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Need a little spring break something to do?

There are a number of exhibits on show at the Ellen Noël Art Museum – and it’s free. For those who are going out of town this spring break – don’t worry – there are a number of events scheduled this spring.

Try a few of these out to brighten your spring:

Wednesdays: 7 a.m., Yoga at the Museum for members. Begin the day with stretching and meditation. (No yoga is scheduled March 14.)

Thursdays: The museum is open for extended hours until 8 p.m.

March 15: 6 p.m., Presentation by Dr. Natalia Schlabritz-Lutsevich, associate regional dean for research at Texas Tech University Health Science Center of the Permian Basin. She will talk about a “passion” in her life and some of the great people she has met all over the world.

March 21: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Art Tales for children (ages 3-5). Activities include a book reading followed by a brief art activity.

March 22: 6 p.m., Short film presented by the West Texas Film Festival; 7 p.m., Book Talk: Part 2 discussion of “The Gold Finch” led by Odessa College Associate Professor Julie Roth.

March 24: 10 a.m. to noon, Community Art Day. Stop by the Museum to try different painting activities for all ages.

Flower Market 2018, a fundraising event, has been scheduled May 4-5 in the garden.

May 4: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Preview Party. There will be food, beverages, live music, early shopping at vendor books and first access to the plant and flower sale. Tickets are $35. Advance registration is required.

May 5: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plant and Flower Sale. There will be a wide selection of plants, flowers, herbs, pots and more for sale, as well as demonstrations, food trucks, music and family art activities.

May 5: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Community Art Day with Earth Day activities and free hands-on art stations for all ages.

May 5: An Evening in the Garden. There will be plants and flowers for sale, along with music, food trucks, a cash bar, artisan vendors and more. Tickets are $15 (includes one drink).

The museum will begin selling raffle tickets during the Preview Party for a trip for two to Brandywine Valley in the picturesque Pennsylvania countryside. Tickets are $50 each and include airfare, hotel and car rental for four days and four nights and a $500 gift card to be used toward dining and other entertainment.

The following exhibits are currently on display.

Now through April 1: “On with the Show, This is it! Chuck Jones and the Animation Art of Looney Tunes” explores the Looney Tunes characters and their capers as brought to life by Jones and voice artist Mel Blanc under the auspices of the cartoon shop at Warner Bros. Studios.

Now through May 13: “Modern Frescos: Ali Cavanaugh” features the works of Cavanaugh, an internationally represented fine artist. Her paintings have been featured on book covers, countless internet features such as the Huffington Post, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose and in numerous print publications including The New York Times Magazine, American Art Collector and American Artist Watercolor. She has painted portraits for TIME magazine and The New York Times.

Now through May 20: “Captured by Detail: Camille Engel” showcases a new body of work done in Engel’s realism style. The exhibit celebrates the artist’s Tennessee home and showcases unique depictions of the Tennessee State Symbols.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday) and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free and open to the public (unless otherwise stated).

For more information or to learn more about museum membership options, call 550-9696 or visit

About the museum
  • The Ellen Noël Art Museum is located at 4909 E. University Blvd., and is open Tuesday through Sunday.
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