Winnsboro Center for the Arts
Newsletter for April-May, 2013
by Cindy Sanders
In our efforts to provide information through various means for the convenience of our readers, we are now publishing the WCA newsletters on The Arts Blog.
“Bravo! Bravo!” to Maryann Miller and the cast and the crew she directed. With a simple set, costumes, and the barest of props, this talented troupe brought Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to life as we could never have imagined. Not one to rest on her laurels, Maryann is already busy making plans for the upcoming Night of Comedy on June 29th and this year’s Youth Drama Camp in July. The amount of talent concentrated in this town is just plumb amazing!
Basket Weaving Update
We have ONE opening for the basket weaving workshop on Saturday, April 27th. This time we’ll be making the Prairie Basket and the cost will be $45.00. If you’d like us to squeeze you in, send an email ASAP!
The Art of Chaim Goldberg, through May 4th Only
His artwork is awe-inspiring; his story is beyond compelling. This rare exhibit weaves them into an experience that is truly not to be missed. The fact that we are able to present this collection here in Winnsboro is beyond belief. Not only are we thrilled, but Mr. Goldberg's son, Shalom, who handles his late father's estate is sincerely honored that we are recognizing his father and his father’s art with this exhibit.
A "short list" of museums also showing Goldberg’s work include: Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, National Museum and Jewish Museum in Warsaw, Poland, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston in Houston, and so on. The WCA is exceedingly pleased to be able to show some of his best works in our exhibit gallery.
The Contemporary Impressionism of Ellie Taylor Exhibit, Part I
Starting on May 15th, Holly Lake artist, Ellie Taylor, will be exhibiting her loose, free-flowing style of painting with vibrant florals and landscapes as part of the Winnsboro Center for the Arts’ celebration of Impressionism and the Starry, Starry Night Fundraiser for the WCA.
Of her work, Taylor says, “All my paintings must include the artist’s first impression of what is being painted. I want my art to express feeling, aesthetic beauty, awe, and drama. I use exaggerated color and bold impressionistic strokes. That is just me...” We say, she’s an amazingly prolific and sensitive painter, and we’re tickled to finally have the opportunity to display her work. This exhibit runs through June 1st.
On Saturday, May 11th, during Winnsboro’s Spring Fest, dogs, cats, pigs, mice, or donkeys (and all other pets large and small) will be featured in an exhibit of students’ paintings and sculptures at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA). WISD students, as well as students being home-schooled, can submit the drawing, painting, or sculpture of their pets by May 6th at their school’s office or at Sayadream Studio on the corner of Elm and Market Streets in Winnsboro. The artwork will be on display at the WCA beginning on May 8th. The best of the artwork will be awarded prizes and ribbons following the event.
Once again, there will also be a pet parade. Pet owners of any age can register at WCA by 10:30 am on May 11th. The 11 am parade on Market and Elm Street will be followed by the awarding of ribbons and prizes for Best Dressed, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, and Owner Look-Alike.
WCA has arranged to have pets from the Winnsboro Animal Shelter and Mineola’s APET Shelter available for adoption that day. The agencies will be set up on the corner of Main and Broadway (Hwys 37 and 11).
In addition to the art exhibit inside the art center, there will be photographers to take pictures of pets, as well as a selection of goods and services for pets. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations of pet food for the Winnsboro Animal Shelter. "They told us they will accept any brand of pet food," says event coordinator Helen Burlingham, "but prefer Pedigree Adult Dog Food, Purina Puppy Chow, Purina Cat Chow, and Milk Bones."
Join us on May 11th to show-off or just admire all of the four-legged, two-legged, or no-legged friends of the community at WCA’s ARF-Fest.
May’s 3rd Friday Art Walk
On May 17th, beginning at 6:00 pm, the WCA will host an Opening Reception for The Contemporary Impressionism of Ellie Taylor Exhibit, Part I and all the artists who participated in creating the artwork for the Starry, Starry Night Fundraiser.
Guests will also have the opportunity to pre-bid on some of the 6” x 6” artworks which will be auctioned the following evening.
In a salute to the great artists who developed the Impressionist style, the theme for this 3rd Friday Art Walk, 6-9 pm, will focus on the late 1800s, which, of course, includes STEAMPUNK! Opening festivities begin at Art & Espresso, including Tea Duels and music, and followed by visits to local galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops.
Starry, Starry Night Dinner & Art Auction Fundraiser
We have resurrected and restructured our beloved Starry, Starry Night Fundraiser for this year. First off, our dinner at this May 18th event, which begins at 6:30 pm, will be catered by Beauweevil’s Catering, who captivated our culinary senses with their spread at the Main St. Program’s 10th Anniversary reception. Instead of functional art, this year we will be auctioning over 50 pieces of 6” x 6” pieces of art created and donated by talented local artists.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Thursday, April 25th at the WCA, from board members, and from Conrad Wolfman at the Winnsboro Emporium; 316 N. Main St. Ticket price for the roasted chicken breast dinner will be $35 each and include 2 complimentary glasses of Texas wine. And additionally, we’re very pleased to add that “Tex” and Chana Gail Willis have agreed to handle the auctioneering for us!
Another twist this year is that we will begin Absentee Pre-Bidding at the 3rd Friday Art Walk. Art aficionados will be able to silently bid on selected 6” x 6” pieces. The highest bid for each item will then become the beginning bid at the auction on Saturday, May 18th. If that bid is not challenged, the silent bidder wins the bid… if the bid goes higher, the live auction highest bid wins!
We’re seriously looking forward to a festive and entertaining evening…if you’re trying to choose a gift for Mother’s Day, how about tickets to Starry, Starry Night and a promise to pick up the tab on a winning bid or two?
Tri-Loom Weaving Workshops
Ever thought about learning to weave? WCA will be offering two workshops on triangle loom weaving on Tuesday, May 21 from 10 am – 3 pm, and for those who can’t make it during the daytime, Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30 – 10 pm.
Cost for the class is $50, and includes all supplies to complete a small neck scarf/collar. Barney, our instructor, will also have looms of all sizes for those who wish to purchase. There will be a one hour lunch break on Tuesday and a half hour snack break during the Wednesday evening session. A $20 deposit is requested to reserve your space.
Jive Jumpers (formerly Diddley Squat) will be boogying into Winnsboro on Saturday, May 11th. From their Facebook page, they describe themselves as a “4-pc jumpin', swingin', & a little bit jazzy combo of guitar, bass, percussion & snare drum played with brushes. Mostly blues, oldies & swing band tunes.” Sounds like a great way to wrap up your Winnsboro Spring Fest/ARF Fest Saturday to me! Go to http://crossroadsmusiccompany.