Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Picasso ceramic exhibit opens at Arlington Museum of Art

It was all smiles last month at the meeting of the Arlington High School Alumni Association when the group received the prestigious Community Engaged for Excellence award.
It was all smiles last month at the meeting of the Arlington High School Alumni Association when the group received the prestigious Community Engaged for Excellence award. Courtesy photo

The Arlington Museum of Art will open its winter blockbuster exhibit, “Pablo Picasso: Ceramics,” on Friday at a special opening gala reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will feature more than 40 ceramics by renowned artist Pablo Picasso.

Chris Hightower, museum executive director, said, “Pablo Picasso is one of the world’s most well-known artists, but most people know him for his paintings. We are excited to share another aspect of Picasso’s art with the North Texas community.”

The famed artist reportedly became interested in the ceramics medium after seeing the works of the Madoura potters at a crafts fair in 1946. He worked with the Madoura studios for years producing hundreds of ceramic pieces and thousands more working independently.

The exhibit will be open through Feb. 12 and was curated by Gerald Nordland, noted author and independent curator and former director of the San Francisco Art Museum and others.

The museum is at 201 W. Main St. and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact Hightower at 817-275-4600 to make reservations to attend the opening gala on Friday. Learn more at arlingtonmuseum.org.

AHS Alumni Association receives prestigious community award

It was all smiles last month at the meeting of the Arlington High School Alumni Association when the group received the prestigious Community Engaged for Excellence award.

On hand for the presentation was schools Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos along with several members of the school board. Cavasos thanked the AHS Alumni Association for their loyal support and praised the example they set for young people.

“The AISD Board of Trustees and administration was excited to recently honor the Arlington High School Alumni Association with the Community Engaged for Excellence award. This award recognizes outstanding community partners who help support the vision and mission of the district,” said school board President Jamie Sullins. “The AHS Alumni Association supports the school through scholarships, donations to the Education Foundation to fund teacher grants and other gifts, including their time and service.”

Accepting the award was Anna Pettit, president of the alumni association, who said the group has underwritten $27,000 in grants to Arlington High and its feeder schools through the AISD Education Foundation since 1998.

“I was so very excited for the alumni to receive this award. The award represents the amazing work of the board and encourages us to continue the tradition of giving back to our alma mater,” Pettit said.

Since the group established a scholarship fund in 2003, they have awarded more than $58,000 in scholarships to nearly 60 graduating seniors.

The award will be displayed at the school along with other memorabilia. To inquire about becoming a member of the AHS Alumni Association, contact Pettit at 817-265-9756.

Early holiday shopping Saturday at Holly Days in Mansfield

Eager shoppers looking for unique gifts can find just the thing at the annual Holly Days celebration on Saturday at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 E. Broad St.

Shoppers can browse the beautiful merchandise at the hospital auxiliary’s country store where local vendors will have a huge selection of unusual gifts.

“We are thrilled to offer the 11th annual Holly Days,” says Cindy Merren, who is co-chairing the event with Penny Hines. “There will be 25 vendors at the event this year so come with your Christmas lists ready. We will have a variety of unique gifts for everyone.”

A wonderful assortment of home decor, clothing, jewelry, purses, and soaps will get everyone in the holiday shopping spirit. Find the perfect food item by choosing among beautiful gift baskets filled with cookies, pickles, jams and jellies.

Santa will make a special appearance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for photographs inside the hospital lobby.

Shopping hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To inquire, contact Angel Biasatti at 214-724-7807. Funds raised will benefit hospital community programs.

Seguin High School hosts CRASH program on Monday

The community is invited to a program at Juan Seguin High School on Monday at 7 p.m. about the dangers of distracted driving associated with DWI, cellphone use, texting, fatigue, and many other factors.

Known as CRASH, the programs is an extensive media campaign to reduce the incidence of accidents from distracted drivers. Hosted by the PTSA, the teen-focused program begins with a compelling documentary and follows the journeys of real families coping with the impact of poor driving decisions.

“Viewers will receive a wake-up call about the extreme effects of distracted driving as highlighted by the frightening statistics and real stories,” said Fabian Medrano, spokesman for the PTSA.

“This is an opportunity for youth and their parents to come together and help make each other safer drivers. The purpose of this program is to give you a tool, an event to rally around to address distracted driving in your community,” Medrano said.

Guest speaker will be Sharon Goldblatt, former Texas PTA president. “Sharon’s vision is that everything matters, and every individual has a responsibility to give back to the community in whatever way — large or small — that they can,” said Medrano.

The program will be in the library of the school, at 7001 Silo Road. Contact Medrano at 682-867-6700 and learn more about the organization at www.juanseguinptsa.org.

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