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Local artists in 500x’s ‘Creative Differences’

Several local artists will have work in an upcoming group exhibition at 500X Gallery in Dallas.

“Creative Differences: 35 Years at 500x” is a miniature retrospective of work by artists who have been part of the gallery since its founding in the mid-1970s. The gallery is one of the oldest artist-run galleries in Texas.

Susan kae Grant, a faculty member in the photography and bookmaking programs at Texas Woman’s University; Vance Wingate, a printmaker and coordinator of the TWU East and West galleries; and Lesli Robertson, a fiber artist and faculty member at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, will have work in the show, which opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 5.

Another artist, New Mexico’s Nic Nicosia, earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from UNT in 1974. Tom Sale, a multimedia artist in the exhibition, is the son of Teale and Richard Sale of Denton.

The gallery was founded by a coterie of artists who saw a lack of exhibition space in North Texas for their experimental and cutting edge work. “Creative Differences” isn’t an official survey of the member artists who have worked with and in the gallery, but instead means to show the breadth of art 500x has shown in its 35 years.

Other artists in “Creative Differences” are Frances Bagley, Iris Bechtol, Christine Besetto, Paul Booker, Jim Burton, Matthew Clark, Michel Demanche, Celia Eberle, Simeen Farhat, Thomas Feulmer, Randall Garret, Scott Hilton, Dottie Love, Natalie Macellaio, Robert McAn (CQ), Greg Metz, Tom Orr, Kerry Pacillo, Diane Sikes, Charlotte Smith, Don Taylor, John Taylor, Tiffany Wolf and Anthony Wright.

500X Gallery is at 500 Exposition Ave. in Dallas. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment on weekdays.

Thomas Hardy’s poetry focus of ‘Professor’s Corner’

Texas Woman’s University professor Russell Greer will survey the verses of English poet Thomas Hardy in this month’s installment of “The Professor’s Corner,” a monthly literary discussion with local English faculty at South Branch Library. The discussion is at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Greer will highlight special poems and groups of poetry that have earned critical and popular success for Hardy. He’ll also survey some of the key critical approaches to Hardy’s work by scholars.

Participants are invited to learn more about Hardy and read some of his poems online at The reading isn’t required.

The discussion is free and refreshments are served. The library is located at 3228 Teasley Lane.

On tap for the “Professor’s Corner” on Jan. 8: the science fiction of Octavia Butler, by AnaLouise Keating.

Society exhibits artwork from 2014 calendar

The Visual Arts Society of Texas is exhibiting the artwork from its upcoming calendar in downtown Denton.

The Denton-based society appoints a juror to select work that will represent each month of the year in a calendar. The calendar generally includes drawings, paintings and photographs by member artists.

The original art will be on exhibit at the Chestnut Tree Teahouse & Bistro, 107 W. Hickory St., through Jan. 10. Hours are 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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