Movies Under the Stars

Aug 24 • 8:45pm • FREE • Ages 18+

Join us in the garden, Friday, Aug 24 at dusk (8:45) for the classic Texas Summer Movie, “Dazed and Confused”. This coming-of-age film “follows the mayhem of a group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas celebrating the last day of high school in 1976”. By director Richard Linklater. Rated R, ages 18 + only.  Refreshments and snacks provided. No pets please. 



Yoga at the Museum

Visit the museum on Wednesdays at 8am for special ENAM members-only yoga classes. Led by Nancy Borelli of rOming Yoga. These classes are a great mid-week pick me up. For more information about this program, contact Annie Stanley at Museum Members only • 8-9am

Sept 5 • 12 • 19 • 26

Oct 3 • 10 • 17 • 24 • 31

Nov 14 • 21 • 28


Art a la Carte

Sept 22 • 10am-1pm • FREE

Join us for the Museum’s annual Art a la Carte, a fun, free art-filled day for our entire community. Enjoy hands-on art stations, demonstrations and activities from many of our community partners including UTPB’s Pots and Prints, the Odessa College Fab Lab, Basin PBS, & Odessa Arts “Big Read”. We will be screening the classic “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” one of the first cut paper animated films by Lotte Reiniger. Art a la Carte is also the time to find out about all of the upcoming classes, workshops and events that are scheduled for the 2018/2019 School Year.

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Great American Read In

Sept 22 • 10am-1pm • FREE

Join us for a Great American Read "Read-In". Bring a book and enjoy reading together at the Museum. Explore and celebrate the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  The Great American Read program investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.Please visit for list of selected books.


Tom Lea Celebration

Sept 22 • 1pm • FREE

Following Art a la Carte, enjoy a special performance by the Cassatt String Quartet in the McKnight Gallery and hear from composer Lowell Hohstadt about how Tom Lea’s Stampede inspired his work Débandade. Followed by light refreshments.



Community Art Day @ MCH Farmer's Market

Aug 25  & Sept 22

9am-12pm • FREE

Join the Ellen Noël Art Museum on fourth Saturdays at the Medical Center Hospital Farmer’s Market for fun art activities.  Look for our booth in the KIDS ACTIVITY section. Enjoy a morning of visiting local produce and ware vendors and get the chance to make your very own artwork!


Altered Book Workshop

Oct 27 • 1:30-3:30pm • $30 • Ages 18+

Create a unique, one of a kind journal using old books, collage, unusual papers and other ephemera. Base materials provided, but participants are encouraged to bring personal paper or photos to incorporate. Enjoy making art in a relaxed, creative environment. Class size is limited and in advance only. 


Dia de los Muertos

Nov 3 • 2pm • FREE

Celebrate and learn more about the traditions and customs of this special holiday. Hands-on art activities and performances. Music and refreshments provided. Free fun for all ages.


Indigo Workshop

Nov 17 • 10am-5pm • $119 • Ages 18+

Led by Nashville-based artist Aaron Sanders Head. Learn the basics of setting up a ferrous Indigo vat and the shibori resist dying method with a concentration on folded, tied and clamped resist. All supplies provided. Class size is limited with advance registration only. 


Connoisseur Member Preview

Nov 29 • 7pm • Connoisseur Members Only

Announcing the Connoisseur Members’ event of the year! Join us for an exclusive preview of The Golden Age of Hollywood: Costumes from the Gene London Cinema Collection. Hear from collector Gene London as he shares personal stories about the stars represented in the exhibition. Enjoy a night of gourmet delicacies and drinks. People are encouraged to dress in their best Old Hollywood fashion.

To become a Connoisseur Member, please contact Amanda Lopez at


Thursday Nights

Join us Thursday nights, when the Ellen Noël Art Museum is open till 8pm. Thursday Night Live offers a wide variety of experiences for all visitors with  musical performances, scholarly discussions, films, art workshops and social circles. Check out our calendar to see what is on this Thursday Night Live! 


Knit & Stitch

Help create a post modern sewing circle. Knitters, Quilters, Stitchers-or those who would like to be! All are invited to bring current projects to work on while we share techniques and ideas. 

Sept 2 • 6pm FREE Granny Square Challenge

Oct 4 • 6pm FREE Knitting for Beginners

Nov 1 • 6pm FREE Holiday Creations


Exhibition Opening/Lecture Talk

Oct 25 • 6pm • FREE A Permanent Record: Heidi Pitre Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception of Heidi Pitre's series of pen and ink drawings on vintage library borrower cards from books dating back as far as 1930. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvre and refreshments. This exhibition is in partnership with Odessa Arts with their NEA Big Read program, ArtPocalypse.


Music Night

Aug 9 • 6:30pm FREE

Enjoy a special performance with singer/songwriter Charles Silverman for an evening of refreshments and acoustical guitar performance.


Lecture Series

Aug 16 • 6:30pm • FREE
Gino Solla • Director of the Ector County Health Department
Join us as we hear Mr. Solla’s quest, through education and advocacy, to give Ector County a better, healthier life.  

Nov 8 • 6pm • FREE
Loretta Diane Walker • Poet and Educator
Enjoy a special evening with Loretta Diane Walker as she gives a reading of her work and shares her writing process. Walker is a multiple Pushcart Nominee, and Best of the Net Nominee, won the 2016 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award for poetry, for her collection, In This House (Bluelight Press). Loretta was named “Statesman in the Arts” by the Heritage Council of Odessa. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies including, River of Earth and Sky, Her Texas, and Concho River Review. She has published four collections of poetry. Her most recent collection is Desert Light, Lamar University Press.  Her manuscript Word Ghetto won the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award


Book Talk

Aug 16 • 7pm • FREE

How to be Both, by Ali Smith

How to be Both is a novel all about art’s versatility. It’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

Enjoy discussions of topical books and articles related to Art, current Museum exhibitions and community events, led by a variety of community partners from UTPB and more!


Sept 20 • 6pm • FREE

Moo by Jane Smiley

Join the UTPB Boom or Bust Book Club for discussions on Jane Smiley’s darkly satirical slice of life novel full of devious plots and academic one-upmanship at Moo University. 

Enjoy discussions of topical books and articles related to Art, current Museum exhibitions and community events, led by a variety of community partners from UTPB and more!

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Oct 20 & Nov 15 • 7pm • FREE

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Part of Artpocolypse Big Read, Station Eleven shows that life is more than just surviving in a world following civilization’s collapse. 

Enjoy discussions of topical books and articles related to Art, current Museum exhibitions and community events, led by a variety of community partners from UTPB and more!

This event is in partnership with Odessa Arts with their NEA Big Read program, ArtPocalypse. Sponsored by Odessa Arts, Rea Charitable Trust and Texas Commission on the Arts. 

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