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TWU fashion students sweep international competition

Three Texas Woman's University students earned top prizes at an international fashion competition. 

Fashion merchandising students Alaina Miller, Andrea Rodriguez and Ashlie Wilson took home the three top awards in the Digital Store Planning and Design category at the Fashion Group International 2017 Scholarship Competition.Fashion Group International is a global, nonprofit professional organization with more than 5,000 fashion industry members.

Miller won first place and a $2,500 scholarship for her concept, "Your Local World," a store where "every purchase has a purpose." Her product line includes items merchandised from socially responsible brands, which are then marketed to locals who are concerned about environment, charitable causes and community improvement.

Rodriguez won second place and a $1,500 scholarship for her children's boutique, "MinnieMe." "MinnieMe" features a friendly, playful atmosphere and fashion-forward children's clothes and accessories. 

Wilson was awarded third place and a $500 scholarship for her mobile boutique concept, "Minty's," a store on wheels that sells nostalgic fashion for women of all sizes.

Throughout the semester, students developed store concepts. They developed goals and objectives, analyzed target markets and determined key factors for success. Digital renderings of each concept's storefront, interior design and merchandise were created and entered into the competition, winning a total of $4,000 in scholarship awards.

UNT student named undergraduate Presser Scholar

Maggie Ng, an oboe music performance student from Plano, has been named the University of North Texas College of Music's 2017-18 Presser Scholar and recipient of a $4,000 Presser scholarship. UNT College of Music
Maggie Ng, an oboe music performance student from Plano, has been named the University of North Texas College of Music's 2017-18 Presser Scholar and recipient of a $4,000 Presser scholarship. 
UNT College of Music

Maggie Ng, an oboe music performance student from Plano, has been named the University of North Texas College of Music's 2017-18 Presser Scholar and recipient of a $4,000 Presser scholarship.

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is given each year to a student entering his or her senior year who has shown extraordinary musical and academic accomplishments. The Presser award is considered the most prestigious undergraduate award in music at UNT and is provided by the Presser Foundation, which awards annual scholarships, grants and funds for the furthering of music education and music in America.

Arts collective to host second pop-up art show

This vessel by Brian Pierce, "Flowers and Skulls," will be at the upcoming Enclave Eclectic 2, a pop-up art show from  6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the Walnut Street Annex of Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen at 115 S. Elm St.  The show is presented by the Artists Enclave of Denton County.Artists Enclave of Denton County
This vessel by Brian Pierce, "Flowers and Skulls," will be at the upcoming Enclave Eclectic 2, a pop-up art show from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the Walnut Street Annex of Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen at 115 S. Elm St. The show is presented by the Artists Enclave of Denton County.
Artists Enclave of Denton County

The Artists Enclave of Denton County is preparing for its second pop-up art show during the First Friday arts mixer. 

Enclave Eclectic 2 is a pop-up show including photography, painting, drawing, prints, mixed media and sculpture. The show is 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the Walnut Street Annex of Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen at 115 S. Elm St.  

All exhibited works are for sale that evening with a percentage of the sales benefiting the Artists Enclave. The event is free, open to the public and for all ages.

First Fridays is a monthly mixer at downtown galleries and maker spaces, presented by the Denton Main Street Association.

For more information, visit the collective's Facebook page.


NPR premieres video by Denton-Dallas band 

The Angelus released its latest album, There Will Be No Peace, on Jan. 13. The Dallas band began in Denton. The band is, from left: Emil Rapstine, guitarist and singer; Ryan Wasterlain, bass and Justin Evans, drums.Erin Rambo
The Angelus released its latest album, There Will Be No Peace, on Jan. 13. The Dallas band began in Denton. The band is, from left: Emil Rapstine, guitarist and singer; Ryan Wasterlain, bass and Justin Evans, drums.
Erin Rambo

Denton-Dallas band the Angelus released its latest album, There Will Be No Peace, earlier this year.

National Public Radio has premiered the band's video for "The Other Side of the Mountain." Directed by David Gilbert, the video matches the dour, downtrodden song shadow for shadow. The Angelus is known and loved for the foreboding it conjures in its music, and in the video, a solitary man gazes into a fire, a tumbler of liquor, a shattered photograph and a wedding ring on the table beside him.   A hooded figure emerges from the woods with a mysterious gift. The shimmering light from the box seems lighter than the final swells of the song. 

The Angelus is Emil Rapstine on vocals and guitar, Justin Evans on drums and Ryan Wasterlain on bass.

TWU grad exhibits paintings in Dallas movie house

A Texas Woman's University graduate will have a solo exhibit in a Dallas gallery through June 6.

Allison Bellveau-Proulx, who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at TWU, will have selected paintings on exhibit in "Choosing Heroes" at Ro2 Art at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas. The artist, who was part of the big creative teams at Disney who did animation work for Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and others, said the work studies the way media influences how we consider heroism, and shapes whom we choose as heroes.

The exhibit is an outreach of the South Ervay Street gallery in Dallas. The work is on display at the Magnolia Theatre at 3699 McKinney Avenue.

For more information, visit the gallery website.

Art league opens submissions for annual juried show

The Visual Art League of Lewisville is accepting entries for its "Fresh Ideas" exhibition that runs Aug. 5-Sept. 9 at the Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theatre art gallery, 100 N. Charles St.

The juried show includes $2,000 in prizes. The exhibit is open to artists who live in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The entry fee is $50 for non-members and $35 for members for a maximum of three pieces of art. The league will accept two- and three-dimensional work that has never been exhibited in a previous show by the Visual Art League of Lewisville. For all rules and guidelines, visit the show's web page.

Lewisville theater company, art group join forces to promote musical

A Lewisville theater company joins the city's art league to promote the company's "barnyard musical."

Greater Lewisville Community Theater closes it's run of Chickens today with a 3 p.m. matinee.

The musical by Lucia Frangione, Royal Sproule, Lewis Frere, Mark Lewandowski and Jason Bertsch follows a family struggling to keep its farm afloat while the patriarch raises exotic chickens.

The Visual Art League of Lewisville supplemented the show with an exhibit of paintings of chickens and roosters.

Today's performance — and the paintings — wrap up at the theater, 160 W. Main St. in Lewisville. Tickets cost $22 to $25. For more information or for tickets, visit the company's website.

Featured image: TWU fashion merchandising students Alaina Miller, Andrea Rodriguez and Ashlie Wilson took home the three top awards in the Digital Store Planning and Design category at the Fashion Group International 2017 Scholarship Competition. Fashion Group International is a global, nonprofit professional organization with more than 5,000 fashion industry members. Courtesy photo/TWU Fashion Merchadising.