Greater Denton Arts Council

PAST EXHIBITIONS AT THE ARTS CENTER

Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Friday, October 7, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
October 8 - November 2, 2016, FREE

In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council presents an exhibition of traditional and contemporary ofrendas honoring departed loved ones and ancestors. Días de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of family members and loved ones who have passed. Altars are built at the home of the families of the deceased, presenting offerings such as food, drink, flowers, incense and personal items to welcome the spirits of loved ones. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar.

2016 Denton Independent Motorcycle Show at the PAAC

2016 Denton Independent Motorcycle Show at the PAAC

Denton Independent Motorcycle Show
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
October 14 - 15, 2016, FREE
Friday viewing, October 14, 5 - 11 PM
Saturday viewing, October 15, 10 AM - Midnight

The Denton Independent Motorcycle show is part festival, part pop-up art show, and entirely free and open to the public. The heart of the event will showcase motorcycles that have been transformed from mass market vehicles or discarded wrecks into unique expressions of the individual builder. Highlighting the energy, excitement, and dedication that goes into customizing these two-wheeled works of art, the show will be a reflection of the vivacity so prominent throughout the Denton community. A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to support the Greater Denton Arts Council. Learn more at dentonmotorcycleshow.com

Stryker Fort Worth, High Skip; Charles Cook Collection

Stryker Fort Worth, High Skip; Charles Cook Collection

The Texas Cowboy: Historic Photos from the Charles Cook Collection
presented in partnership with the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
August 13 - September 24, 2016, FREE

Be transported to life on the range with historic cowboy photography from the collection of Charles Cook. Including images by legendary photographer Erwin E. Smith, the exhibition will also feature vintage saddles and leatherwork from Weldon’s Saddle Shop and Bell & Oak. Take a look inside the exhibition with our Texas Cowboy Exhibit Brochure.

Detail of Robin Butt, Mendicino, CA, 2015

Detail of Robin Butt, Mendicino, CA, 2015

27th Annual VAST Members Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
August 13 - September 3, 2016, FREE

The Visual Arts Society of Texas sponsors this annual event to offer its members an important opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition that showcases members only. The exhibit provides an excellent venue for the North Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by area artists. 
Learn more at vastarts.org

Detail of Ghosts of Saturn by Benjamin Terry

Detail of Ghosts of Saturn by Benjamin Terry

Summer Pop-Up Exhibition: Works by Benjamin Terry
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
June 8 - August 31, 2016, FREE

Benjamin Terry’s recent wall-bound sculptures possess forms, textures, and colors of the unconscious mind. The handmade quality, rough-hewn scratches and scribbles, and rudimentary, rounded shapes summon a child-like past where simplified things hold deep and mysterious meanings. Terry received his BFA and MFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in numerous solo and group shows across the DFW area, Houston, and nationally. He was featured in vol. 96 of New American Paintings: West Issue, and received both the Dallas Museum of Art’s Clare Hart Degoyler and Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough awards. He teaches drawing and painting at the University of North Texas and Eastfield College. 
Learn more at benjaminjterry.com

Detail of Storms on the Horizon by Bob Chilton

Detail of Storms on the Horizon by Bob Chilton

International Nightscapes: Recent Works by Bob Chilton
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 6 – July 29, 2016, FREE

Explore the world through the lens of photographer Bob Chilton with photographs of the ocean, images of nature, and pictures of real life. Chilton is eternally drawn to the dark side of the day.  His constant fascination arouses a passion to venture out after dark, late in the evening, to examine the depth and diversity of each night’s beauty. What he discovers evokes expressions of awe and wonderment. The raw beauty of the evening is in itself an experience. Learn more at bobchilton.com

Discover the stories behind Bob's camera in an exclusive GDAC interview!
 

Detail of Civil War Bride by Charlote Rutland and Doris Eckelberry

Detail of Civil War Bride by Charlote Rutland and Doris Eckelberry

Not from Baltimore Album Quilts: Recent Works by the Denton Quilt Guild
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
June 17 - July 29, 2016, FREE

Baltimore Album Quilts originated in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1840s and quickly became one of the most popular quilting styles far beyond Baltimore. These exquisite pieces are made up of a number of appliquéd blocks, each with a different design and motif. This exhibition features Baltimore Album Quilts made by members of the Denton Quilt Guild which were often designed by the makers, although antique quilts and patterns from the past and present served as inspiration. The complexity of the designs in the quilts demonstrates the skill and taste of the maker. Many hours were devoted to the creation of each of them as they are all destined to become family heirlooms. Learn more at dentonquiltguild.org

Installation view of VAST Merging Visions 2016

Installation view of VAST Merging Visions 2016

Merging Visions: Visual Arts Society of Texas & Denton Poet's Assembly
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
April 15 – June 4, 2016, FREE

The Visual Arts Society of Texas collaborates with the Denton Poets’ Assembly, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the Denton Public Library to create an annual exhibit of paired original art work and poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. This exhibition is held at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center with part of the exhibit traveling to various library locations. Learn more at vastarts.org and dentonpoetsassembly.com

Detail of Texan at the Beach by Mick Burson

Detail of Texan at the Beach by Mick Burson

Summer Pop-Up Exhibition: Works by Mick Burson
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 12 - June 4, 2016, FREE

Recent Works by Mick Burson
University of North Texas' Murchison Performing Arts Center
February 12 - May 11, 2016, FREE

Mick Burson is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Waco, Texas and a graduate of the University of North Texas. His paintings are wooden assemblages of found and re-purposed materials with a great focus on color, form, and composition. The use of familiar and found materials aims to include all viewers through their relation with these similar objects. Learn more at mickburson.com