Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fiber Arts Artisan Demonstrations

817ArtsAlliance presents a peek into the past with a link to the present as part of the last weekend of the Happy Holidays Artisan Demonstrations at the Arlington Museum of Art. Have you ever wondered just how a cotton boll or freshly sheared wool became yarn that could be made into clothing before the advent of electrically driven machines in factories?

Come on down to the Arlington Museum of Art in Downtown Arlington this Saturday, December 27 from 10am - 4:30pm to get a glimpse of this process with demos of many of the fiber arts. Artisans will be spinning wool into yarn, crocheting, knitting and doing demo card and heddle weaving. Talk with them to find out more about their craft and perhaps you will even get a chance to try your hand at crocheting or knitting yourself.

In addition to fiber arts demonstrations, there will be a miniature painting demo and the Happy Holidays Gift Store with goods from over a dozen local artisans is open for its final weekend.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays Gift Store

If you haven't made it out to see the Happy Holidays Gift Store at the Arlington Museum of Art, you are missing out on a chance to find some unique presents for those hard to find people on your gift list (and the easy ones too for that matter). The artists featured are offering a plethora of hand crafted items from original artwork and hand drawn signs to ceramics and knitted items and more.

In addition, there are Artist demonstrations on Saturdays. Artist demonstrations will begin in the morning and go until 4:30 pm. This coming weekend's artists are:

Saturday, 12/20/14

Martha Howell
Mixed Media Artist - Encaustic Painting

Brad Foster
Graphic Artist - Pen & Ink Drawing

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Holidays Gift Market - Handmade Creations and Vintage Finds

Join in the fun this weekend in Downtown Arlington. There will be lots of great things to do and see on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. The Arlington Museum of Art (AMA) continues its Scenes of the Nativity holiday exhibit. The Happy Holidays Gift Store continues and is joined by almost 30 additional artisans and collectors who make up the Happy Holidays Gift Market. AMA, in conjunction with Dance Theatre Arlington, is also providing holiday entertainment in the form of singing, dancing and acting from 2-5:30 pm Sat. at the museum.

Away from the museum you will find dancing elves at the Levitt Pavilion courtesy of Dance Theatre Arlington in the late afternoon, prior to the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade which begins at 6 pm. After the parade you can watch the lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall and visit Santa at the Levitt Pavilion.

After a fun filled Saturday in Downtown Arlington, if you wake Sunday and realize that you didn't grab enough great gifts from the local artisans and collectors at the Happy Holidays Gift Market on Saturday, come on back from 1-5 pm on Sunday, Dec. 7. Unique items from local craft people make special gifts and help support the local economy. The logos included here from some of the artists that will be at the market give you an idea of just a few of the types of fabulous finds that await you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Art Exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art

In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Arlington Museum of Art brings you Scenes of the Nativity. This collection of 27 lithographs and woodblock prints from the 16th and 17th centuries features artwork from Rembrandt, Albrect Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, and more. The exhibit tells the story of the Nativity through art in a way most people haven't seen. So bring the family and come visit to see this incredible collection of art.

Additionally, AMA's Executive Director, Chris Hightower, will be putting on a lecture series over the Nativity Story on Thursdays from 6-7pm. This will be a multi-part lecture series, each one covering a different part of the Nativity Story.

The dates and subjects for these lectures are:
November 20 - The Annunciation
December 4 - The Visitation & The Journey
December 11 - The Adoration
December 18 - The Nativity & The Holy Family

More information about this exhibit can be found on the museum's website.

Friday, October 24, 2014

BRIT Artisan Market

Holiday shopping you can feel good about!

Make plans now to shop at the First Annual BRIT Artisan Market on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. BRIT (Botanical Research Institute) will be hosting 15 talented artisans selling a variety of hand-crafted items including jewelry, wood housewares, hand embroidered textiles from Honduras and Mexico, photographic art, ceramics, hand-dyed accessories, all natural bath products, and lovely hand-made children’s items.

BRIT is located next to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens at 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Timeless Concerts Presents: Around the World in an Hour ...Musically

Saturday Nov. 15, 8 p.m.
South Street Patio
400 E. South Street, Arlington 76010

If you love the music of Dancing With The Stars, romantic movies, Spanish Dances, or toe tapping songs heard in French Cafes, then this concert is for you! Timeless Concerts has a vast repertoire and will be showcasing a variety of it, with a love song from Mexico, art songs from France, tangos from Argentina, and American pop classics from movies and musicals. Concert musicians are pianist Heejung Kang, cellist Karen Maddox Smith, tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc, soprano Lucy Creech, & violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth.

Join them for an entertaining evening of great music of many eras around the world, and conversation with other music lovers. After the concert, dance to music from the big band era to musicals or jazz by pianist/vocalist Steve Stroud. Enjoy complimentary deserts, fruit and cheese, water and soft drinks. Cash bar for wine and beer.

TICKETS: $29 general, $25 senior (60+) and $15 college students. Youth 11-18 free with a paying adult. Please make your reservations on Timeless Concerts' website or call 817-303-4189. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Private table seating for 2 or up to 8. Dress is casual. Please try to reserve seats at least one week prior, or if later, call the number above about availability.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Free Joint Arlington Community Band and Mansfield Wind Symphony Concert

Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland

Featuring the combined Brass / Percussion sections from the Arlington Community Band and Mansfield Wind Symphony
Rick Baker, Conductor

Written in 1942 for Eugene Goossens and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, this venerable piece was premiered by the CSO on March 14, 1943.  The work drew
inspiration from a speech by Vice President Henry Wallace, in which he proclaimed the dawning of the “Century of the Common Man”.  Composer Aaron Copland considered
and rejected many titles before arriving at Fanfare for the Common Man, as he wished to honor all who worked for victory during World War II, on and off the battlefield.
Alleluia!  Laudamus Te                                                              Alfred Reed
Kaze No Mai                                                                         Yosuke Fukuda
A Trumpeter’s Lullaby                                                       Leroy Anderson
Mr. Bill Cather, Trumpet Soloist
Endless Rainbows                                                               Brian Balmages
Mansfield Wind Symphony
William Owens, Conductor
Fantasy on American Sailing Songs                           Claire Grundman
Prelude to Act One, “La Traviata”          Giuseppe Verdi, arr. Falcone
Rest                                                                                        Frank Ticheli
El Camino Real (A Latin Fantasy)                                       Alfred Reed
Arlington Community Band
Rick Baker, Conductor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arlington Community Band 2014 - 2015 Concert Schedule

The Arlington Community Band has announced its FREE concert schedule for their 2014 - 2015 concert season:

Sunday, October 5, 7:00 pm, First Baptist Church-Arlington with the Mansfield Wind Symphony

Sunday, December 14, 7:00 pm, South Oaks Baptist Church, Arlington - Holiday Concert

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:00 pm, Juan Seguin High School with the Juan Seguin High School Band

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4:00 pm, Veterans Park, Arlington

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm, Salute To Community Bands, Irons Recital Hall, UTA

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 7:00 pm, Trinity UMC, Patriotic Concert

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 FWADA Fall Gallery Night

The Fort Worth Art Dealer’s Association (FWADA) invites you to take in the visual arts and the community’s unique cultural richness during Fall Gallery Night, September 6, 2014. Most participants are open from noon to nine. Take a stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses, and area restaurants. Enjoy the many artists featured during this community event.

Gallery Night is free and open to the public. To find out what venues are participating, check out the online version of the Gallery Night Program by clicking here. Two adjacent venues in Fort Worth with mostly nature themed art on display are the BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Imprinting the West Exhibit to Open September 6, 2014

The Arlington Museum of Art will host an exhibit of the Old American West. It will run from September 6th through October 19th. A preview of the exhibition and opening reception for exhibit sponsors and museum members will be held on Sept. 5, 2014 from 7 – 9pm.

The exhibit was curated by Dr. Randall Griffey, the Associate Curator of Modern American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and features 48 works from renowned artists such as Frederic Remington, George Catlin, John James Audubon and Albert Bierstadt. Audubon was known for his detailed images of American Birds, Albert Bierstadt was known for his grand landscapes, while Remington and Catlin were known for their images of the people of the West.

The exhibit will consist of hand colored engravings and lithographs that played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and those who inhabited it after Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803. Artists often accompanied governmental geographical surveyors of the West to capture imagery with an international or an eastern United States audience in mind, and it both drew from and promoted fantasies about Native Americans and the West as much as it documented reality.

Tickets for the exhibit are available at the museum's website or at the door.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Timeless Concerts Presents - An Evening in Italy

Join Timeless Concerts for a concert and dance on Sat., Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Museum of Art.

Put on your Gucci and come hear Martucci! Giuseppe Martucci composed music at a time when operas overshadowed instrumental music. His second symphony has been called "the beginning of the rebirth of non-operatic Italian music." We will perform his trio #1, and we know our operatic tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc will enchant you with his stunning arias of Puccini, Mascagni and other audience favorites.

Concert musicians are pianist Heejung Kang, cellist Karen Maddox Smith, and violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, founder and artistic director of Timeless Concerts.
Reserve your seat for a passionate evening of great music by Martucci and conversation with other music lovers. After the concert, dance to music from the big band era to musicals or jazz by pianist/vocalist Steve Stroud. Enjoy complimentary desserts, fruit and cheese, water, soft drinks and bring your favorite wine.

Tickets are $29 for general admission, $25 for seniors (60+), and $15 for college students. Youth 11-18 are free with a paying adult. Purchase your reservations online or call 817-303-4189. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Private table seating for 2 or up to 8. Casual dress. Reserve seats at least one week prior to the concert.

This concert is sponsored by; Dennis Hevia Photography, Mr. and Mrs. John Edstrom, Ralph and Alice Sobel, Pianotex, Downtown Arlington Management Corporation and the Arlington Museum of Art. Tax-deductible donations with your ticket purchase help Timeless Concerts continue to bring beautiful, timeless music to the Metroplex.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ansel Adams Lecture Series

Tonight, Wednesday, July 16, begins the Arlington Museum of Art's lecture series in conjunction with their current exhibit, Ansel Adams. Executive Director Chris Hightower will introduce a video lecture by former Adams assistant Andrea Stillman, and then conduct an open forum discussion about Adams.

Tonight's lecture as well as the remaining ones will be held at the Arlington Museum of Art at 6:30p.m. The lectures are open to the public, however seating will be limited, so arrive early for a good seat.

Upcoming lectures in this series are:

Wednesday, July 23, classic format lecture on darkroom techniques

Wednesday, July 30, Kenda North, Professor of Photography at UTA's College of Arts and Art History has assembled a panel to present the topic Photography in the Context of Art History

Broaden your scope and understanding of Adams' significance as an artist and his contributions to the world of photography.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Art Camp at AMA

Summer Art Camp for children 6-12 years old will be held in the Education Center at the Arlington Museum of Art. The curriculum will include art mediums, skills and techniques related to the Museum’s current exhibit, Ansel Adams: Masterworks. Each class is instructed by a professional art educator from the Arlington Independent School District. Students will create a portfolio of their work to keep and will receive a Museum artist t-shirt.

As with previous years, each camp will be a week long, offered as either a morning or afternoon session. All supplies as well as snack and drink will be provided and the campers will receive a shirt at the end of their session. For more information visit the Summer Art Camp page on the Arlington Museum of Art's website. (The schedule of camps is located in the drop down box under "Camp Session" in the registration form.)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Timeless Concerts presents: Girls Gone Composing!

Saturday June 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
Arlington Museum of Art
201 West Main Street, Arlington, TX

Women composers of the late 19th century had to put up with comments like the following one by a famous composer of the time, “I never believed that a woman could write something such as this. She knows all the clever tricks of the composer’s trade!” That comment was made about Melanie Bonis of Paris, who had her music published under the manly name “Mel” Bonis. We’ll play her gorgeous piano trio (piano, violin and cello) for you, which for Impressionism fans, is reminiscent of Debussy and Ravel! Also, expect a surprise from a female composer currently living in Dallas! Tenor Don LeBlanc will return to sing exquisite songs by, or about women. Concert musicians are: pianists Heejung Kang and David Dubiel, violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, cellist Karen Maddox Smith and tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc. Post-concert pianist and vocalist will be Steve Stroud.

TICKETS: $29 general, $25 seniors 60+. $15 college students. One youth 11-18 free with one paying adult.

About Timeless Concerts

The hour-long concert will be followed by a party, with live music from the big band era to today’s musicals or jazz, when requests and dancing are welcome! Table seating is available for 2 to 8. Doors open at 7:30, concert begins at 8:00. Complimentary soft drinks, fruit/cheese/dessert buffet is included in the ticket price and you may bring your own wine. Please try to purchase tickets at least 1 week in advance.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ansel Adams Exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art

The Arlington Museum of Art (AMA) will be hosting an amazing exhibit, Ansel Adams: Masterworks, featuring over 45 quintessential images by famed American photographer Ansel Adams. The exhibit will be on display May 3 through August 3. An opening reception with a preview for exhibit sponsors, museum members and special guests will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In a career that spanned more than five decades, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) became one of America’s most beloved photographers. There are few artists whose name and work represent the extraordinary level of recognition and artistic achievement as his. Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography, not only in his rich, technically precise images, but also through his efforts to advance photography as an art form. As an artist, educator, and writer, he helped establish many of the institutions that have come to represent the highest aspirations of the medium of photography. As an innovator, he developed techniques that became the basis for cutting edge photography of the future.

Aside from his almost unparalleled success as a photographer and an artist, Adams’ relished his role as a champion for environmental causes. He used the platform with which he was most familiar, photography, to bring the American landscape, both wild and civilized, to the forefront of the national consciousness, and his devotion to promoting the preservation of the American landscape is evident in his poignant and reverent work. From the pristine hidden corners of the American National Parks System, to the stark, gritty reality of the ravages of the Great Depression, Adams’ work gave a voice to the fabric of this country through images of its land and its people.

AMA executive Director Chris Hightower spoke about the broad appeal of the artist and his work, “Ansel Adams was an American icon for many different reasons. He had the eye of an artist and the heart of an environmentalist, both of which were captured through his lens." Accompanying this exhibit will be related programming including a lecture and video series, demonstrations, and workshops.

AMA is located at 201 West Main Street, Arlington, TX 76010. Admission tickets are available online, or may be purchased at the door.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Meals on Wheels 40th Anniversary Gala

Meals on Wheels will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a Gala on Saturday, May 3 at the Historic Hilton in downtown Fort Worth. Johnny D and the Doowopps will provide house-rockin' entertainment for this special occasion. Celebrate 40 years of Meals on Wheels and more than 4,000 Tarrant County volunteers who promote the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and other community services.

Plan an exciting evening out with friends or your special someone. More info about the 40th Anniversary Gala can be found on the Meals on Wheels website. Put on your fancy dancing shoes and jewels and party with the best!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rachmaninoff Concert by Timeless Concerts

Saturday April 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
Arlington Museum of Art
201 West Main Street, Arlington, TX

Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in Russa in 1873, and died in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943. His piano concertos are always a staple in the required repertoire of the Van Cliburn piano competitions. The music of this most beloved composer has been used in many movies, including "Some Like It Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe. The wonderful romantic, yet modern harmonies of Rachmaninoff are a favorite of our audience. His piano trio (piano, violin and cello) is every bit as wonderful as his orchestral works, as are his songs that will be sung by one of our favorite tenors, Don O'Neal LeBlanc.

TICKETS: $29 general, $25 seniors 60+. $15 college students.

About Timeless Concerts

There is nothing else in north Texas like Timeless Concerts! Professional musicians and sometimes vocalists, in a relaxed atmosphere, perform anything from classical to contemporary to international music on piano and strings. The hour long concerts are followed by a party with live music from the big band era to today’s musicals. Requests and dancing are welcome. Table seating is available for 2 to 8. Doors open at 7:30, concert begins at 8:00. Complimentary wine bar (BYOB allowed), soft drinks, fruit/cheese/dessert buffet is included in the ticket price. Please try to purchase tickets at least 4 days in advance.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Arlington Community Band 2014 Spring Concert

The Arlington Community Band, directed by Rick Baker, presents its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm. They will play works by Franz vonSuppe, Gordon Jacob, Richard Wagner, George Gates, G. Rossini, & Owen Reed.

This concert will be held at the First Baptist Church at 301 S. Center in Arlington. Arlington Community Band concerts are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Arlington Museum of Art Hosts AISD Youth Art Month

Artwork from the final group of two AISD high schools along with their feeder junior highs and elementary schools is up and on display through March 30. The Arlington Museum of Art works in conjunction with AISD to showcase young artist's work at no charge to the community.

Monday, February 24, 2014

FWADA 2014 Spring Gallery Night

It's almost time again for the Fort Worth Art Dealer's Association's Spring Gallery Night. FWADA invites everyone to enjoy the visual arts and our community’s unique cultural richness during Spring Gallery Night, March 29, 2014. Most participants are open from noon to nine. Take a stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses, and area restaurants. Enjoy the many artists featured during this community event. Gallery Night is free and open to the public.

You can download a catalog of participating establishments to help you plan your tour. The catalog includes this information about the FWADA, "FWADA is a unique arts organization in a unique American place. Few cities of Fort Worth’s size are privileged to command such a wealth of major art museums, and fewer still have such a vital community spirit. What truly sets Fort Worth apart, however, is the vigorous, longstanding, clearly defined cooperation between the museums, the university art galleries, the non-profit exhibition spaces, and the art dealers, all of which are full working members of FWADA. To fulfill its stated mission to stimulate interest in the visual arts through educational programs, art scholarships, and art competitions, FWADA organizes, funds, and hosts exhibitions of noteworthy art. It sponsors the Fall Gallery Night for members and friends, as well as Spring Gallery Night"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Arlington Community Band Concert

The Arlington Community Band, directed by Rick Baker, presents an evening of music.

Saturday, March 1, 7:00 pm

Seguin High School

Arlington, TX 76002


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mansfield Wind Symphony Concert

William Owens conducts the Mansfield Wind Symphony in a free concert, open to the public, at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Their winter concert, "Blue and Green Music", will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Mansfield, TX.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Timeless Concerts: Valentine Concert & Dance 2014

The Valentine Special by Timeless Concerts is their most popular event. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening out on Saturday, February 15, starting at 8:00 pm at the Arlington Museum of Art.

Timeless Concerts will be playing their spicey Piazzolla tangos, most romantic songs of Broadway, and a few surprises and previews of future concerts. Enjoy the most beautiful music of all time...timeless! Their post-concert band, the Steve Stroud Trio, will be back to play your favorites for dancing!

The 8:00 pm concert at the Arlington Museum of Art will be followed by a dessert buffet. Ticket prices: $50 general, $40 seniors. Private table for 2, $115. Order tickets online or make checks available to Timeless Concerts. There is a purchasing deadline of 24 hours in advance prior to each concert.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Learn Something New with Second Saturday Workshops at AMA

Indulge your creative side at Second Saturday Workshops. The Arlington Museum of Art presents art workshops for adults on the second Saturday of every month.

This month on February 8th you can learn about costume making. This class ties in nicely with their current exhibit, Artists in Motion. For more information about signing up for this workshop or to see what is coming up later this year, check out the museum's website.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Arlington Museum of Art hosts "Artists in Motion" exhibit with Dance Theatre Arlington

Arlington, TX – The Arlington Museum of Art is proud to host the "Artists in Motion" exhibit highlighting the grace and beauty of dance and other stage performers. The exhibit features professional costumes on loan from Texas Ballet Theater and Dance Theatre Arlington, as well as paintings from. The exhibit runs from January 11, 2014 through February 16, 2014. The opening reception for sponsors and members will be Friday, January 10, 2014 7-9 p.m.

Several paintings, pastels, sketches and studies by locally based artist Donray, a Houston-born artist who worked and studied in New York City, will be featured. Donray’s unique style of painting emphasizes color and motion which perfectly balances the exhibit. Skilled in various media and techniques, Donray has exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, London and Dallas.

Accompanying the two dimensional work will be dramatic pieces from well-known ballet and musical theater productions. North Texas’ award winning costume designer Ric Leal, whose production credits include Dallas Theatre Center and Bass Performance Hall, is providing intricately detailed pieces previously featured in acclaimed stage productions throughout North Texas. Three traditional tutus designed by Texas Ballet Theater’s wardrobe manager Masako Parshall will anchor the exhibit, in addition to pieces she created for other TBT productions.

“This exhibit examines what captivates us about dance, grace and majesty, as well providing a glimpse into the power and message conveyed by stage performers. We are proud to host this collaborative exhibit with our partners Texas Ballet Theater, Dance Theatre Arlington, costume designers Ric Leal and Masako Parshall and the art of Donray,” said Chris Hightower, Executive Director of the Arlington Museum of Art. The museum will also offer a number of programs, artist workshops and lectures in addition to the exhibit that will enhance the visitors’ experience.

Tickets for the "Artists in Motion" exhibit are available at the museum.