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Sharon Kopriva, "Bower Boat", 2023, Photo courtesy of Paul Hester

Sharon Kopriva, "Bower Boat", 2023, Photo courtesy of Paul Hester


April 22 - November 18, 2023


Saturday, November 18

12pm: Potluck Lunch

2pm: Musical Performance by Dickie Landry

You are invited to a potluck lunch and live concert at Locke Surls Center for Art and Nature (LSCAN) on November 18th, 2023!


Join us as we honor the end of DiverseWorks’ partnership with "A Gift from the Bower", LSCAN’s newest outdoor sculpture exhibition, and mark the beginning of a new chapter at LSCAN. Lunch will begin at 12 PM and esteemed saxophonist and musician Dickie Landry will begin his performance at 2 PM. James Surls will also be premiering a new publication centering his collaborative series with the late Black Mountain poet Robert Creely.


Formerly known as Splendora Gardens, LSCAN is its newest edition: a multi-dimensional art space created to reconnect the community with nature through immersion in the Piney Woods of East Texas and intimate engagement with art. Discover the new gallery space featuring James Surls’ and others’ prints, walk the Poetry Path featuring engraved stone slabs created by Surls in collaboration with poet Robert Creely, then stroll along the 1/2 mile Bower Trail and experience the commissioned artwork nestled in the 13 natural clearings. End your journey at the Barn, once used as a studio space, to experience an immersive sound installation and impressive sculptural works by James Surls and Charmaine Locke.


Dickie Landry was a founding member of the original group that formed the Philip Glass Ensemble and performed with the ensemble till 1981. Landry began presenting his work in solo concerts on tenor saxophone, pioneering the use of a quadraphonic delay system in 1979. From there, Landry went on to work with artists such as David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Robert Rauschenberg, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Serra, and more. Landry, along with C.C. Adcock and Steve Riley, formed an all-star Swamp-Pop band, Lil’ Band o’ Gold, with legendary Swamp-Pop singer and drummer, Warren Storm. He continues to tour and contribute music to Robert Wilson Productions.


Known primarily for his participation with the influential mid-century group the Black Mountain Poets, Robert Creeley is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential American poets of the 20th century. His poetry is noted for both its concision and emotional power. Albert Mobilio, writing in the Voice Literary Supplement, observed: “Creeley[‘s] much imitated, often diluted minimalism, the compression of emotion into verse in which scarcely a syllable is wasted, has decisively marked a generation of poets.”


Come share food, art, music, and poetry with us while we revel in the arts and future of LSCAN. We hope to see you here!


(For more details, please follow the link to the Facebook Event)

"A Gift From The Bower" features new work created by multiple generations of artists, including Leticia Bajuyo (Oklahoma), John Calaway (Texas/Mexico), Carlos Canul (Texas) and Rachel Gardner (Texas), Alton DuLaney (Texas), Lina Dib (Texas), Ronald L. Jones (Texas), Sharon Kopriva (Texas/Idaho), Charmaine Locke (Colorado), Jack Massing (Texas), Sherry Owens (Texas) and Art Shirer (Texas), Patrick Renner (Texas), Kaneem Smith (Texas), James Surls (Colorado), and George Tobolowsky (Texas) and Susan Budge (Texas).

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