Starting March 6, Nasher Prize Celebration Month Sets In Motion The Excitement For The Presentation To Prize-Winner Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates*

The Nasher Sculpture Center folks really know how to set the wheels in motion for the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate presentation to Theaster Gates on Saturday, April 7. During the Nasher Prize Celebration Month, organizers have arranged for all types of free activities in celebration of the American artist including free general admission and family activities during spring break (Tuesday, March 13, thru Sunday, March 18)

  • Tuesday, March 6 at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (7 p.m.) — Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture And History panel discussion including panelists Alfredo Jaar, Jill Magid, Paul Ramirez Jonas and Lauren Woods with moderator Ben Davis.
  • Tuesday, March 13-Sunday, March 18 at Nasher Sculpture Center — Free general admission
  • Friday, March 16 at Nasher Sculpture Center (6 p.m. to midnight) — Midnight At The Nasher 
  • Sunday, March 25 at Nasher Sculpture Center (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)— Student-Centered Festival
  • Thursday, April 5 at Nasher Sculpture Center (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) — Nasher Prize Dialogues: Graduate Symposium   with presentation at 3 p.m. by Matthew Jesse Jackson.
  • Friday, April 6 at Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Arts (10 a.m.) — Nasher Prize Dialogues – Jury Conversation with jurors decribing judging process moderated by DMA Director Agustin Arteaga.
  • Friday, April 6 at Wyly Theatre (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) —Nasher Prize Dialogues: Laureate Town Hall with Theaster Gates discusses his sculptural practice with interlocutors and the general public.

In addition to all the activities, private collectors and Theaster have loaned five of his works for viewing at the Nasher through Monday, April 30.

* Photo provided by Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center’s 2018 Great Create Artists Revealed

One of the ultimate most favorite family events is the Nasher Sculpture Center’s The Great Create. It not only turns the Center’s lush grounds into a colorful playground with food and music for kids, it also has pop-up workshops with some of the area’s most outstanding artists.

Great Create (File photo)

This year’s Co-Chairs Macey and Steve Davis, Nicole and Justin Small and Meredith and Scott Wallace have quite a lineup of talent for the Nasher fun(d)raiser. They include Chesley Antoinette, The Color Condition, Ryan Goolsby, Kyle Hobratschk, Shelby David Meier, Nic Nicosia, Tom Sachs, Allison V. Smith and Giovanni Valderas.  

From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, the artists will set up along the walkways for kids to try out their handiwork and learn about different forms of art.

The activities are geared for munchkins 12 and under. Oldtimers (13 and older) are able to be Art Ambassadors, who can assist the artists and the wee ones.

The Great Create (File photo)

The Great Create (File photo)

If you don’t have a kiddo, borrow one. It’s as much fun for the adults as the children.

Tickets are available here! Upper level packages include perks like invites to the patron party, “a special family photography opportunity with Allison V. Smith” and VIP Early Admission.

BTW, proceeds from the event go to the Nasher’s youth education programs that “account for more than 36% of the Center’s attendance each year, allowing many students and families to experience the Nasher at no cost.”

Plans For 4th Annual Great Create Revealed At Forty Five Ten

So who said January was ho-hum? They were obviously so very out of the loop! Thursday, January 12, was a gas spender just trying to make the rounds. Like the Little Black Dress Party Preview at Goodson Audi benefiting Legal Hospice, Dallas was bustling to get back in the groove for fundraising.

Over at Forty Five Ten, the Nasher Sculpture Center’s 4th Annual Great Create was being kicked off. Nasher Director Jeremy Strick fessed up that despite all the fundraisers in Dallas, the Great Create was the most fun.

Not only does it provide a venue for kids to discover wonderment and art thanks to professional artists, it also allows parents to kick back and enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the Nasher’s gardens.

Only problem? Some of the parents wish that there was a similar type of event for parents to bring out their artistic inner selves.

This year’s even will take place on Sunday, April 23, with Lauren and Jason Bender and their children and Janelle and Alden Pinnell and their children co-chairing the fun.

Serving on the host committee are Katie and David AisnerLindsay and Jehan AkhtarLilly Albritton and Chuck BriantLindsey and Dave BeranKristy and Taylor BowenMia and Tyler BrousKatherine and Ken BullockCourtney and Dan CaseAshley and Robert CatheySylvia Cespedes and Hernan Saenz, Emily and Walter ClarkeLindsey and Patrick Collins, Jessica and Doug Epperson, Sara Fay and Merrick EganShannon and Jeff EstesJenney and David GillikinKerri and David GoldfarbJill and Wade HendersonJanie and Dave HodgesMonica and Paul HolmesBrooke HortenstineLindsay and Chuck Jacaman,Cris Jordan and Scott PotterKarey and Josh KitfieldSunny and Craig KnockeErica and Trey Kuppin, Hallie and Max LamontNicolette and Miles Lamont, Katie and Pierre Lavie, Laura and Frederick Lear, Sheryl and Eric Maas, Catherine and Doug MacMahon, Tracy and Josh Madans, Louise and Charles Marsh, Erin and Mike McKool, Paula and Todd Minnis, Meredith and Xan MooreLucy and Thomas MortonLucy and Will MurchisonJessica and Dirk NowitzkiAnnie and Tim O’GradyKristin and Aaron Ortega, Katie and Kyle OudtNatalie and Dirik OudtJessica and Tyson PinnellAlison and Cullen PowellKristie RamirezKristin and Ricky Rees, Katherine and Eric ReevesBrooke and Rod RobersonStephanie and John RobertsLisa and John Runyon, Cheryl and Andrew SchoellkopfAmanda and Charlie ShufeldtRobyn and Michael SiegelCourtney and Jeff SinelliNicole and Justin Small, Helene and Sandy SpurginMelina and Randy StarrDenise and Chris StewartRachel and Chris TrowbridgeGwendolyn and Richard Turcotte,Bianca and Bo WatsonClaudia and Brian WingMegan and Brady WoodLucy and Steve WrubelErika and Matt Yeaman, Lyssa and D’Arcy YoungRenee and Bob Yttredahl and Marjon Zabihi and Gibbs Henderson.

Starting at $500 for four, tickets are available now plus sponsorships.

National Endowment For The Arts Presents Big Thought And Nine Others With Early Christmas Gifts

Big Thought just revealed some big news. Back in late November National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu visited Dallas for a couple of days touring the Arts District and checking in at Big Thought. The Oklahoma native, who did graduate work at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, just provided Big Thought with a very nice Christmas gift — a $100,000 Arts Works grant for Big Thought’s Dallas City of Learning project.

Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts and Big Thought*

The funds will “help provide in-person and internet-based creative educational experiences for students across Dallas during the summer months.”

Gigi Antoni*

It was just last January at this time that Big Thought hosted a meeting of concerned educational, political and community leaders to address the issue of “the Dallas education system having gone dormant during summer.”

According to Big Thought President/CEO Gigi Antoni, “We are so grateful and appreciative of Chair Chu and the National Endowment for the Arts. We as an organization and as a city have been committed to stemming summer learning loss in our quest to close the opportunity gap and improve the academic and socio-emotional outcomes of our children. This community has come together for our kids, and with the NEA’s generous support we can make an important impact in their lives.”

Other local groups receiving Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts include:

  • Chamberlain Performing Arts — $10,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre — $10,000
  • The Dallas Opera — $45,000
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra — $20,000
  • Kitchen Dog Theater — $10,000
  • Matt Morton — $25,000
  • Nasher Sculpture Center — $40,000
  • Shakespeare Festival of Dallas — $10,000
  • The Cliburn — $10,000
* Graphic and photo provided by Big Thought

“Hamilton” Lyricist/Composer/Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Shared His Interest In Alexander Hamilton At The Nasher Salon Back In 2012

Back in March 2012 the Nasher Sculpture Center was still hosting its Nasher Salon. On this occasion they had a fellow from New York in. The crowd wasn’t as big as those for Kevin Bacon and Kristen Chenoweth, but those in attendance walked out with stars in their eyes knowing that they had seen something remarkable.

Luis Miranda and Lin-Manuel Miranda (File photo)

Luis Miranda and Lin-Manuel Miranda (File photo)

The speaker was a young fellow who had been accompanied to Dallas by his father, Luis Miranda. While he wasn’t a Brad Pitt or Jennifer Lawrence OMG-stop-me-in-my tracks type, there was something about him even from a distance that sparkled with “extra special.”

The chap was Lin-Manuel Miranda, who had just collected a Tony for his “In the Heights” production.

During his chat with SHN CEO Greg Holland, Lin mentioned that Alexander Hamilton had caught his eye. Seemed a bit strange for a hip-hopper like Lin to link with an American revolutionist Hamilton. He explained then that “after picking out the biggest, fattest biography he could find at Borders (remember Borders?), he’s working on The Hamilton Mixtape, a hip-hop album based on Hamilton’s life. According to Lin, Hamilton lived the American Dream before there was an America. Same fights they had then, we’re still having: size of government, etc., on Fox and MSNBC. Fights were bitter and personal. Sex/drugs/murder — hip hop.”

Fast forward: Today’s the hardest ticket to buy on Broadway is “Hamilton.” Yup, you guessed it. Lin not only wrote the lyrics, but he also composed the music and is currently starring in the musical.

BTW, you’ve got to see how Lin and Hamilton chorus celebrated the 40th anniversary of “A Chorus Line.”

If you can’t make it to NYC or wait until ticket availability in the fall of 2016, then enjoy Lin celebrating his marriage to Vanessa Nadal back in 2010. It’s simply joyous! BTW, the twosome added a son, Sebastian, to their productions in 2014.

Round Robin September 17 Evening: KidneyTexas Runway Report And Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Parties

As the money kept pushing the North Texas Giving Day leaderboard to new, staggering heights on Thursday, September 17, the area nonprofits saw no reason to stop their extracurricular activities. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert crowd kicked off their plans at Scott + Cooner for their 10th anniversary benefiting the ASD Services on April 9th at Frontier of Flight Museum. This year’s theme will have guests going James Bond…The high rollers of the art-loving world got a sneak peek at the Giuseppe Penone exhibition “Giuseppe Penone: Being The River, Repeating The Forest” at the Nasher Sculpture Center…Shakespeare Dallas celebrated North Texas Giving Day by partying at Samuell Grand Park with all types of goings-on like animal adoptions and fencing demonstration. Touche!…And speaking of East Dallas, Foodiepalooza at 7 for Parties was benefiting the East Dallas Boys And Girls Club.

Whew! But there was still more. Here are a couple for your review:

KidneyTexas  Runway Report Patron Party

Banker Norman Bagwell met car dealer Clay Cooley at Kathy and Larry Helm’s Highland Park home for the KidneyTexas Runway Report patron party. After the first howdy do’s Clay learned why Runway Report Honorary Co-Chair Norm was involved with KidneyTexas. Norm had survived kidney disease thanks to the funding of research and developments.

While some might have listened politely, Clay launched into a full conversation about such advancements with Norm, who had received a kidney. Norm then praised the amazing transplant programs taking place at Baylor and U.T. Southwestern. He explained that he had indeed been lucky not only to have time to make decisions on how to proceed, but both his wife Robin Bagwell and his sister had been viable donors.

Here were two men who had only just met and yet they both understood and were amazed at the life-changing developments taking place in North Texas.

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

But soon they found themselves in the study surrounded by KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk, Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox and Donna Arp Weitzman.

In the hallway was retail real estate whiz Herb Weitzman, who is helping wife Donna write her next book, “How Dallas Became a Retailing Mecca.” According to Donna, it’s not so much about Herb as it is the various Dallas retail real estate projects that he’s been involved in.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Party

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Just blocks away at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home, they had expected around 225 guests. Instead the number was hitting the 300 mark that included Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing talking with Cliff Fischer, April Box, Angela Nash, Annette Simmons with Gerald Fronterhouse, Michal and Loyd Powell, Vicki and Bob Chapman with Preston Evans, Piper Wyatt, Claire Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, Anita and Truman Arnold, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Alicia and Scott Wood, Gene and Jerry Jones, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Jill and Bob Smith, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Amy Green, KJ and Ladd Sanger, Patsy Donosky with Harold Pruner, Tucean and David Webb and of course, the 10 Besties (Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Patty Leyendecker, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Christi Urschel). The draw was the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show patron party underwritten by J.P. Morgan with Elaine Agather greeting one and all at the front door.

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Elaine Agather

Elaine Agather

Hal and Christi Urschel

Hal and Christi Urschel

Peter Copping

Peter Copping

Adding to the panache of the evening was Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping in attendance; Peter’s arrival in Dallas had been slightly delayed to an American Airlines computer glitch. Another person suffering from AA’s gremlins was Key Coker. His plane from South Carolina was also held up.

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Well, OMG, the gals were dressed to the uber nines with Lela Rose taking the lead worn by Pat Harloe and DeeDee Lee. Caren Kline drew second and three looks in Halston. She said that since the party was for a fashion show, “I had to step it up a little.”

As hot as the fashions were, the temps in the house thanks to the body count caused smart fellas like Allan McBee and Peter Foster to stake out spots over floor air vents. One of the coolest rooms was the dining room, where the air was breezing and the Cassandra-laden table was a never-ending feast for the eye and tastebuds.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

In a corner CCB Honorary Chair Ruth Altshuler and Nancy Dedman discussed Na’s day-before as a new board member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation…NM Exec Kevin Hurst was talking about his chairing The Obelisk Awards that will be presented on Friday, November 13, at The Fairmont…Phillip Huffines shared photos from his attending the CNN Republican debate the night before in the Reagan Library. His twin brother State Sen. Don Huffines was on camera for much of the night, since he was seated behind CNN moderator Jake Tapper.

But it was an early evening because the next morning’s 10 Best Dressed was on the schedule at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

For more photos of the party, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

With Willy-Nilly Bill Gone With The Wind, Dallas Arts District’s 2015 Summer Block Party Is In Full Throttle For Tonight

It appears that the Dallas Arts District has more pull than most folks realize. With days and days of off-again, on-again rain thanks to Bill, tonight appears to be pretty clear just in time for the 2015 Summer Block Party.

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party*

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party*

It’s a true neighborhood gathering, with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Klyde Warren Park opening their doors for family-friendly entertainment from 6 p.m. to midnight, and most of it is free. Of course, you want to know what attractions will be on hand in addition to performers from Dallas Solstice and United Dance Academy and a pop-up station for Cantoinette Studios to provide wearing art for the night. Here’s a smattering:

  • Crow Collection of Asian Art — In addition to At Home and At Court: Chinese and Japanese Paintings, the Crow Collection After Dark will have a documentary screening, community prayer flags and free meditation in preparation for the Dalai Lama’s visit next month.
  • Dallas Museum of ArtLate Nights at the DMA kicks off with a double feature night at the DMA with Tim Burton’s Batman showing at the Ross Avenue Plaza at 9 p.m. and The Avengers at 9:30 in the Horchow Auditorium. For those more active types, the DMA will have yoga, self-guided tours, a ceremonial bar provided by Deep Ellum Brewery, “an after-hours musical showcase featuring Cassie Holt and the Lost Souls” and so much more. In the Fleischner Courtyard, there will be an Arts District Courtyard Sale with “selected discounted merchandise from the CMA, the Nasher, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Crow Collection.”
  • til Midnight  at the Nasher**

    til Midnight at the Nasher**

    Nasher Sculpture Center — The annual ‘til Midnight launches its summer program with live performances in the Nasher Garden with The Walden Twins at 6 p.m. and SXSW 2014 Rock Band of the Year Quiet Company on stage at 7 p.m. To top off the evening there will be a showing of “A Fish Called Wanda” at 9 p.m.

  • Klyde Warren Park — Need you even wonder? It will be a parade of food trucks and the usual activities that never dull the senses.

BTW, at 7 p.m. Twitter will be the place to be #ArtHunt “to win prize bags from the participating organizations.”

Thank-you notes for all these festivities and the good weather should be sent to the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Dallas Foundation.

FYI: If you’re downtown, remember that starting at 3 p.m. North Harwood Street will be closed from Ross Avenue to Woodall Rodgers and Flora Street will be closed from Harwood to Pearl streets. And if you’re not going to Uber, here is parking info.

* Graphic courtesy of the Dallas Arts District 
** Graphic courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center’s Garden Filled With Youthful Artists For Third Annual Great Create

As all types of warnings ventured into Tarrant County, the cool temperatures and user-friendly shade of Nasher Sculpture Center’s garden saved the day on Sunday, April 26, for The Great Create.

Nasher Sculpture Center garden

Nasher Sculpture Center garden

And what an afternoon it was. A block away at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the music playing, the streets were closed to traffic.

Closed street

Closed street

The delicious food trucks lined up along Klyde Warren Park as every inch of space was taken by adults, kids and critters.

Meredith Land Moore, Alexander Moore, Xan Moore and McCall Moore

Meredith Land Moore, Alexander Moore, Xan Moore and McCall Moore

Courtney and Jeff Sinelli

Courtney and Jeff Sinelli

But at Nasher Sculpture Center, it was an oasis of colors, creativity and music thanks to co-Chairs Meredith Land Moore and Xan Moore with their kids Alexander and McCall and Courtney and Jeff Sinelli with their children Story and Sky. Everything from eyeball and dinosaur painting to clay sculpting filled the gardens with such artists as Allison V. Smith, Tony Tasset, M, Francisco Moreno, Marianne Newsom, Sunny Sliger, Margaret Meehan, Liz Glynn, Jason Middlebrook, Abdu Bhattarai, Rick Lowe, Cynthia Saathoff, Kristen Cochran, Alicia and Adam Rico and Matthew Hoffman.

Tony Tasset's Eyeball Extravaganza

Tony Tasset’s Eyeball Extravaganza

Margaret Meehan's Monster Pieces: Portrait in Clay

Margaret Meehan’s Monster Pieces: Portrait in Clay

As DJ Sober played, moms and daughters like Monique Williams and Chloe Williams took to the dance floor. Fellows like Trinidad were over at the colorful paper tepee with his head literally in a book.

Over at the Whole Foods station chocked full of fruits and yummy goodies, there was a sign reporting that the Uptown Whole Foods would open late summer at McKinney and Routh.

And speaking of food, there was plenty of it in addition to the Whole Foods healthy snacks. Which Wich provided sandwiches, chips and cookies and JK Chocolate had microchip cookies.

Nasher’s Jill Magnuson admitted that they would have allowed more than 300 to attend the event, but they didn’t want the kids to wait in lines. Also, if push came to shove and it did rain, the backup plan allowed for the 300 to fit nicely inside the building to be creative, have fun and stay dry.

BTW, if you missed this year’s Great Create, mark down April 24, 2016, for the next one. It’ll be co-chaired by Sheryl and Eric Maas and Lisa and John Runyon. Like its predecessors, it will benefit the Nasher’s many education programs.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 Great Create

Nasher Sculpture Center garden

Nasher Sculpture Center garden

Believe it or not, it has not rained every single day this spring. One day when the sun came out was Sunday, April 26. The Nasher Sculpture Center must have arranged for it, since it was the scene of the Third Annual Great Create.

Great Create's Eyeball Extravaganza

Great Create’s Eyeball Extravaganza

While the write-up is being prepared, check out some of the photos at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Kids And Artists To Party Hardy At The Nasher Sculpture Center’s Third Great Create

There are times when it seems like absolutely all events are grown-up oriented. Thank heaven, that isn’t the case. Need proof? The Nasher Sculpture Center’s got it. One of the most joyous, beautiful and fun occasions is so focused at kids that adults go into envy mode. It’s The Great Create.

The Great Create (File photo)

The Great Create (File photo)

Held in the grounds of the Nasher Sculpture Center, munchkins and area arts interact and create great pieces of art of all kinds. Oh, so that’s why it’s called The Great Create!

The Great Create (File photo)

The Great Create (File photo)

This year’s co-chairs Courtney and Jeff Sinelli and Meredith Land Moore and Xan Moore along with their children Story Sinelli and Sky Sinelli and McCall Moore and Alexander Moore have arranged for such artists as Tony Tasset, Liz Glynn, Jason Middlebrook, Micah Yarborough, Margaret Meehan, Francisco Moreno, Kristen Cochran, Rick Lowe, Allison V. Smith and Color Condition.

The fun will take place on Sunday, April 26, from 1 until 4 p.m. with the dress being casual, colorful and cool.

The Great Create (File photo)

The Great Create (File photo)

In addition to bringing out the creative talents in the little ones, there’s entertainment, food and the garden with its fabulous pieces of artwork.

Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit the Nasher’s “providing outstanding youth education programs throughout the year.”

JUST IN: Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger Are Having A Busy Day

Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger are having a very, very busy day. Just after 1 p.m., they announced at the Nasher Sculpture Center the creation of the Nasher Prize for sculpture that will reward “a living artist in recognition of the art form” with a $100,000 prize annually.

Before the media, who gathered at the Nasher for the press conference, had even had time to text out word, a release arrived from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that Nancy and David had presented a $5M gift to the DSO. Instead of a major thank you note, the DSO is renaming “The Soluna International Music and Arts Festival” to “The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Soluna International Music and Arts Festival.”

But the twosome wasn’t finished with the day’s agenda. This evening they’ll be at Klyde Warren Park to receive AIA Dallas’ Honorary AIA Dallas Membership for having “rendered extraordinary and valuable service within the Dallas area and having conspicuously upheld AIA’s aims.”

Gee, they’re gonna be tuckered out.

Thanks-Giving Square Foundation Celebrates Expressions Of Gratitude Winning Students At The Nasher Sculpture Center

There were a heck of a lot of students at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Friday, January 23, and with good cause. Here’s a report from the field on how the Thanks-Giving Square folks created a true occasion of gratitude:

“This past fall, more than 600 students from kindergarten through 12th grade submitted their entries for the 10th annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. On Friday, January 23, 2015, the students received awards during a ceremony hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center. The winners were chosen based on how poignantly they expressed their gratitude for the Golden Rule through art, essay and dance. Judges from major museums, publications, educational institutions, the public library, dance companies, as well as individual artists, made the selections.

Chris Slaughter and Anita Martinez*

Chris Slaughter and Anita Martinez*

“WFAA-Chanel 8 Senior Reporter Demond Fernandez served as this year’s emcee. Dallas Arts District Executive Director Catherine Cuellar and David Stewart, son of The Thanks-Giving Foundation Co-Founder Peter Stewart, announced the winners. Elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints distributed the awards. Shortly after the awards were presented, Chris Slaughter, president of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, gave brief remarks on the Competition, reminding the audience of the key importance of expressing gratitude. Ballet Folklorico Founder and 2014 Expressions of Gratitude Judge Anita Martinez, was front and center for the awards, proudly applauding each student as they came up to receive their certificate.

“Students won cash awards for themselves and double the amount for their teachers or schools to purchase classroom supplies. The 2014 Expressions first place student winners received $100 cash and their teachers received $200 for classroom supplies, second place student winners received $50 cash and their teachers received $100 toward classroom supplies, and third place student winners received $25 cash and their teachers received $50 for classroom supplies. Winning entries are exhibited at Thanks-Giving Square during the spring and winter holiday season and then will travel to other venues.

2014 Expressions of Gratitude Student Winners*

2014 Expressions of Gratitude Student Winners*

Expressions of Gratitude 2014 Art Winners include:
Moxie McGee*

Moxie McGee*

K-1:

  • 1stVictoria Canchola, Beaver Technology Center for Math and Science (Garland ISD)
  • 2nd Harshil Goyal, Beaver Technology Center for Math and Science (Garland ISD)
  • 3rdMoxie McGee, Whitney M. Young Jr. Elementary (Dallas ISD)

2-3:

  • 1st Alina Delgado, Whitney M. Young Jr. Elementary (Dallas ISD)
  • 2nd Serene Nijem, The Olive Tree Montessori Academy (Arlington)
  • 3rdIman Hirani, Imagine International Academy of North Texas (McKinney)

    Iman Hirani*

    Iman Hirani*

4-5

  • 1st Nabia Siddique, IANT Quranic Academy (Richardson)
  • 2nd Alondra Rosas, Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard (Dallas ISD)
  • 3rd Ava Raymond, Beaver Technology Center for Math and Science (Garland ISD)

6-8

  • 1st Anissa MacKay, IANT Quranic Academy (Richardson)
  • 2nd Aja Tani, Kapolei Middle School (Leeward), Kapolei, HI
  • 3rdEmma Reyna, W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy (Dallas ISD)

9-10

  • 1st Yaumiri Subiza, North Dallas High School (Dallas ISD)
  • 2nd Sophie Hanson, Sunnyvale High School (Sunnyvale ISD)
  • 3rdJennifer Lopez, North Dallas High School (Dallas ISD)

11-12

  • 1st Miriam Montenegro, Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie ISD)
  • 2nd Osvaldo Rosas, Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie ISD)
  • 3rdMarcos Tirado, Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie ISD)
Serene Nijem*

Serene Nijem*

Expressions of Gratitude 2014 Essay Winners include:

K-1:

  • 1stTanya Mandyam, Deer Canyon Elementary (POWAY Unified),San Diego

2-3

  • 1st Serene Nijem, The Olive Tree Montessori Academy (Arlington)
  • 2nd Iman Hirani, Imagine International Academy of North Texas (McKinney)
  • 3rdJonathan Zabolio, The Highlands School (Dallas Diocese)

4-5

  • 1st Dasha Ramey, Lakehill Preparatory (Dallas)
  • 2nd Luis Taylor, The Highlands School (Dallas Diocese)
  • 3rd Cullen McCaleb, Lakehill Preparatory (Dallas)

6-8

  • 1st Emily Rhodes, Watauga Middle School (Birdville ISD)
  • 2nd Bukenya Francis, Collective Heart Academy (Luweero), Uganda
  • 3rdKatelynn M. Rife, Morton Magnet (Omaha Public Schools)

9-10

  • 1st Carly Weisberg, Episcopal School of Dallas (Dallas)
  • 2nd Varshini Suresh, Coppell High School (Coppell ISD)
  • 3rdDharshini Suresh, Coppell High School (Coppell ISD)
Carly Weisberg and Brent Weisberg*

Carly Weisberg and Brent Weisberg*

11-12

  • 1st Nahomi Gaytan, Lassiter Early College High School (Dallas ISD)
  • 2nd Brent Weisberg, St. Mark’s School of Texas (Dallas)
  • 3rdMaria Perez, Lassiter Early College High School (Dallas ISD)
Expressions of Gratitude 2014 Dance Winners Include:

K-5

  • 1stMary Grace Altizer, Carolyn Langford, Finley Nelson and Avery Reich, Episcopal School of Dallas (Dallas)

6-8

  • From the left: Jasmine Clayton, Charlotte Crawford, Jasmine Sargent, Skye Acosta, Jennifer Ascencio and Kadriona Wilson*

    From the left: Jasmine Clayton, Charlotte Crawford, Jasmine Sargent, Skye Acosta, Jennifer Ascencio and Kadriona Wilson*

    1stSkye Acosta, Jennifer Ascencio, Jasmine Clayton, Charlotte Crawford and Kadriona Wilson, Ann Richards Middle School (Dallas ISD)

9-12

  • 1stJuliana Bella Cortez, Ballet Folklorico (Dallas)
* Photo credit: Erin Brown

’til Midnight At The Nasher Returns Every Third Friday Through October Just For The Fun Of It

‘til Midnight at the Nasher has become a summer mainstay for locals who know how to score a great evening in beautiful surroundings without straining the pocketbook on the third Friday of each month through October. It’s so family-friendly that it makes Six Flags look R-rated.

From 6 p.m. to midnight, guests can take in the Nasher Sculpture Center, which is a total treat in itself. But there’s also a social media scavenger hunt, a “live outdoor concert featuring the best in regional music talent and artistic film screenings in the Nasher garden.”

Concerts start at 7 and the movies kick in at 9 p.m.

Remember all of that is free. But if you want to drop a little change, you can pre-order picnic baskets (buttermilk fried chicken, spring salads, creamy new potatoes, garden relish trays and sweet and savory rolls) for two from the Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck.

JUNE 20:

  • Concert: Larry G(ee) — With his blend of funky, silky soul and smart pop melodies, Dallas singer Larry G(ee)’s tunes are sure to be lodged in your brain by the end of the night.
  • Movie: The Way Way Back (Rated: PG-13)— A funny, poignant coming of age story about a young boy finding his place in the world. This film will have you laughing and feeling nostalgic all at the same time as you join 14-year-old Duncan in his adventures at his summer job at a water park.

JULY 18:

  • Concert: Foxtrot Uniform — With the number 3 ranked album of the year by Fort Worth Weekly, Foxtrot Uniform has a modern Texas blues take on traditional rock n’ roll.
  • Movie: Bringing Up Baby (Rated: G)— While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist, played by film legend Cary Grant, is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress, played by Katharine Hepburn, and her pet leopard “Baby.” This 1938 comedy classic will take you back and leave you smiling.

AUGUST 15:

  • Concert: Foxtrot Uniform — With the number 3 ranked album of the year by Fort Worth Weekly, Foxtrot Uniform has a modern Texas blues take on traditional rock n’ roll.
  • Movie: Where the Wild Things Are (Rated:PG) —- Where the Wild Things Are is Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world – a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures who crown Max as their ruler. Come enjoy this heartwarming film as you’re taken on an exciting and emotional adventure of imagination.

SEPTEMBER 19:

  • Concert: Goodnight Ned — Goodnight Ned combine a lot of soul with rugged folk, rock and even some blues to create a sound all their own. The Dallas five-piece group produces a high energy live show and stage presence that can’t be beat!
  • Movie: The Great Gatsby (Rated: PG-13) — Baz Luhrman’s visually impressive film adaptation of the classic book The Great Gatsby follows a Midwestern war veteran who finds himself drawn to the past and the lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. You’ll enjoy this dramatically satisfying and even humorous film, as it’s a spectacle like no other.

OCTOBER 17:

  • Concert: ISHI — Dallas’ own folk-electronic ensemble has a way of getting bodies up and moving! The band’s combination of dance and folk makes for an interesting blend, and their high energy live set will have you dancing ‘til midnight.

Round Robin April 27: John Wayne Film Festival Brunch And The Great Create

Dallas missed the bullet of horrendous weather back on Sunday, April 27. According to weather guru Steve McCauley, it was the “cap” that prevented the area from getting storm slammed like others areas.

Still the sun got together with the humidity and made deodorants a demand and hairspray the drool of foreheads. While the cool set took their places in air-conditioned VIP suites at Lone Star Park for the Racing for Sight and at the Mansion for an afternoon benefiting Housing Crisis Center, the following fundraisers in Dallas were underway:

John Wayne Film Festival Brunch

Wall of books

Wall of books

On the fifth floor of Phillippe Starck Glass House, the crew that had put together the Dallas version of Barry Tubb‘s brainchild the John Wayne Film Festival were a bit worn out but energized by their success. They had managed to hit the quarter of a million dollar mark for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Within a matter of months, the team led by David Hale Smith and Anne and Steve Stodghill had coordinated a film festival that had originated in Snyder back in 2011 honoring the Duke. David and Anne were reporting they had managed to not only get so many things underwritten but had already had folks inquiring about the 2015 sponsorship of movies and other venues.

Bryan Reeder

Bryan Reeder

In addition to raising funds, the festival provided an opportunity to give a pat on the back to vets. Bryan Reeder  and Allan McBee were talking about the opportunity offered to U.S. vets, who were provided with tickets to join the festival.

Speaking of which, Anne admitted that she was only able to see one film — The Green Berets. She hadn’t realized how controversial the movie had been when it debuted back in 1968.

Anita Swift, Anne Stodghill and Tanya Foster

Anita Swift, Anne Stodghill and Tanya Foster

It seemed like a bit of a lifetime from the opening party Wednesday at LOOK’s Nick & Sam’s, but the team was already organizing plans for next year’s festival. Wayne granddaughter Anita Swift reported that she’ll be returning to Dallas to help with plans for next year.

Jack Perkins, Jon Flaming  and David Hale Smith

Jack Perkins, Jon Flaming and David Hale Smith

Despite the sun coming out and the terrace looking breezy, the decision was made the air conditioning trumped the humid outdoors for this hungry crowd. With a wall of books with spines facing the wall, Slow Bone’s former teacher/now barbecue chef extraordinaire Jack Perkins was faced with guests coming back for “More, sir.” The grub was really good.

The place was filled with film lovers like Ellen and Don Winspear, Todd and Sarah McCoy, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Alison and Harry Hunsicker and Kathy and Jon Flaming.

Steve Stodghill

Steve Stodghill

In an easy chair, Steve napped. He had gotten up that morning and tossed on his comfy clothes and was trying to rest before the afternoon showing of The War Wagon and Red River. When roused from his slumber and before he headed home for a cat nap, he announced he was done with fundraising for the time being.

The Great Create

Just a few block away on the other side of Klyde Warren Park, the Nasher Sculpture Center team and Event Co-Chairs Tonya and Todd Ramsey (plus kids Truett, Maggie and Berkley) and Courtney and Jeff Sinelli (plus kids Story and Sky) had decided to bite the bullet and hold The Great Create outdoors despite the severe weather in the North Texas neighborhood.

Scampering through the Nasher Sculpture Center gardens

Scampering through the Nasher Sculpture Center gardens

Right call. . . except for the humidity factor. The scene was a bit steamy with drops of perspiration racing down body parts. But that problem didn’t stop the laughter, smiles and bright colors. The adults opted for exchanging “happy face” exchanges opposed to “sweaty hugs”. Okay, that state of mind was limited to the adults.

Eila Gigilo

Eila Gigilo

On the other hand, the kids like Eila Giglio were oblivious of the humidity, sweating or heat. They were too busy scampering through the gardens in blue T-shirts and learning from art from Matt Clark, Robyn O’Neil, Lyle Hobratschk, The Color Condition’s Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger, Jason Kraus, John Holt Smith, Ruben Ochoa, Vicki Meek, Morehshin Allahyari, Christopher Blay and Blows + Arrows’s Alicia and Adam Rico.

Travis Hollman and Cruz Hollman

Travis Hollman and Cruz Hollman

A tired Travis Hollman found the perfect spot — in a beanbag under a shade tree just behind the stage, where The Tremors and Run For Your Life would be performing. He tried to get son Cruz to settle back with him, but Spiderman Cruz would have nothing to do with sitting still.

Kellan Carter

Kellan Carter

Then there was the Garden Gallery, where twins Caden and Kellan Carter painted boxes. Nearby Henry Morgan was situated on the grass with a cups of purple paint and red paint within reach. He was a little camera shy because of the shiner he had earned Friday after bumping into a classmate.

Just a few feet away artist Vicki Meek, who was one of the Nasher XChange artists was conducting a slew of young artists in foam sculpting.

Lucy and Steve Wrubel

Lucy and Steve Wrubel

Barrett Gibbins took his program and had the various artists autograph their pages. . . 2013 Great Create Co-Chairs Lucy and Steve Wrubel arrived and were immediately swamped by friends. . . Karen Luken was putting on the finishing touches of William Dounley’s streaming costume. He had originally planned to help hand out apples and fresh fruit from the Whole Foods station, but when asked to put on the colorful costume, he said, “I never say, ‘No’, to dress up.”

William Dounley and Sunny Sliger

William Dounley and Sunny Sliger

And food for all ages was available thanks to Which Wich, Whole Foods, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ben E. Keith Company, Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck and JK Chocolate.

As the grounds were soon overrun with kids and parents trying to keep up, someone asked Nasher Director Jeremy Strick why they don’t do the program every month. Like a dutiful father, his response — “Because my staff would kill me.”