Cultural Art Happenings
July 2015
Youngsters are scampering around downtown Abilene to and from summer camps learning about dance, sculpting, famous artists, nature, drawing and more! Spaces are still available for many July camps, so please check out our list in the calendar below.
Some special events this month include Fourth of July festivities, outdoor movies and a wheels themed ArtWalk on July 9.

We are still  busy thanking everyone who made the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival a big hit! Registrations shot up 36 percent with 3,700 people. If you didn't have a chance to attend the festival, you can watch a recording of David Shannon's June 11 artist talk at the Paramount Theatre on Channel 7 (Abilene Television Network) later this month. You can still see David Shannon's original, beautiful artwork on exhibit at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature until Sept. 25. Also, come meet downtown's newest residents - Shannon's Duck on a Bike in front of Candies by Vletas and No, David! and Fergus in front of the NCCIL. These bronze sculptures are permanently installed outside. They are two more reasons why Abilene is now the official Storybook Capital of Texas!

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 


Grace wins state-wide award for exhibit, reports higher attendance
The Grace Museum reported at its annual meeting in June that attendance at programs during the 2014-15 year was up 155 percent. The museum had 10,000 more visitors than the previous year.
Also, The Grace Museum's "Home on the Range, Where the Prairie Meets the Plains in Central West Texas " exhibit received the Outstanding Exhibition Award this year from the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). The group recognized institutions that have made significant contributions to the advancement and study of early Texas during the 13th Annual Symposium April 24-26 in Houston. The award-winning Grace exhibit, which was on display May 8-Aug. 9, 2014, included work from important artists who documents early impressions of the area, historic photos, maps, oral histories and rarely-seen artifacts. The exhibition was co-curated by Judy Tedford Deaton, chief Grace curator, and Michael Grauer with the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon.
The Grace Museum has also received recognition from CASETA for the presentation of Alexandre Hogue: American Visionary exhibition in 2012 and for contributions to the 2013 Outstanding Publication, Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity.

 

Home on the Range, Where the Prairie Meets the Plains in Central West Texas
Home on the Range, Where the Prairie Meets the Plains in Central West Texas
Abilene receives Storybook Capital designation
Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed legislation giving Abilene its first ever designation from the state. The city was named the official Storybook Capital of Texas. State Rep. Susan King made the announcement in fairytale style at the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival (CALF) on June 11. The announcement was followed by the Storybook Parade and other festivities. Nanci Liles, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director, and Lynn Barnett, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council executive director, approached King about pursuing the designation because Abilene is home to the CALF, a growing collection of storybook sculptures and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. A Storybook Capital of Texas adventure guide available to the public can be found at the T&P Depot downtown, at various attractions and online here.
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Young Audiences brings free shows to library

Young Audiences of Abilene is presenting two free shows at the downtown Abilene Public Library in July. The first is Abilene Christian University Opera's "The Music of Disney" on Tuesday, July 7. Vocal performers will present a show of songs from beloved Disney movies. On Tuesday, July 21, talented ventriloquist and puppeteer Nancy Burks Worcester will introduce children to Larry, Lily, Charlotte and the baby Waco. The shows are at 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. Please arrive early.

Each summer, Young Audiences of Abilene brings four free shows to the library. During the school year, YA offers educational arts programming and after-school drama residencies for Abilene area schools. To find out how to get a program at your school, contact Judy Surles at judy@abileneacac.org or go online here

Calling all cyclists to come out for July ArtWalk   
This month's ArtWalk is all about things with wheels! Join the WHEELS mini-parade, which will leave from Everman Park at North 1st and Cypress at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 (meet there at 5:20 p.m. to get your spot in line.) The parade will move north on Cypress to North 4th, make a big U-turn and retrace south on Cypress. The parade will end at The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress St. Decorate a bicycle or bring any unusual bike, trike, uni-cycle, scooter, motorcycle, Segway, or wagon. ArtWalk is celebrating alternative transportation - anything on wheels except cars! Inside the Center, get a guided tour of the unusual art installation "Finding a Balance" and join a debate about the value of temporary arts installations. Then see all three other exhibits. Special entertainment begins as the WHEELS parade ends in front of The Center. Downtown art museums and many galleries are open to the public and free during ArtWalk. There are make-and-take art activities for children at several locations. 


"Dusk" above. "Jangles" below.
Center's artists interpret 'water' in summer exhibit     
The Signature Artist Members of The Center for Contemporary Arts have interpreted the theme "Water" in varying media and artistic styles in a summer exhibit of the same name. The exhibit is up and runs through Aug. 1 in the Jane Breed Gallery. Pictured at left is "Dusk" by Chuck Roach. The acrylic on masonite piece is 24 by 42 inches and costs $475. Other pieces in the exhibit include Patty Rae Wellborn's 11 by 14 inch oil painting ($375),  and a mixed media on wood panel of brightly colored vintage glassware by Polly Jones titled "Experiments in Evaporation." Photos from the exhibit include a rustic outhouse by Pamela Gilbreth Watkins titled "www.buffalogapfreedom.weebly.com" and a 20 by 30 inch, $500 canvas print titled "Floating Flowers" by Steve Butman (pictured top).
The "Jangles: A Big Fish Story" underwater experience the Center built in a room for the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival  in June based on the David Shannon book ties in perfectly with the "water" theme at the gallery. The "rock" pillows, hanging fish, darkened room and water rippling lighting on the walls all set the mood for the book reader, and Bird Thomas, curator of fun learning experiences, says she continues to accommodate requests from children's groups that want to experience her Jangles book reading in the special room.    

Paramount shows two classic movies in July

The Paramount Film Series presents two classic movies in the month of July: the sweeping epic "Gone With the Wind" and the romantic comedy "Desk Set."

The 1939 film  "Gone With the Wind" won 13 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It stars Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, a Southern belle whose strength, passion and survival instincts carry her through the Civil War and its aftermath. Clark Gable stars as her love interest and foil. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Robert Holladay's film lecture is 6:30 p.m. Friday (included in price of movie ticket).

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn clash over the computerization of a TV network's research department in the 1957 romantic comedy "Desk Set." The resulting battle of wits and witty dialogue pits the department head's (Hepburn) fear of losing her job against her dawning attraction to engineer Richard (Spencer). Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Holladay's film lecture is 6:30 p.m. Friday (included in ticket price)

 

ACT presents comedy 'Greater Tuna'     

The Abilene Community Theatre presents the hilarious show about the characters of a fictional Texas town in "Greater Tuna" on July 16-18 and July 23-25. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. The box office opens July 6 and the hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and show Saturdays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military and students.

"Greater Tuna" is the original comedy written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard that was followed by three more Tuna shows. The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of the same.  According to the play's official website, by 1985, "Greater Tuna" was the most-produced play in the United States.

Supporters receive Abilene Art Awards
The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council hosted the 2015 Abilene Art Awards on June 26 starting with a reception at The Center for Contemporary Arts. Awards were presented on the Paramount Theatre stage just before the opening of "Les Miserables." Arts and cultural groups nominated their outstanding supporters for an award, and 21 certificates were presented. In addition, the ACAC gave bronze statues to Randy Piersall, the 2015 Outstanding Individual in the Arts winner, and the Junior League of Abilene, the 2015 Outstanding Business winner. The Junior League of Abilene has helped start arts programs and partners each year with the ACAC on the Children's Art & Literacy Festival not only helping with a grant, but also with volunteer hours in numerous capacities. Accepting the award on Junior League's behalf was Angela Tomlin and Tifani Smith.  
BOOK BUZZ: Children's Book Readings

The Children's Museum is a beloved space of many patrons of The Grace Museum. Although used mostly as a learning and discovery space, the Children's Museum is also a space for education. Book readings are held once a month for families on the famous mini-Paramount Theatre stage followed by an art activity in the children's diner. The cost to attend one of these special readings is $10 per family if you would like to receive a copy of the book (limit to first 10 families) or $5 per family without the book but still includes art activity after the reading.  The next book reading is 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23. For more information, click here


 

July 4
The Grace Museum is closed for Independence Day.

 

July 4            
Saturday family fun art 1-4 p.m.

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

 

July 4, 7 p.m.
July 4th Concert at the Church of the Heavenly Rest on the lawn at South 6th and Meander.

Abilene Community Band

325.695.2422 │ www.abilenecommunityband.org 

 

July 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Frontier Fourth
8:30 a.m.: Parade Registration (open to all children)
9 a.m.: Parade starts at Shades of Hope Treatment Center
10 a.m.: Ceremony at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village & gates open.
Free to the public.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

July 4

WesTex Connect 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Elmdale Airpark. Gates open at 5 p.m. VIP dinner 6:30-8 p.m. Live music from The Crush band from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Children's fireworks show is 9:20-9:40 p.m. Fireworks at 9:50 p.m. General admission and tailgating per car: $10. VIP packages: $75-$90. $20 adult VIP (ages 12 and up), $10 child VIP (ages 3-11); free VIP child younger than 3 (no meal). Call 325-794-1717 or 325-673-1930.

 

July 6-10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rock It! Science Camp for children entering third grade through sixth grade. Discover the wonders of nature with hands-on experiments. Creative your own artifacts and art projects. Fee includes all supplies, T-shirt and snacks. Fee is $80 museum member; $100 non-member.

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

 

July 6-10
9-11:45 a.m.and 12:15-3 p.m.
Backyard Friends camp for ages 3-5. Cost: $75 members; $85 non-members.

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane │ 325.676.6085 │ www.abilenezoo.org 


July 6-10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Animal Super Powers 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 


July 6-10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Animal Super Powers 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 

 

July 7, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Young Audiences of Abilene presents ACU Opera's "The Music of Disney" as part of the 2015 Summer Library Series. The shows are free. Main branch of the Abilene Public Library.

 

July 7-30, 6-8 p.m.
Dance Intensive Camp every Tuesday and Thursday from July 7-30 in APAC Studio A for children who have completed sixth grade and older. Fee is $120.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

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

 

July 7-11, 10 a.m.-noon
Mid-Century MASH Camp for ages 9-14. A collaborative effort with Young Audiences and The Grace Museum.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

July 7-9, 1-3 p.m.
Poised, Polished and Pretty camp to teach girls entering fourth through sixth grade lessons in confidence, grooming, party etiquette, writing notes, setting a table, how to be gracious and art projects. The camp includes an elegant tea party with one guest. Fee includes art supplies, tea party for two and snacks. $50 museum members; $70 non-member.

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

 

July 7-10
Marching Percussion, Color Guard, and Vocal Arts Camp
Final Exhibition Performance is July 10 at noon in Kimbrell Arena (Percussion/Color Guard) and Ryan Recital Hall (Vocal Arts).

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

 

July 7

Abilene Christian University's Movies on the Hill featuring "Paddington." Food trucks and music start at 7:30 p.m. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m. Brink a blanket or lawn chair. Donations requested include toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, toothpaste, shampoo and wipes for Christian Homes of Abilene.

 

July 8, noon

The Grace Museum is offering the webinar "Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: How to Add this Tool to Your Fundraising Mix" in the museum boardroom for nonprofit agencies.

 

July 9, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
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

 

July 9, 5 - 8 p.m.  ArtWalk: Wheels (Bicycles, Tricycles, Unicycles)  A monthly, themed arts festival in downtown Abilene presented by the Center for Contemporary Arts. This event will feature musical artist Jan Seides from Austin and events revolving around alternative transportation and Abilene's plan to accommodate bicycles, Segways, scooters, etc.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

July 9            
Art Walk 5:30-8 p.m. Art activity. Free.

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


July 9, 6 p.m.  ArtRap: Individual Artistic Expression.   How does individual artistic expression affect artists' interpretation of common subjects? Join the discussion and see how our Signature Artist Members' have interpreted the theme "Water" in the current exhibit.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

July 9
Guest artist vendor Frann Hilbert of Franma's Cottage will be selling her uniquely-designed earrings & necklaces outside, in front of The Cockerell.

 

July 9

Open during ArtWalk - "Hang with the Artists"

Studio 13

909 N 13th St. | www.mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com 

 

July 10, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
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

 

July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Holladay on Film
Paramount Film Director Robert Holladay continues his film lecture series with a discussion of the history and making of the film GONE WITH THE WIND.  The thirty-minute lecture will be followed by a thirty-minute break before the feature begins at 7:30 pm.  You must purchase a ticket to GONE WITH THE WIND I to attend this lecture.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Film Series - "Gone With the Wind"
The Paramount Film Series presents GONE WITH THE WIND.  Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh star in this legendary Hollywood classic about a headstrong southern belle who meets her match just as the Civil War breaks out. Winner of 13 Academy Awards including Best Picture.  1939, color, 233 minutes, Rated G.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military, and children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

July 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Chautauqua Learning Series
Topic: Texas Living History
Speaker: Sam Galyon
Free to the public.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

July 11, 1-4p.m.           
Saturday Family fun art. Free.

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

 

July 11, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Film Series - "Gone With the Wind"
The Paramount Film Series presents GONE WITH THE WIND.  Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh star in this legendary Hollywood classic about a headstrong southern belle who meets her match just as the Civil War breaks out. Winner of 13 Academy Awards including Best Picture.  1939, color, 233 minutes, Rated G.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military, and children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

July 12-17
Band and Drum Major Camp
Final Exhibition Performance is July 17 at noon in Radford Auditorium

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

 

July 12, 8 p.m.

Night Owl Entertainment presents Shinedown in concert at the Abilene Civic Center. Tickets: $35-50.

www.stubwire.com 

 

July 13-17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Daring Drawings and Curious Colors camp for children entering first grade through sixth grade. Campers will use a variety of mediums while improving their drawing skills. Fee includes all art supplies, T-shirt and snacks. Fee is $75 for museum member; $95 non-member.

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

 

July 13-17, 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 

 

July 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Zoo School 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 

 

July 15, Noon - 1 p.m.  ArtFilm: "Lovely, Lovely."
Bring your lunch for a screening of this episode from the series This Is Modern Art,and join the discussion as we contemplate the question, "Is art no longer beautiful?"

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

July 16, 6 p.m.
Film: Christian Dior: The Man Behind the Myth
This is the second installment of the museum's summer documentary series. View the film al fresco in The Grace Courtyard. This program is open to the public.

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

 

July 16, 6 p.m.
Bottles and Brushes
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 is $20 for Museum Members and $25 for non-members.

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

 

July 16-18; 23-25, 7:30 p.m.
Abilene Community Theatre presents the comedy "Greater Tuna."
Box Office opens July 6, 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and show Saturdays. 

Abilene Community Theatre

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

 

July 17-18, 7-8 p.m.
Girls' Night at the Museum for children entering fourth grade through sixth grade is a sleepover for girls that like fun and adventure. There will be art projects, a scavenger hunt, games, pizza, movie time and more. Museum staff and security will make sure they have a wonderful time. Fee includes art supplies and pizza. Fee is $40 for museum member; $60 non-member.

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

 

July 17, 7 p.m.

"The Pirates of Penzance Junior" performed by students in the Abilene Performing Arts Company's Musical Production Camp.

Abilene Performing Arts Company

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

 

July 18            
Saturday Family fun art 1-4 p.m. Free.

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

 

July 19, 12-5 p.m.

Military Appreciation Day: Free admission for current & former military and their families.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │

 

July 20-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
All I Want is Art Camp! for students entering grades sixth through eighth. A camp just for the middle schoolers! Come explore the world of artists at the NCCIL Art Studio. Artist use a variety of media to create their artwork. Have fun experimenting with different media! 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 

 

July 20-24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sculpt It! Camp for children entering first through sixth grade. Campers will enjoy all things 3D! There will be sculpting with clay, paper, found objects and more. Fee includes art supplies, T-shirt and snacks. Fee is $75 museum member; $95 non-member.

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

 

July 20-24, 1-4 p.m.
Middle School Mania is a camp designed for preteens where campers use a variety of mediums such as charcoal, pastels, paint, clay and paper mâché. Fee includes art supplies, T-shirt and snacks. $75 museum member; $95 non-member.

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

 

July 20-24
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 


July 20-24, 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 

 

July 21, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Young Audiences of Abilene presents Nancy Burks Worcester's "Journey" as part of the 2015 Summer Library Series. The shows are free. Main branch of the Abilene Public Library.

 

July 23, 10 a.m.
Book Reading in the Children's Museum
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

 

July 23, 6 p.m.
Watercolor Art Class
Participants will learn the basics of the watercolor medium from artist, Tamberley Thomas. All skill-levels are welcome. Materials provided. Paid registration required.

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

 

 

July 23, 9 p.m.
Movie in the Park "Big Hero 6" at Rose Park Amphitheater. Free. Hosted by the City of Abilene Recreation and Parks division. Bring your own snacks, chairs or blankets.

 

July 25, 9 a.m.
Mid-Century Photo Tour
Go on a guided photography tour of mid-century structures in Abilene. Learn about the architects and design from Abilene during the innovative 1950s and 60s. Participants must bring their own photographic equipment. Reservation required.

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

 

July 25            
Saturday Family fun art 1-4 p.m. Free.

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

 

July 27-31
Beginning Digital PHOTO Camp for ages 8 and older.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

July 27-31, 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 

 

July 27-31, 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 

 

July 31, 6:30 p.m.
Holladay on Film
Paramount Film Director Robert Holladay continues his film lecture series with a discussion of the history and making of the film THE DESK SET.  The thirty-minute lecture will be followed by a thirty-minute break before the feature begins at 7:30 pm.  You must purchase a ticket to THE DESK SET to attend this lecture.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Film Series - "The Desk Set"
The Paramount Film Series presents DESK SET. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star in this sparkling romantic comedy about two strong personalities who clash over the modernization of a TV network. 1957, color, 104 minutes, Not Rated.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military, and children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM 

"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

 

"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 

 

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.

 

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

 

July 3-30

Group show called "Go Large."  Reception is July 10. 

 

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.

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

 

Exhibits

Through August 1, 2015  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
Finding a Balance
Julia Six and Bethany Hargrove
Gallery 4


August 3 - 31, 2015  All galleries will be closed for maintenance. Offices open by appointment only. Call 677-8389 for assistance.

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

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

 

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 

 

July 1-31
"The life, The sound, The color, The image" by Spiritual Impressionist Jennifer Hunter Jones, of Glimpses of Glory, Studio 214.
Guest artist Terri Knight will present "Abstracts and Angels" in Studio 209. Reception is open to the public: Saturday, July 11, 6-8 p.m. in Studio 209, as well.

 

AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

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

 

July, August, September
"No Direction" - Paintings by Patty Rae Wellborn - Ryan Gallery

 

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.

 

 

 

 

   

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