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.


Visual Arts Guild of Frisco


Art in the Atrium


Art by Walter Kane


Milessa Murphy Stewart

Paige Prater

Paige Prater



Meredith Redard


Edith Torres


Birgess Claire


Vidisha Bajpai


Flowtography by Chet Tucker


Misty Oliver-Foster


Holey Bowls by Andrea Brashier


Carolyn Nelson Funk


Kelly Jacobi


T. Scott Stromberg


Daniel San Andres




Ty Fawley


Gino Martinez art

Live Speed Painting by Gino Martinez


Janine Maupin


The Art of Henna by Vaishali


Art by Ashley Villers


Melissa Winton and Melissa Lagrange of Crafted


Collin College Art Department

We hope to see you this Saturday or Sunday from 12-5pm for our
6th Annual ArtSeen Tour.   Click HERE for a Map of the Tour.

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!

October 7 – Kickoff Party for the ArtSeen Tour and Opening Reception at thegallery8680

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

October 8 – Frisco Arts Walk  at Hall Park presented by Frisco Arts.

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  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

ArtSeen Tour banner
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.

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.

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. LINKIf 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  Happy ArtTober!

2016 ArtSeen Tour Call for Artists


ArtSeen Tour — October 15 & 16 — noon-5pm both days.

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

Get ready for our biggest art tour yet!

ArtSeen Poster

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.

Look for these signs inviting you to come in to our studios and take a look around!

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  We hope to see you this weekend!

looking for artists and creatives

Carolyn Nelson Funk,

Carolyn Nelson Funk, “Birds,” 2015

As we prepare for our 5th Annual Studio tour this fall, we are calling for artists in Frisco and the surrounding area to join us.

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.

Brenda Thomas, encaustic (detail)

Brenda Thomas, encaustic (detail)

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 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!


acrylic paint - studio

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!

This will be our 5th year for the studio tour, and we have plans to make it even better.  We’d love to spend an hour chatting about our vision for the tour.   We hope to have lots of exhibiting artists, shows and even some art ‘happenings’ this year.   Let’s talk about it in person next Sunday!
If you know someone who may be interested learning about the tour, please invite them, even if they live outside of Frisco.  We want to make this tour a huge event, so the more the merrier!  We encourage those of you with studios to find some artists to host, and those who need a place to exhibit, to get creative!  This town has so much potential, and it needs some creative types to shake it up a bit!
If you need some inspiration on WHY studio tours are important, and what an amazing Studio Tour can look like, check out the East Austin Studio Tour  (great video!), and the West Austin Studio Tour — something to inspire to.  My family hit the EAST tour back in November and it was amazing — there were so many places to see art!  And the artists were uninhibited and didn’t conform to ideals on how and where they showed their work; and they not only had fine art, but all types of creative work (metal work, graphics, etc.) Let that inspire us to expand our ideas of what this can be.
Meeting: Sunday, May 3, 4pm at thegallery8680.
Early Bird registration discounts through May 31.

CFAs and new shows for early 2015

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 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


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

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

“out of the studio” at thegallery8680

"Out of the Studio" exhibit at thegallery8680

“Out of the Studio” exhibit at thegallery8680

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.

Mixed Media work by Kimberly Etheridge-Reid.

Mixed Media work by Kimberly Etherington-Reid.

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.

Painting by Theresa Traweek

Painting by Theresa Traweek

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 in her White Rock Lake Studio

Rebecca Reagan Boatman in her White Rock Lake Studio

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.

Rebecca Boaman (r) is explaining one of her 3D pieces to Kimberly Reid (l).

Rebecca Reagan Boaman (r) is explaining one of her 3D pieces to Kimberly Etherington-Reid.

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.

An Exciting Week of Art

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 thegallery8680Frisco 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.

T. Scott Stromberg

T. Scott Stromberg in his studio

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

The Artists of Frisco are looking forward to meeting you!

Kicking off the ArtSeen Studio Tour 2014!

out of the studio

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.

calls for artists 8/19/14

So many new shows to be a part of in Frisco and beyond… Click the title of each show to link to the details.

Sculptechular at Frisco Discovery Center

Deadline 8/22/14
Got form? Frisco Arts is doing another ALL-SCULPTURE exhibition in the Frisco Art Gallery and Special Events Center. Looking for sculptures, assemblages, and new media done in wood, stone, mixed media, wire, glass, ceramics, paper, and more!  Jury panel includes Randall Garrett, a Dallas artist and professor at El Centro College and Troy Pelias, an architect and member of the City of Frisco’s Public Art Board.
Questions? Contact Paige: pprater@friscoarts.orgFor details and entry form, click HERE.



TCU Art in the Metroplex. 

Deadline 8/25/14

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 9 – City of Frisco’s Public Art Board – City Hall

Deadline 9/5/14
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:   Click HERE for the online submission form.



Materials Hard & Soft

Deadline 9/5/14

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


Ratpack Magic: Memories of the Golden Age of Crooners – VAGF Show

 Deadline 10/1/14

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 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.

Deadline 10/24/14
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, and include the dimensions, title, and medium of the pieces.  For more information, click HERE.

CFA: Summer at thegallery8680

“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.


To submit work, email 1-5 images in 300 dpi digital format.  Please keep files well organized and manageable.  List the size, media and description of works.  An artist statement is required with the submission.  All submissions should be in JPEG files.  Cloud, web pages or Drop Box submissions are not accepted.

submission of 1 to 3 pieces =$12  More than 3 submissions are $5 each.

gallery requirements

  • Art should be ready-to-hang with secure wiring; secured wire that does not stretch [eventually appearing above the work].  Hanging apparatus attached that supports the weight of the piece.
  • 1“– 2” stretcher frames are acceptable; edges should be cleaned, painted or finished in some manner if not framed.  Saw tooth hooks are not acceptable.
  • If artwork includes multiple pieces, submit a diagram for hanging [including desired dimensions for spacing]; work not in appliance with requirements will not be hung.

timeline of show
Please have all submissions in by 5pm Friday 25th July [works can be submitted before this time].
Acceptance notification: Monday 28th July
Delivery between: 4-6pm Monday 4th August
Artists and guests reception: 7-9pm Friday 15th August
Pick-up between: 4-6pm Tuesday 2nd September



“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


p 214 -585-8175 [please leave voice message]
the gallery is located:@ 8680 main street suite e1 frisco texas 75034.
robyn parker feehan creative director the gallery8680

we’re back!


artseen logo 2014

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 if you have questions.


awesome april (day 16) – oil paint and potential

Advice to young artists and those young-at-heart.

fresh paint studio

“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

Light and Darkness, 1993 Light and Darkness, 1993

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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eight11 place

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


march 2014

Spring has sprung, and the art fun has begun….


Arts in the Square


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

“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



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.

The Arts and Music Guild‘s “Unique By Nature” Art Show in downtown McKinney.  Drop off/deadline is April 19.  Opening reception May 3.  Show runs through May 17.  Details HERE.




AITS – new and improved

Arts in the Square

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 

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  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

call for artists for festival of trees 2013


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!

Questions?  Contact Paige Prater at or (972)668-5180  —

ArtSeen Studio Tour is this weekend in Frisco


artseen studio tour 2013ARTSEEN STUDIO TOUR

OCTOBER 19 + 20,2013

Saturday 10am -5pm

Sunday 1pm – 5pm


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 (  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

Questions?  Contact Misty at

what’s happening this week


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.

plano invitePlano 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

The deadline for artists to sign up for our 3rd annual ArtSeen Studio Tour is this Sunday, August 18.  Click HERE for more info.

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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.

2 solo shows


about time

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

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

Art Events:

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.

Save the date for the third annual ArtSeen Studio Tour — October 19 & 20.  Look for details in our upcoming posts.  Please note:  our URL is now

artseen studio tour 2013

texas biennial


Did you know that Texas has a Biennial?  We do, and they’re taking submissions now thru February 28.  Find out more at  They’ve even got links to the past biennial shows, so you can check out the previous participants’ work.

Here’s a link the catalog from 2011.


What is a professional artist?

marketing and selling art by Misty Oliver-Foster

As I’m preparing for my upcoming workshops on marketing and selling art, I wanted to share this brief thought with you.

Often, our road to becoming a “professional” starts with a shift in our mindset about ourselves.  Then, that attitude is projected to others and reflected in our work.   We are professional as artists when we decide to be a professional.

It doesn’t matter if you make art “full time” or have a 9-5 office job and make art 10 hours a week.  You are the only one who can define who and what you are. There are a lot of “experts” in this matter (highly opinionated, often overly-educated, and undoubtedly creatively constipated), who will try to determine if you are truly good enough to call yourself a professional artist.  Don’t let anyone else define that for you.

“I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.”

  — Ben Shahn

Would you like to see posts from artseen as soon as they’re posted?  Look for our “email subscription” button on the right column.   Spread the word —  tell your friends about us.   Do you have some ideas to share?  Contact us at to submit your own blog post.   We love promoting artists! { art + artists + community}

Hunting Art Prize Deadline November 30

Fellow artists!  You don’t want to miss this opportunity.  Did you know that The Hunting Art Prize is open to any Texas artist 18+ and offers a $50,000 cash prize for one fortunate artist?  It is absolutely free to enter, so why not?  Last year there were about 1500 entries, and 109 artists were selected as finalists and invited to show their work in a gala in Houston.  Several of the finalists sold their work at the gala, while others were approached by galleries or made other connections with artists and art dealers.

Two Frisco artists have been recognized as finalists in recent years. Jim Van Kirk (2011) and Misty Oliver-Foster  (2012).  Perhaps this could be your year!  Details below.

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, which is sponsored by the international oil services company Hunting PLC, 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. Artwork submitted for consideration must be a single two-dimensional painting or drawing not exceeding 72 inches on any side (including frame, if any).

Sign Up & Submission Artists must sign up using the electronic form at and upload one digital file representing their selected artwork. The digital file must be in JPEG format, no less than 1MB, and no greater than 2MB in size.  Deadline All entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, November 30, 2012.

Questions? Email For further details on submission criteria, terms, and conditions, visit

About Hunting PLC Hunting PLC is an international oil services company providing support solutions to the world’s largest oil and gas concerns. Established in 1874, it is a fully listed public company, traded on the London Stock Exchange. For further information, visit

Thanks for the memories!







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!

Photo: This is a crazy looking group! It's most of the artists from the artseen tour. If you missed the tour today, there's still time tomorrow from 1-5 to see them in their studios.

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!

artseen studio tour is this weekend

T. Scott Stromberg

T. Scott Stromberg in his studio

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   View images of their work and read about their backgrounds in art.

Misty Oliver-Foster’s studio

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

September 2012 CFAs and Events


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
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 (must register) and find the show for more details.

Hunting Art Prize – open to all Texas artists (18+); one $50K prize;  deadline November 30.


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  See the “Why So Serious” art exhibit while you’re there – featuring art by regional artists/comedians.

50/50 show @thegallery8680 — this Friday night only.  Featuring 50 works by Misty Oliver-Foster, all for only $50 each.  7-9m.  8680 W. Main Street, Frisco.

Dallas Art Dealers Assn. (DADA) Fall Art Walk this Saturday, September 22.  Get a map and details of events at

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.

Oktoberfest in Downtown McKinney –  Oktoberfest is Friday, September 28th 4p-11p and Saturday, September 29th 10a-11p; Art galleries and other fun.

Have an event, show or blog post to share?  Let us know.  We’re here to spread the word about ART in Frisco and beyond.

get over it.

antony micallef

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to get to know a lot of artists.  Some of the artists have a  degree in art, some have training in college, workshops or private instruction, and some are self-taught.  But one thing that is consistent with pretty much everyone I’ve met is that we’re all a bit insecure.  And we make a lot of excuses.

Some of the most common excuses I hear for would-be artists not participating in the ‘art world’ are  things like not having enough work, not having a studio that was ‘good enough,’ or, better yet, not feeling like they’re a ‘real’ artist.

Real artist?  What is a real artist?Graffiti Grandma

I read a quote yesterday that “The only thing that makes one an artist is making art.” (David Rakoff)  If that is true, then what is our excuse?  We should have the easiest job in the world, right?  I mean, does giving someone medicine make you a doctor?  Does filing our taxes make us a CPA?  Nope.  But if all we have to do is create something to be an artist, then what’s holding us back?


We are all to some degree afraid.  Afraid of rejection, of being criticized, of being compared.  Of making a complete fool of ourselves.  Of making people mad.  Afraid of letting the world in on our private thoughts and feelings and points of view.

But what’s the payoff for not making art?  Frustration.  Unhappiness.  Regret.

I view my journey as an artist as just that – a journey,  a process, an adventure.  I started out as a young woman with a dream, but had absolutely no idea how to make it happen.  I went to college, got a degree in art, worked in a bank, then worked in a school, but I still didn’t know how to be a ‘real’ artist.  I took one step at a time, and eventually started figuring a few things out.  I joined the local art league.  I learned (the hard way) that I need to put wire on the back of my painting before submitting it to a show.  Through volunteering, I eventually learned how to plan and execute an art show on my own.  I learned how to network.   I learned that I loved to show my work.  Showing my work made me a better teacher.  Showing my work made me a better artist.  Showing my work made me a happier person.

I got to travel a little bit, and realized that there are a lot of people showing their work all over the world.  Many were a lot better than me.  And, to be honest, there were some that weren’t.  Haven’t we all known an artist (or two, or three…) who seems to being doing great in the art world, but we really think that their work wasn’t all that great?  We know that we could do better than that.  We criticize and judge in our hearts, but deep down we’re really just jealous.  Jealous that he or she had more guts than us to go after something they wanted.

Being an artist doesn’t mean that you have to make art 24/7, or even every day.  It doesn’t mean that it has to be your full-time job.  (Thank goodness!)  It means simply that you make art.   Say the things you need to say in a language that only you can create.

We can’t control how others view it.  We can’t control if people buy it.  We can’t control if they understand it or even like it.  All we can do is make it.

Andy Warhol

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”  – Andy Warhol

My hope is that some of you that read this will use this as a catalyst to make art.  Get rid of your fear – at least enough to make more art and show it often.  And, hopefully, some of you will decide that this time next year, you will be a part of the studio tour.  And if a studio tour isn’t right for you, then find another goal, one that challenges you a little bit.   Write down your goals, and post it somewhere that you can see it every day.

What can you do this week that challenges you as an artist?  Sign up for a class?  Submit work into a show?  Simply set up your easel or work area and make something?

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce



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


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 Deadline All entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, November 30, 2012.

“Do, or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda

Summertime, Part 2

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.


Misty Oliver-Foster, “Opalescent Adolescence: Big Sister/Little Sister”

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 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.

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

Also Saturday in Dallas – The Design District Gallery Day, noon – 9pm.

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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

CFAs July 2012

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


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.

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.

Membership Show 2012

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.

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 and see ‘open call’ tab.

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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.  Interested?  Contact us at

 Seventh Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition (Dallas) —  Deadline August 24. The Catholic Foundation announced a call for submissions to the Seventh Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition.  The Foundation is accepting work from professional artists throughout Texas now through Friday, August 24, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. The winning artist will receive a $2,500 stipend and will have his or her work featured for one year as a larger-than-life mural in the Catholic Foundation Plaza, located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Honorable mentions will receive $250 each.

Coming Soon…

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.

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.

Summertime, part 1

Summer is here!  Time to take a vacation, relax a bit and take in (and make) some art! 

• 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  Thegallery8680, 8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033.

•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.

•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.

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.

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

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 with any questions.

Local Art Shows this weekend…and beyond

There are a ton of art shows in the area this weekend, and here are several that are worth checking out.


101×101 @ 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



Chas 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  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:
 Nathaniel Smyth:  Character Studies
Opens April 14
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios
107 S. Tennessee, McKinney
Reception Saturday, April 14,  7-10pm
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:


The 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.

COMING UP — more to look forward to

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Spring Gallery Walk — April 21
 Art in the Square, Southlake — April 27 – 29 —
Cottonwood Art Festival — May 5 & 6 —
Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s cookout — May 5 —
Next Post:  new CFAs  (Calls for Artists)
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Artists: Be Your Own DIY Network

Originally posted on, reposted from

Three Reasons Artists Need to be More DIY

(do it yourself)

Jeb Matulich

Art by Jeb Matulich

1) DIY means Community

When artists work together they can create amazing events, exhibitions, and opportunities to promote their work. When my friend and fellow artist dreamed up the idea for opening our own gallery and producing our own events, we knew we would need help—so we turned to our other artist friends for help.

Other artists aren’t your competition. They are your greatest allies. Doing it yourself, doesn’t mean going it alone.

Working alone in your studio can be a lonely task. When you finally come up for air you’ll need the support of people who understand exactly why you do what you do. Every artist can benefit from being part of a network of friends and colleagues that truly understands the obstacles and concerns that other artists face.

Your network, your group of creative peers, are your greatest resource for finding and getting the information and support you need. Artists thrive in communities. Being a part of a community of artists means having a built in support system.

Barbara J. Mason

Art by Barbara J. Mason

 2) DIY means More Money

Let’s do what I like to call “art math”. Let’s say you have a gallery exhibition of 30 artworks, each priced at $3000. The gallery does a great job of marketing and selling the work for you and the show is a smash hit! In fact you sell every artwork in the exhibition. That means $90,000 in sales. YAY!

But wait. Subtract the gallery’s 50% fee they earned for working their butts off to sell your work. That leaves you with $45,000. Oh but wait. Subtract another 15% for taxes. And another 20% for expenses. That leaves you with around $30,000. And then remember that you only have a solo exhibition once every 3 years in that gallery, so divide that by 3. That leaves you $10,000 a year to live on until your next solo exhibition. Congratulations!

Clearly you need to have other avenues of income if you’re going to survive. You can’t rely on one gallery, or even 3 for that matter, to bring in all of your income. If you really want a fatter bank account, you’ll have to do a pretty big share of the heavy lifting yourself–Especially in the beginning of your career.

A. Eilene Carver

Art by A. Eilene Carver

 3) DIY means Freedom and Opportunity

If you’re the one at the reigns of your career, that means you have complete control over what you make, how often you make it and when and where to show it. Isn’t that the goal?

Sure, it’s great when you find a gallery to sell your new work. But what if you aren’t working with a gallery? Or what if the gallery’s jam-packed exhibition schedule doesn’t have room for your work until 2014? Or worse yet, what if after waiting 2 years for your first solo exhibition, the gallery goes out of business a month before your exhibition is set to open?

Becoming more DIY means embracing the many new avenues that are available to exhibit and promote your art rather than relying one possibility.

Ultimately, when artists embrace the DIY mentality, it means they stop waiting to be “discovered”. It means that instead of waiting for opportunities, they go out and create opportunities for themselves.

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** Note from artseen:  We’re planning on the 2nd annual artseen studio tour this October, so start getting your studios ready, artists!  Last year we had a great turnout, with many art sales.  This is an easy way to DIY!

Great Art Shows this Month!

There are some great shows coming up, plus a couple of Calls for Artists you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, February 10, 7:00 – 10:00pm

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.

Art by Helen Minkes

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  (Image linked from her site).

Annie Lee Original

Annie Lee:  A Texas Farewell opens at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios.

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 Logo

Sunday, February 12,  1:00 – 4:00pm

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

Misty Oliver-Foster, "Loverboy Blues"

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 and

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.

If you can’t make it on the 17th, contact gallery director Robyn Feehan to set up a time.   You can find info on thegallery8680 at


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.

Visual Arts Society of Texas (Denton) — 44th Annual National Exhibition.  The deadline is Friday, February 10!

Hope to see you at some of these events!

January CFAs and Events

January –   new year, new goals, and new ART!

It’s time to get busy making and selling your art, and here are some opportunities for you to do so.

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

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.  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 and she will send you an artist participation form.

Visual Arts Society of Texas’ 44th Annual National Exhibition (Denton).  The deadline for this prestigious show is February 10.

Plano Art Association’s Annual 125 Mile Show.  The deadline is February 12.  Click here for more information.

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!


Selling Your Art Online

Here’s a great post from ArtGroupsDFW, forwarded to me by artist Barbara J. Mason— lots of great info for artists!  The original link is:

Selling Your Art Online: a Guide to Artist Websites, Online Galleries and Stores, and Auction Sites

The Internet offers a wonderful opportunity to sell your art! Here are some ideas for you to use. Please note that inclusion of a website does not imply an endorsement since this list is intended as examples of possibilities and is certainly not complete. Many sites are free or a free version with limited features is available. Some ability to edit images of your work is usually needed – for help on that see the last section.

This guide is divided into five sections:

1. Artist websites (blogs, photo galleries, and personal websites)
2. Online art galleries (collective)
3. Online stores
4. Auction and classified ad sites
5. Helpful guides and resources

Artist websites (blogs, photo galleries, and personal websites)

The most famous artist blog is the “Painting a Day” concept site by Duane Keiser. An example of a local artist is the Nancy Standlee Art Blog. Blogs are easy to use — they’re much like composing an email message. Digital photos and images are loaded easily. You can set up an email subscriber service so that interested parties receive your latest posting automatically. They provide RSS coding, which can be used by RSS reader sites, such as Google Reader. Some can coordinate with your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Some examples of free blogs:

Photo Galleries
An informal artist gallery can be constructed by using an online photo site. Editing of images is not required but, of course, they would look better if you do. Many of these sites actually have online photo editing tools. Negotiating payment with a buyer can be tricky. Payment may be arranged by email or phone; PayPal is a useful resource for this. Caveat: Some sites may permit the public to download your images or have photos developed. Some free sites:
PhotoBucket – Photobucket will link to eBay or blogs

Personal websites
There are many free sites where you can build your own gallery — your own telecommunications host may offer you one. If you don’t know how to do web design, look for a site that offers templates or website creation software. To find a local webmaster, check out the websites of other local artists. If you wish to sell art directly off your website, you can employ several payment methods: PayPal, credit cards, cashier’s checks and communication by phone or email. Many web hosting services offer free templates, as well as fee-based graphic services, shopping carts, and credit purchasing support.

There is much advice about the design of artist websites  — just keep it simple, readable and professional. Don’t go overboard with personal details or your artist statement. If working with galleries, pricing is a sensitive issue for them so you may not want to display prices.

Keep in mind that unless you are well-known, personal websites usually receive miniscule amounts of purchasing traffic in comparison to online collective galleries, stores or auction sties. The problem with a group site is a different one – that of standing out amidst the crowd. To find free sites go to, which is directory list of 300+ free web hosting providers.

Online art galleries (collective)

Absolute Arts – free or premiere membership for 15,000+ artists.

CritiqueMyArt – a free place where artists post their art and their news and other artists and art lovers respond. Very much like a community Blog.

Dallas Arts Revue Member Pages – A gallery created by webmaster J R Compton. $100 for the first year and  six images on their Member Page, and $75 each additional year, with one additional image per year.

EBSQ – Self Representing Artists – Includes artist directory and portfolios. Combines an online arts community atmosphere with easy-to-use tools to do DIY marketing and allow you to link to where you sell your art: (has auction posting tools),,, Facebook, Twitter or your personal Blog or website.  $89/yr. http://

FASO: Fine Art Studio Online – Free basic website and tiered prices.

Fine Art America – Free basic account or premium account. – provides free space for artist portfolios to showcase their work to companies interested in licensing art for commercial use.

Online stores

CafePress – You can add your artwork or designs to 250+ products such as t-shirts, calendars, etc. Free basic account and premium options.

Art Menu – Sell limited edition reproduction works of art on canvas or paper. Limited to 20 quality local painters and photographers. Dallas-based.

DeviantART – Largest art gallery and community in the world – As a member, you can collect favorites, submit art, and track your friends and favorite artists. Free and choice membership levels. Offers a wide variety of merchandise you design including photo prints, canvas prints, calendars, puzzles, mousepads, mugs, coasters, postcards and magnets. Membership $30/yr; Premium Prints Subscription Accounts $24.95/yr.

Etsy – Sell your art or handcrafted items or almost anything! Sign up – free, your own shop – free, listing an item – 20 cents, selling – 3.5% fee. All listings include up to 5 images and stay up for 4 months. Seller chooses what payment methods used; Etsy recommend PayPal, as it facilitates instant payment and offers anti-fraud protection.
EtsyDallas, a local group that you can join, coordinates local publicity and sales events in Dallas.

Imagekind – Create and sell art prints with your own framed designs – all with no upfront costs. Get a free online gallery and promote your art on your website or in our marketplace. Imagekind handles all product creation, credit card processing, shipping, and customer service! Markup your art, and keep 100% of the profit; earn 15% commission on frames, mats and glazing; nothing to buy, stock, or ship. Note: Limited no. of images free; more capacity with monthly ($8-12) or yearly fees ($95).

Lulu – Self-publishing site — create books and printed merchandise and sell them. Products include art portfolios, photo books, posters, calendars and art prints as well as other kinds of publications. Lulu produces each item when ordered, and handles all payment transactions and filling of orders. Markup the base price by the amount you wish to earn for each product you sell. Free accounts.

RedBubble – RedBubble is an art community and online art gallery that makes it easy to sell your art, photos, designs and illustrations as high-quality framed prints, mounted prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, posters, designer T-Shirts and more. RedBubble produces each product when ordered, and handles all payment transactions and filling of orders. Markup the base price by the amount you wish to earn for each product you sell. Free accounts.

Auction and classified ad sites

Art by Us – Free to list, but optional features cost.

eBay – The largest online auction site and also the largest art auction site – over a million postings of art and crafts items at any one time. Famous artists and lower-priced art are the best sellers. Typical bidding and Buy It Now format. Online store fronts also available. Special art categories. Helpful marketing tools and fraud deterrants. PayPal recommended. Fees for posting (based on initial selling price), selling (based on a percentage of the final sale price), hosting of images and listing upgrades.

Craig’s List – Free classified ad service. Dallas – Fort Worth is one of the specific areas served. Ads can include up to four images; run 45 days; and are limited to one ad placed every 48 hours. Category to list in: For Sale: Arts+Crafts. Other art-related categories: Community: Artists; Jobs: Art/Media/Design; Services: Creative. Free accounts. A great resource for marketing locally.

Helpful guides and resources

Allworth Press  – 300+ books to help creative professionals in the arts succeed

“Selling Art Without Galleries: Toward Making a Living From Your Art” by Daniel Grant, published by Allworth Press, Nov. 2006. This comprehensive guide takes you beyond the walls of ultra-competitive commercial galleries. Learn how to exhibit and sell your work in a host of nontraditional venues, including online, through open studio events, on cruise ships, and in hospitals, restaurants, and art fairs.

 ArtBizCoach and Art Biz Blog: Art marketing secrets, research and motivation by Alyson B. Stanfield and Check out Helpful Sites and Services for Your Art Business & Career; Web Sites, Blogs, and Technology for Artists. Both website and blog offer free email newsletters or you can follow by Twitter.

Art Print Issues: a business blog for visual artists by Barney Davey.

eBay: Art Selling Guide. (there are 1000+ user-created guides on buying and selling art on eBay – go to and click on the category Art.)

How to Best Sell Art Online. By Barney Davey on the site.

Selling Art Online: Information on Where (and How) to Sell Art on the Internet Note: The Empty Easel site is dedicated to the business of art – sign up for the free email newsletter.

PayPal – online payment system for auctions and websites. The service allows anyone to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, buyer credit or account balances, without sharing financial information.

Fotoflexor – free online photo editing site

Picnik – another excellent free online photo editing site

Web Photo Resizer – free online photo editing site Graphics Software – Tips, tutorials and information on graphics software.

Photographing your artwork: Angie Vangalis gives you tips on shooting your artwork with a digital camera.

How to Photograph Art by J R Compton.

Best of luck to all of you artists out there!

Art Tour & Gallery Show in McKinney this Weekend

Brian J. Magnuson

Cowboys of the Grand Canyon

The Winter Series by  Brian J. Magnuson

Opening Night – Saturday, November 12th 7-10pm

Laura Moore Fine Art Studios in downtown McKinney, Texas, is pleased to present Brian J. Magnuson’s most recent work, “Cowboys of the Grand Canyon, The Winter Series.” This exhibition of black and white images beautifully captures the rugged Arizona cowboy working the mules down the steep canyon descent in the heart of winter during a snowstorm.

Magnuson again presents stunning classical hand printed darkroom images that take the viewer behind the scenes for a detailed look at the life of a Grand Canyon cowboy during the canyon’s wintery weather. The viewer will be given a front row seat of the dramatic views of the complexity of the canyon from the snow-covered rim to the warmer paths below.

Magnuson, of McKinney, Texas, has made many trips down the canyon over an eight-year span to document the cowboys. He has held many one-man shows across America as well as been included in several group showings. His work has been featured on the Good Morning Oklahoma television program, the Dallas Morning News and other publications. Through December 7th at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios,  107 S. Tennessee, McKinney, TX 75069.  More info at

McKinney Art
Studio Tour (MAST)

Saturday,  November 12th 10a-5p
Sunday, November 13th 12p-4p

In collaboration with the McKinney Art Studio Tour (MAST), Magnuson will amaze all with a larger than life camera that will turn your world upside down. Come see the magic!  Experience what it would be like if you were to walk into the body of your camera as you photograph the world.

Demos of the giant camera obscura will occur on the hour and half hour during the MAST tour, Saturday, November 12th 10a-5p (last demo at 4:30p) and Sunday, November 13th 12p-4p (last demo at 3:30p).  Tickets are $5 for adults, free for 18 and under.  Even the ticket is worth framing – it’s a limited edition print by artist Lynne Hubner – while they last, then we’ll have to start using the regular kind…

Start the tour at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios gallery or at any MAST location. Tour all studios on the MAST and you will be eligible for a free gift!

Information provided by Laura Moore Fine Art Studios.

Images © Brian J. Magnuson

November Art Events and CFAs

photo courtesy of Celeste Seitz, artseen studio tour 2011

Hello, artists and art lovers!  This is such a beautiful time of year in North Texas, and it’s a great time to get out and see some art! 
Here are some shows and tours that you might be interested in:
Art Tours & Walks:
•Denison Fall  Fine Art Tour – November 5 & 6
•8th Annual Gallery VIII Artists and Friends Studio Tour – November 5 & 6.  Plano, Allen, Murphy, Parker.
•McKinney Artist Studio Tour – November 11 & 12 .  McKinney, TX.
•Art Center of North Texas Art Walk, November 12, 2-4pm.
Art Shows:
•”Black and White” at thegallery8680 – through November 13.
•”Beautiful,”  VAGF Fall Member Show, – through November 12 at the Frisco Discovery Center.
•”Advanced Students Art Show” at the Collin College Arts Gallery – now through November 10.
•”Citation” – TVAA Juried Show.  November 3-27, PFamily Arts Gallery, Plano.  Reception Saturday, November 19, 7-9pm.
•”Art in the Atrium,” opening reception Wednesday, November 2, 7-9pm @ George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6106 Frisco Square Blvd. (City Hall).  This is always a great show, with talents from all over the area.  You don’t want to miss this!
Calls for Artists:
•Hunting Art Prize — open to all Texas artists 18+.   Two-dimensional drawing and painting accepted.  One grand prize of $50K.  The deadline is November 30.
• 2011 9×12″ Works on Paper Show, Ft. Worth.  Deadline November 15.  Show is December 10-29.  Details at
• Bath House Cultural Center – 18th Annual “El Corazon” Exhibit; deadline January 2.  –

See our “artist resources” page for links to other local and state-wide associations that post calls for artists.

The time has come!

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.

A. Eilene Carver, artseen studio tour

A. Eilene Carver in her studio

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.

Artist Cheryl Johson works on her fused glass jewelry.

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.

Jeb Matulich, studio

Jeb Matulich is ready for the studio tour

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.

Misty Oliver-Foster, artseen studio tour, frisco artist

Misty Oliver-Foster

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!


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