November is Arts Month in Flower Mound

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By Elizabeth Brannon

At the Town Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 4, Mayor Steve Dixon will issue a proclamation that November is Arts Month in Flower Mound.  There are numerous events and activities being held in or around Flower Mound in November.  These are all well-worth attending and supporting.

Cross Timbers Artist Guild Studio Tour— started in 2001, this is the annual event in which local artists open their working studios and invite the public to visit, learn and possibly purchase the art works being displayed.

There are 22 artists participating this year and the art work ranges from works in wood, glass and clay to painting, sculpting, photography and fiber arts.

The opening reception will be at Art House on Friday, Nov. 8, with the studio tours on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10.  The map of the various studio locations has been published in the October issue of The Gazette.  Information is also available at www.crosstimbersarts.com.

Even those visiting only a few studios will find the time well spent, educational and enjoyable.  This is free to the public.

Art Party— the annual festival will be held at the Flower Mound Public Library on Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

This family-friendly event is free and will feature works of art from the students of the Flower Mound schools of Lewisville ISD.  Continuing with popular traditions, Art Party will offer participants the chance to create art trading cards and watch a local artist work her magic with clay on the potter’s wheel.

Another tradition of Art Party is enjoying a scrumptious piece of cake.

The performing arts won’t be featured this year, due to the library expansion construction, but there are other ways to enjoy the performing arts this fall.

The Town Cultural Arts calendar regularly updates the events and performances available in or around Flower Mound. Check out the Lewisville Lake Symphony or the Lake Cities Ballet for November performances.

Visual Journals— To celebrate November as Arts Month, a new visual journal library will be housed in the Flower Mound Library. Residents will check out a blank journal, choose a theme from a list provided and fill the journal with images/text/etc., based upon their chosen theme. Once completed, the journal is returned and becomes part of the visual journal library.

Residents can check out the journals like a library book and read, or experience a new perspective on a familiar theme.

Building the library starts in November, with hope of having some journals brought back and ready to check out by the beginning of the year.

There will also be an “open” theme for those who would like to create a journal that doesn’t specifically adhere to any one theme. If residents have visual journals or sketchbooks that they would like to donate aside from the ones provided by the library, they are more than welcome to do so! The goal is for the visual journal library to continue to grow over time into an abundant collection of visual storytelling for residents to experience and participate in. This is a free opportunity.

There will be a visual journal workshop on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Community Activity Center (CAC) at 1200 Gerault Road.

The workshop will be led by UNT Professor and Chair of the Department of Studio Art, Lauren Lake. Lake will share approaches to visual journaling that are applicable to everyone, from novice to experienced artists. Because there are limited spaces, participants need to register through the CAC via the link below. A journal and supplies will be provided, as well as some light refreshments.  This event is free to the public. https://apm.activecommunities.com/flowermoundparksandrec/Activity_Search/5453

Town Hall Art – The November artist for the Town Hall Art Display is Julie England. England’s work is primarily in oil and focuses on landscapes of New Mexico, inspired by aerial views of the land. Viewing the art in the Town Hall is also free.

Take advantage of the rich array of art offerings during November.

Elizabeth Brannon serves on the Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission.

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