Gallery Report - September 16, 2016

It's the middle of September, and we're getting a bonanza of worthwhile events to check out. These days it seems like every Saturday there are more good shows than anyone can count with one hand. How cool would it be if the entire town had time-turners and we could check them all out together? Anyway, don't forget to check out your local art. Greater Denton Arts Council is launching an exhibition dedicated to the art of creating comic books, and they've invited Kevin Smith to discuss his well-known love on that subject. Here is a round-up of art things going on around town.

Art Glass Ensembles
513 Bolivar St.
Currently featured here is the work of owner Christie Wood, who has assembled a variety of wood-framed stained glass panels. If buying finished stained glass pieces at a discount interests you, then save the date for October 15th. Wood is hosting only the 2nd one-day sale she's had in 21 years in order to clear out some inventory.

The Bearded Monk
122 E. McKinney St.
Do you like Eric Mancini's masterful swirl technique? Do you like Bart Simpson? Take a look at what's going down on the East wall of Bearded Monk to see a series of Mancini's latest work. They're also the official after party for the Greater Denton Art Council's Evening with Kevin Smith. The Clerks director isn't supposed to be there, but this tweet happened.

Brick Haus Art Collective
215 S. Woodrow Ln
In collaboration with the Greater Denton Arts Council, Brick Haus is currently displaying piñata-like billboards created by Giovanni Valderas. These creations resemble real estate signs perhaps as a statement on gentrification taking over poor neighborhoods. Conspicous Craft will be on display until December 4th.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St.
Comic books may be for popular consumption but that absolutely doesn't discredit their value as artwork. Greater Denton Arts Council presents an interactive exhibition that proudly celebrates independent artists and graphic novelists. There will also be work from the greats such as Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. A $5 special exhibition admission (Free for GDAC members and current students) will allow viewers to get a behind-the-scenes look at how comic superheroes are created. In connection with the exhibit, Kevin Smith will be speaking at the Murchison on September 17th. On the 22nd, a celebration on the square calls for heroes to contribute to the arts at North Texas Giving Day.

Zines are vital in a DIY culture. Works of Randy Guthmiller presents the works of an artist and educator who founded Dallas Zine Party and Shape Zines. The former is an annual celebration of zines and the latter is a publishing house dedicated to micro-publications. The works are featured in the Festival Hall with no charge for admission until December 8, 2016.

If cowboy photography piques your interest, you'll want to check out the historic photos from the Charles Cook Collection. The gallery includes photos from the ultimate cowboy/artist, Erwin E. Smith. Weldon's Saddle Shop and Bell & Oak will be adding to the aesthetic with vintage saddles and leatherwork. The opening reception for this is also at 5:30 pm on August 12th. The gallery will continue through September 24th. 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: If you're particularly skilled with the crafts or mixed media, then you may be interested in submitting to the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. The 2017 exhibition will be juried by Joann Edwards, executive director of the Museum of Craft and Design.
Guidelines for Entry

Mulberry Street Cantina
110 W Mulberry St.
There is a new piece from Light and Orbock Art depicting Rougned Odor punching Jose Bautista. There isn't a better sales pitch than that. Swing by and check out this striking piece of imagery.

Murchison Performing Arts Center
2100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Denton, TX 76266
Here lies the other half of Giovanni Valderas' work in Conspicuous Craft. The Murchison his hosting Valderas' paintings that reflect on his Latino heritage. With it being the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month, this is a great opportunity to check out work reflecting on the social struggle of upholding Hispanic culture.

tAd Gallery
901 Ave. C, Ste 101
tAd is a not-for-profit artist-run space that is open Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 9 pm, located inside the Bowllery. Current exhibitions includes Traces of the Others as part of their Outskirts: Bodies, Places, & Identities series, a project that explores politics and women's issues as told by artists from diverse backgrounds.

Taps & Caps
505 W. Hickory Street
This is one of the newest homes to artists and musicians. Currently featured is a set of photos printed on wood that sell as low as $20. Stop to consider a piece of art the next time you get a growler filled here.

TWU East | West Gallery
300 Texas St. (in the Fine Arts building)
Circuit Breaker opened a few weeks ago displaying a multimedia experience that means to dig deep into how information is perceived. On the 22nd, Dr. Susan Harper will lead a lecture titled Sacred Spaces in the East Gallery. Harper will question what it means to be connected and discuss the spirituality of labyrinths. Featured artists in the exhibit include Harper as well Darcy Neal,  Michael A. Morris, and Luke Harnden. Viewing is open until October 2nd.

UNT Art Gallery
Art Building
1201 W Mulberry St
What can art be without the process of being inspired? Recalling is an exhibition that contemplates the nature of inspiration. Featured works include: photography and artist books by Frank Hamrick, paintings by Faith Jessup, and sculptures and brooches by Chris Ramsay. The exhibition is available for viewing all day from August 30th through October 22nd. A reception with the artists in attendance will occur on September 15th from 5-7pm.

UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm St.
Short Notice opens Saturday, September 10th at 11am to present the newest works of drawing and painting MFA students from UNT. Opening reception is Monday, September 12th from 5:30 - 7pm.  

UNT Union Gallery
1155 Union Cir # 239
Currently featured on the 2nd floor of the Union Gallery is Fractions, which displays the work of five MFA printmaking students: Sarah Ellis, Kayla Seedia, Zackary Petot, David Villegas and Jessie Barnes.

Voertman's Gallery
1314 W. Hickory St.
Currently on display is Shy Gestures, a show curated by Sylvia Mtz. The show represents a variety of mediums and artist that work together to urge reflection on the quiet moment of inspiration. The opening reception is on Saturday the 17th and will feature a group of vendors and several music acts.

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