Nac Arts Collaborative News for June

Nacogdoches Arts Collaborative (NAC) is partnering with a new restaurant in Nacogdoches, Old Tyler Road Cafe, to host arts events while we continue the quest to find a permanent spot for a local arts center.  On May 27 there was a vendor fair in the restaurant’s parking lot that included over 20 vendors.  NAC’s favorite songbird Cindy Grayson sang on the stage inside.  If the community supports it, the vendor fair could become a regular event.  A slate of summer concerts is also in the works.

NAC is participating in the first Heritage Summer Street Festival, the evening of Thursday June 1 along Mound Street from Main to Hospital.  Games and activities are included in this event that benefits the Heritage Festival.  

The first Haden Edwards House Art Series exhibition opened May 27 at the historic B&B at 106 N. Lanana Street in Nacogdoches.  Hosted by Edwards’ manager Laura McKinney and Lisa Steed of NAC’s Falling Star Gallery, it includes photography and paintings by J.D. Cole, Wendy Floyd and Lynn Myers.  The show will be up at least through July with viewings by appointment and a few weekend events TBD.  

Registration continues for the NAC Summer Theatre Camp for 3rd- 9th graders July 24- August 4.  For details go to our website www.nacartscollab/upcoming-events or for more info.

JUNE Artist Spotlight

Meet Nacogdoches legend assemblage artist Wally Knight!

Wally is a well known character about town and a working artist with a full time studio behind his home.  Knight came to Nacogdoches in 1972 to attend SFASU and decided to stay.  To quote Wally he is “..not a BIN, born in Nac, but is a SIN, stayed in Nac.”  

While Wally was always an artist, it took a brain tumor to send him to the next level.  After the health scare, he started creating large assemblages of mostly found objects with fun themes and visuals that usually light up.  His work can be found in many local art collections and he has had numerous solo and group shows at the Cole Art Center, Falling Star Gallery, Arts on Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth and Angelina College.  His most recent solo show was almost sold out on opening night. His work is for sale at the Bosslight Bookstore and by appointment in his studio.  Call 936-560-4362 for an appointment.  

Wally is another artist that NAC wants to carry and host at the future NAC Arts Center!