Austin College Professor’s Art Featured in Dallas Exhibition

Austin College Professor’s Art Featured in Dallas Exhibition

Austin College | Sherman Texas | December 3, 2017

Mark Smith, Austin College Craig Professor in the Arts, is one of 20 regional artists included in the exhibition “A Celebration of Color” to be presented by the City of Dallas Department of Cultural Affairs December 2, 2017,  through January 27, 2018, at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. The exhibition opened with a December 2 reception from 7 to 9 p.m. and features live music. The exhibition, reception, and all other events related to the program are free and open to the public.

A Celebration of Color by Mark Smith

The Bath House Cultural Center is located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake at 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m./10 p.m. on nights with theatre performances. For general information about cultural programs at the Bath House Cultural Center, call 214.670.8749 or visit the center’s

Smith, who has been a member of the Austin College faculty since 1986, is a painter and teaches courses in drawing, painting, and design. With more than four decades of experience working as a professional artist, his own work ranges from small paintings to large paintings and murals. As a creative researcher, he investigates the natural sciences, music, and art history as he begins new works. The challenge remains, he says, to strike a balance between structure and creative experimentation.

A press release about the exhibition, curated by visual artist Susan Lecky, says the Bath House Cultural Center is pleased to once again collaborate with Lecky “as she compiles and presents the inspiring works of twenty local and regional artists, whose work vibrantly illustrate the radiance, complexity, and expressiveness of color.  All the participating artists are presenting pieces that attempt to engage the viewer with not only the revealed subject matter of the art, but also with the inherent physical, optical, and psychological characteristics of color.”

Lecky said she chose the theme of color and the months of December and January to display her exhibition to bring forth an interesting contrast between the vivacity of the art and the bleakness of the environment. “After I thought about different concepts, I decided that it would be fun to have a show emphasizing color to take place in the dead of winter when it is dreary outside,” she said. ”To me, color is joy, and I get excited when I look at paints, colored pencils, bright flowers—colorful things. Thus the exhibition came about.”

The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, prints, electronic media, and kinetic art by artists Adela Andea, David Bates, Sue Benner, Julianne Biehl, Lisa M. Cardenas, Jerry Dodd, Jeanet (Jan) Dreskin-Haig, Brad Ellis, Billy Hassell, Susan Lecky, Jay Maggio, David McCullough, Bob Nunn, Michelle O’Michael, Danny Rose, Mark Stephen Smith, Cecilia Thurman, Michael Tichansky, Mary Vernon, and Laurie Weller.

The Bath House Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.  The center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the City of Dallas.  The center emphasizes innovating visual and performing arts as well as other multi-discipline events throughout the year. Funding for the Bath House Cultural Center is provided by the City of Dallas, with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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 Lives, Austin 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.

Friends of Hagerman to participate in Annual Christmas Bird Count

Friends of Hagerman to participate in Annual Christmas Bird Count

The Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the Audubon society invites everyone to participate in its annual Christmas Bird Count.  The 2017 count will take place at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, December 16th.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 7 am.

You will be assigned to a team.  You may volunteer for half a day or all day.  Bring binoculars, water, and snacks.  Teams will drive to an assigned sector.  Email  [email protected] to sign up.  At the end of the count, a social time and supper will be sponsored by the Friends of Hagerman at 5 pm.

Christmas Bird Count

The Audubon Society describes this event as the nation’s longest running citizen science bird project.  The count, which began in 1900 as a replacement for the tradition of bird hunting on Christmas Day, provides important data about the state of the bird population throughout the world.  To date, over 200 peer-reviewed articles have resulted from analysis of the data gathered, and federal agencies use the data in decision making processes that impact bird populations.

Audubon’s 118th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this coming season, with all counts held between the dates of Thursday, December 14, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018.

A map view of the circles expected to be included in the completed 118th CBC can be found here. If you’re interested in participating this season, check out the map to find a count near you; more circles will be added as they are approved for the 118th CBC and beyond. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full. Please note online registration will not be available for the 118th Count—please contact compilers by email using the information from the pop-ups on the map.

If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then you can stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler. Check out the sign-up link above during the sign-up season for information on how to contact the compiler.  For information about nesting boxes, contact [email protected]

Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers.  You may participate in as many counts as you wish.  Participation is free.

Texoma Teens to compete in Fishing Tournament on Lake Texoma

Texoma Teens to compete in Fishing Tournament on Lake Texoma

On December 2, 2017, hundreds of North Texas high school students will compete in the Texas High School Bass Association fishing tournament on Lake Texoma.  Hosted by Gunter Bass Club, sign in and weigh-in location will be Highport Marina.  The​ ​North​ ​Texas​ ​Division​ ​on​ ​Lake​ ​Texoma​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​trailering event​. Boats may leave the ramp of their choice at the time of their choice on tournament day with running lights on, life jackets zipped or buckled, kill switch properly attached and students seated properly in the boat.  First cast will be at 6:45 am.  All lines must be out of the water at 2:30 pm.  Teams must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 pm.

Online registration is available at the THSBA website or onsite registration will be Friday,​ ​December​ ​1,​ ​2017​ ​ at​ ​Sherman​ ​Academy.​ ​Located​ ​at 3939​ ​N​ ​Hwy​ ​75,​ ​Sherman,​ ​TX​ ​75090.​ ​From​ ​4pm-7pm.​ ​Saturday​ ​morning​ sign in ​will start​ ​at​ ​5​ ​am,​ ​at​ ​Highport Marina.​ Students MUST sign in to receive flight number at this time (Tyvek Wristband), however, an advisor, captain or parent may sign in for team(s) if student is not available to do so. Any changes MUST be made at this time.

The Texas high School Bass Association, a 501( c) (3) tax exempt corporation,  is the largest  high school tournament bass fishing organization in Texas.  Last year the association presented 114 scholarships which totaled over $130,000 for students to start their college careers.

One of the primary goals of the THSBA is to promote education through fishing. A critical piece of this movement is encouraging our student anglers to excel in the classroom as well as on the water.  To be eligible to compete in any THSBA tournament, contestants must have passing grades in all subjects enrolled. Team Advisors are accountable to ensure all competing student anglers from their respective schools are meeting this requirement for eligibility.

North Texas Division schools include Grapevine, Bowie, Denton Bass Club, Lucas Lovejoy, Gainesville, Highland Park, Decatur, Sanger, Princeton, Flower Mound, Ponder, Denton Ryan, Van Alstyne, Prosper, Marcus, Melissa, Allen, Gunter, Celina, Argyle, Lakeland Christian Academy, Paradise, Lake Dallas, Jesuit, Plano, Pottsboro, Sacshe, Tioga, Pilot Point, Denison, Northwest HS (Justin), Lindsay, Ector, North Texas Bass Cats, Texoma Christian, Trinity Christian, Collinsville, Whitewright, Rowlett, Valley View

In September a North Division THSBA fishing tournament was held on Lake Ray Roberts with 242 teams landing a whopping 249 pounds of fish.  In October a North Division THSBA fishing tournament was held on Lake Lewisville with 250 teams weighing in 299 pounds of fish.

The upcoming fishing tournament schedule for the North Texas Division:

December 2, 2017 – Lake Texoma (Highport Marina) Entries must be postmarked by November 24,2017

February 10, 2018 – Ray Roberts (Ray Roberts Marina)

March 10, 2018 – Ray Roberts (Ray Roberts Marina)

April 14, 2018 – Lake Lewisville (Regionals) (Lake Park)

May 19 -20, 2018 – Lake Sam Rayburn THSBA Championship

Matt Tolnay is the Director of the North Texas Division and he can be reached at 972.978.0487 or [email protected] for more information.  Rules and entry forms can be found on the THSBA website.

Chijia He Art on Exhibit at Sparrows Gallery through December

Chijia He Art on Exhibit at Sparrows Gallery through December

The art of Chijia He will be on exhibit at Sparrows Gallery in Denison Texas through December 30, 2017.  This highly acclaimed international artist from Dongguan City, China, has been featured in galleries in New York, Boston, Rome and Moscow.  His work is reminiscent of both Monet and the American rural painter, Andrew Wyeth.

A Palm Art Award nominee for 2016, Chijia He grew up near the Peal River (the biggest river in South China), and these environs formed the basis of much of his artistic inspiration. As he describes the setting: “I loved the watery region so deeply. I could feel the violin sounds falling into the river surface; the south wind pushed the summer heat so far away…I loved the elegant colors and simple composition integrated into the deep earth.” Indeed, his art reminds us of all the beauty nature still has to offer.

Painting is not this artist’s only passion.  He is also a student of the violin.  You can almost feel these talents as they merge into a composition that is almost lyrical in nature as it blends color, texture and form to create something utterly harmonious and inexplicably real.

His inspiration often comes from the world around him – most often from the green countryside, where the sky is a perfect shade of blue and everything is fresh.  His paintings take us back to a time when life was simpler, reminiscent of a rural life.  The main themes of his paintings are elements from nature like rivers, cattle, farmlands and stone paths that are typical of life in Southern China.

Chijia He Art Exhibit

Sparrows Gallery is a progressive Art Gallery located at 124 West Main Street in Denison, Texas.  They work with emerging and established artists, locally, nationally and internationally in many mediums.   Sparrows Art Gallery is open Tuesday thru Thursday10 am – 6 pm, and Sat from 10 am – 5 pm.  For more information you can reach them at (903) 337-0708  or visit their website at

Home Hospice Hosts Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Home Hospice Hosts Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Auxiliary of Home Hospice of Grayson County is hosting their 29 th annual Light Up A LifeTree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, November 27th at Kelly Square in Sherman. Friends, patients and staff join together to celebrate those that have touched our lives by honoring or remembering them with a dove on our Tree of Lights. It begins at 5:30 pm with a reception and refreshments with our Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 6:00 pm.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to hang a dove on the tree. Doves can be placed in honor of someone you admire and appreciate, in celebration of a special event, or in remembrance of a loved one or colleague. “People touch our lives in many ways and placing a dove on the tree is a special way to remember those people,” said Kerlene Ross, Home Hospice Auxiliary President.

You can also purchase doves by going online at to use the Light Up A Life donation link, completing a donation form or calling our office at 940-665-9891. You will see trees in local retailer where you may donate. Doves will be placed on the tree or mailed to you. Light Up A Life is our Home Hospice Annual Giving Campaign and funds raised go directly toward providing services and care for our terminally-ill patients and their families.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization. We are dedicated to providing the best care and support to enhance the Quality of Life of our patients and their families. Over the past 35 years we have served our community as the most trusted hospice. Contact us for additional information, at , call us at 940-665-9891 or join us on Facebook at