Arts Roundup: AC's 'Evening of Music & Art,' airport art, Southern Light Gallery

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"Fire Eater" is featured in "Ralph's Big Day" at the Amarillo airport.
Photo by Ralph Duke

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Upcoming exhibitions include a sideshow at the airport, manipulated landscapes and a visual and musical collaboration.


An Evening of Music & Art

Mary Jane Johnson and pianist Diego Caetano rehearse for the Amarillo College faculty music recital on Saturday.

Amarillo College will celebrate a new gallery space and the talents of its music department during a special collaboration Saturday.

An Evening of Music & Art will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday with the opening of the Common Lobby Gallery in the space between the Concert Hall Theatre and Amarillo Museum of Art on the Washington Street campus.

The first student show hanging in the gallery space is work inspired by Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, this year's AC Common Reader selection. Winners of the juried art show will be announced at 5:15 p.m.

"The art department has really never had much of a gallery space, so we finally have a place for us to display our student and faculty work," said Rene West, assistant professor of photography.

Following that, AC music honors students will give a pre-show performance at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby before AC music faculty members will join forces for a recital at 6 p.m. inside the Concert Hall Theatre.

Performers will include Mary Jane Johnson, Diego Caetano, Camille Day Nies, Jim Laughlin, Tiffany McDaniel, Nathaniel Fryml and Scott Beckett, among others.

"We've been trying to put together a faculty recital and talking about it forever. ... Diego agreed to organize it for us, and we all jumped on board," Day Nies said. "It's just too good of an experience to pass up the chance to make chamber music withyour colleagues.

"We get to play together in larger ensembles around town, but it's not often that we get to play more intimate pieces and get to sharpen up our performance skills to show our students how you do it," she said.

The event is free.


Ralph's Big Day at the Fair

The latest art exhibition at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport will give viewers a peek at one of the city's most long-lived traditions.

Photographer Ralph Duke's Ralph's Big Day at the Fair, on view through May, depicts Duke's visit to the Amarillo Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in September.

"It's visual and performance art all in one location," Duke said.

The gallery opened in December 2013 to showcase works by Amarillo artists for visitors arriving at and departing from the airport.


The Iterated Landscape

Works by photographer Dick Lane will be on view in "The Iterated Landscape," on view through March 23 in Southern Light Gallery on the Amarillo College campus.
Courtesy Dick Lane

Photographer Dick Lane travels to unexpected realms in a new show on view at the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.

Lane's The Iterated Landscape will be on view through March 23 in the gallery, located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons building on AC's Washington Street campus.

Lane said in his artist statement that his project "investigates using the landscape as a starting point that is inclusive of the traditional 'straight' photographic landscape as well as a large number of 'iterations' of those images by manipulations via hand work (painting and drawing on top of the image) and abstraction through manipulation via Adobe Photoshop."

"Much to my surprise the in-process discovery lead me to so many more places than I initially thought it would," Lane wrote. "As a result The Iterated Landscape group of images is now compromised of several more tangents than I had ever imagined. That is indeed one of the things I love about photography: It can lead you to places you never thought you'd go."

Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays through May 12.

Call 806-345-5654.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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