By Elizabeth Brannon
The Town Hall Art Display is a fascinating feature of the new Flower Mound Town Hall.
Since the beginning of May 2019, three local artists’ works have graced the wall of our Town Hall. Artist works are chosen by a committee of members of the Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission and town employees.
Decisions are based on numerous things, including, but not limited to, the desire to vary the subject matter of the works displayed, size of the works, use of the media, or the materials the artists use to create their works and artistic merit. The work must be original and two dimensional and appropriate for all age groups, since the art is displayed in a public building.
The featured artist and their works usually change at the beginning of a month. Artists can be selected more than once, depending on the submissions the town receives.
To date, the initial artists were:
May: Brenda Gribbin – Floral paintings
June/July: Bill Howard Jr. – Nature photography
August: Curtis Simmons – Photographs that are a mixture of local landscapes and some images of his time in New Zealand.
September: Simon Studeny – A native of Slovakia, Studeny paints landscapes, intricate architecture, pet and personal portraits, and still lifes.
October and November will feature local artists that work in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic paint and alcohol inks.
Calling All Artists!
At this time, the town is ready to receive more works from local artists who want to be considered to display their work in the Town Hall. Town Hall is a great venue and provides a way for local artists to become better known, to offer detailed information about their works and to let residents who view the works also know how to purchase items. This program is an opportunity for Flower Mound to create a more vibrant community, which was one of the recommendations from the Arts Master Plan that was created last year.
Here is the link to the page for residents to learn more about the town hall display and where to go to submit work. It is on the Flower Mound site under “resident” and then “town hall art display”: flower-mound.com/1800/Town-Hall-Art-Display
Arts Popping Up Around Town
If you’ve been attuned to the arts in Flower Mound this year, you know the Town has made significant strides in bringing art to the residents. Some of these exciting events and installations include the public art in Lakeside, the bronze sculptures in Heritage Park, the Chalk the Walk event in July, the Town Hall Art Display, the upcoming Traffic Signal Box art contest later this fall, and the annual Art Party in November.
It is apparent from these examples that Flower Mound is embracing the arts and local artists and providing an easy and no-cost opportunity for all of us to enjoy and experience the arts. The goal of these programs is to enhance public appreciation and understanding of a wide variety of art forms.
For those who may not know, by visiting the town website, residents can now subscribe to two lists on the Notify Me section that are related to the Arts. Under the News Flash section, residents can subscribe to the Art and Cultural News and Events list. Under the Calendar list, residents can subscribe to the Art and Cultural Events list. Both of these lists will provide information about visual, performing, and cultural arts news and events happening in Flower Mound. If you don’t subscribe, make sure to check the Cultural Arts webpage often for updates on current arts related events and opportunities as well as those that are on the horizon: www.flower-mound.com/1821/Art-and-Cultural-News-and-Events
Elizabeth Brannon serves on the Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission.