Who knows what started the trend, but adult coloring books are a thing. And we don't necessarily mean adult like raunchy, but of course we're not opposed to that either. Two of our favorite places, the library and the sculpture center, organized groups of local artists to create outlines of everything from iconic Dallas locales to prominent Texas figures, allowing whoever holds the colored pencil the opportunity to color between the lines — or outside of them. It's your book!
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The Dallas Public Library's coloring book is just begging for some color. A handful of Dallas artists including Kelly Allen, Francisco Araujo, Moni Bell, Taylor Bryant, Brian Scott, Brent Combs, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Nicole Dane, Rachel Fischer, Timothy Harding, Elliott Johnson, Nicole Marxen-Myers, Matt Panuska, Trevor Shin, Brad Smith, Paige Vickers, Paul Winker and Zeke Williams contributed to the 40-page book. If you want to hang out with the artists and get some pro coloring tips (not that you need them), there will be a reception from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, with free refreshments, music and a cash bar on the downtown library's fourth floor. Get your coloring book with a $5 suggested donation to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
Howdy Doodles is available at the Nasher Sculpture Center gift shop starting at the launch party from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, where you can sip on hot beverages and peruse the shop for other goodies. Labeled as a book of "Southern Drawls and Drawings," Howdy Doodles has everything from bugs to plants to cans of Lone Star to be colored red, green or anything between. Dallas artists Will Heron, Shamsy Roomiani, Lily Smith+Kirkley and Rob Wilson contributed to its pages. The books are $20.