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January Artwalk

By Joe Starkey



First stop was the Contemporary Arts Center to watch the Cooper High School Students put on some scenes from the musical “Cats” which they will be performing at 7:30 PM on February 2nd and 3rd and February 8 – 10 at the same time at the Cooper High School Auditorium with a matinee on the 10th at 2 PM. They will be in {{more}} full “Cats” makeup and costume for those performances. The short scenes they gave Thursday night spoke of great promise for the full performance. Both the vocal and dance performances were well above that expected from high school students. Go and See! The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for Seniors and Military. Next stop was the Cockerell Studios and Gallery. The building is operated by the fourth generation of the Cockerell family and has 9 studios on 2 floors. 2 were still available on my visit. The show I found most interesting was by Eyakem Gulilat. He was born in Ethiopia and is a graduate of Abilene Christian University in photojournalism and is currently freelancing with a base in Abilene. His images are of Doors in various locations and have a very intriguing visual aspect. He states that the show is about humanity and faith. Opening a door takes intention effort. A door can not be walked thru unless it is first opened. This show is about humanity entering into truth and the door in my images symbolizes Christ. The show is up until February 10th. Jessica Natalee is the featured artist for the month of February at the Cockerell Gallery and they will be showing “Invisible Children”, a social awareness program about child soldiers in Africa and other third world areas on February 3rd at 7 PM and 4th at 2 PM and again during Artwalk for February. The Texas Photographic Society Annual Competition is presented in the photo gallery of the Contemporary Arts Center. Photographers from around the United States and overseas annually compete to be accepted ithis show.

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