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These quilts by artist Tonya Littmann are on exhibit at the PointBank Black Box Theatre in downtown Denton through July 11. The quilts are informed by Littman’s background in design, watercolor and pottery.

Quilter has solo exhibit at Black Box Theatre

Visual Arts Society of Texas member Tonya Littmann of Denton will exhibit a collection of her fine art quilts at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St., through July 11.

Littmann studied fine art in college and earned a degree in graphic design. After college, watercolor painting became her hobby, and she also studied ceramics for four years. Another potter introduced Littmann to fabric dyeing and in 1988, her grandmother taught her the quilting basics so Littmann could use her hand-dyed fabric.

The solo show is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theatre and the Denton-based arts society. The theater is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Art can also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box. The exhibition is free.

 

UNT musician earns slot at Kerrville in contest

A radio, television and film major who has been playing guitar since she was 11 recently took first place in the University of North Texas Fine Arts Series 12th annual Songwriter’s Competition, receiving an invitation to the Kerrville Folk Festival.

Ellie Meyer, a senior from Colleyville, has been writing songs ever since she learned to play guitar.

The two songs she wrote and performed for the competition include “Never Gonna Let You Go,” a faster and fun number in the vein of her music-writing style, which usually starts with Meyer playing a bit on guitar, beat boxing, then adding more to the music.

In addition to winning the invitation to perform on the Campus Songwriter Stage during the first weekend of the upcoming Kerrville festival, Meyer won $500 and an invitation to play in Dallas at the Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse series.

UNT senior Jordan Burchill of Fort Worth won second place, which included $250. Burchill, a jazz guitar major, writes songs in several genres, including instrumental jazz, but his passion is folksy story-songs. He has a show at Hailey’s Club on Saturday.

Sophomore Kelsey Henry of Denton won third place, worth $125. Henry, a digital retailing major, learned to play guitar while on the road when her family lived and traveled in an RV for a few years.

— Staff reports


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