Fine Arts

East Texas Symphony Orchestra announces 2017-2018 season

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World-class guest artists, the return of a popular trio, and Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9 will headline East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, Richard Lee, music director and conductor, announced. During five concerts, the orchestra will present music ranging from classics by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Bruckner to contemporary music by film score composer John Williams, marches John Philip Sousa, and the “Orange Blossom Special.” “What a season,” Lee said. “As usual, there is something for every taste. I’m very excited about the number of works that will be performed for the first time ever by the ETSO.” Season…

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September 15th-24th: Art of Peace-Tyler

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Spread Peace, Love and More September 15th-24th, the 7th Annual “Art Of Peace-Tyler,” an East Texas celebration of peace, creates community and welcomes new friends to the area. “In just a short time, our program has grown from an afternoon of programs to a week-long series of peace activities and programs throughout the city of Tyler. With community-wide participation in creative expressions of peace, Art of Peace celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace (officially September 21st) and Peace One Day.  The aim of “Art of Peace-Tyler” is to promote a spirit of creativity, compassion, and community…

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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 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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Summer Plays: Legally Blonde, Texas Shakespeare Festival

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July 20th-23rd, July 27th-30th, and August 3rd-6th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) - “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This fabulously fun international award-winning musical is based on the adored movie. “Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! “Legally Blonde The Musical” will take you from the sorority…

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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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Attention Playwrights: The 10th New Play Festival Taking Entries

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  Tyler Civic Theatre Center is pleased to announce its 10th New Play Festival! For plays selected, a Readers Theatre will be held in the Rogers Theatre, located at 400 Rose Park Dr. in Tyler, Saturday, July 8th. Adult playwrights (over 18) are invited to submit plays for general/adult audiences or children/teen audiences. Again this year, the festival encourages junior playwrights (ages 12-18) to submit plays for children’s theatre or for older teen audiences. Of the plays chosen to be read at the TCTC New Play Festival, one will be chosen that day to have a full production…

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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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Rebecca Clarke…Inside the Artist’s Studio

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“Just because I’m into this, does that mean I should live like it and really do I dare?” By Derrick White If you are connected to Wi-Fi or happy with your data plan, please take a moment and watch the following short video: (Canadian spoken word poet Tanya Davis’ song “Art,” animation by screenwriter and film director, Andrea Dorfman. Both artists hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia). If you are reading the hardcopy edition of this issue of EGuide Magazine, please take a moment to look it up or, at least, jot it down for later. It is…

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Amanda Slaughter: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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“Everything is nothing, with a twist.” – K.V. By Derrick White Throughout the following article I will be quoting the late, great, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. because he is easily one of my favorite writers, the author of many novels including “Slaughterhouse-Five,” and so it just feels appropriate. In order to lend a hand, I will follow these quotations with the helpful prompt of adding the initials K.V. so as not to confuse anyone. Dear reader, you are welcome in advance. “All this happened, more or less.” – K.V. Though she is college educated with a master’s degree, local…

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