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APRIL 2017   MAY 2017

April 10, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Percussion Ensemble and Steelband Concert will be in Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

April 11

Homeschool Art Day
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. classes. FREE - Members of Big Country Home Educators (BCHE); $3 per student for all other students.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take. Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 13

Grace After Dark
Start times TBA
Grace Rooftop
Enjoy rooftop screenings of award-winning short films from around the world, curated by The Paramount Theatre for the 24 FPS International Short Film Festival. FREE event limited to 100 adults (18 years and older). Come early to claim your free ticket!

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 13, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: CarWalk Meet Cosplay 
The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This ArtWalk is a fundraising event for The Center and celebrates all makes and models of motorized vehicles, as well as cosplay costumes. Mingle with superheroes among hundreds of cars on display along Cypress Street including antiques, classics, muscle cars, supercars, and hotrods. For details, visit center-arts.com.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

April 15, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

April 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 18, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Jazz Ensemble Concert will be at Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

April 19, 12-1 p.m.
ArtFilm: Art in the 21st Century—Chicago
How does the city of Chicago inspire the artists who live there? How is the architecture, history, and character of the city interpreted and reflected in the work of Chicago-based artists? Which parts of the city are most moving and motivational? In this episode, artists reveal the ways in which their communities ignite ideas for photographs, sculptures, and drawings, and how those communities are invited by the artists to become part of the artworks themselves. Featuring artists Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, and Chris Ware. Bring your lunch, and plan to stay after for a discussion.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

April 20, 10 a.m.

Book Reading in the Children’s Museum. Registration required. $5 per family or $10 per family to receive a copy of the book.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 20, 6-8 p.m.

College Night, Grace Rooftop. All College & University students are invited to our monthly College Night - FREE! 

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 21-23 & 28-30

7:30 p.m.

Abilene Christian University Theatre presents "Peter and the Star Catcher," a grown-up's prequel to Peter Pan. Take a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew with msuic and dozens of actors playing 100 unforgettable characters in this Tony Award-winning play. Recommended for all ages. Talkback April 28. Fulks Theatre. Tickets $15.

Abilene Christian University Theatre

325.674.ARTS (2787) │ www.acu.edu/theatre

 

April 21

3:30 p.m. Q&A Session

7:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry Reading

8:30 p.m. Reception & Book Signing

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will be at Hardin-Simmons University as part of the school's Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series presented by The McIntyre-West Endowment of the HSU Academic Foundation. All sessions are free. Bryant Voigt lives in Vermon and teachers a master's program for writers. In 2015, she was selected as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

 

April 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Skip through the zoo while live music plays for MusicFest and Party for the Planet. Learn about world conservation. Regular admission. Underwritten by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Texas Commion on the Arts and the City of Abilene.

Abilene Zoo

 

April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Big Day Downtown
The Center will host live music, galleries will be open, and artists will be at work in their studios upstairs.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

April 22, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

April 22

7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents “Masterworks IV – Brahms Requiem” at the Abilene Civic Center. Brahms’s radiant music features soprano Elizabeth Moss, baritone Jeffrey Snider and Abilene’s own university choirs - Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University - on a performance rounded out by Sibelius’s heroic final symphony. Single tickets on sale at box office at $18, $21, $29, and $42. Performance at the Abilene Civic Center.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 │ www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Tri-Collegiate Choir Performance of Brahms Requiem will be at the Abilene Civic Center.

ACU Department of Music

 

April 24, noon

Mike Cox, of Wimberly, prolific Texas author and historian and the 2010 A.C. Greene Award winner, will discuss his book on Texas Disasters. This Texas Author Series event sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library will take place at the downtown branch. Lunch is available for $5.

Abilene Public Library

202 Cedar St. | 325.677.2474

 

April 24-29
Closed to the Public
The Center for Contemporary Arts will be closed to the public in preparation for its annual Fiesta de Arte fundraiser event.

 

April 25, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Opera: II Trittico in the Recital Hall at the Williams Performing Arts Center.

ACU Department of Music

 

April 25-26

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 26-29, 7:30 p.m.

DirectFEST 2017 in Van Ellis Theatre at HSU. This annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU theater students. Four nights of fascinating theater. General Admission $10; military, seniors and students $5; HSU faculty, staff and students free. Purchase tickets at the box office or online at hsutx.thundertix.com Van Ellis Theatre box office (325) 670-1405.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

325.670.1405 │www.hsutx.edu

 

April 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
¡Fiesta de Arte España!
The Fourth annual street party de España benefiting the Center for Contemporary Arts! Enjoy Spanish-inspired fare, and wash it down with sangria, beer, and wine. Dance Flamenco in the streets to live music. Bid on a selection of "little masterpieces" original art and other exciting silent auction items. Tickets and tables available for purchase at www.center-arts.com.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

April 27, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Bands Concert will be at Cullen Auditorium.

ACU Department of Music

 

April 28, 5-6:30 p.m.

Reception in  Ryan Gallery at McMurry University for April 24-28 senior exhibition for Kim Fritz, BFA, and Katy Hedrick, BA.

 

April 28-30

6-9 p.m.

Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival in Nelson Park featuring local and area rythm and blues artists as well as headliners. Benefiting United Way of Abilene. Gospel Brunch Sunday.

 

April 29, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

April 30

2 p.m.

The Children's Performing Arts Series presents "The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!" at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Off Broadway’s improvised, interactive musical pirate adventure filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments! Tickets are $9.

 

April 30, 3 p.m.

Civic Orchestra of Abilene (COA) will perform at the Abilene Convention Center. Pianists Mark and Lauren Puckett will perform. Free admisison. Please bring foods to benefit our community partner Food Bank of West Central Texas.

 

MAY 2017

 

May 1-6

If you like anime, manga, comics, superheroes, and other fun pop culture things, you’ll enjoy Lib-Con 2017! Abilene Public Library is holding its fourth annual mini comic convention all week long and this year we have a special guest appearance by voice actress Terri Doty! All three locations will host a series of fun events from Faceoff makeup tutorials, cosplaying, and more. All of the programs are free and they will have tons of programming suitable for all ages. Stop by any library location and pick up your official Lib-Con 2017 Program Guide. This guide will be your official agenda of all the events being hosted, along with descriptions of when they are, where they are, who they're for and more...plus, it will have registration forms and rules for all those interested in signing up for the Cosplay Contest. Free.

 

May 2-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take. Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 2, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Choirs Concert in the ACU Cullen Auditorium.

ACU Department of Music

 

May 2 & 4, 3 p.m.

ACU Opera: II Trittico in the Recital Hall at the Williams Performing Arts Center.

ACU Department of Music

 

May 4-5, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Tot Spot classes - A fun experience for kids ages 3-5 that includes an instructor-led art project and exploring the galleries. Free for museum members; $5 per participating child for non-members. Registration is required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 4 at 4 p.m.: Free Make and Take activity Elf and Fairy Crafts inspired by “The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies” at the Abilene Public Library’s Mockingbird branch. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 4, 5-8 p.m.

AS IS rural realism opening reception.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 4 at 6 p.m.” Free program “Pajama Party” at the Abilene Public Library’s south branch based on the book “Bedtime for Frances.” This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 5, 10:30 a.m.

Art Adventure for preschoolers.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

May 5-6

Patty Rae Wellborn will give a fun-filled, two-day painting workshop on Color and Composition from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 5 and Saturday May 6th from 9:30 -4:00 at the Center for Contemporary Arts Call 325-665-9202 to reserve your place.

 

May 5, 4-5:30 p.m.

Manga creator and illustrator Mark Crilley will join the Abilene Public Library's Lib-Con celebration for a drawing session. He is known for the series, "Miki Falls," "Akiko," and "Brody’s Ghost." His new book, “Mastering Manga," is his first how-to-draw book. The library is partnering with the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature to bring Crilley to the program. Free.

 

May 6

7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents “Pops III – Movie Music: Cowboys, Pirates, and Adventurers” at the Abilene Civic Center. The clock is ticking, the cave is closing in, the opponents are stone-still before the draw … hear the excitement and suspense from favorite movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, The Cowboys, and many more Single tickets on sale at box office at $18, $21, $29, and $42. Performance at the Abilene Civic Center.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 │ www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

May 6, 10 a.m. to noon

Mastering Manga Workshop with Mark Crilley; Price: $25 per participant, Supplies included.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

May 6, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art: Come and Go.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

College De-Stress Day hosted by McMurry University.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 9, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. classes

Home School Art Day
Free for members of Big Country Home Educators (BCHE); $3 per student for all other students. Registration is required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org


May 11 at 10:45 a.m.: Free Super Storytime with craft for the book “Baby Farm Animals” at the Abilene Public Library’s Mockingbird branch. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 11, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: Cowboy Up!
The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This month we kick off
Western Heritage Month! For details, visit www.center-arts.com

 

May 11, 5:30-8 p.m.

ArtWalk night with free art activity.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

May 11

Grace After Dark
Food Trucks 5-7 p.m.; claim your entry wristband beginning at 6 p.m.; films begin at 7 p.m. (or at dark).
Enjoy rooftop screenings of award-winning short films from around the world, curated by The Paramount Theatre for the 24 FPS International Short Film Festival. FREE event limited to 100 adults (18 years and older). Come early to claim your spot!

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 12-13

7:30 p.m. Friday

2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Paramount Film Series - "Pillow Talk." $7 adults, $6 students, seniors, military and children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

 

May 13, 11 a.m.

Chautauqua Learning Series. This month's presentation: History Film: Audience Choice.

Taylor County History Center/Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St. │ 325.572.3365

 

May 13, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art time. Free.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

May 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 17, 12-1 p.m.
ArtFilm: Art in the 21st Century

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

 

 

May 18, 10 a.m.
Children’s Book Reading - Join us in the Children's Museum for this month's reading held for families on the famous mini-Paramount stage, followed by an art activity in the Children's Diner. $5 per family; $10 per family with a keepsake copy of the book. Registration is required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 18 at 4 p.m.: Free Family Fun time with craft on the book “The Sailor Dog” at the Abilene Public Library's Mockingbird branch. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 18, 7 p.m.

Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club at the Abilene Public Library. They select their own books to read and discuss for each month’s meeting. In May, the discussion will be on “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. On May 1, 1915, the Lusitania set sail on its final voyage. That it was sunk by a German U-boat will be news to few — and Larson’s challenge is to craft a historical narrative leading up to the thrilling, if known, conclusion, building anticipation in his readers along the way.

 

May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Jay Moore Presents: Forgotten Abilene @ The Paramount Theatre
(approx. 90 minutes). Enjoy a live presentation recounting hometown stories you have never heard. In collaboration with the Paramount Theatre, the Grace Museum jointly presents this trip into our hidden (and often humorous) past. Event is free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 20

Zoolute to Dyess Air Force Base at the Abilene Zoo. Abilene Memory Men will sing at this event.

 

May 20, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art time. Free.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

May 21-June 7

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature is closed for an exhibit change.

 

May 23-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 25, 7 p.m.

ARTIST TALK: Ashton Thornhill. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

May 25-June 3

Abilene Community Theatre presents "The Andrews Brothers" by Roger Bean. What do you do if the Andrews sisters can't go on stage? Hope that the stage hands have the voices and moves to step up so the show can go on!

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

May 30-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

JUNE 2017

 

June 1

Community Artist-Led Urban Landscape Photo Walk.
Free and open to the public. Guided by Nil Santana.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 1-2, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Tot Spot classes: A fun experience for kids ages 3-5 that includes an instructor-led art project and exploring the galleries. Free for museum members; $5 per participating child for non-members. Registration is required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 2-3

7:30 p.m. Friday

2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Paramount Film Series — "Father of the Bride." $7 adults, $6 students, seniors, military and children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

 

June 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 5-July 29

Summer Reading Club themed "Build a Better World" with activities at all three branches. Events include Young Audiences of Abilene performances by professional artists, extra programming, weekly prizes and a special prize from the Friends of the Abilene Public Library for all who read 10 books or five hours! Call the Main Library at 676-6067, South Branch at 698-7565 or Mockingbird Branch at 437-READ for more information, or go online to www.abilenetx.com/apl.

 

June 5-July 29

Teen Reading Club themed "Build a Better Wall" at all library locations. Any young adult who has completed grade fifth through 12th can participate. Read six books . . . any books. Read and get stamped for six books and be entered into a grand prize drawing. Visit the library each week to get a premium. Go to www.abilenetx.com/apl for more information.

 

June 5-July 29

Adult Reading Club themed "Build a Better Wall" at all library locations. Read a book or attend an adult program for one raffle ticket. Fill out the ticket and enter it in one of our prize drawings throughout the summer at any library location. The first 200 people at each library location to register for the Adult Summer Reading Club will receive a tote bag.

Go to www.abilenetx.com/apl for more information.

 

June 8, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: CALF Festival (Once Upon a Time)
The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This ArtWalk is the kick
off the start of CALF this month. Abilene Memory Men will perform at the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Convention Center. For ArtWalk details, visit www.center-arts.com

 

June 8-10

The 6th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival celebrating the work of Garth Williams. On Thursday, come to the free parade, Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden Opening, Wilbur's Garden Party and author talks by Diane Muldrow ("Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book") and Leonard Marcus ("Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books.") All day Friday and Saturday passes are required for the dramatic readings, art activities, balloon shows, petting zoos and more. Ages 2 and under free. Age 2-12 is $7 until May 15 and $10 after. Ages 13 and up are $12 until May 15 and $15 after. Register at www.abilenecalf.com

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

1101 N. 1st St. 325.677.1161 www.abilenecac.org

 

June 8: Opening of exhibition of original artwork by Garth Williams at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. Free. Author Talk at Historic Paramount Theatre followed by book signing.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

June 10, 11 a.m.

Chautauqua Learning Series. This month's presentation: History Film: Audience Choice.

Taylor County History Center/Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St. │ 325.572.3365

 

June 10, 7:30 p.m.

Pre-show party at 6:30 p.m. with desserts, coffee, beer and wine

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that is delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production with an incredible orchestra and all the moments you love - the glass slipper, pumpkin and masked ball!

Celebrity Attractions

 

June 10, 7:30 p.m.

Great Music for a Great Cause - The largest fundraiser for an organization providing foster care and emergency shelter for children is the 26th annual Abilene Music Teachers Association Showcase Concert benefiting Harmony Family Services Inc.
More than 60 students and teachers from Abilene and the surrounding area perform ensembles on 12 pianos, solos and original compositions. This family event for all ages and tastes has variety from costumed performers to concert artists! Free.
First Baptist Church, Abilene
1333 North 3rd, Abilene, TX 79601

Abilenemusicteachersassociation.org

 

June 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 13, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Young Audiences of Abilene presents the 2017 Summer Library Series with special guest Bernadette Nason, storyteller. Free.

Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

June 15, 10 a.m.

Children’s Book Reading - Join us in the Children's Museum for this month's reading held for families on the famous mini-Paramount stage, followed by an art activity in the Children's Diner. $5 per family; $10 per family with a keepsake copy of the book. Registration is required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 15-18

Annual Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale in the Abilene Convention Center. Great prices and a huge selection of books, videos, CDs, DVDs and lots of wonderful miscellaneous stuff! The annual Friends book sale begins with a members-only preview on Thursday, June 15 from 5-8 p.m. Friday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.  Sunday’s Bag-o-Books sale: 1-4 p.m. For more info, go to www.abilenetx.com/apl or call 325-676-6025.

 

June 15, 6-8 p.m.

Watercolor Class with Tamberley Thomas. Pre-registration is required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 15, 7 p.m.
Cover-to-Cover Book Club in the main Abilene Public Library auditorium for adults who love to read. They select their own books to read and discuss for each month’s meeting. In June, its reader’s choice. The group will discuss the current books we are reading and vote on book selections for the rest of the year.

 

June 17, 1-4 p.m.
Family Art time. Free.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

June 19-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Daring Drawings & Curious Colors Camp. Entering 1st-6th grades
$85 members; $105 non-members.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 20, 12-1 p.m.
ArtFilm: Art in the 21st Century

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

June 22, 5-8 p.m.

Family Night: Summer Fun. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 23-25

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

2 p.m. Sunday

Paramount Productions presents "Fiddler on the Roof." All seats reserved at $25, $20, $15, and $12 depending on location.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

 

June 24, 1-4 p.m.
Family Art time. Free.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

June 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Rock It! Science Camp. Entering 3rd-6th grades. $100 members; $120 non-members.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take - Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

June 27, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Young Audiences of Abilene presents the 2017 Summer Library Series with special guest La Theatre de Marionette, which presents a cabaret style show of puppetry. Children will be thrilled by the fun of this "Silly String" performance. Free. Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

June 29, 7 p.m.

ARTIST TALK: Pat Gabriel & Randy Bacon. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

 

JULY 2017

 

July 8, 11 a.m.

Chautauqua Learning Series. This month's presentation: History Film: Audience Choice.

Taylor County History Center/Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St. │ 325.572.3365

 

July 11, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Young Audiences of Abilene presents the 2017 Summer Library Series with special guest Joe McDermott. He is a singer/songwriter who specializes in music for children. His high-energy, Austin-style pop sound comes through in his music. His new album is "Coconut Beach." Free. Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

July 25, 10:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Young Audiences of Abilene presents the 2017 Summer Library Series with special guest Hamstead Stage Co. This company brings the worlds of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pinocchio" to life! Based on literary classics, these shows combine realistic sets and elaborate costumes. Free. Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

July 28

Artist David Diaz for the NCCIL's 20th anniversary.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

AUGUST 2017

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Short Cut with David Macaulay: Family Event; Price: Free.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Sept. 21-23 & Sept. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 1, 2 p.m.

"Ripcord," a comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tyler Sparks. A sunny room at Bristol Place Senior Living Facility becomes a battleground of wills and more between cantankerous Abby and chipper Marilyn. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

OCTOBER 2017

 

Oct. 13

NCCIL 20th Anniversary events with Marla Frazee, David Shannon and Mark Teague.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 14, 6 p.m.

20th Anniversary Gala with Marla Frazee, David Shannon and Mark Teague; Price: $125 per person

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Nov. 2-4 & Nov. 10-11, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

"A Piece of My Heart," a drama by Shirley Lauro, directed by Ginger Vinson. A powerful drama of six women who went to Vietnam, showing each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Nov. 9-10

Artist Talk by Melissa Sweet; Price: Free

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 12

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents the annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at the Abilene Womans Club.

 

Nov. 17-19

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker"

 

DECEMBER 2017

 

Dec. 7-9 & Dec. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17, 2 p.m.

"She Loves Me," a musical romantic comedy, music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and book by Joe Masteroff, directed by Mike Stephens. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, Amalia and Georg live for the love letters that they exchange with their pen pals, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Follow Amalia and Georg as they discover the identity of their true loves... and of all the twists and turns along the way!

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

Feb. 8-10 & Feb. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

"Measure for Measure," a comedy by William Shakespeare, directed by Andrea Robison. With his unique brew of laughter and high seriousness, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love, and justice, asking unsettling questions about the relationship between those in power and ordinary citizens.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Feb. 25

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents "Fairy Tales & Fables" at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

 

APRIL 2018

 

April 5-7 & April 13-14, 7:30 p.m.

April 15, 2 p.m.

"Doubt," a drama, by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Gavyn Hardegree. A nun who is the principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx takes matters into her own hands when she suspects a young priest of improper relations with one of the male students.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

MAY 2018

 

May 31-June 2 & June 8-9, 7:30 p.m.

June 10, 2 p.m.

"No Room for a Picture on a Blank Wall," a drama by David Remschel, directed by Mike Stephens. The progression of Alzheimer’s is seen in a man’s life as everything around him disappears.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

JUNE 2018

 

June 14-16

The 7th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival celebrating the work of Oliver Jeffers, illustrator of the best-selling "The Day the Crayons Quit" book and its sequal, "The Day the Crayons Came Home.". On Thursday, come to the free parade, sculpture unveiling, and Artist Talk. All day Friday and Saturday passes are required for the dramatic readings, art activities, balloon shows, petting zoos and more. Ages 2 and under free. Age 2-12 is $7 until May 15 and $10 after. Ages 13 and up are $12 until May 15 and $15 after. Register at www.abilenecalf.com

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

1101 N. 1st St. 325.677.1161 www.abilenecac.org

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org


Exhibits

Sept. 23, 2016-Aug. 12, 2017

"Spanish Legacy in Abilene"

 

March 24-Aug. 12, 2017

"As Is Realism"

Identifiable subjects are only part of the enduring allure of realism.

 

March 30-Aug. 12, 2017

"Texas Noir Photography by Ashton Thornhill"

Ashton Thornhill is a fine art photographer currently working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. He spent several years working as a photojournalist before he returned to his alma mater, Texas Tech University, to share his love of the medium and teach photography.

 

April 25-Aug. 12, 2017

"Horizonscapes"

The small scale of Katie Maratta’s vast miniature vistas demands closer examination. Only then are you rewarded with the impeccable detail of her horizontal narratives of the vast Texas landscape.

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED LITERATURE
102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Exhibits

 

June 8, 2017-Sept. 1, 2017

"The Illustration Art of Garth Williams"

Artist who brought to life "Charlotte's Web," "Stuart Little," "Little House on the Prairie" and a dozen Golden Books.

 

Sept. 14, 2017-Oct. 27, 2017

"Celebrating 20 years of Art" - A special exhibition celebrating 20 years of NCCIL.

 

Nov. 9, 2017-Jan. 26, 2018

Illustrations of Melissa Sweet

 

Family Art Project Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

A come-and-go program offered by art educators who help children create art in the style of the artist currently featured in the gallery. Free!

 

IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY

Frost Art Building at Hardin-Simmons University | www.hsutx.edu

 

February 27-March 24, 2017
HSU Art Faculty Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, March 23, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

April 3-April 20, 2017
HSU Student Art Competition
Reception & Awards: Thursday, April 6, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

April 24-28, 2017
Senior Show: Courtney Galloway, Jacob Barron
Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

April May 1- 5, 2017
Senior Show: Brandon Mast
Reception: Friday, May 5, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY

Cockerell Galleries and Studios, 1133 N. 2nd St.

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

Don H. Morris Center at Abilene Christian University | 325.674.2085 | www.acu.edu

 

 

MIKE LANIER FINE ART / STUDIO 13 GALLERY
909 N 13th St. | http://mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com/

 

Mondays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

"Monday painting with friends." Bring your lunch.

 

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Three locations | www.abilenetx.com/apl

 

Pre-School Storytime

Held year-round at 10:45 a.m. on select days at all three library locations.

 

Cover-to-Cover Book Club – third Thursday of the month, Main Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Each month, they choose the books they will discuss the following month.

 

ABILENE STAR CHORUS
325.829.1470 │ www.abilenestarchorus.org
Rehearsals are 6:15-8:45 p.m. each Tuesday at the First Baptist Church choir room.

 

ABILENE CIVIC CENTER
1100 N. 6th St.│ 325.676.6211 │ www.abilenetx.com/CivicCenter/

Art displays by Pedro Rivera and Fuentes in the Red Carpet Lobby.

 

TAYLOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Paintings by members of the Abilene Creative Arts Club on display.

 

ABILENE CREATIVE ARTS CLUB
Buffalo Gap Historic Village | 325.514.0665

 

In March 2017, paintings by Carolyn Hollingshead will be displayed in Cypress Street Station, and paintings by Shirley Minzenmayer will be in Bogie's North window. At ArtWalk, an artist member will do a demonstration on the sidewalk outside of Cypress Street Station.

 

CEDAR BREAK GALLERY OF FINE ART
401 Pine St. The Windsor | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; by appointment on Saturdays| www.barryarthur.com | 325.677.9999
Featuring the Western art of Barry Arthur.


ABILENE WRITER'S GUILD
Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Classroom B of the Rose Park Senior Citizens Center, 2625 S. 7th St. except in November (third Thursday) and December (no meeting). Annual memberships are $25 for individuals and $35 for a family.

 

ZACHRY GALLERY
3301 S 14th St # 26B │ 325.793.1616
Inside Abilene Frame-N-Art Shoppe.
Featuring local artist H.C. Zachry.

 

JODY KLOTZ FINE ART

1060 N. 2nd St. | 325.670.9880 | fineart@jodyklotz.com | www.jodyklotz.com

19th and early 20th Century European paintings, with a strong emphasis on beautiful 19th landscape paintings by artists such as Henri Biva (French, 1848-1929), William Didier Pouget (French, 1864-1959), and René Charles Edmond His (French, 1877-1960).

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

EXHIBITS

March Exhibits
PDQ: Prints, Drawings, and Quilts
Ellie and Lynwood Kreneck
Breed Gallery
thru March 25

Trees
Joe Rude
Gallery 4
thru March 11

2017 Intercollegiate Student Art Competition
Abilene-area College Art Students
Gallery 3
February 9 – March 18

Images of the West
Jack Harkins
Gallery 3
March 23 – May 13

 

April Exhibits
HumanEssence
April Rifenburgh and Mary K Huff
Breed Gallery
thru May 20

Images of the West
Jack Harkins
Gallery 3
thru May 13

 

May Exhibits
"HumanEssence"
April Rifenburgh and Mary K Huff
Breed Gallery
March 30-May 20
"Textile"
Kathy Robinson
Gallery4
March 22-May 6
"Clay"
Kathy Walker Millar & Students
Gallery 4
May 10-July 24
"Images of the West"
Jack Harkins
Gallery 3
March 23-May 13
"Between Bubble and Line: Live a Colorful life"
Stephanie Prosser
Gallery 3
May 17-July 8
"2017 WTPS Annual Exhibit"
West Texas Photo Society
Wright Photo Gallery
May 4-July24

 

June Exhibits

New Works
Center Artist Member Show
Breed Gallery
May 25-July 15
Clay
Kathy Walker Millar & Students
Gallery 4
May 10-July 24
Between Bubble and Line: Live a Colorful life
Stephanie Prosser
Gallery 3
May 17-July 8
2017 WTPS Annual Exhibit
West Texas Photo Society
Wright Photo Gallery
May 4-July24

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

1133 N. 2nd, Second Floor | 325.829.7975 | www.cockerellgalleries.com | Carolyncc52@yahoo.com


May

What:  Nancy Capra's show 'Florals and Fruit' When:  Opens Mon May 1 and runs thru Wed May 31.
Where:  The Cockerell -Upstairs/Studio 209
When:  5:30-8 p.m. 
Cost:  Free admission.

 

What:  Artist/Photographer Jessica Morrow of The Loft 212 will be hosting this Girl Scout Art/Print Fundraiser 
Who:  Girl Scouts
Date:  One Night Only!  May's Artwalk
Time:  6-8pm
Where:  The Cockerell -Upstairs/Studio 209

 

June

What:  Artist Larry Fox's show 
'Multi Media Works' When:  Opens Thurs June 1 & runs thru Fri June 30.  
Where:  The Cockerell -Upstairs/Studio 209
Time: 5:30-8pm Cost:  Free admission

Who:  Artist Larry Fox 


What:  A fun, live clay demo of the face!  'It will be a head study so participants will be making noses, eyes, and mouths!'  Fun & creative for sure! 
When:  June's Artwalk
Where:  The Cockerell -Upstairs/Studio 209
Cost:  Free and family friendly.

 

What:  Clay Art Class
Taught By:  Artist Larry Fox 
When:  Sat, June 17
Time:  Begins at 6:30pm.
Where:  The Cockerell -Upstairs/Studio 209
Cost: $40 each person.
Registration & payment can be made to Larry Fox by contacting him at: LDFOX@AOL.COM or at 325-518-7032.


AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

1642 Sayles Blvd. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu.

 

McMurry University Annual Spring Student Art Competition
March 29-April 19 in the Ryan and Gypsy Ted Galleries
Reception, March 31 at 12 p.m. in the Ryan Gallery and foyer

Categories include: photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, graphic design, pottery, and 3D.  This work will be for sale.

 

April 24-28

Senior exhibitions for Kim Fritz, BFA, and Katy Hedrick, BA, in the Ryan Gallery at McMurry University. Reception, April 28, 5-6:30 p.m.,  Ryan Gallery.

 

May 1-5

Senior exhibition for Yoleny Palacios, BFA. Reception is 5-6:30 p.m. May 5.

 

May 8-12

Exhibt by Hailee Reeder. Reception following graduation on May 13.

 

May 15-Aug. 25

"Orange" exhibit - the color of warmth, friendlieness and exotic plays a starring role in these pop-impressionistic works by Marianne Wood. All words are for sale.

 

Oct. 2017

Homecoming Alumni Exhibit: Eric Britt

 

GYPSY TED ART GALLERY

McMurry University

2117 Hunt St. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu

 

McMurry University Annual Spring Student Art Competition
March 29-April 19 in the Ryan and Gypsy Ted Galleries
Reception, March 31 at 12 p.m. in the Ryan Gallery and foyer

Categories include: photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, graphic design, pottery, and 3D.  This work will be for sale.

 

May 1-5

Senior exhibition for Spencer Collins. Reception is 5-6:30 p.m. May.

 

May 8-12

Exhibt by Kaitlin Andrews. Reception following graduation on May 13.

 

ABILENE TEACHERS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
AISD Administration Building, One AISD Center, 241 Pine St.

AMTA meets the second Thursday most months during the school term for business and professional development through informative programs. AMTA members include independent and collegiate music teachers.

For information, email khrystynehastings@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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