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Artwork by Jas Mardis. Courtesy of ArtCentre of Plano.

Things To Do This Week In Plano: Celebrate Black Artists, Take An Art Class, Nuzzle A Piglet

by Mia Estrada 23 Feb 2021 6:00 AM

Where to go? What to stream? Here’s a roundup of the best things to do in Plano this week, from supporting local Black artists to experiencing farm life. 

Virtual Art With The City Of Plano

Courtesy of Amy Pagan, City of Plano.

The City of Plano’s arts and events department is offering free, online events every weekday on its Facebook Live at noon. 

On Mondays, the department hosts a live art class taught by Amy Pagan, an artist and marketing specialist with the City of Plano. Classes are taught for all age ranges and skill levels, and participants can learn to create plants, animals and more. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the department spotlights local artists, including painters, sculptures and chefs. On Thursdays it hosts a community virtual art exhibit, where anyone can submit an artwork to be featured on Plano’s arts and events social media pages. And on Fridays, there’s a live stream concert called “Lunchtime Live.” This week, 19-year-old Ryan Glenn takes the virtual stage, playing Americana music. 

Black History Month Exhibition And Discussion At ArtCentre Of Plano

Artwork by Jas Mardis and Evita Tezeno. Courtesy of ArtCentre of Plano.

The ArtCentre of Plano’s latest exhibition, Sharing Memories, features work by North Texas artists Evita Tezeno and Jas Mardis in honor of Black History Month. The works are available to view online through March 27. 

Mardis, a fabric and leather artist, creates portraits of Black Americans primarily made from archived and personal portraits from 1920-present. 

Tezeno uses collage and vibrant colors to tell a visual narrative of her life experiences. “I hold close the memories of days gone by. I relish the time before there were Wi-Fi, cell phones and so many other technological visual distractions,” says the artist in her statement. 

On Thursday, Feb. 25, at 12 p.m., the center will host a live Zoom discussion with ArtCentre of Plano executive director Suzy Jones and the artists. Admission to the virtual event is free for members, $15 for non-members. 

‘Charlotte’s Web’ Events At Heritage Farmstead Museum

Photo: Shutterstock

“Charlotte’s Web,” a book about the friendship of a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte, inspires two programs at Heritage Farmstead Museum.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, during Homeschool Tuesday, the museum invites families to experience life on the farm. School-aged children have the chance to meet baby pigs, participate in a storytime, make a spiderweb craft, play games and learn about farm life. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, during Preschool Wednesday, children 18 months to 5 years old will experience farm life and meet piglets on the 4.5-acre historic site. Families can also feed chickens and participate in wagon rides.

Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Free for children two or younger. 

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