By Elizabeth Brannon
Fall is a great time for the arts at Flower Mound. In addition to traditional events like Art Party, the Cross Timbers Artists Guild Tour and performances by local art groups, Creative Arts and Crafts has a new public lab this year. Best of all, this lab is easily accessible and will be available year round.
Housed within the Flower Mound Public Library is a space called the Creation Lab. It’s part of a trend within libraries to offer innovation and opportunities to create in a lab-style setting.
The creative lab was designed with the help of a library technology consultant who conducted surveys and discussions with city employees and other staff as well as focus groups within the community.
The creation laboratory houses high-tech and low-tech equipment, available to the public. Machines and services that are (or will soon be) available include: 3D printing; PC and software; iMac and software; Sewing machine; Sewing machine; Creator of Cricut and EasyPress 2; Drawing tablet; Laminator; Spiral binding machine; Button maker; and laser cutter (coming in late fall).
Guests will be able to reserve machines in the Creative Lab in advance and must have a valid Flower Mound Public Library card to make a reservation. Users of the creative lab must also sign a user agreement before being allowed to work in the lab. Safety training will be required for some of the machines in the Creation Lab. Customers under 13 must be accompanied by an adult when in the creative lab.
For many machines, users will need to provide their own supplies, some of which are available for purchase at the library. Many training courses are offered for machines. Visit this website for detailed information on The Lab, machines and schedules: www.flower-mound.com/2069/Creation-Lab
The library is organizing two open days to introduce the laboratory to residents. Tours are on a return basis and registration is not required. Tours are scheduled for Saturday, October 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, November 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. (coinciding with Art Party).
Fall arts preview
Arts Festival 2021 will take place at the library on November 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will once again feature student art exhibits, art collectible cards and an artist in residence who will create art on site. The event is free and open to the public and has been extremely popular with residents of all ages.
Opening reception of the Cross Timbers Artists Guild Tour 2021 and kick off will take place at the Studio Art House in Highland Village on Friday, November 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. The tour dates are Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12 from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to hosting the opening reception, throughout the month of October there will be a taste of the works of the 21 artists of the tour exhibited at Studio Art House at the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407.
Various works of art can be viewed and purchased during Preview Month and at the Opening Reception. Artists prefer cash or checks as a form of payment, but credit cards work just as well. Art House and every artist on the tour are aware of COVID, and disinfection is a priority. You can feel safe visiting all the studios. More information about the visit will be provided in The Cross Timbers Gazette in November.
Flower Mound Town Hall Art Display will show the works of guitarist Kurt Connor, whose works are a mix of art and custom guitars. Connor’s guitar will be on display in October and November: www.connerguitart.com
By proclamation of the municipal council, November will be declared Flower Mound Arts Month! It is an exciting fall for art and artists. With the many missed opportunities in 2020, we are very grateful for the return to a more normal artistic season here at Flower Mound.
Artistic thoughts: “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just created something that wasn’t there before. – Neil Gaimen
Elizabeth Brannon sits on the Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission.