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Eliseo Garcia, who was the Texas State Artist for 2009, sculpts in stone and steel. Garcia excels at creating winsome curves out of a hard material.

UNT composer wins competition

University of North Texas College of Music faculty member Pana­yiotis Ko­ko­ras’ Shat­ter Cone for amplified violin and electronics won the 15th Inter­na­tional Com­­po­sition Com­pe­ti­tion Fran­co Evan­ge­listi 2012 in Rome.

The competition is organized by the association Nuova Consonanza, in collaboration with San­ta Cecilia Conser­va­tory in Rome. Kokoras’ composition was selected for the final round and performed by violinist Giu­seppe Crosta in front of the jury during the conservatory’s International Electro­acoustic Music Fes­ti­val, or EMUFest. The award includes publication of the score, a cash prize and a radio broadcast.

Shatter Cone was composed in 2004 as a commission from the MATA Festival to be performed by violinist Mari Kimura. The festival celebrates emerging composers.

Kokoras’ title refers to the way the sound of the violin is formed into sonic structures from the impact of a bow’s pressure, speed and position on the strings in combination with their register.

Kokoras studied composition and classical guitar in Athens, Greece, then went to England for postgraduate study at the University of York in 1999. He has written works for musicians in Europe and North America.


Jaffe to perform on Kimmel show

One-time Denton artist Sarah Jaffe — who now calls Dallas home — will be the musical guest on Jimmy Kim­mel Live on Tuesday. The show airs on ABC at 11 p.m.

Jaffe has collected criti­cal praise and, most re­cently, Dallas Observer Music Award wins for her album The Body Wins.

An official watch party is planned from 10 p.m. to midnight Tuesday on the rooftop of the Granada Theatre, 3520 Greenville Ave. in Dallas.

Live music starts at 10 p.m. with DJ Trademarx. At 11:20 p.m., the party will shift to Kimmel and Jaffe’s performance.

Attendees are urged to make reservations to the Facebook event page at


Artist’s landscapes on display in Dallas

Photographer Michael Kenna recently opened his third exhibit at Photo­graphs Do Not Bend Gal­lery, a Dallas space operated by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger.

Kenna’s black-and-white long exposures of cityscapes and landscapes yield images that couldn’t otherwise be seen with the naked eye. The exhibition will run through Feb. 16.

The gallery is at 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Satur­day.  For more information, visit


Professor to discuss tales from Irish folklore

Texas Woman’s University professor Guy Litton will illuminate Irish fairy tales and folk tales at the monthly meeting of Professor’s Corner, a discussion group focusing on literary texts.

The event will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

This session will focus on Celtic mythological origins of folk tales and fairy tales, drawing on William Bulter Yeats’ collection Irish Fairy and Folk Tales.

The discussion will focus on the pre-Christian elements in modern tales. In addition to the literary values and influences discussed, participants will learn why leprechauns aren’t friendly, what to do when you encounter a witch and how to keep from having your child stolen by trooping fairies.

The program is free and open to the public. Refresh­ments will be served.

A reading packet for this session, consisting of selections from the Yeats book, is available from the series coordinator Stephen Souris, who can be reached at

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales can also be found online at


Gallery to celebrate neighboring sculptor

Sun to Moon Gallery is lending its patrons and visitors a look into the studio of one of its neighbors Thursday through Saturday.

Eliseo Garcia, a Dallas sculptor who works in stone and steel, will have work on display for three days and will be in the gallery at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Gallery co-owner Marilyn Miller, who runs the space with her husband, Denton native and fine art photographer Scot Miller, said the three-day event showcases private art studios in Dallas’ Design District. Last week, artisans from Doran Studios had work in the gallery.

Marilyn Miller said the short shows are part of the gallery’s 11th anniversary celebration.

“We are pleased to be in a neighborhood with many other excellent galleries and the Dallas Contemporary,” she said. “Plus there are artisan studios sprinkled throughout the neighborhood with talented artists working in them. We are happy to highlight two that are within blocks of us, and they will be bringing items to display and sell at Sun to Moon Gallery selected especially for the holidays and gift giving.”

An ongoing exhibition of fine art photographs will be up in the gallery through Jan. 5, including:

- platinum and palladium over gold leaf photo prints by Dan Burkholder;

- gelatin silver photo prints by Alan Ross and Jeffrey Conley;

- archival pigment photo prints by Annette Bottaro-Walklet, Dan Burkholder, Charles Cramer, Scot Miller, Alison Shaw, Keith S. Walklet and R.P. Washburne; and

- bromoil and encaustic photo prints by Jill Skupin Burkholder.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sat­ur­day and by appointment. The gallery is located at 1515 Levee St. in Dallas. For more information, visit


TWU’s Calabrese wins awards in cyber-exhibit

Texas Woman’s Uni­ver­sity School of Arts faculty member John Calabrese recently earned two awards in an online exhibit.

He received two special recognition awards for artwork in the 14th annual Painting, Draw­ing, Photography & Print Juried Online In­ter­national Art Exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery. The exhibit received about 100 entries, and 20 artists were selected by juror Laurence Bradshaw, an art professor at the Uni­ver­sity of Nebraska at Omaha.

Bradshaw said Cala­brese “is a master with graphite. His work Heart of the Matter gives one reason to pause and think about what is being considered with the figure looking toward a centrifugal glacial phenomenon. And in the similar context of the sky and atmospheric qualities, he presents Little Girl Lost, which is an interesting consideration as one tries to find oneself in the path of life.”’

To view the exhibit, visit

— Staff reports


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