Artist Kidd to show art at Arcadia building

Danny Mogle,

An exhibition of art by Dace Lucia Kidd will be on view beginning Oct. 10 at 121 N. Spring Ave., the renovated Arcadia Theater building now housing the Martin Walker Law Firm,

"I will be displaying over 20 pieces that have been recently created since I moved to America four years ago," said the Tyler-based artist.

The show will include oil on canvas, mixed media and installations.

"The works will reflect my unique perspective as a fresh consumer of American pop culture and show my appreciation of its power and beauty," she said.

Ms. Kidd was born in Riga, Latvia. She studied art at Art Academy of Latvia in Riga and Accademia di Belle Arti in Sicily.

"I do primarily painting," she said. "One of the most characteristic things of my art is that I merge together different styles and media. I create paintings that look like sculptures, my sculptures can be perceived as drawings or design objects, my drawings hold pictorial qualities."

Ms. Kidd said she recently had a piece accepted for the International Emerging Artist show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and another piece for a gallery show in Hamburg, Germany.

"I like to work with traditional and contemporary compositions. It is important for me to communicate references from history and current events," she said. "My main focus is on image making and remakes, that's why I have always been inspired by the work of other artists. Currently one of my favorite influences is fashion, because it's ever changing and seeks to capture the moment."


A.J. Ghent in concert

Bluesman A.J. Ghent will give a free concert at 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Bergfeld Park as a prelude to the Texas Rose Festival celebration.

Ghent was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, to a family of musicians and began playing the lap steel guitar at a young age, the biography posted on his website states. He was based in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early years of his career.

He formed a band made up of his wife, MarLa, and sister, Tiffany, on vocals, Seth Watters on bass, Gary Paulo on saxophone/guitar and Will Groth on drums.

The band, which is known for music that mixes funk, gospel and blues, was an opening act for Zac Brown Band on its 2013 tour. 


Ray Johnston Band

Ray Johnston Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the East Texas State Fair.

Expect to hear music from its latest album, "No Bad Days." Johnston wrote the single of the same name, which the popular country band Alabama also recorded for its new album "Southern Drawl."

Another song by Johnston, "Keep It Rollin'," was featured in an episode of the television show "Nashville."

Johnston, who lives in Dallas, played basketball at The University of Alabama and briefly was a Dallas Maverick. After his basketball career was cut short by leukemia, he switched his focus to country music.

Johnston's struggles to build a music career while battling multiple relapses of leukemia was documented in an eight-part series, "Ray Johnston Band: Road Diaries."


McClendon House

The McClendon House, the historic home at 806 W. Houston St., is delaying its interactive murder-mystery show "Wine and Roses."

Originally set for Oct. 10, it has been moved back to Oct. 17, said Lee Shults, vice president of the home's board.

Tickets cost $25. Participation will be limited to 32. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a ticket, call 903-352-3158 or send an email to



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