College of Fine Arts News Archive

July 2019

  • SFA’s Friday Night Film Series to present ‘Free Solo’ documentary

    SFA’s Friday Night Film Series to present ‘Free Solo’ documentary

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    “Free Solo” follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope. The award-winning documentary will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in The Cole Art Center.

    July 23, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Free Solo” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes “Free Solo,” a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death.

    “Free Solo” is a National Geographic Documentary Film release. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; Critics’ Choice Documentary Award winner for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary and Best Sorts Documentary; BAFTA Award winner for Best Documentary; and American Film Fest winner for Best Film, among other awards.

    The film runs 100 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for brief strong language. For more information, visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton and Main Street Nacogdoches.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA theatre students to present preview of Scotland festival performance

    SFA theatre students to present preview of Scotland festival performance

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    SFA theatre students, from left, Carson Cook, McKinney sophomore, as Captain Hook and Bayley Owen, Royse City junior, as Peter Pan rehearse a fight scene from “Tales of Neverland.” The School of Theatre will tour the original play in August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    July 22, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a community preview at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, of the original play students will perform next month at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    The preview performance will be in the HPE Complex Dance Studio, Room 201, on the SFA campus. The event is a fundraiser to offset travel costs of the trip.

    For the third time, SFA theatre students will tour a play that will be seen at the largest performing arts festival in the world during a two-week trip to Edinburgh in August. This year, SFA dance students will be among those performing.

    This year’s play is “Tales of Neverland,” a family-friendly stage adaptation written and directed by School of Theatre professor Angela Bacarisse based on the book “Peter Pan,” J.M. Barrie’s most famous work.

    The description on the festival’s website reads: “Make way for the Lost Boys! Join Wendy, Michael and John as they are whisked away to Neverland by Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. Watch as they tangle with vicious pirates and cheer for the boy who never grew up. Fusing spoken word with dance, the performers bring to life the beloved characters and fly through many adventures. An original script appropriate for all ages.”

    The play’s choreography is by Heather Samuelson and movement direction is by Haley Jameson. Samuelson and Jameson are dance program directors in the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Heath Science.

    Preview performance admission is $5 per person at the door. Additional donations to help with student costs to attend the festival will also be accepted.

    The School of Theatre continues to seek out people who may want to help sponsor students and pay for trip expenses. For information on supporting the students, contact Bacarisse at abacarisse@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1126. Tax-exempt donations can be made at sfasu.edu/giving by clicking on the “give online” tab and writing “Scotland trip” for special instructions.

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  • SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers scholarships

    SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers scholarships

    July 18, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music is accepting scholarship applications for its fall and spring classes for the 2019-20 academic year.

    The music program features the study of a variety of musical instruments and choral techniques. Upper-level musicians as well as SFA faculty and students teach classes and private lessons.

    Partial scholarships are awarded to music students based on need, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director. Application forms and information about the various programs offered are available on the Music Prep website at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep. Deadline to apply for scholarships is Aug. 1.

    A Music Prep open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at 3028 Raguet St.

    “New and returning students and their parents are invited to attend the open house at the Prep House to speak with faculty and to register for private and group lessons,” Barnett said. “Piney Woods Youth Orchestra auditions are on the same day of the open house, and auditions begin at 10 a.m.”

    The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will feature two separate ensembles this year – The Philharmonic Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra, according to Alba Madrid, orchestra director. For more information about the audition process, contact Madrid at madrida@sfasu.edu.

    Students may enroll for 16 private lessons or 12 private lessons for the semester. In addition to the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, Music Prep offers an Intermediate Adult Piano Class, Music Theory Adventures for beginning and intermediate students, and the Raguet Strings adult ensemble.

    Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more.

    Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 19 for 16-week upper level faculty instruction and the week of Sept. 9 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

    The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call (936) 468-1291 or email musicprep@sfasu.edu. Visit the Facebook site at SFA Music Prep.

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  • Annual Watercolor East Texas show opens July 27

    Annual Watercolor East Texas show opens July 27

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    Local artist Shelia Button won first place with this entry in last year’s Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition. This year’s show opens at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in Cole Art Center.

    July 17, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The 35th Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    This year’s juror is Houston artist Carla Gauthier, who is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. She has degrees in fine art, art history and education. She is also a member of Canadian Society of Painters and Watercolor Art Society- Houston (WASH). She works in both watercolor and oils. She has received numerous awards on regional, national and international levels. Her paintings are in collections throughout Canada, United States and Europe.

    Her artist statement: “Painting, for me, is an opportunity to make sense of an increasingly visual world. I get to enjoy the image making process, choosing the contrast, color and light that suit the subject at hand and the story being told. It is a pursuit which has its challenges and successes, but it is about the process, and the small gains made along the way.”

    The exhibition runs through Aug. 25.

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

    Watercolor East Texas (WET) was founded in 1983 by Reese Kennedy and other community artists to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of art, to expand the public appreciation of water media painting, and to stimulate art education. Membership is open to all water media artists. WET invites water media artists to attend a meeting and join this group of regional artists. Next meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in Regions Bank community room, 300 E. Main St., Nacogdoches.

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  • Silent bidding underway for SFA art scholarship fundraiser

    Silent bidding underway for SFA art scholarship fundraiser

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    Wally Knight is among the local artists who have contributed works to the annual 12x12 fundraiser benefitting students in the SFA School of Art.

    July 16, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Silent bidding for artwork in the annual 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University is now in the final week at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Multiple pieces have been generously donated by a local artist who has contributed a piece to every auction fundraiser since its inception. Wally Knight has been central to the Nacogdoches art scene since the 1970s. Much of his work could be described as assemblage, but a visit to his home studio reveals that Knight surrounds himself with creative expression, not only his own, but that of his friends and fellow artists. Nacogdoches “has a very deep well of art,” says Knight.

    Knight also works as a carpenter, and he initially approached his art in the same way as his work. Coincidental influences helped him to see that he needed to allow the connections to appear, rather than planning them. He describes himself as the machine that assembles the pieces as the objects reveal themselves. “Basically, everything is connected,” he said. “What I do is just push some of that closer together. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary, and the function of it is no longer important.”

    Knight’s pieces are always a highlight of the 12x12 event, often creating bidding wars. “I first noticed Wally’s work at the first fundraiser I attended several years ago,” says Crystal Hicks, Friends of the Visual Arts event committee chair. “Many of the works were exciting and were generating attention, but Wally’s stood out. The audience always looks forward to seeing what he’s contributed. Nacogdoches is lucky to boast a thriving art scene, and Wally has been integral to keeping it going.”

    The silent auction features 12x12-inch pieces of art which are currently on display and may be bid on up until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Anyone may silently bid on the unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Beginning at 6 p.m. that night, the starting bid for art pieces without previous bids will be lowered to $100. The auction closes at 7:15 p.m., and winners for all pieces will be announced at 7:30 during the art party. Pieces without bids at 7:15 will be awarded in a raffle.

    The purpose of 12x12 is to raise funds for the FVA scholarships and grants that are awarded to SFA art students. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about 12x12 or to become a sponsor, call The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-6557.

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  • SFA SummerStage Festival’s ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ concludes this week

    SFA SummerStage Festival’s ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ concludes this week

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    “The Reluctant Dragon” will conclude its SummerStage Festival run at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    July 11, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    “The Reluctant Dragon” will conclude its SummerStage Festival run at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. The children’s musical features El Campo sophomore Cameron Wall as Glaston (right) and Nacogdoches senior Alexis Beck and Katy sophomore Erik Brockman as the Dragon. General admission tickets are $8. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, and visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. The SummerStage Festival also features “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin.

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  • ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ closes Friday

    ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ closes Friday

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    The final performances of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, and 2 p.m. Friday, July 12.

    July 11, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University concludes its SummerStage Festival on Friday. The final performances of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, and 2 p.m. Friday, July 12. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, the show features, from left, Nacogdoches senior Alexis “Alli” Beck, McKinney sophomore Carson Cook, Nacogdoches senior Caitlin Edwards, and Wichita Falls sophomore Shelby Miller as sixth graders who make their way through a spelling competition. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. This show has some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences (PG-13). For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. The festival also features the children’s musical “The Reluctant Dragon.” All performances are in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

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  • 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' runs through July 12

    'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' runs through July 12

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    July 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University presents its SummerStage Festival, featuring "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" running Wednesday, July 3, through Friday, July 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The show features, from left, Shelby Miller, Wichita Falls sophomore; Jason Couch, Nacogdoches freshman; Carson Cook, McKinney sophomore; Roz Couch, Nacogdoches community member and SFA theatre alumna; Trace Killian, Forney freshman; Caitlin Edwards, Nacogdoches senior; and Alexis "Alli" Beck, Nacogdoches senior. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, the show is about an eclectic group of sixth graders who make their way through a spelling competition where each reveals his/her hopes, struggles and passions through songs. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. This show has some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences (PG-13). For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, and visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu for show dates and times. The festival also features the children's musical "The Reluctant Dragon."

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  • Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

    Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

    July 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is ongoing 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, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 10.

    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-schooled children," 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."

    The camp has expanded its capacity in recent yeas, so more students can 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 another 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.
    Play performances will be on Saturday, Aug. 10.

    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 theatre.sfasu.edu, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu

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  • SFA's SummerStage Festival continues with 'The Reluctant Dragon'

    SFA's SummerStage Festival continues with 'The Reluctant Dragon'

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    July 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    "The Reluctant Dragon" continues its SummerStage Festival run at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. Among the cast members are Nacogdoches senior Alexis Beck and Katy sophomore Erik Brockman as the Dragon; El Campo sophomore Cameron Wall as Glaston; Witchita Falls sophomore Shelby Miller as Kendal; and Wylie junior Drake St. Pierre as St. George. General admission tickets are $8. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, and visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu for other show dates and times. The SummerStage Festival, which also features "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, continues through July 12.

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