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Arts council opens symposium Thursday

The Greater Denton Arts Council presents its inaugural multi-discipline symposium on Thursday.

“Ekphrasis: Collaboration Among the Arts” opens on Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

The symposium has assembled educators, artists, writers and leaders to explore possible collaborations between visual art, dance, music and the written word. The symposium includes the presentation of papers, networking and readings.

As a whole, the symposium will explore the role of the arts in documenting and archiving community history, developing local economies and community tourism and education.

The opening night of “Ekphrasis” is free and open to the public, with the Meadows and Gough galleries at the arts center open, with particular attention to “Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas, in Word and Image,” an exhibit of art by local artists inspired by 25 poems by 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, a Corinth resident. On Friday, the symposium will be turned over to workshops, and the final day, Saturday, will also be open to the public for a performance of music commissioned for the symposium, dance performances and a reading by Morton.

Registration is open through Thursday and Friday, but advance registration is preferred. Registration forms are available at

For more information, call 940-382-2787.


Gainesville group hosts exhibit, Depot Day

The Gainesville Area Visual Arts Group opened its annual exhibit with the theme of “My Town” through Oct. 17 at the Santa Fe Depot, 311 S. Weaver St. in Gainesville.

The Cooke County Garden Club will also show floral arrangements during the exhibit. Regular exhibit hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Gainesville’s Depot Day celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and visual arts group members have provided paintings for a silent auction during Depot Day. Proceeds will go toward the group’s scholarship program.

Artists’ greeting cards will be sold. A free craft table and other activities for children will be offered, as well as refreshments.


Wind orchestra to play in new Dallas hall

The Lone Star Wind Or­chestra, led by University of North Texas regents professor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, will perform at 2:30 p.m. today at the new Dallas City Per­formance Hall.

The orchestra will perform Fanfare for the Common Man  by Aaron Copland, Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli, an arrangement of Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi, Flourishes and Meditations on a Renais­sance Theme by Michael Gan­dolfi, Fanfare for the Common Woman by Joan Tower and Variations for a Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID and for senior citizens. For reservations, visit or call 1-800-838-3006. Dallas City Perfor­mance Hall is located at 2520 Flora St.


Dallas art exhibit links Bauhaus, TWU

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery profiled the German Bauhaus movement in 2009 with an exhibition of furniture, decorative arts and photography.

In “Texas-Bauhaus,” a new exhibit opening Saturday, the gallery will combine photography by Bauhaus artists and three North Texas artists influenced by movement’s modernist principles. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5.

The three Texas women in the exhibition are Carlotta Cor­poron, Ida Lansky and Barbara Maples. Corporon was an art, design and art history professor at Texas Woman’s University from 1935 to 1968. Maples was an artist and art educator in Dallas from the 1930s to 1978. Lansky practiced nursing, then went to TWU to study art and library science.

Lansky and Maples learned the Bauhaus philosophy of using light in photography through experimentation un­der Corporon, who studied with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a teacher at the original Bauhaus school who later became director of the Institute of Design in Chicago. Corporon also studied with Gyory Kepes, Moholy-Nagy’s colleague at the Bau­haus and the Institute of De­sign. Both were visiting artists in Denton, Moholy-Nagy at TWU in 1942 and Kepes at what is now the University of North Texas in 1944.

Corporon and her students experimented with photo­grams, solarization and light abstraction methods, resulting in works of art that broadened the Bauhaus aesthetic.

The exhibition emphasizes the value that these two North Texas universities placed on the visual arts. In fact, TWU — then known as the Texas State College for Women — had the only public, studio-based art program in the state until 1940.

Photographs Do Not Bend is owned by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger. The gallery is at 1202 Dragon St. in the Dallas Design District. Gal­lery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Satur­day.

For more information, visit

— Staff reports

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