The Arts: Creation Lab and Fall Art Preview – Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower hill
By Elizabeth Brannon
Fall is a great time for the arts at Flower Mound. In addition to traditional events like the Art Party, the Cross Timbers Artists Guild Tour and performances by local artist groups, the creative arts and crafts have a new public laboratory this year. The best part is that this lab is easily accessible and available all year round.
There is a room in the Flower Mound Public Library called the Creation Lab. It is part of a trend within libraries to offer innovations and opportunities to create in a laboratory setting.
The Creation Lab was designed with the help of a library technology consultant who conducted surveys and discussions with city officials and other staff, as well as focus groups within the community.
The Creation Lab is home to both high-tech and low-tech equipment that is available to the public to use and enjoy. Machines and services available (or coming soon) include: 3d printing; PCs & software; iMacs & software; sewing machine; Embroidery machine; Cricut Maker & EasyPress 2; Drawing tablet; Laminator; Spiral binding machine; Button maker; and Laser cutter (coming in late autumn).
Users can reserve machines in the Creation Lab in advance and must have a valid Flower Mound Public Library card to make a reservation. Creation Lab users must also sign a user agreement before they can work in the lab. Safety training is required for some of the Creation Lab machines. Visitors under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult in the Creation Lab.
Many of the machines require users to provide their own materials, some of which are available from the library. Numerous training courses are offered for the machines. Visit this website for detailed information about The Lab, the machines and schedules: www.flower-mound.com/2069/Creation-Lab
The library hosts two open days to introduce the laboratory to residents. The tours take place after you come and go, registration is not required. The tours are planned for Saturday, October 30th from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and Friday, November 12th, from 5pm to 7pm (at the same time as the Art Party).
Fall art preview
Art party 2021 takes place on November 12th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the library and will again show student art, produce art trading cards and create an artist in residence on site. The event is free and public and is very popular with residents of all ages.
The Cross Timbers Artists Guild Tour 2021 Opening Reception and kick-off takes place on Friday, November 12th, 7pm to 9pm at the Studio Art House in Highland Village. The tour dates are Saturday, November 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the opening reception, there will be a preview of the work of the 21 tour artists who will be performing at Studio Art House on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407.
A wide variety of media works of art can be viewed and purchased during the sneak peek month and during the opening reception. Artists prefer cash or checks as payment, but credit cards are fine too. Art House and every artist on tour are COVID aware and disinfection is a priority. You can feel safe visiting all of the studios. You can find more information about the tour in The Cross Timbers Gazette in November.
Flower Hill Town Hall Art Exhibition shows the works of Kurt Connor, guitarist whose works are a mixture of art and custom guitars. Connor’s guitar will be exhibited in October and November: www.connerguitart.com
November is declared by the city council’s proclamation Art month for hill of flowers! This is an exciting autumn for art and artists. With so many missed opportunities in 2020, we’re especially grateful for returning to a more normal art season here at Flower Mound.
Art thoughts: “The world always appears brighter when you’ve just done something that wasn’t there before. “ – Neil Gaimen
Elizabeth Brannon is a member of the Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission.