Cathi Ball Joins Eastland Centre for the Arts

EASTLAND, TEXAS – The Eastland Centre for the Arts is pleased to announce Cathi Ball as their newest board member. Other members include Shelley Rinehart, Phyllis Edwards and Terry Simmons. The board currently has one opening which they expect to fill in the next few weeks.

“Cathi brings so much talent and knowledge to the board,” said Vice Chairman Shelley Rinehart, “and we are so pleased she has agreed step in for her special friend, as well as ours, Norman Logan.”

Norman and Cathi worked on many, many projects during Norm’s short time as art teacher at Eastland High School . Norm also served as a board member and Treasurer of the ECA.

Cathi has graciously allowed the showing of ‘The Mosiacs’ created by her former art students of Howard Payne University where she served as Associate Professor. The pieces were hung recently in the windows at the ECA buildings. Four of the pieces are interior lighted and the remaining four have been lighted so all can be seen at night.

The ECA is also honored to be hosting the wonderful art piece Cathi created for the Outdoor Art Museum in honor of Norm Logan. The piece first was in the lobby of the Connellee Hotel, as well as present for Norm’s funeral, and is now currently inside the ECA building. The piece is also lighted so anyone passing by the ECA/Lyric can enjoy it day or night.

Just prior to Norm’s passing, the ECA board honored him by naming the front lobby-gallery planned for the facility as the Norman Logan Gallery. It is hoped to gather a large number of Norm’s art work, as well as works he created with his students, for a formal Norman Logan Exhibit as the first official gallery exhibit once the facility is completed.

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Art Herstory – The Howard Payne Student-Work Mosaics  by Cathi Ball, former associate professor.

The Mosaics – The last 7 semesters of my tenure as Associate Professor of Art at Howard Payne University in Brownwood , Texas , students were involved in creating mosaics about art history.  This is an unusual approach to the last four weeks of the class. 

Students would bring reports and websites they researched on the subject, and while working on the glass they shared their reports.  

The windows used were from the Kurtis Arts Plaza in Sedan , Kansas and the glass from Ft. Worth and Sedan .   

The students began with an old window and combined images from art to tell their own story of history in glass.  The glass pieces are glued to the glass and grouted as a mosaic.  They give the appearance of stained-glass. 

The Coke piece is a tribute to the newly remodeled art facility at Howard Payne University and the bottles are from real coke bottles shattered.   Each semester the students expressed a different topic covered in class in a “hands-on” project.

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In other news the ECA board is currently working with Barrett Webb, an Austin architect, with Eastland County connections, on the interior design and hopes to have blueprints of the full facility in the very near future.

Texas Slim has announced he may be bringing another of his world famous productions to Eastland in the near future. Watch for details as this event unfolds.

If you would like to help in Bringing the Arts to Eastland, your tax deductible donation is greatly appreciated and can be mailed to PO Box 831 , Eastland , TX 76448 . For more information on the Eastland Centre for the Arts and or Lyric Theatre, please call               254-631-0708         254-631-0708.