Art

October 14th: “Hit the Bricks!” and Turn Tyler Pink

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By Holli Fourniquet Downtown businesses and attractions (around the square and off the square) will be bursting with things to do the second Saturday of every month, October 14th. Downtown Tyler businesses will offer fun for the whole family and, of course, the chance to check out the great, locally-owned restaurants, bars, retail establishments, museums, and other Downtown businesses. PARKING IS FREE in the parking garage and on the square. Also, there will be a FREE hop on/hop off shuttle sponsored by Tyler Innovation Pipeline that will take you around Downtown starting at 12 noon. With its ongoing…

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Entry deadline approaching for “Heavy Metal” exhibit consideration

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Artists have a limited amount of time to submit their work for the jurying phase of Gallery Main Street’s “Heavy Metal” fine art exhibit. The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday, Oct. 20. “Our entry process is entirely online, so artists can quickly and easily enter,” said Beverly Abell of the City of Tyler Main Street Department. Artists should visit www.DowntownTylerArts.com and click on “Gallery Exhibits” and then “Gallery Exhibit Information for Artists” in the left-hand column of the page. That link will lead artists to a page that provides all of the information they need, as…

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Kelly Gowan: Taking Strength from Her Art

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How an Emerging East Texas Artist Beat Breast Cancer and Made Her Dreams Come True In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, I am proud to introduce an amazing abstract artist, who also happens to be a stage III Breast Cancer Survivor. Her name is Kelly Gowan, and she is someone you are definitely going to want to follow. Earlier this year, Kelly was accepted in the prestigious Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival, where more than 1,500 artists applied and only about 215 were accepted. By the end of the weekend her booth had…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: The Texas Biennial

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Miles and Miles of Texas By Derrick White Over the summer, in the span of seven weeks, curator Leslie Moody Castro visited 25 Texas cities, 200 artist’s studios, and traveled 11,033 miles! The Texas Biennial is an exhibition of contemporary art celebrating the many cultures and identities influencing and impacting our daily lives across our state. Of the 1,217 applicants, 33 artists were chosen to exhibit in Austin September 30th–November 11th. One artist is from Tyler: Philana Oliphant Pace, an excellent choice. Philana is a respected and sincere art professor at Tyler Junior College. She embodies a quiet, incredibly patient,…

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Fun Events Happening this Month: Blocktoberfest, Scottish Festival, and Hog Festival

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Ongoing Events Second Saturday of each month (October 14th, 12 noon-10pm) - Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday Downtown Tyler - Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses offer fun all day long. Free parking. Rain or shine, Downtown will be the place to be every second Saturday! In October, Hit the Bricks teams up with Turn Tyler Pink for a day of fun while also raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. For more info and a full list of events go to visittyler.com/secondsaturday or search for Hit the Bricks on Facebook. October…

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UTT Faculty Studio Art Exhibit

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The University of Texas at Tyler This Month UT Tyler hosts several galleries with a variety of art on exhibit. For more info, call (903)566-7237 or email mtaff@uttyler.edu. On exhibit this month: Meadows Gallery The Meadows Gallery is located within the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler and features rotating exhibitions throughout the year. The Meadows Gallery exhibition schedule includes nationally known guest artist exhibitions, the Annual International Exhibition, faculty curated exhibitions, MFA thesis exhibitions, and a student juried exhibition each summer. October 9th-November 17th -…

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October Art Events: Needle Felting Classes, Italian Heritage Day, and More!

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Events & Classes September 30th (9am-5pm) - September Photography Workshop - Do you have a decent camera, but don't know how to use it? Maybe you have a good eye, but you want to learn how to create better photos? By the end of the day you will be rockin’ that camera! This workshop will cover the basics (and more) of digital photography, how to use the manual settings on your camera. Learn about lighting, composition, and how to create the kind of photos you want but can't seem to get. This is an entry level workshop. You…

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Tyler Museum of Art Spotlights “Andy Warhol with Screen Prints & Snapshots”

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One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in recent years comes to the Tyler Museum of Art with “Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots,” open to the public October 1st-January 7th, 2018 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Museum members and special guests are invited for a first look at the exhibition during the Preview Reception 5:30-7pm Saturday, September 30th at the Museum. To RSVP or for more info on becoming a TMA member, call (903)595-1001. General exhibition admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Admission is free…

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This Month at Gallery Main Street – “On the Cutting Room Floor”

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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. Gallery Main Street’s newest juried fine art exhibit, “On the Cutting Room Floor,” will open with a reception for the public on Saturday, Sept. 9, 5:30-8 p.m., at the Gallery, 110 W. Erwin St. The new exhibit’s theme is intended to coincide with the seventh annual…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Michelle Flanagan

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By Derrick White It’s a small world, and the art world is even smaller. Be kind to those you meet; you will meet them again. Although it can sometime feel like everyone everywhere is crafting, blogging, painting rocks, or creating some kind of art, the truth is most people do not. If you are a creative person, congratulations, but understand as you stand in line in a big box store or get stuck in traffic most of the humans surrounding you do not regularly participate in creative, artistic activities. If you do not consider yourself artistic, the best…

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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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