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Henderson Art Project Winners Announced

Henderson Avenue in Dallas is once again a vibrant area after years of redevelopment. And later this month, a series of sculptures will line the street and add to the rejuvenation.  KERA’s Stephen Becker reports on the contest that lead to those pieces of public art:

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Dallas artist George Tobolowsky is a regular at the restaurants that line Henderson Avenue. And now, when he heads out to dinner, he’ll be able to see one of his sculptures on the way.

George Tobolowsky's Outside the Office

George Tobolowsky's Outside the Circle

Tobolowsky lives just blocks from the future home of his art work. And he says the area and his art have a lot in common.

TOBOLOWSKY: “I’m a found objects guy. … And to me, that’s kind of what Henderson is all about. This is a rejuvenated area of Dallas … So it kinda reminds me of my art work.”

Tobolowsky is one of seven winners of the Henderson Art Project. The other winners are Chris Lantazzio, Eric Ober, Laura Abrams, Michelle O’Michael, Andrea Reich Fender and Juanluis Gonzalez.  (Click here to see their winning pieces.) In addition, UTD and UTA professor Stephen Lapthisophon will also have a piece on display. The project, which attracted 117 entries, is a collaboration between businesses along Henderson Avenue and local artists.

Scott Trent organized the project:

TRENT: “Not only are we getting the art out to be seen, but we’re also influencing the culture of this area. So it really becomes this win, win, win scenario.”

The Henderson Avenue businesses and people who drive the stretch of road east of Central Expressway are the first two winners in Trent’s scenario. The third winners are the artists.

Each of the seven artists is awarded an $800 stipend. After they install their work, the public will vote online to award three additional prizes of up to $3,500.

The prize money came from local businesses, and Trent says he’s proud that the contest financially rewards its winners.

TRENT: “So many times, artists are asked to participate and they have to pay for it themselves. And so I wanted to make sure that if the artist was selected, we gave them a stipend. … And then if they win the prize money, then that is substantial money, and you don’t find that in a lot of contests.”

Voting begins when the pieces are installed on March 20. You can visit to vote.

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Flickr Photo of the Week

Categorized Under: Visual Arts


Congratulations to Ian Aberle of Allen, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! He follows last week’s winner, Brandon Lesley.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took previous to 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 another 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.

Now here’s more from Ian:

Ian Aberle

Title of photo: Riding the Rails

Equipment: Canon EOS 7D with EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens at f/5.6. Processed with Photomatix and Lightroom.

Tell us more about your photo: I had gone out for a drive exploring with my camera just outside of Fairview, Texas. I had seen the tracks through the trees and decided to pull over. I had to climb through some brush to get the shot. As you might be able to tell, a storm was starting to roll in, so I didn’t have much time to sit around. While standing here, the temperature dropped a couple of degrees.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

MUSIC BITS: Fort Worth Weekly has news of a very 817-centric day of music at SXSW called Fort Wizard Grab Bag. The Burning Hotels, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The Orbans, Fate Lions and many others are on the bill. ( … DC9 at Night continues its series of posts asking bands from outside of North Texas to weigh in on the scene here. Up this time: Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade. (DC9 at Night) … Mario Tarradell checks in with jazz guitarist and former Brookhaven College teacher Jim Shannon about his return to performing. (

ALL EYES ON HAITI: The Dallas Museum of Art’s “Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture” looks at the American painter and printmaker’s infatuation with the Haitian revolutionary. Also interested in L’Ouverture: author Madison Smartt Bell, the author of both Toussaint Louverture: A Biography and the Haitian revolution novel All Souls Rising. The author spoke with ahead of his appearance Thursday at Arts & Letters Live.

THE ONION WEIGHS IN: Last week, Jerome pointed you to a Wall Street Journal report that found that during the recession, museum attendance is actually up. That prompted America’s Finest News Source, The Onion, to ask average people on the street (who amazingly have had the same faces for years and years) about the trend. My favorite response came from a woman who said, “”There’s nothing like the isolating bleakness of long-term joblessness to make people finally appreciate Andrew Wyeth.”

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Today's Oscar Discussion on Think: Now in Podcast Form

Did you miss the Oscar roundtable discussion featuring Chris Vognar, Chris Kelly and Yours Truly today on Think? Or did you tune in for it, and now you just want to replay it over and over and over again?

Well, now you can. Click the audio player below to listen to the entire episode in podcast form:

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Kathleen Turner Starts Playing Molly

ivins128turner121409A few days ago, rehearsals began in New York for Red-Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, starring Kathleen Turner (right) as the late Texas columnist-wit. The one-woman play, written by journalists and twin sisters Margaret and Allison Engel, opens March 19 at the Philadelphia Theatre Company – and is widely seen as a Broadway tryout. In fact, the show is directed by Broadway vet David Esbjornson (Edward Albee’s The Goat), while Dallas’ own Tony Award-winner John Arnone (The Who’s Tommy) is designing the set.

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Another Loss On Lower Greenville

A few years ago, a fire took the old Arcadia Theatre on lower Greenville. And this morning, just up the avenue, a four-alarm fire apparently started in Terilli’s and took out the whole 2800 block of restaurants. These were some of the last, remaining 1930′s storefronts in the area. Terilli’s, the great old Greenville Avenue Bar and Grill, Mick’s and Hurricane Grill are all complete losses. I woke up to four helicopters, fire trucks, billowing smoke — and my neighbor Henley taking this picture.

UPDATE: One thing that might be salvaged from this disaster is the decorative brick facade on Hurricane and Terilli’s — just about the last of their kind in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the buildings had no historic designation so there’s no legal impetus for the owner (a limited liability corporation) to preserve them. But Unfair Park reports that the fire-rescue teams did try to save the facades and that council member Angela Hunt has been making calls to see what can be done.

And more shots from Henley Quadling below the fold — very dramatic, very sad images.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

POETRY IN PRINT: You’ve heard the old adage, “those who can’t do, teach?” Well that’s not the case with University of North Texas creative writing professor Bruce Bond. His poem Blaze was published in the fall 2009 edition of The Southern Review. The journal receives about 15,000 entries and publishes just two percent. The Denton Record-Chronicle caught up with Bond to find out what sets his poetry apart.

RECENT THEATER REVIEWS: Theatre Three debuted its latest farce on Monday night, Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce. Consider Lawson Taitte torn: “A lot of funny actors perform the eight roles, though sometimes it seems they’re in different plays,” he writes in his review. … Meanwhile, Lawson and Alexandra Bonifield are split on Uptown Players’ Equus. Alexandra calls the sets “visually stunning” and calls the show “genuinely entertaining. Lawson, however, says, “much of the acting is way over the top.” … Mark Lowry’s got one major beef with Level Ground Arts’ musical spoof Cannibal!. “There’s one major element missing: Non-stop chuckles,” he writes in his review.

PROGRAMMING NOTES: Think all the major Oscar races are wrapped up? That seems to be how a lot of critics feel. But more importantly, how does yours truly feel? Find out today at 1 when I join Fort Worth Star-Telegram Film Critic Chris Kelly and Dallas Morning News Movie Critic Chris Vognar on Think (90.1 FM – but you already knew that). Then later tonight, be sure to set those DVRs for Channel 13 at 10 p.m. That’s when the best documentary of 2009, The Eyes of Me, airs during Independent Lens. The film follows four students over the course of a year at the Texas School for the Blind and was made by Plano director Keith Maitland. It screened at both South by Southwest and the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Watch a trailer and read my interview with Maitland here.

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Coming Up on 'All Things Considered' — D Arts v. FW Arts

Getting some calls already on this one  because of the promos that have aired.

You can see the story listed in our front-page “NPR Arts headlines.”  But you won’t be able to hear the story by John Burnett and Wade Goodwyn until — well, now — during All Things Considered.

So here’s the summary from NPR: “There’s a showdown brewing in Texas: between the neighboring cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. They’re not fighting over land, or water, or oil or gas rights; they’re fighting for cultural supremacy. Who’s got the best art museum? Who’s bigger in the music world?”

And does anyone need this?

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Ticket Giveaway: Brinker International Forum

On Thursday night, a pretty interesting collection of people will come together to discuss the creative process as part of the Brinker International Forum. Participants include actor Bob Balaban, Mandalay Entertainment founder Peter Guber and director Brett Ratner. CNN anchor Campbell Brown will moderate the discussion, which will be held at the Winspear Opera House.

We’ve got a pair of tickets for the first three people who e-mail me ( with “Brinker” in the subject line. On your mark. Get Set. E-MAIL!

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One Nice Thing About the Downturn in Real Estate . . .

. . .  it means an art organization might be able to get a good deal on a new home. After 25 years in the same office/rehearsal space in Fort Worth at 6845 Green Oaks, Texas Ballet Theater is moving to a new home at 1600 Green Oaks Road, right alongside Ridgmar Mall near I-30 and Alta Mere.

“We are fortunate to have found such an amazing facility in Fort Worth to call our new home,” states managing director Margo McCann. “Our new landlord presented us with an incredibly competitive rental rate in combination with a substantial tenant improvement package allowing the Texas Ballet Theater to achieve a move we never thought possible.”

The new facility even includes a studio about the size of the stages at Bass Hall and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Renovations of the new space will start in a few weeks; the move should happen within four months. The full release is below the fold.

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