Cultural Art Happenings
August 2015
Just as caterpillars transform into the beautiful monarch butterflies that migrate through Abilene each year, our downtown continues its graceful metamorphosis into a first-class cultural center. The Cockerell family is restoring the facade of its historic building at 1133 N. 2nd. The 1918 Fulwiler Ford dealership is now home to the ACU Downtown Gallery and Cockerell Galleries and Studios. And The Center for Contemporary Arts will be closed in August (but DogWalk is still on!) while it undergoes remodeling. We can't wait to see the transformation of both buildings!

Thanks to the hard work of our legislators, the 84th Legislative session ended with $5 million for the Texas Commission on the Arts earmarked for grants for Cultural & Fine Arts Districts. Downtown Abilene was one of the first five of those districts in the state along with Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Our population might not equal theirs, but our community support for the arts is unrivaled!

On a personal note, I would like to say what a privilege it is to be chosen as the honoree for The Grace Museum's Fall Benefit on Aug. 22. I hope you will join me at this fundraiser and support the award-winning exhibits and educational programs this wonderful museum provides for our community. As we say in Abilene, "See you at the Grace!"



Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

 
Horton Foote, 2004
McMurry produces Horton Foote drama about what it means to be human, potential for redemption

McMurry Summer Theatre is producing the play "The Traveling Lady" by Horton Foote, who is probably best known for writing the screenplay for the 1962 movie "To Kill a Mockingbird."  

Set in the early 1950s, "The Traveling Lady" revolves around Georgette Thomas and her daughter, who arrive in the small Texas town of Harrison to await the arrival of her husband, expected to be released from prison any day. She soon learns her husband, Henry, who continues to struggle with past demons, has been free for a month. Slim Murray, a local man with a past of his own, befriends Georgette and the little girl, attempting to help them in their present predicament. We are introduced to a number of other citizens of Harrison, each with their own successes and failures. As with all of Foote's work, at the root of the story are the basic elements of what it means to be human and the potential for redemption. The play is being directed by Charlie Hukill and the cast includes David and Carolyn Ainsworth, Christina Wilson, Betty Hukill, Mary Glover, Charles Hughes, Anna Grace Sloan, Doug Jeter, Zoe Jeter, and Trey Spivey. McMurry alum Lee Jones has returned to design the scenery, and David Ainsworth is designing costumes. Performances are July 30, 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 6-8 in the Ryan Little Theatre, with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children, with $2 off for McMurry faculty, staff, and students and can be purchased online, or by calling the box office at 793-3889 in the afternoon.



Western art auction at The Mill to benefit Village
Situated in an area where the buffalo really did roam, Buffalo Gap Historic Village is tapping into its Western heritage with a unique art auction at The Mill Winery at 239 Locust St. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Ten local artists have been invited to interpret The Plain trinity into art pieces. This "trinity" is the buffalo, the Native American and the land. Bids for the art pieces will start at $750. The money will benefit the Village, a nonprofit program of the McWhiney History Education Group that includes more than 20 historic buildings, a rich collection of Indian artifacts and frontier firearms and educational programs. The dress for the outdoor event is casual. Drinks and appetizers will be served at 7 p.m. The auction starts at 7:45 p.m. and the event concludes at 9 p.m. Please RSVP by July 29. For more information about the art auction, call 325-572-3974 or email info@tfhcc.com.
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The Grace hosts jazz night with guest performers
Enjoy the musical stylings of the Abilene Christian University Jazz Quartet featuring vocalist Twyla Foreman at The Grace Museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. The jazz quartet will perform in the loggia at no charge for the public. Admission to the museum is free on Thursday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.

Foreman has produced CDs and has been featured on the West Texas Rehabilitation Center's telethon every year. Guy Gamble is a jazz saxophonists who has played in Abilene for more than 40 years. Gannon Phillip is an associate professor at Hardin-Simmons University. Jimmy Roberts has played jazz, country and rock music in Abilene for many different occasions. Henry Smith is a minister of music at Mount Zion Baptist Church, and has performed jazz and classical music as the Abilene Philharmonic guest pianist.

Center will spend August under wraps; ArtWalk still on   

The Center for Contemporary Arts will be closed during the month of August while the building undergoes remodeling. The Center will re-open Sept. 9 with four new exhibits and a whole new look inside. However, the Center is still hosting its monthly downtown-wide celebration in August and the theme is DogWalk. The Abilene Kennel Club is planning some fun, dog-friendly activities for guests and their canine friends outside from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.

Although the Center galleries will be closed, other downtown arts venues such as The Grace Museum, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, the Cockrell Galleries Upstairs, and the Abilene Public Library will be open and free for browsing and many have art activities for children during ArtWalk. If you bring your pooch to DogWalk, please honor the pet policies at the various venues. Entrance may be restricted to service animals only. Feel free to dress up your dogs!



Garage Band Woodstock rocks to 1960s, 70s music      
"I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends" and so do the folks putting on the sixth annual Garage Band Woodstock at the Taylor County Expo Center. The event benefits Abilene Meals on Wheels, Plus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. in the Display Building on Saturday, Aug. 8.
The event was the brainchild of some self-proclaimed "old hippies" who wanted to have a reunion of band members from the 1960s. Wayland Huey, Charlie Taylor and Larry Wellhausen had no idea that more than 500 people would show up that first year. Last year's concert attracted about 1,500. This year's entertainment includes members of the original The Fugitives, Chevelles, The Living End, The Furies, Full House, Fraid Knot and Soul Free Revival. Pre-event tickets are $15 and can be purchased online. Tickets at the door are $20. For more details, click here.
Donat delivers Oscar-winning performance in 'Chips'
The Paramount Film Series presents "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" Aug. 14-15 starring  Robert Donat and Greer Garson in a moving film about an aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school who recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. The romantic classic received six Oscar nominations, and Donat received the Best Actor award, beating out Clark Gable, who was nominated for "Gone With the Wind."
The 1939 movie is black and white and 139 minutes long. Not rated. Paramount Film Series tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military, and children. To purchase tickets for this film online, click here.  To see the complete list of the 2015 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here.  To view this film's trailer, click here.
Paramount Film Director Robert Holladay will deliver a lecture on the history and making of the movie at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. The 30-minute lecture will be followed by a 30-minute break before the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. A movie ticket must be purchased to attend the lecture. The movie will be shown again at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.
Lighting consultants shine focus on Storybook Sculpture Project    

Orlando, Fla.-based lighting professionals John Haupt and Oscar Welch have tackled some major projects in their career. Haupt was responsible for major productions in Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios, EPCOT and more. He's worked on an Olympic stadium, a Christmas show in Brazil and proposed theme park in China. Welch has worked with TV studios all over the U.S. and as a celebrity home lighting designer. The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council invited the duo to shine their efforts on Abilene, home to a growing collection of outdoor Storybook Sculptures that now numbers 17. Working with Bunkley Electric of Abilene, Welch and Haupt  have made several light suggestions to the ACAC to help the sculptures stand out at night and reflect the artistic talent and resources that went into creating the pieces, which are based on children's book illustrators who have been featured at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. The handiwork of Haupt and Welch can be seen with the fencing and lighting for "Duck on a Bike" in front of Candies by Vletas. The ACAC is working to implement other plans suggested by Haupt and Welch, who said they were captivated by the thriving arts scene in Abilene. "We love the philosophy they have for the city," Welch told the Abilene Reporter-News. 

2015-16 Broadway lineup announced
Leaping lizards! "Annie" and more family fun musicals are part of the 2015-16 Broadway in Abilene season, a partnership between Celebrity Attractions, based in Tulsa, and the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. All shows are at the Abilene Civic Center. Season tickets are on sale. Shows this season are: 

"Mamma Mia!" Nov. 17

This smash-hit musical combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship.

"Ragtime" Dec. 15

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold - set in turn-of-the-century New York - all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.

"Annie" Jan. 27  

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of "Annie" will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

 "Bullets Over Broadway" March 7

 Written by Woody Allen, this is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can't refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.

This season, Celebrity Attractions will present the add-on bonus "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" on Dec. 27.

BOOK BUZZ: Dragon gulps up good reviews

A children's picture book by Abilene author Penny Parker Klostermann comes out Aug. 4 by mega publisher Random House, and it's already swallowing up good reviews. "There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight" is a "rollicking and warped Medieval take on the well-worn cumulative rhyme," according to Kirkus Book Review. The book starts with the dragon swallowing a knight ("I don't know why he swallowed the knight//It's not polite!") followed by the knight's steed, a squire, a cook, a lady, a castle and finally a moat. School Library Journal Review praised the book's vocabulary, storytelling and expressive, bright illustrations by Ben Mantle. Klostermann is an Abilene Writer's Guild member who will be signing copies of her new book from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Texas Star Trading Co. with a reading at 5:15 p.m. Retail price is $16.99. Klostermann will also be one of the featured authors at the West Texas Book Festival in September. 


 

Aug. 1 & Aug. 6-8, 7:30 p.m.

McMurry Summer Theatre presents The Traveling Lady by Horton Foote. Set in the early 1950s, the play revolves around Georgette Thomas and her daughter, who arrive in the small Texas town of Harrison to await the arrival of her husband, expected to be released from prison any day. We are introduced to a number of other citizens of Harrison, each with their own successes and failures. Directed by Charlie Hukill. Ryan Little Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children, with $2 off for McMurry faculty, staff, and students and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 793-3889 in the afternoon.

http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/academics/sal/theatre/  

 

Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m.

Live art auction benefiting Buffalo Gap Historic Village at The Mill Winery featuring 10 local artists and their interpretations of The Plains trinity: Buffalo, Native American and the Land. Drinks and appetizers at 7 p.m. Auction at 7:45 p.m. Casual dress. Please RSVP by July 29 to info@tfhcc.com

 

Aug. 1, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Film Series - "The Desk Set"
The Paramount Film Series presents "The 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 

 

Aug. 3-7, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Summer Music Camp: Pirates! The Musical for campers entering grades first through fifth at the Abilene Public Library. $100 per camper; $85 each additional camper from the same family.

Chorus Abilene

1174 N 1 │ 673.SING │ P.O. Box 3358 │ www.chorusabilene.net 

 

Aug. 3-7
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 

 

Aug. 3-7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Venom 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 


Aug. 3-7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Venom 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 

 

Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m.

Penny Parker Klostermann will sign copies of her new wacky rhyming book, "There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight," at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. Penny is a member of the Abilene Writers Guild. Published by Random House Children's Books. The book goes on sale nationally Aug. 4. Hard cover; $16.99.

 

Aug. 6, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Tot Spot
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

 

Aug. 6, 6 p.m.
Jazz Night
Enjoy the musical stylings of the ACU Jazz Ensemble as you take in the art and sounds of the 1950s in the Texas Modernists exhibitions.

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

 

Aug. 7, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Tot Spot
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

 

Aug. 8, 5 p.m.

GarageBand Woodstock VI in the Display Building at the Taylor County Fairgrounds will feature rock and roll band members from the 1960s and 1970s. Benefits Abilene Meals on Wheels, Plus. Tickets are $15 pre-event or $20 at the door. Information: 325-672-3110, Charlie Taylor.

 

Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Chautauqua Learning Series
Topic: Ben Grierson
Speaker: Robert F. Bluthardt
Free to the public.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

Aug. 10-14
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 

 

Aug. 10-14, 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 


Aug. 10-14, 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 

 

Aug. 13, 5 - 8 p.m.  ArtWalk: DogWalk  A monthly, themed arts festival in downtown Abilene presented by the Center for Contemporary Arts. This month's event will feature Abilene Kennel Club demonstrations, and the community is invited to costume their dogs and bring them downtown.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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


Aug. 13, 6 p.m.  ArtRap: Street Art  In recent years, some graffiti artists have become world-renown and highlight respected artists. Join us for a discussion about the difference between vandalism and art and how street art has grown in popularity in many areas of the country.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

Aug. 13
Guest artist vendor Frann Hilbert of Franma's Cottage will be selling her uniquely-designed earrings & necklaces outside, in front of The Cockerell. 

 

Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m.

A Night on the Frontier celebrating new exhibits "From Boom to Bust & Back Again," "On the Trail of the Buffalo" and "Texaco Star Theater." Bring your dancing boots! Free admission. Live music and refreshments.  

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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


Aug. 14

Reception for "Fast and Loose: A show of art by the ladies of Studio 13" exhibit that runs Aug. 7-28.

Studio 13 Gallery

909 N 13th St. | http://mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com/ 

 

Aug. 14, 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 GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS.  The 30-minute lecture will be followed by a thirty-minute break before the feature begins at 7:30 pm.  You must purchase a ticket to GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS to attend this lecture.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Film Series-"Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
The Paramount Film Series presents GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS.  Robert Donat and Greer Garson star in this moving film about an aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school who recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.  1939, black & white, 139 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 

 

Aug. 15, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Film Series-"Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
The Paramount Film Series presents GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS.  Robert Donat and Greer Garson star in this moving film about an aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school who recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.  1939, black & white, 139 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 

 

Aug. 16, 12-5 p.m.

Military Appreciation Day: Free admission for current and former military and their families.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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

 

Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Craft Sunday for Kids
Craft: Handprint Sunflower
Free for kids 12 and under.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

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


Aug. 17-21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Party Animal 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 

 

Aug. 18-22
The Grace Museum is closed to the public due to Fall Benefit preparations.

 

Aug. 19, Noon - 1 p.m.  ArtFilm: "Nothing Matters"
Bring your lunch as we view this episode from the series This Is Modern Art, and join the discussion about the masters of minimalism.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.
Fall Benefit honoring Lynn Barnett
An annual event honoring a person who has made a great contribution to the arts in Abilene. Dinner by Perini Ranch Steakhouse, amazing entertainment and silent auction.
Limited number of tickets available.
Black Tie attire. 

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

 

Aug. 27, 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

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM

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

 

Exhibits

 

"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 

 

Exhibits

 

June 11-Sept. 25, 2015

"David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum"

Featured Caldecott Honor illustrator/author David Shannon of the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival.

 

Oct. 8, 2015-Jan. 29, 2016

"Glorious Flights: The Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen"

 

Feb. 11-May 27, 2016

An exhibition of works by Jon Muth 

 

June 9-Sept. 30, 2016

An exhibition of works by Mark Teague, honoree for the 2016 Children's Art & Literacy Festival. Teague is the illustrator of the best-selling "How Do Dinosaurs" series by author Jane Yolen, the "Poppleton" pig series by Cynthia Rylant, and he is author/illustrator of the "Dear Mrs. LaRue" series.

 

Oct. 13, 2016-Jan. 30, 2017

An exhibition of works by Brian Floca, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal for his book "Locomotive."

 

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 

 

September & October
Mark Anderson, Art Department chairman of Baylor University, will be exhibiting a series of his prints.

 

ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY

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

Through Sept. 10
"Photos & Things" exhibit

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

Don H. Morris Center at Abilene Christian University | 325.674.2085 | www.acu.edu 

 

 

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Three locations | www.abilenetx.com/apl 

 

Pre-School Storytime

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

 

Cover-to-Cover Book Club - third Thursday of the month, Main Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Each month, they choose the books they will discuss the following month.
August - "In the President's Secret Service" - Ronald Kessler
September - "Dovekeeper" - Alice Hoffman
October- "In the Heart of the Sea" - Nathaniel Philbrick

 

Teen Flix After Hours - third Friday of the month, South Branch, 5:45 p.m.
Bring your pillows and blankets; we'll supply the snacks and drinks. Space will be limited to the first 25-30 teens to sign up. Call 325-698-7565 to register.  As this event is part of our After Hours movie night, we do ask guests arrive no later than 5:45PM.  When the library closes for the evening, only teens that registered for the event (and have a movie ticket provided by us), will be allowed to remain inside.  All teens will be supervised by library staff the entire time.  Rides should be ready to pick up teens by 7:30PM.
August - "The Goonies"
September - "Monster Squad"
October - "Twilight Zone"

 

Abilene Writer's Guild
Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Classroom B of the Rose Park Senior Citizens Center, 2625 S. 7th St. except in November (third Thursday) and December (no meeting). Annual memberships are $25 for individuals and $35 for a family.

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

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

 

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.

 

Sept. 8-Oct. 24
"Unexpected Colors" by j b denny in the Jane Breed Gallery.
"Nabateaen Ancient Structures: Jordan to Saudi Arabia" by Ellie Hamby in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery.
"Above the Surface" by Susan and David Harmon in Gallery 3.
"Stirring Up Scrambled Eggs" by Jana S. Cross in Gallery 4.

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

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

 

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!
7-9 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.

 

Aug. 3-31
"Wild Things," by artist T.M.Gand of Studios 207/208.
Guest artist Brad Worrell will present "No Sweat!" in Studio 209.

 

September show
"Mechanical Dreams" by artists Jen Burns' La Bijoux Belle and Thomas Madrid's Suenos de la Vida Photography of Studio 206. Show will include Steampunk jewelry and photography. Opens ArtWalk on Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

 

Oct. 1-30
"Untitled Works" by Nancy Capra. Opens ArtWalk on Oct. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

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

 

July 3-30

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

 

Aug. 7-28

"Fast and Loose: A show of art by the ladies of Studio 13" 
Reception is Aug. 14.

 

Sept. 4-Oct. 31

 "Hispanic Heritage Art Show" - a show of art by artists of the Abilene Hispanic community. Reception is Sept. 11. 

 

September at Studio 13
Every Wednesday for 12 Weeks
Art for the Home-Schooled
8:30-10 a.m. ages 5-8
10:30 a.m.-noon ages 9-12
$250 per student
Patty Rae Wellborn, Instructor

 

Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St.│ 325.676.6211 │ www.abilenetx.com/CivicCenter/ 

 

Bud Clayton's art display is in the Red Carpet Lobby.

 

 

   

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