Cultural Art Happenings
June 2015

After a year of planning, we are excited to present the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival this month!

We are thrilled to honor David Shannon, a Caldecott Honor illustrator and author with 17 million books in print. His characters "Duck on a Bike," "Good Boy, Fergus" and "No, David!" have inspired new additions to our Storybook Sculpture Project, now one of the largest public collections of its kind in any city. Shannon will be in Abilene helping unveil the sculptures and sign books at his art exhibit at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature during the festival. We hope you can stop by to meet him. If you haven't bought your festival passes yet, there is still time! Just go to www.abilenecalf.com. 

Festival registration so far is double compared to last year! This means more visitors to Abilene, more children exposed to the arts and more people celebrating reading. No wonder Abilene was named one of the Top 10 Bookish Destinations in Texas this year and we are poised to be the official Storybook Capital of Texas. It's a great time to be celebrating the arts and raising a family in Abilene.   

We'd like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who help the festival run smoothly and for our arts and cultural groups that participate. We'd like to also thank our generous sponsors without whom the festival would not be possible. 

We are so grateful for the tremendous support from this generous community! I hope to see you at the festival!

  

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

Q&A with best-selling artist David Shannon

 Mark your calendars, put on your pirate hat and ride your bike to the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature for the opening of the art exhibit "David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum." Starting ArtWalk on June 11 with an artist talk at the Paramount Theatre, David Shannon will be in Abilene for several events and book signings, including the Children's Art & Literacy Festival. The exhibition features over 90 original artworks from Shannon's children's books. The NCCIL spoke to the Los Angeles area artist regarding his art: 

Q. When in your life did you decide to be an artist?  

A. I've wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, I used to say I wanted to be a Major League baseball player and an artist in the off-season. Now I'm an artist, and I play softball every Tuesday - pretty close!

Q. What type of preparation goes into creating your artwork?

A. It depends on the project, but for any book, I start out by making lots of scribbly little "thumbnail" sketches - just trying to figure out what's going to go on each page. If there's a manuscript then I'm also reading it a bunch of times, underlining key ideas and images, circling descriptions and so on - like I was going to write a book report! Then I make a "dummy" - that's a full-size pencil sketch version of the whole book. My editor and I go over that and make a few improvements, and then I paint the finished pieces. 

Q. One thing you would like to learn (and have not had time to do)?

A. How to play the drums! 

Radio show will broadcast live from Paramount
The Nashville-based radio show "Tokens" will broadcast live at the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4. "Tokens" is part great music, part university lecture, part cultural analysis, and part good conversation, featuring Snyder poet and Yale Divinity School faculty member Christian Wiman and the Abilene Independent School District string group Revolutions. Other guests include Buddy Greene, Odessa Settles, Brother Preacher, the Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys, and host Lee C. Camp. It's all mixed up with enough humor and satire to keep things ever lively. Tickets are $15 a person and available here. This brand new episode entitled "The Language of Grace" is sponsored by the 2015 Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference.
Artists 'Finding Balance' in new Center exhibit
Julia Six can't remember a time that she wasn't interested in art and creating. Depending on the day, she might be painting, sewing, coloring or cooking. An Abilene native, her most recent work is a combination of ceramics, mixed media, sculpture and installation. She and fellow artist Bethany Hargrove are opening a new exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Arts on June 2. "Finding Balance" runs through Aug. 1. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 5. The artists will speak at the reception about their journey from growing up in Abilene to exhibiting work in New York. By using found objects, reparative tools such as thread and an excess of repeated form and action, the work of the artists creates a dialogue about the futile acts of the daily, the ways memory is fused with objects and the never-ending search for a balance that may or may not exist between these concepts. She
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United Way of Abilene launches first blues festival

United Way of Abilene is presenting the inaugural Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival to Abilene on Saturday, June 6 at Frontier Texas! Festival proceeds will go to benefit Community Partners of United Way of Abilene. Headline artists include Ruthie Foster, Tommy Castro and Marcia Ball.

Festival gates will open at 1 p.m. and artists will wrap up performances at 10 p.m. Food, beverage and festival merchandise will be available for purchase throughout the day. The family friendly event is ticketed, with prices ranging from $35 to $200. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Tickets can be purchased here. Stay up to date on festival information by "liking" the Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival page on Facebook

Heritage luncheon recognizes preservation efforts    
The Abilene Preservation League is honoring long-time volunteer, board member and supporter Janet Payne at the 2015 Heritage Stewardship Awards Luncheon. The event is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 at the Hunter Welcome Center at Abilene Christian University. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by contacting the APL at 325-676-3775. This year's Beautiful House Award winners will be recognized. The awards luncheon has become a standard in promoting preservation locally. This list of ways Payne has helped the APL is long. The most notable is the annual Haunted Abilene event that includes decorating the Swenson House with spooky decor and the trolley ghost tours around downtown. Early in the history of the Heritage Stewardship program, it was Payne's idea to create the Beautiful House Award to give historic homeowners a "pat on the back" for what they do.    

Young Audiences presents library summer shows    

During the school year, Young Audiences of Abilene is busy bringing professional artists into the schools to perform for students. But during the summer, the nonprofit group (which operates under the auspices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council) brings four free shows to the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St., for the public to enjoy. All of the shows are at 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The summer shows kick off with "Melody & Rhythm" by Key City Brass on June 9. These local music professionals teach students what makes brass instruments unique while playing popular children's songs. Storybook Theatre of Texas presents "The New Little Red Riding Hood" on June 23 followed by ACU Opera's "The Music of Disney" on July 7 and Nancy Burks Worcester the ventriloquist on July 21.  

 

Paramount presents "Les Misérables" musical

The landmark Paramount Theatre presents the acclaimed musical "Les Misérables" June 26-28. Winner of more than 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, "Les Misérables" is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo's novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time. Epic, grand and uplifting, "Les Misérables" packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. Tickets prices are $20, $15, $12, $10 and can be purchased here. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

The Grace takes a step back in time      

Abilene storyteller Jay Moore will explore what Abilene was like in the 1950s and 1960s in a special talk at The Grace Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4. This event is open to the public.  

This talk will include a presentation of historic images from the community as well as nostalgic anecdotes. 
At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, watch the PBS documentary "The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue" in the courtyard and stargaze on the roof afterwards.
Learn how to care for and store historic and family photos and documents in a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The workshop is led by Erika Parker, the museum's collections manager. Fee required. Supplies are included.  Please make reservations. 
 
Rolando Diaz mural debuts downtown
A mural by acclaimed Cuban-American artist Rolando Diaz was unveiled May 26 in downtown Abilene with a reception following at The Grace Museum. Diaz spent over a month painting the aquatic-themed, 10-panel mural on the outside wall of Thomas Everett's Fine Furniture warehouse, located at South First and Cedar streets. Diaz is a 1979 graduate of Abilene Christian University. Tom Rose with the furniture store commissioned the mural for the 350-foot building. The inspiration, Diaz said, were his dreams of the ocean from his Miami hometown while he was an ACU student. A documentary about Diaz titled "Recapturing Cuba" won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Diaz has exhibited in museums, galleries and private homes and maintains a collector's list.
BOOK BUZZ: Buy books by the bag full

The Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale will have more than 100,000 books, videos, DVD, CDs, record and other unique items. Most hardbacks at $1.75 and paperbacks 75 cents. Children's books are sold by the inch for $1.25. Library Friends can attend the preview sale from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at the Abilene Civic Center. The doors open to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19 and close at 8 p.m. The sale continues Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The famous "Bag-O-Books" sale begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Until 4 p.m., an entire bag of books is $6. Bags provided. 


 

June 1-5, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kindermusik Camp for ages 1-2 ½ (accompanied by parent) at the APAC Kindermusik studio. Fee is $100 (includes home materials).

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 1-5, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Pre-K Literature, Music & Creative Play Camp for ages 2 ½ to 5 years old (must be potty trained) at the APAC Kindermusik studio. Fee is $125. Studio showcase is 10 a.m. June 5.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 1-5, 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pre-K Dance Camp for ages 3-6 (must be potty trained) in APAC Studio A. Fee is $100. Showcase is June 5.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 1-5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Musical Theatre Camp in APAC Studio C for children who have completed kindergarten through second grade. Fee is $150. Showcase is 11:30 a.m. June 5.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 1-5, 12:30-2 p.m.
Hip Hop Dance Camp in APAC Studio C for children who have completed kindergarten through second grade. Fee is $100. Showcase is 1:30 p.m. June 5.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 4, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 
Tot Spot for toddlers with hands-on activities and games. Class sizes limited. Reservations required.

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

 

June 4, 7 p.m.
Talk by Jay Moore, "Our Abilene in the '50s and '60s"

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

 

June 4-6, 7:30 p.m.
"The Nerd" is a comedy about an aspiring young architect named Willum Cubbert who has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd"-a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 for senior, military and students.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow Street │ 325.673.6271 │https://www.facebook.com/abilenecommunitytheatre 

 

June 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Nashville-based "Tokens" radio show will broadcast live at the Paramount Theatre. "Tokens" is part great music, part university lecture, part cultural analysis, and part good conversation. $15 a person. http://www.acu.edu/events/tokens-radio-show 

 

June 4, 8 p.m.

Live @ Neon Parrot Lounge: Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines.

The Majestic

181 1/2 Pine St. │ 325.701.9996 │ http://majesticabilene.com/calendar/ 

 

June 5, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Tot Spot for toddlers with hands-on activities and games. Class sizes limited. Reservations required.

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

 

June 5, 5-7 p.m.

"Finding a Balance" opening reception. Hear artists Julia Six and Bethany Hargrove tell about their journeys from growing up in Abilene to exhibiting work from Texas to New York at the opening reception of their installation.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

June 6, 2-10 p.m.

Abilene's first blues festival benefiting United Way Abilene will feature local and area rhythm and blues artists. Headliners include renowned blues artists Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster and Marcia Ball. The festival includes activities for the entire family. Click here for ticket information. Tickets are $38-$80.

 

June 8-12
9-11:45 a.m.and 12:15-3 p.m.
Alpha Zoo camp for ages 3-5. Cost: $75 members; $85 non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

June 8-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Curious Cats summer camp for children entering kindergarten through first grade. $135 for members and $155 for non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

June 8-June 12, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kindermusik Camp for ages 1-2 ½ (accompanied by parent) at the APAC Kindermusik studio. Fee is $100 (includes home materials).

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 8-12, 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pre-K Dance Camp for ages 3-6 (must be potty trained) in APAC Studio A. Fee is $100. Showcase is June 12.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 8-12, 12:30-2 p.m.
Hip Hop Dance Camp in APAC Studio C for children who have completed third grade through fifth grade. Fee is $100. Studio showcase is 1:30 p.m. June 12.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Abilene Music Teachers Association will present the 24th annual AMTA Showcase Concert in the Abilene Civic Center Auditorium. The unique concert benefits Harmony Family Services and is free and open to the public. More than 60 students and teachers from Abilene and the surrounding area will perform ensembles, solos and original compositions on 12 pianos on stage. Most of the multi-piano ensembles and soloists will compete or perform in June at the Texas Music Teachers Association State Convention in Houston. Free.

 

June 9, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Young Audiences of Abilene presents Key City Brass performing Melody & Rhythm as part of the 2015 Summer Library Series. The shows are free. Main branch of the Abilene Public Library.

 

June 9, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Heritage Stewardship Awards Luncheon honoring Janet Payne with the Spirit of Preservation Award, businesses that do a great job with their properties and the Beautiful House Award winners. Tickets are $45 or table of 8 for $1,000 sponsorship or $500 for half sponsorship.

Abilene Preservation League

1174 N. 1st St.│ 325.676.3775 │www.abilenepreservation.org 

 

June 9

ACU Movies on the Hill presents Disney's newest "Cinderella." Food trucks and live music at 7:30 p.m. and movie starts at 8:45 p.m. Free. Front lawn of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and arrive early for live music and fare from local food trucks. Donation requested is a non-perishable food item for Christian Ministries of Abilene.

 

June 10, 7-9 p.m.

Paint Night at The Mill Winery, 239 Locust St. $45 a person. Use code ABILENE45 for $25 tickets! Advance registration required. https://www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/abilene/882178 

 

June 10-13
Summer Strings Chamber Music Camp. Opera and orchestra. "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss.

Hardin-Simmons University School of Music

2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu

 

June 11, 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk theme: Shannon's Shakin' It

This month's ArtWalk kicks off the Children's Art & Literacy Festival with a costume contest and a Storybook Parade honoring illustrator David Shannon.

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 

 

June 11, 6 p.m.   ArtRap: " Why Have Temporary Art Installations?"
This month's dialogue about contemporary art looks at the rise of "site-specific installations" using the exhibit Finding a Balance by Julia Six and Bethany Hargrove as an example and will discuss why society would want to spend the money and effort for a temporary piece of art.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

June 11

David Shannon delivers his Artist Talk at the Paramount Theatre at 6:45 p.m. and his new exhibit "David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum" opens at the NCCIL.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

June 11-13 - Fourth annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival

Honoring David Shannon, author and illustrator of "No, David!" book series and "A Bad Case of the Stripes." His work will be on display at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. The festival includes three days of fun celebrating art and reading.

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

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

 

June 11-13, 7:30 p.m.
June 14, 2 p.m.
Abilene Live Theatre presents "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" by Bert V. Royal. Directed by Nathan Ryan McBride at Hardin-Simmons University's Van Ellis Theatre, 2410 Cedar St.

 

June 11-13, 7:30 p.m.
"The Nerd" is a comedy about an aspiring young architect named Willum Cubbert who has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd"-a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 for senior, military and students.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow Street │ 325.673.6271 │https://www.facebook.com/abilenecommunitytheatre 

 

June 11, 9 p.m.

The City of Abilene Recreation Division presents "Finding Nemo" at the Rose Park Amphitheater as part of the Summer Movies in the Park series. Free.

 

June 12  

Reception for recent works by Mary Haan. 

Studio 13 Gallery
909 N 13th St. | mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com  

 

June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Ticketed dinner with David Shannon benefiting the NCCIL. $100 a ticket.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

June 13 - Chautauqua Learning Series

11-12:30 p.m.

Taylor County Historical Commission. Speaker: Anita Lane. Free to the public and includes free admission to the Village.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

June 13
National Get Outdoors Day. Event information: www.buffalogap.com 

 

June 15-19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Culinary Camp for children entering third grade through fifth grade. The Grace is partnering with the TSTC Culinary Institute to teach students the basics of cooking. Fee includes all art supplies, apron, T-shirt and snacks. $125 museum member; $150 non-member.

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

 

June 15-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where the Wild Things Live summer camp for children entering kindergarten through first grade. $135 for members and $155 for non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

June 15-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mascot Madness summer camp for children entering second or third grade. $135 for members and $155 for non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

June 15-18, 9-11:30 a.m.
Jr. CIA - Junior Creative Investigative Artist summer camp for kids entering first, second and third grades. Have you always wanted to be an art explorer? Take a journey with the NCCIL art educator Molly Gore to explore the beautiful world of art. $100 for members; $120 for non-members.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

June 15-19, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The summer art camps at Studio 13 for ages 5-8.
Draw! Paint! Sculpt!
Taught by Patty Rae Wellborn

$125 supplies included
325-665-9202 for more information

 

June 17, Noon - 1 p.m.  ArtFilm: "Shock! Horror!"
This month's film from the series This is Modern Art  draws connections between Goya and modern exponents of 'Shock Art'  and asks if art that shocks is always shocking in the same way or for same reasons. Bring lunch and join the discussion after the screening

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

June 18, 11:30 a.m.

Gallery Teacher and Attendant Training

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

 

June 18, 6 p.m.
Bottles and Brushes class. Paid registration required.

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

 

June 19-21

Annual Friends of the Abilene Public Library book sale at the Abilene Civic Center.

 

June 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
DIY: Bridal Workshop, drop in for make-and-take projects inspired by the latest Pinterest bridal trends.

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

 

June 21, 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 

 

June 21, 2-4 p.m.  
Craft Sunday for Kids (Paper Fans). Children 12 and under receive free admission.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

June 22-26, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The summer art camps at Studio 13 for ages 9-12.
Draw! Paint! Sculpt!
Taught by Patty Rae Wellborn

$125 supplies included. 325-665-9202 for more information.

 

June 22-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Texas Time Traveler Camps for first through third grades. Cost is $50 members; $60 non-members. Fee includes supplies, T-shirt and snacks.

Frontier Texas!

625 N. 1st St.│ 325.437.2800 │ www.frontiertexas.com 

 

June 22-25, 9-11:30 a.m.
Arte en Español summer camp for kids entering first, second and third grades. This camp will be an introduction to Spanish and a chance to explore Latin American art forms. Taught by NCCIL Spanish instructor Jocelyn Furr and NCCIL art educator Molly Gore. Cost is $100 for members; $120 for non-members.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

June 22-26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kaleidoscope Art Camp for children entering first grade through sixth grade. Campers enjoy a variety of art projects such as painting, drawing, sculpting and more. Fee includes all art supplies, T-shirt and snacks. $75 for museum members; $95 non-members.

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

 

June 22-26, 10 a.m.-noon
TRASH Camp for ages 9-14. A collaborative effort with Keep Abilene Beautiful and Republic Services.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

June 22-26
9-11:45 a.m.and 12:15-3 p.m.
Crawly Critters camp for ages 3-5. Cost: $75 members; $85 non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 


June 22-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Secret Agent Z-O-O summer camp for children entering fourth or fifth grade. $135 for members and $155 for non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

June 23, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Young Audiences of Abilene presents Storybook Theatre's "The New Little Red Riding Hood" as part of the 2015 Summer Library Series. The shows are free. Main branch of the Abilene Public Library.

 

June 25, 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 paid registration.

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

 

June 25
View the PBC documentary "The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue" followed by rooftop stargazing. Free. Film at 6 p.m. Stargazing at 8 p.m.

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

 

June 25-26, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Texas Time Traveler Camps for fourth through sixth grades. Cost is $55 members; $65 non-members. Fee includes supplies, T-shirt, snacks and lunch.

Frontier Texas!

625 N. 1st St.│ 325.437.2800 │ www.frontiertexas.com 

 

June 26-28
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday
Paramount Productions presents the acclaimed musical "Les Miserables," winner of more than 100 international awards and seen by more than 65 million people starring an all-local cast of talent.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Photo Storage Workshop led by Erika Aragon Parker, Collections Manager, The Grace Museum. 

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

 

June 29-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kindercamp for children entering kindergarten will teach them the basics of art while creative a few projects to take home. Fee includes all art supplies and snacks. $40 museum members; $60 non-museum members.

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

 

June 29-July 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Camp Earth Kind summer camp for kids entering fourth through sixth grade. This camp offers students a chance to become a Junior Master Gardener in Literature. Cost is $120 for members; $135 for non-members.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

June 29-July 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
3-Week Musical Production Camp for children who have completed third grade through 12th grade. Bring a sack lunch and water daily. Fee is $375 for first child and 15 percent discount for each additional sibling. Practice is June 29-July 10 at APAC and July 13-17 at the Paramount Theatre. Performance of "The Pirates of Penzance Junior" is 7 p.m. July 17 at Paramount.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

1049 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 200 │ 437.2486 │www.apacstars.com 

 

June 29-July 3
9-11:45 a.m. and 12:15-3 p.m.
Monkey See camp for ages 3-5. Cost: $75 members; $85 non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 


June 29-July 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Junior Zoo Keeper summer camp for children entering sixth or seventh grade. $135 members and $155 for non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

June 29-July 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Zoo School summer camp for children entering sixth or seventh grade. $135 members and $155 for non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT 

 

THE GRACE MUSEUM 

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

  

"The Abstract Impulse" featuring 40 important Texas artists, from throughout the state, who created personalized visions of the modernist aesthetic will be featured in this group exhibition. Important modernist artwork by Ben Culwell, Michael Frary, Donald Weismann, Ralph White, Ward Lockwood, David Brownlow, Dorothy Hood, Jack Boynton, Robert Preusser, Bror Utter, William Lester, Loren Mozley, Everett Spruce, McKie Trotter and others were selected from private and public collections.

May 28 - Oct. 24

Opening reception May 28

 

"Fabulous Fifties Fashion & Design"

This exhibition, curated by fashion expert and appraiser, Steven Porterfield, of Roadshow fame, features original midcentury women's and men's casual and formal ensembles.

May 28-Oct. 24

 

"Flashback to Abilene in the Fifties"

Travel back in time to Abilene in the fifties through an exhibition of vintage photographs, 8 mm films and newsreels.

May 28-Oct. 24

 

"Ray &Charles Eames Masters of 20th Century Design"

This selection of original designs, courtesy of Collage 20th Century Classics owners Abby and Wlodek Malowanczky of Dallas is a rare opportunity to view original Eames furniture designs from the 1950s.

May 28-Oct. 24

 

"Seymour Fogel: On the Wall and Beyond"

Seymour Fogel (1911-1983) was a founding father of Texas Modernism. This long overdue solo exhibition of Fogel's paintings are from the 14 years (1946-1960) he lived and worked in Texas.

May 28-Oct. 24

 

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

 

February 12-May 23 

"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.

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

Abilene Christian University | Don H. Morris Center | 325.674.2085

 

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

 

June 5-29 
Recent works by Mary Haan and Linda Stricklin. 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 

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


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

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. each Sunday 

 

AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

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

 

June

Faculty exhibit

 

 

 

   

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