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Visual Art League of Lewisville member Linda Chidsey donated artwork to a fundraiser for Special Abilities of North Texas.

Lewisville art league members donate work to fundraiser

The Visual Art League of Lewisville recently donated art for a fundraiser for Special Abilities of North Texas.

Special Abilities of North Texas serves adults with special needs, offering training, support though continuing education and academics, pre-vocational and job training, health, nutrition and fitness. The nonprofit also offers community inclusion, social development and skills for homemaking and independent living.

Member artists Linda Chidsey, Colleen Drew, Lorraine Hayes, Wanda Grice, Jean Mason, Joyce Tremethick and R’Lene Winters donated art for the event.

The art league presents art shows, free artistic demonstrations and workshops. The league opened three exhibits on Saturday.

Member Irma Murray will have a solo exhibition titled “Color and Light.” Murray was the winner of the league’s “Fresh Ideas 2013” exhibit.

The league also presents an abstract photography exhibit and “Stars & Stripes.” All three exhibits are at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 Charles St. in Lewisville. “Color and Light” is in the grand gallery with the abstract photography exhibit, and “Stars & Stripes” will be in the north wing of the theater gallery.

The exhibits run through July 19. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, visit or call 972-420-9393.

The league also offers two workshops this week. Michael O’Keefe will lead a demonstration on sculpture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and an artist trading card workshop will be offered from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Both workshops are in Room 3 at the MCL Grand Theatre.

Family musical opens at Pilot Point Opera House

The Girl I Left Behind opens today at the Pilot Point Opera House.

Family Friendly Productions stages the family musical. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. today and June 15.

The historical, romantic musical includes a cast of actors ages 9 and older from Pilot Point, Aubrey, Corinth, Denton, Providence Village, Mountain Springs and Whitesboro.

Tickets cost $20 for families, $6 for adults and $3 for students. The Pilot Point Opera House is located at 110 S. Washington St.

Oxide Gallery calls for art for upcoming exhibit

Oxide Gallery is accepting submissions for its July-August show.

The gallery will accept two- and three-dimensional wall-hanging artwork on June 20-21 at the gallery, 115 Eagle Drive, Suite A.

The downtown Denton gallery and flower shop dedicates most of its space to art by local and regional artists. The gallery has ongoing exhibits of painting, photography, three-dimensional art and jewelry.

Eligible artwork for the upcoming exhibit includes paintings, photography, mixed media and wall-hanging sculptures. A jury will select the artwork for the show.

For more information, call 940-483-8900 or visit

Professor’s talk focuses on Thomas Gray poems

What shaped the voice and aesthetic of 18th-century English poetry? Texas Woman’s University adjunct professor Ashley Bender will shed light on the topic in the July installment of the monthly “Professor’s Corner” series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Bender’s talk, “Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray,” will take a close look at the widely anthologized poet whose impact on literature far outweighs his output. Thomas published about 14 poems in his lifetime.

Bender earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas. Although she specializes in Restoration and 18th-century British literature, especially drama, her scholarly interests range from Renaissance and early 17th-century drama to some Romantic poetry of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Bender has presented at Professor’s Corner previously.

Professor’s Corner is a monthly series that brings readers together with literature professors to study and discuss literature.

The poems — “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” and “Sonnet [on the Death of Richard West]” — visit

For more information, call 940-349-8752.

— Staff reports

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