Art Talk Spring ’08

This “Art Talk” appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Texoma Living!.

by Kimber Bosse, Arts Editor

Spring Art Tour in Downtown Denison Set for March 29-30

Bring color into your spring! Join Texoma Living!, the Denison Arts Council and the Denison Chamber of Commerce for the 11th Annual Spring Art Tour on Historic Main Street. One of the largest art events in north Texas, the Denison tour takes place twice annually in the fall and the spring.

This year’s Spring Tour is March 29-30. Sixteen galleries and studios will present more than 100 local, regional and national artists in a wide range of media. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be on display, with styles ranging from representational to abstract.

Many artists will be in residence, and visitors can watch artists at work up and down Main Street. A number of galleries will have receptions for visiting artists. Visit www.smalltownbigart.com for additional information regarding this and other upcoming art events.

During the art tour, Denison Service League will conduct Main Street Loft Tours on Saturday only. This is the chance to see what is behind those gorgeous second story windows overlooking Denison’s Main Street while helping raise money for a worthy cause. Tickets are $10 at The Bargain Box, 418 W. Main in Denison. Please contact Helen Johnson at 903-436-8354 for further information about the loft tours.

Local restaurants will be open for indoor and outdoor dining. Angela’s Cafe features comfort foods and signature buttermilk pie in a cozy setting, and Country Java is the coffee lover’s destination for latte, homemade soups, fresh salads and pastries. If Italian better suits your palate, Devolli’s is the place, and the perfect accompaniment for any Italian meal is wine from Denison’s Homestead Winery.

Michael Gott and his trio will be performing Saturday night at 7:30 at the Rialto Theater as part of the Denison Arts Council’s Black & White Series. Tickets are from $35 to $10, and are available through the Denison Chamber of Commerce, www.smalltownbigart.com, and at the door. VIP tickets include preferred seating and an after the show party. Gott wowed Denison last summer when he appeared in Cole Porter: Elegance & Decadence. Gott performs regularly at The Mansion in Dallas.

Sherman Community Series Symphony of Musical Culture

The Community Series is a thing of wonder, putting on world class musical performances for Grayson County residents. The cornerstone is the Sherman Symphony Orchestra, which offers five or more classical programs each year. The rest of the season includes exceptional musical artists with diverse styles. In the past, performers such as The Moscow Boys’ Choir, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Harlem Gospel Choir, and Michael Martin Murphy have played in sold-out performances.

Austin College, the Sherman Cultural Committee, the Sherman Musical Arts Committee and the Sherman Constituency Committee started the Community Series in 1966. It gained non-profit 503 (c) (3) status in 1970. Financial support for the series comes from the sale of season tickets, various grants and endowments, and sponsorships. Texoma Living! has joined the ranks of supporters, sponsoring four shows in the 2007-2008 Season and serving as a Sponsoring Partner of the 2008-2009 Season.

The performances remaining in the current season offer a promising taste of what is to come in the next. Violinist Jack Glatzer will join the Community Series in concert on March 29 at Wynne Chapel. The Sherman Symphony Orchestra will conclude this season in a finale concert, performing “Opera Arias, Choruses, and Overtures” on May 3 at the Kidd-Key Auditorium.

For information on ticket prices, concert times and advance season-ticket purchases for the 2008-2009 Season, please visit www.communityseries.com or contact Linda Williams, Assistant Community Series Manager, at 903-813-2251.

Events at 2nd Floor Gallery

Steve Black at Grayson County College send word that the Year-End Student Art Exhibit is set for April 21-May 8 at the college’s 2nd Floor Gallery above the library. The exhibit features the work of first and second year GCC Visual arts majors. Two weeks later the gallery is reset to host Expressions IV, May 21-July 10. Open to all artists the showing is a theme exhibition featuring artwork that explores the human figure. The 2nd Floor Gallery is open Mon.-Thu. 8am-9pm; Fri. 8am-4pm; and Sun. 1pm-4pm.