Fine Arts

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Cora Rountree

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Tattoo You By Derrick White Start Me Up – When I asked local artist, Cora Rountree what started her on the path to becoming an artist she answered, “Art is the only thing I was ever good at or made sense to me. I was always coloring, crafting, or making the best school project possible when I was a kid.” I first met Cora more than ten years ago in the art department at Tyler Junior College. Her unique talents, work ethic, and quirky personality stood out, and she was soon selected as one of the performance grant…

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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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2018 Downtown Tyler Film Festival now accepting entries

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The Downtown Tyler Film Festival (DTFF) is pleased to announce that the 2018 online submission cycle is open! Filmmakers can submit their entry online at www.TylerFilmFest.com. A celebration of storytelling through film, DTFF has grown to be an international film festival comprised of short films from around the world. Representatives from eight different countries have been accepted into past festivals, including England, Spain and Iran. The festival also seeks to grow local independent filmmaking and encourages Texas, and especially East Texas, filmmakers to submit their work. “We just wrapped the 2017 festival,” said Adriana Rodriguez, downtown operations coordinator…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Diane Ditzler Frossard

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"The Searchers" By Derrick White John Ford’s “The Searchers” (1956) was my dad’s favorite film. It is a milestone Hollywood western, a Technicolor marvel with shades of emotional melancholy, tackling the myth of manifest destiny with a man’s horseback quest to find and recover his remaining family. I will always associate this western and horses with my dad. He raised horses throughout his life more often than not. One of my earliest memories is my dad giving me a horse drawing lesson starting with two circles and simple shapes. So, there is an instantaneous wistfulness when I see…

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UTT Art Exhibits Finish out the Semester

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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. Through November 17th -…

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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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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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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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