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Four-artist show opens in UNT Art Gallery

“Contemplating Limits,” an exhibition featuring four artists’ works exploring ideas about structure, will be on display through Sept. 22 in the University of North Texas Art Gallery, part of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design.

“The idea for ‘Contemplating Limits’ grew from a studio visit with artist Gary Passanise, who described the limitations of the painting structure and surface — a circumstance long considered by artists,” Tracee Robertson, director of the UNT Art Galleries and curator of the exhibition, said in a news release.

“In a sense, Passanise makes this the subject of his paintings. After our visit, I thought of structure as the expectations we have about physical forms and cultural experiences. The works in this show invite viewers to meditate on imagery and narrative that provide alternative views to what initially may be imagined.”

The artists in the exhibit are Austin Ballard, Kirsten Macy, Robin Dru Germany and Passanise.

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Denton Bach Choir auditioning for singers

Auditions have been set for the Denton Bach Society’s 2012-13 season, featuring one of J.S. Bach’s masterworks, the Christmas Oratorio. Experienced choral singers are encouraged to join the Denton Bach Choir, with rehearsals Monday evenings beginning Sept. 10.

Auditions will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. Singers who are unable to attend either date can audition by appointment. Prospective singers are asked to vocalize, to demonstrate basic sight-reading skills, and to bring a song or aria of their choice. For more information or to make an appointment, if needed, call Henry Gibbons at 940-382-3636.

Repertoire during the year includes works from other periods and composers. Rehearsals and auditions are in Flinn Hall at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St.

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Denton artist in Houston exhibit

Denton artist Karen Arzamendi will have her artwork in a group exhibition celebrating plastic in the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston.

Arzamendi explores domesticity and the home in Plastic Fantastic, which is inspired by the work of Harry D. Anspon, a pioneer in the field of plastics.

Arzamendi’s piece in the show debuted in Denton at the University of North Texas when the artist was presenting her thesis show. She created a translucent house formed from quilted plastic zipper bags that contain discarded or salvaged plastic belongings. In dialogue with the cottage-sized house, the sculptor will create a site-specific timeline on the surrounding walls of the main gallery, making a modern book of hours referencing the moments of the day, and the cycle of months and years.

The show opens on Wednesday and runs through Oct. 27. For more information, visit


Company seeks new plays for 2013 festival

Denton Community Theatre has announced a call for scripts for the second annual Method and Madness one-act playwriting competition, which focuses on imagination and the human condition.

The winning plays will receive cash prizes and staged readings at the Method and Madness Playwriting Festival on May 30-June 2 at the PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center. The festival is held in conjunction with Mental Health Month.

All submissions must run under 50 minutes and should focus on imagination, the human condition and/or mental health issues. Awards range from $2,000 for first place to $200 for fifth place. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Entry forms and specific guidelines are available through the outreach page of the company’s website:

For more information, call 940-382-7014 or e-mail

— Staff reports

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