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Jill Skupin Burkholder, Sun to Moon Gallery/Courtesy photo
“Rain Girl, Prague,” by Jill Skupin Burkholder, is a bromoil print, a photograph created with brushes and lithography techniques. The photographer’s work is on display at Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas.
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Voertman show at UNT closes this week

The 54th annual Voertman Student Art Competition at the University of North Texas will close Saturday.

The exhibit, presented in partnership with Voertman’s, features a juried selection of new work in all media produced by undergraduate and graduate students in the UNT College of Arts and Design.

The student artists were eligible for jury awards and scholarships.

Juror Tempestt Hazel selected the show and the award winners. Hazel is a curator, writer and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center, an organization that archives, promotes and collaborates with artists and arts projects across Chicago.

Hazel is also the professional development manager at the Chicago Artists Coalition, where she develops programming that helps local artists build successful careers by connecting them with industry and business experts. She serves on the curatorial committee for the SUB-MISSION, a project space of The Mission Projects, and is on the host committee for the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The show is in the UNT Art Gallery, on the first floor of the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Denton lends batch of performers to ‘Tenor’

Faces familiar to the Denton stage nabbed a number of roles in Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, opening this weekend at Frisco Community Theatre.

Veterans of Denton Community Theatre were cast in the comedy: Vanessa Welch in the role of Maggie, Bryan Patrick as Saunders, Sherri Small as Maria, Kerri Peters as Althaus, Sterling Gafford as Tito, and University of North Texas graduate Eddy Herring as Max.

Welch has worked as a costumer for Denton theater productions. Sterling has also performed with Music Theatre of Denton, and Patrick, a member of the Denton Community Theatre governing board, has been seen in productions by Denton’s Fight Boy Theatre. He is also the lighting designer for Lend Me a Tenor.

Denton County author and performer Ash Robbins directs the farce.

Performances of the comedy are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 and May 9-10. Matinee performances are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 and May 11. A Saturday matinee will be at 2:30 p.m. May 10.

Performances are at the Frisco Community Theatre Black Box, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 200. Tickets cost $20 each, $19 for matinees. Seniors, students and active members of the military get a $2 discount for any performance. For reservations, call 972-370-2266 or visit For more information, visit

Photographer employs painting technique

Sun to Moon Gallery features the photographs of Jill Skupin Burkholder through May 3. “Jill Skupin Burkholder: Poetic Imagery” features work with historical, handcrafted techniques, such as bromoil printing. The technique is an alternative photography process using brushes and lithography inks to create prints with impressionistic and textural looks. Burkholder also uses encaustic printmaking, using pigmented beeswax and resin to enhance her images.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. Sun to Moon Gallery is at 1515 Levee St. in the Dallas Design District. The gallery is owned and operated by Denton native and fine art photographer Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn.

Lewisville art league names show winners

North Texas artists won awards in the recent show by the Visual Art League of Lewisville.

Maurice Leatherbury won first place in the show, “Hope Springs Eternal,” with his painting titled Spring Bouquet Blooming.

Elaine Nienkamp took second place for her piece Searching for the Moon. Lorraine Hayes claimed third with Iris.

Colleen Drew won an honorable mention with Spring Tulips, and Kelli Trimble earned an honorable mention with Iris Garden.

For more information or to join the league, call 972-420-9393 or visit

— Staff reports

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