Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s
Jun
1
to Jul 4

Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s

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Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s

  • The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St., Abilene

  • 325-673-4587, Lori Thornton

  • 06/01/19 - 07/04/20

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

From the Gibson Girl to the Flapper, women's fashion evolution from the early 1900s to the 1920s in the United States was due to new economic and social factors for women. These three decades were a defining time as many women fought for the right to vote, joined the work force during World War I, and changed the traditional social norms for women from the previous century.

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Jun
6
to Nov 1

Peter Brown

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"A Time and Place for Everything: Peter Brown"

Peter Brown is an author and illustrator of children’s books. His titles include New York Times bestsellers like The Wild Robot, The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Peter’s illustrations for Creepy Carrots!, written by Aaron Reynolds, earned him a Caldecott Honor.

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Charlie Hukill & Christian Palmer
Sep
4
to Nov 2

Charlie Hukill & Christian Palmer

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This joint exhibition is titled “Divergent Diptychs.” Gallery 3. The artists reception is 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 17.

Charlie Hukill is a retired professor of Theatre at McMurry University, where he designed and built scenery, and designed and executed lighting for stage productions. He also directs plays and sometimes acts in them. He has been pursuing artistic endeavors as long as he can remember and began painting in oils while a student in junior high school. He studied oil painting for three years at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and would rather paint than anything else.

Christian Palmer is a McMurry University graduate and award winning artist

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Sep
7
to Jan 18

Up Close and Personal

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The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St., Abilene

  • 325-673-4587, Lori Thornton

  • 09/07/19 - 01/18/20

  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Up Close and Personal: Portraits from the Reaves Collection of Texas Art.

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Sep
7
to Feb 22

Hung Liu

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Hung Liu: The Long Way Home

  • The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St., Abilene

  • 325-673-4587, Lori Thornton

  • 09/07/19 - 02/22/20

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • $6-Adults; $3-Senior citizens, students and non-active duty military; Free-Ages 3 and younger, Active duty military and their families

A solo exhibition of the recent work of Chinese-born American contemporary artist, Hung Liu in a variety of media including mixed media, resin, tapestry, oil and works on paper. She is best known for masterful recreations of historical Chinese photographs.

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Sep
7
to Feb 22

Sarah Ball: An Unlikely Likeness

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The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St., Abilene

  • 325-673-4587, Lori Thornton

  • 09/07/19 - 02/22/20

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Using 19th and 20th century photographic archives of mug shots, Sarah Ball creates a series of intimate portraits of anonymous protagonists. Her meticulously-rendered paintings in this solo exhibition feature expressionless faces taken out of context and reflect on contemporary issues of bias in an increasingly judgmental culture.

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Sep
7
to Feb 8

Paul Black: Carol

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The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St., Abilene

  • 325-673-4587, Lori Thornton

  • 09/07/19 - 02/01/20

  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and under, museum members and active duty military and families with ID

Photographer Paul James Black presents an intimate group of Polaroids and black and white photographs of only one person; his wife Carol. The photographs in the exhibition, Paul Black: Carol, were taken in the first two decades of their marriage and offer an intimate record into their private world in the 1960s and 70s. Carol is the only subject in this chronicle.

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Sep
7
to Feb 8

Igor Melnikov: Dreamwatcher

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Igor Melnikov: Dreamwatcher

  • The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St., Abilene

  • 325-673-4587, Lori Thornton

  • 09/07/19 - 02/01/20

  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Russia American artist, Igor Melnivok, challenges traditional associations with portraiture through his haunting paintings of emotionally ambiguous children isolated on a dark background. Although he often bases his paintings on children he knows, he also relies old photographs as well as memories and dreams for details. He states that his main objective is not to record a likeness but rather to suggest the childlike innocence and vulnerability we once possessed.

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Sep
17
to Feb 1

Nobody's Fool - New Exhibition

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Old Jail Art Center

  • 201 S. 2nd St., Albany

  • 325-762-2269, Susan Montgomery

  • 09/17/19 - 02/01/20

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Free

Artists have been creating paintings that produce the illusion of real objects for centuries. Trompe l’oeil—from the French phrase 'deceives the eye'—is the art term that describes the effect of their visual deception. Contemporary artists often create an additional level of content by adding visual references relevant to contemporary events, situations, and observations. Nobody’s Fool highlights the work of contemporary artists Kirk Hayes and Michael Bane.

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Nov
14
to Jan 18

Linda Stricklin & LaGina Fairbetter

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Triassic Painting, Postosuchus, by LaGina Fairbetter

Triassic Painting, Postosuchus, by LaGina Fairbetter

LaGina Fairbetter is an artist originally from Abilene. She teaches at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she created the world’s largest windmill mural.

Linda Stricklin is an artist and business owner. She owns Abilene Frame-N-Art and River Oaks Gallery. Linda taught art at McMurry University for 13 years.

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Nov
14
to May 30

Yuyi Morales: Soñadora

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Yuyi immigrated to the United States as a new mother with her two-month-old son, Kelly, and his American father in 1994. During a difficult transition period, she was introduced by Kelly’s grandmother to a local public library. In the children’s book section, she found a gateway to her new life. Even if she did not know all of the words, she could determine the story through the pictures that communicated despite language barriers. In this way, she learned English alongside her son, Kelly. This initial introduction to a public library would lead her down a path to see her childhood dream of being an artist and storyteller come to fruition.

Yuyi is a six-time recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré award, and the first Latina to receive a Caldecott honor for her book, “Dreamers,” in 2019. Her books have been recognized with starred reviews in publications such as Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist.

Yuyi’s stories are heavily influenced by her upbringing in Mexico and give poignant insight from an immigrant’s perspective. “Dreamers,” the recipient of a 2019 Caldecott Honor, speaks to this experience and topic especially. However, pieces of her vibrant past make their way into her other titles as well. “As anyone who comes to a new country carries with her, with him, all those stories, I brought them with me, too, and I put them in my books all the time,” Morales has said. Be inspired by Yuyi’s extraordinary art at her opening, November 14th, 2019.

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Nov
15
to Jan 11

Katy Presswood

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Greg Jaklewicz, Abilene Reporter-News Published 3:00 p.m. CT Jan. 2, 2019

An art teacher for more than 50 years

When Katy Presswood retired from teaching 40 years in Abilene public schools — eight at the former Franklin Middle School and 32 at Abilene High, she finally had time to paint.

"It has been fun," she said. "Teaching is a full-time job, and I had lived vicariously through my students."

Oh, but she did not stop teaching after retiring in 2004. She taught for 10 years in a juvenile justice system program and a woman's class at the Taylor County Jail for the about the same amount of time. Those efforts overlapped but curtailed when she took a teaching position with Kenley School.

"Fifty-four years now," she said.

She got a studio at CCA in 2002 to begin her retirement transition. She has been a member "longer. A long time."

She described herself as a "master of all trades" when it comes to painting, even digital art that she had to teach but didn't enjoy as much as abstract works.

"I'm an expressionist. I am more nuts and bolts, and it's about composition and color," she said. "I work fast. I don't plan."

Her work on display is titled "Ice," which is two canvases presented side by side

She grew up "in the country" and thrilled at wintry settings that left ice on barns and coating tree limbs.

Her work is about those "little slivers of ice like glass" and coat an object and then slide off.

She painted on canvas and blotted it with another to create a mirror-like image, then filled the negative space, she said. Nothing was planned but she built on her idea, step by step.

Busy with teaching and keeping grandchildren, "I didn't have much time" to get a piece ready for the show. "I just got it done."

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Nov
25
to Dec 6

Senior Show

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Nov 25 – Dec 6, 2019

Senior Show: Artists TBA

Reception: Friday, Dec. 6, 5:00-6:30

Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery, Frost Center for the Visual Arts, HSU

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Jun
11
to Sep 27

Loren Long

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Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow.

He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna.  Loren's Little Tree, is a picture book for all ages. He has most recently illustrated Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown and Love by Newbery Medalist, Matt de la Peña.

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Oct
8
to Jan 29

Christian Robinson

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Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (Putnam, 2015); de la Peña himself took home the 2016 Newbery Medal, awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children for the "most distinguished book for children."

Leo: A Ghost Story, illustrated by Robinson and written by Mac Barnett (Chronicle, 2015), was named a 2015 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. His Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell (Chronicle, 2014) received numerous awards and accolades including a Sibert Informational Book Award Honor and a Coretta Scott King Award Illustration Honor from the American Library Association; a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor; a Parents Choice Gold Medal for Poetry 2014; and a place on the Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List. Robinson, based in Sacramento, CA, is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.

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