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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Perry Green of Lewisville, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! This is Perry’s first win to our contest. He follows last week’s winner, Sara Elbayva .

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Wednesday.

perry 2Now here’s more from Perry.

Title of photoRaindrops Go Boom
Equipment: Sony SLT-A65V with Tamron 18-200mm f3 5-63
Tell us more about your photo:  I was standing on the balcony of my apartment complex as a thunderstorm moved through the area.  After the heavy rain and dark clouds moved through, a light shower followed with breaks in the clouds and the 2:30pm sun starting to shine through. I could see the raindrops exploding as they hit the concrete, creating their own fireworks show in this lighter shower.  So, I grabbed my camera, found a dry spot, assumed the prone position, the only way to try and get a good shot and fired away.  I did very little post processing in Adobe Lightroom with this photo. The natural sunlight was awesome filling the frame and highlighting the exploding raindrops.  I’m fairly new at photography, but what I learned most importantly is to get out there and take the shot.


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The Big Deal: The Singapore Slingers At The Kessler Theater

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Want to do something fun to liven up your Saturday night?  Then sign up to win a pair of general admission tickets to see Matt Tolentino and his retro band, the Singapore Slingers.  The historical Kessler Theater will be a hopping joint when the 19-musician-orchestra lets loose Saturday, July 12.

The Slingers specialize in pre-swing music, an infectious mixture of rag, jazz, marches, waltzes, tangos and fox trots.  Can I get a Vo-Do-De-Oh?  Since the performance is this Saturday be sure to check your inbox before you leave on Friday to see if you’ve won.  We’d hate for you to miss your chance to cut a rug to the Singapore Slingers!

PLEASE NOTE:  Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see the Singapore Slingers.

UPDATE: We have our winner.  Come back next week for more Big Deals!

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Conduit’s Nancy Whitenack Celebrates 30 Years Connecting Dallas To Art

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Nancy Whitenack stands in front of “bete, March 20, 2003″ by Annabel Daou, at Conduit Gallery.


Nancy Whitenack has taken Conduit Gallery from a scrappy storefront in Deep Ellum to a sleek space in the Dallas Design District – and kept it going for 30 years.  She talks to KERA’s Anne Bothwell about  nurturing artists, selling their work and teaching Dallas how to look at art.

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“Life Under the Trees,” by Steven Miller, 2014

Conduit opened on Elm Street in 1984, then moved to 3200 Main Street, the current home of Undermain Theater. Whitenack re-opened the gallery to the Design District in 2001. This summer, Conduit celebrates its big birthday with Longitude/Latitude, a two-part anniversary show.

  • Longitude/Latitude Part I, on display til July 26, features pairs current work from 19 of the gallery’s artists with selections of their older pieces. It highlights the artists’ development, but also, three decades of ideas and trends in painting, video and mixed media.
  • Longitude/Latitude Part II opens Aug. 2.

Listen to the conversation that aired on KERA FM:

A few excerpts:

On what’s kept Conduit going for 30 years….Just a will to keep doing it. I say often, you know, I grow long fingernails and can hang. You know, when downturns come, like 2008, you really have to rethink how you’re doing things and you have to get real lean and mean. But it has always been something that I feel is really important. I think to help artists be out there is a really wonderful thing to get to be part of.

On where that impulse to help artists came from….Two things. I have been an inveterate art lover, art museum goer, gallery attendee for really a good part of my life. But I also have to say, a part of how I go about what I do is the result of my mother’s nurturing. My mother was someone who loved people and she spent her whole life involved in that. When I was young, we lived in a small dormitory in a small college, Wayland Baptist College on the high plains of Texas and my parents were dorm parents. And we would have in our home all the time, guys who just wanted to hang out or had a problem and needed to get some advice and so, I’ve grown up in a very caring kind of environment. And so, I’m a lot like a mother hen. My relationships to my artists are – not to my artists, but the artists I represent – keenly important and I work hard on that.

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Video still from “I’m Not Your Donut,” by Heyd Fontenot, 1990

If she could change one thing…..I would want people to take seriously the art community that is here. And there’s something I didn’t mention that has added hugely to how art is different in Dallas today. Young artists living in the city do not whine and hang around and wait for someone to pick them up – like pick them up and show them in a gallery. They have gotten into cooperatives. They’ve opened up studios and gotten together. That is huge. That is so important. And I think people here need to take note of that energy and what’s going on instead of deciding that the artists somewhere else…First start by seeing what’s here. There are amazing things going on. There are artists who live here and work that you can put up against any artist in the country or the world. So take note.


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Art&Seek Jr: Special Activities For Kids With Special Needs


Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself. Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

Like a lot of kids, my daughter Rose was beside herself with anticipation for the premier of the film MaleficentTo say she was excited was an understatement.

When M day finally came, it was off to the mall for the 10 a.m. show as promised.   Sadly, 15 minutes into the show we were forced to leave. Rose has a condition in her inner ear called Englarged Vestibular Aquedect Syndrome, or EVAS for short. Besides causing moderate to severe hearing loss (Rose wears hearing aids), sometimes –like while watching lots of movement on a big screen–extreme dizziness can also occur. Rose says it’s like being on a wild, spinning ride that she can’t get off of. It was the flying sequence in Maleficent that did her in.

Needless to say, Rose was disappointed. She’d waited for weeks for this movie and the thought of not being able to see it until it came out on DVD left her very disheartened. Luckily we didn’t have to wait until December to see if Maleficent was really the bad guy she was painted to be. We headed across the street to Studio Movie Grill where the smaller screen and chocolate ice cream seemed to be just the ticket for controlling the dizzies.

My own child’s condition got me thinking about other kids with special needs and activities and venues that accommodate them. Here are a few you’ll definitely want to try out.

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The High Five: North Texas’ Vocal Majority Chorus Wins Big At International Chorus Contest

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The Vocal Majority Chorus won the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Las Vegas. (Credit: Vocal Majority/Facebook)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: North Texas is getting hot; Dallas finds out today if it will host the 2016 GOP convention; Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Dallas; and more.

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Review: ‘Mind’s Eye’ at the DMA

Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier_Le FumeureditErnest Meissonier, The Smoker (A Man of the First Empire), 1873, watercolor and gouache on paper (detail).

Artworks on paper — drawings and paintings using pencil, watercolor, pastel, chalk, gouache, ink and charcoal — are the short stories of the visual-art world. For centuries, they got little respect. They’ve been traditionally undervalued in comparison to more ‘major’ paintings or sculptures — just as short stories are seen to lack the heft and import of a novel. So let’s think of Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cezanne — the Dallas Museum of Art‘s latest search through its archives and local, private collections — as a short-story anthology.

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The High Five: Rick Perry Says Obama Administration Is ‘Inept’ About Border Crisis

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Gov. Rick Perry appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday to discuss the influx of unaccompanied minors coming across the border. (Credit: ABC)


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rick Perry on the border crisis; an open-carry guitar rally; life goes on in Dublin without Dr Pepper; and more.

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Saturday Spotlight – Gallery in a Garden

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images For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re going to Gallery in a Garden at the Crow Collection of Asian Art’s Sculpture Garden. Let the various sculptures inspire you as you take part in activities including bamboo ink painting or Japanese bell decorating. Radio Disney will be on hand broadcasting live, and if you’re feeling really Zen, you can enjoy a movie as you relax in the shade.

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The High Five: Target Asks Customers To Leave Guns At Home After Texans Carry Rifles Into Stores

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Gun rights supporters have been carrying rifles into Target stores in North Texas and elsewhere. (Credit: Moms Demand Action)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Target joins the list of companies asking customers to leave guns at home; the North Texas college student on an African animal hunt faces more criticism; Dallas County gets ready to welcome 2,000 immigrant children; and more.

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The Big Screen: Patriotic Movies For The 4th Of July

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe forecast for the 4th looks hot and humid. You could melt along a parade route or sweat it out over a hot grill. Or you could stay comfortably cool on the couch with a stack of movies. This week, we talk about three, let’s say, unconventionally patriotic picks: Avalon, Team America: World Police and Born on the Fourth of July.

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