Curious about what to expect at this year’s ArtSeen tour? Here is a sneak peak of the artists and shows you can find on the Tour. Click on any of the images to see more about that artist or show.
October 15 & 16, 2016 – Downtown Frisco, Texas.
Curious about what to expect at this year’s ArtSeen tour? Here is a sneak peak of the artists and shows you can find on the Tour. Click on any of the images to see more about that artist or show.
October 15 & 16, 2016 – Downtown Frisco, Texas.
Thank goodness for fall-like weather. It is a much needed reprieve from the Texas heat, and it always makes us want to be outside. Lucky for us, there is so much to do here in Frisco this month in the Arts!
Meet the ArtSeen Artists a week early, pick up a copy of the ArtSeen Tour Map, and see thegallery8680’s newest exhibit “Me, Myself, I” at the opening reception. Thegallery8680 has the best crowd, fantastic food and a who’s who list of artists at their shows. Don’t miss it! More at thegallery8680.com.
Frisco Arts brings you an immersive arts experience taking place at the newly renovated HALL Park among the Texas Sculpture Garden, a significant body of work that celebrates Texas artists and is the largest private collection of sculpture ever assembled and made available to the public. Frisco Arts Walk features interactive art performances by Frisco-based nonprofit arts organizations, pop-up food truck park, community stage, children’s area complete with bounce houses, instrument petting zoo and hands-on activities, docent guided tours of the Texas Sculpture Garden and concert on the lawn with the Good Question band. Frisco Arts Walk is free and open to the public. This sounds like a perfect afternoon out! See details, performance schedules and a map of the event at friscoarts.org. They even have an app for the event — look for OtoCast app on your smartphone, and get a sneak peak of what to expect.
October 15 – Whistlestop Jamboree Downtown Frisco
We know you’ll already be in Downtown Frisco for the ArtSeen Tour on October 15, so you may want to enjoy some good music and food trucks along the way. The new Frisco Railyard food truck stop is open at Main and 1st Streets, and it is already a very happening place! Downtown will be full of music and art. Sounds like perfection to us. More at thefriscomusicscene.com.
October 15 & 16 – ArtSeen Tour
Our 6th Annual ArtSeen Tour – wow, time flies. We think the tour keeps getting better, and we hope you will enjoy our lineup of exhibits, studios and artists. We’ve condensed the tour to Downtown this year, with 10 stops, 24 artists and 4 exhibits. You can find Tour Maps HERE, or pick up a copy at our Kickoff Party October 7 at thegallery8680 (details above). You’ll see painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, henna, collage, and interactive performances during the tour. This event is free and family-friendly. Noon – 5pm, at your own pace. ArtSeenTour.com.
October 16 – Visual Arts Guild “Crème de la Crème” Reception
The Visual Arts Guild is hosting their final show of 2016 “Crème de la Crème,” featuring the best of the best from their members. The show opens on October 2, and the reception is the the last day of our ArtSeen Tour, so be sure to stop by Sunday evening, October 16 to meet the artists and see this fantastic exhibit. VAGF.org.
October 17 – Art in the Atrium 13 Opening Reception
The City of Frisco’s Public Art Program presents the 13th installment of Art in the Atrium. The Municipal Building will have 5 floors of 2-D work from local and regional artists. Located in Frisco Square, the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center is home to City Council, government offices and the Frisco Public Library. Stop by and enjoy this beautiful and unique exhibit. LINK. If you want to see it before the reception, it is on the ArtSeen Tour – stop #2.
For more Arts Events going on in Frisco, see the Frisco Arts calendar at FriscoArts.org/events. Happy ArtTober!
The time has come – we are now registering our artists for the 2016 ArtSeen Tour. This is our 6th year, and we continue to grow and improve. We are limiting the Tour geographically this year to only Downtown Frisco, along Main Street from Preston Road to the Dallas North Tollway. This has been the heart of our Tour in years past, and we feel that by condensing our artists, we can make it easy for guests to see all of the artists easily.
The tour will begin at thegallery8680 and Crafted on the east end of Main Street, and move west to Fresh Paint Studio, downtown merchants, Frisco Square, Art in the Atrium at City Hall and the Frisco Discovery Center. We have artists in galleries, exhibits, home studios, and some hosted by downtown merchants and other out-of-the-box locations. Collin College will also join us again in exhibiting work by their faculty and students.
If you want to join us, there is still room! Early bird registration ends on September 1 (only $25), and regular registration ends September 12 ($40). Details can be found here.
We look forward to another successful Tour this year!
Questions? Contact Misty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready, folks, the Studio tour is back!
This weekend will mark our 5th year of the ArtSeen Studio Tour in Frisco, and we have a fantastic lineup of 25 artists and exhibits featured on this year’s tour. Come out and enjoy paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture, video, mixed media and more.
Find out about all of our artists and exhibits HERE.
This year we produced a full-color catalog that features all of our artists and exhibits, with a map of the tour in the middle. Be sure to pick one of these up at any of the stops. We also have created a Google Map of the tour this year, to make it simple to navigate from one place to the next. See both versions of the tour map on our MAP page.
As you’re driving around, keep an eye out for our art tour signs to help you find the studios and exhibit spaces.
Find out all about the studio tour on our site ArtSeenTour.com. We hope to see you this weekend!
The Studio Tour is city-wide annual event that connects working artists with the community. Since 2011, we have been showcasing artists in their studios along with group shows at local galleries all over town.
Thegallery8680 has been a partner of the tour since the beginning, and has been a staple of the art community in Frisco for over six years. They will kick off the tour with their group show “ecology,” at our annual Kickoff Party on October 9 from 7-9pm. The Kickoff Party has always been a fun way to see the newest show and meet many of the Studio Tour artists all in one spot. The exhibit at thegallery8680 will also be open during the tour on October 18 and 19.
This year we are happy to have some new art added to our tour. Collin College has joined us this year, adding a group of fresh faces to our event. We will also have the Art in the Atrium exhibit at City Hall as part of the tour, which features dozens of regional artists. The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco will have their annual Fall Member Show at the Frisco Discovery Center on display. We also have some great venues downtown that are hosting artists: Eight11 Place and Artist Envy are returning to the tour from last year, and their neighbor Frisco Farm Stop has recently come on board.We’re excited about how the tour is growing this year! We’re still looking for more artists, so if you’re interested in being a part of this fun event, check out the Artist Sign Up Page for more info. The deadline for entries is July 31 at midnight.
We are also looking for SPONSORS for our event. We will be producing our beautiful full-color maps, and a catalog featuring all of our artists and our sponsors. If you’re an individual or business that loves to support the arts, please consider sponsoring the ArtSeen tour this year. Sponsorships start at just $50, and you can find out more info HERE.
This year we’re adding a new feature to the tour: FRISCO ART WEEK (October 9 – 18). Art Week will start with the Kickoff Party on Friday, October 9 at thegallery8680, and will end with the studio tour on Sunday, October 18. We are looking for artists and arts events to celebrate the visual arts that week. If you have an art event (show, lecture, class, etc.) you’d like to host during that week, please contact us to join. We ask that these events complement the idea of art in the community. If you have a proposal for an event, contact us at email@example.com or 214-384-7200. Deadline for submissions is September 15.
Frisco has a growing arts community and we are so excited to see our tour grow as well. Come join us!
It’s time to start thinking about our fall Studio Tour! You’re invited to our informational meeting on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00pm at thegallery8680 (8680 W. Main Street, Frisco, TX 75033). This coincides with the closing reception for thegallery8680’s current show: Place (from 2-4pm), so maybe if you get there a little early, you can see that show, too!
As many of the northeastern states are preparing for a record-breaking blizzard tonight, we enjoyed a balmy 70 degrees here in Frisco today. This warm weather is a little reminder that spring is around the corner, and with that, lots of new spring art events. But while we wait, here are some great events you can find all over town right now.
Frisco’s Arts in the Square festival will be celebrating its 5th year this March, and the deadline for applications is quickly approaching. We’ve seen the festival really grow over the past couple of years, so this is the perfect time to become a part of one of Frisco’s best spring art events. For more information on this event and to find out how to apply, go to http://www.friscosquare.com/aits. Deadline: January 30.
Thegallery8680 will present it’s first group exhibit of 2015 during February : RED. Join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, February 6 from 7-9pm. Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main St., Frisco, 75033. For more information, visit http://www.thegallery8680.com.
A native of India, Prexa Kapadia recently debuted her first US solo show at the Frisco Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center. You may see her fabric and cotton works in the Reception Gallery from Jan 5-Feb 10, 2015. Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX, 75034. Details HERE.
Also at Frisco Discovery Center is the 3rd Annual “Impress” printmaking exhibit, on view through January 31.
And the next call for artists from Frisco Arts is: “Emoji.” Click HERE for more information on this show. Deadline January 28.
If you want to be a part of a local group of artists, join the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco for their monthly artists’ meeting, at 7 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm at the Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX 75034. You may find out more about the Guild at http://www.vagf.org.
Hope to see you around town at these great ART events!
If you have a show or call for artists to promote, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thegallery8680’s newest exhibition “Out of the Studio” opened Friday, October 10 at our dual-purpose party: Artists’ Reception and the official Kickoff of the ArtSeen Studio Tour.
Three artists have come together to exhibit their work, “Out of the Studio,” and all have close ties to Frisco. Theresa Traweek and Rebecca Reagan Boatman are both professors of art at our Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, and Kimberly Etherington-Reid is a former student there.
Traweek and Etherington-Reid recently spent a summer painting together. While their mutual influence is evident, both artists bring their own fresh, layered style to the show. Theresa’s large, mixed media paintings are fascinating to examine closely, yet their depth is fully appreciated from across the room. Kim’s work explores both traditional painting media and also the use of paper as a painting tool.
Rebecca Reagan Boatman’s work “is influenced by reliquaries which are containers of sacred objects.” Many of her mixed media sculptures are like Venus figures, that have been unearthed from a mysterious pre-historic tribe. As you study these figures and containers, you find hidden treasures, symbols of our universal human experience.
If you didn’t get a chance to see this show, it’s a must-see on this weekend’s Studio Tour*. Look for thegallery8680 at stop #10 on our tour MAP. It’s conveniently located on Main Street in the Crestview Professional Center. There is extra parking in the back, if the front lot is full.
Click HERE to read more about each artist.
*Please note that the exhibit hours will be 1pm – 5pm on Sunday, since the gallery also functions as a church meeting space on Sunday mornings for TrueNorth Church. Exhibit hours on Saturday are still 11am – 5pm.
Frisco artists will be out in full force over the next week, opening new shows as well as their studios!
The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco opens their newest member show “Rat Pack Magic: The Golden Age of Crooners” on Wednesday, October 8 at the Frisco Discovery Center. The show features VAGF Members’ renditions of music, fedoras, swanky nightclubs and that unmistakable crooner style. The reception is from 7:00 – 9:00pm and is open to the public. Awards will be announced at 8:00pm. The Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway on the east side of the Dallas North Tollway, at Cotton Gin Road.
On Friday evening, October 10, thegallery8680 is hosting a fantastic party, which is serving double duty as an Artists’ Reception for their new exhibit “Out of the Studio” and a Kickoff Party for the upcoming ArtSeen Studio Tour the following weekend, October 18 and 19. Rub elbows with the exhibiting artists Rebecca Boatman, Kim Reid and Theresa Traweek during the party, and meet the artists who will be a part of the Studio Tour. The Kickoff Party will be from 7:00 – 9:00pm this Friday at thegallery8680, located at 8680 W. Main Street in Frisco. The gallery is located on the north side of Main Street, between Dr. Pink Road and Preston Road, in the Crestview Professional Center.
All of this fun will be extended to the following weekend, during the 4th Annual ArtSeen Studio Tour. This year features 16 artists in studios all over town. The tour has become a fall staple for Frisco, and is a great way to see the local artists in action. The VAGF show and thegallery8680 exhibit will both be a part of the Studio Tour, so if you can’t make the opening receptions (or want to take a second look at the shows), put that on your agenda for the tour. You can find out about each artist and get a map of the tour at www.artseentour.com.
The Artists of Frisco are looking forward to meeting you!
The ArtSeen Studio Tour is almost here! Join us in kicking off our 4th annual studio tour at the Kickoff Party, coming on Friday, October 10th, from 7-9pm at thegallery8680. This will be a fun night of meeting the ArtSeen artists as well as taking in the new exhibit “Out of the Studio” at thegallery8680.
“Out of the Studio” features three regional artists: Rebecca Boatman, Kim Reid and Theresa Traweck. They will be showing the newest work from their studios, including paintings, sculptures and mixed media work.
This fun night will set the pace for the Studio Tour, which is the following weekend (October 18 & 19). Make plans now to grab a map, a cup of coffee and a friend to see the amazing art that Frisco has to offer.
So many new shows to be a part of in Frisco and beyond… Click the title of each show to link to the details.
The Arts Center welcomes submissions from artists in the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas – Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hill, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufmann, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties for the 2014 Art in the Metroplex Exhibition. Exhibition is October 3 – 30, 2014 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Juror is Sara-Jayne Parsons, formerly of the Bluecoat in Liverpool, England, now Director of the TCU Galleries. Over $2000 in Awards.
Art in the Atrium is a bi-annual, two-dimensional art exhibition on the five floors of City Hall in Frisco, TX. Artists may submit up to 5 images for consideration and will be notified in late September whether their pieces were accepted into the show. Click HERE for entry guidelines. Questions? Please contact Dudley Raymond: email@example.com. Click HERE for the online submission form.
This annual competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts was started in 1987 and is now in it’s 28th year. Recognized nationally, Materials: Hard & Soft attracts hundreds of entries from every state in the union. Nationally recognized jurors select the show from slides and then award $5000 in prize money.
Eligible media: Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2012-2014) and not previously exhibited at the Center for Visual Arts. Artists must reside in the United States or its possessions. Greater Denton Arts Council 400 E. Hickory Street Denton, Texas 76201 (940) 382-2787 Find out more at http://www.dentonarts.com.
Visual Arts Guild of Frisco invites you to enter paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media pieces, or sculpture relating to the 1960s-1970s era of the famous Rat Pack Crooners (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bing Crosby). Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entry fee for non-members: $30 for two pieces/membership. Current VAGF Members: FREE (up to 2 pieces) . Please submit JPEGs to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 1. Include dimensions, medium and title of pieces. Show runs October 6-Nov 8 at Frisco Art Gallery (Frisco Discovery Center). Opening Reception is 10/8/14 from 7-9PM.
The Frisco Heritage Association and Visual Arts Guild of Frisco are organizing a Western themed art show that will open near the annual Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day. Submit images of your work by 10/24 to email@example.com, and include the dimensions, title, and medium of the pieces. For more information, click HERE.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Thegallery8680 is looking for submissions for their newest show: summer.
“Our desire is to create a space for emerging artists of a visionary nature. Whether self-taught or raised within the disciplines of art, we believe that the essence of true artistic expression comes from an earnest desire to “say something.” We aim to facilitate the artist by promoting the exhibition and sale of art to the general public and invited members of the local art community.”
“Artists have a duty to find an adequate expression to convey it to as many souls as possible, ensuring that their works are accessible enough to be appreciated”- George Sand 1872
It’s that time again — time to get ready for the 2014 ArtSeen Studio Tour. Our artist sign-up is now live.
What is the Studio Tour? It’s a time for our local artists to open their workspaces to the public, allowing you to meet the artists in a casual atmosphere, ask them questions, and even observe them as they work. Some studios are in the artists’ homes, some are outside their homes, and some artists pair up with another artist during the tour. There are also other local shows to see, such as the Visual Arts Guild‘s Fall Member Show and a group show at thegallery8680.
We’ll add details on our 2014 Studio Tour page, so check back often. If you are interested in joining this year’s tour as an exhibiting artist, see our sign up page. As always, you can contact Misty at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Advice to young artists and those young-at-heart.
“It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past.” -Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
Dear twenty year old self:
Hi, hope you’re having a good day. Looks like your classes are going pretty well. (Don’t worry, sculpture isn’t my thing, either). I will say you need to go to bed earlier, so you aren’t so tired in the mornings. Those early classes are kicking your butt.
I just wanted to tell you that I think overall you’ve done some nice work. Something to keep in mind during critiques: It’s just their opinion. The other kids in class are at the same level as you. And most of them are probably going to end up working in education or some kind of sales job anyway. Do your thing. Keep working hard. Don’t worry so much.
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Hey, local artists (Denton/Collin/Dallas Counties)! Join us for a Happy Hour on Friday, April 11 from 5-7pm at Eight11 Place in downtown Frisco. If the weather is nice, we can even take over the back courtyard. Bring your business cards and let’s get to know other artists in the area!
Eight11 Place is located at 7080 W. Main Street, Frisco, TX.
Click HERE to RSVP for this free event. (Each person responsible for their own food and beverage purchases).
Questions? Contact Misty at email@example.com.
Spring has sprung, and the art fun has begun….
Arts in the Square is back in Frisco Square for the 5th year — and it’s bigger and better than ever! The square will be packed with local and regional artists all day Saturday and Sunday from11am-7pm. There’s lots of parking, and the event is free. The weather will be fantastic, so come take a stroll! March 29 & 30. Find out more at friscosquare.com/aits
“two girls and their art” opens at thegallery8680 this weekend, featuring the work of Shon Te’ Renae and Marki Williams. Their work promises to be “young, naïve, fresh and experimental.” Friday, March 28, 2014 – 7pm @ thegallery8680, located at 8680 W. Main Street, Frisco 75033.
“Salvaged” at Frisco Art Gallery in the Frisco Discovery Center, April 1 – March 15. Reception and Panel Discussion on Wednesday, April 9 from 7-9pm, including Karen Dodson and Jody Wissing. Details at
CALLS FOR ARTISTS:
5oth Annual Collin County Art Show, presented by the Art Club of McKinney. There is both an Adult and a Student show, located at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Awards for various categories. Deadline for submissions is April 1. Details HERE.
Plano Art Association’s 125 show. Open for artists within a 125-mile radius from Plano, Texas. Multiple awards in various categories. Deadline for entries is 4/4/14. Click HERE for details.
Rumor has it that this year’s Arts in the Square is going to be better than ever. Now in it’s fifth year, this springtime festival in Frisco Square has been steadily building momentum, and is seeing a few subtle – but important- changes this year.
We all know that Frisco is all about community, so the folks at Frisco Square have really found a way connect the artisans, businesspeople, adults and children of our town for this year’s event. They will highlight more local and regional artists and craftspeople (as opposed to ‘international’ artists) this year. They are also inviting the FISD art teachers and students to showcase their talents in their very own booths. There will be performances from adult and student groups throughout the weekend, drawing in a wide range of audiences. And, of course, Frisco Square has other great attractions, such as the Cinemark movie theater and fantastic restaurants, so the foot traffic for the festival is ideal. Overall, it’s a more approachable, community-friendly event that is expected to draw the largest crowds yet.
And if that’s not enough, this year’s proceeds will benefit Frisco Family Services and Frisco Education Foundation, two very worthy causes in the community.
If you’ve been considering exhibiting in this festival, then this is a great time to join in. Arts in the Square is a juried fine arts and crafts festival, with cash prizes in the following categories: fine arts/graphics, pottery, textiles, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, photography, wood and miscellaneous.
The festival dates are March 29 – 30 in Frisco Square (Main St. & Dallas N. Tollway). For more information, visit www.friscosquare.com/AITS.
ARTISTS: The deadline for submitting is Friday, January 24 at 5:00pm – (only a week away!) There are still booths available, but you need to get your submissions in soon. Applications are through www.zapplication.org. You will need 3 good photos of your work, plus one booth shot. If you haven’t participated in a festival before, that’s ok! For the booth shot, just take a photo of a group of your work hanging on a simple wall, to show that you have a solid body of work. You can do it! Give yourself plenty of time to get your application together (i. e. — start now).
Please pass along this to anyone who may be interested in showing their work in Frisco — there are still booths available. The cost is $300 for a 10 x 10′ space, and you can apply at Zapplication.org.
Join with Frisco Arts in giving back to our local community during the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees!
Create a tree, wreath, or holiday/tree-themed artwork for displaying in the Frisco Art Gallery from Nov 25-Dec 21.
• NO ENTRY FEE to participate.
• Trees and wreaths will be silent-auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going to CASA of Collin County.
• The proceeds of the artwork, if sold, will be split 70-30 between the artist and CASA.
The deadline to enter has been extended to Nov 16. See the webpage for the entry form and additional guidelines!
friscoarts.org — friscodiscoverycenter.com
You’re invited to the ArtSeen Studio Tour in Frisco this weekend — October 19 and 20! This is Frisco’s third annual art tour, featuring 16 artists — painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists — and two public exhibits. Many favorites are returning this year, plus a group of new artists have joined the tour. Print out a tour MAP to see where the studios are located. The artists will have lots of work exhibited and for sale, and many of them will be working on projects during the tour. This is a great time to see their workspaces, ask them questions and add to your art collection.
The fun actually starts on Friday night, with a Kickoff Party at thegallery8680. Mix and mingle with the tour artists, along with other local art lovers, while lounging bohemian-style in the “Modern Nostalgia” installation by Swanky Couch (swankycouch.com). There will be a free viewing of the movie “Moonrise Kingdom,” along with hors d’oeuvres and libations. The party starts at 7:00pm and goes until at least 9:00pm. Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main Street in Frisco.
On Saturday and Sunday, while you’re visiting the studios, stop by the Frisco Discovery Center to see the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s Fall Member Show, “Shade: Aesthetics in Black, White and Gray.” There will also be three artists to visit at the Frisco Discovery Center — Leon Robertson, Danna Gann and Jane Damon — so it’s a stop you don’t want to miss.
Artists who will be in studios all over town will be Thomas Jordan, Tom Freeman, Ron Sexton, Barbara J. Mason, Beejae Hawkins, Misty Oliver-Foster, Carolyn M. Nelson, T. Scott Stromberg, Robert Wedepohl (also at thegallery8680), Jennifer Monet Cowley, Wendi McGowan-Ellis, Brenda G. Thomas, and Brad Sharp. Find out about each artist by clicking their name, or visiting the ArtSeen web site.
The weather is supposed to be perfect, so grab a coffee, a friend and a TOUR MAP for a fun day of touring studios! The tour is self-paced , free, and fun for the whole family. Tour maps and information about the exhibiting artists and shows can be found at www.artseentour.com.
Questions? Contact Misty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thegallery8680 opens “Cityscapes” this Friday, August 16, with the opening reception from 7-9pm. Come out and mingle with other art lovers, and meet the artists. Thegallery8680 always has great food and plenty of libations, so bring a friend. www.thegallery8680.com.
Plano Art Association invites you all to the grand opening of their new gallery space, along with their new show “Changes” this Saturday, August 17. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 4pm, and the reception is from 5-8pm. Details at www.planoartassociation.com.
The deadline for artists to sign up for our 3rd annual ArtSeen Studio Tour is this Sunday, August 18. Click HERE for more info.
Have you seen the solo shows of Barbara J. Mason and Matt Bagley at The Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center? The show is up the month of August. Matt’s reception is Wednesday, August 21, from 7-9pm and Barbara’s reception is Wednesday, August 28, from 7-10pm. Details HERE.
Barbara J. Mason – reception on August 28; Matt Bagley – reception on August 21. Details at http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/2-solo-shows-barbara-mason-and-matt-bagley/.
It’s about time we posted some CFAs, right?
Cityscapes @ thegallery8680 — invites all artists to give their best interpretation of the theme CityScapes : depicting cities, towns, urban scenes and any related metropolitan subjects, for their August art exhibition. The deadline for entries is July 26. More information here.
Delta @ The McKinney Avenue Contemporary — One of Dallas’ biggest and wildest shows – their receptions are packed! The last day to drop off work for this annual member show is Tuesday, July 23. Details at www.the-mac.org.
Frisco Arts presents “Sculptechular” during September at the Frisco Discovery Center. Artists may participate in a one-month exhibit, two-week installation, or a three-day spectacle featuring three-dimensional artwork of all shapes, sizes, and mediums! Deadlines are July 26 and August 15. Find out more HERE.
Shade: Aesthetics in Black, White and Gray — Visual Arts Guild of Frisco presents their fall member show, at the Frisco Art Gallery in the Frisco Discovery Center. The show is September 30 – November 3. Deadline for entries is Sunday, August 29 from 1-3pm. SHADE 2013 Prospectus
Plano Art Association invites you to their grand opening of their new gallery space in downtown Plano, on Saturday, August 17, from 4-8pm. Located at 1013 15th Place, Suite 105, the new gallery is just steps away from the DART rail station. Visit their web site for details on how you can be a member and be in their inaugural exhibit. http://www.planoartassociation.org.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2nd annual artseen studio tour! We had a great time seeing new faces, and familiar ones!
Here are a couple of photos of some of the artseen artists from the kickoff party at thegallery8680. As always, there was a great crowd at the reception, and some art sales, too!
Check it out- we were photobombed by Frida Kahlo!
And thanks to local artist Cheryl Gee — she came out to the tour, and gave us a great review on her blog. Check it out at HERE.
Did you come out for the tour? We’d love to have your comments on our blog.
We’re looking forward to a great tour next year!
The time has come — the 2nd annual artseen studio tour starts tomorrow morning at 10:00. All of the artists are busy finishing last-minute details, setting up their art and getting their studios ready for visitors. The weather is supposed to be spectacular, so we hope you all come out and enjoy the tour.
Saturday, October 20 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 21 — 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Print off a MAP here and start touring!
You can find out about all of the artists at http://www.artseentour.com/studiotour2012. View images of their work and read about their backgrounds in art.
Don’t forget the Kickoff Party tonight at thegallery8680, featuring their new show “me myself i”. The party is from 7-9pm. Many of the artseen studio tour artists will be in attendance, so stop by to meet them. Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main Street in the Crestview Professional Center.
Questions? contact us at email@example.com.
thegallery8680: “me, myself and i” — deadline this Friday! Show runs October 19 – 28. Opening reception on Friday, October 19 – which is also the kickoff party for the artseen studio tour. Click this link for the prospectus: me myself and i.
VAGF – Fall Member Show “art ’em” — drop off/deadline Sunday, September 30. The show runs September 30 – November 3, and will be featured during the artseen studio tour October 20 & 21.
TVAA annual Citation Juried Show – Entries due by 5pm on October 8. Show runs November 6 – December 14 at PFamily Arts Gallery in Plano. Find info at www.tvaa.org.
Festival of Trees, Frisco – juried art show sponsored by Frisco Association for the Arts and thegallery8680 – paperwork due by 5pm on October 22. Festival of Trees 2012 is a local, community based, juried art exhibit, Nov 19-Dec 16, 2012, offered by Frisco Arts and thegallery8680. Proceeds from sales and a silent auction will benefit CASA of Collin County. The free and public, open-house-style joint reception and awards ceremony will be held in both galleries from 2-5PM on Sunday, Dec 2nd, 2012. Three-dimensional work (trees and wreaths) will be displayed at the Frisco Art Gallery. The silent auction for three-dimensional work will be open Nov 19-Dec 10, when the winners will be announced. Two-dimensional work will be for sale and displayed at thegallery8680, viewable by appointment only (except for the open house on December 2nd, 2-5PM).
Assistance Leauge of Houston – open to all Texas artists. Deadline October 31; $4000 1st prize, $2000 2nd prize, $1000 3rd prize. Go to www.callforentry.org (must register) and find the show for more details.
Hunting Art Prize – open to all Texas artists (18+); one $50K prize; deadline November 30. www.huntingartprize.com.
frisco comedy festival — This weekend, starting Thursday! Don’t miss all of this comedic talent right here in your town! All events at Frisco Discovery Center. Get your tickets online at www.friscocomedyfestival.com. See the “Why So Serious” art exhibit while you’re there – featuring art by regional artists/comedians.
Dallas Art Dealers Assn. (DADA) Fall Art Walk this Saturday, September 22. Get a map and details of events at www.dallasartdealers.org
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios – Saturday, Sept. 22nd 11:30a – 12:30. Gallery Talk with William and Carolyn Patterson
Plano Art Association meet and greet – Tuesday, September 25 @ 6:45pm. www.planoartassociation.com
Oktoberfest in Downtown McKinney – Oktoberfest is Friday, September 28th 4p-11p and Saturday, September 29th 10a-11p; Art galleries and other fun.
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Here are some new opportunities to show off your art skills.
thegallery8680 announces it’s fall show: “me, myself and i” on exhibit October 19 – 28. This show will be a stop on the artseen studio tour. The deadline for entries is 5pm on 9/21/12. Click the following link for details. CFA: letter of introduction artist
The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco (VAGF) invites you to join them for the “art’em” Member Show this September 30 – November 3. For a prospectus, click HERE.
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios – Call for artists for Oktoberfest. Join them in an outdoor gallery in downtown McKinney for one of their biggest and well-attended festivals. Oktoberfest is Friday, September 28 4-11p and Saturday, September 29 10a-11p. The deadline for signing up is September 5. Contact Laura at email@example.com.
The Hunting Art Prize – The call for entries for the 33rd annual Hunting Art Prize in which participants vie for a $50,000 award has now been issued to artists throughout Texas. The competition, is considered historically the most generous annual award in North America for painting and drawing. Eligibility The competition is open to artists who are legal Texas residents and at least 18 years of age or older by August 1, 2012. Details, sign up and submision are at www.huntingartprize.com. Deadline All entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, November 30, 2012.
“Do, or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda
Art Lovers, Unite! Here’s what’s coming up this weekend:
Friday evening, July 27- come out and see a free viewing of the newest PBS series “Art21: Art in the 21st Century.” This month’s show is called “Boundaries,” and features contemporary artists Lynda Benglis, David altmejd, Tabaimo, and assume vivid astro focus. The doors open at 7:00pm – show starts promptly at 7:30pm. This is a great time to see how artists work in their studios and hear firsthand their thoughts behind their work. www.thegallery8680.com
Saturday monring — From VAGF: Join us this Saturday morning, July 28 from 9:00am – noon, as the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco is hosting a figure drawing workshop. This is open for all ages. Mom or Dad bring your child. Our model is a young girl with lots of experience modeling for her artist mother. We’ll use some classic drawing techniques (timed sketching, scribble sketching , contour drawing} to teach each other how to do figure drawing. We will emphasizing color to make it exciting, so bring colored paper, pencils, pastels, or crayons along with charcoal and newsprint and maybe colored paper. Bring your drawing support, paper, pencils, charcoal, pastel, water media or whatever you need to complete your sketch. We will do quick sketches and longer poses. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to let her know you are coming. The Discovery Center, Saturday, July 28, Aug 4 and Aug 11 9 am to Noon, Members $10.00. Nonmembers $20.00. www.vagf.org/upcoming_events.
Saturday evening, ladies are invited to join the “Brazilian Blowout” show at Frisco Discovery Center. This promises to be a fun night of music, food, drinks, fashion art and pampering. The party begins at 6:00PM. For details and tickets, visit www.friscodiscoverycenter.org.
Also Saturday in Dallas – The Design District Gallery Day, noon – 9pm.
Catch the end of thegallery8680’s show “CoLoR” this Sunday afternoon from 2:00-5:00pm. It’s a great show, featuring artists from Frisco, Dallas, Coppell and beyond. And, of course, it’s full of color! Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 Main Street, Frisco 75033 www.thegallery8680.com
Deadlines are Approaching!
“Hideout” (McKinney) at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios — deadline is July 14 – hurry to get your entries into this jam-packed, hot summer show. Details at www.lauramooreart.com.
3rd Coast International (Corpus Christie) — K Space Contemporary — deadline is July 14.
The Third Coast National is a non-thematic, juried exhibition of new works of art from all across the USA. We are simply looking for innovative, interesting contemporary artwork. Now in its 6th year, The Third Coast National marks the anniversary of the opening of K Space Contemporary’s ground level space on Starr Street in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas. This exhibition has proven to be one of the most popular exhibitions in Corpus Christi and one of the artistic highlights of the year. We are excited to announce our 2012 juror Christina Rees. www.kspacecontemporary.org
Art Connection Members Exhibition (Irving) — deadline July 21 & 22. Calling all artists! If your dream is to show off your mad art skills in a professional gallery setting, the 12th Annual Art Connection Member’s Show is for you. Cash prizes awarded in three categories (student/youth, non-professional, and professional) and a Best of Show award. Not a member? Not a problem. You can join when you deliver your entries to the Irving Arts Center July 21-22. Drop off hours: Noon – 5 p.m. on 7/21 and 1 – 5 p.m. 7/22. http://www.irvingartscenter.com/GetInvolved/Involve-Entries.aspx
Trans- (Dallas)— McKinney Avenue Contemporary member show — drop off is July 27, 28 & 31. The Annual Membership Exhibition is one of the cornerstones of the spirit and mission of The MAC – providing a place for creative expression and vigorous dialogue between artists and patrons of the arts. The Annual Membership Exhibition celebrates emerging and established artistic talent in Dallas and surrounding areas. Each year a theme for the exhibition is selected by The MAC staff and Board of Directors.
Theme: The 2012 Annual Membership Exhibition theme is Trans- [from Latin trāns across, through, beyond]. The Membership Exhibition will open with a reception for the artists Saturday, August 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The exhibition will run through September 1st. http://the-mac.org/2012/07/trans/
MADE IN AMERICA — (Dallas) — Deadline is July 28. From Skippy peanut butter to Coca Cola, America produces many things that are not just manufactured on US soil. Products of the US come in many shapes and sizes… education, health and welfare systems, American pride, football, apple pie, outsourced jobs, religious views, freedom of speech, etc. What does “Made in America” mean to you? For complete guidelines, please visit http://ahacollective.weebly.com and see ‘open call’ tab.
artseen studio tour 2012 (Frisco) — Deadline is August 1. Looking for artists in/around Frisco to open their studios for community art tour. Also pairing artists with merchants in downtown Frisco, who will host artists in their shop during the tour. www.artseenhere.com/studiotour2012. Interested? Contact us at email@example.com.
art:21 — Art in the 21st Century — free viewing parties
Come see the new Art:21 series from PBS — free viewings at thegallery8680.
Here is the schedule for the Art:21 series:
Thursday, June 28 — “Change,” featuring artists Catherine Opie, El Anatsui and Ai Weiwei
Friday, July 27– “Boundaries” featuring artists David Altmejd, Tabaimo, assume vivid astro focus, and Lynda Benglis
Friday, August 24–“History” featuring artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovic
Friday, September 28– “Balance” featuring artists Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah Sze
Location: 8680 Main Street, Frisco 75033. Doors open at 7:00, and the show starts at 7:30. Bring a friend and hang out with other local artists and art lovers. www.thegallery8680.com
and don’t forget about this weekend’s art reception — Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s “ARTrageous” reception this Saturday, June 23. (correction)
See the Guild’s new show and meet the artists Saturday night, June 23rd, from 7:00 – 9:00. Awards will be announced at 8:00pm. Location: Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034. www.vagf.org
• thegallery8680 is hosting their third annual students@work art show this month. The show opened to a huge crowd on Friday, June 8. The show will be up through this month, so contact Robyn Feehan if you want to make an appointment to see the show at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thegallery8680, 8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033. www.thegallery8680.com.
•The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco presents “ARTrageous” at Frisco Discovery Center. As always, there’s a wide variety of great work from North Texas artists in this juried show. The Reception is Saturday, June 23, from 7-9pm, with awards are at 8:00pm. This is open to the public, so stop by and see the art. The juror for the show is Robyn Parker Feehan of thegallery8680 (busy lady). Hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm. www.vagf.org
•Hot n’ Sweaty at 500x – several Frisco artists are in the current Open Show at 500X in Dallas. Artists Janine Maupin, Josh Maupin, Carolyn M. Nelson, Amy Ishmael and Misty Oliver-Foster are a few of Frisco’s finest that are in the show. See their work during the East Dallas Gallery Day on Saturday, June 16 from noon-8:30pm. www.500x.org.
Calls for Artists (CFAs)
“CoLoR” at thegallery8680 — Filling the walls with color! Show runs July 6 – July 29. Reception is Friday, July 6 at 7pm. Deadline for entries is June 15 at 5:00pm. www.thegallery8680.com/color.
“Hideout” at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios in McKinney. What’s hiding out in your art? Deadline for entries is July 14. The show runs August 11 – September 5, 2012. Info at http://www.lauramooreart.com/resume
artseen studio tour 2012 (frisco, tx) — We’re now signing up artists for this year’s studio tour! You can find info about last year’s tour on our studio tour 2011 link and look for updates for this year’s tour at the studio tour 2012 link. To sign up, click HERE: (password is studiotour2012). Contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
There are a ton of art shows in the area this weekend, and here are several that are worth checking out.
FRIDAY NIGHT101×101 @ thegallery8680 Reception/Sale Friday, April 13, 7-9pm Over 40 regional artists have donated 101 original works for this event, which you can purchase for only $101 each. You will find art of all sizes, media and genres. Add a new treasure to your collection at this unique fundraising event! All proceeds go fund future shows at thegallery8680, a non-profit gallery space hosted by TrueNorth Church. 8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033 http://thegallery8680.blogspot.com
SATURDAYChas Thornhill: Out of the Wood
April 3 – 28, 2012 PFamily Arts Gallery 4017 Preston Road, #544 (Lakeside Market) Plano, TX 75093 Reception Saturday, April 14, from 6-9pm. Frisco artist Chas Thornhill creates bowls, vessels, and hollow forms on the lathe using local native hardwoods. Visit his website www.chasthornhill.com for information about Chas and his work. You can see photos of his work and a sneek peek of the show on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ctwfa Nathaniel Smyth: Character Studies Opens April 14 Laura Moore Fine Art Studios 107 S. Tennessee, McKinney Reception Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm www.lauramooreart.com Arts in Bloom Downtown McKinney’s Annual Art Walk April 14, 2012 10:00am – 6:00pm Local and regional artists will come out to play in downtown McKinney on Saturday, April 14, 2012. McKinney Main Street invites you to experience art in all forms as creative forte’s blossom throughout the Historic District. This all day event is a perfect opportunity to experience the magic of McKinney historic shopping district during the spring season with art, music, food and much, much more. Details at: http://www.mckinneytexas.org/mainstreet.aspx?id=6598
ALL WEEKENDThe 4th annual Dallas Art Fair — April 13-15 The 2012 Dallas Art Fair will feature over 75 prominent national and international art dealers representing painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installation by modern and contemporary artists. www.dallasartfair.com
COMING UP — more to look forward toDallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Spring Gallery Walk — April 21 www.dallasartdealers.org Art in the Square, Southlake — April 27 – 29 — www.artinthesquare.com Cottonwood Art Festival — May 5 & 6 — www.cottonwoodartfestival.com Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s cookout — May 5 — www.vagf.org Next Post: new CFAs (Calls for Artists) Would you or someone you know like to have notifications of new posts? You can subscribe and get this info sent right to your mail box. (Look for “Email subscriptions” in the right column). Please pass along our web address (www.artseenhere.com) to your art-loving friends and encourage them to subscribe as well. As always, if you have events, stories or art-related info to share on our site, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Saturday is the 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Downtown McKinney. These art walks are a great way to spend the evening, walking around to the galleries, shops, and restaurants and enjoying live music on the square. Here are a couple of shows you’ll want to see.Helen Minkes at La Misha Bistro
Meet Frisco artist Helen Minkes from 7:00-10:00pm at La Misha restaurant on the McKinney Square. Helen, who is a featured artist at Orison’s Art Gallery, has a collection of large-scale works for temporary display at La Misha Bistro, located at 113 N. Kentucky Street. For more on Helen and her work, visit www.helenminkes.com. (Image linked from her site).
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios is excited to announce the 3rd exhibition with world-renowned artist Annie Lee. Lee will be in attendance on opening night, Saturday, February 11th from 7-10pm, with the exhibition “Annie Lee: A Texas Farewell” featuring over 18 of her new acrylic paintings. The art in the exhibition focuses on everyday details from years gone by and solitary figures on the walk of life.
Lee’s often humorous, satirical style of painting has been termed “Black Americana.” She names Will Smith, Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy as just a few of her notable collectors. Lee has been living and painting in Texas for the last 6 years and now intends to return to Las Vegas where she once owned a 10,000 square foot art gallery.
The exhibition “Annie Lee: A Texas Farewell” is but a small outpouring of well wishes towards Lee and her new endeavors. The exhibition will be on display through March 7th. (info provided by Laura Moore Fine Art Studios)
Iconic Love Show (part 1) at Newman Village — Iconic Love is a new show, exhibited in two venues in Frisco this month. Both shows feature professional artists Barbara J. Mason, Misty Oliver-Foster, T. Scott Stromberg and Frisco’s artist-in-residence, Scott Trent. For Iconic Love, each artist explored the idea of love, relationships, and family, and how they are represented by symbols and archetypes.
This Sunday, the artists will be featured in a special show at Newman Village. They will first unveil new art they have created for the outdoor Plaza, followed by an art talk where the artists will discuss thier work for guests at 1:30pm. Bring the kids and enjoy theatre and art activities in the Plaza all afternoon. Newman Village is located at 3200 El Dorado Pkwy, Frisco. For schedule and more information on this event visit www.friscoart.org.
Friday, February 17, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Iconic Love Show (part 2) – Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s Member Show at Frisco Discovery Center. — The VAGF joins the Love with their first Member Show of 2012 at the Frisco Discovery Center. This show features two galleries full of art by the VAGF members and the four featured artists (Mason, Oliver-Foster, Stromberg and Trent). The Reception for this show is Friday, February 17, from 6:30 – 9:00pm. The night will be packed with music, art and theatre performances, all celebrating Love. This event is free and open to the public. Simply Strings performs from 6:30 – 7:30, and theatre performances are from 7:30 – 8:45. Awards for the artists will be given at 8:00. More info at www.vagf.org and www.friscoart.org.
RED at thegallery8680
The opening reception for RED was this past Friday, February 3 at thegallery8680. The gallery was packed all night, with artists and patrons from all over the DFW area. If you missed it, there’s still time to see the show! The gallery will be open Friday evening, February 17, from 7:00 – 9:30, so stop by to see impressive art from regional artists along with some great music performances.
TWO CALLS FOR ARTISTS:
Plano Art Association’s 125 Mile Show — open to anyone living within 125 miles of Plano. Cash Awards. Deadline for entries is February 12. See their site for details. www.planoartassociation.com
Visual Arts Society of Texas (Denton) — 44th Annual National Exhibition. The deadline is Friday, February 10! www.vastarts.org.
Hope to see you at some of these events!
• Visual Art Guild of Frisco’s Member Show, “Iconic Love.” Open for all current and new members (you can join at drop-off). The deadline is January 29. For more information, visit www.vagf.org/upcoming_events.
•26th Annual Texas and Neighbors Show. Hosted by the Irving Art Association at Irving Arts Center, this show is open to residents of TX, LA, OK, AR and NM. Great cash awards. www.texasandneighbors.com. The deadline for entries is February 1.
•Alley’s House Art Fundraising Event — Want to share your creativity for a great cause? Join Alley’s House for the “Incrementum” event on February 4. They are still looking for artists to donate work — they even provide the canvases! To participate you just have to fill out a participation form and pick up your canvas from alley’s house. If you would like to participate e-mail email@example.com and she will send you an artist participation form.
• Art on the Horizon— call for artists. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton is offering a venue for local artists to exhibit their work in a solo exhibition for 6 weeks. Click the following link for more information: Horizon CFA
2012: There’s no time like the present, because we might not have tomorrow. Happy creating!
The time is here for the artseen studio tour 2011!
In less than 24 hours we’ll have our doors open for our guests, and there is definitely a buzz in the air! We’ve got an incredible lineup of artists, galleries and art collections on our first-ever tour, and we are looking forward to lots of visits from locals and art-lovers in the DFW area.
Last week I got the chance to go by and see the private art collection of Rex and Betsy Lowe – they have an incredible collection of art from all over the world. Several of the works in their collection are by internationally recognized artists, and the quality of work is exceptional. Personally, I loved their large-scale painting of “Roughnecks” by Beth Pearson-Lund. Being a Texas gal, it made me feel right at home. They are offering tours of their collection for free, which is something you definitely don’t want to miss! Just print out a map (or pick one up around town) before heading over to Starwood, as you’ll need it to get in at the gate.
Betsy’s parents, Tom and Gay Freeman, are featured artists on the tour, and they live right around the corner from the Lowes. A former gallerist, Tom is a very talented painter, and Gay does mixed media and bookbinding. They have a nice collection of their own art, as well as other artists you may know from the Dallas area.
One thing that is impressive about the tour is the diversity of the art and the artists involved. We have photographers, jewelers, printmakers, painters, and a lot of “mixed media” artists (a term for using a lot of different materials in one work of art). The artists’ styles are very different, and I think the more studios you visit, the more you’ll appreciate not only their talent, but their hard work and creativity.
We even have a couple of student artists on the tour — Robert Wedepohl and Kimberly Harris are art students at Collin College and the University of North Texas. They’re also good friends and work together painting murals. They were excited to join the tour, and will be at Skatebus Skateshop in downtown Frisco this weekend.
We are so proud to have two galleries on the tour. Thegallery8680 is a new venue in Frisco that features work by established and emerging artists from the North Texas area. Their newest show “Black and White” opens tonight, and will be open all weekend for visitors. “Black and White” is a visually striking show, filled with paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and mixed media work.
The Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center is home to the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s Fall Member Show, “Beautiful.” The VAGF members were encouraged to enter art work that showed what beauty is from their unique perspective. The opening reception for “Beautiful” is also tonight, during a party hosted by Frisco Arts Association. We’re expecting a large crowd, and there’s a lot to enjoy while you’re there. The “Beautiful” show will be open during the tour as well.
Heritage Auctions is coming to Frisco tomorrow and will give free art assessments to anyone who has a “treasure” they have hidden away at home. Come out and let them see what it’s worth. They’ll be at the Frisco Discovery Center from 10:00am- 5:00pm on Saturday only.
Do you know about Texas legend Frank Reaugh? He is an early Texas artist who has influenced generations of Texas artists, even some that you may know here in North Texas. Marla Fields is working on a documentary about Reaugh, the “Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains,” and she will have a collection of his original sketches on loan on Saturday at her home. This is a one-time opportunity to see his work right here in Frisco, so stop by and see what Marla has been working on.
So much to do, and a beautiful weekend to get it done in! We hope you can take some time to enjoy the studio tour, get to know your local artists (you’ll be impressed), and see a ton of art right here in Frisco. Who knew? Well, it’s not a secret anymore!
Get a printable map HERE, and pick up one of our nice, custom-printed maps at any of the stops. See you around town!
P.S. You can see more artist photos on our artseen Facebook page. You can also subscribe to this blog on the righthand column of this page, to get notices of posts, including art events, calls for artists and other art news.
Thegallery8680 has put out a call for artists for their upcoming ‘black & white’ show. The show will run October 14 – November 13, and will be featured as part of the artseen studio tour 2011.
The shows at 8680 are diverse, and feature artists from all over the North Texas area and beyond. Their receptions are very well attended, drawing large crowds from Frisco and all over the area. This is a show you definitely want to be a part of.
C’mon, we know you have some art hidden away that is dying to see the world. The deadline for entries is 5PM on September 19, so get busy.
Click HERE for more info.
We may be having a drought right now, but there is no shortage of water at thegallery8680.
“Water,” thegallery8680’s newest show, opens this Friday night. The exhibit, curated by gallery director Robyn Parker Feehan, features dozens of diverse works of art, displaying each artist’s interpretation of water.
Previous shows have been selected by invitation only, but this is thegallery8680’s first show that included an open call for artists. The gallery received submissions from all over North Texas, and is featuring several artists who are new to showing in Frisco.
Feehan even used her connections with artists in other parts of the world to secure a series of paintings from Australian artist Lavinia Hobbs, which feature the lifestyle of Madagascar.
When explaining her interest for the theme of water, Feehan explains, “Water is our life source, our most precious resource. We use it for recreation and survival.”
Paintings, drawings, photography, prints and mixed media works all explore the many uses and visions of water around the world.
Take time to cool off and join the party Friday night, with artwork set to the backdrop of the sultry Caribbean sound of Tania Cordobes.
The Opening Reception is this Friday, August 5th 2011 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at thegallery8680, 8680 Main Street, Frisco 75034. The show continues through September 11. For more information, contact Robyn at the information below.
robyn parker feehan
McKinney, Texas, July 25, 2011 –
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios presents a juried art exhibition that is the result of an annual open call to artists. This year artists were asked to creatively respond to the theme “The Edge”. Over 60 local and national artists, each with their unique interpretation of the theme, were selected for this exhibition. More than 100 works of art are included in the exhibition, each with a phrase, quote, or poem that explains how the art depicts the theme.
“The Edge” includes art that is on the cutting edge, edgy subject matters, and unusual treatments of the edges of canvases and sculptures, to name just a few of the depictions of the theme. For some artists “The Edge” proved to be a rather thought provoking challenge and they chose to push themselves beyond the edge of the comfort zone of their typical art making process. Some artists featured interesting edges of objects
Opening night for “The Edge” is Saturday, August 13th 7-10pm. This large group exhibition will be on display through September 7 at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S Tennessee and next door at 105 S Tennessee in McKinney, Texas. Gallery hours for both venues are Mon-Sat 1-5pm, 2nd Saturday 1-10pm or by appointment. Free admission. 214.914.3630. www.lauramooreart.com
Information provided by Laura Moore Fine Art Studios.
JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW RECEPTION THIS WEEKEND
The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco is hosting their “Juried Photography Show” this summer at the Discovery Center. The show has a diverse range of work, from abstract to realism, and has attracted artists from all over North Texas, from as far away as Rockwall, DeSoto and Keller.
The show is juried by Frisco photographer Chris Fritchie, known locally for his work for Frisco Style Magazine. Awards have been selected in two categories: General Photography, which includes basic film and digital photography, and Alternative Processes, which includes artwork that is photography-based, but manipulated by various methods by the artist to alter the image .
The Artists Reception is this Saturday, July 23 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Discovery Center, located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco. Come out and enjoy good food, wine and art at this free event. Awards will be announced at 7:45pm. For more info, visit www.vagf.org.
Here are some local art events you may be interested in.
1. Tao Te Ching, a new series of work by Kelly Bartlett, opens June 25 at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church.
2. Art With Paige — Two-Dimensional Art for Adults. Mondays, July 11-August 29 (8-week course). The class covers drawing, painting and design. Location: Frisco Discovery Center 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy. For information on this and Paige’s other classes, visit her website: http://artwithpaige.blogspot.com.
3. Quick Draw with Georgi Still (Visual Arts Guild of Frisco)
Get ready! Participate with us in a quickdraw where we have exactly one hour to complete a finished work (drawing, painting, photo, or collage).
Be ready with easel, palette already mixed, brushes, medium, whatever you need to start a work at 7:30pm and complete it by 8:30pm. Can you do it? The challenge! Bring your own still life, a photo to work from, or even a model. Get focused. Have a plan. Paint to fit a frame so that we can actually see how it will be presented. It starts at 6:30pm at the Discovery Center workshop room on August 2.
Practice your timing before the actual date to see if you can really accomplish this task. Lots of fun! We’ll get a chance to watch each other work and have a completed art piece to boot.
Did I say boot? Yes, western costume is the dress code. If you know of a cowboy or cowgirl with chaps, spurs, and a stetson, be sure he or she is there. Please send Georgi (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email if you are going to paint, so we can be sure there is plenty of space.
Be sure to see our post on Calls For Artists — deadlines are approaching quickly.
The gallery8680 is hosting another great show featuring emerging artists from the area. Students@work2011 features about 30 artists from Collin College, and includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media work. The Opening Reception is this Friday, June 10 from 7-10pm at thegallery8680, located at 8680 Main Street, Frisco.
This is thegallery8680’s second students@work show, with their first in 2009.Jurors for this show were Richard Oldham, Public Arts Manager for the City of Frisco, and Frisco artist Misty Oliver Foster.
“The quality and diversity of the entries from Collin College is impressive,” states Foster. “I think viewers will be taken by the creativity and professionlism exhibited in this show.”For further information on this show contact Director Robyn P Feehan at 214.585.8175 or email@example.com.
The next show at thegallery8680 will be “water.” The deadline for entries is June 30. Click here for more information on how to join the “water” show.
“I’ve never met a shadow I didn’t like.” – Keith Blanford
Keith Blanford’s show at the Discovery Center is a stunning display of photographic artwork . Beautiful black and white images hang in harmony on the gallery walls. His eye for striking simplicity is evident on these architectural images. The play of light and shadow seem to be as much a part of the story as the buildings themselves.
Art has always been an important part of Keith Blanford’s life. In high school he was the school photographer and a painter, entering competitions in Chicago. Exploring the city, he loved to take urban photographs. His goal was to be a commercial artist but became an engineer instead, and the engineer in him shows up in his art.
Employed and raising a family, time for art creation was limited, but his passion for photography continued. His main artistic focus used the medium of paper pulp, and he created paper pulp casting for many years. These were included in art shows in Michigan, exhibited in local galleries and purchased for private and corporate collections.
Retirement gave Blanford the opportunity to focus more time on his art and to travel more. Travel introduced him to new subject material for photography. For a few years he worked with both photography and paper casting, but has lately settled on photography as his medium.
Keith captures architectural and landscape images that contain strong elements of shape, texture, tones, shadows, and lines. “I’ve never met a shadow I didn’t like,” he confesses. In the printing process he emphasizes these elements. Sometimes the graphic elements by themselves form an interesting abstraction.
“I enjoy not only the hunt for that special image, but also making the print that will present it in the best way. I’ve been fortunate to develop a following of both commercial clients and individuals who enjoy my art,” explains the artist.
Keith Blandford is the winner of the B&W Portfolio Contest 2011 Spotlight Award, and will be featured in future issues of B&W + COLOR Magazine. “My plans for the short term are to continue to focus on black and white images and prints of architectural (both rural and urban) and southwestern landscapes, exhibiting in galleries and art shows along with judging competitions.”
His show is on exhibit at the Discovery Center through May 8.
Well, Spring is here, and it seems that everything “art” happens around this time. Probably trying to get it all in before it gets too stinkin’ hot. Here’s what’s going on around here in the next couple of weeks.
Tuesday, April 5 – The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s monthly meeting will feature artist and author Fran Reisner. Fran will discuss her new book, “The Dogs of Central Park.” Come listen to Fran’s journey in NYC as she captured images of the canines that call Central Park home. Fran is a local artist who is making it on the national art scene! The meeting is at 7pm at George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., 75034; 4th floor in the McCallum room. www.vagf.org
Saturday, April 9, 2011 — McKinney Art Walk. Our neighbors over in McKinney have a good reputation of hosting fun art events around their downtown square. If you haven’t been there, it’s worth the trip. They have one of those old-fashioned, big county seat kind of squares, filled with antique stores, galleries, eateries, wineries, and boutiques. You could spend all day wandering thru the streets, and this Saturday would be a good one to do so. The square will be full of artists displaying their works, and some artists will be working right there on the streets. This is a free event, and is appropriate for the whole family. 10am – 6pm on Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana and Kentucky Streets. Frisco artists Jeb Matulich, Melissa Winton, Helen Minkes and Misty Oliver Foster will be featured at this event.
Dallas Art Fair — Downtown Dallas — April 8-10. The 2011 Dallas Art Fair will feature over 70 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs by modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition space comprises approximately 55,000 square feet within a mid-century modern building in the heart of downtown Dallas. It includes an adjacent promenade next to a private park located across from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. more information at www.dallasartfair.com.
Southlake Art in the Square April 15-17– a highly ranked national art festival, which features artists from all over the country. Frisco artist T. Scott Stromberg will be exhibiting at this event. www.artinthesquare.com.
Frisco ISD Faculty & Staff Art Show– Sponsored by the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco, this show features the talents of the employees of Frisco ISD, from administrators, to teachers, to office staff. Come out to see the creative side of the FISD staff. A reception for the Artists is Saturday, April 16, from 7-9pm at the Frisco Art Gallery at Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco 75034. www.vagf.org.
26th Annual Texas and Neighbors Juried Exhibition — April 17, 2-5pm Artists Reception, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX. This 5-state show is well-known throughout the region for it’s quality of work and great prizes. Misty Oliver Foster will be exhibiting in this show for the 3rd year. www.texasandneighbors.com.
“Emerging” at thegallery8680. Opening reception on Friday, April 22 at 7pm. This show will feature emerging talent from Frisco and the surrounding area, including Melissa Winton, Walter Kane and Celeste Seitz. Come out and support the newly discovered talent! Located at 8680 Main Street in Crestview Professional Center.
Movie night at thegallery8680 — Friday, April 29 at 7pm.
Movie Night at thegallery8680 — 8680 Main Street Frisco
Thegallery8680 hosts another art movie night this Friday, March 25. Crowd gathers around 7pm, and the movie starts at 7:30pm. The gallery hosts a movie night the last Friday of the month, and it’s free for everyone. This month’s movie is “Georgia O’Keefe: Her Life was a Work of Art.”
art day 2011 — Collin College’s annual art event will be this Saturday, March 26 from 12:00 -4:30pm. Located at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074. See below for a list of events. Click on the image to see it larger — use your zoom tool if you have trouble reading the text.
Come out and get inspired by what local art students are doing!
Things are changing around here. For the innocent bystander, you might not notice anything yet. Daily life looks the same on the surface. But if you’re an artist in 75034, then you’ve started to feel the rumble of something exciting. A buzz is in the air. People are starting to talk. And the rest of our town had better hold on.
So far this year, we’ve seen two large art shows, with very well-attended receptions. The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco had a blowout attendance at their member show at the Discovery Center last month. They’ve seen a huge increase in membership in the past year, and the talent of the group is truly unmatched in North Texas.
Thegallery8680 is a fairly new gallery space on Main Street that is featuring local artists, as well as bringing in artists from all over Texas. Director Robyn Parker Feehan has a vision to help advance both emerging and established artists, and so far her shows have been very successful. There was even an art festival downtown earlier this month, and despite the cold weather, some of our artists had good sales. Not so bad for the first few months of the year.
Our town may be known right now for it’s good schools, nice neighborhoods, sports venues and shopping. But you just wait. Something exciting is brewing. If you’re an artist, this is the time to catch the train. If you’re not, then it’s time to pay attention to the art ‘seen’ around you. You don’t want to miss this.