Join LRTX on site for an interactive experience in color, movement, sound and art—even our first #LRTX Instameet!
S-Ankh Rasa & Dallas Drum Djam join The Color Condition with Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom to transform our site on West Jefferson, Saturday, May 18 from 2–4pm
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Our site is located at 4585 West Jefferson Blvd, just west of Cockrell Hill. If you need directions, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our site is not open to the public except for LRTX events.
Join us for beer and barbeque to catch up on LRTX and to congratulate our co-founder Catherine Cuellar on her new position with the Dallas Arts District.
Thursday, May 2
Barry Whistler Gallery
2909-B Canton Street @ Malcolm X
Please join us for a reception of Found Object Art, unveiling art created by DISD students as part of a collaborative program between La Reunion TX and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Trash and treasures uncovered on La Reunion’s 35-acre site during a series of site visits are transformed into creative sculpture. Parents, teachers and the public are invited to see what these imaginative high school students have created as participants in this popular program. Come see what Found Object Art is all about! Saturday, March 23 at 11 am at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Join us this Saturday as La Reunion TX presents the work of the artists and students of Art Chicas and Art Chicos, collectively known as Art Chic@s, during a free reception to which family, friends and LRTX supporters are invited on Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The time has been moved forward in order to dovetail with the Oak Cliff Music Festival.
Art Chicas, now in its sixth year, and Art Chicos, now in its second year, brings together artists and high-school age students in an extraordinary art-making experience at the outdoor location in west Oak Cliff. The purpose of the programs is to expose students to the possibilities of art, art making and the career of an artist, while giving them the opportunity to be inspired by the natural world.
The artists—June Covington, Stephanie Adelina, Emily Riggert, Jessica Sinks, Dane Larsen, Art Garcia and David Daniels—were selected by jurors from Oil and Cotton. Artwork could be in any medium, but artists were encouraged to find inspiration from the land, to explore the medium of the site, and to develop original ways of creating art from the experience or use of natural and found materials. This year, artists introduced pastel rubbings, metal and rock sculpture, textiles, and even music and songwriting, to the array of media explored on the land.
We look forward to experiencing these new works in our outdoor sculpture garden and workspace and hope you’ll join us!
La Reunion TX is proud to present the 6th Annual Art Chicas Unidas, and the second annual Art Chicos Unidos, programs. Together, we call them Art Chic@s. We pair emerging and established artists with local high school students in a unique art mentoring program of creative collaboration. Women artists mentor girls while male artists mentor boys. Last year, both groups produced an unprecedented body of art at our inspiring outdoor workspace in west Oak Cliff.
We are currently seeking artists to mentor these amazing young men and women. Artist-mentors have a dual mission—not only to create an outdoor art piece or performance, but also to foster creative thinking and teamwork with their Art Chic@s apprentices. The program consists of an orientation featuring a creative career path forum presented by Dallas Art Dealers Association, a one-day workshop with mentor and apprentice creative teams and an open house and reception for family, friends and the public. All programs take place on Saturdays in October and November. Artists receive a stipend and materials budget.
If you’re a local artist and believe in mentoring young artists, please apply! Download our Call for Artists info sheet – Females click here / Males click here. And, download our Artist Application - Female artists, click here to mentor girls. Male artists, click here to mentor boys.
If you’re a high school student, or if you know one, who is passionate about art and would love the opportunity to work with an artist on an outdoor installation in a beautiful setting, join us! Click here to download our Student Applications. Boys, click here. Girls, click here.
And lastly, we can’t offer this amazing mentoring program without the help of Mentor Madres and Padres, sponsors who help us enable both artists and students to participate in this life-changing opportunity. Won’t you consider sponsoring an artist or a student for as little as $50? Click here for more information or go directly to our donate page.
Check out these inspiring photos from last year’s Art Chic@s program from our own Allison V. Smith and join us!
Photos just before the opening reception at Dallas City Hall–the perfect place to exhibit the figures from the Parade of Giants. Thanks to City Manager Mary Suhm for the invitation, and to Councilmember Monica Alonzo, Dickey’s and Candelaria’s Bakery for feeding us!
Future artist learning about the LRTX site and Found Object Art
Student-artists, teachers, parents, friends and the general public attended the Found Object Art opening at the Nasher on March 24. Seven new pieces created by middle and high school art students from objects found at the LRTX site were on display.
Laura Sohm of DISD discusses the winning piece with art legend Edith Baker and Molina High teacher William Adkins
Participating classrooms and students were recognized with gift cards and certificates. The classroom that created the piece judged to best meet the year’s goal of interpreting the theme “The Fluidity of Identity,” was awarded $500 toward art supplies! And the Nasher provided frozen yogurt and toppings for all.
Expansion of this very successful program is planned for next year. If you’re a DISD teacher and would like your classes to be involved, please be in touch!
The Nasher Sculpture Center, LRTX and seven DISD schools are pleased to collaborate on an ongoing partnership entitled Found Object Art, which introduces students to the concept of art made from found objects and immerses them in a found-object art-making experience from concept to exhibit. An exhibition of the students’ work will be on view in the Nasher Classroom from March 24 through March 30, and kicks off with a public reception at the Nasher on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please join us for the reception.
The collaboration took place throughout the 2011-2012 school year. “My students are able to be a part of the LRTX vision of the arts as a vehicle of environmental stewardship and community identity while the Nasher gives them the opportunity to have their efforts spotlighted in a world class venue,” notes Molina High School teacher William Adkins.
Students learn how well-known artists create found object art with a workshop at the Nasher. The workshop focused on artists represented in the Nasher Collection who have worked with found objects, including David Smith, John Chamberlain, Jim Love, and David McManaway. Discussion focused on artistic process and generated ideas for the students to use in their own artwork.
Students also participated in clean-up projects at LRTX. The visits allow students to have a positive impact on the environment, while also exercising their creativity by incorporating objects found on the site into sculpture, which is then shown at the Nasher.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for my students and a great example of ‘real’ learning,” says Adkins.
Multiple Generations of St. Mary's Students Admiring the Fr. Sebastian Valles Puppet (Photo by Jeff Baker)
We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday for the Parade of Giants. Being involved in this project has been an honor for all of us. Watching the 15 LRTX artists working with the community groups, the stories that were told, what the artists have learned about West Dallas and themselves, and what the community groups have learned about art, has been a humbling experience for everyone.
Last Saturday upwards of 150 people were working on the puppets: all ages, all walks of life, black, white, Latino. The seniors told stories of the history of the neighborhood and of the historical figures, who in some cases were their parents or grandparents. Jan Sanders came to see her husband, Judge Barefoot Sanders, being built, and Judge Jerry Buchmeyer’s daughter will come before the parade. Four generations of St. Mary’s students worked on Fr. Sebastian Valles and three generations of Andrea Cervantes’ descendants were working together. Neighbors from the houses nearby have begun to drop by. A couple of Home Depot employees came to help last night because an artist shopping there had told them about it.
The artists have gone way beyond what was expected, and they are equally thrilled to be part of this. They have worked night and day. Their commitment been amazing.
We encourage you, if it’s at all possible, to come to the Parade on Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 on Singleton. The Giants will be walking east on Singleton, up onto the bridge and back. It will be extraordinary and not to be missed.
If ever there were an example of artists and community working together, this is it.