Friday, July 23, 2010

Dallas Texas Art News and Openings

Thursday, August 5, 7:00 pm  
at Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden  

Chris Culak, Trinity River Audubon Center Director  

The longstanding belief of Audubon is to "Connect People with Nature."  And, 
that is what's occurring at the National Audubon Society's two north Texas 
facilities - the Trinity River Audubon Center and the Dogwood Canyon Audubon 
Center (currently under construction.)  Join Trinity River Audubon Center 
Director Chris Culak as he details the unique story of how these two facilities 
came about, how their myriad programming efforts are reaching thousands of 
schoolchildren and adults alike, and how these facilities truly "Connect People 
with Nature."  He will also address the National Audubon Society's participation 
in the clean-up of the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster.

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Saturday, August 7, 9:00 am  
at the Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S. Loop 12, Dallas, TX 75217  

Please join us at the Trinity River Audubon Center for coffee and donuts and an 
introduction to this unique facility.  Following a brief welcome, guests will be 
taken on a short 30 - 40 minute tour of the Center showcasing the stunning 
architectural and sustainable features of this LEED Certified, Antoine Predock 
designed building.  A short Q&A session follows the tour with guests then 
encouraged to walk the trails and tour the exhibits on their own time.  

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Saturday, August 21, 8:30 am  
at Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden  

Ben Jones, Trinity River Audubon Center Director of Education will lead an early 
morning walk around the Valley House Garden and discuss the finer points of 

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Valley House Gallery pays homage to the transfixed state of man during the hot 
months of summer in a group exhibition of selected paintings, photographs, 
prints, drawings and sculpture by over 40 artists.  SHORELINES is a tribute to 
those mystical places where land meets water.  From White Rock Lake to the Texas 
Gulf Coast and the rocky shores of Maine and California, from the cliffs of 
Ireland to the Seine in France and the Grand Canal in Venice, this selection of 
work conveys the fragile relationship that exists between not only water and 
land, but between man and nature.  

In light of recent events in the Gulf, Valley House Gallery has chosen to honor 
our precious shorelines with an uplifting exhibition dedicated to the hope for a 
speedy recovery of our beloved gulf environment.  A portion of proceeds from the 
sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Trinity River Audubon Center 
in Dallas and the National Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Oil Disaster Fund.

Preview the exhibition:

SHORELINES continues through August 21, 2010

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Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC) opened October 2008 and serves as a flagship 
location for the National Audubon Society's mission to conserve and restore 
ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife and their habitat for the 
benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.  TRAC is located just 
eight minutes from downtown Dallas on 120 acres of the Great Trinity Forest - 
the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.  TRAC offers 
programs throughout the year related to local ecology, habitat study and 
stewardship.  Built on top of a reclaimed, former landfill, TRAC is the first 
major signature development for the Trinity River Corridor Project, a $2 billion 
City of Dallas public works project.  TRAC is one of Dallas' newest and most 
unique destinations for recreation and education where visitors can connect with 

From the rain harvesting system for irrigation to recycled blue jeans as 
insulation and boardwalks made of recycled milk jugs, the Center is pursuing 
LEED Gold Certification.  Coupled with its aesthetic beauty, the Center is a 
true gem in Dallas.  The building, designed by Antoine Predock, mimics a bird 
rising into flight over the forest.  The center is managed by the National 
Audubon Society.  Go to for up-to-date activities or 
call 214-398-8722.  Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 
p.m.  On the third Thursday of each month, the hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., with 
free admission.  Closed Mondays and major holidays.  Admission is $3 children 
ages 3-12; $4 seniors 60+; $6 adults ages 13-59, free on the third Thursday of 
each month.  Group discounts, private guided tours, and facility rentals are 
available.  Memberships start at $60.  The National Audubon Society's newest 
center, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, is currently under 
construction with plans to open in April 2011.  Dr. Patty McGill recently joined 
the team as the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center Director.



June 15 - August 3, 2010
Faculty Projects 24:  Michael O'Keefe
at Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas

May 20 - August 21, 2010
Drawing on the Past:  Selections from the Bobbie and John Nau Collection of 
Texas Art
at The Grace Museum, Abilene  
Including work by Sedrick Huckaby, Bob Stuth-Wade and Early Texas artists L. O. 
Griffith, Everett Spruce, Velox Ward and Clara McDonald Williamson

July 15 - September 4, 2010
David A. Dreyer:  Natural Abstraction
at The Grace Museum, Abilene


DADA 25th Anniversary Party  
Saturday, September 25, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.  
at the Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street  
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Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road (between Preston and Hillcrest), Dallas, Texas  75254

Hours: 10 to 5, Monday through Saturday

We look forward to welcoming you!

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