Cultural Art Happenings
December 2015
Get cozy this week with one of Abilene's busiest art studios and galleries. On Dec. 4, the Center for Contemporary Arts hosts its "Mistletoe Magic" holiday party. Organizers promise it will be "the" party of the season with dancing, music, a dress-up photo booth, food and drinks. And, we assume, a lot of mistletoe hanging around!
The Center is one of many arts groups planning special events and performances during the holidays.
The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council hosted a hugely successful pre-show party before last month's "Mamma Mia!" Broadway musical at the Abilene Civic Center, and we are proud to say the fun will be back on Dec. 15 for the next show, "Ragtime." Join the pre-show party starting at 6 p.m. and choose from food, dessert and beverage vendors. Broadway never tasted or looked so good! And to extend the holiday cheer, join us on Dec. 27 for the "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" show from the best-selling Christmas group of all time.
We hope you will consider making it your mission this holiday season to buy local. Nothing makes a more unique gift than beautifully handcrafted gifts made by our local artists.  
Check out our December calendar, and make plans to have a safe and happy holiday season!   

Artfully Yours,
Lynn Barnett
Executive Director
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 
325.677.1161 
City Sidewalks continues with new parade sponsor
The Abilene Downtown Association presents the 27th Annual City Sidewalks even on Tuesday, Dec. 1 themed "It's looking a lot like Christmas." In addition to KXVA Fox sponsoring the Christmas Lights Parade this year, LaVoz 93.3 FM will broadcast Christmas music during the parade to enhance the atmosphere.
City Sidewalks is dubbed as Abilene Downtown Association's "Christmas Open House" where merchants, museums and restaurant owners express their thanks to the entire community for their support of historic downtown Abilene during the year. City Sidewalks festivities includes the KXVA Fox Christmas Lights Parade, entertainment by over 2,000 Abilene Independent School District students, the Abilene Community Band and Celebration Singers, the community Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Civic Center, and free goodies and activities at participating merchants. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. The parade is 6:30-7:45 p.m. plus the tree lighting at the civic center. 
 
The Grace hosts reception for new animal exhibits 
A reception for a three-part exhibition at The Grace Museum starts at 5 p.m. when the galleries open followed a 6 p.m. conversation with the artists on Thursday, Dec. 3. MENAGERIE features 19th, 20th and 21st century paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs of animals. Whether the animals are portrayed as companions, entertainers, specimens, prey or beasts of burden, they continue to inspire depiction in a wide variety of media.
The reception is open to the public.
The exhibition includes timeless photographs of Elliott Erwitt, William Wegman, Keith Carter, Bruce Davidson, Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Allison V. Smith and others. The photographs selected for the exhibition are heart-felt and humorous reminders of life with with beloved canine companions.
The museum is partnering with the City of Abilene's Abilene Animal Service Shelters. From now through December 17, when you drop off a donation for the city shelters, you will receive half-off a single admission to The Grace. Items they have requested include food, litter with clay, and towels, blankets, or sheets. 
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HSU Opera Theatre presents a double bill
Two-one act operas performed in one evening. That's the showcase being presented by Hardin-Simmons University Opera Theatre for two nights in December.
The shows are "The Impresario" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors."
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for military, seniors and students are $5 and HSU faculty, staff and students are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Van Ellis Theatre Box Office at 325-670-1405 or  online at hsutx.thundertix.com
The first opera, "The Impresario" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is "a parody on the vanity of singers." Performed in English, this opera gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparing an operatic production, including the glittering high notes and egos. What could be more entertaining than two divas trying to out-sing each other?
The second opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti, is a heartwarming tale of a boy, his mother, the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem, and a faith that transforms. Inspired by the painting "The Adoration of the Magi" by Hieronymus Bosch, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" was the first opera commissioned for television in America. Menotti wanted this to be an opera for children because it tried to recapture his own childhood and the story of Christmas.
 
 
Celebration Singers herald Christmas music     
If you want to feel and enjoy the spirit of Christmas early, make plans to attend the free public concert of beautiful winter holiday music performed by the Big Country's premier adult show choir, Celebration Singers, in Abilene's Historic Paramount Theatre. The curtain opens with sounds of the season at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. No advance reservations or tickets are needed. There is plenty of free and convenient parking available.
This year's show is titled "It's All About Christmas" and will feature a classic collection of sacred and secular selections, including "Sing We Now of Christmas," "White Christmas Medley" (songs from the movie), "Five Favorite Holiday Songs" (done in different musical styles), the cantata "Love Came Down at Christmas," the hilarious "Grandma's Killer Fruitcake," special group numbers and many more Yuletide tunes. The show is directed by Betty Ann Blackburn and hosted by Dr. Larry McGraw.
 


Philharmonic, NCCIL partner for 'The Snowman'         
Treat the children in your life to the magic of the holidays with a movie, music, and fun-filled party immediately following the Abilene Philharmonic's holiday pops matinee at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The audience will see the Academy Award-nominated film "The Snowman" and hear their favorite holiday carols. Then at 4:15 p.m. in the Abilene Civic Center lobby, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature will make the afternoon truly delightful with the After Party! The party will include photo opportunities, Christmas crafts, music and more.
After-Party tickets are $10 for children and all ages (anyone participating in art activities).
Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/military/college, $5 for children, and free for children age 5 and under.
"The Snowman" is a children's picture book without words by English author Raymond Briggs first published in 1978. The book was adapted into a 26-minute animated television special in 1982. 
Santa takes center stage at December ArtWalk 

The December ArtWalk is themed "Santa's Sensational Soire" and families are encouraged to bring the children to the Center for Contemporary Arts to write a letter to Santa and deliver it in person. Wylie High School Jazz Band will be performing as well that night. Festivities take place all over downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Other activities taking place during ArtWalk, which is hosted each month by the Center, include the Abilene Community Band's free concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre and make 'n take activities at the Abilene Public Library, National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and The Grace Museum. The Alliance for Women and Children Art Show Fundraiser will take place at Cockerell Art Studios & Gallery on the second floor. The group is raising funds for A-Teens so they can help in the community.    
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13-time Tony Award-nominated 'Ragtime' coming  
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. "Ragtime" the Broadway musical returns to the road in all-new touring production directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently brought audiences "The Addams Family," "Spamalot," "Rock of Ages," and "The Color Purple." 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. Their compelling stories are set to theater's richest and most glorious Tony Award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13 time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life - what it could and should be!
Celebrity Attractions recommends "Ragtime" for audiences ages 13 and older. 
The show comes to the Abilene Civic Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are available here. The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council will once again host a smash hit pre-show party starting at 6 p.m. that includes music, food (including Hashi Teppan), drinks and the dress-up photo booth for a memorable night.  
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Rudolph guiding musical to Civic Center
The beloved animated 1960s TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the Abilene Civic Center stage this holiday season for a one-night only live performance. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" features all of the popular characters from the TV show, including Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and of course, Rudolph.
The show is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Tickets start at $20.
The characters go on an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. The show is based on the animated television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation was done by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Timothy Splain. The show is brought to Abilene by Wishing Star Productions, and Abilenian Doug LoPachin is both an executive producer and actor. He's bringing the show to Abilene in association with two Abilene organizations - the Children's Performing Arts Series and Abilene Ballet Theatre, who will both receive a portion of the show proceeds. 
 


Mannheim Steamroller shares Christmas music 
Experience the magic of a "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas," America's favorite holiday tradition. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the group's annual tour. The multi-platinum selling group will be on the Abilene Civic Center stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.
Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Don't miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the No. 1 Christmas music artist in history! Forbes Magazine says, "It's not officially Christmas season until you hear Mannheim Steamroller's version of 'Deck the Halls.'" When it comes to the music Davis has created and the massive audience he has built behind Mannheim Steamroller, Davis has rarely been wrong. From his unlikely base of operations in Omaha, Neb., Davis has sold over 40 million records - 27 million in the Christmas genre - making the group one of the top 50 biggest selling musical artists of all time and the  biggest selling Christmas artist of all time. 
Celebrity Attractions recommends "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" for audiences of all ages.
Tickets for the show start at $25 and can be purchased here. Listen to their music here. The show is offered by Celebrity Attractions in addition to its normal 2015-16 Broadway in Abilene season.

 


BOOK BUZZ: Texas history with humor
Merkel author Roger T. Moore likes to share Texas history, and have fun doing it. Moore will be signing copies of his book of Texas history cartoons, "Texas, My Texas" (Great Texas Line Press, $5.95 paperback), from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at Texas Star Trading Co. in downtown Abilene. Moore was one of the featured authors at the West Texas Book Festival in Abilene in September. His cartoons appear in about 25 weekly newspapers. He will take a fact or piece of trivia from Texas history and add humor.
Glenn Dromgoole, Texas Star owner and Texas Reads columnist, said for example, on April 14, 1958, Texas pianist Van Cliburn won a major international piano competition in Russia. Moore's cartoon has Cliburn announcing to the audience, "For my encore, I'd like to do 'Waltz Across Texas' in B-flat."
On Aug. 2, 1973, the infamous Chicken Ranch brothel closed in LaGrange. The cartoon has a couple showing up and telling the madam, "We've come for the close-out prices on them chickens."


 
Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m.
Los Aficionados Meeting - museum supporters.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Dec. 1, 5:30-8 p.m.
The 27th annual City Sidewalks downtown holiday celebration and KXVA Christmas Lights Parade at 6:30 p.m. Abilene Community Band will perform in front of Paramount Theatre at 5:30 p.m. To enter the parade, go to http://www.foxchristmaslightsparade.com/
Abilene Downtown Association
 
Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
Gary Morris Christmas concert. $35-$50.
Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St. 325.676.6211
 
Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Tot Spot
*Paid registration required.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Exhibition Opening Reception
Public opening reception of "MENAGERIE," "Best Friends II" and "Janet Turner: Aviary." 
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Hardin-Simmons University Opera Theatre presents a double bill: "The Impresario" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
General Admission: $8; military, seniors and students: $5; HSU faculty, staff and students are free. Call the Van Ellis Theatre Box Office at 325-670-1405 or purchase tickets online at https://hsutx.thundertix.com/events
Two one-act operas performed in one evening. The first, "The Impresario" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is "a pardoy on the vanity of singers." The second, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," is a heartwarming tale of a boy, his mother, The Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem and a faith that transforms.
 
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
McMurry Christmas Concert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1741 Sayles Blvd. 
McMurry University Music Department
325.793.3800│www.mcm.edu
 
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Big Purple Band Concert in Cullen Auditorium.
Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music
 
Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m.
Richard Burke & Friends - Live Jazz
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com
 
Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Tot Spot
*Paid registration required.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Art Adventure for preschoolers and families. Always FREE. Reservations Requested.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Dec. 4, 7-10 p.m.
Mistletoe Magic
A holiday celebration benefiting the Center. For ticket or sponsorship information, visit center-arts.com or call 325-677-8389.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com
 
Dec. 4-5, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
ACT's Center for Theatre Education (CTE) will present: TREASURE ISLAND with a cast of both children and adults.
825 Barrow (in the new Black Box Theatre). Cost is $5 at the door.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
The Celebration Singers Christmas show at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Free admission. Join Abilene's premiere show choir for a delightful time with fun-filled familiar tunes of the season and songs celebrating the birth of Jesus.
 
Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
DIY Holiday Gifts
*Paid registration required.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m.
Family Art Project. Always FREE.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m.
"Thank you, Big Country, Christmas Concert" by Disability Resources Inc. at the Historic Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. A lively evening of Christmas music featuring Harvey McFadden as Elvis, the Macedonia Baptist Church Choir and the DRI Bell Peppers Handbell Choir. Free admission.
 
Dec. 5, 3 & 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Pops concert "The Snowman." The orchestra will play joyful carols as the Academy Award-nominated, animated film "The Snowman" plays about a boy whose snowman comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. The 3 p.m. matinee is short with general admission tickets for families. Santa will be there and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature will lead children's activities in the lobby before the show.
Abilene Philharmonic
401 Cypress St. Ste. 520 325.677.6710 www.abilenephilharmonic.org
 
Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
Hardin-Simmons University Opera Theatre presents a double bill: "The Impresario" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
General Admission: $8; military, seniors and students: $5; HSU faculty, staff and students are free. Call the Van Ellis Theatre Box Office at 325-670-1405 or purchase tickets online at https://hsutx.thundertix.com/events
Two one-act operas performed in one evening. The first, "The Impresario" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is "a pardoy on the vanity of singers." The second, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," is a heartwarming tale of a boy, his mother, The Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem and a faith that transforms.
 
Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Vespers at First Baptist Church.
Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music
 
Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
College De-Stressing Day!
For college students, take the day to de-stress and visit the museum. Students (with I.D.) will enjoy food trucks, hot chocolate, and much more! Need a change of scenery? Venture into the galleries to take your studying to a new level.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Dec. 10 , 5-8  p.m.
ArtWalk: Santa's Sensational Soiree
A monthly, themed arts festival in downtown Abilene presented by the Center, this month featuring an opportunity for children to write and deliver letters to Santa and his elves in person at the Center.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com
 
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas concert at the Paramount Theatre.
Abilene Community Band
 
Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m.
Alliance for Women & Children Art Show Fundraiser
'Winter Wonderland' Art Show during ArtWalk.
Studio 209, Second Floor. Cockerell Galleries & Studios is hosting a fundraiser for the A-Teens so they may in turn give the funds raised back to a community charity. Artwork will be made by the young women of A-Teens.
Cockerell Art Studios & Gallery
1133 N. 2nd upstairs| 829.7975 | www.cockerellgalleries.com
 
Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m.
Happy Fat Band - Live Blues
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com
 
Dec. 11, 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 "White Christmas." The 30-minute lecture will be followed by a 30-minute break before the feature begins at 7:30 p.m. You must purchase a ticket to the movie to attend this lecture.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org
 
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
The Paramount Film Series presents "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in a heartwarming Christmas film about two war buddies turned entertainers who fall for two sisters, and in the process save their former commanding officer's resort from closing. 1954, color, 120 minutes, Not Rated. 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 2015 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here. To view this film's trailer, click here.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org
 
Dec. 11-12 & 17-19, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m.
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" making its Abilene premier. Adapted by Joe Landry. A 1940s radio broadcast that brings a few dozen characters to the stage about a fateful Christmas Eve.
Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military and students. Group rates of 10 or more. Tickets on sale for season ticket holders start Nov. 30 and to the general public Dec. 7. Box office hours 1-5 p.m.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Dec. 12, 1-4 p.m.
Family Art Project. Always FREE.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Storybook and Villains Family Ball at the Abilene Civic Center. $60 per family up to four family members; $10 for each additional child. Meet Red Riding Hood, Alice, Dorothy, and more. You will encounter the villains as well; Captain Hook, Ursula the Sea Witch, The Evil Queen, The Big Bad Wolf, all up to no good! A night of dancing as you watch the characters step out of the storybook page sets. All ages welcome.
Queen B Royal Events
 
Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Night! featuring the Adult and Youth Choruses in ACU's Cullen Auditorium. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/senior citizens, students and military.
Chorus Abilene
1174 N. 1st │ 325.673.SING │ www.chorusabilene.net
 
Dec. 13, 2-5 p.m.
Shakespeare Workshop presented by the ACT's Center for Theatre Education. Cost is $20 or $10 for students and military. Reserve a spot by emailing ctebigcountry@gmail.com.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Flying J Wranglers Christmas show at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Celebrate Christmas the western way. Join the world famous Wranglers for an evening of great music, humor and yuletide cheer as they sing and play a mix of western, spiritual and popular Christmas classics. For more information, go to  http://www.flyingjranch.com/pages/christmas.html
 
Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
"Ragtime" the musical at the Abilene Civic Center brings you the stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician in turn-of-the-century New York. The Tony Award-winning score is a timeless celebration of life.
Celebrity Attractions
 
Dec. 16, Noon-1 p.m.
ArtFilm: Selected jury prize winners from the 2015 24fps International Short Film Festival Bring a lunch and watch and discuss selected jury prize winners of this year's 24fps International Short Film Festival hosted by the Paramount Theatre.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

Dec. 17, 12-1:30 p.m.
Book signing at Texas Star Trading Co. for Roger Moore, of Merkel, author of "Texas, My Texas," a small book of Texas cartoons.

Dec. 17
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical" comes to the Abilene Civic Center from Texas-based Wishing Star Productions, LLC. Company president and principal investor in the musical is theater veteran and Abilene resident Douglas M. LoPachin.
 
Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m.
Tony Barker Band - Live Blues & High Energy Acoustic
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com
 
Dec. 19, 1-4 p.m.
Family Art Project. Always FREE.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Dec. 23-29
The Historic Paramount Theatre will be closed for the Christmas holidays.
 
Dec. 26, 1-4 p.m.
Family Art Project. Always FREE.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Dec. 27, 7 p.m.
"Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas" by Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the group's annual tour. Expect dazzling multimedia effects combined with the spirit of the season. Recommended for all ages. Abilene Civic Center.
Celebrity Attractions
 
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
The Paramount Film Series presents "Show Boat." Ava Gardner and Howard Keel star in this classic musical about the daughter of a riverboat captain who falls in love with a charming gambler. 1951, color, 107 minutes, Not Rated. All seats for this special event film are $6. To purchase tickets online, click here. To see the complete 2015 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here.  To view this film's trailer, click here.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

Exhibits
Nov. 12, 2015 - April 2016
Reception:
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
"Menagerie" 
Group exhibition of paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs featuring animal subjects curated from public and private collections with art from The Grace Collection by David Bates, Helen Altman, John Alexander, David Everett and others.
"Best Friends II"
Back by popular demand, the second (all new) edition of fine art photographs from the private collection of Alice and Bill Wright featuring dogs as the subject of fine art photography accompanied by quotes from literature about man's best friend.
"Janet Turner: second nature"
Exhibition of extraordinary fine art prints and paintings by renowned printmaker and naturalist Janet Turner (1914-1988).
 
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED LITERATURE
102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org
 
Exhibits
 
Nov. 10, 2015-Jan. 29, 2016
"Glorious Flights: The Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen"
Leonard Marcus will speak on the exhibit Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY
Frost Art Building at Hardin-Simmons University | www.hsutx.edu
 
ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY
Cockerell Galleries and Studios, 1133 N. 2nd St.
 
Nov. 12-Dec. 5, 2015
2015 Big Country Art Association (BCAA) Annual Art Competition. Entries due Nov. 6-7. Open to all Big Country artists - amateur and professional - who are 18 and older.
 
CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY
Don H. Morris Center at Abilene Christian University | 325.674.2085 | www.acu.edu

Nov. 20-Dec. 11, 2015
"Texas Atomic Iron Commission - Post Japan Show"

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.

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

Exhibits
Nov. 3- Jan. 30
"On the Table" by Polly Jones in the Jane Breed Gallery.
"TPS 24: The International Competition" from the Texas Photographic Society in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery.
"Divisions and Connections" by Center Artist Members in Gallery 3.
"Talk with You" by Kathy Robinson in Gallery 4.
"24fps International Short Film Festival Award Winners" - Continuous screenings of jury prize winners from the Abilene festival in the Emerging Artist Gallery.

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 third Thursday every month (except Dec.)
Open to the public! No Cost! All ages welcome!
2nd Floor - Studio 209
6-9 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

Dec. 1-31, 2015
Cockerell Galleries & Studios Artists Group Christmas Show
Opens ArtWalk, Dec. 10, 5:30-8 p.m.


AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY
McMurry University
1642 Sayles Blvd. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu
 

JODY KLOTZ FINE ART
1060 N. 2nd St. | 325.670.9880 | fineart@jodyklotz.com | www.jodyklotz.com
 
New to the gallery are oil paintings by Randy Bacon, some feature Texas cityscapes such as Valera and Victoria.
 
MIKE LANIER FINE ART / STUDIO 13 GALLERY
909 N 13th St. | http://mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com/

 
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.
 
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.
  
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We want to hear from you! Please let us know what you would like to see included in this newsletter as well as any other ideas you have to strengthen Abilene's cultural arts community. Send your emails to Sidney Levesque at sidney@abilenecac.org 

or Executive Director Lynn Barnett 325.677.1161 / lynn@abilenecac.org