College of Fine Arts News Archive

July 2018

  • Watercolor East Texas show celebrates 34 years

    Watercolor East Texas show celebrates 34 years

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    Local artist Gary Broome won first place in last year's Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition. This year's show opens at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in Cole Art Center.

    July 16, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The 34th Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    This year's juror is Texas artist Bev Boren, who is a signature member of Outdoor Painters Society and Southwestern Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and American Watercolor Society.

    Her work is primarily the result of her "need to paint," she said.

    "Inspiration can come at any time and in any place," Boren said. Not confined to one subject area, she paints a variety of subject matter and works in various mediums. Her paintings are created with things that capture her eye, whether it's a still life or landscape or a person's personality. She explains that painting is her way of connecting with the world and the people around her and sharing those experiences along the way.

    In her words, "Trying to describe or explain my efforts at painting or drawing seems like a futile effort. After all, I want my work to express itself without the necessity of words. My best hope is that my work will stand simply on its own and find a connection with viewers where words fail."

    See her work:

    The exhibition runs through Aug. 26.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, contact WET member Carol Athey at or call the art center at (936) 468-1131.

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  • Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

    Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

    July 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is still open for Junior Jacks Theatre Camp at Stephen F. Austin State University. The popular two-week School of Theatre camp is designed for children entering third through ninth grades. This year's camp is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, through Saturday, Aug. 18. Registration deadline is July 27.

    Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the highly successful High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA, according to Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre at SFA and the camp's director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly, and Conn suggested parents register their children early.

    "We have children representing all local and nearby schools as well as many home schoolers," Conn said. "There are also many repeat campers. Many Junior Jacks 'graduates' go on to attend the High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA. We also have former Junior Jack/High School Workshop participants who become theatre majors at SFA. The camp is a great introduction to what we offer in the School of Theatre."

    This year's camp has expanded its capacity, so more students will have an opportunity to participate, Conn said.

    "As the School of Theatre's teacher certification program grows and has incorporated the camp into its 'Directing for the Youth' course, we have a large number of student directors available to work with the children," she said. "Additional teachers mean we have room for additional campers! So we are aiming for a 150-percent increase in campers this year."

    Junior Jacks is a community outreach opportunity designed to not only introduce children to theatre, but it also allows the School of Theatre's teacher certification students to work with students who are younger than high school age. Junior Jacks campers play theatre games and rehearse plays that will be performed at the camp's conclusion.

    There will be a group of third through sixth graders and a group of seventh through ninth graders meeting from 9 a.m. to noon and another set of groups meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    "We are aware that the NISD middle school band practice will conflict with afternoons, so they can be in a morning group, and we will place all elementary students who go back to school on the 15th into one group, so they can work out evening rehearsals on the 15th through the 17th," Conn explained.

    Play performances will be on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Room 160 in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. Times are to be determined.

    Registration cost is $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available. More information and a registration form can be found at, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or

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  • SFA's SummerStage Festival continues with 'Crimes of the Heart'

    SFA's SummerStage Festival continues with 'Crimes of the Heart'

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    July 6, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre continues its SummerStage Festival with performances of Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart." Pictured in the opening performance are, from left, North Richland Hills senior Cortney Francisco; Gilmer junior Bethany Trauger; and Sulphur Springs sophomore Kaitlyn McDearmont. "Crimes of the Heart" and "Pinkalicious the Musical" by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann with music by John Gregor will be presented through July 19 on the SFA campus. Visit for performance times, dates and venues. Call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit for ticketing information.

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  • SFA SummerStage Festival: 'Crimes of the Heart' opens July 5

    SFA SummerStage Festival: 'Crimes of the Heart' opens July 5

    July 3, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will open the American comedy-drama "Crimes of the Heart" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in the Downstage Theatre for the play's run in the 2018 SummerStage Festival.

    This year's summer theatre season, which opened June 29 and continues through July 19, also features the children's favorite "Pinkalicious the Musical."

    "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley is about three sisters with very different personalities and lives who reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions, according to the description at

    But "Crimes of the Heart" is ultimately a play about the bonds of family and about love, according to Dr. Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre and the play's director. "The play strikes a delicate balance between tragedy and comedy," she said. "It deals with some very serious topics, but the sisters navigate the challenges they face with a great deal of humor and love for one another, and they are ultimately brought closer together as a result."

    Bruce Beresford directed the 1986 film adaptation which starred Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Tess Harper. The film earned three Academy Award nominations. Henley was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; Harper was nominated for Best Supporting Actress; and Spacek was nominated for Lead Actress for her performance as Babe.

    With "Crimes of the Heart" addressing domestic violence, pedophilia and suicide, a "talkback session" with Jill Milem, director of SFA Counseling Services, will follow the play's July 7 performance.

    "Crimes of the Heart" will be presented in the Downstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. July 14. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. A pay-what-you-can performance is at 2 p.m. July 14.

    "Pinkalicious the Musical," with book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, music by John Gregor, and lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, is the story of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes, which causes Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe. Only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

    "Pinkalicious the Musical" will be presented again in W.M. Turner Auditorium at 10 a.m. July 10 and 19; at 2 p.m. July 7, 10 and 18; and at 6:30 p.m. July 14. General admission tickets are $8. A pay-what-you-can performance is at 2 p.m. July 10.

    For tickets or more information, visit or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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