Sunday, June 20, 2021

2021 Art in the Square Kicks Off With Featured Artists

Strokes, the kick-off for Art in the Square showcasing 2021 featured artists is displayed at Southlake Town Hall. The community has the opportunity to view a sampling of the creativity of five artists, four from DFW area and one from Oregon, that will be participating in the event to be held September 24-26 at Southlake Town Square.

Because of COVID-19 the community has three options for viewing this year’s talented artists. In-person, online ( or QR code (found on signs at Town Hall) viewings are available. Just scan the QR code on your phone. QR will be at top of Art in the Square signs displayed.

While enjoying this fabulous artwork, we invite all to cast a vote for your favorite artist for the 2021 Art in the Square. The artist receiving the most votes will be 2021 People’s Choice Winner. The public has the opportunity to vote through the end of April.

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

Save the dates September 24-26, 2021 to attend Art in the Square, an artful fun filled weekend to experience with family and friends. For more festival information

City to Install Public Art at Park Village

Ideas are beginning to take shape for the artwork planned to be installed at the Park Village fountain at the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue.  

During a joint meeting January 27, Mayor Laura Hill, the City Council and the Southlake Arts Council discussed art options and timeframe for the installation. 

The Arts Council envisions a contemporary sculpture that portrays flight. The property is the former site of an airport. Discussions are ongoing with an artist based in Arkansas. 

“Southlake’s Public Art program brings such a special feel to our community,” Mayor Laura Hill said. “Working with the Arts Council to bring another incredible piece to one of Southlake’s most popular areas is exciting. That corner deserves a special piece that captures the spirit of our City and all it represents.” 

Funding for the artwork will come from a public investment agreement with the property owner that uses sales and property tax from the development. 

In November, the Southlake City Council approved a zoning change and site plan for the Park Village development that included modifications to the fountain area. The fountain was deemed inoperable, and the modifications will correct issues to create a community atmosphere. The site plans call for the City to install public art. 

The property owner began construction this week to modify the fountain area with an anticipated completion June 2021, weather permitting. 

Explore “Animalia” and learn more about the lives of some of the most precious animals

Once again, the City of Southlake is partnering with APEX Arts League to present a fall art exhibit in Town Hall. This year we are pleased to present “Animalia,” an exhibit portraying beautiful animal works of art by Charice Cooper. The exhibit will run through Friday, November 6 in Town Hall or virtually on the Public Art webpage.

“Animalia” features unique works of art highlighting animals considered vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered such as the Western Lowland Gorilla and a Polar Bear.

For those not yet comfortable to visit Town Hall or those who would like to know more about Ms. Cooper they are encouraged to view the virtual tour that was created and posted on the Public Art website.

“This year’s exhibit will look a little bit different than in years past,” noted Southlake Arts Council Chair Miriam Murray. “But it was important to us to create the opportunity for everyone to be able to view the beautiful pieced Charice created in a way that was safe and from the comfort of home. These really are exquisite pieces and I hope everyone is able to enjoy them.”

About the artist

Charice Cooper was born and raised in the DFW area. Raised in a very musical and artistic family where creativity was encouraged and well nurtured. While she enjoyed music and dance, animals and art were her deepest passion. Tightly and beautifully intertwined, one passion continuously fueled the other through countless hours devoted to both.

Despite her upbringing, she found herself in the corporate world for many year, her paint brushed sitting untouched. Turning to art for as a stress relief, in 2000, she left the corporate world to become a full-time artist.

At first, murals were the staple of her business and as the diversity of her clients’ requests expanded, so did her repertoire. As time has passed, she has transitioned her time to paint behind an easel more.

“Left to my own devices, I return to what is near and dear to my heart, animals,” said Cooper. “It is my deepest hope to motivate others to action by bringing awareness to the immense challenges animals face, as well as provide a renewed appreciation of their existence by capturing their essence through the instruments of my craft.”

To learn more about Charice Cooper and view more of her art pieces, visit her website,

Plan to Attend the Sixth Strokes of Art in the Square

On February 17, the 2019 Strokes of Art in the Square kicks off the 20th Art in the Square (April 26–28). A free reception will be held in the foyer of Southlake Town Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The community is invited to join the celebration and enjoy an evening of creative visual arts, music and refreshments. Guests will be treated to tastings by local restaurants and entertainment.

The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation will present the 2019 Beneficiaries of Art in the Square. As in past years, guests will be the first to view creative visuals of the 2019 Art in the Square featured artists. This year’s showcase of featured artists will take on a different twist: the displayed artwork will feature returning artists who have participated in Art in the Square for at least 15 years.

The People’s Choice Winner is selected by public vote from the featured artists. Voting begins at Strokes of Art in the Square and will end on April 1, 2019. Be sure to visit Town Hall between February 17 and April 1 to vote for your favorite!

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

We look forward to seeing you April 26-28 at Art in the Square, where we will be “Celebrating Culture and Community” with art, entertainment and family fun.

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Step into Fall with APEX Arts League and the Grapevine Art Project

The City of Southlake is partnering with APEX Arts League and the Grapevine Art Project to present “Stepping into Fall,” a multimedia exhibit that will run September 7 through November 2 in Southlake Town Hall.

“Stepping into Fall” will feature unique works of art from the Grapevine Art Project, a community of more than 85 artists from Grapevine and surrounding areas who love to create, enjoy and learn about art.

Join us on Sunday, September 23, for a free exhibit reception featuring wine from the Bingham Family Vineyards, hors d’ourvres and live music by Mélange Musical.

“Stepping into Fall” Exhibit Reception

Sunday, September 23, 2018
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Southlake Town Hall
Free and Open to the Public

The Grapevine Art Project holds monthly meetings on the second Thursday evening of each month, often featuring presentations and demonstrations from highly regarded artists in many diverse media. Visitors are welcome to attend and learn more about the organization, its members and programs. Artists include painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, sculptors, weavers and other visual media formats. New members, even those who are not artists, are always welcome. For more information, visit

Mélange Musical is a Grapevine-based chamber music ensemble comprised of professional musicians from local orchestras and universities. Their unique concerts offer original commentary to enlighten and enrich their listeners’ understanding of the composers, instruments and compositions. By keeping their ensembles small, Mélange Musical aims to create an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience for musicians and attendees. To learn more about Mélange Musical and see a list of their upcoming concerts at the Lancaster Theatre in Grapevine, visit

The Bingham Family Vineyards is a multigenerational wine-growing family that promises the curious wine explorer a joyful experience through 100% Texas grown and crafted estate wines, the fullest expression of the High Plains. To learn more about their wines, visit or visit their tasting room on Grapevine Main.

If you would like more information about “Stepping into Fall,” please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8306.

The Strokes of Art in the Square 2018: Celebrate the Arts with an Evening of Music and Food

The City of Southlake is celebrating another year of Art in the Square with a kickoff event filled with music, food and unique works of art from this year’s featured artists.

The Strokes of Art in the Square 2018 will be held at Southlake Town Hall on Sunday, February 18 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For the evening’s festivities, Town Hall will be transformed into a gallery displaying creations by the 2018 Art in the Square featured artists, who were selected by a jury. Music will be provided by the Northeast Orchestra Brass Quintet. Culinary tastes and wine will be provided by local restaurants.

The Strokes of Art in the Square is co-sponsored by the Southlake Arts Council, Apex Arts League, Art in the Square and the Southlake Women’s Club. The art will be displayed in Southlake Town Hall for two months before moving outside for the Art in the Square festival the weekend of April 27 – 29, 2018.

For more information, visit

Taste of Apex: A Sampling of Theater, Music, Tastings and the Arts in Our Community

Join Apex Arts League for Taste of Apex, a celebration of the joy and vibrancy that the arts bring to our community.

New and existing Apex members are invited to The Marq Southlake for an evening of entertainment from arts organizations in Southlake and surrounding communities. Taste of Apex will feature a theater sampling from ONSTAGE in Bedford, a music sampling from the Carroll Jazz Orchestra and drinks and tastings from local restaurants.

Several Northeast Tarrant County arts organizations will also be sharing their arts activities, including Art in the Square, the Southlake Arts Council, Keller Arts, Arts Council Northeast and the Grapevine Arts Project.

Taste of Apex will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25 at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Tickets can be purchased at

Tickets are $50 per person, and each purchase includes an Annual Patron Apex membership. The Apex membership gives you discounts on all Apex programming, and you will be greatly supporting the cultural life of your community.

If you have already made your annual donation to Apex, the event is complimentary. All current members, please RSVP to so we know you will be with us.

“Southlake Constellation” Sculpture Dedicated at The Marq Southlake

The City of Southlake dedicated the “Southlake Constellation” sculpture by Kathi Caricoff at The Marq Southlake on Monday, May 23, 2016.

The artist, Kathi Caricoff, designed a celestial-inspired piece with three abstract stainless steel stars. The celestial theme was created when Southlake Arts Council had an idea for the artwork to resemble a Texas night sky. The way the stars interact with one another is reminiscent of people dancing and their various heights make the artwork visually engaging from inside The Marq as well as outside. Caricoff’s work is designed to be relevant, welcoming and approachable for a broad audience.

Southlake Consetllation Day and NightIn recent years, Southlake has shown a true commitment to the arts unveiling pieces of public art in the City’s roundabouts, parks and facilities. The City is proud to have art at The Marq, Southlake’s first multipurpose community recreation center. Phase 1 of the Marq is complete and Phase 2 will begin construction this fall. When complete, the Marq will be a place the community can practice many forms of art through music, theater, art classes, dancing and sports. The beautiful “Southlake Constellation” is an iconic sculptural statement for The Marq Southlake and our community.
For more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8036.

Southlake Women’s Club Announces Art in the Square Beneficiaries

The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation, together with the Southlake Arts Council and Apex Arts League, hosted “The Strokes of Art in the Square” to officially kick off a season of fabulous art in Southlake. The event was open to the public, and a special invitation was extended to the 2013 Art in the Square Beneficiaries. The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation Chairman, Sherri Whitt, announced this year’s 28 beneficiaries:

. Advent Urban Youth Development
. Alliance for Children
. Apex Art League
. Arts Council Northeast
. Battered Women’s Foundation
. Call A Ride
. Cancer Care
. Carroll Education Foundation
. CASA of Tarrant County
. Christ Haven for Children
. Christmas Providers
. Community Enrichment Center
. Community Storehouse
. Families for Effective Autism Treatment
. H20PE Program – Texas Health Harris
Methodist Hospital HEB
. I Can Still Shine
. Metroport Meals on Wheels
. Mission Central Metroplex
. North East Emergency Distribution
. Parenting Center
. SafeHaven of Tarrant County
. SNAP (North Texas)
. Special Olympics Texas Southlake Carroll
. Summer Santa
. Tarrant Area Community Churches
. Tarrant County Food Bank
. Warm Place

The grants given to the beneficiaries are solely funded by the proceeds from the Art in the Square event, which will be held at Southlake Town Square, April 26–28, 2013. Additional information can be found at