Monday, May 23, 2022

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!

The Southlake Arts Council Seeks Artists for First-Ever Southlake Presents Art Show and Competition

Attention all local artists, visionaries, and creatives!

The Southlake Arts Council is excited to announce the first-ever Southlake Presents art show and competition!

The Southlake Presents art show will showcase our local professional artist community for all to see in Southlake Town Hall. If you are a Southlake-based artist looking to expand your visibility, then this is the opportunity for you!

Rules and Eligibility:

  • Artists must be 18 or over and must have graduated from high school. Students need not apply.
  • Must provide proof of residence within Southlake city limits or Carroll ISD.
  • Artists can submit up to three works for consideration.
  • Work must be 2D and ready to hang.
  • Work must be original and created by the artist.
  • Work must be “family appropriate,” with no sexual, bloody, or violent content allowed.

***Southlake Arts Council reserves the right to refuse any art exhibits submitted that do not comply with the above guidelines.

If you are interested in submitting your art to the Southlake Presents art show and competition, please complete your digital application by March 15.

Selected works will be exhibited in the Southlake Town Hall lobby from April 29, 2022, to July 1, 2022. A public Art Reception will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 5:00 PM- 6:30 PM, sponsored by the Southlake Arts Council and the APEX Arts League.

The Southlake Arts Council looks forward to seeing your submissions!

The City of Southlake Unveils Bob and Almeady Jones Statue at Bob Jones Park

On Sunday, October 24, the City of Southlake hosted a public art dedication and celebration for Seth Vandable’s “Bob and Almeady Jones” statue at Bob Jones Park.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the park. Descendants from the Jones family, City Council members, Arts Council members, and Southlake Historical Society members gathered to unveil Southlake’s latest public art piece. Southlake Mayor, John Huffman opened the ceremony, followed by remarks by Arts Council Chairperson Tamara McMillan and Historical Society Historian Anita Robeson. The ceremony concluded with some words from Bob Jones’ grandson, Dr. William Jones.

“Art, in all of its forms, is so vital to a City and a community. Southlake has shown a steadfast commitment to the arts in recent years as we have unveiled public art pieces in the City’s roundabouts, parks, and facilities. Today’s celebration is another example of the City Council’s commitment to ensuring that art tells the story of our past, present, and future,” stated Mayor Huffman.

The Bob and Almeady Jones Statue is a memorial to the monumental role the Jones family played in Southlake’s development.

“Bob was a brilliant horse and cattleman. An excellent businessman, whose word and a handshake was his bind… He eventually acquired and operated over 2,000 acres in what is now Southlake. It’s a wonderful tribute that part of that original property is preserved in the Bob Jones Park and Nature Center. I am the youngest of the last of Bob and Almeady’s 24 grandchildren. No Jones descendant carries on the ranching tradition or lives in the area at present. But new generations of Jones descendants have the opportunity to visit the property and remember our past with pride…. The statue is a marvelous addition to Bob Jones Park, and will serve as a positive pictorial reminder of their legacy to all who visit for years to come,” stated Dr. Williams Jones.

After the ceremony, Jones family members unveiled the new statue together. The interactive art piece depicts Bob and Almeady Jones enjoying a freshly harvested summer meal after a hard day’s work of farming and teaching their 10 children. They are dressed in period attire and are seated on a stone bench and table, welcoming visitors to sit with them and enjoy a community meal together.

When describing the statue, Southlake Arts Council Chair, Tamara McMillan, stated that, “The portraits are welcoming likenesses, while still reflecting a measure of determination required to meet the challenges they face and burdens they carry. The sculpture is designed in the round, highlighting possible fruits and foods they would have harvested in the area, making it interesting from every angle.”

This public art dedication was unlike any other the City has hosted. After the unveiling, guests enjoyed a community meal at the Bob Jones Park Fishing Pavilion. A fiddler played as Jones family members from across the country ate together in celebration of their family’s legacy.

The Bob and Almeady Jones statue is located in Bob Jones Park in front of the playground. Community members can visit and take pictures with the beautiful interactive piece. Thank you to the Southlake Arts Council and Southlake Historical Society for helping make this addition to our Public Art collection a reality.

To learn more about Bob Jones and his family, visit the Bob Jones Exhibit at the Bob Jones Nature Center.

Southlake Arts Council and APEX Arts League Present the Fall Art Exhibit: Flying Colors by Deanna Kienast

Fall is here and it’s time for the Southlake Arts Council and the APEX Arts League’s Fall Art Exhibit!

Art lovers in Southlake are invited to visit the Town Hall lobby to experience the vibrant art of local Southlake artist Deanna Kienast. Kienast’s one-of-a-kind art continuously demonstrates style and creativity.

Deanna Kienast is a local professional and a self-taught artist who has been a Southlake resident for 27 years. Her art has been commissioned for luxury hotels, fine dining venues, corporate headquarters, professional offices, medical facilities, high-end design studios, and numerous private homes. Kienast’s personal guarantee is that clients will love the completed commissioned paintings, or no purchase is required.

This Fall, Town Hall visitors can appreciate “Flying Colors,” an exhibit of lush and textured abstracts fueled by the creative energy of music, massive construction, and traffic from October 3 through November 17.

The Southlake Arts Council in collaboration with the APEX Arts League is hosting a reception for Deanna Kienast on Sunday, October 3, from 5:00-6:30 PM in the lobby of Town Hall.

To learn about Deanna Kienast, visit

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 airstrip. 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.

For more information, visit or

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.