Anne Bothwell

Director, Art&Seek

Anne Bothwell is director of the Art&Seek initiative, which is bringing more stories about arts and culture in North Texas to KERA radio, television and right here to the Web. She invites you – and all creative folks – to join the conversation and connect with the arts community right now on Art&Seek’s Web site, artandseek.org.

For more than half of her 20 years in journalism, Anne has edited and shaped arts coverage, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. There she helped create the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South By Southwest Music Conference. Anne spent 2007 living in Mexico and studying Spanish, so when she’s not looking for guest bloggers, overseeing radio and television reports or attending arts events, you’ll find her practicing her new language skills.

Ways To Connect

KERA/Art&Seek

Stagger Lee opens Friday. It’s the Dallas Theater Center’s new musical – and KERA’s Art&Seek has spent the past year following the cast and crew. 

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at a brand-new musical created in Dallas. 

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Sarah Jaffe got her start strumming and singing in the clubs of Denton and Deep Ellum.  Her third album, Don't Disconnect, was released Tuesday and fans from the old days may not recognize her. The 28-year-old has embraced a new, lush electronic dance sound.  

Byrd Williams III

For more than a century, a family of Fort Worth photographers has captured vivid scenes across Dallas-Fort Worth and around the state. Four generations of Williams photographers have shot thousands of images, ranging from Pancho Villa's soldiers to author Larry McMurtry, from western landscapes to street life in Fort Worth.

The University of North Texas recently acquired thousands of these pictures. KERA’s Anne Bothwell talked with Byrd Williams IV, whose photos, along with those of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, are included in the collection. It includes more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives.

Audra Methvin

Last weekend, Audra Methvin won the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This weekend, she'll sing the same program of four arias at the McCammon Voice Competition in Fort Worth. The 27-year-old is continuing her studies at SMU.

In the Friday Conversation, she talks to KERA's Anne Bothwell about the path that led her from her family's prize pig farm in Levelland to the brink of a career as a soprano.

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A man who rebuilt a tiny East Texas town died Sunday.

Brooks Gremmels transformed Ben Wheeler, turning the Van Zandt County town into a thriving arts mecca. He and his wife, Rese, created art galleries and shops, as well as two restaurants that feature live music, and a library that gives away free books to kids.

He had pancreatic cancer, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. He was 70.

Ben Wheeler Fall Feral Hog Festival

(Update, Jan. 27: Brooks Gremmels died over the weekend.)

A few years ago, Brooks Gremmels escaped Dallas and retired to a tiny East Texas town called Ben Wheeler.

The place was falling down. Buildings were vacant. Roofs were gone. Doors were missing. Weeds grew in the sidewalks.

People didn’t have much hope for the Van Zandt County town. But Gremmels did.

“Maybe I could spend a little money and clean up the town," he thought.

So, parcel by parcel, the multimillionaire cleaned up Ben Wheeler.