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!

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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!

“out of the studio” at thegallery8680

"Out of the Studio" exhibit at thegallery8680

“Out of the Studio” exhibit at thegallery8680

Thegallery8680’s newest exhibition “Out of the Studio” opened Friday, October 10 at our dual-purpose party:  Artists’ Reception and the official Kickoff of the ArtSeen Studio Tour.

Mixed Media work by Kimberly Etheridge-Reid.

Mixed Media work by Kimberly Etherington-Reid.

Three artists have come together to exhibit their work, “Out of the Studio,” and all have close ties to Frisco.  Theresa Traweek and Rebecca Reagan Boatman are both professors of art at our Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, and Kimberly Etherington-Reid is a former student there.

Painting by Theresa Traweek

Painting by Theresa Traweek

Traweek and Etherington-Reid recently spent a summer painting together.  While their mutual influence is evident, both artists bring their own fresh, layered style to the show. Theresa’s large, mixed media paintings are fascinating to examine closely, yet their depth is fully appreciated from across the room.  Kim’s work explores both traditional painting media and also the use of paper as a painting tool.

Rebecca Reagan Boatman in her White Rock Lake Studio

Rebecca Reagan Boatman in her White Rock Lake Studio

Rebecca Reagan Boatman’s work “is influenced by reliquaries which are containers of sacred objects.”  Many of her mixed media sculptures are like Venus figures, that have been unearthed from a mysterious pre-historic tribe.  As you study these figures and containers, you find hidden treasures, symbols of our universal human experience.

Rebecca Boaman (r) is explaining one of her 3D pieces to Kimberly Reid (l).

Rebecca Reagan Boaman (r) is explaining one of her 3D pieces to Kimberly Etherington-Reid.

If you didn’t get a chance to see this show, it’s a must-see on this weekend’s Studio Tour*.  Look for thegallery8680 at stop #10 on our tour MAP.  It’s conveniently located on Main Street in the Crestview Professional Center.  There is extra parking in the back, if the front lot is full.

Click HERE to read more about each artist.

*Please note that the exhibit hours will be 1pm – 5pm on Sunday, since the gallery also functions as a church meeting space on Sunday mornings for TrueNorth Church.  Exhibit hours on Saturday are still 11am – 5pm.

An Exciting Week of Art

Frisco artists will be out in full force over the next week, opening new shows as well as their studios!

The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco opens their newest member show “Rat Pack Magic: The Golden Age of Crooners” on Wednesday, October 8 at the thegallery8680Frisco Discovery Center.  The show features VAGF Members’ renditions of music, fedoras, swanky nightclubs and that unmistakable crooner style.  The reception is from 7:00 –  9:00pm and is open to the public.  Awards will be announced at 8:00pm.  The Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway on the east side of the Dallas North Tollway, at Cotton Gin Road.

On Friday evening, October 10, thegallery8680 is hosting a fantastic party, which is serving double duty as an Artists’  Reception for their new exhibit “Out of the Studio”  and a Kickoff Party for the upcoming ArtSeen Studio Tour the following weekend, October 18 and 19.  Rub elbows with the exhibiting artists Rebecca Boatman, Kim Reid and Theresa Traweek during the party, and meet the artists who will be a part of the Studio Tour.  The Kickoff Party will be from 7:00 – 9:00pm this Friday at thegallery8680, located at 8680 W. Main Street in Frisco.  The gallery is located on the north side of Main Street, between Dr. Pink Road and Preston Road,  in the Crestview Professional Center.

T. Scott Stromberg

T. Scott Stromberg in his studio

All of this fun will be extended to the following weekend, during the 4th Annual ArtSeen Studio Tour.  This year features 16 artists in studios all over town.  The tour has become a fall staple for Frisco, and is a great way to see the local artists in action. The VAGF show and thegallery8680 exhibit will both be a part of the Studio Tour, so if you can’t make the opening receptions (or want to take a second look at the shows), put that on your agenda for the tour.   You can find out about each artist and get a map of the tour at www.artseentour.com.

The Artists of Frisco are looking forward to meeting you!

ArtSeen Studio Tour is this weekend in Frisco

 

artseen studio tour 2013ARTSEEN STUDIO TOUR

OCTOBER 19 + 20,2013

Saturday 10am -5pm

Sunday 1pm – 5pm

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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.

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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.

what’s happening this week

cityscapes

Thegallery8680 opens “Cityscapes” this Friday, August 16, with the opening reception from 7-9pm.  Come out and mingle with other art lovers, and meet the artists.  Thegallery8680 always has great food and plenty of libations, so bring a friend.  www.thegallery8680.com.

plano invitePlano Art Association invites you all to the grand opening of their new gallery space, along with their new show “Changes” this Saturday, August 17.   The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 4pm, and the reception is from 5-8pm.  Details at www.planoartassociation.com.

The deadline for artists to sign up for our 3rd annual ArtSeen Studio Tour is this Sunday, August 18.  Click HERE for more info.

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Have you seen the solo shows of Barbara J. Mason and Matt Bagley at The Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center?  The show is up the month of August.   Matt’s reception is Wednesday, August 21, from 7-9pm and Barbara’s reception is Wednesday, August 28, from 7-10pm.  Details HERE.

2 solo shows

 

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.