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July 2016 News & Updates

Thank you to everyone who played a role in making the 5th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival a success last month! Registrations were up 14 percent with 4,300 people attending from 97 Texas cities and eight other states. Our hundreds of volunteers and wonderfully creative arts partners outdid themselves showing visitors our Abilene hospitality. Many festival attendees surveyed said they plan to return to downtown Abilene to enjoy the museums, shops and attractions. If you missed the festival, there's still time to see the exhibition of illustrator/author Mark Teague's original work at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. The "Sincerely, Mark Teague" art will be on display in the gallery until Sept. 30. Plan to pick up a free exhibition guide with lots of fun activities. While you are downtown, don't forget to visit the "Good Night Dinosaur" sculpture. This 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture at the Abilene Civic Center is great climbing fun and an inspiration for reading and creativity!

Artfully Yours,
Lynn Barnett
Executive Director
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Center artists open new exhibit

Join us to meet the artists, view their work, and be part of interactive exhibit features at the Center for Contemporary Arts! Featured during this reception are "NewER Works" by The Center Artist Members in Gallery 3, "Children of the World" paintings by Ruth Jackson in Gallery 5 (see photo at right), and a "Special Photographic Exhibit" in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery.

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Paramount Classic Film: 'Mrs. Miniver' 

The Paramount Film Series presents "Mrs. Miniver" starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. This Academy Award-winning drama is about an English family's efforts rise above the hardships of war. 1942, black & white, 134 minutes, 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 2016 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here.  To view this film's trailer, click here.
JULY 8-9

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Abilene Zoo's 50th anniversary celebration includes Music Fest

The Abilene Zoo is rolling back admission prices for kids for its 50th anniversary celebration (10 cents!) and rolling out the red carpet for visitors with an all-day schedule of activities that includes as Music Fest underwritten by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Abilene. Plus cupcakes!

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Singing Zoologist promises head full of science, heart full of music

There's two shows left of the Young Audiences of Abilene's free Summer Library Series and you don't want to miss them! Lucas Miller, "The Singing Zoologist," will bring his car full of goof props on July 12 and the Paramount Players, better known as Betty Hukill and Barry Smoot
JULY 12 & JULY 26

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'Some Like it Hot' at ArtWalk 

The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This month it's a celebration of salsa ... both the dance and the hot sauce.  Come enjoy a salsa tasting, and plan to wash it down with plenty of cold beer.  When you've enjoyed a few cold ones, you can try your dancing skills with salsa dancers in the street.

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Saving old cloth treasures

Learn how to properly care for and store your period treasures from The Grace Museum's Collections Manager, Erika Parker, at a workshop called "Preserving Home: Caring For Your Heirloom Textiles, Garments & Fabrics." $45 for non-members, $40 for museum members. Supplies included. 

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Summer art camps continue, public performances scheduled

"Migrant Memories" is a one-act play that will be performed for the public by kids from Hendrick Home for Children and the International Rescue Committee. The play is part of the children's summer theater/art camp taught by Bird Thomas (Center for Contemporary Arts), Victoria Spangler (HSU Theatre) and Judy Deaton (The Grace Museum). It's one of many art camps this summer that will culminate in a public performance. Check out our calendar for a list of performances and camps that are happening throughout the summer!
Throughout JULY   

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Check out new issue of Abilene Scene

Read all about the new giraffe family living at the zoo (did you know one is expecting a baby?) as well as all of the Artfully Abilene content from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and our arts partners in the new issue of Abilene Scene magazine!  

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Abilene bookstore a readers favorite

Texas Star Trading Co. in downtown Abilene, was named No. 4 Readers Favorite Bookstore in the state by Lone Star Literary Life! More than 1,000 readers cast ballots. Texas Star is known for its wide selection of Texas history books and fiction novels and book signings with authors. The store helps promote the West Texas Book Festival and the Children's Art & Literacy Festival. Stop by at 174 Cypress St.

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See the whole calendar!

Go to our website for a complete list of Abilene arts events for the coming months. Don't see your event? Email the details!

There you will find shows, performances, concerts, art exhibits, art receptions, family programming, art classes and workshops and more!

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