Cultural Art Happenings
 August 2014  
If you are driving along North 1st Street as it intersects with Beech, please say hello to Mark and Becky. 
Mark is a little bit of a (cinder) block head who's going through a life crisis. Becky's legs indicate she's irritated and maybe ready to dart away. The appearance of mobility is incorporated into all of Lauren Selden's sculptures. Mark, for example, has a propeller attached to his block head.
These colorful metal sculptures were recently installed, along with two birds by Jeffie Brewer, near the railroad tracks on North 1st as part of the 33rd biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: SculpTour. Pieces by two more artists will be arriving in time for the Sept. 12-13 Artfully Abilene celebration weekend.
The weekend includes art exhibit openings and receptions at The Grace Museum, The Center for Contemporary Arts, and McMurry and Hardin-Simmons universities. It's a wonderful collaborative effort, and we hope to see you at the SculpTour festivities!  
 

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

Paramount Films: "McLintock!" and family friendly "LEGO«
The Historic Paramount Theatre has two movies this month: "McLintock!" starring John Wayne and this year's hit animated comedy "The LEGO« Movie." 
Paramount Film Director Robert Holladay will be joined by special guest Dean Smith, stuntman for Wayne in "McLintock!", during his film lecture at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Smith's book, "Cowboy Stuntman," chronicles his Hollywood days. 

Wayne plays a cattle baron in "McLintock!" This 1963 Western is a retelling of the Shakespeare comedy "The Taming of the Shrew." The movie will show Aug. 8-9.

The LEGO« movie at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 is a family friendly comedy about an ordinary guy swept up on a quest to defeat the evil President Business, voiced by Will Ferrell.

Ghost of the Bayou floats into Abilene Zoo

Guests at the Abilene Zoo are enjoying a special summer exhibit this year - a rare albino alligator.

Dubbed the "Ghost of the Bayou," the 6-foot-long female alligator is a temporary guest at the zoo, on exhibit until Sept. 8. The animal's permanent home is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St. Augustine, Florida, a fellow Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institution.

Chautauqua series: Texas Rangers of today
Texas Ranger Michael G. Parker will present a program about the duties and responsibilities of today's Texas Rangers versus the Texas Rangers of the past from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9 at theBuffalo Gap Historic Village. The talk is part of the Chautauqua Learning Series hosted each month. Parker received his bachelor's degree in 1992 from Texas Lutheran University. He was employed with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from 1992 to 1997. He was a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety from 1997 to 2008, when he was promoted to a Texas Ranger. 

Zoo concert features Muddy Creek band, Harleys

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, Aug. 21 at the Abilene Zoo will feature Muddy Creek Band and an exhibit of Harley motorcycles. The Watering Hole concession stand will offer shrimp skewers. Regular zoo admission.

This is the final Spots and Stripes concert of the summer.
Rick Weatherl to be fŕted by The Grace Museum

The Grace Museum will honor architect Rick Weatherl for his contributions to the community at its annual Fall Benefit starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

The black-tie event provides a significant portion of the operating budget for The Grace throughout the year. One of the historic buildings Weatherl helped remodel is The Grace Museum.  
Perini Ranch Steakhouse is catering the special evening, which includes a jazz band and The Spazmatics. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 325-673-4587 or emailing administration@thegracemuseum.org.

BOOK BUZZ: ACU Press presents "Leaving a Legacy"
For centuries, 70 percent of family wealth has dissipated by the second generation. By the third generation, 90 percent is lost. It has nothing to do with taxes, economics or culture. It is the failure of families to transfer leadership and values to the next generation, contends a new book out by Abilene Christian University Press called "Leaving a Legacy: Sustaining Family Unity, Faith, and Wealth." The book was written by Dan T. Garrett, president of the ACU Foundation, and Tim Woodroof, a 30-year pastor.  The book encourages people to be role models for their children and to put family and faith before fortune. 220 pages; $14.99.


 

 

AUGUST 2, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Family Fun Art Project - A come-and-go free program offered by our art educators who help you and your little ones create artwork using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery, William Joyce.

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

 

AUGUST 4-8 - Rock It! Science Camp

9 a.m.-noon

Entering third through sixth grade. Registration required.

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

 

AUGUST 4-8 - Hats! Summer music camp

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Camp

12 p.m. Aug. 8 - Public performance at the Abilene Public Library

For children finishing grades first through fourth. Campers prepare and present a short musical about hats of all shapes and sizes that take over the stage when a group of milliners help Hatless Hank find the perfect hat. $100 camp fee.

Chorus Abilene

P.O. Box 3358, Abilene 79604 325.673.SING www.chorusabilene.net 

 

AUGUST 4-8 - Glee Camp

2-5 p.m. - Camp

4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 - Public performance at the Abilene Public Library

Students finishing fifth through eighth grade. Through musical theatre songs, campers will learn how to sing, move, and create a character onstage. $100 camp fee.

Chorus Abilene

P.O. Box 3358, Abilene 79604 325.673.SING www.chorusabilene.net 

 

AUGUST 6 -Teacher workshop  

Cowboys in the Classroom: Wrangling in Your Students for an Expedition in History

Staff development credit.

Pre-registration Required.

$10 per teacher.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

AUGUST 7 - Tot Spot

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

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

 

AUGUST 7 - Last Day of Exhibit

View the "Home on the Range" exhibit one last time before it closes today. Engage with a variety of activities, interpreters, and music throughout the galleries.

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

 

AUGUST 8 - Tot Spot

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

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

 

AUGUST 8-9 - Paramount Film Series: "McLintock!"

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

6:30 p.m. Friday: Robert Holladay lecture on film and special guest Dean Smith, stuntman for John Wayne in the movie. His book is "Cowboy Stuntman." 

In this movie, Wayne plays a cattle baron in this 1963 Western take on Shakespeare comedy "The Taming of the Shrew."

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

AUGUST 9 - Chautauqua Learning Series

11-12 p.m.

Michael Parker and Texas Rangers of today.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

AUGUST 9, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Family Fun Art Project - A come-and-go free program offered by art educators who help you and your little ones create artwork using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery, William Joyce.

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

 

AUGUST 11-13 - Camp Smiles

9 a.m.-noon

Students 4 to 10 years of age. Paid registration required.

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

 

AUGUST 14 - DogWalk

5-8 p.m.

The monthly ArtWalk celebration goes to the dogs for DogWalk. Bring your pooch! Hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. Shops, museums and restaurants will be open late. Vendors and street performances.

www.center-arts.com 

 

AUGUST 16, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Family Fun Art Project - A come-and-go free program offered by art educators who help you and your little ones create artwork using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery, William Joyce.

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

 

AUGUST 17, 12:00-5:00 PM

Military Appreciation Day. Free admission for active, retired, & former military  and family.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

AUGUST 17, 2:00-4:00 PM

Craft Sunday for Kids: Bottle cap butterflies. Ages 12 and under free.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

AUGUST 20 - Mid-Month Movie Matinee

Noon-1 p.m.

Art in the 21st Century: Change

The Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

AUGUST 21 - Spots and Stripes Concert

Muddy Creek Band with a show of Hogs from the Abilene Harley Club.

2070 Zoo Ln │ 325.676.6085 www.abilenezoo.org 

 

AUGUST 23, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Family Fun Art Project - A come-and-go free program offered by art educators who help you and your little ones create artwork using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery, William Joyce.

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

 

AUGUST 23 - Annual Fall Benefit

6:30 p.m.

Honoring local architect Rick Weatherl. Ticket required.

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

 

AUGUST 30 - Last Day of Exhibits

"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 

 

AUGUST 30, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Family Fun Art Project - A come-and-go free program offered by art educators who help you and your little ones create artwork using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery, William Joyce.

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

 

AUGUST 29-30 - Paramount Family Film: "The LEGO« Movie"
7:30 p.m. Friday & 2 p.m. Saturday
Emmet, an average LEGO figure, is mistakenly identifed as the most special, extraordinary person and the key to saving the world from the evil President Business. But Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared for the quest ahead.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

AUGUST 31 - 3 Doors Down

8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

3 Doors Down presents their acoustic with special guests Songs from the Basement.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

 

 

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