Cultural Art Happenings
 January 2015 
Reminders of the hit movie "Frozen" are everywhere, but we hope you aren't ready to let it go just yet!  
The movie and its hit songs are the theme of this month's ArtWalk. We also are thrilled to announce we have secured the license to show the "Frozen" Sing-Along Edition for the first time ever to the Abilene public at the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival this summer!  
The movie has beautiful music and animation and a heart-warming story. There's also valuable life lessons to glean from this flick, including allowing yourself to dream. And in Abilene, you can see people passionately pursuing their artistic dreams on stages and in studios all over town. 
Abilene has some wonderful events and performances in January. These include the Broadway show "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Abilene Civic Center and "Hairspray JR." at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Interviews with some of the talented youth of "Hairspray JR." are in the January/February issue of Abilene Scene. Read how Abilene's youngest stars are pursuing their dreams!    

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

Two artists' friendship is center of new exhibit

Russell Ellison and Linda Murray have occupied the two largest studios at the Center for Contemporary Arts for the past 11 years. Full-time artists, working on their craft, giving each other feedback, mentoring young artists, and developing an enduring friendship. That era came to a close as Linda moved her studio to the Austin area recently. The Center's new exhibit "Studio 1 and Studio 2" is a retrospective celebrating their long-time collaboration. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. The show runs Jan. 8-Feb. 28. Also opening is "Plastic" by Chase Turk in Gallery 4 (pictured) and continuing through Feb. 28 is "Tableau Vivant" by Twig Capra in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery.  

'Frozen' movie inspires January's ArtWalk

Inspired by the Disney film "Frozen" (which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen"), the January ArtWalk is dedicated to fans of the movie's popular songs. Guests can dress as their favorite character and perform the visceral "Let It Go!" in English or one of the 40 other languages spoken in Abilene. ArtWalk is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 and hosted each month by the Center for Contemporary Arts, which will open new exhibits. The Grace Museum, National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and the Abilene Public Library have free exhibits and kid's activities. Cockerell Studios will also be open. 

'Hairspray JR.' promises laughs, positive message.
Paramount Productions presents the family friendly musical "Hairspray JR." Jan. 16-18 based on the film and hit stage musical of the same name - winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show has been adapted for young performers and stars local youth. It is a show that celebrates diversity and brings audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor. Directed by Paramount Executive Director Betty Hukill. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Paramount Film Series: 'The King and I'         
Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr star in the classic Hollywood version of the hit Broadway musical "The King and I" about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess to the king of Siam's children. The Robert Holladay film lecture on the movie is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Show times Saturday, Jan. 10 are 2 and 7:30 p.m. 1956, color, 133 minutes, Rated G.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military, and children. To purchase tickets for this film online, click here.   
New Grace exhibit 'Stratus' embodies hope of rain
A new exhibit at The Grace Museum called "Stratus" is more than a little unique. The translucent and energetic installation by artist Beili Liu visualizes a simple, almost daily occurrence that embodies the hope of rain. Most times, above the sky of Texas, a stratus cloud lightens and dissipates. The walk under the installation, in a way, becomes a walking prayer for the cloud to darken and rain to fall. The opening reception is 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Nationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter will speak about his exhibition "Ordinary Mysteries" and making transcendent photographs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.   

ZZ Top will rock Taylor County Coliseum   
Floor seats are sold out to the ZZ Top concert on Tuesday, Jan. 20 but tickets are still available for the show, which will be at the Taylor County Coliseum. Prices range from $30 to $50. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ZZ Top, also known as "That Little Ol' Band From Texas," claims to be the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact. In 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
ACT launches 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

Abilene Community Theatre presents the comedy "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-21 and Jan. 27-29.  R.P. McMurphy is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, is a mistake. He clashes with the tyrannical head nurse, Ratched, and causes mayhem. He stages a revolt so that he and the other patients can see the World Series on television, but he'll have to face the consequences.     

'Million Dollar Quartet' will shake, rattle into civic center  

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet" will electrify audiences with music from rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The show is based on a true story about a one-time jam session between the four men on one unforgettable night. Songs include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ring of Fire," "That's All Right" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Abilene Civic Center. For tickets, go to www.celebrityattractions.com.  

Abilene Philharmonic will build 'Bolero' to crescendo
On Saturday, Jan. 31, expect to see - not just hear - Ravel's orchestration masterpiece, "Bolero." The popular piece has one melody that slowly grows to a peak. The musicians will appear on stage only as they begin to play, making for a visual, as well as sonic, climax. The program also includes Rachmaninoff's romantic second symphony and Lalo's "Cello Concerto" played by Christine Lamprea (pictured), who won the Sphinx Competition in 2013. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Concert Conversations with Maestro Itkin begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets range from $18-$42.
BOOK BUZZ: Compilation of best of Texas literature

Glenn Dromgoole and Carlton Stowers have put together an impressive book that gives guidance to important works in Lone Star literature in "101 Essential Texas Books." All are still in print. A lot of "best book" publications exist, but many reference books no longer in print and only available from rare book dealers. Now, if you want to build a Texas library in your home, this is the perfect guide for you. Sections include history, literature, fiction, people, place, law and order, sports, food and drink and young readers. Hardcover, 160 pages, black and white images. Published by Abilene Christian University Press. $19.99.  


 

JANUARY 1 - Closed for New Year's Day

Buffalo Gap Historic Village 

Center for Contemporary Arts

Frontier Texas! 

The Grace Museum

 

JANUARY 2, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Holiday Art Camp
The camp is open to students who are currently in kindergarten through sixth grade. Each student will make a unique, movable puppet based on works by artist Pablo Picasso. All students will need to bring a sack lunch; however, snacks will be provided. Registration is $40 for museum members and $60 for non-members.

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

 

JANUARY 3, 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.

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

 

JANUARY 6, 13, 20, 27

Two-Buck Tuesdays: Everyone gets in the gate for only $2 every Tuesday this month!

Abilene Zoo
2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org

 

JANUARY 8 - ArtWalk theme: Frozen

5-8 p.m.

Inspired by the Disney film of the same name (which is inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen), this evening will be dedicated to fans of the popular songs from the film:  Guests are invited to costume as their favorite character and perform the visceral "Let It Go!" in English or one of the 40 languages spoken in Abilene.

Bring the family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums and galleries away you!

Hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts

 

JANUARY 8 - New exhibits

Studio 1 and Studio 2  Russell Ellison and Linda Murray
Jane Breed Gallery
Plastic  Chase Turk
Gallery 4
Tableau Vivant  Twig Capra
Bill & Alice Wright Photo Gallery

The Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

JANUARY 8, 5:30-8:00 PM  

Studio 13 hosts "Hangin With The Artist" during ArtWalk night downtown. They plan to have three drawings for door prizes (miniature pieces created by Studio 13 artists) and light refreshments.   

Studio 13

909 N. 13th St. │mlanier.com/galleries

 

JANUARY 8-9, 9:30 AM &11:00 AM
Tot Spot offers children ages 3-5 and their parents or guardians the opportunity to expand their large imaginations through hands-on activities and gallery games. After the program, we invite children with an accompanying adult to enjoy the art and history galleries as well as the Children's Museum. Admission to Tot Spot is FREE for museum members, and $5 per participating child for non-members.

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

 

JANUARY 8

Hendrick Home for Children's "Dancing with the Abilene Stars" at the Abilene Civic Center.

 

JANUARY 9-10 - Paramount Film Series
6:30 p.m. Friday: Robert Holladay film lecture

7:30 p.m. Friday: Show time

2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Show times

Opulent musical "The King and I" starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr about a governess to the king of Siam's children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

JANUARY 10 - Chautauqua Learning Series

11-12 p.m.

Lou David Allen
Topic: The Apollo Moon Project

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

JANUARY 10, 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.

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

 

JANUARY 10
Last day for Kelly Fearing: Lucid Dreams

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

 

JANUARY 11, 5:00 PM

The 2014-15 Chamber Music Concert Series continues with Key City Winds.

Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest

602 Meander St. 325.677.2091 www.heavenlyrestabilene.org

 

JANUARY 13, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM
Home School Art Day

All homeschoolers are welcome during The Grace Museum's Home School Art Day. Admission is free for members of the Big Country Home Educators, and $3 for non-BHCE members.

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

 

JANUARY 13, 7:30-8:30 PM
Dr. Chris Hollingsworth, faculty voice recital, at Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu

 

JANUARY 15, 6:00 PM

Bottles and Brushes art classes. Bring your favorite beverage - whether it is wine, water, tea or soda! Invite your friends, and learn from guided instruction by our teacher. Once you're finished, you'll leave with a unique creation of your very own! Registration required.

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

 

JANUARY 16-18 - "Hairspray, JR" the musical

Paramount Productions presents the story of spunky plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad and her dream to dance on the Corny Collins Show. The musical is set in 1962 Baltimore. This musical is based on the popular movie and has been adapted for young performers and will star an all-local youth cast.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

JANUARY 17

Exploration Day: Birds of Texas. The zookeepers are experts on native birds. Come learn more! Regular admission: $6 for adults; $5 seniors; $3.50 children.

Abilene Zoo
2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org

 

JANUARY 17, 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.

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

 

JANUARY 18, 12:00-5:00 PM

Military Appreciation Day: Current and former military and their families receive free admission to Buffalo Gap Historic Village.

 

JANUARY 18, 2:00-4:00 PM

Craft Sunday for Kids
Craft: Water bottle penguin. Children 12 and under receive free admission to Buffalo Gap Historic Village.

 

JANUARY 19
The Grace Museum closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

JANUARY 19, 9:00 AM

Deadline to enter this year's Intercollegiate Student Art Competition hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. All entries must be made online. The form is available at center-arts.com, and may be submitted now through Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. Artwork drop-off dates are Jan. 19-21, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Center, 220 Cypress St. No entries will be accepted that do not have an online form submitted by the 9 a.m. deadline. Competition rules and details can be found at center-arts.com, or by calling 325-677-8389. Students from ACU, HSU, McMurry, Cisco, and TSTC are eligible to enter. 

 

JANUARY 20, 7:30 PM

ZZ Top performs at the Taylor County Coliseum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, go to abileneconcerts.com or call 877-990-7882.

 

JANUARY 20-21, 27-29, 7:30 PM
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a about a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. He leads patients out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies to the chagrin of the main nurse.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.com

 

JANUARY 21, Noon -1:00 PM  ArtFilm: "Investigations" from the series "Art in the 21st Century"
Bring lunch and join the discussion after the screening.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

JANUARY 21, 3:00 PM
ACU Guest Artist Masterclass: Michael Hix, baritone.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music

 

JANUARY 22, 10:00 AM
The Children's Museum is host to book readings for families on the famous mini-Paramount stage. After the readings, we will have an art activity in the Children's Diner. Registration is $10 per family if you would like to receive a copy of the book to take home, or $5 per family without book.

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

 

JANUARY 22, 6:00 PM
Exhibition opening reception for Beili Liu: Stratus

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

 

JANUARY 22, 7:30 PM
ACU Guest Artist Recital: Michael Hix, baritone.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music

 

JANUARY 23
Townsquare Media presents Rodney Carrington at the Abilene Civic Center.

 

JANUARY 24, 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.

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

 

JANUARY 26, 7:30 PM
ACU Guest Artist Recital: Wayne Oquin, piano.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music

 

JANUARY 27, 7:30 PM

The Broadway in Abilene series presents "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Abilene Civic Center. This musical is based on a true story - a one-time jam session with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Celebrity Attractions

800.869.1451 │ www.CelebrityAttractions.com 

 

JANUARY 29, 6:00 PM
"Art and Writing Roulette" with Kaye Price-Hawkins and Martha Kiel
You don't have to go to Las Vegas to play roulette! Come to The Grace and let our own special "pit bosses" show you a new way to play the game with art and writing. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is free, but a reservation is required.

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

 

JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 12
Closed for exhibition change.

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

 

JANUARY 30, 6:30 PM
"A Certain Alchemy" Talk with acclaimed photographer Keith Carter. Carter will speak about his exhibition "Ordinary Mysteries" and his fascination with the magic of making transcendent photographs. This program is open to the public.

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

 

JANUARY 30, 7:30-8:30 PM
Dr. Melody Rich, faculty voice recital, with guest accompanist Christine Debus, at Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music

 

JANUARY 31 - Abilene Philharmonic Concert

7:30 p.m. Abilene Civic Center

"Masterworks III - Virtuosic and Romantic." Music from the heart that is still deeply touching even a century after it was written, featuring Sphinx competition winner Christine Lamprea playing cello and the romanticism that inspires Hollywood.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra

401 Cypress, Ste. 520 │ 677.6710 │ abilenephilharmonic.org   

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

 

THE GRACE MUSEUM 

"Altered States" consisting of three exhibitions

-Kelly Fearing: "Lucid Dreams" through Jan. 10

-Julie Speed: "Paper Cut" through Feb. 14

-Keith Carter: "Ordinary Mysteries" through Feb. 14

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED LITERATURE  

Through JANUARY 30
Exhibit: A retrospective of art from Eric Rohmann.

 

IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY

Larry Fink

Jan. 20 - Feb. 19

Reception: 5 p.m. Feb. 12

 

ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY

Spring senior shows:

 

Jan. 23-Feb. 6

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

Spring senior shows:

 

Jan. 16-30 

 

 

 

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