Local UIL Artwork beginning May 1

“The purpose of Art is to create enthusiasm.”-Pablo Picasso

Using a quote from Pablo Picasso as a theme, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center is proud to be the location of local young artists throughout Parker and surrounding counties to showcase their hard work during the University Interscholastic League competition for students in the seventh and eight grades.  Included in the competition are middle schools from Weatherford, Granbury, Aledo, Acton, Stephenville, Joshua and White Settlement.  The exhibit begins on May 1 with the students’ artwork on display through May 25.  An awards ceremony is planned for May 11 at 10 a.m. Student artist compete in 18 different categories with two pieces per grade per school in each category.  

The Digital Artistry by Don Lambert April 25th – July 21st

Digital Artistry is an apt name for the artwork created by Don Lambert. Using a number of different computer software programs, a computer painting stylus and a pressure sensitive tablet, Lambert takes his original photographs and creates something truly unique.

Lambert’s career in graphic design began as an apprentice at a freelance art company where he quickly became a jack-of-all trades.  According to Lambert, “I learned the graphics business the hard way, by necessity.”  Although he spent evenings painting with an easel and a brush, and would show his work, he knew that being a full time artist was not an option with a young family.  He stayed with the gaphic design firm until his children graduated from college and then struck out on his own doing digital photo restoration.  This was 1990 when the computer graphic design industry was in its infancy.  I thought I could learn the photo editing software over the Thanksgiving weekend.  It took me until May of the next year before I sold anything I did with it,” said Lambert.  Lambert is completely self-taught on all of the different computer systems and software he uses and he thinks he is on his tenth computer system since that first one more than 20 years ago.

Lambert has moved away from strictly doing photo restorations into high quality digital prints on canvas for other artists.  While he has been in the business long enough to see most everything, including a 37′ long print of a gas well created to hang in an elevator shaft, his own photographs are what inspires him to create.  “The original images for this show were all photographed last November at a recreated western town just south of Glen Rose,” said Lambert.  “It was the most fun I’ve ever had on a photo shoot”, he continued.  Lambert takes the original photo images, enhances and adds to them in one computer program and then digitally paints them in another.  “It’s certainly going to be different from what people have seen before.” This is Lambert’s first show in 33 years.

Weatherford College to honor 34 area teachers

Weatherford College to honor 34 area teachers
Weatherford College will recognize 34 of the finest teachers from across the region at the annual Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration January 27, 9 am till 4 pm at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
Celebrating its sixteenth year, the Harvey Academy honors exemplary teachers in the memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a “master teacher.”

The day’s events will include a tour of the Heritage and Culture Center and a morning session featuring welcoming remarks by Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president, and keynote speaker Daniel Leija, 2011 Texas Teacher of the Year. Leija’s presentation is titled “Leadership According to Curly, Larry and Gunny Highway.”

The teachers will be presented a Jack Harvey Fellow medallion and plaque during a special luncheon in their honor.
Additionally, the teachers and other attendees will have the opportunity to meet state and local officials who have great influence on their school districts and their jobs. A “Texas Education Issues” panel discussion 1:30-2:30 p.m., for which the general public is invited, will include State Senator Wendy Davis; Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president; State Senator Craig Estes; Dr. Jeffrey
Hanks, superintendent of Weatherford ISD; State Rep. Phil King and Bobby Rigues of the Aledo ISD School Board. The six panelists, moderated by WC Vice President of Instruction Student Services Richard Bowers, will discuss funding,
staffing, and other issues directly affecting teachers and school districts and will participate in a Q&A with those attending.

To be honored as 2011-12 Jack Harvey Fellowship Awards of Exemplary Teaching awardees are:

•             Aledo ISD
– Emily Felker, Grade 4, Language Arts/Social Studies

•             Alvord ISD
– Scott Bickers, Grade 5, Science

•             Azle ISD
– Jennifer Westmoreland, Kindergarten

•             Birdville
ISD – Gary Edge, Grades 9, Social Studies/World Geography

•             Bowie ISD
– Jennifer Clement, Grades 3-5, Special Education

•             Boyd ISD
– Oscar Hernandez, Grades 9-12, Spanish

•             Bridgeport
ISD – Irma Martinez, Grade 2, Bilingual Coordinator

•             Brock ISD
– Greg Joy, Grade 8, Science/Librarian/Coach

•             Burleson
ISD – Nicole Hammons, Grade 1

•             Chico ISD
– Tobie Hart, Grades 11-12, English

•             Decatur
ISD – Jean Miller, Grade 1

•             Garner
ISD – Carol Watson, Grade 4

•             Graford
ISD – Tonya Parsons, Grades 7-12, CTE

•             Granbury
ISD –Deborah Ottaway, Grade 2

•             Huckabay
ISD – Danny Golightly, Grades K-3, Art

•             Jacksboro
ISD – Ann Hearne, Grade 7, Math

•             Joshua
ISD – Amber Valles, Grade 9, Special Education

•             Lipan ISD
–Leeann Tarpley, Grade Pre-K

•             Millsap
ISD – Beth Adkins, Grades 11-12, English

•             Mineral
Wells ISD – Cindy Blasor, Grades 4-6, Special Education

•             Muenster
ISD – Sabrina Truebenback, Kindergarten

•             Palo
Pinto ISD – Haley Blackmon, Pre-K-Grade 6, Physical Education

•             Paradise
ISD – Stacy Dial, Grades 4-5, GT, Compensatory Education-Math

•             Peaster
ISD – Misti Adams, Grade 8, Math

•             Perrin-Whitt
ISD – Virginia Cotton, Grades 9-12, Math

•             Poolville
ISD – Kari Wade, Grades 9-12, Special Education

•             Santo ISD
– Travis Barnes, Grades 9-12, Science

•             Slidell
ISD- Dana Wood, Grade 4

•             Springtown
ISD – Jeanie Heineman, Grade 2

•             Stephenville
ISD – Julie Dacus, Grades 11-12, Math

•             Tolar
ISD- Jessica Parker, Grades 1-3,6, Bilingual

•             Weatherford
ISD – Paula Parks, Grades 10-12, ELA

•             Weatherford
College – Brad Tibbitts, History

Do you have any Girl Scout memorabilia?

In 2012, the Girl Scouts of the USA will be celebrating its 100th birthday and we will be commemorating this achievement with a display at DHCC. If you have any memorabilia that was your grandmothers or older that would work in a display, just give C.B. Williams, Exhibit Coordinator a call she would be interested in seeing what you have that might work in the display.     817-599-6168 ext. 54

Notes from the Executive Director-Heather Castagna

Winston Churchill put it best when he said, “You make a living by what you get.  You make a life by what you give.”

As we look back on the past five years, evidence of community involvement abounds. The Doss is rich with history of those who helped take one man’s vision and make it a reality.  In the short time since my arrival, I am continuously amazed by the passion of Doss supporters.  And, in no small measure, that passion is most evident in the faces of our volunteers.

Individuals have different motivations for volunteering.  Some do it to stay busy; others enjoy being a part of a team.  Whatever their motivation, Doss volunteers play a tremendous role in helping strengthen our mission to collect, preserve and exhibit the heritage of Parker County and Texas.

Whether it is to make new friends, feel proud, assure progress or learn something new, motivations are as varied as the volunteers themselves.  Volunteers are the life-blood of the Doss.  Although each volunteer brings a unique talent, they all share a common goal; the success of the Doss.

Volunteers bring a renewed energy when they walk through our doors.  It is this energy that has brought us to this place in time and will undoubtedly sustain us in the years ahead.  As we look toward our future and the coming year, opportunities for volunteering are a every corner.  If you’ve thought about lending a helping hand or trying something new, we invite you to join us!  The value of our Doss volunteers is immeasurable.

2012 promises to be a busy and exciting year for the Doss.  If you’ve ever given thought to volunteering at the Doss now is the time.  Help us to be the center where our past and future is celebrated!





“PAINT” Professional Artists in North Texas Exhibit Jan 10 through April 6 2012


PAINT — Professional Artists in North Texas– is a group of accomplished and passionately committed artists who make a weekly practice of painting out of doors. Their subjects are primarily landscapes and botanical settings, though they are skilled in still life and figurative works as well. The group includes oil and acrylic painters, water colorists, and graphite artists, all en plein air (the French expression for “in the open air”). The artists reside in communities throughout North Texas, many are represented nationally in shows and galleries, and have ties to universities and professional organizations throughout the country.

After many years of painting together informally, the artists came together as a formal group in early 2010 and organized PAINT to help better display and market their work. Building on a number of initial successes with exhibitions in places like Fort Worth, Keller and Grapevine, the group is now expanding its activities with a newly established website and a series of new exhibits.

The team of PAINT artists includes: Pamela Blaies, Tina Bohlman, Ann Hardy, Cheri Irwin, Shirley Kinworthy, Beverly
Richmond, Paula Robinson, Arlene Butterworth Taylor, Irma Ward, Frances Chausse White, Margie Whittington, and Trish Wise.

The individual artists have been active in a wide array of professional organizations, including the Outdoor Painters
Society, the Portrait Society of America, the Arts Council of Northeast Tarrant County, the Trinity Arts Guild, Oil Painters of America, the National League of Pen Women, the Texas Artists Coalition, Irving Arts Association, and the Grapevine Art Project.

Among the many institutions of higher learning with which they have been associated are the University of Texas at
Arlington, Baylor University, Texas Women’s University, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Brigham Young University, the University of North Carolina, and the Liliedahl School of Traditional Oil Painting.

Color photos of the artists’ work can be found on the PAINT website, along with information about upcoming exhibits and email contacts for each artist.