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UNT art faculty member to show work in Dallas

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas has opened an exhibition of work by a member of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design faculty.

“Robert Jessup: Selections — New Work: 2013-2014,” which runs through June 28, highlights Jessup’s painting dynamics, his compositions and the dialogue of shape and line, as well as the interaction of color.

Jessup calls the work a journey into “free play of form.” The work reflects a risk-taking impulse in nonrepresentational, intuitive paintings.

The exhibit is the result of Jessup’s fellowship from the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. It will be the first public showing of the work.

Jessup will give an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the gallery, 3120 McKinney Ave. in Dallas. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call 214-953-1212.


Resident bakes her way to culinary scholarship

A Denton woman has earned a scholarship to attend the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colo.

Carrie Cross of Denton won third place in “The Next Escoffier Student” short film contest, which invited hopefuls to create a video of themselves making a favorite dish and explaining their recipes and techniques.

Cross made a pavlova — a soft, airy and chewy meringue dessert — topped with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and a syrup of sugar and lemon zest. Her third-place win included a $3,000 scholarship.

Mark Dinnocenzo of Milwaukee won the contest and a $10,000 scholarship with his eggs Benedict video, and Helena Stallings of Pryor, Okla., earned second place with her roasted leg of lamb, a $5,000 prize.

The film contest required that prospective students be shown cooking or baking and plating their favorite dish. To view Cross’ film, visit

The culinary school grooms emerging chefs and pastry chefs with an emphasis on “farm to table” food philosophies, which emphasize the preparation of locally grown, fresh foods.


Dallas gallery to exhibit scenes of summer

Photographs Do Not Bend, a Dallas gallery owned by a pair of Denton residents, opens its next exhibition on Saturday.

The gallery, owned and operated by Denton couple Burt and Missy Finger, will open “Summer Time: And the Living Is Easy,” featuring photographs by Bill Owens, Keith Carter, Neal Slavin and other gallery artists.

Owens started photographing people at leisure in the 1970s. The project, which included shots of youths hanging out by swimming pools, camping and marching in Fourth of July parades, resulted in a book of photos titled Leisure.

Keith Carter distilled the beauty and joy of Southern summer nights in his work. One such iconic image is of two boys at play, capturing fireflies in a jar.

Neal Slavin photographed groups of people across Great Britain in 1984 with a large-format Polaroid camera, producing 20-by-24-inch images. His photo of a group of English Channel swimmers will be in the exhibit.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2 at Photographs Do Not Bend, 1202 Dragon St. in Dallas. For more information, visit or call 214-969-1852.

— Staff reports

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