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Diane Walker-Gladne’s “It Gobbles Like a Turkey,” a 48-by-60-inch work in acrylic, ink, graphite and pattern tissue, is part of the artist’s “Dick and Jane” series.

Professor to discuss poetry of Nobel winner

Texas Woman’s University instructor Lei Zhang will lead the upcoming installment of “Professor’s Corner” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Zhang’s session, titled “Conversations Between Our Souls,” will examine poems Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo wrote to his wife.

Xiaobo, a writer and human rights activist, won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, but he was not permitted to travel to Norway to receive his award. He is serving an 11-year sentence for “incitement to subvert state power.”

His book, No Enemies, No Hatred, includes essays and poems on a wide range of social and political topics. It also illustrates Xiaobo’s criticism of China’s authoritarian regime and social ills.

Participants will read and talk about several poems written by Xiaobo to Liu Xia, his wife and fellow poet, penned from his “re-education labor camp.” Xia applied to marry Xiaobo while he was there.

More than 1,000 miles apart, Liu wrote some of what’s considered to be his best poetry from that location, addressing his works to his wife. His poems are not just love poems. They are Liu’s reflections on a variety of topics, including social oppression, St. Augustine and Van Gogh. These poems were spiritual conversations between two courageous poets.

Reading material for this session is available at the reference desks at all Denton Public Library locations. Reading in advance of the session is encouraged but not necessary.

The free monthly program includes refreshments.


Area artist opens solo show in Dallas gallery

Flower Mound artist Diane Walker-Gladney, a member of the Denton-based Visual Arts Society of Texas, has a solo show at the Norwood-Flynn Gallery in Dallas this month. The artist exhibits regularly in Denton.

The exhibit, “Dick and Jane: A Narrative,” is a recent series of paintings in which the artist looks at learning. Walker-Glaney uses phrases from the Dick and Jane primary reader in light blocks of color that border abstract washes of colors. The ideas of space, shape and pattern appear more universal when they lap, wave-like, toward (and away from) the simple phrases.

The exhibit shares the gallery with painter Austin A. James’ solo exhibit, “Pull the Lion’s Mane.”

The exhibit runs through May 25. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is located at 3318 Shorecrest Drive in Dallas.

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Exhibit offers wide variety of photography

For the upcoming exhibition at Photographs Do Not Bend, no theme was necessary.

“Group Show” will illustrate the breadth of the gallery’s offerings without a special theme.

The show will exhibit different art movements in photography, from the early 20th century to now. Modernist, documentary, street photography, conceptual and experimental photography will be included in the show.

Artists featured are John Albok, Peter Brown, Bob Chilton, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Jimmy and Dena Katz, Misty Keasler, Andre Kertesz, Philip Lamb, Neil Leifer, Chema Madoz, Gregori Maiofis, Rhondal McKinney, Ivan Mikhailov, Bill Owens, Esteban Pastorino, Vitaly Smirnov, Robyn Stacy, Todd Stewart, Chris Verene and more.

Most artists are represented in museum collections and come from various regions of the world, including the U.S., South America, Russia, Europe and Australia.

The gallery is owned and operated by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is located at 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, in the Dallas Design District.

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