By Kelly Griffith-Fields
Neighboring Tyler Junior College, the Tyler Museum of Art, sits in the shade of large magnolias and tall pine trees. Its mission is to enrich the lives of East Texans and visitors through the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of the visual arts.
The museum’s growing and permanent collection features over 1500 works of art. The works include paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures.
The museum contains two major exhibition galleries, the North Gallery and Bell Gallery, both on the ground floor. Works from the permanent collection are only on display certain times due to limited gallery space.
Since its inception the museum has placed its focus on 19th and 20th century art. It has gained recognition for its emphasis on the work of emerging contemporary artists from Texas and surrounding states.
In recent years, exhibitions have included a greater variety of styles in an effort to represent the diversity and community interests.
In addition to the two galleries, the museum also boasts a library, classroom, café and gift shop.
Family Day is held every second Saturday of the month. Families are invited to learn about exhibitions through free art activities, treasure hunts and more. Children and adults can enjoy activities and snacks in the classroom from 2 to 4pm.
All family members will have free admission to the galleries. Three to five activities, all in different mediums, will be available to explore. “We try to provide materials and projects that children might not get to experience at school, either because of cost or time restrictions,” Interpretation Manager Derek Frazier said. The activities are chosen to relate to the exhibitions by reflecting similar themes, styles, techniques and other artistic aspects.
Admission is free to the exhibitions currently on display. “Flow into the Mystic: Marriage and the Contemporary Artist” will be shown through February 1st. “Flow into the Mystic” is the work of six married couples – twelve artists. The artists spotlighted are Jack and Vera Barnett, Gary and Daphne Hatcher, Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby, Benito Huerta and Janet Chaffee, Dewane and Alexis Serio Hughes, and James R. and Philana Oliphant Pace.
“Between the States & The American Civil War’s Impact on Tyler” will be on display through February 15th. “Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House Collection” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war and highlights the photographic processes of the period.
“The American Civil War’s Impact on Tyler” highlights the home front and frames the war from the perspective of Smith County.
These Civil War exhibitions, guest curated by Letha Clair Robertson, PhD, will honor the heritage of those who served and tell the story of a community at war through photographs, maps and historical artifacts. For this, the museum collaborated with the Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum, Smith County Historical Society, The University of Texas at Tyler and several private collectors to increase awareness of the technological, scientific and human impact of the war.
Families can also pick up a family guide to encourage a fuller exploration of art. The guide asks questions and puts children in pursuit of specific pieces throughout the gallery.
“If a child completes the guide, they earn a small prize by showing it to Visitor Services staff,” Frazier said.
The museum also offers summer art camps each year as a way to let children 6 to 17 years old express their creativity and imagination.
The museum gift shop has something for everyone. An array of unique items is available that spans from artful decor to postcards.
The museum café offers light lunch options in a relaxed atmosphere. Homemade soups, sandwiches and salads are available Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
The Tyler Museum of Art, aiming to captivate imaginations and cultivate an appreciation of fine art, is located at 1300 South Mahon Avenue. It is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1 – 5pm. It is closed Mondays and for most major holidays.
For more information visit tylermuseum.org.
Dinosaurs are Back at Discovery Science Place!
Return of the Dinosaurs This Summer at Discovery Science Place
Discovery Science Place (DSP) is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. DSP is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and closed on Mondays. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.
Tickets are $8 for adults (ages 13 and up), $6 for children (ages 2-12), $6 per person for seniors (65 and up), $5 per person for active military (must provide ID), and children under 2 are free. For more info call (903)533-8011 or go to discoveryscienceplace.org.
Return of the Dinosaurs, Coming This Summer!
Come walk among the dinosaurs again as DSP’s celebrates its 25th anniversary! Take your picture riding a Triceratops or braving the jaws of a T-Rex. See two Protoceratops guarding their nest or view the long-necked Apatosaurus. View actual fossils along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago.
“Return of the Dinosaurs” is featured in the DSP Annex building next door to the main museum building. Tickets are purchased at the main museum front desk (under the green portico) and exhibit entry is on Broadway under the blue awning.
“Return of the Dinosaurs” is a separately ticketed exhibit. Ticket prices are: $8 for adults ages: 13 and up, and $6 for children ages: 2-12. Current DSP members get in for 1/2 price ($4 and $3). Children under 2 are free.
You can view actual fossils along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago. The exhibit runs June 9th-August 19th.
Summer Camps at Discovery Science Place
8 weeks of camps are planned, from June 11th-August 10th. Each week has a different theme, and campers are divided into two age groups based on school grade: entering 1st-3rd grade, or for students entering 4th-6th grades. Every camper this summer will also be able to tour the exciting summer 2018 traveling exhibit. Camps are from 10am-4pm each day, and extended programming is available from 7:30am-5:30pm.
The cost is $175 per week per camper with a 10% discount for DSP museum members. Cost includes a snack and all camp materials each day, but campers will need to bring a sack lunch. Camps are:
June 11th-15th: Vex Robotics 1
The Discovery Science Place will fill with the sounds of whirling wheels and motors during this robotics camp. They have upgraded to Vex Robotics and are excited to see campers build claw bots and tackle new challenges! This camp is limited to 15 per class.
June 18th-22nd: Make: Create
Curious makers will want to sign up for this camp! During the week children will learn about the design process, then apply those ideas to bridges, buildings, fog cannons and more.
June 25th-29th: Mad Science
If it bubbles, oozes, or pops, campers will give it a try during this camp. Young camper scientists will make slime, rockets, and more. Campers need to be prepared, because science can be messy!
July 9th-13th: 3D Modeling featuring Minecraft
Everyone loves Minecraft, and campers will put that knowledge to good use by transforming their Minecraft designs from the digital space to the real world using 3D printing technology. This camp is capped at 15 students per class.
July 16th-20th: Vex Robotics II
The Discovery Science Place will fill with the sounds of whirling wheels and motors during robotics camp. They have upgraded to a new robotics system, and are excited to see their campers build claw bots and tackle new challenges. This camp is limited to 15 per class.
July 23rd-27th: 3D Modeling featuring Minecraft II
Everyone loves Minecraft, and will put that knowledge to good use by transforming their Minecraft designs from the digital space to the real world using 3D printing technology. This camp is limited to 15 per class.
July 30th-August 3rd: Take Flight/ Make it Move
This exciting week lets campers explore various forms of flight, from airplanes to rockets, as well as learning the basis of movement and flight. Rockets will launch, planes will glide, cars will loop-de-loop, and more.
August 6th-10th: Kitchen Chemistry
No Summer camp at the DSP would be complete without Kitchen Chemistry week. Nearly all the activities done during this week can be replicated at home with parent help. Campers will make slime, learn about cooking with solar power, and create paint using vegetables and spices.
It’s Going To Be An “INCREDIBLE” Summer at Studio Movie Grill
Cool Off from the Summer Heat this Month at Studio Movie Grill
Join the fun at Studio Movie Grill (SMG), located at 8954 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and at studiomoviegrill.com. SMG offers box office hits as well as special screenings. These include:
Classics Family Favorites
Relive your favorites on the big screen with these summer family favorites. These start at 7:15pm.
- June 6th: “Purple Rain”
- June 13th: “The Wizard of Oz”
- June 20th: “The Neverending Story”
- June 27th: The Iron Gate”
- July 4th: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
Special Needs Screenings
Family-friendly movies are free for children with special needs and their siblings with adult tickets available for before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered, and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie.
Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11am. Parental guidance is always suggested. The scheduled movies are:
- June 2nd: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
- June 23rd: “The Incredibles 2”
- June 30th: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
Relive your favorites on the big screen with our SMG Classics series! Have some laughs this summer with these comedy classics all at 7:15pm.
- July 11th: “The Hangover”
- July 18th: “Blazing Saddles”
- July 25th: “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
- August 1st: “Risky Business”
Children’s Summer Series
SMG’s Children’s Summer Series offers a budget-friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat to watch $1 screenings of recent, popular, children films.
- May 28th-June 1st: “Flushed Away”
- June 4th-8th: “The Book of Life”
- June 11th-15th: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
- June 18th-22nd: “Ferdinand”
- June 25th-29th: “Captain Underpants”
- July 2nd-6th: “The Boss Baby”
- July 9th-13th: “Horton Hears a Who”
- July 16th-20th: “The Peanuts Movie”
- July 23rd-27th: “The Croods”
- July 30th-August 3rd: “The Prince of Egypt”
- August 6th-10th: “Megamind”
- August 13th-17th: “Puss in Boots”
- August 20th-24th: “Epic”
- August 27th-31st: “Flushed Away”
Big Screen Classics
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox are celebrating the anniversary of several classic movies this summer.
June 10th (6:45pm), 11th and 13th (6:15pm) – “Scarface”
July 15th and 18th (2pm and 7pm) – “Big”
Watch Party: Jumanji Double Feature
Join the fun and watch this classic movie back to back this summer! See the 1995 “Jumanji”original and then see the 2017 hit.
June 10th (2pm) and 11th (6:30pm)
June 22nd-23rd: 10th Annual Tyler Coin Show
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June 22nd-23rd – 10th Annual Tyler Coin Show will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Friday, June 22nd the show will be 12 noon-5pm and Saturday, June 23rd 9am-5pm. There will be coins, currency, tokens, gold and silver on over 50 tables. They will do verbal appraisals and there will be door prizes, educational displays, and more. For more info call (903)570-3136 or email email@example.com.
July 4th (8am-11pm) – Smith County Freedom Ride and Festival 2018 – This free event will feature fireworks, hotdogs, drinks, watermelons, kids, pets, hot-rods and motorcycles, and there is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July on a Wednesday! Come out, celebrate our freedom, and honor all those who serve at this Independence Day festival and ride. Downtown businesses will be open to the public. Public will vote on “Smith County Most Patriotic Ride” and “Smith County Most Patriotic Hotrod” from 12 noon-4pm. The Independence Day Ride will begin at 5pm to the clubhouse to the free firework show at dark. Everyone in the community is welcome to join in on the fun. For more info go to facebook.com/events/129556567877651.
July 29th (12:30-4:30pm) – Bridal Expo with East Texas Bride focuses exhibitors, bridal fashion presentations, grand prizes, and fabulous fun. This is sponsored by All American Party & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings & Events East Texas, and Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs. There will be grand prize giveaways that include The Landing at Joshua Farms offering a fabulous Saturday Package valued at $4500; Bella Sera Ranch offering a Friday DIY package for 150 guests valued at $2695 (excludes December); Old Omen Guest House “Event Day Free” for 150 guests; Eagle’s Bluff $1800 venue package; Venue 31 Events $1,000 in event rentals; Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs offering Floral Package valued at $1,000; Complete East Texas Weddings & Events offering DJ, Video, and Photography Packages; Lisa Gallant Photography Package valued at $1,200; Simply Beautiful Flowers & More a $500 Floral Package; Nichole Beth Photography $500 Bridal Session; The Barn at the Silver Spur Cabin overnight stay. Don’t miss this wonderful summer bridal event. Register for reduced tickets for $8 online and secure your bride bag and your Symbolize It gift card. Tickets at the door are $10. This will be held at Harvey COnvention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler.
Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday Downtown Tyler (Second Saturday of each month, 12 noon-10pm) – Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses will be offering fun events all day long. There is free parking in the Fair parking garage. Rain or shine, Downtown Tyler will be the place to be every second Saturday. For more info and a full list of events go to visittyler.com/secondsaturday or find Hit the Bricks on Facebook. Dates are: May 12th, June 9th, July 14th, August 11th, September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, and December 8th.
Canton First Monday Trade Days Market is held Thursday-Sundays. What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques, and collectibles that can be found anywhere. For more info call (903)567-6556 or go to firstmondaycanton.com. Dates are: May 3rd-6th, May 31st-June 3rd, June 28th-July 1st, August 2nd-5th, August 30th-September 2nd, September 27th-30th, November 1st-4th, November 29th-December 2nd.
Free Yoga Saturday (9am-12:30pm) – Every 3rd Saturday of the month, beFree offers a free day of yoga. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time but you can if you’d like to, and there are no catches – just free yoga with the beFree instructors in their beautiful and healing studio space. Check the schedule to choose any class on that day that you will most enjoy at befreeyogatyler.com. beFree Yoga is located at 212 Old Grande Blvd., Tyler, (903)630-6142, befreeyogatyler.com.
Every 4th Thursday, April 26th, May 24th, June 28th (6-10pm) – Geek World Paint Night – With all the excitement around games requiring models, Geek World has had a few of the communities best painters offer to lead a free painting night the 4th Thursday of every month. Bring your painting projects and get your questions answered plus learn some new tricks and techniques. This is free to attend and all painting supplies will be 10% off during the event and 20% off special orders. Geek World is located at 410 WSW Loop 323, Tyler, (903)363-9751, firstname.lastname@example.org. Geek World also offers nightly tournaments, game nights, all day Commander games, Friday night magic, and many pre-release sneak peek events.
EGuide Magazine’s Gig Guide
Date Night: From Fancy to Simple, Tyler Offers a Lot of Romance
July 4th: Freedom Fighters 5K Race and more races!
Theatre Guide: Opening June 7th, “Ring of Fire” at Tyler Civic
Blue Moon Gardens: More Than a Family Nursery
Dinosaurs are Back at Discovery Science Place!
It’s Going To Be An “INCREDIBLE” Summer at Studio Movie Grill
Connie Smith in Concert at Liberty Hal June 27th
June 22nd-23rd: 10th Annual Tyler Coin Show
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