Soon you’ll start breaking out those beloved holiday books and movies – and while every family has their own tradition, my family’s television set will play on a constant loop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. If you too are a Dr. Seuss fan, don’t miss your chance to see his art in an unfamiliar form.
A selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss exhibit will be on display at Milan Gallery in Fort Worth through November 24. Visitors will view works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books and explore The Secret Art of Dr Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork that Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names like The Carbonic Walrus, The Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian and Wolghast.
Ted Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss) asked his wife, Audrey, to wait until he was gone before bringing these works to the public. Secretly, he wanted to be recognized as a serious artist, but publicly, he was quick to describe his private works as “Midnight Paintings.”
For more information, visit www.milangallery.com.
We sat down with the two local artists who created The Mother Load, an installation at the Dallas Museum of Art through March 2015, to learn more about the exhibit and the relationship between being a mother and an artist.
Meet the mastermind moms:
Natalie Macellaio grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Texas to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. She is the Professor of Sculpture at Brookhaven Community College. Her work has been featured at 500x in Dallas, Accident Gallery in Euerka, California and is featured in the first exhibition curated by Manufactured Design by Architects in Barcelona, Spain. Natalie currently resides in Plano with her husband and twin 3 year olds.
Lesli Robertson was born and raised in Alabama, eventually moving to Texas to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She is currently an artist and professor of Fibers at UNT, while working on international collaborative projects that focus on art, community and the environment. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her research has been published in leading journals. Robertson was the inaugural Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, where her Community Partner Response artwork was on exhibit in 2010. Robertson has received grants from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Surface Design Association, the Textile Society of America, and a faculty fellowship with the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. She resides in Highland Village with her husband and 4-year-old son.
Tell me about the exhibit.
This exhibition evolved from in interactive artwork and project called The Mother Load. Beginning in 2012 with a handful of artists we personally knew, this project grew to engage with over 80 women from 9 countries. Our goal with The Mother Load is to create a platform to highlight the work and words of women who are both artists and mothers. Through our website, www.themotherload.org, and now this exhibition at the DMA, visitors will have the opportunity to explore new artists, artworks, and creative practices through an interactive platform. As visual artists, we wanted to create a physical representation of each artist. Using small copper plates, we decided to use their fingerprints along with their children’s to document this relationship. These oxidized prints are on one side of the plate with a QR code that links to their website on the other. Visitors are welcome to use their smart phones to scan the QR codes to find the website of each artist. We also have each artist’s links generated on our website.
On the grey wall, we have created an interactive scale for everyone to participate in, asking of themselves “In your life right now, what do you nurture and why?” Each person can write on the concrete tile and place the tile on the scale on the side of For Self or For Other. In asking this question we hope people of all generations, race, and gender, can reflect on their life, tell their story, and take the time to think about whether they are pursuing the parts of their life that matter to them.
What makes the relationship between being a mother and an artist unique?
This relationship of being an artist and a mother isn’t necessarily unique, but the recognition that you can be both a good mother and a successful and professional artist is unique. There is an assumption that to be a good mother you have to only and wholly be a mother and to be an artist you have to wholly dedicate your life to your work. We have found that most people have passion for many different areas and can indeed find a way to have balance in all of them. We hope to highlight that it is possible to have a family and a successful career in the arts – and here is a list of 80+ artists who are doing it.
What is the purpose or mission of the installation?
The goal of The Mother Load is to create a platform, through our website and public exhibitions, that connects, documents, and records the words and work of artists who are mothers. This collaboration came out of our direct need to get back into the studio after having our children. At the time we began this work, Lesli’s son, Liam, was 2 years old, and Natalie had twins, Milo and Fina, who were 6 months old. We both felt the pull of all aspects of our lives – the demands of motherhood at times contradicted our need to be in our studios. Since we both were in this place, we began to address and recognize the struggle between these two intrinsic parts of ourselves, the mother and the artist. As we began to work every Friday in the studio together, the conversation continued to turn to sorting out our new lives and how to learn to balance and adjust so that each element did not oppose one another, but motivated. We talked about other artists who became mothers, few and far between, or so we thought at the time. Those who we did know were very open to sharing their challenges and joys with us, filling a need we both had to understand what it meant to pursue both art and motherhood with our full selves. And through these conversations, The Mother Load project emerged.
What would you say to encourage mothers and their children to visit this exhibit? What about dads?
This exhibition and interactive sculptural scale is meant to start a conversation about the things we all are passionate about, but maybe we have not found a way to make time for those passions. We hope parents and children will pause and think about whether they have balance in their life. Do they nurture themselves as well as take care of something or someone else? This also relates to Dads as well as because they also have to balance their family life with things they are passionate about. This is also a conversation for people who do not have kids because we all care for something or someone.
Why is it important for children to accompany their parents? Will they have fun or learn something?
This installation is especially great for children and parents to experience together because it allows for children to see that their parents are people too. They have interests and ideas, and it is important to share those interests with our kids. The best teacher for our children are the parents and if they see the parents pursuing their passions then kids will know they can do it to.
What is the best part about being a mother and an artist?
For me (Natalie), being able to see the world again in a new way. My children have shown me how amazing the simple things in life can be. Going on a walk to the park can turn into an unexpected adventure and because of them my artwork has also changed in recognizing the beauty in the most ordinary objects.
For me (Lesli), it is much of what Natalie just said. We get to see life through a new set of eyes. I truly love the fact that Liam knows about art, he creates alongside me (at times), and through having him, I am inspired. I have the opportunity to reflect on my life, find what I truly value both in life and art, and pursue that with as much passion as I can.
If the installation is part of a bigger project and a bigger picture, can you tell me about that?
This installation is the beginning of this collaboration. Through this network, we have met and are beginning to collaborate with an amazing group of artists. Recently, we hosted Israeli artist Shira Richter at the DMA and surrounding universities where she was able to share her artwork through visual performance lectures. This collaboration will continue as we work with Shira to travel this project to Israel in 2015. We will see this project continue to connect to new artists as we work to travel the exhibition to many different countries through the help of internationally based contributors. Our website www.themotherload.org is also a resource for collecting, recording and documenting this group of mother artists, and is consistently growing. We are developing new components of the site so that it can be a resource for things going on relating to women, careers, motherhood, etc -essentially a resource for anyone to see how mothers, artists and women are pursuing their passions.
For more info on the project, visit www.themotherload.org or DMA.org.
Everyone likes saving money over the holidays, but what about saving a life? Bank of Texas has made it simple. Here is how you can help prevent family violence in a few easy steps.
1. Purchase a Partners Card for $70 from any participating retailer or restaurant.
2. Shop at more than 750 retailers in DFW from Oct 24–Nov 2 and receive a 20 percent discount.
3. The money you spent on the Partners Card goes to The Family Place, an organization with a mission to stop family violence by providing counsel, shelter and other forms of aid.
For more information, visit www.partnerscard.org.
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If there’s one thing more important then teaching our kids to eat healthy, it’s teaching them where their food actually comes from. This is one of many farm-to-plate ideas behind Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival. After stopping in both San Francisco and Minneapolis, Cultivate will make its final stop at Lake Carolyn in Irving on Saturday to spread the word about good food, great music and even better ideas. Did we mention it’s free?
A few things to look forward to:
Learn your way to a free burrito
Get a stamp from at least four of the five exhibits and you’ll receive a coupon for a FREE burrito, bowl, salad or tacos at any Chipotle. The exhibits include: The Cinema, Factory vs. Farm, Fresh vs. Processed, GMO Experience and Guac from Scratch. You have until 7pm to visit four of the fun and interactive stations.
The Kids Zone
Kids can enjoy swimming in a pool of raw organic cotton fluff, decorate a biodegradable pot and plant seeds in it, draw on a giant chalkboard and much more. If they aren’t a fan of all the fancy foods, grab them an Applegate Farm frank – made with just beef, water, salt and spices.
The Artisans’ Hall
Stop by this tent and enjoy everything from gourmet coffee and brownies to handcrafted popsicles and award-winning cheese. Don’t worry – you won’t find any big corporate companies or chains here, just 14 vendors who make their products with real ingredients (and love).
If you’ve made the vow to only drink craft beer and local wine, then you’re in luck! Grab a glass and sample some of the best local beer and wine in town. Bonus – Lakewood Brewing Company teamed up with Chipotle to bring you a farmhouse-style ale with just the right amount of grapefruit and Texas wildflower honey.
Chef Demos & Music
Incase you aren’t in enough awe of the delicious grub you’ve been sampling, expect cameos from big-time chefs and musicians like Amos Lee and O.A.R. The fun kicks off at 11am, Chef demos will run until 6:15pm and live music will run until 7pm. Check the official website for more details.
Television shows like Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” always start with a clear warning– Don’t try this at home.
Well, it’s your lucky day because MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition is making its way to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History October 11–January 4 and will offer a variety of experiments right at your fingertips.
Forget tour guides or automated headsets, when you enter this exhibit you’ll be handed an iPod touch to record your scientific findings. When you’re done investigating, an app will load the information online and compare it with other’s results.
You’ll start by entering the Blueprint Room where you’re surrounded by hundreds of props and gadgets from the show. You’ll even see props from episodes that haven’t aired yet.
Next, you’ll move into the workshop where you can take a crack at busting myths for yourself. The experiments cover a variety of topics including, flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion. Some of our favorite questions you’ll answer include:
Can you change like a superhero in a telephone booth?
Does toast always land butter side up?
Can you huff and puff and blow down a house made of bricks? Can you drive while you’re blindfolded? Can you pull a tablecloth out from under a set of dishes without spilling anything?
Perhaps the most interactive experiment aims to answer the question: Do you get more wet by running or walking in the rain? Try for yourself by racing a friend through a rain simulator that drops edible ink. Stand in front of a mirror under UV lights and count the water droplets for yourself.
Before you leave, make sure to catch one of the interactive shows. Raise your hand to volunteer and you may get the chance to gear up and dodge a paintball on stage.
Want to see this mad science for yourself? Win a family 4-pack of tickets here.
We’re all about honesty. But tricking your kid into loving math — that’s not a crime, is it?
When kids are constantly dreading their math homework and you’ve run out of ideas (and flashcards) to motivate them, then it’s time for a trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum is hosting a traveling 5,000-square-foot exhibition called 2theXtreme: MathAlive! from September 27–January 4. Presented nationally by Raytheon, the exhibit is designed to appeal to children of all ages and levels of math ability, but is of particular relevance to those in grades 3–8.
Its mission is to relate math to the activities that kids love most: video games, sports, fashion, music, robots, photography and more. The exhibit offers a total of 40 unique and interactive experiences to spark children’s interest in the subject.
They’ll learn physics while designing and riding a virtual skateboard, trigonometry while snowboarding down a mountain, 3-D mapping while designing a video game and much, much more.
Some of our other favorite MathAlive! activities include:
Style Revolution: 360-degree Photo Shoot. Step onto a photo stage and have your image captured in 360 degrees, using the same freeze-motion technique made famous in modern action movies.
Pedal to the Peak: Mountain Bike Challenge. Jump on a stationary bike and compete in a mountain bike race. As you pedal, try to match shaded areas on two combined graphs to gain maximum points. *A hand bike is available to those who are unable to use their feet.
Get a Grip: Rock Climbing. Test your climbing abilities with a horizontal climb around a rock wall. Measure your height and arm span in this hands-on exhibit.
Supertall:Skyscraper Design Studio. Design your own ‘supertall’ skyscraper by making several decisions about the building’s function, structure and design. If your structure passes the test, it will be ‘built’ with simulated time-lapse photography.
Mix It Up: Giant Musical Instrument. Explore the relationship between rhythm and math by adding or subtracting musical elements on a giant super-instrument.
On Target: NASA Robot. Control a viewing camera mounted at the end of a robotic arm on the International Space Station.
Sound like fun? Enter here to win a family four-pack to the exhibit!