2016 ArtSeen Tour Call for Artists

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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.

Thanks for the memories!

 

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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. www.artseenhere.com

Check it out- we were photobombed by Frida Kahlo!

And thanks to local artist Cheryl Gee — she came out to the tour, and gave us a great review on her blog.  Check it out at HERE.

Did you come out for the tour?  We’d love to have your comments on our blog.

We’re looking forward to a great tour next year!

The time has come!

The 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!

Misty

P.S.  You can see more artist photos on our artseen Facebook page.  You can also subscribe to this blog on the righthand column of this page, to get notices of posts, including art events, calls for artists and other art news.