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Keep Tyler Beautiful continues Beauty and the Box Program

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Keep Tyler Beautiful has added more new boxes as part of the Beauty and the Box program and is requesting sponsors for more boxes. Now the public can sponsor any electrical box with pre-approved artwork from Main Street Gallery or submit their own to be approved. All artwork will be converted into a vinyl wrapping and installed on the electrical box. Artwork can be done in a broad range of media including, but not limited to, painting, photography, collage art, and mosaic art. "Sponsored by: Organization's Name" can be added at the bottom of the box. Costs are:…

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Piddlin’ Pottery: Have Fun, Share Memories, Create Art

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By Barbara King The end of summer is calling, and it’s getting harder and harder to find fun and creative ways to keep the kids entertained. Piddlin’ Pottery is the place in town to have fun, share some special moments, and make memories to display in your home or office. The studio itself is a myriad of color, with large work tables and walls and walls of pottery pieces. You can walk in, make your selection of a pottery item with a huge selection from animals to figurines, banks, and picture frames. The studio is a hidden jewel…

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Spreading Love and Happiness Through Rocks

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A unique and fun group has been created on Facebook called “Tyler Texas Rocks.” This group paints small rocks with inspirational messages and hides these rocks around town. April Roycroft, a mom of five, started the “Tyler, Texas Rocks” Facebook group. The mission of the group is to “bring happiness and brighten someone’s day by finding an unexpected piece of joy.” The stones, with varying designs, are creating buzz. So much so, the Facebook group attracted 3,000 members in its first week. They're now posting photos of their creations along with clues on where to find them. “We…

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This Month at Gallery Main Street

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Gallery Main Street is an arts hub for the community throughout the year. A new and unique exhibit is on display at the Gallery located at 110 W. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 12 noon-4pm, closed Sunday. For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to downtowntylerarts.com. “Color Blind(ed)” is currently on exhibit. “Color Blind(ed)” is a large exhibit, featuring more than 30 works of art, in a wide variety of media. Gallery Main Street features a new exhibit of original art approximately every eight weeks. Each exhibit opens with a…

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Summer Events at Tyler Museum of Art

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The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler. For more info call (903)595-1001 or go to tylermuseum.org. Through August 20th: “Double Take: Works by Ed Blackburn” This solo show organized by the TMA highlights the acclaimed Texas artist's ongoing fascination with pop-culture - particularly movies. The 30-plus paintings, prints, and lithographs gathered from…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Willow Lanchester

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Voices Louder Than Words By Derrick White “At TJC a random stranger told me I should sign up for Derrick White’s painting class. I went home, and registered for the class. Afterwards, I don’t think there is anything that could have kept me from art,” states local Tyler artist Willow Lanchester. One of the greatest rewards of my teaching career is the human interactions: getting to cross paths with talented, creative, and inspiring individuals. As the decades roll by for me as an art professor the amount of students I have had the pleasure of teaching now number…

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Keep Tyler Beautiful continues Beauty and the Box Program

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Keep Tyler Beautiful has added its two newest boxes in their Beauty and the Box program. The City of Tyler and Keep Tyler Beautiful launched this pilot program in 2016 by wrapping ten traffic utility boxes showcasing art designed by local artists. The program was met with so much positivity, the Keep Tyler Beautiful Board decided to sponsor two boxes which were wrapped and unveiled on Thursday, May 25. The artistic pieces chosen and highlighted on the new boxes were created by local artist, Valeria Barnhill. These newly wrapped pieces are located at the intersection of Independence Drive…

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Danny Guire: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Physical Graffiti By Derrick White I enjoy the physical look of graffiti art and the buildup of composite layers. From abandoned buildings to railroad cars, the graffiti style is visually interesting and captivating in its energy, boldness, and complexity. Keep in mind graffiti style artwork is different than plain and criminal vandalism. Graffiti suggests a powerful artistic style and a statement, often from those in our society who are disenfranchised and marginalized. It is layered and multifaceted street art expressing powerful messages to the general public, and it is different from scrawling a crude genital drawing or an…

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April Moore: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Wrap it up, I'll take it. By Derrick White “Art is everything to me. It is how I live, pay my bills, and how I learn. It is how I teach my children and anyone wanting to learn from me. It is how I sort my thoughts. It is how I meditate. It is how I stay sane. I believe we are made in the image of God. If so, we are all creators of our own worlds. I love to create, and I love to learn, so I can expand my world,” declares local artist April Moore.…

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Diego Loya: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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We Don’t Choose Where We’re Born By Derrick White Before the beginning of World War II, many immigrants sought to escape from countries under authoritarian control. Between 1933 and 1939, German and Austrian immigrants fled to neighboring countries (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland). Later, escape became much more difficult. However, there were fewer countries willing to accept refugees and war conditions hindered escape. It became literally a matter of life and death. Most non-migrants neither aided nor hindered people’s escape. But some people sympathetic and motivated by their opposition to fascism, moral and religious principles, or human…

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Sam Fontenot: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Takin’ A Ride On Heavy Metal – Artist’s Bliss By Derrick White “Is the blacksmith a big, jolly guy who only gets mad when somebody burns down his barn?” This is a line from the film “Rustlers’ Rhapsody,” a 1985 western parody written and directed by Hugh Wilson and a highly underrated comedy. In a poke at 1960’s Spaghetti Westerns’ predictability – all horse opera towns are the same. Good guy Rex O’Herlihan (“The Singing Cowboy”) converses, “This town’s no different. The sheriff is stereotypical and so is the saloon owner with his mustache. Do you have a…

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Laura (Shackelford) Beckham: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Losing My Faculties or Derrick White Ruined My Life By Derrick White It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel just okay. Happy New Year! Twenty-four months ago, while my wife and I were sitting in a local hospital emergency waiting room, two officers from the sheriff’s department entered, as they occasionally do, with a despondent patient. As they escorted their client across the room one of the officers stopped, turned, and headed directly for me. Shaking my hand vigorously he turned to his partner, smiled, and said, “This is my art teacher!”…

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