Cultural Art Happenings
April 2015

A notable visitor to Abilene recently praised the attention our city pays to children's activities, particularly the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and the Storybook Sculpture Project. Don Borut, who was executive director of the National League of Cities before retiring in 2012, said Abilene was filled with the kinds of things people say they want in a community, from parks and public art to walking paths and festivals.  

All of those amenities fit in with our city's unofficial motto for the past 20 years, which is, "What's good for children is good for Abilene."  

As we prepare to launch our fourth annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival in June, we feel confident proclaiming our city as the Storybook Capital of Texas. Thanks to our generous community, everywhere you look downtown - from the whimsical Seuss sculptures in Everman Park to Jack Frost greeting Abilene Public Library visitors - there's evidence that Abilene is good for children, and that children are good for Abilene!


Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

Young Masters exhibit to open at The Grace

An exhibit featuring the artwork of 45 high school students will go on display at The Grace Museum this month. The Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition runs April 2-18 on the museum's second and third floor galleries. Each April, the Abilene Education Foundation presents the exhibition featuring the work of students in Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art classes in the Abilene Independent School District. Winners receive college scholarships. This year's award ceremony is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at the museum. All paintings and photography for the show are professionally framed. For the 2014 exhibition, scholarships were awarded to the Best in Show and all top winners. A color catalog and CD were presented to all artists selected for the show for their portfolio. (Pictured: "Time Travel" by Zequiang Zhu) 

Crawl over to ArtWalk for CajunFest
This month's ArtWalk on Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. features the annual "CajunFest" crawfish boil fundraising dinner for the Abilene Education Foundation and performances by Abilene Independent School District students. Downtown art museums and galleries are open and free during ArtWalk. This monthly mini-arts festival is hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. Magic Lamp Belly Dancers will perform in front of the Cockerell Building. ArtRap monthly dialog with exhibit artists at 6 p.m. at the Center. Visit with the artists of Studio 13, 909 N. 13th St. Children's activities at The Grace Museum, the Abilene Public Library and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.
McMurry presents Monopoly game inspired comedy
When an unexpected guest crashes an annual April Fool's Day party, things go haywire for the no-nonsense magazine editor hostess and her affluent New York guests as they play Monopoly in this McMurry University Theatre production. Through it all, the hostess never loses her focus on her goal to get "A Hotel on Marvin Gardens," which serves as the name of this comedic take on the double meanings of corporate gamesmanship. The show runs 7:30 p.m. April 9-11, 16-18 in the Ryan Little Theatre. Tickets are $10. This comedy does contain strong language. Directed by David Ainsworth.

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ACU's 'Ghost the Musical' spins tale of romance, comedy

Based on the popular Oscar-winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 1990s, "Ghost the Musical" is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. In this Abilene Christian University Theatre production, Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next, trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phony psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Don't miss this rollercoaster ride of music, romance and comedy. Book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Directed by ACU's Adam Hester. The show runs 7:30 p.m. April 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 in Fulks Theatre. The talkback is April 17.  

Suitable for ages 13 and older 
Entertainment planned for B!G Day Downtown 
The Abilene Downtown Association presents a day of fun on Saturday,
April 11. B!G Day Downtown is a collaboration between museums, restaurants, galleries in business in downtown Abilene that have come together to offer special promotions and family friendly activities. Many stores are offering door prizes and drawings. Museum exhibits are open. See the Miss Frontier Texas! finals. Crafts at the Abilene Public Library. The Central Texas Gem & Mineral Jewelry Show is taking place at the Abilene Civic Center. The Abilene Preservation League at the Elks Arts Center will scan your historic photographs onto a CD for you. The Center for Contemporary Arts will be open late for the Key City Block Party on N. 2nd and Walnut streets, which will feature bands all night long with food trucks and adult beverages. Free admission.  

'Fancy Nancy' dances to Paramount stage 

Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel, are going to be performing in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is positive (that's fancy for 100 percent sure) that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted?

The Children's Performing Arts Series presents "Fancy Nancy, The Musical" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Paramount Theatre. The show features the irrepressible characters from the well-known "Fancy Nancy" series of books for young readers by Jane O'Conner and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. "Fancy Nancy, the Musical" is based on the book "Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet." Tickets are $9. 

 
Philharmonic concert features guest artists, university choirso

The Abilene Philharmonic presents a masterpiece of celebration where joy conquers sorrow in the show "Masterworks IV - Beethoven 9" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Abilene Civic Center. The show features soprano Carol Wilson (picture), soprano Lynnette Chambers, tenor Sam Cook and bass Stephen Morscheck and choirs from Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. By request, you may sit in a balcony section set aside for interactive commentary on a smartphone, iPad or tablet. Ticket prices range from $18 to $42. Call 325-677-6710 or go to www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

'Men are from Mars, Women from Venus'     

Peter Story delivers a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy in the show "Men are from Mars, Women from Venus LIVE!" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the Abilene Civic Center. Celebrity Attractions presents this comedy based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the  show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, the show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing like little kids. Click here for a special offer. 

Abilene Zoo hosts all-day music fest
Enjoy many different music groups at the Abilene Zoo Music Festival on Saturday, April 25. Come hear a string performance by the Abilene Independent School District group Revolution, listen to the Abilene Community Band, Scottish bagpipes and more. Music will play at the zoo all day long. Zoo admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older and $3.50 for children 3-12. Children under 3 are free. Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
BOOK BUZZ: Abilene native's book gains national attention

The debut novel "Migratory Animals" by Abilene native Mary Helen Specht is flying high on national attention. Since the book was published by HarperCollins imprint Harper Perennial in January, it's been reviewed by the Boston Globe and chosen as an Apple iBook selection. In February, the novel was named to the Indie Next List Great Reads. And in March, her book was positively reviewed by the prestigious New York Times Book Review. Closer to home, the novel was named an Austin American-Statesman Select Book for January and reviewed by newspapers in Dallas and San Antonio. On Wednesday, April 1, Specht will speak at McMurry University, where her father, Joe Specht, was the long-time library director (her mother, Alice, is dean of university libraries at Hardin-Simmons University). She will speak at 2:30 p.m. in the McMurry library and at 7 p.m. in the Amy Graves Ryan Theatre. Specht has also been invited to be a featured speaker at the West Texas Book Festival in Abilene in September.

"Migratory Animals" is about a group of 30-somethings struggling for connection and belonging. The story follows Flannery, a young scientist forced to return to Austin after funding ends for her lab in Africa, where she wants to return to her fiance. Meanwhile, Flan learns her sister is starting show signs of the same disease that slowly killed their mother. 


 

April 2, 5:30 p.m.
YOUNG MASTERS JURIED ART EXHIBITION AWARDS CEREMONY
Selected works of art by Studio Art students in the early college advanced placement incentive program. Presented by the Abilene Education Foundation at The Grace Museum,
102 Cypress St.

 

April 3
The Grace Museum is closed.

 

April 3, 10:30 a.m.
Art Adventure - Monthly art and reading event for children ages 2-5. The first Friday of every month. Reservations requested.

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

 

April 4, 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $15 for adults; $10 for children ages 3 to 12; and $5 for children ages two and younger. Call 325-676-6085 for reservations.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Night at the Apollo talent contest with top three winners receiving a cash prize. $10 tickets.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. │ 325.794.8818 │https://www.facebook.com/Apollo.Dyess56 

 

April 9, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
TOT SPOT - Requires paid registration.

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

 

April 9, 12 p.m.
Reception and awards for the McMurry Art Student Competition.

McMurry University's Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery

1642 Sayles Blvd. │ 325.793.4888 │ www.mcm.edu 

 

April 9 - ArtWalk theme: CajunFest

5-8 p.m.

This annual event features the art of Cajun cuisine, and the talent of the fine arts departments from the Abilene Independent School District.  If you like Cajun crawfish and shrimp, tonight's the night!

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

Hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts

http://www.center-arts.com/#!artwalk/c1vcm 

 

April 9, 6 p.m.
ArtRap:
A monthly dialogue about contemporary art featuring exhibiting artists.  This month's discussion: Photography as Art, featuring the Texas Photographic Society's International Competition Exhibit. 

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 9, 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.
Guest Artists: MAGIC LAMP BELLY DANCERS on ArtWalk night in front of the Cockerell Building.

Cockerell Galleries & Studios
1133 N. 2nd │ 325.674.2085 │ www.cockerellgalleries.com 

 

April 9-11 & 16-18

McMurry Theatre presents "A Hotel on Marvin Gardens" by Nagle Jackson; directed by David Ainsworth. The discussions of "Passing Go," "landing on Boardwalk," etc., delight audiences who know "Monopoly" by heart and the double meanings of corporate gamesmanship ring wickedly true.

McMurry University Department of Theatre
S. 14th & Sayles│325.793.3800│www.mcm.edu 

 

April 10, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
TOT SPOT - Requires paid registration.

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

 

April 10, 12 p.m.

Reception and awards for the Student Art Competition. 

McMurry University's Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery

1642 Sayles Blvd. 325.793.4888 www.mcm.edu  

 

April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Cason McMillan, composition recital, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Theatre presents the Spring American Classic "Ghost the Musical" at Fulks Theatre. Suitable for ages 10 and older. Based on the popular Oscar-winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 1990s, Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department
William Performing Arts Center │ 674.ARTS │ www.acu.edu 

 

April 10-11
ACU Opera student show "Violet" in the Williams Performing Arts Center recital hall. 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

 

April 10-11
6:30 p.m. Friday: Robert Holladay film lecture
7:30 p.m. Friday: "Sabrina"
2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday: "Sabrina"
The Paramount Film Series presents "Sabrina" starring Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be a better man for her.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

April 11

"Big Day Downtown" is an opportunity to spend a Saturday in downtown Abilene with lots of events happening followed by a block party.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gem & Mineral Show at the Abilene Civic Center

11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Abilene Preservation League will scan your historical photos scanned onto a CD for you to keep at the Elks Arts Center.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Drop in at the Abilene Public Library for crafts.

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Register for a gift basket door prize at Bible Hardware

11 a.m.-5 p.m. View exhibits and free coloring activity for children at Center for Contemporary Arts

2 p.m. Paramount Theatre shows the classic movie "Sabrina"

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sidewalk sale and gift basket drawing at Texas Star Trading Co.

4-11 p.m. Key City Block Party, N. 2nd and Walnut. Free 

 

April 11 - Chautauqua Learning Series

11-12:30 p.m.

Fort Martin Scott: 1848-1853. Speaker: Duke Davis. Free public program.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

April 11, 7:30 p.m.

Masterworks Concert featuring the Classical Chorus (Adult Chorus) singing Rutter's Gloria & Vivaldi's Gloria at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. No ticket charge; donations accepted.

Chorus Abilene

1174 N. 1st St. │ 325.673.SING │ www.chorusabilene.net 

 

April 12, 5 p.m.

The 2014-15 Chamber Music Concert Series continues with the Senior Adult Choir of First Baptist Church, Abilene.

Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest

602 Meander St.│ 325.677.2091 │www.heavenlyrestabilene.org 

 

April 13, Noon 

The 2015 Texas Author Series presented by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library at the downtown Abilene Public Library features Miles Arceneaux, the pen name for three Texas writers who write entertaining murder mysteries set on the Texas Gulf Coast. The program is free. Lunch is served at 11:45 for $5 (no reservation needed) or attendees may bring their own. Book signing and purchase available.

 

April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Percussion Ensemble concert in Cullen Auditorium.

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

 

April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Spurgers, solo piano recital, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

 

April 14, 7:30 p.m.

College of Fine Arts Awards and Honors Recital, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 15, Noon - 1 p.m.
ArtFilm:
Fiction from the series Art in the 21st Century
Bring lunch and join the discussion after the screening

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 16, 6 p.m.
BOTTLES & BRUSHES - Requires a paid registration.

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

 

April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty recital with Cheryl Lemmons, piano, in the WPAC recital hall.

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

 

April 16-18, 23-25

At the core of the tragic comedy "Crimes of the Heart" are the three Magrath sisters - Meg, Babe, and Lenny - who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband.

Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow St. │ 325.673.6271 │https://www.facebook.com/abilenecommunitytheatre 

 

April 18, 10 a.m.
A People Party Productions presents their Spring 2015 People Party Craft Fair at The Mill! Join APPP for an entire day of fun local entertainment with live music, food trucks, and unique handmade goods from the Big Country brought to you by A People Party Productions and hosted by The Mill, 239 Locus St. If you're interested in being an APPP Spring 2015 Vendor, please submit your application before March 31. www.apeoplepartyproductions.com 

 

April 18 - Abilene Philharmonic Concert

7:30 p.m. Abilene Civic Center

"Masterworks IV - Beethoven 9" is a masterpiece of celebration where joy conquers sorrow, featuring soprano Carol Wilson, mezzo-soprano Lynnette Chambers, tenor Sam Cook, bass Stephen Morscheck and Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities' choirs.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra

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

 

April 18
Springer/Manly Music Festival all day at Caldwell Music Hall, 2200 Hickory St.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 19, 2 p.m.
The Children's Performing Arts Series presents "Fancy Nancy, The Musical" at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Featuring the irrepressible characters from the well-known "Fancy Nancy" book series, this show has been critically acclaimed since opening in New York City in 2012. Tickets are $9.

Children's Performing Arts Series
1101 North 1st St. │ 325.677.1161 │ www.abilenecac.org 

 

April 19, 2-4 p.m.

Craft Sunday for Kids: Homemade Fossils, 2pm-4pm. Free for children age 12 & under. 

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

April 19, 12-5 p.m.
Military Appreciation Day: All current and former military and their families receive free admission to the Village. 

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

April 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Guest horn recital with Jeffrey Powers, from Baylor University, in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Percussion Ensemble Concert in Ryan Recital Hall with guest artist Dr. Brad Meyer, a percussion educator, artist and composer. He is director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he directs the percussion ensemble and steel band "Jacks of Steel," teaches private percussion lessons and the percussion methods course, and is the coordinator/arranger for the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band's percussion sections.

McMurry University Department of Music
S. 14th & Sayles│325.793.3800│www.mcm.edu 

 

April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble Concert in Cullen Auditorium.

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

 

April 23, 10 a.m.
BOOK READING IN THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Readings are held for families on the famous mini-Paramount stage. A book is read to children and their families. After the reading, there is an art activity in the Children's Diner. *This event requires a paid registration.

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

 

April 23, 5-8 p.m.
DIY: SPRING WREATHS 
Drop in for an all-ages make-and-take project to spruce up your spring decor!  $10. 

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

 

April 22-25, 7:30 p.m.

DirectFEST is the annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU theater students. Three evenings of fascinating theater.

Van Ellis Theatre
Tickets: General Admission: $8
Military, seniors and students: $5
HSU Faculty, staff and students free.

Hardin-Simmons University Department of Theatre
2200 Hickory │ 325.670.1405 │www.hsutx.edu/academics/cofa/theatredepartment 

 

April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Bands concert in Cullen Auditorium.

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

 

April 24, 7:30 p.m.
"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus LIVE!" is coming to the Abilene Civic Center for one night only. The one-man fusion of theater and stand-up starring Peter Story is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. 

Celebrity Attractions

800.869.1451 │ www.CelebrityAttractions.com 

 

April 24, 5 p.m.

Tess Varlak voice recital, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Ruth Salazar, violin recital, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 25
Abilene Zoo Music Fest with various bands, including Revolution and Abilene Community Band.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 


April 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
"Publish Your Fiction!" free Saturday writing workshop led by local author Scott Rasco. Hone your fiction writing skills whether you're a true beginner or have developed something but need ideas on how to finish.

Abilene Public Library

202 Cedar St. │ 325.677.2474 │ www.abilenetx.com/apl/ 

 

April 25, 7:30 p.m.

Rejoice and Sing! featuring the three Youth Choruses at the
Abilene Civic Center. Tickets: $10/adults, $8/senior citizens, students and military.

Chorus Abilene's three youth choirs, grades 1-12, will perform spirituals and other American music such as Moses Hogan's "I Am His Child," Tommy Dorsey's "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," and the title song "Rejoice and Sing" by Rollo Dilworth. 

Chorus Abilene

1174 N. 1st St. │ 325.673.SING │ www.chorusabilene.net 

 

April 26, 3 p.m.

Band concert, Behrens Auditorium.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 27

The ACU Students' Association presents Ben Rector live in concert at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission: $25. VIP: $40. Buy tickets here. 

 

April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Choir concert featuring HSU composers of the past and present, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu    

 

April 28, 7:30 p.m.

McMurry University and Abilene Community Band Spring Concert at Paramount Theatre. Admission is free.

 

April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Orchestra concert in Cullen Auditorium.

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

 

April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Concert, Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music 
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 30, 7 - 9 p.m.
ˇFiesta de Arte!
Second annual fiesta-style street party benefiting the Center for Contemporary Arts. Visit center-arts.com for ticket information.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 30, 7:30 p.m.
Choir concert in the WPAC recital hall.

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

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT  

 

THE GRACE MUSEUM 

"Beili Liu: Stratus"

Through April 25

 

"Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition"

Second floor galleries

April 2-18

 

"Texas Modernists" exhibition featuring "Seymour Fogel: On the Wall & Beyond," "The Abstract Impulse" and "Fabulous Fifties Fashion & Design"

May 28 - August 8

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED LITERATURE
102 Cedar St. / 325.673.4586 / www.nccil.org 

 

February 12-May 30 

"Drawing Stories: The Picture Book Art of Marla Frazee"

An exhibition of work by Marla Frazee whose books include "The Boss Baby" and "A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever."

 

June 11-Sept. 25

"David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum"

Featured illustrator/author of the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival.

 

Family Fun Saturdays at the NCCIL 

A come-and-go program offered by art educators who help children create art in the style of the artist currently featured in the gallery.

 

IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY

Frost Art Building at Hardin-Simmons University.  www.hsutx.edu  

 

Sculpture by Stephen Watson

Begins Feb. 23.

 

ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY

Cockerell Galleries and Studios, 1133 N. 2nd St.

 

Spring senior show:
April 10-April 24

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

Abilene Christian University | Don H. Morris Center | 325.674.2085

 

Spring senior shows:
March 27-April 10
April 24 to the end of summer - Student art competition show
April 17 - Senior show in Williams Performing Arts Center

 

STUDIO 13 GALLERY
909 N 13th St. | mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com 

 

March 9-April 6
"The Eyes of March" exhibit features the photographs of Capt. Jason Knight and artwork by Terri Knight and Patty Rae Wellborn inspired by his pictures of the European countryside taken while he was stationed overseas.

 

May 8-29
Student Art Show. Reception is May 15.

 

June 5-29 
Recent works by Mary Haan. Reception is June 12. 

 

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Pre-School Storytime

Held year-round at 10:45 a.m. on select days at all three library locations.

 

June 1-July 25
Summer programs for ages birth to 18.

 

JODY KLOTZ FINE ART

1060 N. 2nd St. | 325.670.9880 | fineart@jodyklotz.com | www.jodyklotz.com 

19th and 20th Century European and American paintings, representing Contemporary artists Randy Bacon and Gary Bukovnik, and Western artists Xiang Zhang, Brian Grimm, etc.

 

MODERNISM: TEXAS/AMERICAN/EUROPEAN
Spring/Summer 2015
An exhibition of mid-20th Century Abstract artists. Texas and American Modernism juxtaposed with its European counterpart, demonstrating the universality of a new visual language, which developed at home and abroad.

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS


Through March 28
2015 Juried Intercollegiate Student Art Competition Exhibit

Featuring students from ACU, Cisco, HSU, McMurry, and TSTC
Gallery 3
March 3 - April 18
40 Years of Dirty Draw-ers 
Ruth Jackson and Esme Glenn
Jane Breed Gallery
TPS23: The International Competition  Texas Photographic Society
Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery

March 3 - May 23
Oops! Make No Mistake About It and Make Life Art  Cara  Hines
Gallery 4

 

Exhibits
Through May 23  Oops! Make No Mistake About It. Make Life Art.  Cara Hines
Gallery 4
May 1 - Aug. 1  Water  Signature Artist Members  Jane Breed Gallery
West Texas Photographic Society Annual Exhibit
Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery
Plastic Fantastic
Shannon Cannings
Gallery 3
June 2 - Aug. 1
Finding a Balance
Julia Six and Bethany Hargrove
Gallery 4

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

1133 N. 2nd, Second Floor | 325.829.7975 | www.cockerellgalleries.com | Carolyncc52@yahoo.com 

 

March  2-27
Featured Artist of The Cockerell: MARY GREGORY of Studio 204 The Cockerell - Upstairs. ArtWalk: 5:30-8 p.m. March 12. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free.

 

April 1-28
Featured Artist of The Cockerell: T.M. GAND of Studios 207/08 The Cockerell - Upstairs.
"Hope Rising" - A collection of acrylic and collage paintings. ArtWalk 5:30-8 p.m. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

 

May 1-29
TITLE of ART SHOW: "Creating and Engaging with the Holy Spirit"
ARTIST: Featured artist NANCY CAPRA, of Willow Art School of Studio 215
OPENING NIGHT: ArtWalk, May 14, 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: The Cockerell - Upstairs, downtown
OPEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
COST: Show is free to attend and enjoy, though artwork is for sale.

 

June 1-30
TITLE of ART SHOW: "The life, The sound, The Color, The image.."
FEATURED ARTIST: by Spiritual Impressionist, JENNIFER HUNTER JONES, of Glimpses of Glory, Studio 215
OPENING RECEPTION: ArtWalk, June 11, 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: The Cockerell -Upstairs, downtown

 

June 1-30
GUEST ARTISTS
ARTIST: Stephanie R. Prosser
And
ARTIST SON: Sebastian J. Prosser
TITLE: Palette of Purpose "Adaptive Dreams" Mother and Son Art Show
WHERE: The Cockerell -Upstairs,
2nd floor - Studio 209
COST: We sincerely hope you enjoy our show, as any artwork you may purchase will benefit the "Abilene Dream Center"!


MESQUITE STORY TELLERS
Come Listen to a Tall Tale or Tell One!
Meets the 3rd Tuesday every month (except Dec.)
Open to the public! No Cost! All ages welcome!
2nd Floor - Studio 209

7-8:30 p.m. 

 

SINGING CIRCLE
Hosted by Musician ANDREW HOLMES
Studio 209 - 2nd Floor of The Cockerell Art Studios
Come ready to sing, play acoustics, or just enjoy listening!

6-9 p.m. every Sunday 

 

AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

1642 Sayles Blvd. / 325.793.4888 / www.mcm.edu 

 

April 8-24
McMurry Art Student Competition artwork in the Ryan and Gypsy Ted galleries. Reception at 12 p.m. April 10 in the Ryan Gallery.  

 

April 27-May 2  
Beckie Schneller Senior Art Exhibit in the Ryan Gallery. Reception is 5-6:30 p.m. May 1.  

 

April 27-May 9

Justin Powers and Jessica Williams senior art exhibits in the Gypsy Ted Gallery. Reception 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 following graduation. 

 

May 4-May 29
Taylor Class Senior Art Exhibit in the Ryan Fine Art Gallery. Reception is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 following graduation. 

 

 

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