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VOL. 3 / ISSUE 2 / DECEMBER 2015
IN THIS ISSUE OF SOUTHLAKE ARTS DESIGN
06 Publisher’s Letter
26 SLAM Talks with Becky Margraf
08 Events Calendar
31 Humble Beginnings: an Early Texas Christmas
12 Naturally Sweet Photos
34 Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
13 Glass on the Tracks Photos
36 Becoming Santa Claus
15 Carroll Art Show
37 Trish Biddle
16 Young Frankenstein Delights Audiences SCULPTURE
20 Create Your Own Ornament COMMUNITY
21 Holiday Art Camps EVENTS
41 Gifts at the Museum MUSIC
46 On Vinyl PHOTOGRAPHY
48 Beautiful City
22 Christmas Around the World This month’s cover features a photo of ICE! at Gaylord Texan. Photo by Brian Guilliaux. See more on page 22.
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PUBLISHER’S LETTER It’s the most, wonderful time of the year, and we have the most wonderful issue of the year for you! Finally, after months of waiting the Marq is opening December 12th! The Marq, which includes the outdoor “Aria”, will host many outdoor concerts, performances and family events, and is a more suitable place for displaying public artwork than city hall. Although it isn’t yet the world-class performance hall worthy of international acclaim that we dream about, it is a step in the right direction for a growing community like ours. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (singing again), and Vetro and Art House have wonderful activities for your kids and
grandkids. The little ones can try their hand at painting a Nutcracker (or Santa) and creating their own glass ornament! Since starting the magazine, I have wanted to find a photographer with a talented eye to photograph the work of the 40 Chinese craftsmen who create ICE at the Gaylord each year. Brian Guilliaux braved the freezing cold and captured these beautiful images for us to see. It really is a remarkable work and a must visit! We also have a creative Dragon alumna, Becky Margraf, who has been creating these charming stuffed “Felt Beasts” by hand, which are available on her Etsy shop.
We also had a nice Arts Chat with Trish Biddle, whose work you have seen on all of Town Square’s promotional materials for the holidays. And last but not least the historical society brings us a glimpse of how the first Southlake settlers celebrated Christmas. Merry Christmas!
David Hall David@SouthlakeArts.com
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EVENTS CALENDAR MUSIC MUSE American Airlines Center December 2nd DALLAS OBSERVER SHOWCASE Deep Ellum December 5th THE DALLAS OPERA: BECOMING SANTA CLAUS Winspear Opera House December 4th-12th KING DIAMOND House Of Blues December 5th DSO: MAHLER’S RESURRECTION Orchestra Hall December 5th & 6th EVGENY KISSIN Winspear Opera House December 10th
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA American Airlines Center December 20th ELI YOUNG BAND Billy Bob’s December 31st CAS HALEY The Kessler December 17th DSO: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Orchestra Hall December 18th-20th FRANKI VALLI Winstar December 31st FWSO: BEETHOVEN’S EROICA Bass Hall January 1st-10th
JANET JACKSON American Airlines Center January 24th JOE SATRIANI Majestic Theater March 9th HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL Majestic Theater April 2nd JAZZ IN THE ATRIUM Dallas Museum of Art Thursdays 6-8pm THE FUNKY KNUCKLES Sundown at Granada Every Monday OPEN MIC The Burger Shack Tuesdays
FWSO: POKÉMON SYMPHONY Bass Hall January 2nd
BANI ABIDI Dallas Contemporary Through December 21st
DSO: MOZART & BEETHOVEN Orchestra Hall December 10th & 11th
DSO: VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS Orchestra Hall January 7th
ALEX ISRAEL Nasher Sculpture Garden Through January 31st
DEAD KENNEDYS Gas Monkey December 11th
DSO: CLASSIC BROADWAY! Orchestra Hall January 8th-10th
JOYCE PENSATO The Modern Through January 31st
DSO: SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS Orchestra Hall December 12th
FWSO: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Bass Hall January 13th-17th
KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC The Modern Through January
DSO: HANDEL’S MESSIAH Orchestra Hall December 12th & 13th
MACKLEMORE Winstar January 15th
GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE: THE PAINTER’S EYE Kimbell Through February 14th
TALES FROM THE AMERICAN WEST Amon Carter Through February CASTIGLIONE: LOST GENIUS The Kimbell Through February TEXAS FOLK ART Amon Carter Through September 2016 FUNDAMENTAL & SUPERFLUOUS The Crow Collection Through October 2016 BENEVOLENCE & WISDOM The Crow Collection Through October 2016 CHALET DALLAS Nasher Sculpture Garden Through 2016 GIUSEPPE PENONE: BEING THE RIVER, REPEATING THE FOREST Nasher Sculpture Garden Through 2016 INTERNATIONAL POP Dallas Museum of Art Through 2016 SPIRIT & MATTER: ISLAMIC ART Dallas Museum of Art Through 2016 NS HARSHA Dallas Museum of Art Through 2016
ALEXANDER GORLIZKI: VARIABLE DIMENSIONS The Crow Collection Through 2016 TREASURES FROM THE HOUSE OF ALBA Meadows Museum Through 2016
DANCE TITAS: BODYTRAFFIC Winspear Opera House January 22nd TITAS: CLOUD GATE Winspear Opera House February 5th
IF/THEN Winspear Opera House January 27th-31st
CREATURES OF LIGHTS Perot Through February 2016
ROMEO & JULIET Kalita Humphreys Theater January 27th - February 28th
DALLAS OPERA: ROSSINI & COMPANY Winspear Opera House Through March 13th
THE LION Wyly Theater February 11th-13th
COMMUNITY PARADE OF LIGHTS Main St. Grapevine December 3rd
TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS Nasher Sculpture Garden Sculpture Center First Saturdays
SCHOLA CANTORUM White’s Chapel December 6th
AMAZING ANIMALS Perot Ongoing
BOOK OF MORMON Bass Hall December 1st-6th
MARQ GRAND OPENING Marq Southlake December 12th
CLARKSTON Studio Theater December 3rd - January 31st
FOOD TRUCKS & LIVE MUSIC Grapevine Craft Brewery Weekends
PETER PAN 360 Winspear Opera House Through December 6th JERSEY BOYS Winspear Opera House December 16th-27th
FOOD TRUCKS Klyde Warren Park Daily
KIDS POLAR EXPRESS Main St. Grapevine Weekends
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN Casa Manana Through December 23rd
ICE! CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Gaylord Texan Daily
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Wyly Theater Through December 26th
BASTIEN & BASTIENNE Dallas Opera December 5th
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Home for the Holidays! WHITE’S CHAPEL Holiday Events
185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092 | Ph. 817.481.4147
DEC. 6 | 3 P.M. Schola Cantorum DEC. 12 | 5 & 7 P.M. DEC. 13 | 9 & 11 A.M. WC Christmas Musical Experience DEC. 13 | 7:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. Church-wide brunch
DEC. 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES Services in The Bridge at 4:15 and 5:45 p.m.
SATURDAY THE BRIDGE SERVICE | 5:30 p.m. SUNDAY THE BRIDGE SERVICE | 9:30 & 11 a.m. SANCTUARY SERVICES | 8:20, 9:30 and 11 a.m. FOUNDERS’ FOUNDER CHAPEL SERVICE | 9:30 a.m.
DEC. 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 11 a.m. (Children’s Service) 2:30, 4, 5:30 & 7 p.m., (full choir & orchestra) 11 p.m. (high church)
R EGULAR SERVICE TIMES:
DEC. 5 | 7 P.M. “Sounds of the Season” concert
DEC. 23 | 7 P.M. Christmas Eve Eve Service in the Sanctuary
DEC. 2 | 4 P.M. Christmas Festival Live nativity, rides, games, carnival food & food trucks
DEC. 27 | 9:30 AND 11 A.M. “Swingin’ into the New Year” in the Sanctuary
12 DEC 2015 southlake ARTS Naturally Sweet photos courtesy Janeeâ€™ Booth Photography
GLASS ON THE TRACKS
Glass on the Tracks photos by Bruce Rosenstiel
On November 7th on Main Street in Grapevine, TX, Vetro put on its 16th “Glass on the Tracks”. The 1920’s Industrial / Steampunk theatrical event featured fire breathers, Glassblowing, Pyrotechnics, Blacksmithing, and more. A medieval steel guillotine ominously sat within the boxcar train patiently waiting to destroy any glass artwork that does not meet the auctioneer’s secret reserve price. It truly was an experience for all the senses and provided a great dichotomy between the rawness of the artists and the purity of their artwork.
CARrOLL ART SHOW
On October 15, 2015 we got a glimpse at what CISD art students were up to! Some of them promoted the art elements of Color, Form, Shape, Texture and others dealt with Line as seen in their “Shoe” drawings. Looking forward to seeing these students develop in the coming years.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN DELIGHTS AUDIENCES
With a modern twist on Mel Brooksâ€™ classic Young Frankenstein: The Musical, Carroll Theater Department delivered yet another incredible spectacle! Audiences were treated to hours of laughter with performances that were quirky, entertaining, and spot on. Brought to life with pyrotechnics, three-story sets, rising platforms, captivating dance numbers, and music provided by an exceptionally talented student orchestra, Young Frankenstein enchanted audiences of all ages.
Choose from these color options available at Traditional Ornament Making.
CREATE YOUR OWN ORNAMENT Join the Vetro family this holiday season for fun and flames at Extreme Ornament Blowout and Traditional Ornament Making. Help create your own hand-blown ornament November 21st - December 31st.
EXTREME ORNAMENT BLOWOUT The Process: • You select colors from our entire color palette of glass. • You apply the colors to the hot molten glass gather. • You heat the colors in the 2,000 degree furnace (14+ yrs). • You stay by the artist while he/she blows out the ornament and adds a glass hook. $50 per ornament, reservations required (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
TRADITIONAL ORNAMENT MAKING The Process: • You select colors from our four pre-selected color palettes of glass. • You apply the colors to the hot molten glass gather. • You stay by the artist while he/she blows out the ornament and adds a glass hook. $30 per ornament, first come, first serve, reservations not taken (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
Go to vetroartglass.com for more details, dates & times!
HOLIDAY ART CAMPS Get your student in the holiday spirit by attending one of these art camps at the Art House. Classes are filling up, so register early! studioarthouse.com CLAY NATIVITY - Your child will create their own pieces of the nativity using clay, which will also be painted during camp. Your child’s unique nativity can consist of a baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, or a shepherd with three sheep, or the three wisemen. SANTA BELLY - Santa’s red coat and black belt bring memories of early Christmas mornings and childhood wonder. Your child will create their own unique Santa Belly as they paint an 8”x10” acrylic on canvas to display all season long. NUTCRACKER - Join us with some classical Christmas fun. From cracking nuts on Christmas morning, to the famous ballet, nutcrackers are part of a traditional holiday. Your child will create their own unique nutcracker as they paint an 8”x10” acrylic on canvas to display all season long. BOBBLE HEAD WOOKIE - May the force be with you at the Art House! Your child will create an original bobble head Wookie sculpture using clay. They will then get to paint their sculpture, coming home with a finished piece ready to display. CHARCOAL VADER - You don’t know the power of the dark side! The power of charcoal, that is. At this camp your child will learn different techniques using the fun medium of charcoal as they create a dynamic piece of art of this iconic character. They will come home with a finished piece ready to frame.
AROUND THE WORLD
Photos by Brian Guilliaux
In mid-October, 40 remarkably talented master ice artisans from Harbin, China traveled halfway around the world to Grapevine to carve 2 MILLION POUNDS of ice into magical holiday scenes, brilliant characters, an “On the Blocks” ice bar (21 & up), and five ice slides - all taking visitors on a breathtaking journey through Christmas Around the World.
SLAM TALKS WITH
BECKY MARGRAF Earlier this year I saw the Pokémon felt dude pop up on Becky Margraf’s (2009 CISD graduate) Instagram feed and I instinctively clicked like. The next day, an avocado popped up on my feed, and before I knew it I was seeing felt dudes pop up daily. I instantly knew I’d have to share it with you, because obviously your kids/grandkids will love them (and you will, too). p
BECKY \ BECKY’S FELT DUDES
While in high school, Becky had a large passion for music (guitar, piano and voice) and was an excellent student (I know because I taught her). That passion was slowly overtaken with a growing interest in design. She was always interested in art as a kid, but after joining the school newspaper staff she found herself drawn to visual design more than journalism. She worked as the design editor for two years before studying Graphic Design at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt) in Boston and graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2013. Currently, she is in San Francisco where she works at a company called DIY.org, which is an educational website/ app that provides resources and a community to help kids (aged 6-16) teach themselves new skills. She manages the community (hundreds of thousands of kids based all around the world), oversees the moderation on the platform, and writes the new skills that kids can earn. She also does freelance design work. I had some questions for the globetrotting Dragon alumna and she gave me answers! southlake ARTS
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Felt dudes - How did this come about? The felt beasts were created as my contribution to a larger concept started by artist Elle Luna and The Great Discontent called The 100 Day Project. (thegreatdiscontent.com/100days/) The project encouraged artists/makers/people to pick a technique or process that they liked or wanted to improve on, then do that thing every single day for 100 days in a row. It’s meant to be a creative meditation on the process of making something rather than trying to create something “good.” I chose sewing because it’s something that I really enjoy doing but never felt like I had time to do. I thought it’d be an interesting challenge to force myself to do it every day. (In hindsight, I would have picked something that took a little less time.) Most of my ideas came from my sketchbook. I kept it with me at all times during the project, and any time I thought of an animal or saw an inanimate object that I thought would be fun
to recreate, I doodled it into a little personified creature that I’d later use as a guide to cut the felt and sew the thing. A lot of my friends on Facebook and the kids on DIY suggested or drew out ideas and I used some of those, too. Which of your felt dudes are you most proud of? Each one was like a little daily marathon, so it’s hard to choose! I liked all of the ones that were more complicated or experimental, especially when they came out the way I had hoped. I made a Game Boy with a red LED power light stitched in using conductive thread that actually turned on and off, which I was proud of. I also really liked the book, which had covers and actual felt pages inside. Which of your felt dudes have people wanted the most? Ursa Major has generally been the most popular. I think the waffle with the syrup-and-butter-pat hat has sold the best on Etsy, though.
How many different felt dudes have you made? Well, 100. Since the project ended, I’ve made about 30 more, mostly duplicates of the originals for Etsy orders or improvements on the originals. Lately I’ve been experimenting with making much bigger versions of the creatures and more original/weird monster designs. Who is your favorite designer? Kelli Anderson. (kellianderson.com) She’s a brilliant visual designer who experiments with paper in really amazing ways. I’ve always been a huge fan of cut-paper illustration and paper engineering, but because the design world is primarily digital these days, those things have fallen to the wayside. It’s awesome to know that there are still designers out there who are interested in pushing the boundaries of materials that we take for granted or totally ignore. I highly recommend checking out the paper record player that she designed for a wedding invitation and her stop-motion
cut-paper projects (there are many—visualiza- What is the last thing you Googled? :) tions of the human body, talking silhouettes, “23EUR to USD” (Trying to buy a cool clock an entire forest of plants and animals). from an artist in Hungary!) What is your favorite color? Grey. Is that boring? Chartreuse (a pretty yellowish-green color). Where are you happiest? Currently, it’s just wherever I’m making something. I’ve been sewing felt creatures everywhere I go, even on my morning bus commute. I definitely feel grumpy if I haven’t made anything in a few days. It’s either like a meditation or a drug, I’m not sure which.
Where can people get your felt dudes? feltbeasts.etsy.com I also post pictures of all the projects I’m working on Instagram - instagram.com/bargraf
Pokémon or Digimon? Pokémon! All the way! What are you currently reading? Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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AN EARLY TEXAS CHRISTMAS By Anita Robeson and Connie Cooley, Members of the Southlake Historical Society
Southlake’s Log House, seen here dressed up with a simple fresh evergreen wreath on the front door, was built with logs from three structures that were built in the 1850s and 1860s. In the late 1990s, members of the Southlake Historical Society dismantled the three structures to save the logs and the heavy timbers were stored on the property of SHS member and long-time local historian Jack Wiesman until 2008, when the society donated the logs to the city of Southlake. City workers soon retrieved the logs from Mr. Wiesman’s property and transported them to Stony, Texas where log structure reconstructionist Bill Marquis of Denton County crafted the log house structure that sits on the grounds of Bicentennial Park today in Southlake.
Christmas 1845 was one to remember. A few weeks before, just as 12 wagons of related families from Missouri arrived in the now-Southlake area, a great snowstorm swept across Texas. Unprepared, families huddled in their wagons or around fires built on the ground. When the storm finally passed, they worked together with haste to chop wood, shelter their livestock, and build crude log cabins, one at a time. The first home, it’s said, was built for a young couple with an infant. Now that’s a busy holiday season.
Christmas traditions for many Americans in the mid-1800s included customs we know today: decorated trees, gifts, St. Nicholas, greeting cards, stockings by the fire, church activities, and family-oriented days of feasting and fun. In North Texas, far from civilization, the pioneer men and women, farmers, ranchers, soldiers, and cowboys of the 1840s, ‘50s and ‘60s often had a meager holiday. But Christmas would not be forgotten, be it ever so humble. Those settlers who trekked to now-Southlake in 1845, all devout Baptists, celebrated by
reading the Christmas story from the Bible and perhaps singing The First Noel (traditional) or O Come All Ye Faithful (17th century). Because they were in the Eastern Cross Timbers, they would have had plenty of Christmas trees to choose from -- but where would they find room for one in a 14-by-14-foot log cabin in which the entire family slept, stored their belongings, and prepared food? Across Texas in remote frontier outposts, soldiers could be heard caroling, the smell of venison roasting over an open hearth drifting across the prairie. At parties from the southlake ARTS
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: AN EARLY TEXAS CHRISTMAS
GINGERSNAP COOKIES The origins of gingersnap cookies can be traced back to England and Germany. Early American colonists would have brought a traditional recipe such as this one with them when they began settling here.
Ingredients: • 1 cup brown sugar • ¾ cup shortening • 2 tablespoons molasses, • 1 egg • 2-1/2 cups flour • 2 teaspoons basking soda • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1. Preheat oven to 375° 2. Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg together in a large bowl 3. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and spices until dough forms 4. Shape the dough into balls about the size of egg yolks 5. Roll each ball in white, granulated sugar 6. Place balls about 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet 7. Bake for 10 minutes 8. Cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan. Makes about 30 cookies, depending on how large you make the dough balls.
Panhandle to Fort Worth, cowboys and local families danced and made merry. In the late 1860s, Christmas at the Charles Goodnight ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon overflowed with good cheer. (Goodnight and his business partner, Oliver Loving, were the cattlemen whose lives Larry McMurtry drew upon for his protagonists Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove.) In Texas and Christmas, fifth-generation Texan folklorist, author and editor Joyce Gibson Roach of Keller included a description: “The Old Colonel [Goodnight] always entertained the entire Panhandle at Christmas time. For weeks ahead of the appointed day women were busy planning and preparing for the big party at the Goodnight ranch, which was often attended by as many as 175 persons. “Long tables in the form of a cross were loaded with food – roast beef, wild turkey, antelope, cakes, pies, and other delicacies of the day. At the point where the long tables meet was a Star Navy tomato box decorated with pieces of colored glass and pretty pebbles and covered with a spotlessly clean white cloth. Upon this central table stood the Christmas tree, a spruce or other evergreen from the Palo Duro Canyon ornamented with bunches of frosted raisins and strings of popcorn and cranberries. Each guest received at least one present. “Dances, a favorite diversion of the time, were attended by cowboys and others [who traveled] from great distances and continued until the small hours of the night. Girls, of whom there were never enough to go around, danced and rested alternately. Artists of the fiddle, banjo and guitar furnished music.”
Decorations in some log homes might have been evergreens, pinecones, holly, nuts, and berries. A family with a tree might have adorned it with bits of ribbon, yarn, berries, popcorn or paper strings, handmade figures, or dolls made of straw or yarn. Cookie-dough ornaments and gingerbread men were also popular decorations. Almost every home, when possible, made the holiday a time of feasting, serving dried fruit, potatoes or turnips, cornbread, beans, pickles, fresh game, beef or ham, and desserts. Women began baking weeks ahead of time, leaving the plum pudding and fruitcake to age until Christmas dinner. Homemade gifts included cornhusk dolls, sachets, car ved wooden toys, pillows, footstools, embroidered hankies, and knitted scarves, hats, mittens, and socks. Children might find candies, small gifts, cookies, and an orange in their stockings. On Christmas Eve, families sang carols around the Christmas tree or fireplace and perhaps attended a candlelight church service. On Christmas Day, families went to church, savored a traditional meal, and spent the day visiting with friends and family. Family traditions were handed down and enjoyed more than a century later.
Come by to read the colorful signs that surround the log house and have a family picture taken. To read more about the log house, visit www. southlakehistory.org and click Buildings & Markers at the top of the homepage.
KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, an overview highlighting the range of the artist’s prolific 14-year career and comprising approximately 60 works. The exhibition begins with early examples of paintings inspired by Wiley’s observations of street life in Harlem; these images of African-American men mark the onset of his focused exploration of the male figure. In subsequent work, Wiley further examines the European tradition of portraiture, taking specific paintings by renowned masters such as Titian, Van Dyck, and Manet and replacing the historical subjects with contemporary, young black men sporting fashionable urban gear. These likenesses are set against ornate, decorative backgrounds on large canvases - part of Wiley’s signature style - in order to raise issues of class in addition to race and gender. A New Republic also includes a selection from the artist’s ongoing World Stage project, examples of his bronze busts, and a chapel-like structure that showcases his new stained-glass “paintings.” Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, earning a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and an MFA from Yale University in 2001. His works are in the collections of over 40 museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum; and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Wiley has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Portland Art Museum; Jewish Museum, New York; and Studio Museum in Harlem, among many others. In 2008, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presented FOCUS: Kehinde Wiley and acquired the painting Colonel Platoff on his Charger, 2007-08, for the permanent collection. His work has been the subject of 10 monographs to date. Wiley is currently involved with multiple projects, including the making of a monumental painting for the Art in Embassies program to be installed in the new United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. On January 21, 2015, Wiley was presented the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts. southlake ARTS
Becoming Santa Claus By Mark Adamo
The Dallas Opera is delighted to present an original, musically “Lucky for us, we won’t have to wait until Christmas morning!” compelling and visually stunning world premiere: Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, opening on Friday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. In addition to Winspear Opera House performances, The Dallas Opera, in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing with key support from The Moody Foundation, will take an active role Arts Center. in bringing a touch of the holiday spirit into children’s hospitals and pediatric care units in Dallas, Plano and Galveston: TDO will simulcast This new opera, from the composer of Little Women, is about the the December 6th Sunday matinee, beginning at 2:00 p.m., to several imagined origins of that holiday icon, Santa Claus. Both music and remote locations: Children’s Health (Dallas and Plano), Texas Scottish Rite book for this family-friendly opera were created by Mark Adamo and Hospital for Children (Dallas), and University of Texas Medical Branch at commissioned by The Dallas Opera. Galveston, where hospitalized children will be able to experience this touching and magical tale with their families and caregivers. “As the final of three world premieres this calendar year,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “I’ve been looking The Dallas Opera has created a special coloring book, Becoming Santa forward to Becoming Santa Claus with particular pleasure. The Claus, to be distributed to children’s hospitals in advance of the opportunity to hear our highly esteemed music director, Emmanuel simulcast. Dallas-area high school art students submitted designs Villaume, conduct a Dallas Opera world premiere makes this a earlier this year, to be incorporated into this unique coloring book. Their noteworthy occasion, as does Paul Curran’s staging and choreography, original creations will be exhibited in the Winspear Lobby throughout Gary McCann’s set and costume designs, and the outstanding singers these performances. who will be creating these memorable characters for the very first time.
Arts Chat: Trish Biddle DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? Many of you own and are familiar with Trish Biddleâ€™s work. Southlake Town Square frequently uses her paintings in their promotions, and you can find her booth at Art in the Square filled with her picturesque paintings of women and children in idealistic settings, glamorous women in fabulous places, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell in my opinion. Trish Biddle is published internationally and is collec ted around the wor ld. Bor n in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, American artist Trish Biddle studied at the Dallas Institute of Art before beginning her career as an illustrator and textile designer. Her process of drawing, painting and designing eventually melded onto canvases, creating romantic images and her unmistakable Art Deco figurative paintings. Her expertise in capturing nature and light creates richly colored, breath-taking canvases. With a well-defined style, broad, romantic
strokes and vibrant color, Trish paints figurative, floral, fashion icons and childrenâ€™s art. The faces are obscured purposely to allow the viewer to identify with the images of the graceful dancers their own romantic notions. Backgrounds are evidence of textile, ironwork and architectural designs extracted from her own designs and travels. Trish currently resides in Westlake, Texas.
What brought you from Minnesota to Westlake? Born in Minnesota , my mother was attending the Minneapolis Art Institute when she met my father and decided to put her artistic career on hold to start a family. Little did she know her only daughter would fulfill her creative dream. I grew up with the idea of wanting to do just that and my mother enrolled me in various art camps and painting lessons. We then relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma where in my junior and senior year of high school I was accepted into a commercial art program at Tulsa Vocational Technical Institute where I studied commercial art for high school credit. I landed my first job at a local trade publication as a graphic artist where I then saved my earnings to attend The Art Institute of Dallas. With portfolio in hand, I started the journey of several vocations which kept me in Dallas where I met my husband, who is instrumental in where my art has brought me. From helping find a publisher to licensing and production of Limited Editions website and e-commerce, a constant encourager and companion. We have enjoyed the fruits of our labor together and now as a family. We have 2 daughters who also help out and have their own creative genius within. They brought us to Westlake, Texas where they attend 4th and 6th grades at the charter school Westlake Academy. How did your work as a fashion illustrator morph into your paintings? One of my first jobs out of art school was working for a clothing manufacturer in their art department doing fashion boards and textile design. Later I would land a design position for the JCP corporate headquarters which had relocated to Dallas from NYC. This was good because of the exposure to the REAL fashion industry and the travel. Burned out of corporate life, I freelanced for a while and then my Grandmother passed away and everything changed for me. I became reflective of where my career was taking me. I think I wanted to paint instead. I started with an old cigar box full of black and white photos of my
grandmothers. Then with my husband’s help signed with Canadian art prints, a publisher in Vancouver. They were my compass and helped develop my style, starting with landscapes inspired by an excursion my husband and I took from London to Naples. Then after seeing the Broadway musical Chicago, I fell in love with the costumes and hairstyles painted in a series called Champagne Lounge and the publisher produced posters. Later the textiles would come into play. What drew you to an Art Deco style? Tamara De Lempicka’s work. A Polish artist from the 20s to 40s. I think it was the vintage quality that reminded me of when I first started to paint and it was the old black and white photos in combination with my love for fashion and my textile background. Who are your influences? Figurative American artist Gary Kelley, Brazilian artist Juarez Machado, Polish Art Deco painter Tamara De Lempicka, and French ar tist Gustave Caillebotte who painted the Paris Street; Rainy Day. If you were not an artist, what career path do you think you would pursue? Something to do with food. I love being creative in the kitchen and watch all the good cooking shows, but it would have to include travel, so maybe a travel writer /restaurant reviewer. What makes you laugh? My husband is our own stand-up comedian and our daughter Claire is just like him. The two together will leave you in stitches!
For prints, giclées, original paintings and commissions visit trishbiddle.com
gifts at the museum
In the DFW metroplex that we happen to be in the center of, we have a small group of world class museums (that you all have memberships to right?). They also have wonderful gift shops filled with books and children’s toys that you won’t find anywhere else! Here are a few items to look for in the Nasher and Kimbell gift shops!
@ the Kimbell
1. RED FISH TOYS ANIMAL PUZZLES Select Styles $26 - $34 Red Fish puzzles encourage creativity and imagination. They help children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as well as teach them the alphabet, numbers and colors. All Red Fish products are carefully hand-crafted of sustainable rubber wood, using non-toxic paint or coatings.
2. ROBERT LEHMAN PAPERWEIGHTS $95 Philanthropist Robert Lehman creates intricate paperweights using a wide variety of techniques, including classical Venetian-style “millefiori,” lost wax processes and lampworking techniques. All proceeds of the paperweight go to the museum, as his way of giving a donation to the arts.
3. SUSAN TINKER SILK SCARVES $95 Each of Susan Tinker’s silk charmeuse scarves are hand painted or printed with French Silk dyes and are created from her original artwork. These one-of-a-kind scarves come in a variety of colors. Made in Kansas.
gifts at the museum @ the Nasher 4
4. TEA TIME SET - $22 Paint and pretend with this tea-lightful kit, perfect for any tea time affair! Create your own dazzling tea set with the â€œTea Time Paint & Pretendâ€? Kit. This charming set has everything you need to paint and design your own tea set, with an array of colors and styles to customize and collect! 5. PASTELS - $28 Make amazing works of art with pastels! Have fun learning how to paint with pastels! Make a portrait of a friend, create a realistic landscape or make cool designs by mixing pastels with water.
Just get out your pastels and follow along with the projects in the book, which will show you lots of wonderful tricks and techniques to make great art!
6. POTTERY - $75 The perfect kick-off for beginning artists. Fun ar t sets of fer quality ar t materials and step-by-step illustrated project instructions. Do Art Pottery Studio introduces children to the art and history of hand sculpted pottery From pinch pots to clay figurines, this pottery wheel set will teach and inspire There is also a fully illustrated instruction booklet that will provide a guide for your young artist.
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O N VI NYL SO YOU’VE DECIDED that you’d like to take the path away from digital and go back to vinyl like so many neo-audiophiles are doing these days. Vinyl sales in the U.S. this year outdid streaming revenue (take that Spotify)! Maybe this is a trend change? Whatever the case, there is something nice about relinquishing control from the Playlist or Shuffle-All feature on your iPod and letting the record simply play. There is also the analog aspect of it, other than the scratchiness of the record. The conversion of it has to do with an electrical signal, which has infinitely more resolution than digital. With digital you have your signal converted from electricity into millions of 1’s and 0’s. Those 1’s and 0’s are then sent over wifi to your powered speakers, converted again, and then played.
So if you’d like to have a true analog experience you need the following (without these elements you might as well just stream your iTunes to the Bose): • Records recorded in analog • Record player. • Cables (Bluetooth and wifi will not fit this experience) • Power amp • Speakers (or combine 4&5 into self powered speakers). On the next page are a few options. Please note these are not DJ options.
MUSIC THE QUICK, CHEAP & EASY ROUTE Audio Technica Combo - $159.95 at Barnes & Noble Pros - You can buy it close by and be playing records in no time. It comes with an Audio-Technica AT-LP60 which you can get for around $100. You can connect it to any self-powered speakers. Cons - The speakers are very small and not to be trusted.
MID-FI Turntable - Stanton T.92 - $300 at Guitar Center Speakers - Bose L1 Compact System (the “stick”) ($999) The nice thing about this is that it has the mixer, power amp and speakers all self contained. It provides a line-array of speakers that will sound good no matter how near or far you are to the source, and you could hook up your guitar, keyboard or microphone to it!
MID-HI-FI Turntable - AT-LP120 - $300 at Fry’s Electronics This is one of the best value turntables out there. 35/45/78 RPM speeds, a variable speed slider, and you could even convert your vinyl into digital files (but again, why would you want to do that?) Mixer- Behringer Xenyx 502 - $39 This will do the trick and give you a manual volume knob. Speakers - KRK VXT 8’s - $1200 for a pair These self-powered speakers are made out of bullet-proof kevlar and they have enough power to fill up your home. Bonus: you can hook up a subwoofer! ($800)
Don’t forget the cartridge! The cartridge is what houses the needle to actually play the records. Locally, Fry’s Electronics is the best place to get them. Happy Spinning! southlake ARTS
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Southlake Arts Magazine December 2015 Issue