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Art&Seek Jr: And Now For Something Completely Different

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.

Are you, or someone you know, reluctant about trying new things? I know my own sweet, nearly perfect child will balk at any food she doesn’t recognize and will go to great lengths to avoid trying it. She once tried to convince me that she was allergic to nuts so she wouldn’t have to eat chicken salad.

I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because I remember being just like her at her age. It drove my poor mother insane. Then something happened that opened my eyes and broadened by culinary horizons. It happened when I was about 11 when my friend and I went to an international food festival in my hometown. At that stage in my life the most exotic “foreign” food I’d tried was bottled spaghetti sauce, so when I tasted Korean food for the first time it was like a party in my mouth. I had never tasted anything so good. It proved to me that it’s good to step outside your comfort zone and try something new from time to time.

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$100,000 to Four Arts Groups Creating New Work in Dallas

(c) British Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationHe would be pleased.

Four arts groups have received a total of $100,000 to create new work in Dallas, thanks the Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund.

Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Children’s Theater, Fine Arts Chamber Players and The Dallas Opera each were granted $25,000 to execute their project ideas.

Fans of kids literature can look forward to a musical about Skippyjon Jones, the cat that thinks he’s a chihuahua (see video below). Dallas Children’s Theater playwright-in-residence Lynda Daugherty will handle the story, and Nick Martin will compose the music. The project is a co-production with Oregon Children’s Theater, set to debut in Dallas January 23-February 27 at Rosewood Center for Family Arts.

Dallas Bach Society will collaborate with Contemporary Ballet Dallas to turn a previously choreographed duet into a full-length ballet. The subject is Joseph Bologne, an 18th century conductor known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and will incorporate his music performed on period instruments. It’s set for October 2015.

Fine Arts Chamber Players are creating a multidisciplinary work called Universal Language, based on the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights. World-folk ensemble The Obscure Dignitaries will join them for the performance Nov. 22 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

And the Dallas Opera’s grant will support the premier of Everest, a one-act opera composed by Jody Talbot and written by Gene Scheer, a frequent contributor to the opera. That’s scheduled for early 2015.

For now, here’s Skippyjon Jones:

 

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The Fairmont is Family to Resident Artist Pamela Nelson

Gail Sachson owns Ask Me About Art offering lectures , tours and program planning. She is the former Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission and former Vice-Chair of the Public Art Committee.

 

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Pamela Nelson. Photo: Gail Sachson

Until she was welcomed at the Arts District’s Fairmont Hotel as the twelfth Artist -in-Residence last month, recently widowed Dallas artist Pamela Nelson says, ” I didn’t even know I was lonely at home.” She is lonely no more. Until mid August, Nelson is enjoying a Penthouse bedroom view, abundant studio space on the hotel’s lower level and a light filled Akard Street lobby gallery space to show her work. And..oh yes… there are chef-prepared meals, Fairmont amenities, such as air conditioning, which she doesn’t have in her downtown loft and..most important… a family of new friends, from the housekeepers to the dining room staff to the hotel guests who peek into her glass enclosed working studio. Old friends visit  and peek as well. Girlhood friend Laura Bush  stopped in recently along with another artist, husband George.

The Nelson/ Fairmont union seems a perfect match. (The artist points out that one of her favorite artists, Matisse, also made art from a hotel room.) Even the casual viewer will notice the similarity in Nelson’s motifs of repeated patterning, which she calls “Improv Geometry” and the  patterns on the hotel’s upholstery, wall covering and carpeting.The rhythmic order and repetitive designs of scrolls and squares and circular elements encourage a restive response in the viewer-  composed, but far from comatose – appropriate to a hotel environment, as well as to an artist who meditates.

pam nelson studio fairmontBut Nelson won’t be looking down at the  floor patterns very much.  Instead , she will be looking out. She is mesmerized by the view from her 23rd-floor penthouse  and keeps her bedroom curtains open to awaken to the lights of the city. To the West she points out a number of above ground parking lots and traffic-congested criss-crossing highways. She hopes that area can be developed to look more like the view to the East,  in which she sees Klyde Warren Park, green spaces and roof-top gardens , newly  discovered from her high perch. She is inspired by the city view.

But inspiration from the energy of  our city is not new to Nelson. An ardent Downtown living advocate, she walks everywhere, works in her Harwood Street studio, volunteers at the Stewpot and shops at Farmer’s Market. When chosen as the  2008-2009 mural artist by the Dallas Catholic Foundation, she created “Magic Carpet”,  her tribute to a strong city, a golden glowing mural of the grid of the Arts District, a view, fittingly, she sees now from her bedroom window. “New City Planning”, a six panel work, is displayed in the Fairmont gallery and promotes in paint Nelson’s vision for Dallas: more green space, two way streets, park benches and trees.

Collage fabric works fill the gallery. Works on paper dominate the studio. The walls and tables there are filled with works in progress.”I love the immediacy of working with paper”, she says. “Piece of My Heart” is a four piece suite which is especially powerful and poignant. In it, Nelson has cut out pieces of past work,  as if they were pieces of her heart, after losing husband, Bill. She then painted them black and  reinserted them into new work, perhaps symbolically attempting a new life for the work and for herself.

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The High Five: ‘Freedom Summer’ Documentary Airs Tonight On KERA-TV

 

 Freedom Riders Julia Aaron, left, and David Dennis were among the Freedom Riders who paved the way for Freedom Summer student volunteers. They're pictured here on their way from Montgomery, Ala., to Jackson, Miss. in 1961. Credit: Paul Schutzer via 'Freedom Riders' c/o PBS


Freedom Riders Julia Aaron, left, and David Dennis were among the Freedom Riders who paved the way for Freedom Summer student volunteers. They’re pictured here on their way from Montgomery, Ala., to Jackson, Miss. in 1961. Credit: Paul Schutzer via ‘Freedom Riders’ c/o PBS

Five stories that have North Texas talking: how to handle the influx of kids crossing the Mexico-Texas border?; Mike Modano heads to the Hockey Hall of Fame; “Freedom Summer” debuts tonight; and more.

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The High Five: Dallas County In National Spotlight For Accidentally Approving Slavery Reparations

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Edward Hicks' The Peaceable Kingdom is at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Edward Hicks’ The Peaceable Kingdom is at the Dallas Museum of Art. Courtesy: Dallas Museum of Art

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texan Clint Dempsey scores a big goal at the World Cup; Dallas County commissioners approve a resolution calling for slave reparations – but it was an accident; Dallas Museum of Art plays a role in a national art contest; and more.

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Saturday Spotlight – Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration

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matursi_banner123  For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Fort Worth for Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration. The Kimbell Art Museum has teamed up with KXT for this festival of all things Japanese. Matsuri features martial arts demonstrations, art activities, anime films, and performances by Air Review and Sarah Jaffe.

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What’s The Plan For Fort Worth Culture?

arts planning1Matt Lehrman, grey shirt and tie, leads a community meeting brainstorming Fort Worth’s new culture plan. Photo credit: Jerome Weeks

Fort Worth’s often called a city of ‘cowboys and culture.’ But what’s ahead for that culture? Fort Worth last issued a strategic arts plan in 2002. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports that plan was successful enough, the city’s set out to devise a new one. They need some new goals.

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Surprise! ArtEverywhere US Voters Go For Traditional Realism

PRESS IMAGE 2Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom, Dallas Museum of Art.

If it was intended to gauge American tastes in artworks at all, Art Everywhere US needn’t have gone to all the trouble. The contest to vote for works of American art that people would like to see on billboards and subway platforms around the country picked Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942) as the top vote-getter, and that preference for realistic portraits and realistic landscapes predominates through the great majority of works on the 50 item list.

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The High Five: Dallas Love Field Public Art Earns National Honor

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North Texas Sunrise, Dixie Friend Gay's mural at Dallas Love Field, has won a national honor.

North Texas Sunrise, Dixie Friend Gay’s mural at Dallas Love Field, has won a national honor. Credit: City of Dallas/Public Art Collection

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tesla comes to Dallas, but there’s a catch; more problems for the Allen ISD football stadium; Dallas Love Field public artwork wins a national honor; and more.

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The High Five: A Great White Shark Named Katherine Could Be Heading To Texas

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A great white shark (not this one) is likely headed to Texas.

A great white shark (not this one) is likely headed to Texas. Mogens Trolle/Shutterstock.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Katherine, a big shark, wants to visit Texas; the Lake Whitney cliff might be blown up; Gov. Rick Perry on Jews, gays and loving California; and more.

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