Oh, art, how we’ve missed you. Scrolling through Facebook or watching endless Tik Tok videos is just not the same as good, old fashioned art. This week, enjoy the beauty and talent of local artists once again, as several museums and exhibits have reopened in Addison, performing arts events have been rescheduled and a new sculpture has been put up in a public park in town! And be sure to thank an artist – their creativity has brought light into these challenging times.
Browse art in person (while wearing a facemask and practicing social distancing) at Southwest Gallery this week! Southwest Gallery is now open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with no appointment or admission charge necessary to view the gallery.
Their newest work is by Nic Noblique, who creates “steel with an attitude.” His work is best described as “Bold, strong and colorful.” For example, his “Sail Again” is made in powder coated steel in bright blue, and it looks like two ribbons simply floating in the wind. According to Noblique, nature has always informed his work, as well as traveling to Europe to visit museums, snowboarding and skateboarding and more. He said in his bio, “Transitions in the natural landscape; hills, slopes, gaps, gorges and inclines, for example, naturally translate in my mind to form a line, curvature and balance in mathematical terms.”
In order to make his art, he has fabricated his own machinery that allows him to push the limits. For example, he built a 60-ton cold-rolling, three-bar pinch rolling machine entirely from recycled parts, including a 50-year-old transmission from an oil jack pump.
He added, “I do love to play with color in juxtaposition to the environment and surroundings, often making use of how color can elicit physical reactions and emotional responses. I am drawn to rusted patinas and stainless steel for their ability to stand out and sustainability is at the forefront of my process.”
Valley House Gallery is currently open by appointment only right now, which you can make by calling 972-239-2441. You can also take a virtual tour of their latest exhibit by Henry Finkelstein.
In describing his latest paintings, Finkelstein said in a statement, “Color, light and air, space and volume have always been at the core of my paintings. But increasingly, I find that the character of the place itself is just as important to me. I’m drawn to old places, where people have lived a long time, where the land is considered, but not overly manicured, with ancient trees that frame some sort of gardening or farming. When I was in art school in the 1970s, I would not have admitted these things. Most of the discussion was limited to the abstract or formal elements of paintings. So much has changed since then, that such taboos have become irrelevant. This is liberating for me. My love for the subject doesn’t lessen my passion for the formal. It is always a synthesis of the two.”
Finkelstein earned his MFA in painting from Yale University School of Arts in 1983, followed by a Fulbright Grant to study in Italy. He did a residency at Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France, in 1992 and 2000, and he returns to this region each summer to paint. He has taught painting and drawing in New York City in 1996 and has exhibited at Valley House Gallery since 2002.
Jennifer Pickett’s paintings will be shown at the Addison Conference Centre through July 6 as part of the Addison Art Program. Her gorgeous oil paintings and landscapes are soothing to the soul.
Pickett has worked as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator, and her work has appeared in D Magazine, the Lyons Group, Argus, American Tract Society, Pockets Magazine, Lasting Lessons, Brinker International and others. She also creates portraits of people and homes for individuals – customers are amazed at the detail she captures in the faces, hair and eyes. She also experiments with oils, acrylics and watercolors to create fine art pieces.
Call 972-450-6241 to make an appointment to stop by and see the artwork.
I Am My Own Wife has been rescheduled, and it is now showing from July 16-Aug. 2 at WaterTower Theatre. This is based on a true story and inspired by interviews conducted by playwright Doug Wright over several years. I Am My Own Wife is the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transgender woman who survived the Nazi onslaught and repressive East German Communist regime against all odds. This won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.
The show runs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Showing entirely online, A Little Princess from Outcry Theatre will run from June 27-July 5. Directed by Jason Johnson-Spinos, A Little Princess tells the story of Sara, the “princess” of her boarding school, who receives special treatment because of her rich father. However, Sara stays humble despite jealousy from the other kids, and she entertains her friends with fanciful tales. After she receives heartbreaking news, the strict headmistresses forces her to work in servitude. As she struggles to keep up spirits, she discovers some remarkable things that may change her bleak fate.
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 and you can access them for 48 hours.