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.

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 ArtSeenTour.com.  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 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!

invite

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.

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.

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.

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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 artseenhere@gmail.com if you have questions.

 

JOIN THE ART SCENE

 

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 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.

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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.