Sunday, August 5, 2012

UNT grads nabbed for Travel Channel episode - Denton Record Chronicle

UNT grads nabbed for Travel Channel episode

University of North Texas graduates Chris and Brooke Traister landed an episode of Top Spot, a series on the Travel Channel. Top Spot is produced by Leo­pard Films, the production company behind HGTV’s House Hunters Inter­na­tional.

Top Spot features a different destination in each episode, and a couple or family is taken on tours of three different hotels throughout that city. At the end, they must choose their favorite for their upcoming vacation there.

The Traisters flew to Vancouver, British Columbia, for four full days of filming in April.

Chris Traister, 29, works in marketing and customer service at Financial Process Group in Addison. His wife, Brooke Cowlishaw Traister, 24, is a Denton native and graduated from Ryan High School in 2006. She works in public relations at Tucker & Associates in Dallas.

The newlyweds’ episode will air at 9 p.m. Thursday on the Travel Channel.

The series premiered its initial six-episode run on July 12. Other episodes in the series have featured travelers in London, Miami, Costa Rica, Las Vegas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


UNT graduate to exhibit sculpture in photo gallery

National Medal of Art winner and sculptor Jesus Moroles, a University of North Texas graduate, is getting to do something rare. He’ll show a collection of his sculptures at Photographs Do Not Bend, a Dallas gallery that almost always showcases photography.

Known for his massive granite sculptures, Moroles also works on smaller scale. The gallery will feature recent works of various sizes, including small sculptures from the artist’s CORE series, as well as several large suspended rings of granite.

Moroles’ career spans more than 30 years. His sculptures and installations are located in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. His most visible public sculpture, Lapstrake 1987, is a 22-foot tall, 64-ton work located across from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The exhibit, “Rings of Granite,” will open on Sept. 8 and run through Nov. 24 at the gallery, 2012 Dragon St., Suite 103, in Dallas. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Photographs Do Not Bend is owned and operated by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger.

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