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January 22, 2014

Arts district to host an evening of entertainment

Corsicana — Hot Club in Cowtown will take the stage of the Palace Theatre Saturday evening when all three arts agencies (Navarro Council of the Arts, Palace Theatre and Warehouse Living Arts Center) come together to give supporters a great evening of entertainment.

  “It starts with a western art exhibit featuring 17 artists from across the state,” said Leah Blackard of Navarro Council of the Arts. “It is a fabulous exhibit and the artists will be there and the works are for sale. The wine and cheese reception for this starts at 5 in the warehouse gallery.”

Following a successful run of the Western Art Show at the Warehouse Living Arts Center Gallery Jan. 1 through 25, the month-long run will culminate Saturday in a private patron preview from 5 to 6, and will be open to the public to view from 6 to 9 p.m.

Paintings, sculptures and wood carvings by such artists at Charlie Bullock, Stephanie Ford, Deb Miller, Sharon Markwardt, Charles Wallis, John Guest, Chuck Miller, Margie Taylor, Barbara Jones and more are displayed in this show.

The Corsicana Arts District Celebration will continue that evening following the art show and wine reception to include a barbecue dinner and cantina in the children’s theater  at 6 p.m. along with a silent auction. Todd Jones, Christie Driskell and Byron Haynie will perform during dinner.

The concert at the Palace with Hot Club of Cowtown will follow. This group, which features “hot jazz and western swing,” is based in Austin and recently put out a CD produced by none other than Lloyd Maines himself. Rendevous in Rhythm is on Gold Strike Records, their seventh studio album, and those wishing to support the Corsicana Arts District may witness the talents of Elana James, vocals and fiddle; Whit Smith, guitar and vocals; and Jake Erwin on bass for themselves.

“It's going to be a really fun night,” Blackard said. “We wanted to do something together, and it gives each of our supporters a chance to see all of the organizations and their benefit to the community. Tickets are $15 for just the concert or $75 for everything. The art exhibit will be open to the public starting at 6 p.m. for those not going to the event.”

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