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Business Expo and Health Fair is Feb. 24
December 14, 2016The 16th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Health Fair and Job Fair is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University.  Admission is free. Presented by the Keene Business Development Corporation and the Keene Economic Development Corporation, known as the Type A and Type B boards, the event is a business expo, health fair and job fair as we team up with the Southwestern's Department of... Read More
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February 07, 2016Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012 explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology that will delight your eye, engage your imagination, and lead you to ruminate over past political commitments.  Sign of the Times features rarely seen posters created in the last 170 years and is on display through March 1 in the Meadows Gallery of the Chan Shun Centennial Library at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene. The... Read More
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Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

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Business Expo and Health Fair is Feb. 24

The 16th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Health Fair and Job Fair is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University. 

Admission is free.

Presented by the Keene Business Development Corporation and the Keene Economic Development Corporation, known as the Type A and Type B boards, the event is a business expo, health fair and job fair as we team up with the Southwestern's Department of Nursing to provide health screenings and the Texas WorkForce to provide a job search information. The Dr. Ted Benke hearing van will also be on site.

There are also relevant seminars by local professionals on: 11 a.m., Social Security; 11:30. a.m., Wills and Trusts; Noon, End of Life Planning; 12:30 p.m., Basic Retirement; and 1 p.m. Vegetarian Cooking.

There are bounce houses and balloon animals for the kids, as well. There is also a food court. 

As of Feb. 15, the following businesses and/or organizations have committed to participate: AFLAC Insurance Income Protection, Amanda Rachael Wellness, Arts Unlimited Southwest, Calahan Real Estate, Children's Advocacy Center, Chisholm Trail Academy, Christy's Pets, City of Keene, Clayton Kay Vaughn Funeral Home, Cleburne Railroaders Baseball Club, Community Hospice of Texas, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Crosier Pearson Funeral Home, Crossroad Fellowship Church, EBB Dance Studio, Gillin Energy, Gillin Realty, Greater Health & Rehabilitation, Hearts & Flowers, Heart to Heart Hospice, Hill College Johnson County Campus, Home Instead Senior Care, InterrWellness Retreat Center, Jeremy Owens Paint & Body, Keene Adventist Church, Keene Adventist Elementary School, Keene Family Dental, Keene Independent School District, Lifestyle Education Center, Mertz Family Dentistry, Mission Hospice, New York Life Insurance Co., Nutrition That Works, Opportunity Resource Services, Pinnacle Bank, Pruvit Pure Therapeutic Ketones, Read-Billingsley Real Estate, Rooted Life Montessori, Rosser Funeral Home, Southwestern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University Department of Nursing, Texas Adventist Book & Veggie Food Center, Time Out Massage, Town Hall Estates and Wren Place.

Entertainment confirmed to date is: 

10:30 a.m. — Southwestern Adventist University Acrobatics Team (SWAT)

11:00 a.m. — Doug Peterson Unicycles

11:30 a.m. — EBB Dance Studio 

Noon — KAES Marimbas

12:30 p.m. — Eden's Echo

1:00 p.m. — SWAU Department of Music

1:30 p.m. — Alpha Worship 

To inquire further, contact the Keene chamber office at 817-556-2995.

Political poster exhibit at SWAU

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012 explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology that will delight your eye, engage your imagination, and lead you to ruminate over past political commitments. 

Sign of the Times features rarely seen posters created in the last 170 years and is on display through March 1 in the Meadows Gallery of the Chan Shun Centennial Library at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene.

The exhibit is available by appointment from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

The political campaign poster had its humble beginnings in the 1840s when the new lithographic printing process, largely developed in Germany, was developed to satisfy a growing demand for printed material. Hand-colored portraits of presidential and vice-presidential candidates were first printed for the 1844 race between Whig Party candidate Henry Clay and the eventual winner, James K. Polk of the Democratic Party.

Technological innovation in the lithographic process in the 1880s ushered in the golden age of lithography, roughly 1890–1912, which produced some the of the most intricate and colorful posters in the exhibition.

World War II saw a huge outpouring of posters offered by the Roosevelt administration and included several key Democratic Party campaign posters designed by famous artists like Ben Shahn and James Montgomery Flagg. The international style that pervaded
the 1950s rarely affected the campaign poster, an era in which cheap letterpress and offset “boxing style” posters were de rigueur. However, a marvelous new design element that became popular at the time was the “floating head” poster, and several for candidates Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Goldwater are included in the exhibition.
The left-wing counterculture revolution of the 1960s was awash in civil rights, psychedelia, and anti-war posters that culminated in the creation of some of the finest campaign posters, many of which appeared in the 1968 Democratic primary campaign of Eugene McCarthy. The George McGovern campaign that followed in 1972 was a virtual explosion of exciting political art. The offset printed poster was the more frequent, but many famous artists such as Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol screenprinted limited editions that helped fund campaigns. Hundreds of posters were created by well-known artists, illustrators, and often by inspired first time poster makers.
After the graphically exciting 1972 presidential campaign, future contests produced only a few outstanding posters in each election cycle. However, the Democrats’ nomination of Barack Obama in 2008 heralded a renaissance of the form, as many artists—insiders, outsiders, and the famous—jumped on the candidate’s bandwagon. In fact, in 2008 it looked as if the great American political poster had at last solidified its place in future campaigns. Unfortunately, it was not to be; in 2012 the creation of exciting innovative posters tapered off sharply from the previous presidential election cycle.

Through time, the American political poster has been sorely neglected as an art form and has played a minor cultural role despite its effectiveness in conveying a political message to millions of voters often through the skillful use of visual communication. Sign of the Times has made every effort to bring eye-popping political graphics to the forefront and show the great American political poster as art. 

Sign of the Times was curated by Hal Wert, Ph.D., collector and professor of history at Kansas City Art Institute, and organized by Exhibits USA/Mid-America Arts Alliance.


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