Wylie's Smith Library presents a unique opportunity to learn about art in Wylie and the Greater Dallas area at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. "Scene Around Town: Art & Culture," will feature two of local art's biggest fans. Carole Ehrlich, Wylie city secretary and liaison to the Public Art Advisory Board, will speak about Wylie's public art installations. Gail Sachson, founder of "Ask Me About Art," an adult "college" of art education, will present an armchair tour of hidden gems and well-known art in Dallas.
Sachson holds a Master of Fine Arts from SMU. Her interest began when she took an art course just for fun at Wellesley College when she lived in Massachusetts. After moving to Dallas in 1974, she began teaching art courses to elementary students, pinning buttons to their shirts that said, "Ask me about Jackson Pollock" or "Ask me about Alexander Calder" when she told them stories about the artists' lives. Parents, intrigued by their children having information about these artists, some of whom they didn't know, asked her to start an adult education program. "Ask Me About Art" was the result, a program that has only increased in popularity over the years, as Sachson leads gallery trips, classes and workshops.
Sachson teaches at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is the recipient of the Obelisk award, given to her by the Dallas Business Council for the Arts, among other honors.
The event is free, but registration is required at http://www.wylietexas.gov/adults/events.php . Part of the Rita Smith Cultural Series, it is intended for older children and adults, but all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
The library is located at 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. For more information, call 972-516-6250.