Thursday, December 15, 2016

817 Arts Alliance Sponsors Local Artisans at Christkindl

As I am writing, there is about a week left to take advantage of a unique shopping opportunity brought to you by 817 Arts Alliance at the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX. Fourteen artisans local to the DFW metroplex and one international fair trade partner have been given the chance to have their handmade creations available for sale to the public in the 817 Arts Alliance Hut at the Texas Christkindl Market. The Happy Holidays at Christkindl tab above has all of the details as to where and when you will be able to shop and which artisans' wares will be found when you stop by the 817 Arts Alliance Hut.

The Art of Christmas Giving at the Upstairs Gallery

The Art of Christmas Giving show closes December 24, 2016.

Monday, October 31, 2016

AMA to Host a Pablo Picasso Ceramics Exhibition

The Arlington Museum of Art will soon host its winter blockbuster exhibit, Pablo Picasso: Ceramics. It features over 40 ceramics by renowned artist Pablo Picasso. The exhibit will be on display from November 12, 2016 through February 12, 2017. An opening reception for exhibit sponsors, museum members, and special guests will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Internationally famed for his paintings, sculpture, and graphics, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was long intrigued by ceramics. After seeing the works of the Madoura potters at a crafts fair in 1946, Picasso negotiated with Georges and Suzanne Ramie, who operated the studio, to provide him with the opportunity to work with ceramics. From 1947-1971 the Ramies set aside space in their studio for Picasso to work whenever he pleased. In return, Picasso allowed the Ramies to make and sell editions of ceramic pieces he produced at Madoura, and to retain all profits. Picasso also made thousands of individual ceramic pieces. He kept virtually all of his own thrown pieces, most of which are now owned by his family or by museums.

Over the years, Picasso and the Madoura studio produced 633 different plates, bowls, vases and pitchers in limited editions ranging from 25 – 500. Picasso’s involvement in producing the objects varied. Sometimes he made the clay molds used for designs, while other times he painted on plates or pitchers taken from the drying racks. Picasso and Madoura’s artisans then finished the prototypes and produced the editions.

Chris Hightower, Executive Director, said, “Pablo Picasso is one of the world’s most well-known artists, but most people know him for his paintings. We are excited to share another aspect of Picasso’s art to the North Texas community.”

This exhibit was curated by Gerald Nordland, noted author and independent curator, and former Director of the San Francisco Art Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Washington (D.C.) Gallery of Modern Art, and the Wight Gallery, UCLA. It was funded in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council. For more information, visit Admission tickets may be purchased at the door.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Timeless Concerts Presents an Evening in France at AMA

Attention music lovers! The musicians of Timeless Concerts invite you to join them for another evening of fabulous music and interesting stories of the composer's lives (this could count as theater?). The trio of pianist Heejung Kang, cellist Karen Smith and violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth will perform beautiful romantic French music of Claude Debbusy, Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel and more. The trio will also accompany tenor Sergio Cepeda and mezzo soprano Claudia Gonzalez Smith on arias from Bizet's "Carmen", as well as songs of Debussy and the French pop genre.

Enjoy camaraderie at the post-concert party accompanied by pianist/vocalist Erik Barnes, who takes your requests. This is a FRIDAY night concert this time, not the normal Saturday, so mark your calendars accordingly. An Evening in France will be held FRIDAY, Oct. 21 at 8:00pm at the Arlington Museum of Art. Visit Timeless Concerts' website for ticket information.

Friday, September 30, 2016

UTA’s Maverick Theatre Company presents TROUPERS: A MUSICAL VAUDEVILLE

TROUPERS takes you back to New York City and the time of Vaudeville – the stirring of America’s melting pot, the beginnings of “show business,” and the new sounds of Ragtime. Based on the actual stories, acts, and music of Vaudeville’s performers, you’ll experience a day in the life of some of the hardest working people in show business – the “Troupers”!

TROUPERS runs October 12 – 16th, 2016 and will be presented in the UT Arlington Mainstage Theatre (Fine Arts Building, North Section) located at 502 South Cooper Street on the UT Arlington campus. Performances of TROUPERS are October 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 8pm and October 16 at 2:30 pm, 2016. Tickets are $12 for general public and $10 for students/senior citizens/UTA faculty & staff. For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts box office at 817.272.2669 or check out their website.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Maverick Theatre Company Presents Flight 12 Improv

Full of oh-no-you-didn't moments and steeped-in-fun, the University of Texas at Arlington's Maverick Theatre Company's FLIGHT 12 IMPROV has a style that's always outrageous and never stale! This 12-member troupe features students from UT-Arlington and is directed by Associate Professor Joe Chapa. FLIGHT 12 IMPROV performances are September 23 and September 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm at 502 South Cooper, Fine Arts Bldg. North, Studio Theatre, Room 137. Tickets $5.00.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


The Frame4Frame Festival will screen a diverse collection of films from both studios and independent filmmakers, highlight local and national artists as well as feature well known musical artists and local and emerging acts. Finally, the festival will include an exciting Texas art tradition, the Ulterior Motifs exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fall Gallery Night 2016 presented by FWADA

The Fort Worth Art Dealer’s Association (FWADA) invites you to take-in the visual arts and our community’s unique cultural richness during Fall Gallery Night, September 10, 2016. Many participants are open from noon to nine. Come take a stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses, and area restaurants, and enjoy the many artists featured during this community event. Gallery Night is free and open to the public. Download the 2016 Fall Gallery Night program to find out when and where to view some great art near you in Tarrant County.

There are two great places to go to in Arlington, The Upstairs Gallery and Sparks Studio.

The Upstairs Gallery will have new paintings by Judy Gelfert. Her subjects are Texan, European, pastoral, and urban. Her style is gestural and realistic at the same time. Also on view is recent work by other gallery artists.

Sparks Studio will feature 'Experiments in Creativity', a collection of works by artists who creatively explore texture, collage, paint, and metal jewelry. Come by to visit, view the art, and meet the artists: Sibling Rivalry Artisans, Paula Pillow, Suzanne McNeill-Sparks, Cindy Shepard, Ann Webb and Lynne Buchanan. Music jam begins at 5:00, snacks are provided. FALL GALLERY NIGHT - OPEN PARTY AND VIEWING Saturday September 10 - 3:00 to 9:00 pm

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sparks Studio Fall Art Class Schedule

Sparks Studio has an exciting line-up of teachers and NEW classes at the studio.
Check out what is coming up this fall.

Monday nights 6:30-8:30 - Monday Night Painting (every week)

• Friday, September 9 - 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Relic Jewelry with Sibling Rivalry

• Thursday evening - September 15, 22, 29 (3 week course) - 6:00-8:00 pm
Creative Drip Painting - Creativity and Wellness

• Saturday - September 10 - 3:00 to 9:00 pm

• Tuesday - September 15, October 6, November 17 - 10:00 to 12:30
Journey-N-Art Drawing and Painting

• Tuesday, October 4 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Introduction to Soldering... Jewelry

• Thursday evening - October 6, 13, 20 and 27 (4 week course) - 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn to Draw Realistic Objects and Figures

• Saturday October 22 - 1:00 to 4:00pm -
Encaustics - Mark-Making, Color and More!

• Saturday, November 12 - 9:00am – 4:00pm time for lunch
Bezel Making and Stone Setting... Jewelry

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dance Theatre Arlington to Form 2016-2017 Dance Company

Dance Theater Arlington (DTA) will be finalizing its 2016-17 dance company later this month. Don't miss out on trying out to be part of this great group. Take note of the following important dates.

Fri, Aug 12 - 5:30pm
Informational Meeting for anyone wishing to audition for DTA (one parent required) They will explain their mission, calendar, costs, time commitment etc.

Sat, Aug 13 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Prep Class where you will learn a combination that will be required of those auditioning. The prep classes also give any dancer who has not danced all summer a chance to "get back into the swing" and also gives DTA a chance to see how you learn and take correction.

Mon, Aug 15 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Another Prep Class to teach/review the audition combination.

Tues, Aug 16
The actual AUDITION Registration begins at 6pm. Audition class begins at 6:30pm. Auditions start with a ballet class - barre and center floor before performing the actual combination taught during the two prep classes.

DTA Companies learn repertoire in tap, ballet, jazz and musical theatre. Dance skills in these genres are needed to present the pieces performed throughout the year at local festivals like Kountry Karnival at St Maria Goretti and our Elf shows (which kick off with a performance at Disneyworld). Company members may also learn contemporary, lyrical or hip hop pieces throughout the year. DTA does not audition singers, the dancers will learn to sing if they don't already know how.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

f/stop Cafe at the Arlington Museum of Art

Calling all actors, musicians, poets, and performers!

The Arlington Museum of Art is hosting an open door, open mic at their F-Stop Cafe this Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The cafe event highlights their current exhibit, Vivian Maier: Lost and Found. No need to RSVP, just head on over and AMA will get you set up.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Johnny D and the Doowopps to Play in Hurst

July 28, 2016 from 7-8pm
Hurst Public Library

Johnny D and The Doowopps will be performing an outdoor concert at the Hurst Public Library. This concert is a part of the Northeast Tarrant County Masterworks Series and is open to the public free of charge. This is a great venue to bring the family and friends for a picnic.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fielder House Butterfly Garden Tour and Lecture

Brought to you by the Arlington Garden Club

Evening in Germany with Beethoven and Brahms

Timeless Concerts, a non-profit organization bringing beautiful music to Tarrant County, presents an Evening in Germany with Beethoven and Brahms at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. The concert begins at 8pm on Saturday July 16, 2016.

Two beloved composers, Ludwig Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms, will be featured in this concert, performed by (photo left to right) soprano Judith Rodriguez, tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc, violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, pianist Heejung Kang, and cellist Karen Smith. In 1782, before the age of twelve, Beethoven published his first works. The following year, Gottlob Neefe, wrote in “The Magazine of Music”: “If he continues like this, he will be without a doubt, the new Mozart”. Beethoven went on to write nine symphonies, hundreds of small ensemble works, operas and vocal solos. Seldom heard, beautiful Beethoven songs will be performed at this concert, as well as other German arias and art songs. Brahms, widely considered one of the 19th century’s greatest composers and the leading musician of the Romantic era, wrote passionate works for the trio of violin, cello and piano that Timeless Concerts will be performing, as well as his lively Hungarian dances. The one hour concert will be followed by a complimentary fruit, cheese and dessert buffet and a cash bar, accompanied by pianist Steve Stroud who takes requests.

You can purchase your tickets online. Ticket prices: $29 general, $25 senior 60+, $15 college student, youth age 11-17 may attend free. $35 combo ticket includes admission and raffle ticket (drawing is for 2 free tickets to the next concert or photography sitting and framed photo by Dennis Hevia Photography).

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Arlington Community Band - Free Concert

Arlington Community Band

concert at

2600 Roosevelt Dr, DWG

Saturday, June 11, 2016

7:00 pm

will play some familiar tunes:

Music Man, Chicago, Folk Song Suite,

Fairest of the Fair, Armed Forces

Salute, America the Beautiful

Come join in the fun!