethans into zombies. Purchase $10 tickets here.
'Then and Now' exhibit celebrates Center's 25th anniversary 
An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10 for a new exhibit at theCenter for Contemporary Arts titled "Then and Now."
"This will be a very special exhibit highlighting the Center's influence on its artists in this, its 25th anniversary year," said Debbie Manns, gallery manager. 
The exhibit will feature art by current artist members who have been members of the Center since its formation. Each artist will display artwork created in the early days of the Center or just before, when the artists were members of its predecessor, the Artists League of Texas. They will also display a work that they have created recently.
Paramount Film Series: 'Hello, Dolly!' 
Barbra Streisand is triumphant in this big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about a matchmaker looking to find love for a wealthy merchant in Yonkers, N.Y. 1969, color, 146 minutes, Rated G. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military and children. To purchase tickets,click here. To see the complete list of the 2014 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here.  To view this film's trailer, click here. Paramount Film Director Robert Holladay delivers a 30-minute lecture on the history and making of the film at 6:30 p.m. July 11. You must purchase a ticket to the film to attend the lecture. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12

Zoo concert features jazz, cars   

Enjoy an evening at the zoo and take in a concert before heading home! The Spots and Stripes Forever Concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Abilene Zoo will feature Abilene Christian University's Faculty Jazz Quartet and a classic car exhibit. The Watering Hole concession stand will offer shrimp skewers. Regular zoo admission. The next Spots and Stripes concert will be Aug. 21 featuring the Muddy Creek Band and a Harley motorcycle exhibit.

The Grace Museum celebrates the American Cowboy with Perini with 
The Grace Museum is celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy at a special event at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Enjoy a taste of chuck wagon cuisine and learn about authentic chuck wagon cooking and cattle drives from Tom Perini followed by dinner at 7 p.m. by Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Dance the night away under the stars to live music from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. by the Clearfork Boys with Josh Parker. A host bar will serve beer and wine from 6 to 8 p.m. Cash bar begins at 8 p.m. The exhibition "Home on the Range" will be open during the event. Reservations required. Tickets are $50. Register here.
BOOK BUZZ: Female Abilene pilots who defied the times
Abilene author Loretta Fulton tells the story of Abilene women who dared to take to the skies in her book "Off They Went: Abilene Women Who Defied the Times and Took to the Skies." Even though women pilots made strides in aviation during World War II, it was still a rarity for females to fly in the 1950s. In 1957, a group of Abilene women started a local chapter of the Ninety-Nines. They flew for business and pleasure -including shopping trips and meals at Lowake Steak House. Some of the notable women flyers were Amber Cree, Patty Taliaferro, Beverly Tarpley and Ruby Caldwell Kinard.

 

July 4 - Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Parade, ceremony, Jeep show, trail rides, games, crafts, kids' activities, live music, food and more. Free event.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

July 7-11 - ArtCamp

10 a.m.-Noon

"Anime" for ages 10-13. $125. Anime is a popular Japanese style of animation, characterized by stark, colorful images, strong characters, and action packed stories, often having futuristic themes. Instructor: Allison Britten.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 7-11 - Sculpt It! Camp

9 a.m.

First through sixth grade. Paid registration required. 

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 7-11 & 14-18 - Ballet for Junior I and II

1-2:30 p.m.

Ages 9-12. $200 fee for full two weeks.

Abilene Ballet Theatre

1265 N 2nd St. │ 325.675.0303 │ www.abileneballettheatre.org 

 

July 7-11 - Broadway Babies

2:30-4 p.m.

Ages 9-12. $100 fee.

Abilene Ballet Theatre

1265 N 2nd St. │ 325.675.0303 │ www.abileneballettheatre.org 

 

July 8 - "The Legend of King Arthur"

10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Young  Audiences of Abilene brings the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to life at the Abilene Public Library as part of its free summer show series. Shows are 45 minutes long.

Young Audiences of Abilene

1101 N. 1st St. │ 325.677.1161 │ www.abilenecac.org 

 

July 8 - New exhibits opening

Runs through Aug. 30

"Then and Now": The artistic evolution of a select group of artists who have been  Signature Artist Members of the Center since its inception 25 years ago.

"Voyage Vagabonds": Works by Signature Artist Members Bird Thomas and Linda Stricklin, inspired by their voyage from Paris to the Biennali in Venice in 2013.

"Degrees of Separation": An exhibit featuring work by Signature Artist Member Kimberly J. Schaefer and fellow graduates of the University of Tyler art program.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 10 - Tot Spot

9:30 and 11 a.m. Paid registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 10 - Children's Museum Book Reading

10 a.m. Paid registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 10 - Opening Reception: "Then and Now"

5:30-7:30 p.m. Jane Breed Gallery

Special exhibit highlighting the Center's influence on its artists in this, its 25th anniversary year. The exhibit will feature a works of art by current artist members who have been members of the Center since its formation. The opening reception will feature an informal "fireside chat" with the exhibiting artists, other artist members, and current and former staff members and board members, sharing memories of the Center through the years.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 10 - "Wild West to Propriety"

7 p.m.

Molly Sauder, Archivist at The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas presents Wild West to Propriety. Learn how our part of the West really was won and how settlement grew out of the "Wild West." Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 11- Tot Spot

9:30 and 11 a.m. Paid registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 11- ArtWalk presents CarWalk

5-8 p.m.

Downtown wide celebration hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. This month only ArtWalk is on Friday night instead of Thursday to correspond with Hot Abilene Nights car show and races weekend.

 

July 11-12 - Girls Night at the Museum Camp

7 p.m.-8 a.m.

Registration required. Entering fourth through sixth grade.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 11-12 - Paramount Film Series: "Hello, Dolly!"

7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

6:30 p.m. Friday: Robert Holladay lecture on film

Barbra Streisand is triumphant as a matchmaker looking to find love for a wealthy merchant in Yonkers, N.Y.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org 

 

July 12 - Chautauqua Learning Series

11-12 p.m.

Joe Taylor discusses Native American history.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

July 14-18 - Picass-O-Rama Jr.

9 a.m.-Noon

Explore the works of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollack, Alexander Calder and more. Do you like to draw, paint and sculpt? Do you know the elements of art and principles of design? Have fun with different media that artists use while you learn to appreciate the art of these masters. Friday brings the grand finale - your very own art show! Ages 5 and 6. Cost: $120. Instructor: Patty Rae Wellborn.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St. │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

July 14-18 - Picass-O-Rama Sr.

9 a.m.-Noon

Explore the works of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollack, Alexander Calder and more. Do you like to draw, paint and sculpt? Do you know the elements of art and principles of design? Have fun with different media that artists use while you learn to appreciate the art of these masters. Friday brings the grand finale - your very own art show! Ages 7-9. Cost: $120. Instructor: Patty Rae Wellborn.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St. │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

July 14-18 - Daring Drawings and Curious Colors Camp

9 a.m.-noon

Entering first through sixth grade. Registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 14-18 - Middle School Mania Camp

1-4 p.m.

Entering sixth through ninth grade. Registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 14-18 - ArtCamp

10 a.m.-Noon

"WABI SABI: The Art of Intentional Living" for ages 8 to adult. Campers will learn to recognize and appreciate the characteristics of Wabi Sabi, which include asymmetry, irregularity, simplicity, integrity of natural objects and processes. Disciplines will include daily movement, centering, observations, and will be incorporated into daily visual journaling, Haiku, and tea ceremony.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 14-18 - Cinderella's Enchanting Dance Class

10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 3-4. $100 fee.

Abilene Ballet Theatre

1265 N 2nd St. │ 325.675.0303 │ www.abileneballettheatre.org 

 

July 14-18 - Broadway Babies

1-2:30 p.m.

Ages 5-8. $100 fee.

Abilene Ballet Theatre

1265 N 2nd St. │ 325.675.0303 │ www.abileneballettheatre.org 

 

July 16 - Mid-Month Movie Matinee

Noon-1 p.m.

Art in the 21st Century: Boundaries

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 17 - Film and Cowboy Poetry

7 p.m.

View a film related to the exhibition on view and then enjoy some cowboy poetry.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 17 - Spots and Stripes Concert

Abilene Jazz Collective with a Classic Car Show

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Ln │ 325.676.6085 www.abilenezoo.org 

 

July 18 - APAC presents "Thoroughly Modern Millie JR."

7 p.m. Paramount Theatre

A two-week musical production camp held by the Abilene Performing Arts Co. concludes with its public production of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie JR." adapted for young performers.

Abilene Performing Arts Company, Inc.

1049 Industrial Blvd, Suite 200 │ 325.437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

July 20 - Military Appreciation Day

Free admission for current and former military members.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

July 20 - Craft Sunday

Craft: Hand print flowers. Children 12 and under free.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

July 21-25 - ArtCamp

10 a.m.-noon

"Oh, Give Me a Home: Theater and Art of West Texas Heritage" for ages 8 to 14. $125. Victoria Spangler will lead campers to create a one-act play for 12 characters inspired by this exhibit. Bird Thomas will lead them in creating costumes, stage sets and props. July 25 will be the exhibit and reception in which campers will perform their play.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 21-25 - Cowboy Camp

9 a.m.-noon

Entering first through sixth grade. Registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 22 - Key City Brass - Melody & Rhythm

10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Young  Audiences of Abilene brings the brass quintet of local music professionals to the Abilene Public Library performing classical musical to children's songs as part of its free summer show series. Shows are 45 minutes long.

Young Audiences of Abilene

1101 N. 1st St. │ 325.677.1161 │ www.abilenecac.org 

 

July 24 - "Cowboy Mike" family program

11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Michael R. Grauer, curator of Art and Western Heritage for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, presents as "Cowboy Mike." Families will learn about authentic cowboy gear, life, as well as, the art and artifacts of that time! Free.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 26 - Celebrating the Day of the American Cowboy

7 p.m.

Enjoy a taste and learn about authentic chuck wagon cuisine from Tom Perini then dinner by Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Dance the night away under the stars to live music by the Clearfork Boys with Josh Parker. Paid registration required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 26 - Last day of exhibits

"FeminEyes": An exhibit introducing six young artists who have been mentored through the Center's art education programs.

"West Texas Photographic Society Annual Exhibit"

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 28-August 1 - ArtCamp

10 a.m.-noon

"Beginning Digital Photography" for ages 8 to 12. $125. Campers will learn the basics of operating a digital camera and the joy of taking and presenting photographs. A photo safari at the Abilene Zoo is included.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

July 29-31 - Poised, Polished and Pretty Camp

9 a.m.-noon

Girls get lessons in confidence, party etiquette and more. Entering fourth through sixth grade. Must register.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

July 31 - Tintype photos

7 p.m.

Art talk featuring a discussion about the tintype photographic process.Also view the contemporary tintypes of artist, Robb Kendrick. Free but reservation required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

 

Arts Calendar

 


Hearts for the Arts  


Be "in the know" on all that is artfullyabilene  with our monthly E-Newsletter!
Click the link below to register!
  
Quick Links:

Find us on Facebook 
 
Who says there is nothing to do in Abilene?  Not us!

Tell Us What You Think 

We want to hear from you! Please let us know what you would like to see included in this newsletter as well as any other ideas you have to strengthen Abilene's cultural arts community. Send your emails to Sidney Levesque at sidney@abilenecac.org 

or Executive Director Lynn Barnett 325.677.1161 / lynn@abilenecac.org