Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition Selected Artists!

We called for Southlake-based artists, and you delivered!

The Southlake Arts Council had a great time conducting the blind jury for this year’s Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition during their March meeting. We solicited 2D works of art from Southlake’s resident artists, and received world-class submissions from multiple unique creators!

While we can’t feature every artist that submitted, the Southlake Arts Council greatly appreciates every artist who submitted their work for consideration.

After vigorous deliberation, here are the artists selected for the 2023 Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition:

  • Andrea Shaw
  • Klaus Mayer
  • Aparna Srivatsa
  • Wafa Abbasi
  • Ethan Jones
  • Mary Sweeney Howe
  • Penelope Palumbo
  • David Walsh
  • Christopher Sanders
  • Deanna Kienast

Congratulations to all featured artists!

Don’t miss your chance to see what Southlake has to offer. Mark your calendars for the 2023 Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition public art reception on Sunday, May 14 from 5:00- 6:30 PM at the Town Hall Lobby. It will be an evening of art, good food, good company, and a celebration of Southlake’s artistic spirit!

Check out our website to learn more about Southlake’s Public Art Program!

Southlake Presents is Back for a Second Year!

Calling all creatives, artists, and Southlake visionaries!

Artist standing in front of wall with paintings on itThe Southlake Arts Council is thrilled to announce this year’s Southlake Presents art show and competition.

After last year’s triumphant debut, the Southlake Arts Council, in collaboration with the APEX Arts League, is bringing this award-winning art show back to Town Hall. The Southlake Presents art show and competition is the only public art exhibit that exclusively features work created by Southlake local talent.

What made last year’s event so memorable? According to Arts Council Secretary Beatriz Terrazas, it was “seeing how excited the artists who were selected were when they realized they were selected! When they were there [at the reception] and everyone was amazed at their art, I thought that was really great!”

This is the opportunity for you if you are a skilled visual artist living in Southlake wanting public exposure for your work. Applications open on Monday, February 13, and close on Friday, March 24. The Southlake Arts Council will jury all submissions and select the finalists towards the end of March.

Selected work will be displayed in the Town Hall Lobby from May 12, to June 30. A public art reception will take place on May 14 at 5:00 PM.Artist smiling in front of her work

Rules and Eligibility:

  • Artists must be 18 years old or over and have graduated from high school. Students need not apply.
  • Must provide proof of residence within Southlake City limits.
  • Artists can submit up to three recent works for consideration. (Recent means produced within the last two years).
  • Work must be 2D and ready to hang. (Ready to hang means framed and wired for hanging. Unprepared work will not be displayed).
  • Work must be original and created by the artists. Larger frames show best in the space.
  • Previous applicants are welcome to apply again, but must submit new pieces from the previous year.
  • Work must be “family appropriate,” with no sexual, bloody, or violent content allowed.

Keep an eye out on the Southlake Public Art website for the application to open in February and more information.

We can’t wait to see what the Southlake community creates!

Kick-Off for the 23rd Art in the Square

The community is invited to the 9th Strokes for Art in the Square on February 19, 2023. Guests will gather for a reception with refreshments in the foyer of Southlake Town Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation will present the Northeast Tarrant County charities selected as the 2023 beneficiaries during the reception. The showcased artwork of the nine featured artists offers samplings of the outstanding creatives that can be found April 28-30. The 23rd event t-shirt artwork designed by Niki Gulley will also be unveiled.

Voting begins for the 2023 The People’s Choice in late February. The community can cast a vote at Southlake Town Hall or on the city’s website for their favorite featured artist. Voting will end April 7, 2023.

Strokes is co-sponsored by the Southlake Arts Council, Apex Arts League and Art in the Square/Southlake Women’s Club.

Save the dates April 28-30 to attend Art in the Square… art, music and more!

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Community Services Department Wins Two Programming TRAPS North Region Awards

Community programming is a quintessential aspect of Parks and Recreation. The goal of the Community Services team is to create world-class experiences for our residents and participants.


Recently, the Community Services Department learned that it won two awards from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society North Region. The Southlake Senior Activity Center’s Floral Friends Program won the Excellence in Programming Award (Class II).  The Southlake Arts Council won the Arts and Humanities Programming Award (Class II) for the Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition.


These two awards represent our community’s commitment to excellence in the field of Recreation. We are proud to receive this recognition because these two programs highlight the extraordinary efforts of Southlake residents. 


Let’s learn a bit more about each award.


Floral Friends Program

The Floral Friends program is simple. Every week, a senior center member picks up unsold flowers from a local grocer through a community partnership and delivers them to the Senior Activity Center. Once dropped off, another group of volunteer seniors works on arranging the flowers into masterpieces that elevate the visitor experience at Legends Hall.


The Floral Friends program unites our senior volunteers through the common goals of learning, taking pride in their shared space, and bringing joy to those who utilize the facility. They work hard to make the Senior Activity Center at The Marq a home away from home for visitors and employees alike! This cost-neutral program also strengthened community relations and improved waste reduction while providing vital social and creative interactions for our active adults. The benefits of this program are three-fold. It builds a long-lasting partnership with a local business, reduces waste by utilizing unsellable flowers through an in-kind donation, provides an avenue for a low-to-no-cost program for the senior center, and brings our Senior community joy. Talent-sharing, catering to the needs of our senior community and supporting our local businesses perfectly tie into the City of Southlake’s Strategy Map principle of Partnership and Volunteerism.


The Southlake Senior Activity Center is so proud of our Floral Friends volunteers for being recognized for their dedication to beautifying our shared spaces. 


Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition

The Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition was the brainchild of the Southlake Arts Council. It was brought to life by a partnership that included City staff, Arts Council members, the APEX Arts League, and local Southlake artists. The Southlake Arts Council desired to emphasize the significance of the arts in Southlake by mounting a public art exhibit that only featured pieces created by Southlake residents for the first time. Planning began in early 2022, and the application period lasted from January to March 15. The program was advertised on the City’s social media, the Experience Southlake website, and My Southlake News. 


Twenty-four local artists entered over 70 original pieces into the competition by the time the deadline rolled around. The Southlake Arts Council selected 15 unique pieces ranging from oil and watercolor on canvas, photography, and mixed media, to quilt art for the exhibit. 


In addition to the exhibit, the City of Southlake, the Southlake Arts Council, and the APEX Arts League partner to provide a public art reception to kick off every new public art display in the Town Hall. The Southlake Presents Art Show Reception was on Sunday, May 1, at 5:00 PM in the Town Hall Lobby. Participating artists and their families came to celebrate their art and answer questions.


Congratulations to our Senior Activity Center Floral Friends volunteers and the Southlake Arts Council for being recognized for your extraordinary commitment to strengthening our community.


The Community Services Department will publicly accept both awards at the TRAPS North Region Conference at the Irving Convention Center on Thursday, November 3.


Join Us for the First-Ever Southlake Presents Art Reception

Art-lovers in Southlake know that Public Art is a priority for our City. Our roundabouts, state-of-the-art facilities, and the Town Hall Lobby are perfect examples of how art is prominent in our community.

The Southlake Arts Council has been hard at work preparing a brand-new free art exhibit for the community, and you might just run into familiar faces. The Arts Council proudly invites you to attend the first-ever Southlake Presents Art Show Reception on Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 PM in Town Hall.

Join us at the Town Hall Lobby for an evening of art appreciation, music, and light refreshments! The best part? Every artist featured in the exhibit is a local Southlake resident! The Southlake Arts Council received over 70 art submissions from 24 local artists this Spring. From those incredible submissions, fifteen artists were selected as featured artists for the Southlake Presents Art Show.

Here’s a sneak peek at the artists that make up the Southlake Presents Exhibit:

  • Wafa M. Abbasi
  • Leslie Adams
  • Jani Blake
  • Ray L. Chancellor
  • Rachael Di Vincenzo
  • John Doty
  • Shelly D. Hubel
  • Deanna Kienast
  • Gigi Landy
  • Shadan Mansoor
  • Celeste McCall
  • Tamra McDonald
  • Penelope Palumbo
  • Jennifer Swayze Riordan
  • Sally B. Wilson

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the artists and your neighbors as you marvel at the incredible artistic talent that resides in our City.

The Southlake Presents Art Show Exhibit is in the Southlake Town Hall lobby from April 29 to July 1, 2022. The Southlake Arts Council and the APEX Arts League are the sponsors for The Southlake Presents Art Reception. See you Sunday!