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 artseenhere@gmail.com or 214-384-7200.  Deadline for submissions is September 15.

Frisco has a growing arts community and we are so excited to see our tour grow as well.  Come join us!

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 http://www.friscosquare.com/aits. Deadline:  January 30.

Thegallery8680 will present it’s first group exhibit of 2015 during February : RED.  Join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, February 6 from 7-9pm. Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main St., Frisco, 75033.   For more information, visit http://www.thegallery8680.com.


A native of India, Prexa Kapadia recently debuted her first US solo show at the Frisco Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center.  You may see her fabric and cotton works in the Reception Gallery from Jan 5-Feb 10, 2015.   Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX, 75034.  Details HERE.


Also at Frisco Discovery Center is the 3rd Annual “Impress” printmaking exhibit, on view through January 31.


And the next call for artists from Frisco Arts is: “Emoji.” Click HERE for more information on this show.  Deadline January 28.

If you want to be a part of a local group of artists, join the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco for their monthly artists’ meeting, at 7 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Their next meeting will be Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm at the Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX  75034.  You may find out more about the Guild at http://www.vagf.org.

Hope to see you around town at these great ART events!

If you have a show or call for artists to promote, please contact us at artseenhere@gmail.com.

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.  www.thegallery8680.com


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 georgi.still@grandecom.net for more information and to let her know you are coming. The Discovery Center, Saturday, July 28, Aug 4 and Aug 11 9 am to Noon, Members $10.00. Nonmembers $20.00.  www.vagf.org/upcoming_events.

Saturday evening, ladies are invited to  join the “Brazilian Blowout” show at Frisco Discovery Center. This promises to be a fun night of music, food, drinks, fashion art and pampering.  The party begins at 6:00PM.  For details and tickets, visit www.friscodiscoverycenter.org.

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

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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  www.thegallery8680.com

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 www.vagf.org/upcoming_events.

26th Annual Texas and Neighbors Show. Hosted by the Irving Art Association at Irving Arts Center, this show is open to residents of TX, LA, OK, AR and NM.  Great cash awards.  www.texasandneighbors.com.  The deadline for entries is February 1.

Alley’s House Art Fundraising Event — Want to share your creativity for a great cause?  Join Alley’s House for the “Incrementum” event on February 4.  They are still looking for artists to donate work — they even provide the canvases!  To participate you just have to fill out a participation form and pick up your canvas from alley’s house. If you would like to participate e-mail sarah.buckmeier@alleyshouse.org 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.  www.vastarts.org.

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!


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