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Nora Schreiber: Artist & Activist, Will Work to Help Others

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Nora-Schreiber-BraveBy Derrick White

“People are the biggest horror show on earth, have been for centuries,” is a quote from the late poet and novelist Charles Bukowski. This is a quote I have sometimes agreed with. Look around and you won’t have to look far to experience people (who are born, live, and die just like you and me) being negative, nasty, or hateful to each other, and it is an easy thing to want to give up on humanity. We are all the same. We are all different. “I used to be a people person, but people ruined it for me.” It seems within people, good and evil are in a constant, ugly battle, and it feels like the good is an overwhelming underdog in the match, but it is not so. The destructive just gets more immediate attention.

Do you want our world to be better? Then let’s make it better.

Nora-Schreiber“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I’m not sure Mahatma Gandhi actually said this quote, but I like it. I like the positive message behind it, and I like how the responsibility of making the world better begins with me. I like when I see this idea lived out by people I know. I like when this example has a positive impact on my family, my students, and our community as a whole. I like how this quote can be summed up in one local name – Nora Schreiber. I love having Nora Schreiber in our world and specifically in East Texas where she continually finds ways to make a positive difference in the lives of others and enriches all of us through a merge of challenging visual art and dauntless activism. Nora is a full-time student at the University of Texas at Tyler, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She also works as a private art teacher as well as being a part of the great bartending crew and a manager at one of my favorite joints – Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ.

Nora-Schreiber-WorthyWhen Nora is not involved with these activities, she spends time helping people, literally going out and helping people. She typically has a monthly collection/fundraiser targeting a certain community need and then reaches out to friends and the general public and makes it happen. Nora is responsible for taking old chairs, refurbished and adorned with positive one word affirmations and securing them around Tyler at bus stops which provide no seating, giving residents an uplifting message, a comfortable place to rest, as well as a free collection of umbrellas to help prepare them for the rainy season. She fuses her visual art with service to our community.
“For the past decade, creative placemaking has come to describe projects in which ‘art plays an intentional and integrated role in community planning and development.’ This definition is from Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America (APA), a consortium of agencies, banks and philanthropic foundations who believe the arts and arts organizations can shape the social, physical, and economic characters of their communities. Putting art at the heart of a community enhances our lives by stirring hard-to-articulate feelings and inspiring us to look beyond what we believe to be possible and imagine a more vibrant, exciting future. It also reminds us we’re all creative beings – and whether we are making art or music, telling stories, or cathartically sharing in the experience, we’re all connected,” a quote from Suzanne Gerber’s article “Why Building Arts-Based Communities Is So Important.” (nextavenue.org)

Nora-Schreiber-4Nora loves creating sculpture in mixed media such as plaster, wood, found objects, etc. and often works as an installation artist as well as working in video. The artist states, “My father was an artist, and I think it was passed down to me through the genes. I have consistently been attracted to art and have not been able to get away from it.” What does she value most about art? “The value of self-expression is limitless, but I am lucky I get to have more. I get the honor of meeting fascinating people and aid in the pursuit of comfort for many,” Nora says. Schreiber’s pursuits are not without their frustrations. “My artworks are unconventional. Therefore, I am constantly applying for grants. I love making work – there is no complaint there. I wish, like any artist I guess, I could get paid. It can also be an uphill battle working as a non-object making artist.” Nora Schreiber is inspired by such artists as Caravaggio (Baroque, Italian painter) and Andy Goldsworthy (British sculptor and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural environments) and Frida Kahlo (Surrealist, Mexican painter known for her haunting self-portraits).I encourage people to follow Nora on Facebook so they might learn about monthly fundraisers. Also, visit

Nora-Schreiber-1I encourage people to follow Nora on Facebook so they might learn about monthly fundraisers. Also, visit Ivebeenthatgirl.com (an anonymous, online, emotional dumping ground for women to tell about times they have felt alone, brave, small, inspired, different, wild, misunderstood, loved, accepted, betrayed, overjoyed, or invisible. Your stories deserve to be known. You deserve to be known.

If you were walking or biking on Tyler’s Rose Rudman Trail recently you may have encountered Nora’s installation. During the month of April the artist displayed works in the name of civic unity. Vinyl posters lead the viewer from either side of the path. The posters show portraits of human subjects with text across their faces like masks showcasing complimentary words (i.e. Giving, Patient, Clever, Talented, Brave, and Worthy) meant to act as a positive, forced first impression. A display of these poster artworks was hosted by the Tyler Public Library in an exhibition titled ‘Unity’ May 15th-21st as well. The sculptural element of Nora’s installation was a representation of people as a community made of plaster casts of bags, all made the same way, with the same material. Yet, each casting is unique. No two bags are exactly the same, just like people. “We are all the same. We are all different.”

Nora-Schreiber-InstallationGandhi did say this, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.

This is the divine mystery supreme.

A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

Be Change! Be more like Nora.

More information go to www.noraschreiber.com.

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Art Events Warming Up For Summer

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First Saturday of every Month (10am-2pm) – Eastside Fiber ARTist Meeting – The monthly meeting will be held at the Tyler Public Library, 301 S. College Ave, Downtown Tyler. Please join the monthly meetings and participate in a variety of fiber arts from quilting, weaving, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, and mixed media and tons more. Guests and visitors are always welcomed. For more info go to facebook.com/Eastside.Fiber.ARTists. It is free to attend.

May 20th and June 3rd (10am-2pm) – Beginning Stained Glass Class – This beginner’s class will be held at Hobby Lobby, 1909 ESE Loop 323, Tyler. Learn all the skills necessary to create a beautiful stained glass piece with the copper foil technique. This is a beginning class and participants will learn how to work with patterns, cut glass, grind glass, copper foil, solder and much more. By the end of the class participants will take home their own art glass. No prior experience is required. All tools are provided for students use during class time. Tools and equipment are shared amongst students. Register at email pdonathan@ymail.com. Cost is $65 per person.

June 6th (6-8pm) – 6×6@110 Exhibit – The 6×6@110 is an annual art fundraising project to benefit Gallery Main Street in Downtown Tyler. The gallery is a City of Tyler facility operated with cooperation of the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition, an all-volunteer group of artists who schedule and jury fine arts exhibits and organize projects. All of the net proceeds of 6×6@110 will go to support those activities. The name “6×6@110” reflects the fact that all artwork sold in the show will be 6”x6”, and will be shown at Gallery Main Street, located at 110 W. Erwin. You can pick up canvases at the gallery through May 30th.

June 16th (11am-11:30pm) June 17th (11am-4pm) – Junebug Art and Music Festival – Calling all artists! Junebug is an annual community Art and Music festival with an afternoon farmers market. This event encompasses art in its many forms. There will be teachers of weaving and soap making, along with hands on pottery wheel demonstrations. Attendees senses will be engulfed by the sights, sound, smell and feel of all that is to be offered at this very unique art event in a very quaint little artsy community. The show will offer up a stage filled with eclectic musicians, bands, and songwriters. Saturday there will be a community Farmers market where locals can sell their organic and/or locally sourced products. Vendor and artist applications are available at theforgebenwheeler.com. The family-friendly festival, which is located in the tiny art enclave of Ben Wheeler,TX, highlights the work of artists, musicians, and artisans from the Lone Star state. Headquartered on the three-acre park-like property surrounding the FORGE (a local restaurant, bar, and music venue), the festival will give attendees an opportunity to witness the creative process through “live art” displays as well as the chance to actively join in the process. For more information email junebugsummerfair@gmail.com

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14th Annual High School Art Exhibition at TMA

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This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

14th Annual High School Art Exhibition 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 Through 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,” 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.

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.

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 May 4th and June 1st; and Family Days from 2-4pm Saturday, May 12th.

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14th Annual High School Art Exhibit at Tyler Art Museum

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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