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Art Activities For The Week Of December 26

Christmas is behind us.

Love it or hate it, this Holiday drives the lives of most Americans. It brings joys, hopes and anxieties. Whether you are religious or not, it is hard not to get caught up in the atmosphere of Christmas. Let’s take a breath now. It is time to relax, to laugh, to reflect and to celebrate. This week is not about the family – this week is about YOU!

Many people are taking time off right now. If you are lucky enough to have the week to yourself, take this time to clear your mind and elevate your senses by visiting one of the two major exhibits currently on view in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Crow Collection of Art showcases an exceptional exhibit “Clay between Two Seas” that presents an exhilarating compilation of ceramics from multiple historic and cultural sources, such as the Abbasid Court, Chinese empire, European kingdoms and Mexican creations of Pueblo de los Angeles.

Clay between Two Seas  |  Buy Tickets

The second exhibit of note is presented by Kimbell Art Museum. It highlights the masterworks of Monet. Entitled “Monet: the Early Years”, the collection focuses on the early works of the master, showing the development of his talents and artistic viewpoints.

Monet, Luncheon on the Grass
Monet, Luncheon on the Grass (Central Panel), c. 1865-1866, oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.  |  Buy Tickets

If leisurely relaxation is not in the cards for you, let’s jump straight into the New Year celebration planning. Dallas has so many options that they will blow your mind. Lets start with a family friendly idea. AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Reliant Lights Up Your Holiday – a free family friendly concert, lighting and fireworks show dedicated to the New Year’s celebration. Come downtown on Saturday December 31st at 5:30 pm and enjoy a spectacular presentation designed to dazzle and entertain. Please RSVP by December 30th to guarantee admission.

Reliant Lights Up Your Holiday  |  RSVP Here

Feeling a bit nerdy lately? Then there is an event you won’t want to miss. Marvelous Nerds New Year’s Eve is taking place in Dallas December 30 and 31, and is a dream come true for any die-hard sci-fi follower. Celebrity appearances and photo ops will abound. Hold your breath, if this one is for you!

Marvelous Nerds New Year’s Eve  |  Buy Tickets  |  Facebook

Lets switch gears towards you, party animals. The 7th annual Lights All Night experience at the Dallas Market Hall is your style of celebration. Featuring the biggest stages Texas has ever seen, Lights All Night is a visual and auditory experience you will never forget. You will be marveled by the most unique stage, sound and light designs in the country. This will make a memory for the rest of your life. The two day event (December 30th and 31st) is a must see this season.

Lights All Night  |  Buy Tickets  |  Facebook

Loud music is not your cup of tea, I understand. How about a pinch of humor to help 2016 go down in history? On December 31st Brian Regan will appear in the Hall at Fair Park to help us put the year to rest with his trademark act, known for observational sarcasm and self-deprecating humor. With everything going on in the world right now, humor is a much-needed reprieve from reality.

Brian Regan  |  Buy Tickets  |  Facebook

As for myself, I prefer classical music to all the rest to welcome the coming of the New Year. It helps to feel the flow of time, the magic of timeless art, the continuation of history. That’s why my pick of this week is the New Year’s Eve Celebration at the DSO. I tremendously enjoyed the event last year, and I am only sorry to not be able to attend this time.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the DSO  |  Buy Tickets

I think I have covered every taste and every eventuality. Dallas never disappoints! But wait for it! Just wait! All the entertainment in the world is not going to replace the actual CELEBRATION! The 7th Annual New Year’s Ball is promising to be bigger and better this year, but you need to hurry. The space is limited. Crown Plaza Downtown is dedicating several floors to this amazing event. However, it is sure to sell out, so don’t delay! 2017 is upon us. Best Wishes to all! May it be full of joy and pleasant surprises!

The 7th Annual New Year’s Ball  |  Buy Tickets  |  Facebook

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