Austin College Hosts Arts Exhibit: “Elements of Place”

Austin College Hosts Arts Exhibit: “Elements of Place”

The Austin College Art and Art History Department will host the exhibit “Laura J. Lawson: Elements of Place” now to December 8 in the Dennis Gallery of the Forster Art Complex, 1313 N. Richards Street, Sherman. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, call the Art and Art History Department at 903.813.2048. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Lawson lived all over Texas growing up and frequent family road trips fueled her love of exploration. While earning a bachelor’s degree from AustinCollege, her studies took her to Scotland, China, France, Peru, and Ecuador, and she traveled to New Orleans and Chicago after graduation. She earnedher MFA from the University of Memphis and spent two months in residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay Art Center (CAMAC) in France. She has sincereturned to Dallas.

Her residency on the banks of the Seine in Marnay-sur-Seine helped Lawson explore ways of thinking about place. Though nearly 5,000 miles away, the area sometimes reminded her of American towns she knew, including Sherman. Rather than create works about the people and cultures of the places,she was compelled to investigate the physical landscapes, which existed before the places were ever settled. The places are examined in her exhibitthrough a satellite view, an atmospheric view, and a navigational view.

The satellite view paintings explore how land and water shape the landscape and form significant relationships for these regions: the Seine is a majorartery for France, and the Red River feeds the Mississippi watershed. The atmospheric paintings investigate Lawson’s personal observations of beingpresent in the place. The colors and patterns tie directly to light, water, soil, building materials, wildlife, and other elements that make the area what it is.The navigational view uses regional maps that Lawson has cut into miniature webs of roads. These sculptural drawings highlight years of human effort tomake these regions both navigable and livable.

“Ultimately, the physical elements that make up Sherman and Marnay-sur-Seine are the seeds from which their people grew,” Lawson said. “Culturalways of living can (and should!) cross borders, but the landscape itself can never be truly replicated.”

Lawson Postcard

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

4th Annual European Pheasant Hunt held for Veterans

4th Annual European Pheasant Hunt held for Veterans

The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors (The F.E.W.) and Katie Strief of Dreamcatcher Ranch have partnered with High Brass Hunting Preserve and hosted the 4th Annual European Pheasant Hunt and Paul Strief Memorial on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  The Event was designed to thank Veterans for all they have done for our country as well as raise awareness for The F.E.W. and their support of Veterans and nationwide events. The goal is to provide our Veterans with a fun event that is totally free from expense to them.  The event took place at the great High Brass Hunting Preserve in Grant, Oklahoma. This is an amazing facility and the people are even better.  Spouses were invited to this event with their Hero as either shooters or guest. An incredible lunch was included in the festivities.  Special thanks to Pilgrims Pride who donated all of the chicken, plus a smoker, all 4 years.

The F.E.W. Mission is to provide adventures to unite, reward, and inspire those that have served together to heal together.  Their mission focus is Special Operations Forces, Ex-Prisoners of War, Purple Heart recipients and those recognized with awards for Valor of every era.   The F.E.W. Vision is to reconnect Warriors with themselves, their families and their communities.  There is nothing more healing than camaraderie between fellow war heroes, whether by the fire, in a boat, on a hunt or any one of our outdoor adventures.   The European Pheasant Hunt, however, is open to all Veterans who were honorably discharged and is not limited by merit or valor.

Many sponsors donated to this event which is free to all veterans and their families in attendance.  Sponsor donations are tax-free.   All birds were processed, bagged and iced and each veterans went home with their beautiful birds.

4th Annual European Pheasant Hunt held for Veterans

Toyota ShareLunker Program to Begin New Year-Round Season Jan. 1

TPWD implementing year-round participation system, expanding weight categories

ATHENS – After more than 31 years of collecting and spawning 13 pound or larger “lunker” largemouth bass, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker Program is announcing big changes and an expanded mission in an effort to better engage the public in the promotion and enhancement of lunker bass fishing in Texas public waters.

Toyota ShareLunker
TPWD Inland Fisheries management crews are doing their fall electroshocking surveys. This 10-pounder from Marine Creek Reservoir is an 8-year-old ShareLunker offspring stocked in 2006.

The ShareLunker participation season will now run each year from Jan.1 through Dec. 31; a change from previous seasons. But similar to last year, only those entries collected between Jan. 1 – March 31 will be accepted as broodstock for spawning.

“This provides the greatest opportunity to obtain eligible fish for spawning while minimizing the risk of additional handling and possible mortality,” said Kyle Brookshear, ShareLunker program coordinator.

Outside of the spawning window, the new year-round participation season will allow for anglers catching bass 8 pounds or larger to submit information about their catch through a web application in four categories: 8 pounds or larger, 10 pounds or larger, 13 pounds or larger and 13 pounds or larger with a spawning donation.

The goal is to increase the number of participants in the Toyota ShareLunker program and expand large fish catch rate data for fisheries biologists, Brookshear said. As a bonus, the new size categories open up more ways for anglers to receive prizes and incentives for participating.

“This citizen scientist initiative will allow fisheries biologists to better monitor the impact of ShareLunker stockings across Texas and provide more incentives and opportunities for Texans to help us make our bass fishing bigger and better than ever,” Brookshear said.

Other spawning program changes include converting the entire hatchery broodstock to pure-Florida ShareLunker offspring. Genetically pure offspring will be maintained on the hatchery, grown to adulthood, then distributed to production hatcheries and used as broodstock. Eventually, all hatchery-held Florida largemouth bass broodstock will be descendants of ShareLunkers, Brookshear said.

Additionally, attempts will be made to spawn all donated eligible ShareLunkers — regardless of the degree of genetic introgression.  Offspring of female genetic intergrades will be combined and stocked back to the source locations for all ShareLunker entries for the year.

“People come to Texas from all over the country for our lunker bass fishing, and it’s still very rare to catch a 13 pounder,” said Mandy Scott, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center director. “So that’s why ShareLunker is special. We learned a long time ago that these fish were important and we wanted to try to capitalize on the big fish that we have in Texas already and make fishing even bigger and better.”

Brookshear said the program will announce the full list of changes and the new prizes closer to the beginning of the season, but anglers can also look forward to a complete rebranding of the program to include a new logo, graphics, and eventually more ShareLunker Weigh Stations to aid in the weigh-in process. Additionally, education and outreach specialists at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center are developing ShareLunker science curriculum for Texas classrooms.

For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass and a recap of last year’s season, see www.tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker/ . The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program. Or follow the program on social media at www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram/ .

The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and TPWD, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.

“URBAN DIALOGUE” will discuss the Woodmen Circle Home

“URBAN DIALOGUE” will discuss the Woodmen Circle Home

Sherman Museum | September 28, 2017

“Urban Dialogue: Science After Dark” will present a discussion on the Woodmen Circle Home. Kathy Flynn, journalist and historian, and Linda Robertson, former employee of the Woodmen Circle Home will lead a discussion on the home, its history and legend. The event will be held in Kelly Square’s Grayson Hall, 113 S. Travis Street, in downtown Sherman. It is scheduled for October 3rd, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission to the event is free with complimentary snacks and beverages provided courtesy of the Sherman Rotary Club. Shawn Kirby of the Herald-Democrat will moderate the event.

“The Woodmen Circle Home is perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in all of Sherman. Though starting as a home for widows, the elderly, and orphans, it has an interesting past that has made it one of the most famous places in town and home to many spooky urban legends,” noted museum director Dan Steelman.

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” is a joint production of The Sherman Museum, Austin College, and the Sherman Rotary Club. The series is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month. Discussions are held in Grayson Hall and cover a variety of timely topics from the fields of science and history.
About The Sherman Museum

The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance for visitors and residents of Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region. The museum was previously known as The Red River Historical Museum prior to a name change in March 2011.

For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at www.theshermanmuseum.org.

Annual Monarch Watch at Hackberry Flat Center

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation | September 25, 2019

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will host a Monarch Butterfly Watch the first week in October at the Hackberry Flat Center near Frederick.

“We’ll be tagging monarchs in the mornings and watching them go to roost in a stand of soapberry trees in the evenings,” said Melynda Hickman, biologist for the Wildlife Department. The Monarch Butterfly Watch is a free event and registration is not required.

Monarch Butterfly
Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Morning Tagging:  October 1, 2, 3, and 7

After a brief discussion of butterfly basics, monarchs collected from the area will be tagged as a group. Meet at the Hackberry Flat Center by 9 a.m. for this hands-on activity.


Evening Roost Watch:  October 1, 2, 3, and 6

An open air trailer will take visitors to a longtime monarch roost site within the management area. Meet at the Hackberry Flat Center by 6:30 p.m. Bring a collapsible chair and light jacket for your comfort; activity ends at 8 p.m.


“Hackberry Flat has so much to offer,” Hickman said. “We’re excited to be able to share this experience with butterfly and wildlife enthusiasts from across the state.”

Both morning and evening activities will be held regardless of weather conditions, but morning tagging activities will be limited to the number of butterflies available at the roost site.

“So many things can affect their migration,” Hickman said. “Changes in wind speeds, wind direction, weather fronts and potential storms can all affect how many butterflies will be at Hackberry Flat during the event.”

Participants can contact Hickman one to two days before their planned arrival to check on the progress of the migration at Hackberry Flat WMA.

To get to Hackberry Flat Center, from the south side of Frederick, take U.S. 183 south for one mile, then go east on Airport Road for three miles. Follow the blacktop road south and continue six miles. Watch for signs to the Center.

Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area offers 7,120-acres of wildlife recreational opportunities. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, along with many conservation-minded partners, restored this legendary wetland, creating a vast mosaic of wetland habitats for prairie waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent birds. Upland areas of native sunflowers and cultivated fields interspersed with mesquite have become one of the state’s premier dove-hunting destinations. Open for scheduled events, the Hackberry Flat Center offers interpretive guidance for wildlife enthusiasts, students and educators. For more information, log on to wildlifedepartment.com. Participants of these programs are exempt from needing a Wildlife Conservation Passport or valid hunting or fishing license while on Hackberry Flat WMA.

For more information about this event, or other programs held at Hackberry Flat Center, contact Hickman at [email protected] or by calling (450) 990-4977.


Monarchs Tagged at Hackberry Flat Found in Mexico

“Visitors and school groups tagged 476 monarchs as part of Hackberry Flat Center’s 2016 Monarch Watch,” Hickman said. “This March, three of those tags were found more than 1,200 miles away in the El Rosario Sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico.”

“It’s amazing to know the butterflies we saw in southwestern Oklahoma made it all the way to Mexico,” Hickman said.