Tuesday, December 1, 2020

“Unity” by Farah Janjua, A Cultural Journey Illustrated Through Photographs

This fall, the Southlake Arts Council has partnered with the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture to present “Unity” by Farah Janjua. The exhibit is a cultural journey illustrated through photographs, and will be on display in Town Hall lobby from September 13th – November 1st.

The Artist, Farah Janjua is currently based in Dallas, and is originally from Pakistan. She has been pursuing photography since 1992. For Janjau, photography is a means to explore the infinite possibilities in art to work for the betterment of humanity. It is a bridge to connect the diverse mindsets and break the barriers of a world divided by boundaries and it often serves as a looking glass that mirrors our thoughts.

According to Janjua: “I feel the message of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture and Southlake Public Arts connects perfectly with the message of my work and what I am trying to achieve though my art. My mission is to stress the need to honor humanity and collectively work towards connecting hearts and minds through appreciating our similarities and respecting our differences. I believe that if we unite for the aim of nurturing intercultural understanding and embracing diversity, we can create a stronger force for a peaceful future for everyone! I truly appreciate the efforts of your organization which I believe is doing beautiful work to bring us all together!”

Janjua recently published a photography book “Jerusalem-Three Souls in One City” promoting interfaith harmony. The book is a pictorial testimony of how humanizing each other is the first step towards achieving peaceful co-existence.

Please join the City of Southlake at a reception featuring Janua’s work on September 22nd in Southlake Town Hall. The reception is from 5:00-6:30PM and is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the artist, please visit Farah Janjua’s Website at: www.farahjanjuaphotography.com

Holiday Art Exhibit by Trish Biddle at Town Hall through January 5

Festival of Trees 2010

Festival of Trees 2010

Known for portraying Glamourous Women in Fabulous Places®, local artist Trish Biddle adds Southlake (once again) to her list of destinations with a series of five holiday-themed paintings on display at Southlake Town Hall until January 5, 2015.

The five paintings represent Southlake’s annual holiday traditions, family activities and Southlake Town Square, a popular destination for both locals and visitors:

  • “Home for the Holidays” represents the six week celebration in Town Square that is kicked-off with the annual tree lighting ceremony and includes sleigh rides around the square.
  • “Santas Village” portrays a quaint town square with families waiting to convey their holiday wishes to the jolly man with white beard.
  • “Festival of Trees 2010” depicts a family holding hands near the giant Christmas tree in Town Square with another couple sitting on a bench looking on dressed in winter fashion.
  • “Festival of Trees” highlights the many shopping opportunities and festive window displays in Town Square.
  • “Festival of Trees 2” shows glamourous women shopping and dining along the decorated streets of Town Square.

According to Biddle, the paintings are inspired by actual events as she has attended Southlake’s tree lighting ceremony during the past few years. Prints are available for purchase on her website: www.TrishBiddle.com.

“So many people come to enjoy the Christmas spirit at such a special place, Southlake Town Square. Painting during the lighting of the trees was a wonderful experience and really kicked off the Christmas season for me,” Biddle said in 2010, noting that she has also created commemorative ornaments depicting Southlake scenes. “This is one of the ways I can give back to the community. I tried to capture the moment on canvas, as the choir was singing and some children were watching me paint the tree. I could feel the energy and excitement build as they anticipated the lights to transform the square into a winter wonderland.”

The holiday art exhibit is free to the public. Southlake Town Hall is located at 1400 Main Street, Southlake, Texas, 76092.