Monday, February 29, 2016

Letting the Butterflies Go Free

Our Second Grade Class took a vote today and decided to let the Painted Butterflies go free.  We had watched them go from the larva stage to growing a pupa.

The butterflies attached themselves to the roof of the butterfly habitat.  
They had been in the pupa state for about a week. 

 We came back from the weekend today to see seven butterflies in the adult state.  But they were not free because they couldn't fly.  
The Painted Butterfly was beautiful under the netting.  But it wanted to be fee to sip nectar in the garden.
Our class took the butterflies outside and found the perfect place to let them free.  Neighbors behind our school loved to raise a garden and watch vegetables grow.  We all thought it was a safe place to let our butterflies go free.
One butterfly flew out of the netting quickly.  It saw the hole and escaped.  Another butterfly sat on the concrete and couldn't believe it was free.  We watched it sit for several minutes.  

All of a sudden we watched it decide to fly and go free to the blue sky.
The next butterfly was camouflaged in the green grass.  It was hiding on a brown leaf.   The class watched it just sit there and hide.  It was afraid to fly.  So I picked it up and held it to the air.  The butterfly felt free and decided to fly to the blue sky.  
Another butterfly was hiding in the netting.  It was afraid to venture outside.  So we took the netting completely off.  The butterfly then knew it was totally free and started flying to the bright blue Texas sky.  
We saw the butterflies fly to the flowers to sip nectar.  We saw the butterflies land on a nice green leaf.  We saw the butterflies flutter their wings to say I'm free. 

 I'm free to fly in the open air.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ten 20 Gallery Showcases Pop Art

Ten 20 Gallery opening night created a buzz in historic downtown Plano as a place for artists to show their creative works.

 The Gallery specializes in Pop Art, an art movement emerging in the 50's as mass culture imagery.  The place was filled with people excited to experience the creative expressions.

  Jorg's Cafe Vienna owner Jorg Fetcher,  and friend Jeff Bergus, owner of Lockhart Smokehouse collaborated as a team to create a unique experience. Ken Wesley of Supreme Dream Photography also helped to create the idea of showcasing local artists.  Jorg Fetcher used the opportunity to reveal some of his photography.  He used the use of lines and depth to draw you into the photograph.  .

 The gallery is located close to their restaurants so people can have a fun place to browse either before or after dinner.  Located at 1020 E. 15th St. in a red brick building perfect for the backdrop of Pop Art.   Johnny Cash, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly were one of the many entertainment icons represented.

 Pop Art uses images of popular culture through the use of irony. The movement started in Britain but is essentially an American Movement that spread to different parts of the world.  It was a reaction against Abstract Expressionism.  Jasper Johns was known as a bridge to Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.   Andy Warhol used Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's Soup Cans as a marriage of advertising and the consumer culture. He pioneered  compositions and techniques that emphasized repetition.  He started as a magazine illustrator to create paintings of mass culture and media stars, The Pop Art movement believed art may borrow from any source.  They embraced the WWII manufacturing and media boom to interpret the art of popular culture.  Pop Art represented the  globalization of pop music and youth culture personified by the Beatles.
Roy Lichtenstein's developed a Pop Art style based on mass communication through comic strips.  He used black outlines with bold colors.  His subject matter changed to exploration of modernist art styles of Cubism, Futurism, Art Decco, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.  Pop Art had a shock value that galleries embraced.  The use of line, shape, tone and color are compositional elements of Pop Art.
The art of contrast is shown in the paintings.

The position of line is important with the element of comparison to reveal cultural themes.  

Artist, Steve Uriegas was inspired by scriptures to paint an eagle in flight.  His technique was using angular strokes to create a meaningful painting of beauty and symbolism.

Sports figures reveal the culture of what people enjoy watching and idolize.  

Many artists were pleased because they sold artwork.  Visit Ten 20 Gallery to see what could fit in your home, or office.    Artists to view are:  Jorg Fercher, Jim Gaither, Toni Martin, Lailani Mekeell, Reyon Nurse, Kelly Steller Hrad, Holly Stipe, Steve Uriegas, Mark White, Douglas E. Winters III, and  Kiki Curry Winters, 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Voting is A Responsibility

Voting is an American responsibility.  I did vote today and I feel good about that.  I participated in early voting so the crowds would not be long.  Women did not always have the right to vote.  It was apart of the 19th amendment for women to exercise their power and freedom to vote.  The right was won in the year 1920 for the United States.  The date is different for other countries  but women are exercising their right to vote in lands all over the world.  It gives power to an individual voice.

This voting period in the United States is very important because it decides who runs for President, Judges in power, propositions and many other positions in the political arena.
So get out and exercise your freedom to vote.  It was bought with a precious price.
Research and study which candidate will serve our country with honor and integrity.  I am not endorsing anyone I just plea for everyone to exercise their freedom.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth Stockyards is where the west began.  The historical society has preserved the area so children and adults can learn about how the west was won and became more civilized.

  Fort Worth began life as a refuge against Comanche attacks.  It later became a rough and tumble town of the frontier.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were once part of the lawless group. An animal called a Longhorn Steer saved the day.

See a herd of the Longhorn Cattle at 11:30 and 4:00 stroll down Exchange Ave. in the heart of the Stockyards.  It's a treat for the eyes to imagine what it was like to steer the cattle in one direction.

 Cowboys began to take their rest in Fort Worth during the 1870's,  after a long cattle drive from south Texas on the famous Chisholm Trail.

Tourists can take their picture on a famous Longhorn.

The Historical Society has a museum so the public can see authentic documents of the past.  They are called primary sources because diaries are first hand accounts of what it was like in the wild west.  Visitors from all over the world has made Fort Worth their travel destination because the Stockyards are like a living museum of history.   
Characters dress up in vintage clothing to experience the feel of an era of cowboys and cowgirls with all of their duds.  They love to take a photo with you.  

Tourists can ride on a stage coach to see what it was like to travel in a bumpy wooden carriage. The horses might have to dodge a few pick up trucks.
The arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1876 brought eight lines connecting with Fort Worth to bring cattle to the northern markets.  This is when Fort Worth became known as Cow Town.
The Cow Town Maze is a great way to experience what it was like for one million cattle to go through the market place.  
There's also always time to bring home the perfect souvenir, Justin Boots and a Cowboy Hat.

It you want at great steak go to Cattleman's Steak House.  It's been in business since 1949.  They serve delicious bake potatoes loaded with everything on it.  Many of clients have brought their perspective business partners to Cattleman's for an impressive dinner.  The steaks are always cooked just the way you like it.

For the ladies there is a wide variety of western wear and turquoise jewelry to browse through.  A trip to Fort Worth Stockyards will be a delight of the senses for all ages.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Deep Ellum, Dallas

Deep Ellum began in the late 1800's as a neighborhood on the east side of downtown Dallas.  The area has gone through changes that corresponds with the history of Dallas.

 The name "Deep Ellum," was originally called ,"Deep Elm" because its located by Elm Street and the pronunciation led to its current name.
 It was one of the first commercial districts for African-Americans and European immigrants.

  Henry Ford selected Deep Ellum as the site for one of the first automobile plants in 1914.  It created many jobs so people built homes close to the plant.

It has one of the largest selection of commercial storefronts from the early 20th century.

Robert S. Munger built his first cotton gin factory in a series of brick warehouses along Elm Street and Trunk Avenue in Deep Ellum in 1888.  It became the largest manufacturer of cotton-processing equipment in the United States.
The industrial complex was converted to loft apartments in 1997 and the community keeps growing.
Adam Hats moved into the four story building in 1959 added to the growth of the community.

Now it is home to many wonderful places to eat.  Serious Pizza will provide hand tossed, yummy crust with your favorite toppings.
Savor the smells as you walk in the door.

Giant Murals  tell a story of the history of Deep Elllum.

42 Murals Project is devoted to promote art in Deep Ellum through the production of 42 murals. Artists competed for the honor to display their artistic expression on the canvas of a brick wall filled with history.  It keeps with the spirit of the community that wants to keep the integrity of the area intact.