Briefly in the arts

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Courtesy photo/Scot Miller
A print by photographer Scot Miller is part of “The Changing Nature of Dallas,” now on display at Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas.

Exhibit’s forms reached through humble sketch

Visual Arts Society of Texas member and painter Laurie Weller has work on exhibit through Oct. 17 at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St.

The exhibit features Weller’s paintings and monoprints. The watercolor prints and the carved paintings started as the artist’s translation of sketches, but became new forms. The prints are abstractions of seashells and the human body, and the paintings grew out of Weller’s residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Weller started drawing the sounds of music as she listened to jazz. The impromptu sketching session grew into a new technique: gently scratching the surface of a painting before getting busy with the brush work.

Black Box hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The art will also be on view before and during performances at the space.

Weller teaches painting at Texas Woman’s University.

Argyle High alumna completes Grammy camp

Argyle High School graduate Emily Hayden attended the Grammy Camp 2014 in Los Angeles.

Hayden was one of 173 students across the country and from overseas invited to a summer intensive designed to give campers a chance to work in the music business.

Hayden studied music business at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

The camp started 10 years ago, and was broadened this year to include six students from China, Japan and England.

Applications for Grammy Camp 2015 are available online at www.grammyintheschools.com, and the deadline is March 31. Financial aid is available.

‘Freeload’ now out on DVD

A documentary that screened this year in Denton’s Thin Line, a film and music festival, is available for home viewing.

Freeload, a film about young men (and one woman) who travel the country by stowing away on cargo trains, is available on disc from MVD Entertainment. The directors follow the vagabonds on their cross-country trek, taking little more than food and a few trinkets.

The film is not rated, and is 65 minutes. The film costs $12.71 and is available at http://mvdb2b.com/s/Freeload/MVD6512D.

Christian folk artist from Aubrey releases EP

The Drifter Project, an Aubrey act, has released I Am Not, But He Is, a five-song recording, through Tate Music Group.

The Drifter Project is the brainchild of Brett Rutledge, a Christian folk-rock musician influenced by the likes of the Beatles, Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Beach Boys. Written for guitar and voice, the record explores the singer-songwriter’s religious yearnings and journey.

The EP is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.com.

Gallery owner says he’s found ‘priceless’ photograph

Denton resident Burt Finger has unveiled what he believes is one of the rarest and oldest photographs in the world, according to a news release.

Finger, who co-owns Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in the Dallas Design District, set up the untitled photograph in a curtained area Saturday night. He said he believes the photo is the most important one discovered since View From the Window at Le Gras, the earliest surviving photograph produced by the father of photography, Nicephore Niepce, around 1826. That photo is now in the permanent collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Because of the light-sensitive nature of the print, it is presented in a darkly lit booth, to be viewed by a single person at a time.

Finger said he was offered $1 million for the photograph, whose contents weren’t disclosed before press time. Finger declined the offer, saying the photograph is invaluable. He discovered it a few years ago, and has since traveled the world to museums and private collections to verify the historical value of the photograph.

The photo will be on display through Aug. 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the gallery, 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, in Dallas.

Take Exit 7 releases album

A Colleyville band has released its latest Christian rock album though Tate Music Group.

In the Lord’s Universe is the latest from Take Exit 7, founded by Pete Lopez, with Bill Holford on vocals and Larry West on background vocals. The trio sets praise and worship lyrics to rock ’n’ roll inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The album is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Exhibit focuses on Dallas’ evolving landscape

Sun to Moon Gallery opened a new exhibit documenting the wildflowers and landscape of a city in “The Changing Nature of Dallas.”

The exhibit features photographic prints by photographers Dan Burkholder, Scot Miller, Jill Skupin Burkholder and R.P. Washburne.

The exhibit includes vivid digital images, nature and architectural studies with film and a medium-format camera, hand-crafted bromoil prints overlaid with digitally applied color and jewel-like platinum-palladium over 24-karat gold leaf prints.

The works illustrate differing artistic views of Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River and the evolving urban landscape of Dallas.

Partial proceeds from print sales will benefit Groundwork Dallas, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental, economic and social well-being in the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River watershed and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The show runs through Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. The gallery is located at 1515 Levee St. in the Dallas Design District.

Sun to Moon Gallery is owned and operated by Denton native Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn.

— Staff reports


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