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Kenneth Nicholson won Best of Show and first place for works on canvas at the University of North Texas’ “On My Own Time” exhibition in 2013. This year’s exhibition, which highlights art created by UNT employees outside of work, opens this week in downtown Denton at UNT on the Square.
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Greater Denton Arts Council seeking volunteer docents

The Greater Denton Arts Council will have a luncheon for volunteers who are interested in acting as docents at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

Docents guide tours of exhibitions in the Meadows and Gogh galleries, giving information about the exhibitions and the artwork. The council is looking for volunteers who are comfortable speaking with and to groups and children and are available during the day. No experience is necessary. Council leadership provides all training.

A light lunch will be served, and prospective volunteers can learn about the upcoming exhibits “William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood” and “Getting Started with the Arts.”

Prospective volunteers should make reservations with Caroline Holley by calling 940-382-2787.


Sundown announces upcoming theater season

Sundown Collaborative Theatre, an independent Denton theater company, recently announced its 2014-15 season.

The season opens with We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape, the company’s third annual short works festival, Aug. 11-17. Denton performance locations are to be announced. Dallas performances will be at Margo Jones Theatre, 1121 First Ave.

Next up is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, with music by Sigur Ros, in October — performances and venues to be announced.

In December, the company will stage Said and Done by Kacey Tackett. The play is about characters grappling with the “end of all things.”

Sundown will open the new year with Love, an original piece by the company. Performers will draw slips of paper from a jar and then will devise vignettes about love based on the written words. The show, directed by Collin Miller, will be in February.

Caryl Churchill’s Far Away will be performed in May. Company member Tashina Richardson directs the tale of a girl who witnesses a horrific incident involving her uncle, but is pressed to conceal it for the good of “the cause.” The secret leads to cataclysm.

For more information about Sundown, visit


UNT graduate earns Kentucky theater internship

University of North Texas alumna Jamie Adling was awarded an internship at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. Adling will focus on development during the internship, which is for the 2014-15 school year.

Each year, Actors Theatre of Louisville invites early-career theater professionals to join the company in a nine-month training program. The internship combines hands-on practical experience with educational seminars and professional mentorship in their area of interest.

The Actors Theatre is in its 43rd season, and has nurtured the stage careers of actors who have gone on to perform in professional theater, film and television, such as Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise and Family Ties dad Michael Gross. Denton native and Broadway actor Stephen Plunkett has appeared on the company stage.


UNT opens exhibit of employee art

UNT on the Square will open an annual exhibit of art made by university employees on Monday.

An opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 109 N. Elm St. The exhibit runs through Aug. 9.

“On My Own Time” is an annual art competition across North Texas businesses, emphasizing the creative endeavors of people who aren’t professional artists. First-place winners advance to a regional show in September at NorthPark Center in Dallas. The yearly show is sponsored by the Business Council for the Arts.

Gallery hours are 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.

The UNT contest this year includes two new categories, literature and music. All work in the show must be completed in UNT employees’ time off from work.


Lewisville league opens ‘Fresh Ideas’ show

The Visual Art League of Lewisville opened its latest exhibit, “Fresh Ideas 2014,” on Saturday.

The exhibit is dedicated to new work by its member artists. The exhibit runs through Sept. 13 in the gallery at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission to the exhibit is free.

For more information about the exhibit or the league, visit or call 972-420-9393.


Famous Denton native profiled in new book

Education has been a family priority for the Hubbards, a new book says.

Adventures With a Historian: The Life and Times of John R. “Jack” Hubbard, by John R. Hubbard himself, tells the story of a Denton native and son to Texas Woman’s University president Louis Herman Hubbard. (Hubbard Hall is named for the president’s wife, Bertha.)

The book’s subject was born in Texas and schooled in Denton before growing up and becoming a decorated World War II naval aviator and, later, the colorful president of the University of Southern California. John R. Hubbard also followed that post as a U.S. ambassador to India at the end of the Reagan presidency.

The book is published by Roots & Branches, an imprint of Publishing, and is available in both print and e-book formats.

Print books are available online at, where net profits are designated for donation to specific university funds meaningful to Hubbard. The print edition, a 611-page paperback, costs $29.95.

Both print and e-books can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores. The electronic edition costs $9.99.


Gallery to showcase fashion photographer

Photographs Do Not Bend, a Dallas gallery owned and run by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger, opens its fall exhibition in September.

Dallas photographer Geof Kern will have a solo show from Sept. 6 through Nov. 15. The show includes his most memorable photographs from fashion projects for Matsuda Tokyo and Neiman Marcus. Kern was invited to create an artist book for Tokyo designer Yukio Kobayashi in the 1990s.

Kern is know for surrealist photos — an untitled work from 1995 shows an impeccably dressed fashion model flying or floating out of a window — and his work has influenced photography. His work has been cataloged with the work of Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller, Nan Goldin and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

Dallas fashion enthusiasts know Kern’s work — he photographed items for the premiere issue of Neiman Marcus’ The Book.

An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at the gallery, 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, in Dallas. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

— Staff reports

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