Addison Art Program

Addison Art Program

Art is an expression of your soul – it can be beautiful, dark, strong, powerful and inspirational. But above all, it’s fascinating to look at! Two people can be looking at the same painting and walk away with completely different feelings, interpretations and ideas about it. It’s all part of the magic that is art. Now, getting swept away in the interesting world of art is easier than ever before. This year, you can visit the new Addison Art program at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road in Addison.

The Addison Art program is a rotating display of artwork by up-and-coming local artists. The diverse display of art will be hung on the walls of the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre. The Town of Addison has converted the Centre’s walls to support regular displays with a gallery hanging system installed on the lobby and public area walls. This modification allows art to be properly installed and displayed on a six-week rotating basis.

“I am passionate about this program and will be the main lead on sourcing artists and working with them on the installations, as well as other aspects and details of each show,” said Fran Powell, president of the Oaks North Homeowners Association and North Dallas Corridor resident. “I made a proposal to the Town about the Addison Art program, including the installation of a flexible gallery hanging system – no more nails in the concrete and brick walls – and a rotating display of works by local artists who currently have no opportunity for a public display of their portfolio in one person or small group show.”

The official launch of the Addison Art Program has already taken place, with works by artist Ted Houston. You will enjoy the displays of oil paintings, watercolors, prints and drawings. Come by on July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the reception, when you will have a chance to meet Houston and ask him questions about his work.

Houston decided to study the world of life drawing at the Philadelphia Academy of Art while he was going to school for his PhD in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he moved to Dallas where he continued learning about life drawing, and he has recently been working in painting and printmaking at Brookhaven Community College. During his career, he has won several awards, and has been exhibited in juried shows with the Dallas Business Council for the Arts, the Richardson Civic Art Society, Irving Art Society, Plano Art Society and the Brookhaven studio gallery.

“Much of Ted’s work explores capturing motion or a moment in time, often with a gesture,” stated Houston’s website. “A sense of depth and surface, and the interplay of reality and abstraction are also important. A recent series is based on Ted’s belief that everyone is important and that the essence of life is in everyday moments. People and context are represented realistically, although not as portraits and with some abstraction to allow individual interpretation.”

You can now see 43 pieces of Houston’s work at the Centre. These pieces mix vibrant colors to showcase specific moments in life. For example, “Bouquet with Chrysanthemum” is an oil painting, featuring a pretty display of red and white flowers with green leaves. “Caroline” is a watercolor painting of a young girl with red hair. “Different Tables” is an oil painting of a variety of people – men and women of all ages – sitting at different tables eating, drinking and taking. “You Can Do It” is a watercolor, featuring a father holding a soccer ball, walking with his young son wearing a soccer uniform. Come out to see the exhibit now to enjoy the pieces in person.

Houston’s show will be up in the Centre until the middle of August. Next, will be paintings by Melissa Ellis, who paints large abstracts in oil. This will run until early October, and be followed by oil and collage works by Joseph Mills. In December, a group show of two-dimensional wall hung pieces by current art students at Brookhaven Community College will be displayed. Each show will have a reception approximately two weeks after installation to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the artist and method of production.

If you are interested in having your art showcased at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, contact Powell at Powell explained that the artists selected must not be represented by a gallery, and their works must be appropriate to a public space utilized by corporations and business for their meetings and events. Also, each artist must have a portfolio of at least 25 wall-hung pieces.

While looking at the gallery, you may even fall in love with a piece and decide to purchase it and display it in your own home! All works are for sale, and sales will be handled directly by the artists. All art will be labeled, with information available for contacting the artists.

“The Town of Addison already has an outstanding reputation of the performing arts,” said Powell. “The Addison Art program is adding visual arts to the mix, which will benefit the Town even more.”

The Addison Conference and Theatre Centre is an impressive venue that hosts everything from business meetings, seminars, trade shows, weddings and other events for up to 600 guests. In 2015 alone, 564 events with more than 64,000 attendees were hosted here. In addition to the open lobby area, perfect for gathering before an event, the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre is close to Addison’s 23 hotels and more than 180 restaurants. You will also see a beautiful view of Addison Circle Park out the window.

We couldn’t be more excited about the new Addison Art program, and we can’t wait to see the gorgeous pieces of art from local artists every time we visit the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre. Take a break from your normal Thursday night routine, and come out to celebrate the opening of this rotating art show at the opening reception for Houston’s work. When beauty, creativity and art come together in Addison like this, you don’t want to miss it!


Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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