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Paris is filled with picturesque locations and scenery, just waiting to be painted. While location is essential for painting a work of art, perhaps what’s most important is the artist’s ability to capture and showcase the beauty of any location. Whether you possess a love for art or an appreciation for all that Paris has to offer, come by the Plaza Gallery downtown tonight and check out the Southwestern Watercolor Society Art Show!
The work on display is a collection of watercolor paintings created by members of the Southwestern Watercolor Society. Joe W. McCord is a member of the society with works displayed in the gallery. According to him, the paintings will be “plein air,” meaning “in the open air” or, in other words, paintings that represent the outdoors.
“The theme is ‘Paint Paris’,” he said. “Almost all of the watercolors are pictures of Paris landmarks, historic Paris buildings and residences, and other recognizable places in Paris, TX.”
Helen Short is a member of the Plaza Art Guild and Paris Art Study Club. According to her, signature member and past president of SWS, Walt Davis, personally brought the collection, which was hung for display this past Saturday morning. Davis undoubtedly has a strong presence in the art community, so his involvement is not something to be overlooked.
“He was curator of exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Natural History for fifteen years,” Short said. “[He] is also scheduled to demonstrate at the March 26 meeting of the Paris Art Study club.”
Of course, no art show is successful without the help of everyone involved.
“All of the members of our art guild contribute their time and resources toward making every show successful,” McCord said. “This includes organizing shows, advertising for shows, and the actual planning and providing of our own catering to each event we have at the gallery.”
Approximately 15 artists’ works will be displayed and available for public viewing. McCord hopes that a good turnout will lead to more frequent art shows in the future.
“Hopefully, a strong showing of viewers will bring the event through on a regular basis, once in the spring, and once in the fall,” he said.
The show will run from March 6th to March 28th, but the opening show will be held tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8 West Plaza. This show is guaranteed to be unique. Not only does it forever preserve Paris on paper, but the scale is something to be noted. According to McCord, a typical art show is usually only for one featured artist, whereas Paris has the honor of being represented by over a dozen beautiful works of art.
“We are excited that this show is of many artists, and that the paintings will be pictures of our own town,” McCord said.
The hearts and dedication of many went into planning this show, so it’s okay to have high expectations: you will not be disappointed.
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra
William Shakespeare’s tale of greed, witchcraft and murder, Macbeth, opens Thursday night at Paris Junior College. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater, Feb. 27-March 2.
According to PJC drama instructor and play director William Walker, the show is based on the power of three. There are three sisters, three murders and three titles – Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and king. In keeping with the original folio, the Hecate scene added after Shakespeare’s death was removed.
“In this production, the sisters are on stage the entire show,” said Walker. “They’re the manipulators. With this production we’re pushing the mysticism and magic, addressing the big question ‘if you could know your future would you want to know it?’ Macbeth doesn’t have that choice of knowing.”
In the story, though Macbeth is originally content to wait to become king. Lady Macbeth puts evil in motion by wanting to be queen immediately.
“The more we talk of it and rehearse, the more the students latch on and like the story,” Walker said. “Everyone in this play has an ulterior motive. Back in this gothic period, everyone was out for his or her own good. Whatever they could do to improve their situation they would do it. Once I told the students there were no good guys in this play, they took that and ran with it. No one trusts anyone. The kids are having a blast and the community members are having a great time working with everybody. “
Shakespeare’s play is set in Scotland and dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil to fulfill his ambition for power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing life itself.
Cast List: Duncan, King of Scotland: Tim Wood; Malcolm: Cody Rice; Donalbain: Dalton Smith; Macbeth: Riley Collard; Banquo: Austen Naron; Macduff: JJ Freelen; Lennox: Josh Maxwell; Ross: Juan Espinosa; Mentieth: Derek Dacus; Angus: Caleb Curtis; Fleance: Haley Hines; Siward: Bradley Allen; Young Siward: Cade White; Seton: Mike Risinger; Macduff’s Son: JJ Shurbet; The Doctor: Colin Bridgers; Sergeant: Derek Dacus; Porter: Colin Bridgers ; Old Man: Colin Bridgers; Murderer #1: JD McNeal; Murderer #2: Christian Schneider; Murderer #3: Jocelyn Herndon; Lady Macbeth: Paige Collins; Lady Macduff: Elizabeth Schneider; Gentlewoman: Stephanie Schardt; Sister #1: Lisa Martin; Sister #2: Gwen Steinecke; Sister #3: Kaytlyn Zimmer; Messenger: Tyaisha Allen; Servant: Amanda Lair-Barnett; A Lord: Derek Dacus; Attendants & Soldiers: Ensemble.
Ensemble Members: Derek Dacus, Juan Espinoza, Amanda Lair-Barnett, Tyaisha Allen, Bradley Allen, Stephanie Schardt, Elizabeth Schneider, Colin Bridgers, Josh Maxwell, and Mike Risinger.
Crew List: Director: William Walker; Assistant Director: Haley Hines; Technical Director: Alex Peevy; Stage Manager: Taren Sartor; Assistant Stage Manager: Leah Maxson; Sound Technician: Tori Hunt; Light Board Technician: Marcus Kraut; Production Crew: Samantha Turner and Marcus Kraut; Construction Crew: Theatre Practicum; Costume Construction: Theatre Practicum, Samantha Grace, Cynthia Beene, Donna Deverell and the cast of Macbeth.
For information or ticket reservations, please call 903-782-0488 or email email@example.com.
Come celebrate the beautiful life of Britney Stevens today at a benefit hosted by her friends for her family from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Depot in Paris.
There will be a silent auction from 3-9 p.m., as well as raffles for an original Kenny Scarberry painting and a custom AR-15. Raffle tickets are $5.
Barbecue plates will be available for $5 and cash donations for the cause will be accepted at the door. Entrance to the event is free.
There will be live musical performances from favorite local performers, such as Justin Rosson and Jasmine Martines, The Draggin’ Man Band, Pearl Street Riot, The Done Deals, Jeremy Phifer & the Texas Badwater Band, Thieves of Sunrise, Michael O’Neal, John Grigsby, Alex Addy, Shane Keeling, Kenny Avery and Kayla Jo Reger.
Britney was a spirited 22-year-old who tragically lost her life on Sunday, January 5, in Pearl Mississippi. She graduated from Paris High School in 2009 and then Texas A&M Commerce in 2013 with a degree in business management. Britney graduated Cum Laude and was a member of Kappa Delta. She was the daughter of William Paul & Mary Ann Coburn Stevens and was born May 10, 1991, in Dallas.
The Paris Community Theatre will be holding auditions for “Run for Your Wife” at the theatre on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. and on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m . The cast calls for two women and six men.
“Run for Your Wife” is a great, fun, English farce. The play is being directed by Hilda Mallory.
PCT is always looking for new, fresh faces — all are encouraged to audition. For more information, visit the PCT website at pctonstage.com
The NXS Contemporary Art Gallery has opened its doors downtown.
“It’s been a life dream,” owner Lena Spencer said during a recent artist reception. “When all the artists came, and we got the artwork up, it was like, ‘OK, it’s a gallery.’”
Spencer said the name, which is pronounced “in excess,” came to her when she found the word means to go beyond normal boundaries.
“I thought it would be a great name for a contemporary art gallery because they are always going beyond the normal boundaries,” she said. “It’s things that are avant garde, fresh, new and out of the ordinary.”
The show included Spencer’s artwork, as well as that of photographers Ginger and David Cook; Pati Dye, a mixed-medium sculptor who teaches at Texas A&M University-Commerce; painter Susan Moore; sculptor Nathan Porterfield; and painter Drita Tomaj. NXS is located at 102 Clarksville St.
“I think it’s so neat,” said Ann Tschoerner, who works in pottery and ceramic sculpture. “She’s been working on it since November. She’s done a great job. Paris needs more art.”
Artwork ranged from ceramics to paintings to photographs to mixed media sculpture. Conversations wound through the crowd about technique, medium worked in and why artists used various materials, such as Dye’s “My Mother’s Garden,” which used cotton batting and waxed string in a bell jar that symbolized her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s.
“This is a great place Lena has set up,” said David Cook, used to run the Gallery on First Street with his wife, Ginger Cook. “We missed this environment. It’s a great opportunity for people to show their work. There aren’t a lot of places in Paris to show what you’re doing.”
The reception was just the beginning. NXS is accepting entries for its upcoming “Rhythm & Jazz” juried art show, which will run March 7 to April 7. Entries are due by Feb. 20. There is no entry fee, although participants are limited to three artworks each.
“We’re going to have painting parties on Saturday nights,” Spencer said. “We have a theme. You bring our own beverages and snacks, and we get together and have fun. It’s not real formal.”
She also plans to offer workshops and activities during the summer. A North Lamar High School art teacher, Spencer has bachelor’s of fine arts from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a master’s in education with an emphasis in art. She is an active member of Texas Arts Education Association and Paris Area Arts Association.
“She’s got a good place to put her art students’ work up,” David Cook said. “We hosted her students work for two years at our gallery.”
That is exactly one of the reasons Spencer wanted to open her own gallery. She also wanted an environment that could show students that art is more than just the creation; artists also have to be marketers and salesmen. She also hopes to promote the arts in the community through a variety of contemporary art mediums as well as develop new, emerging talent from the area and youth.
“I want to provide a place for the kids to make the transition from working in the classroom to meeting people in the community,” she said.
For more information, visit the NXS Contemporary Art Gallery website at www.nxsgallery.com or call 903-272-4639.