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Arts society opens holiday exhibit at Black Box Theatre

The Visual Arts Society of Texas has opened a holiday exhibition at the PointBank Black Box Theatre through Jan. 10.

This exhibit complements Denton Community Theatre’s “A Kid’s Christmas,” which will be presented Thursday through next Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Black Box, 318 E. Hickory St.

Exhibiting artists include Darla Bostick, Gail Cope, Lynne Cox, Jackie Haugen, James J. Johnson Jr., Lori MacLean, Carol Rowley, Olivia Walker and Sharon Warwick. The work represents a variety of media including acrylic, photography and watercolor.

The exhibit will be on display during “A Kid’s Christmas,” which will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8. All tickets cost $10.

The event starts with Santa Claus welcoming patrons to his house on the lawn in front of Central Fire Station, at Bell Avenue and Hickory Street. Carolers will stroll along East Hickory to entertain families as they wait to see Santa.

Then the event moves inside the theater for the DCT Theatre School’s performance of The Littlest Angel, co-directed by Karen Gossett and Mildred A. Peveto, with music direction by Bailey Atkinson.

Society members will also provide a wall mural of a Christmas tree for the festivities.

The art exhibit can also be viewed between 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. There is no admission charge to view the exhibition.

SCRAP Denton names new director of organization

SCRAP Denton recently promoted a volunteer to the program’s directorship. Heather Gregory, the former volunteer coordinator of the local nonprofit organization, was named the director last month.

SCRAP Denton — the acronym stands for School and Community Reuse Action Project — promotes creative reuse and recycling in three ways.

The storefront at 215 W. Oak St. houses the Re:Boutique, which sells handcrafted items made mostly of recycled or reused material; a shop of donated office, sewing and crafting materials; and the Re:Vision Gallery, which exhibits art made mostly of recycled, found or reused material.

The nonprofit also runs workshops for all ages to encourage more creative reuse beyond the shop.

Two other volunteers have new duties, too. Donna Gregory was named education coordinator, and Martha Coburn will work as a retail volunteer once a week.

Coburn and Gregory, who is Heather Gregory’s mother, ran the organization prior to Heather Gregory’s promotion to director.

Oxide Gallery opens call for entries

Oxide Gallery has announced a call for entries for the first exhibit of 2014.

The downtown Denton gallery is dedicated to showing and selling the work of North Texas artists.

Artists can bring two-dimensional art — painting, drawing, printmaking and photography — to the gallery from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 3 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4. Oxide is located at 115 W. Eagle Drive, Suite A.

Each artist can submit a maximum of three works for the show. A jury selects each exhibit, and the January submissions are for the exhibit that opens Feb. 1.

Oxide Gallery also has its monthly Gallery Night at 6 p.m. Saturday. The reception is the opening of the December exhibition of three-dimensional works and jewelry. Admission is free.

Faculty, staff highlighted in UNT exhibit

The University of North Texas’ principal on-campus art gallery and its downtown arts space will team up this month to showcase artwork by university staff and faculty.

The coinciding exhibits will reflect the range of media created by artists working in the College of Visual Arts and Design: painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry design, fashion design and new media. The exhibits will be at the UNT Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St., and at UNT on the Square, 109 Elm St.

“Partnering with UNT on the Square provides additional exhibition space we need to showcase the breadth of work by our faculty and staff,” said Tracee Robertson, director of UNT Galleries. “It also allows us to share [the college’s] talent and diversity with the Denton and surrounding communities, and we hope visitors will be encouraged to see the exhibit at the UNT Art Gallery as well.”

The Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition runs through Dec. 14 at the UNT Art Gallery. At UNT on the Square, the exhibit opens on Thursday and runs through Jan. 9. Both locations will host receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The UNT Art Gallery’s regular hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

UNT on the Square is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Gallery celebrates anniversary with show

Sun to Moon Gallery has added two new photographers to the roster of artists it represents, just in time for the gallery’s 12th anniversary.

The Dallas gallery is co-owned and operated by Denton native Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn Miller, the gallery’s director.

Photographers Jeffrey Conley and Anne Larsen have joined Sun to Moon Gallery, which is dedicated to fine art photography.

The gallery celebrates its anniversary with an exhibition and a special event on Saturday.

A group exhibition of its 12 photographers’ works includes bromoil, encaustic, platinum and palladium over gold leaf, gelatin silver, large-format color prints and more.

The exhibit features a wide range of photographic styles and artistic interpretations by photographers Annette Bottaro-Walklet, Dan Burkholder, Jeffrey Conley, Charles Cramer, Anne Larsen, Scot Miller, Alan Ross, John Sexton, Alison Shaw, Jill Skupin Burkholder, Keith S. Walklet and R.P. Washburne. Ross and Sexton were the last assistants of iconic American photographer Ansel Adams.

The group show opens Thursday and runs through Jan. 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment.

The gallery will also host John Rohrbach, the senior curator of photographs with the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, for an opening reception and book signing.

Rohrbach recently published a new book, Color: American Photography Transformed. The book examines the huge impact color printing made on photography.

The reception and book signing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sun to Moon Gallery is 1515 Levee St. in Dallas’ Design District. For more information, call 214-745-1199 or visit www.suntomoon.com.

— Staff reports


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