Juried Photography Show at Discovery Center


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.

Juried Photography show

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.

Art Events June 2011

Upcoming Art Events

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.

Tao Te Ching by Kelly Bartlett

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  (georgi.still@grandecom.net) 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.

students@work2011 opens June 10

My Childhood City

"My Childhood City" by Soheila Rashidian

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.

Ragusa etching

"Lame" by Brooke Opie Ragusa

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.”

Astrid Arvidson

"Fly-Away Thoughts" by Astrid Arvidson

For further information on this show contact Director Robyn P Feehan at 214.585.8175 or thegallery8680@gmail.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.

Sungnam Kim

"A Dead Tree" by Sungnam Kim

robyn parker feehan
creative director
 8680main street frisco,tx.75034
e thegallery8680@gmail.com

Jane Damon’s Photography Featured at Discovery Center

May  9 – June 4 2011
“Floral and Glass Abstract Photography on Canvas”
The Discovery Center
Frisco, Texas  75034

Jane Damon 


Frisco artist Jane Damon is currently featured in the Reception Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center.  Her large-scale, colorful  photographs on canvas feature abstracts of florals and glass. 

 Jane enjoys finding perfect glass images that stir the imagination and wonderment of how they were created.  “I want people to enjoy my art and to feel that they can look at it day after day,” explains the artist.  Jane’s floral abstracts take an up close view of beautiful flowers, so that the petals glisten and you can almost feel the softness of the petals.  “My hope is they get the energy and expression that my art has to offer.”  

A native of Fort Worth, Jane has been involved in creating art since she was a little girl.  She began painting ceramics with her mother, and has since progressed and refined her art.  She now works in abstract art dealing with multiple media, including watercolors, acrylic, mixed water media and photography.  Her creative work now concentrates on abstract and contemporary work.

Jane has exhibited her work in north Texas, including Frisco Arts Association, Texas Area Artists, Mesquite Creative Arts Center, Artists Round Texas (ART), Irving Arts Center, Arlington Visual Arts Association, Rowlett Library, Sachse Library, various retail establishments in Frisco, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the State Fair of Texas. She has won numerous awards for her work, and volunteers in the art community.  She is currently serving as the President of the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco.

Jane’s current works can be viewed by visiting her website at www.ContempoArt.com.



Keith Blandford “Old Texas Forts and Farmhouses”

May 8  – June 4

Frisco Art Gallery at Discovery Center
8004 N. Dallas Parkway
Frisco, TX  75034


“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.

Spring Art Events

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.

Fran Reisner's The Dogs of Central Park

Fran Reisner’s The Dogs of Central Park

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.


help for the artist

Here are some great resources to get you motivated to make and sell your art, to get over your hang-ups, and to inspire you.

Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"

Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”

“The Artist’ Way:  A Spiritual Path to Recovery,” by Julia Cameron — a course in discovering and recovering your creative self.    This is a MUST for any artist who struggles to hear their own voice, deals with doubts and insecurities, and needs to get past themselves to get to a more creative career.  An excerpt from page 7:

  • Stop telling yourself, “It’s too late.”
  • Stop waiting until you make enough money to do something you’d really love.
  • Stop telling yourself, “It’s just my ego” whenever you yearn for a more creative life.
  • Stop telling yourself that dreams don’t matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible.
  • Stop fearing that your family and friends would think you’re crazy.
  • Stop telling yourself that creativity is a luxury and that you should be grateful for what you’ve got.

"Starving" to Successful by Jason Horejs

“Starving” to Successful: The Fine Artist’s Guide to Getting into Galleries and Selling More Art” by J. Jason Horejs

This little book is about $20, but is priceless for helping you get your work on track, get your portfolio together and get your work in front of art dealers. Very practical and easy to read.

Available at http://www.xanadugallery.com/ArtistSvcs/index.asp.

The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week

“The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week” by Summer Pierre. 

This is a really fun book, full of ideas to keep you going thru the week, especially if you’re working a 9-5 to support your art habit.  It’s not an excuse to avoid work, but it may make your workweek a little more palatable.   It’s got some fun ideas for everyone.

Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.   Click the images to access more info.

art this weekend

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.

collin college art day 2011
Collin College Art Day 2011

Come out and get inspired by what local art students are doing!

let’s get the ball rolling

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.  

VAGF Member Show

VAGF Member Show February 2011

 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.



thegallery8680 February 2011

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.