Nacogdoches Spring Break activities for children and teens

"Running Boy" Courtesy: SFASU Downtown Art Gallery
"Running Boy" Courtesy: SFASU Downtown Art Gallery

NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release) - Nacogdoches Public Library will have several activities for children and teens during Spring Break.  The break will begin with Food Fitness & Fun for Children on March 12th and 19th from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Kids will learn all about healthy eating and fun exercises.

This will be followed by Lego Club on March 14th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the meeting room for kids ages 5-17 years old.  Kids Time Off, featuring Playstation games and felt and paper crafts, will be on March 15th  from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for kids in 1st-5th grade.  Games, Games, Games is also on March 15th, 3-4:30 p.m. for teens 11-17.  This will feature board games, Playstation, and a scavenger hunt.  Publisher in Español will be on March 15th from 5-7 p.m.

Class requires pre-registration.  No-Sew Pillow Projects for Teens will be on March 16th from 3-5 p.m.  Please call for registration and supply information.  The week concludes with Dance Dance Revolution for Teens on March 17th from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

For more information about library programs please call 559-2970 or visit the website at

Although the majority of the college students have left town and faculty are enjoying some time off, Stephen F. Austin State University's downtown art gallery will maintain its regular hours during spring break.

"Currently on display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House are two fascinating exhibitions," said Lisa Steed, SFA interim director of galleries.  "Upstairs in the Reavley Gallery, visitors can see glass-tiled murals come to life in 'Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES.'

Viewers of 'The Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art' can learn about diseases that attack our forests and see artists' interpretations of the pathogens, or agents of the diseases."

The murals included in Seder's exhibition are composed of 3-pound, 8-inch square, lens-ribbed glass tiles the optical artist and filmmaker invented to fulfill his dream of creating motion pictures using no electricity, moving parts or special lighting.

"The images really do seem to come to life as you walk by them," Steed said. "Our patrons are amazed!"

The "Edge of Life" exhibition, which also includes artist statements and short writings from forest pathologists explaining each pathogen and its significance within the ecosystem, is designed as a traveling show that will eventually be supplemented with a 100-page, full-color book.

Steed said several school groups have already viewed the show. "It's interesting to note that some of the groups come primarily to view the art, and others visit with a focus on the scientific aspect. They all leave with an increased knowledge and appreciation of both fields, though."

Both "Edge of Life" and "LIFETILES" are fun and educational for all ages, Steed continued. "If you're looking for something different to do during Spring Break, come on down to The Art Center. Admission is free!"

The exhibitions will run through Saturday, March 26. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about either of the shows, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA's on-campus Griffith Gallery is currently closed until the opening of "Pen and Pigment" at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25.

Cutline: The glass tiled murals included in "Rufus Butler Seder:

LIFETILES," currently on exhibit at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches, seemingly come to life as viewers pass by. Shown here is "Running Boy." The show closes Saturday, March 26.