As soon as possible, head over to the Euless library to see some serious eye candy and take a beautiful visual journey into Euless history. A spectacular art project consisting of more than 200 hand-carved, hand-painted tiles was unveiled this month at the library, at 201 N. Ector Drive. It is said to be the only one of its kind in Texas.
“The tile wall is a permanent reflection on the roots of this wonderful city and its founders,” said city spokeswoman Betsy Deck. “We are so proud to present this project to the citizens of Euless.”
The Euless Library Foundation had the idea several years ago to combine art with historic stories and events to create a unique work of art. The project was commissioned in conjunction with the Euless Historical Preservation Committee to create a special tile mural of the city’s history, now called the FabEuless Memories Historic Tile Wall project.
“The historical committee found photographs of people and places that highlight Euless from its early days to the present,” Deck said. The tiles highlight places and events in Euless history, as well as animals and plants indigenous to Euless and North Texas.”
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This 6-foot by 9-foot ceramic mural was created by artist Lisa McNamara, who also did the 22-foot mural displayed in the Euless Historical Museum.
“The tile project is a wonderful donor recognition art piece. Each sculpted tile is fired three times at 2,400 degrees. There are only two artists that I know of in the country who are sculpting high-relief tiles due to the complicated methods in drying, glazing and firing,” said McNamara.
“This project was dear to my heart because I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with the donors and hear their stories of the days gone by in the city of Euless, not to mention that this is the first of its kind in the state of Texas.”
Boots & Bling event Oct. 15 to raise money for Lions Club charities
Back for an encore is the Boots & Bling party hosted by the Northeast Tarrant Lions Clubs. Set for Oct. 15 at the Texas Star Conference Center, this second-year event is raring to go after a highly successful debut last year.
The casual Western soiree will serve up a superb chicken-fried-steak dinner with all the trimmings before guests scoot their boots to some great country-Western music performed by party favorite Texas Two Step.
Chairing the event are Lions Dee Davis and Debby Perella, and member Jerome Davis will capably handle the emcee duties for the evening’s festivities.
The person with the winning raffle ticket will take home a Nextbook tablet with detachable keyboard, 32GB memory, 10-inch screen and Windows 8.1.
Auction swag includes a fiddle signed by famed country singer Charlie Daniels, a 1/4 -carat diamond necklace, golf outing at Mira Vista County Club and more than 100 other exciting items. Ramp up the fun with personable Scott Shepherd from 6 Stones Mission.
Lions Club President Pat Hannah said, “The success of last year's event help fund 5 scholarships for graduating Trinity and Bell High School seniors. Proceeds were also used to support 6-Stones and back to school programs along with local food banks and purchasing child safety seats for police departments in northeast Tarrant County.”
“Last year over 200 people attended, and our goal this year is to do even better so we can continue to provide support for children, young adults and adults in answering the needs of our community.”
The party venue is located at 1400 Texas Star Parkway in Euless, and the festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $250 for a table of ten. To make your reservations, contact Perella at 817-545-8240 or Davis at 817-571-2153.
Express your inner artist at Oct. 11 event
As chapters across the nation commemorate the 125th anniversary of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the H-E-B chapter is marking the milestone by hosting a special event in conjunction with the National DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11.
Dubbed “Paint One — Feed Many,” the interactive event will have guests painting ceramic bowls to be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Local artisans are donating their time to create the bowls, and attendees at the event will have the chance to put their artistic talents to work as they transform bowls into colorful creations to later be used at the food bank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.
The Captain Nathaniel Mills chapter is composed of members in the H-E-B area, and they are excited about helping the food bank raise money to feed the hungry.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, whose members are descendants of the patriots who won American independence, was founded Oct. 11, 1890, as a service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
“Here in Hurst, Texas, the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter serves by awarding scholarships to local students, volunteering hundreds of hours of service to museums, libraries, schools and civic causes, celebrating Constitution Week annually [and] promoting patriotism, ” said chapter regent Patricia Deaton Staley.
“Our chapter, which was organized in 1962, carries out the important mission of the national society here on the local level,” said Staley. “We’re excited to demonstrate the vibrancy and contributions of today’s DAR by serving our local community.” To learn more about membership, visit www.DAR.org or contact the local chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national organization challenged members to complete 10 million hours of service to America from coast to coast on National DAR Day of Service. Euless recently presented the chapter a proclamation recognizing Oct. 11 as an official service day.
The public is invited to attend “Paint One — Feed Many” from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Parc Place Retirement Community, 1301 Airport Freeway in Bedford. To enable proper planning for art supplies, reservations are due by Friday. RSVP at email@example.com.
Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the paint supplies.