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The Arts Council invites you to view the happenings of Brazos Valley during the month of February! Every month we upload the latest news to our events calendar and share the upcoming weekly events on our newsletter. Check out what is happening around town!
THE ARTS COUNCIL
The Arts Council presents Pawlly-wood: Hall of Fame, on display from January 29th to March 20th, 2021. We created a community contest looking to feature the beloved pets of people throughout the Brazos Valley! They will be featured, alongside a brief description of why they are the best pet, in our lobby gallery. We will also be hosting several adoption events with location agencies, so keep an eye out for dates and times!
The Arts Council presents Art from the Soul, on display from February 27th to July 17th, 2021. This exhibit features three different artists with three different mediums who share a love of the process of creating and sharing their gift of art. Come see our ACBV studio artists Chris Wilson, Watercolor Artist, Coleen Bradfield, Acrylic Artist, and Amanda Dominguez, Pastels Artist as they share their creations with the world!
The Arts Council has opened up applications for the Artist in Residence program in College Station. This program allows the artist to spend the summer working on projects, adding to their portfolio, and preparing for a solo exhibit at the Arts & Visitor Center Gallery. This program is open to current students pursuing an arts degree at a 2 or 4 year college (Blinn College included), or to people who have graduated within the last year.
The Forsyth Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station presents Compare & Contrast: Exploring Form and Function in Design from Jan. 26–March 26, 2021. From a range of specialty items specifically designed to serve asparagus at the dinner table to highly decorative items to compartmentalize each of the items that a lady should have on her boudoir table, this exhibit features a wide range of products that met the American consumer’s need to have specific items to address specific needs. Many items from the Forsyth collections played a part in this seemingly insatiable drive to acquire items that would supposedly enhance the quality of their owner’s life. Examining some of these items and their function can provide an intriguing window into the life of the Victorian household.
The Forsyth Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station presents Nationality & Design from Jan. 26–March 26, 2021. Art proved to be extremely important to the articulation of nationalism in many nineteenth century nations that were experiencing expansion and revolution. In America, enormous popular attention was focused on the Western United States with the media presenting a typically exaggerated view of the romance, anarchy, and chaotic violence for greater dramatic effect. Paintings and prints by a number of American artists, including Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, would provide iconic images that would help craft the legend of the American West.
INTERSECTIONS Textile Learning Center & Gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Noon to 5:30 pm. We have been very productive with our down time. Each of our artists have produced lovely textiles and fiber art pieces. Our guildhouse has new windows and new exterior paint – blue and white trim. Come by to browse, see the displays, and speak with members of the BSW Guild about their pieces! We are now featuring an ongoing display of the works produced by the members of the Brazos Spinners & Weavers Guild. We do ask that everyone wear a mask and we do follow COVID protocols. Intersections is at 2116 S. College Ave in Bryan, For more information go to weavebrazos.org, or Intersections TLC on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERSECTIONS Textile Learning Center & Gallery is having Open Studio hours from 1 to 4 pm on Wednesdays. Our artists have been very productive. The public is welcome to stop by to see them in action. Helen and Kay are there working on their many luxurious textiles and fiber art pieces. They are very happy to answer your questions and show their extraordinary skills. Intersections is at 2116 S. College Ave in Bryan, For more information go to weavebrazos.org, or Intersections TLC on Facebook or email email@example.com.
The Memorial Student Center Visual Arts Committee is proud to Present “Curating Performance”: an exhibit in the Reynolds Gallery showcasing costume, art, and materials from the Department of Performance Studies. The Reynolds Gallery is located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center and the exhibit is on display through February 26th.
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/MSCVAC
The Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station presents A Cast of Blues from Jan. 28–March 16, 2021. As one of America’s contributions to the world of music, the blues took root in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta, a flood plain covering 7,000 square miles between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy. The exhibition’s compilation of casts and photos create a compelling portrait of the men and women who defined—and continue to shape—the tradition of Mississippi blues. *Check out https://uart.tamu.edu/ or call 979-845-6081 for opening information before coming to see this exhibition.
The Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station presents Armchair Travel: Exploring International Art and Artists from the Permanent Collection from Jan. 21–March 10, 2021. Current travel restrictions limit our ability to visit other countries, but this exhibition offers the chance to explore other cultures through their art. Selected from Texas A&M University’s permanent collections, the art on display allows you to “travel” to the Far East, Europe, Africa, and all the way to Central and South America. Sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and prints by artists such as Sunol Alvar, Kathe Kollwitz, Joan Miro, and many more will educate, entertain, and inspire you.
The Wright Gallery at Texas A&M University in College Station will give Territory: The Exhibition in a Box its United States debut. The exhibition features a print collection curated by the Created and Contested Territories research group at Norwich University of the Arts in Norwich, England. Artists in the research group respond to complex ideas around ‘territory’ as a designation and as a concept in limited-edition prints. This curatorial project involves 10 collections of limited-edition prints housed in yellow clamshell portfolio boxes sent to international venues selected on account of their resonances with issues of territory. Face coverings required. Visitors in the gallery are limited to 10 people at once. This exhibition will be on display from January 11 – March 11, 2020; Open Mon through Fri, 8am – 4pm.
LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS
The Only Natural History Museum in the Brazos Valley for over 56 years, The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History strives to elevate, motivate, and inspire visitors by showcasing the best of Earth in nature, science & history. Do you like dinosaur fossils? The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History now features a life-sized triceratops cast and its new exhibit, Birds: Masters of Adaption, on display through May 1st! This exclusive in-house exhibit explores some of the fascinating diversity present in birds, from their specialized anatomy and unique abilities, to their curious rituals and surprising intelligence. Regular galleries included Ice Age mammals, Texas History, rotating exhibits and a discovery room with live animals. Become a friend of the museum to take advantage of everything the museum has to offer including unlimited free admission for a year! Visit brazosvalleymuseum.org or call 979-776-2195 for more information about the different membership levels and their benefits!
Facebook Event Link: www.facebook.com/brazosvalleymuseumofnaturalhistory
You can explore The Bush Library and Museum from the comfort of your own home. Visit the museum exhibits, Presidential Pond, Barbara Bush Rose Garden, and more with our virtual tour. Follow us on social media to view photos from our temporary exhibits: Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics and Backstage Pass: Barry Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone. Check out their permanent exhibits gallery online to view over 100 new photos showcasing different areas of the museum. View their education page to learn about the newest learning resources, resources for teachers and students, and game apps. Don’t forget to follow them on social media to see photos of our traveling exhibits, programs, and updates to the museum. Visit bush41.org for more information.
Friends of Chamber Music offers a special sweet treat for Valentine’s Weekend: The ARIEL STRING QUARTET in performance and in the kitchen! Enjoy a Virtual Concert, Baking Show, Dessert Recipes & Interview with the Ariel Quarte as well as Music by Beethoven, Schulhoff, and Cohen.
This unique event will PREMIERE on Friday, February 12 at 7 pm and then will be available to view ON-DEMAND through Sunday, February 14, 11:59 pm. The event is FREE, but a reservation is required. Register at the Friends of Chamber Music website, www.fcmtx.org
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Bryan features the internationally known trumpeter Randy Adams at the inaugural concert of the Plass Recital Series. The free concert will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 28. Made possible by a grant from the Plass Arts Foundation, the series honors Dr. Thyra Plass for her 18 years as the church organist and choir director. In-person attendance is limited to 40 people. Register by calling 979-822-5176 or watch livestream on Facebook.com/saintandrewsbcs.
The Blinn College-Brenham Theatre Arts Program will present a digital production of “Miracle on 34th Street” from Nov. 20-Feb. 26, 2021. When a department store Santa Claus claims he is the real Kris Kringle, his case goes all the way to the Supreme Court and a little girl’s belief makes all the difference. This Christmas classic will melt even the most cynical of hearts. Access to the digital performance is free at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice. For more information, call 979-830-4024.
Blinn Bryan Theatre Troupe will present video journal episodes of Stephen Chbosky’s best-selling novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” beginning Oct. 22. New episodes will launch each Thursday through April 29, 2021. Encompassed by the theme “Connecting Across Time and Place,” the episodes follow the lead character, Charlie, as he traverses his freshman year of high school. The public can access the digital episodes through a one-time suggested starting donation of $5 via www.blinn.edu/boxoffice. For more information call 979-209-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Navasota Theatre Alliance is busy preparing a new production for you. Performances of the Complete Works of Shakespeare [Abridged] [Revised], directed by Jennifer Hargis, has been recorded for your viewing pleasure! Tickets are on sale now on our website at: navasotatheatre.org. You may purchase tickets now for performances that will be available for download on February 26, 27, and 28 and March 5 and 6. This show is a comedic compilation of Shakespeare’s greatest works!
StageCenter Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace directed by John W. Baldwin, written by Joseph Kesselring, and underwritten by Alan Bryant showing Feb 18th – March 6th. The play centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. Matters get complicated when nephew Mortimer discovers the murders just as he’s about to marry the girl next door. The Box Office/Lobby opens at 7pm and the show starts promptly at 7:30pm. MASKS ARE REQUIRED! Tickets will not be sold at the box office for this production.
All tickets are available online http://www.stagecenter.net/ticket-information.html
The Brazos Valley chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators meets at 9:30 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month via Zoom, to discuss the children’s publishing industry and help attendees create and sell books for tots, teens and in between. Register for free at brazosvalley.scbwi.org
The Brazos Spinners & Weavers Guild is meeting at 10 am on the first Saturday of the month at their Guildhouse at INTERSECTIONS Textile Learning Center & Gallery, 2116 S. College Ave, in Bryan, TX. Everyone who has an interest in the arts of spinning, weaving and other fiber arts is welcome to join us. Each month we have a program focusing on a variety of fiber arts techniques and our members bring in some of their own work of something interesting from their personal collections to share with the group.
The Visual Art Society of B/CS- a local association of artists dedicated to making art and promoting artists in our community will meet February 1. There will be a Board meeting at 4:00, followed by VAS Monthly Meeting and art demonstration from 5:30-7:00pm at DeGallery, 930 N. Rosemary Dr., Bryan. VAS members and guests are welcome, there will be food and fellowship at 4:00. A free art demonstration by featured artist Katie Ward of Waco demonstrating her artwork that is contemporary and figurative with incorporated gold leaf.
Washington-on-the-Brazos invites you to join Living History Saturday every third Saturday of the Month. Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington. Experience a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. The program features activities suited for the entire family. Free. (Activities may vary and some are weather dependent)