2016 ArtSeen Tour Call for Artists

ARTSEEN LOGO OFFICIAL

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 artseentour@gmail.com.

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.

ArtSeen Studio Tour is this weekend in Frisco

 

artseen studio tour 2013ARTSEEN STUDIO TOUR

OCTOBER 19 + 20,2013

Saturday 10am -5pm

Sunday 1pm – 5pm

www.artseentour.com

CLICK HERE FOR A TOUR MAP

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.

8680

The fun actually starts on Friday night, with a Kickoff Party at thegallery8680.  Mix and mingle with the tour artists, along with other local art lovers, while lounging bohemian-style in the “Modern Nostalgia” installation by Swanky Couch (swankycouch.com).  There will be a free viewing of the movie “Moonrise Kingdom,” along with hors d’oeuvres and libations.  The party starts at 7:00pm and goes until at least 9:00pm. Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main Street in Frisco.

SHADE

On Saturday and Sunday, while you’re visiting the studios, stop by the Frisco Discovery Center to see the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s Fall Member Show, “Shade:  Aesthetics in Black, White and Gray.”     There will also be three artists to visit at the Frisco Discovery Center — Leon Robertson, Danna Gann and Jane Damon — so it’s a stop you don’t want to miss.

Artists who will be in  studios all over town will be  Thomas Jordan, Tom Freeman, Ron Sexton, Barbara J. Mason, Beejae Hawkins, Misty Oliver-Foster, Carolyn M. Nelson, T. Scott Stromberg, Robert Wedepohl (also at thegallery8680), Jennifer Monet Cowley, Wendi McGowan-Ellis, Brenda G. Thomas, and Brad Sharp.  Find out about each artist by clicking their name, or visiting the ArtSeen web site.

The weather is supposed to be perfect, so grab a coffee, a friend and a TOUR MAP for a fun day of touring studios!  The tour is self-paced ,  free, and fun for the whole family. Tour maps and information about the exhibiting artists and shows can be found at www.artseentour.com.

Questions?  Contact Misty at artseenhere@gmail.com.

about time

It’s about time we posted some CFAs, right?

cityscapes

Cityscapes @ thegallery8680 — invites all artists to give their  best interpretation of the theme CityScapes : depicting cities, towns, urban scenes and any related metropolitan subjects, for their August art exhibition. The deadline for entries is July 26.  More information here.

Delta @ The McKinney Avenue Contemporary  — One of Dallas’ biggest and wildest shows – their receptions are packed! The last day to drop off work for this annual member show is Tuesday, July 23.  Details at www.the-mac.org.

Frisco Arts presents “Sculptechular” during September at the Frisco Discovery Center.  Artists may participate in a one-month exhibit, two-week installation, or a three-day spectacle featuring three-dimensional artwork of all shapes, sizes, and mediums! Deadlines are July 26 and August 15. Find out more HERE.

Shade: Aesthetics in Black, White and Gray  —  Visual Arts Guild of Frisco presents their fall member show, at the Frisco Art Gallery in the Frisco Discovery Center.  The show is September 30 – November 3.  Deadline for entries is Sunday, August 29 from 1-3pm.  SHADE 2013 Prospectus

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. http://www.planoartassociation.org.

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 www.artseentour.com.

artseen studio tour 2013

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 http://www.artseentour.com/studiotour2012.   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 artseenhere@gmail.com.

Artists: Be Your Own DIY Network

Originally posted on  www.smokemirrorsart.com, reposted from www.makebigart.com.

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.

Link to original post:  http://www.makebigart.com/2011/07/three-reasons-artists-need-to-be-more-diy/

** 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!

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 lauramooreart.com.

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