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Originally delivered on 11/4/2023 1:23 pm

SUBJECT: Visual Arts Guild News - November 4

Visual Arts Guild

November 4, 2023

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Good afternoon Visual Arts parents, students and supporters!

In this newsletter:

  • College Showcase
  • Student opportunities
  • November meetings
  • Senior Showcase & Shredstock
  • Around BTW
  • Support our faculty

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who responded to our request last week for donations for College Showcase!

We would love to personally thank each of you for your contribution, though several Amazon gifts arrived with no name to show who had helped us out! So, for some of you, this is our only means of showing our gratitude for your help! We are MOST APPRECIATIVE and your donations will greatly impact the success of this event!

If anyone is interested in helping out in person on the days of the event or contributing breakfast items for either day, please revisit the volunteer signup or email committee chair Christy Black.


The Visual Arts Guild will provide lunch for you on Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17. Please complete this Google form to help us best meet your lunch needs on these two days.


The deadline to submit artwork for PTA Reflections is November 12. Visit the PTSA website for details and the online application.

The deadline to apply for space in the Visual Arts Winter Market is November 10.

Donate packaged snacks, socks, hats, gloves, stocking stuffers, games/toys, and small toiletries to help create care kits for St. Jude Center. All items can be dropped outside room 58 through November 10.


The PTSA meets on Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. in the BTW Commons. Please note, there is no school on Tuesday, November 7 due to Election Day.

The Visual Arts Guild does not have a November meeting. Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 12 in the BTW Commons following the PTSA at 6 p.m.


Our next student exhibit runs November 2-30. It will feature works by our senior students. The opening reception is during College Showcase on Thursday, November 16 from 5-7 p.m. There are a few slots for donations and volunteers. Check out the sign up for details

The National Art Honor Society exhibit will run from December 4 - January 12. The opening reception will be Thursday, December 7 from 5-7 p.m. Also that evening, the Music Conservatory will host Shredstock at 7 p.m. in the MAT.


Check out this week's PTSA newsletter for more school-wide news. The next PTSA meeting is Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. in the Commons. We will not have a guild meeting in November.

Don't forget there is no school on Tuesday, November 7 for Election Day and November 20-24 for fall break.


Visual Arts faculty member Juan Cruz has a show this Saturday, November 11 from 6-10 p.m. at 1818 Storey Lane.

Sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, this solo exhibition includes four large installation/sculptures and five flora sculptures. 

"The central concept merges Mexica/Mayan ruins with Italian architecture, creating a unique blend of two worlds in one space. These installations resemble temple/pyramid like structures while the inside mimic Sistine Chapel, the Medici Chapel, or Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. 

This body of work explores a "Sacred Space" or "Holy Space” cultivated and left behind by my ancestors as a gift, an endowment, a testament to their spirit, culture and sacrifice. Within this space, I honor, pray, empty my heart and dance with the night. This body of work represents a communion in infinite space. It reflects what is, what was, and what always will be. 

This installation invites audience interaction through sight, touch, and scent. These intimate 8’x8’x8’ structures are adorned on the outside with five small floral paintings/sculptures, reminiscent of Mexica/Mayan temples with Quetzalcoatl/Kukulkan depictions, guarding these ‘sacred spaces’."

Tuesday, November 7
No school - Election Day
Wednesday, November 8
6:00p PTSA November Meeting
Friday, November 10
4:30p St. Jude Care Kit Donations Deadline
Saturday, November 11
6:00p Juan Cruz Solo Exhibit
Sunday, November 12
11:59p PTA Reflections Deadline
Tuesday, November 14
12:00a Blue Print Gallery Applications Due
Thursday, November 16
Senior Showcase
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