2009 OCSFA Salon Series – Materials and Methods

Thursday, November 12, 7:30-9
Materials and Methods
Curated by Kenda North

Kenda North presented a curated exhibition, featuring visual art by Oak Cliff artists who work in diverse styles and media. Featured artists will include Cindy Maute, Richard Doherty, MK Semos, Jack Hammack, Eric Tosten, Wes Miller and more. Kenda North is an artist and professor at UT Arlington. She is a resident of Stevens Park Estates in Oak Cliff.

Sponsors for this evening:

Friends of Turner House
Methodist Health System
Miranda Realty
Square Foot, Inc.
Arts Funding Development Group, LLC

2009 OCSFA Salon Series – A Feast of Italian Opera

Thursday, October 8, 7:30-9
A Feast of Italian Opera
Presented by Chris Barker

The evening featured Italian opera arias and duets, performed by Chris Barker along with other singers from Oak Cliff. There were narrative comments by Martha Gerhart, pianist for the event and adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University. The menu of ‘a taste of Tosti’ and ‘portions of Puccini’ offered music and commentary for the audience. Chris Barker, also a Winnetka Heights resident, is an operatic tenor.

Sponsors for this evening:

Friends of Turner House
Methodist Health System
Miranda Realty
Square Foot, Inc.
Diane Sherman/David Griffin & Co. Realtors

2009 OCSFA Salon Series – A View From Modern Architecture

Thursday, September 10
A View From Modern Architecture
Presented by Kevin Sloan

Contemporary architecture is rapidly becoming the kind of cultural force that seems capable of remaking a city’s image in the marketplace, as well as its livability. How does one understand this kind of “modern” architecture and the kind of unfamiliar forms taking shape at the nearly complete Dallas Center for Performing Arts and Kessler Woods? What were the objectives of the modern architectural movement in the early twentieth century and are they being realized in these new works?

The talk will explore these questions by centering on a case study of two seminal buildings of the early twentieth century – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago and the Villa Savoye by LeCorbusier near Paris. Closer to home, the discussion will also share how the historic buildings of Oak Cliff are in fact products of the modern era. Answers and dialogue will hopefully give the attendee a “new set of eyes.” The evening will conclude with a special message regarding the role of architecture in everyday life.

Mr. Sloan is a Winnetka Heights resident and a visiting professor at the UT Arlington School of Architecture. The projects of his professional practice, Kevin Sloan Studio, include works in landscape architecture, urban planning and design.

Sponsors for this evening:

Friends of Turner House
Methodist Health System
Miranda Realty
Square Foot, Inc.
Paul & Cindy Maute
360 Architecture

Annual Wine & Art Fundraiser

Saturday, July 25, 2009
Impressions of Texas

Turner House

This year’s theme was Impressions of Texas, curated by Michael R. Grauer, Curator of Art, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, with assistance from TACO member Konrad Shields. The exhibition focused on the Texas brand of Impressionism which began to spread across the globe in the 1870s and reached its peak between about 1890 and 1920. Mr. Grauer presented a gallery lecture discussing the development of Texas Impressionism in the larger context of American and world Impressionism, considering what does or does not make a painting “Impressionist”. Included in the exhibition were works by Frank Reaugh, E. G. Eisenlohr, Julian Onderdonk, Ella K. Mewhinney, L. O. Griffith, Franz Strahalm, and Jose Arpa. Patrons at the event enjoyed live jazz, a variety of fine wines, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Impressions of Texas was a wonderful and unique event. The OCFSFA board of directors wishes to express our appreciation to everyone who helped to make it such a success. Our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees all came together to create an extraordinary cultural event and to further our mission of restoring Turner House, enriching our Community and supporting the Arts. Thank you one and all.