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SUNDAY July 23, 2023

“A painting that doesn’t shock isn’t worth painting.”

Marcel Duchamp

Artists create for a myriad of reasons. One is to make a bold statement about an important cause and two articles in this issue explore the importance of taking a stand.

Melissa W. Miller’s Observations exhibit at the Tyler Museum of Art show the effects of pollution and climate change on animals and their habitats. Her paintings highlight the perilous intrusion of human activity on land and under the seas in striking compositions.

As Director of Texans For the Arts over the past 10 years, Ann Graham has tirelessly championed the arts. Her efforts have increased funding to arts organizations across the state for the benefit of all Texas residents. — Lisa Tang

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“Towards the Land of the Setting Sun,” in acrylics on wood panel, by Anabel Leigh. See more of her work on Instagram.
FEATURE

‘Observations’ Spotlight Environmental Anomalies

Austin artist Melissa W. Miller enjoyed drawing animals in her youth but as the decades progressed she grew determined to show how their habitats are affected by the changing environment. Observations: Works by Melissa W. Miller is the title of her solo exhibition at the Tyler Museum of Art on display through August 6.

Miller’s techniques include bright colors, a combination of delicate and broad brushstrokes, and a variety of media. Her subjects skillfully spotlight how pollution, climate change, and displacement by commercial agriculture are affecting animals in myriad ways. READ MORE.

THIS TIME OF YEAR

Don Henley Is ‘Praying For Rain’

Don Henley’s solo album Return to Cass County (2015) features the single “Praying for Rain” plus duets with country stars Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride. READ MORE.

LIFESTYLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

WT Brookshire Center Hosts East Texas Wedding Expo

The East Texas Wedding Extravaganza comes to the new WT Brookshire Center at the Tyler Rose Complex from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 29. The convention center boasts stunning architecture, state-of-the-art facilities, and spacious exhibition halls. READ MORE.

ARTS & CULTURE

Ann Graham Retires From Texans For the Arts

After ten years of dedicated service, Ann S. Graham, Executive Director of Texans for the Arts (TFA), is retiring October 31, 2023.

Under Graham’s outstanding and effective leadership, Texans for the Arts experienced exponential growth and success, solidifying its role as the state-wide champion for public funding for the arts. Graham’s relentless advocacy efforts oversaw an historic increase. She quadrupled appropriations to the Texas Commission on the Arts resulting in more public support for arts organizations across the state. She increased TFA organizational memberships by 100%, passed landmark Hotel Occupancy Tax legislation and laid the foundation for enlisting, training and engaging hundreds of citizen leaders. Her work led to growing arts advocates in every corner of the state. READ MORE.

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