Busy Bees…

March is here and we are gearing up for the busy season!  We are seeking art & handmade craft items to display inside our Mobile Art Gallery for two events at the end of March.

Friday, March 27 – Ghost Town Xpress will be in Denton for the reception and reading of the Manufacturing Mirth/ Cocktail Hour anthology.

Saturday, March 28 – We will be heading up the road for the Denison Spring Art Walk.

Ideally, what we need for the trailer are small to medium sized things that that are easy to transport and are for sale – things that are thin and light enough to hang with strong magnets are especially ideal for quick installation!

If you have any artwork or hand made goods that you’d like to display, email a photo to ghosttownartstx@gmail.com.

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Call for Entries – Booked

Call for Entries


Ghost Town Arts Collective: Booked


Exhibit Location: Ida Green Gallery, Austin College

Exhibit Dates: April 13 – May 22, 2015

Reception TBA


Theme: For this exhibit, we are seeking work that deals with books as either subject or object.  Artists’ books, altered books, work made from books or work made about books, in any media, are acceptable.


How to Submit: Email photos of your submissions to ghosttownartstx@gmail.com by March 27.  Selections will be made and artists will be notified of acceptance as they are received, by Monday, March 30 at the latest.


Delivery: All accepted works must be delivered between March 30 – April 5

In person delivery: To Heidi Rushing at Austin College, Forster Art Complex, 1315 E. Richards Street, room 202. Mon. thru Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Sat. or Sun. by appointment.

By mail: to Heidi Rushing, 900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603, Sherman, TX 75092 (make sure it will arrive by March 5!).

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Manufacturing Mirth/ Cocktail Hour

Call for Submissions for Writing and Art:

The Ghost Town XPress is coming to Denton 
You are Invited to Join in the Fun!
The Ghost Town Arts Collective is coming to UNT to hold a reading and exhibition in the Subway parking lot across from the Auditorium Building. We have a beautiful new mobile art gallery and we are coming to town to publish a limited edition, handmade anthology of text and images by local artists and writers. We will be in the parking lot from noon-4pm, and plan to hold a reading of work from the anthology from 2-4pm on Friday, March 27th.
What we want from you: print or duplicate 35 copies of your work (text or image) on standard 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. You may choose to use an art paper instead of copy paper, but either is fine.
Submit these to by March 9 to Jean Roelke at UNT or Heidi Rushing in Sherman. During the week of March 9th, we will be holding a book binding workshop somewhere on campus (TBA) to collate and bind all 30 copies of the anthology, using the japanese stab-binding method. If you would like to participate in the bookbinding workshop, please let me know when you send me your work.
Ghost Town will be having an exhibition at Austin College sometime in late April (more on that soon), and this book project will be displayed as part of that exhibition. That show will be called “Booked” and will feature artist’s books, altered books, and art about books. Besides your submission to the Ghost Town Xpress project, we would like to invite you to participate in the Austin College Show. We like to hold readings at our shows, and you are also invited to read with us.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Jean or come by her office at UNT (Lang. 408E). We hope you will all participate in this project. Ghost Town events are always a lot of fun. We love to collaborate with other creative people.
Jean Roelke, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of College Writing
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle # 311307
Denton, TX 76201
Heidi Rushing
Austin College, Forster Art Building Room 202
by mail: Heidi Rushing
900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603
Sherman, TX 75090

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Mardi Gras

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Ghost Town and to see our new Mobile Art Gallery at the Red River Mardi Gras and Jazz Festival.  It was a great day, and we had a great response to the trailer.



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Ghost Town Show Down Chili Cook-off



We are having a chili cook-off fundraiser to raise money for our Mardi Gras float!

Sunday, November 9 at Loose Wheels Texas

Chili Cooker Information


Entry fees:
Early registration (October 13-26) $20 to enter
Regular registration October 27 – the morning of Nov 9 $25

You must cook your chili on site.  Propane, charcoal, and electric cookers accepted.  People using electric cookers must provide extension cords.   You must also bring your own tables, chairs, canopy, etc.

There are no ingredient restrictions:  Beans, no beans, beef, chicken, venison, vegetarian – bring us your best and let the voters decide what they like!

Check-in and set up will be from 8-9 am on Nov. 9, cooking will begin at 9.  Judging will begin at 12:30 pm.  Public tasting and voting will begin at 1 pm.   Serving will end at 4pm, when we will tally the votes and announce the winners.

Each cooker/cooking team should plan to make 2 gallons of chili.  Chili will be served in 1 oz. portions; we will provide condiment cups and spoons for the tasters.

There will be three winners:  a judges choice, plus first and second place people’s choice.

Winners will have their name and likeness featured on our Mardi Gras float!
(And, it goes without saying, braggin’ rights)

To sign up, fill out the form below:


In order to get the early registration discount, you must pre-pay.  You can do so now by clicking our paypal link, or you can send a check to Ghost Town Arts Collective, c/o 900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603, Sherman, TX 75090.  I will send an email confirmation once the payment has been received.

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If you have any questions, call or email Heidi Rushing (903.647.3559).

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Krewe du AS BAD Membership

The Krewe has arrived!

We are the Krewe du AS BAD.

Thats the



Named so in homage to the goddess Athena, and because we aim to make a float that aesthetically and intellectually interesting, but has no practical purpose!

Join us!


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Ghost Town Mardi Gras

Hi all,

Our big project for the 2014-15 “school” year is to build a float for the Red River Mardi Gras and Jazz festival’s parade.  The first step in this process is to form a “Krewe” and get registered with the Red River Mardi Gras organization.  Last year we were a sponsor for the event and had a great time hanging out all day at our booth.  This  year, they are adding a parade to the festival, and we are excited to be in on the inaugural year!

We will be meeting regularly throughout the fall to plan and start building our float, and for a couple of fun workshops and parties, too.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for regular updates and event notifications.  We have always enjoyed our collaborative projects and look forward to working together again on this one.

Laissez les bon art rouler!Mardigras_insidethebus

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