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Inside the Artist Studio: Lindsay Boone

By A. C. Slaughter

“It’s pronounced Lind-SAY, not ‘Lindsee,’” says the red-headed beauty who is Lindsay Boone. Artist, illustrator, mother and wife, this woman is one hot ticket with a deep raspy singing voice to boot. Ms. Boone has been interested in art all of her life. “My dad started taking me to museums when I was six. We went to Dallas as a family growing up.” She started studying art and getting really into art her junior year of college. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris and, an English major at the time, it struck her “I don’t need to study literature in Paris, I need to study art.” And so she did. Lindsay spent a solid year studying in Paris. “I learned to paint at the museums, in front of the paintings. Also, the professors were all working artists and would instruct the students in the professor’s studios. We would visit local artist’s studios and learn to paint and sculpt there. There was no formal classroom.” Among Lindsay’s instructors is American figure artist Kathy Burke who has been teaching art in Paris for 30 years. “It was a small intimate class of about twelve so we got a lot of one-on-one attention.” Once Lindsay returned to the states she continued her education at William and Mary in Virginia. “I was working as a journalist for a while after college and I just did art on the side. So when I got the opportunity to teach, I was like, that’s what I need to do. I need to teach art. And I loved it.”

Lindsay Boone3Living with her husband Daniel in Dallas, Lindsay took on her new adventure as art teacher at a charter school and began to fulfill her calling. The couple decided to move back to Tyler and when a position became available at Brook Hill, Lindsay took it and taught there for three years.

“There wasn’t much of a program when I got there so I was able to help build on what was there. I loved teaching at Brook Hill. They are so encouraging, so supportive and they are so very encouraging of the fine arts. The first year, I wanted to paint the retaining wall on the Loop and they said go for it!” Lindsay invited six schools and together they repainted the wall with Tyler roses. Today, that mural can be seen by thousands of drivers every day.

After Lindsay had her second son she decided to stay home and fulfill her role as mom. Now she takes care of her two boys and her husband and continues to teach private art lessons out of her home. When you are talking to Lindsay you get the sense that she knows exactly what she is doing and that brave confidence is part of what makes her a great teacher.

Lindsay continues to paint and draw. She has commissioned work lined up, continuing to paint portraits and pieces for private homes. Lindsay’s work ranges from precise realism all the way to giddy, childlike illustration. Pleasant on the eye, her work is strong, inviting, yet gentle. The use of lights and darks in Lindsay’s work shows her incredible knowledge of values and is reflective of her time spent studying the famous Paris light. Having one of her pieces in your home is like having a piece of Paris right there in your living room.

Lindsay BooneLindsay has illustrated three children’s books. She also paints large scale murals for nurseries and children’s rooms. She has painted murals in each of her boy’s rooms. She has also made a large scale image of the face of Botticelli’s Venus, in carpet tacks no less, on the wall of her own bedroom. There is no end to Lindsay’s abilities. She can do it all. “She is the most amazing, beautiful artist in the world,” says husband Daniel. One can tell from only five minutes in their home that laughter and smiles accompany each day, and isn’t that what you want from an artist? When you hang work from someone still alive you are inviting their energy into your home, and don’t you want sincere, honest goodness in your home? I know I do. I know I would be proud to have a Lindsay Boone painting in my home.

One of the children’s books Lindsay illustrated is “Goodnight Rose City.” Written by the Junior League of Tyler, this fun and sweet children’s book will make a great addition to any child’s collection. Something that hardly happens is the chance to see the original illustrations to a book. But right now, at the Tyler Museum of Art, on display through October, you can see Lindsay’s original illustrations for “Goodnight Rose City.” All the proceeds from this wonderful little book go back into the community. Many artists submitted for the book but Ms. Boone ended up with the job and what an honor to be asked by the Junior League of Tyler to create such an important book. Way to go Lindsay!

To see Lindsay’s work go to lindsayboone.com. For more information on the museum visit:
www.tylermuseum.org. And to check out “Goodnight Rose City” visit: www.juniorleagueoftyler.org.

Right now would be the time to contact Ms. Boone for a portrait of your child or grandchild, and what a great Christmas gift that would make.

Well, that’s all for now East Texas. Enjoy the fall weather, make a trip to the Museum, take your kids, and as always, stay classy and MAKE ART.

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Art in the Garden April 28th at the Rose Garden

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April 28th (11am-2pm) – 12th Annual Art in the Garden

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department invites you to come paint or draw with us in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler.

Join local artists of all ages to paint. Bring your paints, any medium (paper or canvas) and an easel and create a masterpiece. Non-painters are welcome to view the garden and the artists at work.

A display of artwork will be shown in the exhibit area.

This is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served in the Rose Garden Center.

Art instructors are welcome to bring their students of any age.

For more info call (903)531-1214.

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TJC Art Fest: This Week, Bell Tower Arts Journal” Launch Party, International Day

Tyler Junior College, the Tyler Museum of Art and others, are once again offering a spring arts festival packed with tons of events and performances. The TJC April Arts Festival will be collaborating with the Tyler Museum of Art the entire month of April.

The festival is a celebration of the dynamic arts programs at Tyler Junior College. These programs provide rich learning experiences. This event is a collaboration of The Bell Tower Arts Journal, International Day, the Tyler Museum of Art, and the Art, Music, Theater, Speech, Dance, and Visual Communications departments. Back again, the local CBS 19 will be supporting media underwriting.

The Annual Arts Festival germinated from the notion of Dr. Linda Gary (TJC Dean of Humanities, Communications and Fine Arts) a few years ago. Dr. Gary’s original thoughts of the festival bloomed from her idea of outstretching the outstanding activities that the multiple departments at the college conduct and coordinate. Why not share the greatness? There are some entertaining, cultural, enlightening events taking place at the upcoming festival. Find the ones you are interested in, check them all out, and reconnect to one of Tyler’s trademarks and come celebrate the arts.

2018 April Art Festival events include:

  • On view all of April – “Sticks and Stones: Works by Helen Altman” and the 14th Annual High School Art Exhibits will be at the Tyler Museum of Art all month. For more info, go to tylermuseum.org.
  • April 2nd-27th – A Visual Communications Exhibition will be displayed in the Pirtle Technology Building, Pirtle Phase 4.
  • Through April 25th – The Amazing Hancock Brothers will be on exhibit at the TJC Wise Auditorium Art Gallery.
  • Through April 27th – East Texas CARES Food Pantry is hosting a Food Drive, sponsored by The Art Club. Donations may be dropped off in the Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby.

  • April 16th (2pm) – “The Bell Tower Arts Journal” Launch Party will be held in the TJC Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby. The unveiling of the latest edition of “The Bell Tower Arts Journal” includes selected artwork, poetry and prose from students.
  • April 17th (9am-5pm) – TJC’s Annual International Day celebrates diversity and worldwide cultures with an amazing lineup of events and activities in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center.
  • April 17th (10am) – Distinguished Lecture Series: Hearing Each Other: Tolerance & Interfaith Dialogue will be held in the Wise Auditorium.
  • April 17th (7:30pm) – Wind Ensembles and Symphonic Band will be in concert in Wise Auditorium. Come enjoy an evening of great music performed by students in the TJC Percussion Ensembles and Symphonic Band. Free admission.
  • April 18th (12 noon) – Coffee House: Chamber Singers will perform at Tyler Museum of Art in the lobby.
  • April 18th (5:30pm) – Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team Showcase will be held in the Jean Browne Theatre.
  • April 20th (1pm) – Student Recital Series will be held in the TJC Jean Browne Theatre.
  • April 23rd (3pm) – The Student Film Festival be be held in the TJC Apache Rooms. a
  • April 23rd (3pm) – “Be An Anchor” will be held in the Newsroom, Potter 203.
  • April 24th (10am) – Rock the Garden games and activities will be held in the TJC Genecov Garden area.
  • April 24th (3pm) – Azerbaijani Music Concert & Workshop will be held in the TJC Apache Rooms.
  • April 24th (7:30pm) – Spring Choral Concert will be presented in the TJC Wise Auditorium.
  • April 25th (12 noon) – THUNDERDOME Art Competition will take place where there is only one winner – all the other entries will be destroyed by the annihilator. BYOT (Bring your own tears) to Jenkins Courtyard. Special guests will be the Amazing Hancock Brothers!
  • April 25th (2pm) – Amazing Hancock Brothers Printmaking demonstration will be held in the TJC Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby.
  • April 25th (12 noon) – Coffee House: Faculty Recital will be performed in the Tyler Museum of Art Lobby. Concert and museum admission is free.
  • April 25th-28th (7:30pm) and April 28th (2pm) – “Hamlet” will be presented in the TJC Jean Browne Theatre.
  • April 25th (7:30pm) – TJC Jazz Ensembles will perform in the Wise Auditorium.
  • April 27th – The Performance Grant Student Showcase Art Exhibition will on display in the Wise Auditorium Art Gallery.

Most events are free to attend and everyone is welcome. There is something for everyone offered during this month-long festival. Find the events, exhibits and performances you are interested in and come enjoy. It really is the best ticket in town!

Tyler Junior College is located at 1400 E. Fifth St., Tyler. The Tyler Junior College Wise Auditorium Fine Arts Building and TJC’s Jean Browne Theatre in the Wise Cultural Arts Building are located near South Mahon Ave. across from the Tyler Museum of Art. More info can be found at tjc.edu/artsfestival or call (903)510-2200.

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14th Annual High School Art Exhibit at Tyler Art Museum

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This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

14th Annual High School Art Exhibition and “Sticks & Stones: Works by Helen Altman” on Exhibit

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 the museum at (903)595-1001, tylermuseum.org, or email info@tylermuseum.org.

TMA’s 14th Annual High School Art Exhibition on Exhibit April 8th-May 6th

An unprecedented number of aspiring artists from local schools will have their first opportunity for a full museum exhibition with the Tyler Museum of Art’s “14th Annual High School Art Exhibition,” opening Sunday, April 8th and continuing through May 6th at the Museum. The museum is located Tyler Junior main Campus is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. Admission is free.

What began in 2005 as a small showcase for 23 students from four area high schools has blossomed into a major exhibition and community event. This year’s juried competition, tops the previous record of 2016, spotlighting for the first time the work of more than 100 students from a best-ever 14 high-school campuses in Tyler and nearby cities.

Five outstanding works as selected by the jurors will be presented with “Merit of Honor” awards during the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony from 2:30-4pm, Sunday, April 8th at the Museum.

The community is invited to meet the participating artists, enjoy light refreshments – and cast their votes for the annual Viewers’ Choice Award to be presented at the exhibition’s conclusion. Ballots are available at the Visitor Services desk in the TMA lobby.

“Merit of Honor” winners will receive gift certificates from Dick Blick Art Materials. All participating artists will receive Certificates of Participation and one-year student memberships to the TMA. To RSVP for the April 8th opening reception, call (903)595-1001.

Participating schools in the “14th Annual High School Art Exhibition” include All-Saints Episcopal School, Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, Cumberland Academy, Grace Community School, John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School, all of Tyler; The Brook Hill School, Brownsboro High School, Bullard High School, Chapel Hill High School, Elkhart High School, Frankston High School, Whitehouse High School and Winona High School.

Support for the exhibition is provided by Collectors’ Circle-Platinum Sponsor The Rogers Foundation; and Collectors’ Circle-Gold Sponsors Martha and Randy Key, McElfatrick Charitable Foundation and Myrtis D. Smith.

“Sticks and Stones: Works by Helen Altman”

Tyler Museum of Art celebrates the arrival of springtime with a quarter-century survey in the career of one of the most diverse and prolific contemporary Texas artists. “Sticks and Stones: Works by Helen Altman” continues through June 3rd in the museum’s Bell Gallery. Admission is free.

The exhibition, organized by the TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, features more than 40 pieces spanning a dynamic body of work by Altman, a Fort Worth-based artist noted for her ability to move between various series across an eclectic array of media.

“Sticks and Stones” focuses on her fascination with flora and fauna, which “have been a much-appreciated constant in my life,” the artist said. “They have been a constant source of joy and also a source of coping.”

Altman’s specific choices of media throughout her career – blankets, wire birds, egg editions, and torch drawings, to name just a few – also reflect a pronounced emphasis on exploring the unique in the everyday.

“Many of my works use commonplace materials and objects. I respond to ready-made objects that are often discards or flawed in some obvious way,” she said. “Alterations in these familiar things elevate them and draw parallels to our own human predicament.”

Altman received both her bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Alabama, as well as her master of fine arts from the University of North Texas. Her work has been widely exhibited and is featured in numerous public collections, including the Art Museum of South East Texas, The Grace Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Support for “Sticks and Stones” is provided by Collectors’ Circle Platinum Sponsor The Byars Foundation.

Special events in connection with the exhibition include: Free First Friday tours at 11am April 6th, May 4th and June 1st; and Family Days from 2-4pm Saturday, April 14th and May 12th.

 

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