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It’s a tale as old as time: the desert calls the artist. The artist responds to his wild call. The open sand landscape inspires innovative art. One of the latest emerging talents to push his work to the local scene has honed the prospect of Utah’s Keely King transplant in Burns Canyon, near Pioneertown. In his first gallery show, King will exhibit his abstract figurative paintings at the JJ Harrington Gallery in the Perez Road Art and Design District of Cathedral City. The exhibition, Aesthetic forms: the feeling of creating an illusionruns October 7-21 and also features sculptures by Tyler Sutton.

What drew you to the High Desert?

I moved to Los Angeles when I was 17 and lived there for about seven years. my time in the city has run its course. I had been here a few times and decided to move two years ago after the pandemic got a little crazy.

How does the territory inspire your work?

I was able to take a step back and get back to basics without all the crazy distractions of the city. I was able to strip things down, look at the horizon and see shapes and colors and take inspiration from the landscape. I was able to work on the negative space. … I definitely feel a great sense of peace and expansion living here.

Master the art of relaxation with Freedom Moses https://fewandfar.net/master-the-art-of-relaxation-with-freedom-moses/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 11:40:00 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/master-the-art-of-relaxation-with-freedom-moses/

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Grainlander Steam Train to a highlight of backcountry art https://fewandfar.net/grainlander-steam-train-to-a-highlight-of-backcountry-art/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 20:27:32 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/grainlander-steam-train-to-a-highlight-of-backcountry-art/

It’s not every day that you come across the pattern of one of the towering murals painted on old grain silos in western Victoria. It’s even less likely when it’s a dog. But here I am in Nullawil (population 92) in the Wimmera-Mallee area, and the kelpie that is pictured in huge size on the local silo sits obediently below, next to a model of the silos and a train at steam.

If that sounds complicated, get this – there’s also a real steam train under the silo, and that’s how I got here from Melbourne.

The mighty red and black locomotive, City of Melbourne, was built in Glasgow in 1951 and hauls the Grainlander, a collection of heritage cars named to mark the destination. The art rising above is part of the Silo Art Trail and was painted by the artist known as Smug. Depicting a local farmer in a plaid shirt with his trusty kelpie beside him, the vibrant work makes me smile just to see it.

Nullawil’s is the last of several silos I visited on the Grainlander Rail Tour run by 707 Operations, a volunteer-run organization that runs regular rail tours of the Victorian countryside. We boarded on a Friday evening at Melbourne’s bustling Southern Cross station, where station staff and commuters alike were delighted to hear this modern structure sound to the whistle of a steam locomotive.

Given the historic nature of cars, bedding is an eclectic assortment of options. I’ve marked a compartment in the fanciest car: a sleeping car from the former Southern Aurora, which ran between Melbourne and Sydney from 1962. It’s a comfortable space, with two berths that fold into a living room. There is also a bathroom with WC, shower and sink. A wine and cheese dinner gives me the opportunity to chat with the other passengers, a friendly group of people of various ages and backgrounds.

Dawn breaks over the eucalyptus trees as I have lunch with a quiche and croissants, from a Ballarat bakery as we drive through this town overnight. Without a dining car, Grainlander staff serve finger foods for meals on board in two comfortable lounge cars. A few hours later, lunch is taken at Juke, a restaurant at the Royal Hotel in the Mallee town of Sea Lake. It’s an impressive menu consisting of pumpkin soup, chicken brioche roll, mini sausage roll and sticky date muffin.

We leave the tracks at this point for a coach tour along the Silo Art Trail, beginning with a detour to the salt lake Tyrrell, after which the nearby town is named. We head south to see five silos throughout the afternoon, starting with the expansive Sea Lake mural of a First Nations girl dreaming of the stars. Other silos in Lascelles, Rosebery and Brim feature rural themes, including more depictions of local residents. Finally, as the sun sets, we are served a glass of sparkling wine as we watch a lively performance by the elders of Wergaia and Wotjobaluk at the Sheep Hills silos.

It seems fitting that the day ends in a country pub. Our train is parked overnight at Wycheproof Station, so we have dinner at the Terminus Hotel in town. As a group we are tired but cheerful and the conversation is lively as the chicken parms, steaks and seafood come out of the kitchen.

The last day will see us travel the short distance to Nullawil to see this very good dog on a silo and in the flesh; then we’ll return to Melbourne with a stop at the awe-inspiring Maryborough station. For now, it’s time for a good mood… then sleep aboard a stationary steam train.



Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne Flagstaff Gardens is a sleek new hotel not far from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, with rooms from $195 a night. See marriott.com


707 Operations runs regular rail tours to the Silo Art Trail; rates start at $750 per person. See slowrailjourneys.com.au



Tim Richards was a guest on 707 Operations.

All Hallows Art Fest Rises Again https://fewandfar.net/all-hallows-art-fest-rises-again/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 18:37:34 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/all-hallows-art-fest-rises-again/

The best part of the trick-or-treat is what happens right after the door opens. The same goes for All Hallows Art Fest, an annual September event in Petaluma that currently ranks as the second largest Halloween art showcase in the country.

“People chime in, they look around, and then they smile,” said Stephanie Tanzer Sherratt, event producer. “Of course, they are already smiling often when they walk through the door.”

After 27 years of producing the unique and eccentric all-Halloween event – ​​a joyous, Frankensteinian fusion of a seasonal market and curated art exhibition – Sherratt is still enjoying those faces as regulars and newbies enter. in the main hall. Some of them in the early hours, waiting for hours to be the first inside to choose which spooky, wacky, scary and delicious creations they will buy.

The one-day event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 25 at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. in Petaluma.

According to Sherratt, Hermann Sons’ iconic antique chandelier — which she decorates with old-fashioned paper streamers and large honeycomb balls — seems to grab people’s attention before they move on. reading of the many skeletons, witches, monsters, goblins, ghosts and ghouls on display.

“As soon as they see this beautiful chandelier, all decorated, I don’t know what it is, but people change,” Sherratt said. “They might have been cold or tired if they had gotten up early. They might not have known what to expect if they had never been there before. But all of a sudden, you see them just chilling, relaxing and cheering up and getting all excited and ready to experience All Hallows Art Fest.

Adjacent gothic jewelry, Cthulhu-shaped ceramic mugs and bizarre fabric sculptures resembling zombies and vampires to pumpkin head puppets, leather masks shaped like owls and dragons and gorgeous table tops assembly table made of doll heads and apothecary jars, everything at All Hallows Art Fest is handmade. Sherratt selects artisans from a pile of submissions she receives from across the country. This year’s waiting list had 26 artists, only a few of whom participated in this year’s show, themed “A Wicked Affair.”

This is no ordinary holiday craft fair, Sherratt wants people to know that. Although the venue’s two large rooms – dubbed All Hallows Hall and The Raven Room – include many items priced to suit a range of budgets, it is actually an art exhibition showcasing some of the most respected Halloween artists in the industry.

Jorge de Rojas of Ho Ho Halloween Studios combines traditional papier-mâché techniques with a range of reclaimed materials to sculpt unusual handmade holiday art, including some of the coolest and chicest buckets you’ll see. ever and a series of adorable lollipop-loving devil kids ready for Halloween night.

Foolcrow’s Vicky Nelson will return this year with her beautiful taxidermy creations and fall-appropriate vintage collectibles, as will Charlene Geiger with her stunning folk art dolls – cherubic witches and human dream babies/ fairy pumpkins – in vintage fabric and found objects.

Other popular returnees this year include performers who have become closely associated with the annual show. Bootiful Things’ Isaias Urrabazo creates Halloween-inspired folk art of what he calls “scary pumpkins” and imaginary candles with whimsical faces, plus an assortment of colorful Day of the Dead-inspired skulls , all handmade. hand carved and painted.

Carrie Jahnig of Lichen Lane makes spun cotton creations of dapper mice, ghosts, mummies and garden spirits. Sharon Bloom specializes in ceramic sculptures and tableware fashioned in a folk art style frequently using imagery of witches, pumpkins, owls and whimsical creatures made from candy corn.

While some first-timers have expressed a degree of shock at the high-end artwork, that’s to be expected from an event showcasing such esteemed and sought-after practitioners of macabre and joyous mastery of craftsmanship. of monsters.

“There are people who come to the show who have collections that are now worth well over $100,000,” Sherratt acknowledged. “These are items that are going to be passed down for years, not mass-produced items that you buy at the store and throw away after two or three Halloweens. Someone sat down and spent hours crafting these pieces by hand, putting their heart and soul into them, knowing that at shows like ours, someone will fall in love with this piece and release it every year. on Halloween, and ultimately pass it on to their children.

“That’s what it’s all about, and why artists from as far away as Florida come here, and why collectors and Halloween fans come to Petaluma from all over the country.”

And people make All Hallows Art Fest a must-attend event. Last year, after pivoting to a Facebook auction-like approach in 2020, the show brought nearly all of its most loyal performers back to Hermann Sons, although a few regulars stayed home for safety reasons. .

“Even then, with only about 25 artists here, I was shocked to see how many sold out,” Sherratt said. “Many similar shows across the country have not survived COVID. Some stopped doing shows like mine because during the shutdown people got used to buying online.

“But All Hallows Art Fest is for people who feel different, who feel the need to be among like-minded people. A few long-time collectors have said to me, “I don’t care what the price is, I’m flying in to this show. These are people who really feel the magic of Halloween. These are our people.

The Contemporary Austin has perfected the art of urban weddings. https://fewandfar.net/the-contemporary-austin-has-perfected-the-art-of-urban-weddings/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 09:53:29 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/the-contemporary-austin-has-perfected-the-art-of-urban-weddings/

Famous Texas Jewelry Star Kendra ScottThe ability to juggle a work-life balance is truly impressive. The founder of her eponymous billion-dollar brand is a newlywed, a returning guest shark for the next season of shark tank, and she is about to file her first memoirs, Born to Shine: Do Good, Find Your Joy, and Build a Life You Love.

Between a dizzying schedule of brand management, philanthropic endeavors, a multi-state book tour, shark tank duties and nurturing a new blended family of eight, we wonder when the Austin-based entrepreneur will have time to breathe.

Apparently, queso, margaritas and finding joy in the little things keep the entrepreneur going. Scott also credits her marriage to Thomas Evans (her wedding ring is the only piece of jewelry she never takes off) and the relationship with her family, including three sons – Kade, Beck and Gray – as the foundations of her success.

And while her jewelry has been a go-to accessory for more than two decades, her first foray into the literary world was one of vulnerability and determination.

After kicking off his book tour in Houston earlier this week, Scott will be at the company’s South Congress Flagship in Austin this Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the event are still available on Eventbriteand each ticket includes a copy of the book, an encounter with Kendra, an exclusive tote bag, and more.

Ahead of the Austin event, Scott sat down with CultureMap in Houston to get an exclusive on his next chapter.

CultureMap: How long did it take you to write Born to shine?

Kendra Scott: It took a little over two years from the time I decided to write the book, but in reality I’ve been writing this book for years. I never realized that my journal notes would one day turn into a book. It’s been a long process, but after 20 years of our business, it was honestly the perfect time to write this book.

CM: How did you juggle writing, running the business, and being a working mom?

KS: You know, it’s always a challenge. If someone tells you it’s easy and they get it, I think they’re lying. I wrote this during the pandemic so I was working from home with the support system of my loved ones with me. All our meetings were virtual, so it allowed me to have time to reflect.

I had also just stepped down as CEO and could just focus on being president, designer, and founder. I was able to focus more on our philanthropic efforts, such as our school at the University of Texas (Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute), and concentrate on writing this book. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

CM: How do you relate to yourself personally in the book?

KS: I become very vulnerable in the book and I feel there is power in vulnerability. I hope being vulnerable allows other women or people to share their failures, successes, ups and downs and be authentic.

I also hope that the stories of my childhood, my marriage, my divorce, starting a business and failing a business – all of these things are part of what makes me who I am. In the book, I talk about the power of gemstones. Gems all have veins that are considered imperfections, but that’s really what makes them beautiful.

CM: Is there anything you wrote but then changed your mind?

KS: I pulled out the whole first chapter, and I wasn’t going to put it in there. My editor, who is also my editor, told me the chapter was great and she thought it should be the first chapter.

It made me realize that I had to be honest because the book starts out in a tough place but then takes readers on an amazing adventure.

CM: Can fans expect more books in the future?

KS: You know, I thought about it. Now that this book is out in the world, I don’t think it will be the last. It’s a different way of being creative, and I think I have other stories to tell.

I would like to make a children’s book one day. My eldest son was one year old when I started this business; now he’s 20, so he grew up with the business. Now I have a nine-year-old, and I’ve always read to him. I really hope that children’s books will be part of my future.

KS: Why did you decide to start your reading tour in Houston?

CM: Houston is part of who I am. That’s where I became a Texan. I moved here from Wisconsin when I was 16 and graduated from Klein High School. Moving at 16 and as a junior can be tough, but I was adopted to Klein – the community was so welcoming.

Houston made me the woman I am today. It made me realize that there is more to the world than the small town in Wisconsin where I grew up. Houston is such a dynamic city, full of culture and diversity – I felt like it was really important for me to start here because it was my first start in Texas.

CM: You come back to shark tank for Season 14. How was the experience this time around?

KS: I love to be on shark tank. I will fly to Los Angeles for the first with all the other guest sharks on September 23, and that’s exciting because there’s never been a live premiere.

Nothing inspires me more than other entrepreneurs. There are long shooting days, but they pass quickly because it motivates me to meet other entrepreneurs. Many of these people had ideas before the pandemic, and the downtime during the pandemic gave them the opportunity to put their ideas into action. I can witness it a bit in the tank – it’s so much fun.

CM: There’s a lot going on, but is there anything else fans can look forward to before the end of the year?

KS: We just launched engagement rings and a whole bridal collection which is so exciting. We’re expanding into other fine jewelry categories, including diamonds and gold, and adding more customization options than ever before.

Scott Brothers, the line I started with my boys during the pandemic, is also expanding. It’s so much fun that our male customers who were here to buy for the women in their lives can now buy something for themselves. We just expanded to watches as well, so there’s a lot going on.

If you think about it, it took Ralph Lauren 25 years to expand into other categories. Our company has been around for 20 years, so I really love that Kendra Scott’s next phase is so fun and exciting. From a philanthropic perspective, we have given more than $50 million since 2010 to charities for women and children. We are, in many ways, a philanthropic organization within a brand. This is how we measure success, so I look forward to announcing our charitable efforts in the years to come.

We have a solid base and know what we stand for and stand for – I feel like the best is yet to come.

Kendra Scott’s first memoir comes out September 20.

Courtesy of Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott’s first memoir comes out September 20.

Headwaters Arts Hosts Fall Festival Juried Art Exhibition and Sale | bloginfo(‘name’); ?> https://fewandfar.net/headwaters-arts-hosts-fall-festival-juried-art-exhibition-and-sale-bloginfoname/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:51:23 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/headwaters-arts-hosts-fall-festival-juried-art-exhibition-and-sale-bloginfoname/

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By Constance Scrafield

The happy days are back for the Headwaters Arts Fall Festival, a well-established juried show and sale of top Headwaters Arts member artists. These artists do not necessarily live immediately in the neighborhood; many have joined from across Ontario, but each paid membership shows respect and appreciation for the organization that exists across Ontario.

The Headwaters Arts Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Center is the magnificent stage on which the festival takes place from September 14 to October 2.

Speaking to Susan Powell, head of media for Headwaters Arts, she explained to the Citizen what will be happening during the festival, starting at the end: “We’ve teamed up with Nancy Frater of BookLore who offers October 2, a “bookish afternoon.” It presents an evening of authors with three fabulous authors.

“Of course,” Ms. Powell continued, “we’re promoting opening night on September 15. It kicks off at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..”

This opening night is a ticketed event on September 15, which includes wine, a jazz combo, the Sidemen quartet and is supported by Gregory’s. The jurors will also be present to announce the winning artists.

It must have been quite a challenge to decide for the 78 works, taken care of and hung in three galleries within the Moulin, submitted by 54 artists.

Celebrating 26 years, the arts festival takes place the same weekend as the village of Alton celebrates its 200th anniversary. Well-known Alton artist Paul Morin exhibits his work in his fabulous art gallery which he has set up in Alton’s historic town hall. He also has a painting in the festival’s juried exhibition.

Over at the festival is the arts market, showcasing the work of artists on Saturday 17th September under the tent in the forecourt of the Moulin.

Later in the festival, the Campfire Poets will entertain on Friday evening, September 30.

The Citizen took the opportunity to interview two of the artists who had never participated in the festival before.

Eric David, living in Toronto, has two pieces hanging in the galleries, a photograph of a peaceful nature scene, capturing the sun in an interesting combination of light and mist. However, it was the painting he submitted that we discussed.

A tunnel, graffiti covering the walls, shows at the distant exit a crowned king and queen loom, walking hand in hand out of the tunnel. A jester dances behind them, his three-pointed hat tilted to the side.

The graffiti on the wall includes another jester.

Explaining what he meant, the artist told us: “The Jester is Covid; the king and queen are humanity pursued by the jester whom we hope not to catch up with. The viewer has their own interpretation. Covid is like a jester,” he said, encouraging us that there is hope.

At the end of the tunnel is the clear light and buildings of a city.

“’Part of the beauty of poetry and painting is that freedom allows inspirations. This painting is in acrylic and my photography is on aluminum panel,” he told us.

Mr. David’s undergraduate focused on computer science and fine arts.

“Painting has been part of my life since I was nine years old,” he said. “It’s an integral part of how I see the world.”

He commented: “A lot of times I see people rushing through their day and they don’t stop to look at things and that’s what I try to do – offer insight into something the way the artists see them. .

“Artists are integrating technology into their work, he noted, embracing technology in a variety of ways.”

He considers Alton Mill to be “a marvelous site compared to many years ago. It was then a bit abandoned.

“I used to do a festival in my own neighborhood to show where demographically there are a lot of artists.”

In a further conversation with Margot Roi, his painting is a gestural abstract landscape of the harvest moon.

“I have always been drawn to the glorious stages of the harvest moon,” she commented.

More or less retired from having taught for 35 years at several schools, including the University of Toronto and Brock University, Ms. Roi still teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art and at her own studio, Brushes Up! as well as online courses.

“I’m a full-time artist now, with two studios and lots of shows to come,” she said.

She defined: “I go through my abstract style, gestural abstraction – that means rough style, intuitive process and going with the flow.”

This form of painting does not deal with a concrete resource. It’s an emotional summary of a painterly approach to painting that has many layers.

“I’m into layers and the colors are on top and I really enjoyed the color scheme of this one.”

Madame Roi’s painting in the festival looks like a landscape but more like a feeling, an experience of nature.

The roots of her enthusiasm for the pattern come from her studies at Sheridan College in the fabric design program.

“I love the crackle,” she said. “I was doing that, hand painting silk scarves, wearable arts. Then jazz singer for a few years while teaching full time, then got back into painting – and crackling.

Currently she has taken a step back to focus on developing her work and in January she is doing a show with her uncle who is a sculptor. She plans to do the One Of A Kind show later this fall.

Margot Roi said: “I only submitted one entry to the Headwaters Arts Festival and it was chosen and I’m delighted to have been chosen.”

The opening night of the Headwaters Arts Festival will take place on Thursday September 15 and will continue until October 2.

For all information and to buy tickets, go to headwatersarts.org/fall-festival-2022.

A Grumpy Dad’s (Loving) Guide to UT Architecture | Art https://fewandfar.net/a-grumpy-dads-loving-guide-to-ut-architecture-art/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 02:11:00 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/a-grumpy-dads-loving-guide-to-ut-architecture-art/

The University of Tennessee has a mix of lush trees and grassy areas mixed with historic orange-tinted brick buildings, all set next to the Tennessee River, a setup that gives the homey feeling Rocky Top is known for .

From a bird’s eye view, the UT campus looks pretty uniform. But as you walk around campus, you’ll notice that some buildings feature an assortment of odd shapes, colors, and patterns that add even more character and charm to the campus.

Who better to discuss UT’s funkiest buildings than an English major with next to zero knowledge of architecture? To add a little more credence to this article, I asked my dad, Mark Hayes, who graduated from UT law school and claims to know a “little bit” about architecture, to give an honest critique of the buildings.

For grumpy dads who like to comment on buildings and give their kids’ college “dad’s inspection,” here’s an honest, judge-a-book-by-its-cover review of the “worst” buildings in the world. UT by a daughter and her grumpy dad certified.

The septic tank

It’s a running joke among UT students that the Arts and Architecture building is actually the worst building on campus. Sitting next to the Clarence Brown Theater and across from the Humanities Building, its white cement walls and odd placement of windows give it an industrial feel. According to my father, “the exterior is a dull monolith resembling a septic tank”.

Despite its boring exterior appearance, the building, designed by UT alumnus Doug McCarty, is an award-winning edifice.

Although Hayes is not a fan of the Art and Architecture building’s exterior, he is impressed with the building’s interior.

Walking through the doors, however, you would never believe it’s the same building. As my father notes, “the exterior belies the grand interior.”

The interior of the building is open and airy, with sunlight filtering through the windows on the top floor. The staircase is the center of attention, constructed in a zig-zag pattern that resembles a postmodern version of the Hogwarts staircase.

“The interior is great. I was studying there,” my father said.

To offset the drab exterior, the interior has pops of color — royal blue on part of the walls, reddish-brown tiled flooring — and a few trees have grown in the center of the ground floor.

The Badlands

Next on the list is the building with the most foot traffic and the one every UT student recognizes: Hodges Library.

Hodges is not only recognizable by his size but also by his special shape. Each of the library’s six levels is separated by distinct square edges that wrap around the building, making it look like several sets of stairs that lead to a small cube at the top.

Jennifer Akerman, an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design, spoke at UT about the library design of an article from 2017.

“I see the design of the Hodges Library as more like a hill or a mountain than a ziggurat. Considering it a mountain seems appropriate given the terrain of eastern Tennessee and our campus’ relationship to that landscape,” Akerman said.

Hodges appears in numerous articles, receiving criticism for being one of the ugliest buildings on a college campus. An article in particular notes that Hodges “reminiscent of a LEGO building for children”. Not far from what Mark Hayes had to say.

“It looks like it was built by a child by piling up wooden blocks,” my father said.

The same orange-tinted brick that appears on most other buildings at UT, coupled with the mountainous shape of the library, reminded my dad of the red dirt hills of the badlands.

As for the interior, the first two floors resemble a large, sophisticated library due to its open floor plan, high ceilings, and split staircase. Upper floors, which are designated study floors, aren’t as grand due to carpeting and intense fluorescent lighting, but nothing beats the view of the UT campus from top-floor windows. .

The inn of the 60s

Right next to UT Rock is the most colorful building on campus, the Haslam Music Center.

Natalie Haslam Music Center

Just in time for the students living at the Holiday Inn near Papermill, Hayes likens the Haslam Music Center to the famous hotel chain.

The building is flat and rectangular in shape and is painted a turquoise green and seafoam color that reminded my dad of a 1960s Holiday Inn. to a house on stilts.

The one that the football team knocked down

HSS and McClung

The McClung Tower and its neighbor the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Building, which Mark Hayes says was toppled by the football team.

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) building itself isn’t much to look at – just another flat, rectangular, beige brick building. But what makes for an interesting sight is the building a few feet away.

The McClung Tower is roughly similar to the HSS, except the tower is in an upright position while the HSS is laid on its longer side, the two forming an L-shape.

“Did they build two buildings and one collapsed? said my father. “Or maybe the football team pushed it as a prank.”


The final stop on the UT buildings tour is the spectacle that is Ayres Hall. Built in 1921, no other building on campus showcases the charm, character, and history of the University of Tennessee quite like Ayres. My dad continues to be speechless about this building years after graduating from UT.

“Even a grumpy dad is impressed with this building,” my dad said.

Ayres is the most collegiate building on campus. It looks like what I imagine a 1930s boys private school building to be like. I remember wishing during my first year orientation that all my classes were in Ayres because of how it emanates from the dark academia.

Ayres Hall sits atop the hill on the UT campus, towering above all other buildings not only in physical appearance but also in location. Although it’s a hike to climb the hill to see it, it’s fascinating to see the bell tower, adorned with a chiming clock set just above the classic checkerboard print.

“Why did they paint the end zone? said my father.

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