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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Addie Moore, Making Tyler Weird


Inside the Artist’s Studio:

Make Tyler Weird

The Exploring Force of Addie Moore

By Derrick White

“Being an artist is scary. You make things, and then you ask others to look, critique, dissect, and evaluate your work. I have always been drawn to art and I suppose I have always been an artist, as I feel like many humans are, but I didn’t realize or give myself credit until recently,” states local artist, promoter, and innovator Addie Moore. “I have been drawing and making my whole life. Both my parents studied graphic design and instilled an appreciation of the arts in me from an early age,” she continues, adding, “I enjoyed trying different media in high school but never saw myself as an artist. My parents also embedded in me the fear of the starving artist. I decided to study art history because I felt an academic approach would be a road to job security.”

Addie is an illustrator and a ceramic sculptor. Her works tend to have a significant emphasis on line. Her illustrative work is inclined to have straight, hatched, striped, etched effects. These pieces are colorful, layered, and contain elements both recognizable and abstract. “For my illustrative work, I have a dry media studio. I tend to use inks, markers, pens, colored pencil, watercolor pencils, and watercolor, layered in no particular order. For my ceramic work I lean towards light, white, hand building clays,” Addie reveals.

Moore graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2016, where she studied art history and minored in studio arts. She focused her research and internships towards museum education and community involvement in the arts. Addie recalls, “I focused primarily on ceramics and drawing during my studies for my minor at UT Tyler. After college, I pursued jobs at non-profits and museums in Northwest Louisiana because they have a growing art scene and I had connections. I was able to land a couple of part-time art teaching jobs at after school programs but soon realized I would need a graduate degree to do anything I wanted to do full-time. I worked in inventory management for a jewelry store for a year before being recommended for my current art teaching job in Tyler. It wasn’t until last year, when Aaron Dunn, local poet, caught a glimpse of my sketchbook and asked me to illustrate his book of poetry, ‘I’m Just Saying’, I felt validated as an artist. I completed his book, started renting my own ceramic studio, and started participating in group shows. I realized how much I had been holding myself back due to fear. I learn every day from my students and I am working to perfect my craft and my practice, but I still fall short all of the time. I also began seeing a need for a unification of the East Texas art scene.”

Addie Moore is a frequent traveler and explorer. She has been able to save, fund, scholarship, and scrimp her way into multiple countries including France, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, China, and India. She also loves road tripping across the United States. Moore’s adventurous spirit and tenacity has led to a wonderful new East Texas asset. Look out, Austin: Tyler is cool now.

“A small group of energetic people can create an art scene anywhere,” proclaims Christina Rees, the Editor-in-Chief at Glasstire, a Texas contemporary art online-only magazine. She was the juror for the 34th Annual International Exhibition in the Meadows Gallery at the University of Texas at Tyler on view through March 8, 2019. The reason Rees was the juror and the reason two Tyler Museum of Art exhibitions were listed in Glasstire’s top five recommendations is because, from a visual arts standpoint, East Texas is becoming a hotbed and Addie Moore is channeling this energy into action.

“There is so much artwork here in East Texas, and due to city over region mentality, we miss out on amazing exhibitions, public art, and events. I can see where artists and other creatives who have been living and working here for decades could feel discouraged by the past promotion of the arts. I have recently formed the group of creatives to help connect, begin holding ourselves to a higher standard, and begin exposing East Texas to everything we have to offer,” declares Addie.

The group etx creatives is a community organization to connect imaginative people through internet, workshops, meet-ups, and events. The group intends to better connect East Texas to the arts in a real, accessible, and equitable way. Addie explains, “We had our first exhibition with local artists, poets, and musicians in January. We were so energized by the turnout. We decided to do another on February 23rd at the former True Vine Brewing Company location on Englewood featuring the local Art School Girls (ASG) Collective’s inaugural show, ‘Components’. The work featured in ‘Components’ is highly individualistic with two common ties, each artist uses ceramics and small pieces to come together into a larger idea, slowly growing into larger, meaningful moments of light, shadow, and space. Each member of ASG has artwork arising from their own research into form and philosophy. The works will be complimented by music by local band Dang Dens & Friends and spoken word poetry juried by poet Aaron Dunn. Our long-term goal as etx creatives is to develop an area where the arts can flourish, create a gallery and studio space for artists, and eventually develop a residency program bringing in artists to teach and to learn from each other.”

Addie Moore believes in community. She proclaims, “Art is an independent practice in most cases, but being part of a classroom, university, collective, art show, and community organization gives me the confidence to put my own work out there. I am so proud of the community we have here in East Texas, I am meeting amazing artists, musicians, poets, and creative people every day. It’s encouraging and exciting.” Writers note: I attended the etx creatives’ inaugural event and it had the best vibrancy, energy, and funky eccentricity of any East Texas art event I have attended in the last twenty years. Times are a-changing, let’s get weird.

Keep Austin Weird is the slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small businesses and creative culture in Austin, Texas. Other cities have since mimicked the motto, including Portland, Louisville, and Indianapolis.



Gallery Main Street hosts First Digital Exhibit

Gallery Main Street will host their first digital exhibit from May 1 to July 7. While facilities continue to be closed or with limited hours due to COVID-19, pictures and virtual tours of this exhibit will be available at Art will also be available for purchase online.

The spring exhibit is an open theme to allow local artists an opportunity to spotlight their different mediums, methods, visions and experiences.

“Art never stops,” said Main Street Director Amber Varona. “Now more than ever it is important to create innovative opportunities for artists to display and sell their art.”

This will be the first juried exhibit in the new gallery space inside the Plaza Tower. The space provides the artwork to be visible beyond the hours of the Main Street office and by patrons visiting the new first floor retail bays. The gallery serves as a valued centerpiece to the beautifully furnished atrium that serves as an inviting gathering spot.

For more information, visit or call (903) 593-6905.

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Online UT Tyler MFA and BFA Art Exhibits Now Available

The University of Texas at Tyler has announced online art exhibitions featuring the work of students who graduated this spring with Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

Traditionally held on campus, the exhibitions were modified for online viewing as a safeguard in response to the coronavirus. The work of four MFA and eight BFA graduates can be viewed at

“While we are heavy-hearted about the inability to celebrate our student achievements face to face, we recognize the importance of taking precautionary measures during this time,’’ said Merry Wright, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. “We are pleased to announce our online exhibitions, and we are incredibly proud of the students featured. They have remained steadfast in their commitment to creating and have approached the unfolding events with the highest caliber of professionalism.’’

MFA Exhibitions

Artists featured in the MFA exhibitions include:

Jessica Sanders of Tyler makes delicate-looking ceramic sculpture. Her exhibition is titled “Attach | Manipulate | Respond.” “This body of work deals with form, space, and visual accessibility,’’ Sanders said. “The pieces are made up of small, individual ceramic pieces that are attached together with wire, making flexible ceramic sheets.”

John Miranda’s exhibition, “Pan Dulce in the Sauce,“ features sculpture and paintings inspired by his hometown of Del Rio. “My work is a visceral response to a lived reality, an abstraction of space and memory,’’ he said.” Inanimate entities become communities within space as I try to find a balance between cultural history and personal experiences.”

Laminda Miller of Gladewater makes animal sculptures of epoxy clay and mixed media. Her exhibition, “Intentions,’’ features deceptively whimsical works that are allegorical representations of the social, psychological and literal constructs of identity.

Nora Schreiber of Tyler explores a curiosity of the world around her in her exhibition titled “ALL IT CAN BE IS WHAT IT WAS NAMED.” She asks her audience to step into a visual exploration of the mundane in their daily lives, with a theatrical twist.

BFA Exhibition

Artists highlighted in the BFA exhibition, titled “Nascent,’’ include

Lidia Alvidrez of Dallas – Avridrez’s work as a ceramic artist is influenced by her life experiences and dealing with a mental disorder.

Katherine Emmel of Overton – Emmel’s work is focused primarily in painting and reflects


several dystopian and emotional narratives found within everyday society.

Willow Lanchester of Tyler – Lanchester works primarily in clay and metal sculpture. Her art pieces are focused permutations of form that explore themes of concealed information.

Maggie Pierce of Tyler – Pierce uses photo-based printmaking techniques to create highly altered versions of desert landscape. Her work examines the landscape and our relationship to it as something that is mediated by various technologies.

Payton Poole of Tyler – Poole works with multimedia, three-dimensional sculptures, both interactive and wearable, that open conversations about mental illness and the stigma against it.

Grace Richardson of Troup – Richardson uses screen-printing methods to create non- objective forms that render familiarity through their interactions and emphasis on color. A vocabulary of shape and color is established through these arrangements, creating a relationship and language between form and viewer.

Justin Witherspoon of Kilgore – Witherspoon is a printmaker who works in both relief and mono-type. His current body of work is focused on contrasting hard lines and stark objects with nebulous color, inviting exploration.

Teresa Young of Marshall – Young is a sculptor whose works incorporate disposed items such as shipping material and objects from nature. The items signify abandonment and reincarnation.

For more information about the exhibitions, contact Michelle Taff, UT Tyler gallery and media coordinator, at 903-566-7237 or

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Historic Tyler Celebrates with 26th Annual Photo Contest

May is a time when thousands of individuals around the country join in a nationwide celebration of National Preservation Month, sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This May, Preservation Month is going virtual.  Even though many historical places are physically closed right now, we hope to excite current preservation supporters and introduce new audiences to the preservation work that makes our community special by opening a window to a world of adventure online.

The National Trust created Preservation Week in 1973 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America.  Since then, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities across the United States. Due to its popularity, the National Trust extended the event to the entire month of May, which was then declared Preservation Month to provide more opportunities to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states. The hope is to introduce more Americans to the growing preservation movement.

Here at Historic Tyler, we will celebrate Preservation Month by virtually highlighting preservation efforts made here in our own beautiful Rose City, and by hosting our annual Photo Contest.  Historic Tyler’s Photo Contest has been a Preservation Month staple for over twenty-five years, and this year’s theme is Beyond Your Basic Brick. We have picked historic properties throughout the Azalea and Charnwood historic districts that feature interesting bricks, brick patterns or brick details.

To enter the photo contest, identify each photograph by its address or name and submit answers to Historic Tyler, Inc., P.O. Box 6774, Tyler, TX, 75711, send an email to or private message us on social media.  Entries must be submitted no later than end-of-day, Monday, June 21, 2020.  The entry with the highest number of correct answers will be awarded a family membership in Historic Tyler, Inc. and $50 cash.  In the event of ties, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.

To enter the photo contest, identify each photograph by its current name or address and submit answers to: Historic Tyler, Inc., P.O. Box 6774, Tyler, TX, 75711, Send an email to, or Private message us on social media.

Entries must be submitted no later than end of day, Monday, June 21, 2020. The entry with the highest number of  correct answers will be awarded a family membership in Historic Tyler, Inc. and $50 cash. In the event of ties, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.

Historic Tyler, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1977 with a mission “to promote the preservation and protection of historic structures and sites through advocacy, education, involvement, and private and public investment.”  It is a membership-based organization with many preservation accomplishments to its credit.  Executive Director Mrs. Washmon invites you to visit their website: for more information on the organization, which is located in the Charnwood District at 110 E. Charnwood Street.

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