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Scrap Can Be Beautiful When Booker T Students Sculpt and Solder

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Gail Sachson reclines on “Spine,” by Celeste Rodela. The piece took second place in Floor Category. Photo: Terri Stone.

Guest Blogger Gail Sachson owns Ask Me About Art, offering lectures, tours and program planning. She is a Judge for the annual  Commercial Metals “Scrap Can Be Beautiful” Contest.

Scrap can indeed be beautiful — if it is in the hands of Booker T Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts sculpture students. For thirty-seven years, 10th-12th grade  Booker T  3-D students have been blessed with the opportunity to weld, solder and salvage the left over iron, steel and wire from the debris of one of  Commercial Metals recycling yards. Then the young magicians turn what others might see as discards or dollars into dragons, flowers, fish, tables and chairs. The scrap is generously donated by Commercial Metals, a global company with Corporate headquarters in Las Colinas. The only charge to the students is to create.

The young artists, supervised by Paige Furr, Booker T Sculpture and 3-D Visual Arts Coordinator, are encouraged to enter their work in the annual  competition, which coincides with the January shareholders’ meeting. First, Second and Third place winning students in Table Top and Floor categories are introduced to the shareholders , given monetary awards, rousing applause and a celebratory lunch.

The financial reward for making art reinforces the school’s premise that creativity and technical expertise are indeed promising career skills. The students also have practice in pricing their work, for Commercial Metals employees are given the opportunity to purchase the sculpture, which they do. I must confess. As a judge, I see the work even before the employees, and thus have snatched up several wonderful pieces. A side table sits on my patio. A wall mounted wire sheep protrudes from a wall, and a miniature but menacing nuts and bolts machine gunner safeguards a bookshelf.

The judges were sculptors George Tobolowsky and Terri Stone, art consultant Patricia Meadows, Dallas Museum of Art educator Maria Teresa Garcia-Pedroche and I.  We looked for:

Originality; Creativity; Technical expertise/Good and intentional welding; Interesting textures; Presentation/ Appropriate pedestals; Sturdiness

This year, 18 students submitted 35 works. In the Floor category,  Dyllan Brown’s “Dragon” won First Prize. “Spine” by Celeste Rodela won Second, and “Crocodile” by Geovanni Casillas won Third.

First place in the Table Top category was awarded to Joy Schmitz for her “Skeleton Fish”. Second place went  to “Biker Man” by Jose Ramirez , and Third Place to Jackson Daughety for  his“Guitar”.

The six prize-winning works will be displayed in the Commercial Metals Corporate Lobby for the year . They will welcome visitors and emphasize that “Scrap Can Be Beautiful”, as well as be  good for business and good for the community.

 

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Melvin Edwards At The Nasher: Man of Steel

mixed meledtMelvin Edwards and the 1989 welded-steel ‘Lynch Fragment’ called Zhakanaka, a word from the Shona language of Zimbabwe which translates roughly as “travel well and live a beautiful life.” Photo: Jerome Weeks

No one really noticed, so perhaps it’s a sign the Dallas Arts District has started to do what it was designed to do: This past weekend, the District held three world premieres, all within 24 hours, all within blocks of each other. That may be a first for Dallas not just for the District.

Friday, there was the Dallas Opera’s Everest at the Winspear (here’s Bill Zeeble’s Art&Seek story), while that same evening, the musical Stagger Lee debuted just across the street at the Dallas Theater Center (our digital project has tracked its development).

And then, the next morning, the Nasher Sculpture Center opened a major exhibition on the sculptor Melvin Edwards — his first career retrospective in 20 years. The Houston-born artist is better known in the art world than by the public, which is one reason the Nasher-originated show is significant: He’s one of ours but we don’t really know him. KERA’s Jerome Weeks joined Edwards in the Nasher galleries to discuss art, anger – and football.

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Saturday Spotlight – Art as a Tool of War

 

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re checking out a collection of rare vintage poster art in the exhibition “Art of Persuasion.” It’s the last day to see these posters at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, and they include recruiting, propaganda, and morale-boosting images from World Wars I and II.

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Dallas Opera Summits With World Premiere Of “Everest”

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Kevin Burdette portrays Beck Weathers, the Dallas area doctor who survived an expedition that left eight climbers dead, in “Everest.” Photos: Karen Almond, Dallas Opera.

Celebrated British composer Joby Talbot has written for film, television and ballet. Now, at 43, he’s composed his first opera that gets its world premiere by the Dallas Opera tonight. Everest tells a tale pulled together from survivor stories, including that of North Texan Dr. Beck Weathers.

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Glasstire Top 5: Melvin Edwards

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Glasstire’s
Weekly Top 5 includes one pick from  the DFW area.  Melvin Edwards: Five Decades opens at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Jan. 31.  The retrospective covers  five decades worth of work by the pioneering artist, including some never seen before. Look for more on the exhibit from Jerome Weeks here on Art&Seek tomorrow.

 

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Stagger Lee: Part 2 – Making The Music

JE 17Justin Ellington in the rehearsal room at the Wyly Theatre. Photo: Dane Walters

Listen to the story that aired today on KERA FM today.

Part 2 of our series chronicling the development of the Dallas Theater Center‘s new musical, Stagger Lee, moves to the other half of the primary creative team: co-composer Justin Ellington. It was hip-hop artist and playwright Will Power who had the original idea of melding figures from old songs like “Staggerlee” into a kind of modern African-American mythology, a stage show about black people pushing to build lives for themselves. But it was his collaborator Ellington who suggested they go big — make Stagger Lee into a multi-decade chronicle not only of that push but also the music they created along the way: ragtime, jazz, rhythm-and-blues, doo-wop, funk.
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The Big Screen: How ‘Still Alice’ Nailed Alzheimer’s

BigScreen_logoSMALLIn Still Alice, Julianne Moore plays a college professor shocked to learn she has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Moore is a favorite in the best-actress Oscar field. So this week, we talk about how the disease is portrayed in the film with Dr. Diana Kerwin, chair of the Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the director of the Texas Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders program.

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

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The Big Deal: Texas Ballet Theater Presents ‘The Merry Widow’

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Photo: Texas Ballet Theater

Win tickets to Texas Ballet Theater’s most flirty and romantic comedy of the season. Texas Ballet Theater’s The Merry Widow features sumptuous costumes, lavish sets and bubbly comedic timing. The beautifully danced production will also be accompanied live by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Since these pair of tickets are good for the Feb. 7, 2 p.m. performance at Bass Performance Hall, this Big Deal will make a perfect early Valentine’s Day date.

If you appreciate this Big Deal then you’ll want to sign up for our other Big Deal this week, tickets to see the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. Also, take the opportunity to sign up to win for passes to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention, a special anniversary exhibition at the Meadows Museum on the campus of SMU.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see The Merry Widow presented by Texas Ballet Theater.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention At The Meadows Museum

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Photo: Meadows Museum

Time is running out to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention at the Meadows Museum on the campus of SMU. More than 200 works by the great Spanish painter and graphic artist are currently on display. But this special exhibition, that is part of the Meadows 50th anniversary celebration, is only on display until March 1, 2015.  Sign up for a chance to take a friend to see the works by the master graphic artist.

Don’t forget to take the time to sign up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to see The Merry Widow presented by Texas Ballet Theater, or tickets to see the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.

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

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Eisemann Center Presents The Paul Taylor Dance Company

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Photo: Tom Caravaglia

Paul Taylor was an early innovator of American modern dance. Martha Graham dubbed him the “naughty boy” of dance. He is the recipient of both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. Through the decades Taylor has continued to be a vibrant and relevant force on the contemporary dance scene. His world-renowned dance ensemble, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will be performing at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Enter for a chance to see the Feb. 7 performance in Richardson.

After signing up for this giveaway, you might be moved to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to see the Texas Ballet Theater’s production of The Merry Widow. Or sign up for a chance to win free admission to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention, a special exhibition at the Meadows Museum at SMU.

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

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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