Arts Roundup: Cerulean's 'Quintessential Amarillo,' WOWW Youth Art, Showcase of Music, more
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WT's Showcase of Music concert is Friday.
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

In this collection of the latest arts news, learn about exhibitions at Cerulean Gallery, City Studios and the Globe-News Center, WT's annual Showcase of Music and more.


WOWW Youth Art Show

A Thursday reception will top student artists in Window on a Wider World's annual art show.

Fourth and fifth grade students from around the Panhandle submitted works in a variety of mediums to be considered in the show. Up to five finalists were submitted from each school for the final exhibition, inspired by a handful of topics — from envisioning the future to inspirational ideas.

Ten students will win $100 each as top entries, as selected by a panel of professional artists.

The reception runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Gilliland Education Room at Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

Call 806-342-5600.


Showcase of Music

The 38th annual Showcase of Music will continue the celebration of the centennial of West Texas A&M University's School of Music.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St., following a pre-show at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby.

Performers will include the WT symphony orchestra, jazz band, chorale, concert band, symphonic band and more. Ensembles, quartets and soloists also will perform.

“We are very excited to present this year’s Showcase of Music as we celebrate the department’s 100th anniversary,” said Doug Storey, associate professor of music, in a news release. “The program is the perfect way for us to celebrate a century of music education. Showcase is all about featuring our talented students, and we hope everyone will come and enjoy an evening of music with us.”

Four music courses were offered when West Texas State Normal College first opened in 1910, but it wasn’t until 1917 that the college officially established a music department with the hiring of Wallace R. Clark as head of the department. Clark stayed until 1951, building the program from the ground up and providing a strong foundation for a century of music at West Texas A&M University.

In its 38 year history, Showcase of Music has raised almost $1 million to support the school's scholarship fund.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and are available at in the WT music office, room 202 of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, as well as Tarpley's Music, 3800 W. Interstate 40 in Amarillo, or at the door.

Call 806-651-2840.


Quintessential Amarillo

Cerulean Gallery will examine the essence of its home city in its latest exhibition.

Quintessential Amarillo will open with a 6 p.m. Friday reception at the gallery, 814 S. Taylor St.

The show — which will hang through April 11 — will feature works by collage artist Anne Amerson, photographer J. Greg Burgess, painter and multi-media artist Christian Price Frazer, painter Trudy Kraft, abstract painter Shannon Pierce, glass artist Clayton Spaulding and painter Marilyn Yanke. (Visit Cerulean's artist page to see examples of many of the artists' works.)

"I just thought it would be fun to group together a bunch of different mediums and styles by local artists just to show how diverse we really are," said Caroline Kneese, the gallery's founder and co-director.

And contrary to stereotype, what qualifies as quintessentially Amarillo isn't necessarily what you'd think.

"I love Western art and I love traditional art, but there's so much more out there, and i want to showcase that," Kneese said.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays.

Call 806-576-0063.


Spring Art Show & Sale

The Colony Frame & Gallery's annual spring art show will open with a 7 p.m. Friday reception.

This year's show, which will be on view through May 26, will feature a slate of 18 popular Amarillo artists: James Albertson, Maynon Benson, Janette Dickerson, Bethany Fields, Jo Le Ginter, Amanda Greene, Barry Harvey, Chris Johnson, Patsy Kisor, Cherine Kuster, Donna Lofton, Amy Lofton, Cara Dawn Macias, David McMurry, Mason Price, Cheral Squyers and Arlene Walker.

Hours at the gallery, 2606 Wolflin Ave., are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 806-352-2782.


Left on Read

Photographer Ashlyn Major and graphite artist Dave Clayton will examine the nude form in two media in a new art show opening Friday.

Left on Read will open with an 8 p.m. to midnight Friday reception at City Studios, Studio 25 at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. The show will be on view through March 31.

"The collaborative aspect is that we are both displaying our personal medium of the same model," Major said. "I'm a photographer and have shot each model, and he draws so each of his images will be of the same models but in his medium of graphite.

"The show is essentially a commentary of how our society equates nudity with sexuality," she continued. "The intention of this show is to further the belief that nudity is not inherently sexual. We are giving each woman the ability to control and express her own ideas and perspective through her images."

Some models have asked to remain anonymous, and others have asked that certain areas not be shown.

"Although all the images fit into our general concept for the show, (the models) have absolute power over what is displayed," Major said.

Lubbock musicians Tyler HardyTorrie Laine and Gypsy Jayne will perform at the event.

Admission is free.

Call 806-282-6573.


The South Side

An Amarillo College department chairman explores Hispanic culture and his own past in a new exhibition at Southern Light Gallery.

The South Side is a collection of photos made when Brent Cavanaugh, chairman of AC's visual arts department, was a 20-year-old photography student at Odessa College in the early 1980s.

“I was drawn to the mostly Hispanic south side of the city because it was so different from my own experiences growing up,” Cavanaugh said in a news release. “At 20 years old, it was very difficult for me to approach strangers from a different culture and ask about taking a photo. The experience forced me to learn how to overcome my fear.”

Cavanaugh used an unusual twin-lens camera to capture a Cinco de Mayo parade and other common sights of the neighborhood.

“Thirty-seven years later, these images are a glimpse into the lives and culture of this community during the early 1980s, and they serve to preserve the people and culture of that time,” Cavanaugh said.

The exhibition will hang through March 19 in the gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on AC's Washington Street campus.

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.

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.