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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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 email@example.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!
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.
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 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
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’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 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.
*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.
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 Frisco 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 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!
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.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Thegallery8680 is looking for submissions for their newest show: summer.
To submit work, email 1-5 images in 300 dpi digital format. Please keep files well organized and manageable. List the size, media and description of works. An artist statement is required with the submission. All submissions should be in JPEG files. Cloud, web pages or Drop Box submissions are not accepted.
submission of 1 to 3 pieces =$12 More than 3 submissions are $5 each.
Art should be ready-to-hang with secure wiring; secured wire that does not stretch [eventually appearing above the work]. Hanging apparatus attached that supports the weight of the piece.
1“– 2” stretcher frames are acceptable; edges should be cleaned, painted or finished in some manner if not framed. Saw tooth hooks are not acceptable.
If artwork includes multiple pieces, submit a diagram for hanging [including desired dimensions for spacing]; work not in appliance with requirements will not be hung.
timeline of show
Please have all submissions in by 5pm Friday 25th July [works can be submitted before this time].
Acceptance notification: Monday 28th July
Delivery between: 4-6pm Monday 4th August
Artists and guests reception: 7-9pm Friday 15th August
Pick-up between: 4-6pm Tuesday 2nd September
“Our desire is to create a space for emerging artists of a visionary nature. Whether self-taught or raised within the disciplines of art, we believe that the essence of true artistic expression comes from an earnest desire to “say something.” We aim to facilitate the artist by promoting the exhibition and sale of art to the general public and invited members of the local art community.”
“Artists have a duty to find an adequate expression to convey it to as many souls as possible, ensuring that their works are accessible enough to be appreciated”- George Sand 1872
p 214 -585-8175 [please leave voice message]
the gallery is located:@ 8680 main street suite e1 frisco texas 75034.
robyn parker feehan creative director the gallery8680
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
thegallery8680: “me, myself and i” — deadline this Friday! Show runs October 19 – 28. Opening reception on Friday, October 19 – which is also the kickoff party for the artseen studio tour. Click this link for the prospectus: me myself and i.
VAGF – Fall Member Show “art ’em” — drop off/deadline Sunday, September 30. The show runs September 30 – November 3, and will be featured during the artseen studio tour October 20 & 21.
TVAA annual Citation Juried Show – Entries due by 5pm on October 8. Show runs November 6 – December 14 at PFamily Arts Gallery in Plano. Find info at www.tvaa.org. Festival of Trees, Frisco – juried art show sponsored by Frisco Association for the Arts and thegallery8680 – paperwork due by 5pm on October 22. Festival of Trees 2012 is a local, community based, juried art exhibit, Nov 19-Dec 16, 2012, offered by Frisco Arts and thegallery8680. Proceeds from sales and a silent auction will benefit CASA of Collin County. The free and public, open-house-style joint reception and awards ceremony will be held in both galleries from 2-5PM on Sunday, Dec 2nd, 2012. Three-dimensional work (trees and wreaths) will be displayed at the Frisco Art Gallery. The silent auction for three-dimensional work will be open Nov 19-Dec 10, when the winners will be announced. Two-dimensional work will be for sale and displayed at thegallery8680, viewable by appointment only (except for the open house on December 2nd, 2-5PM).
Assistance Leauge of Houston – open to all Texas artists. Deadline October 31; $4000 1st prize, $2000 2nd prize, $1000 3rd prize. Go to www.callforentry.org (must register) and find the show for more details.
Hunting Art Prize – open to all Texas artists (18+); one $50K prize; deadline November 30. www.huntingartprize.com.
EVENTS AND SHOWS this week
frisco comedy festival — This weekend, starting Thursday! Don’t miss all of this comedic talent right here in your town! All events at Frisco Discovery Center. Get your tickets online at www.friscocomedyfestival.com. See the “Why So Serious” art exhibit while you’re there – featuring art by regional artists/comedians.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Thursday, June 28 — “Change,” featuring artists Catherine Opie, El Anatsui and Ai Weiwei
Friday, July 27– “Boundaries” featuring artists David Altmejd, Tabaimo, assume vivid astro focus, and Lynda Benglis
Friday, August 24–“History” featuring artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovic
Friday, September 28– “Balance” featuring artists Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah Sze
Location: 8680 Main Street, Frisco 75033. Doors open at 7:00, and the show starts at 7:30. Bring a friend and hang out with other local artists and art lovers. www.thegallery8680.com
and don’t forget about this weekend’s art reception — Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s “ARTrageous” reception this Saturday, June 23. (correction)
See the Guild’s new show and meet the artists Saturday night, June 23rd, from 7:00 – 9:00. Awards will be announced at 8:00pm. Location: Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034. www.vagf.org
Summer is here! Time to take a vacation, relax a bit and take in (and make) some art!
• thegallery8680 is hosting their third annual students@work art show this month. The show opened to a huge crowd on Friday, June 8. The show will be up through this month, so contact Robyn Feehan if you want to make an appointment to see the show at email@example.com. Thegallery8680, 8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033. www.thegallery8680.com.
•The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco presents “ARTrageous” at Frisco Discovery Center. As always, there’s a wide variety of great work from North Texas artists in this juried show. The Reception is Saturday, June 23, from 7-9pm, with awards are at 8:00pm. This is open to the public, so stop by and see the art. The juror for the show is Robyn Parker Feehan of thegallery8680 (busy lady). Hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm. www.vagf.org
•Hot n’ Sweaty at 500x – several Frisco artists are in the current Open Show at 500X in Dallas. Artists Janine Maupin, Josh Maupin, Carolyn M. Nelson, Amy Ishmael and Misty Oliver-Foster are a few of Frisco’s finest that are in the show. See their work during the East Dallas Gallery Day on Saturday, June 16 from noon-8:30pm. www.500x.org.
Calls for Artists (CFAs)
“CoLoR” at thegallery8680 — Filling the walls with color! Show runs July 6 – July 29. Reception is Friday, July 6 at 7pm. Deadline for entries is June 15 at 5:00pm. www.thegallery8680.com/color.
“Hideout” at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios in McKinney. What’s hiding out in your art? Deadline for entries is July 14. The show runs August 11 – September 5, 2012. Info at http://www.lauramooreart.com/resume
artseen studio tour 2012 (frisco, tx) — We’re now signing up artists for this year’s studio tour! You can find info about last year’s tour on our studio tour 2011 link and look for updates for this year’s tour at the studio tour 2012 link. To sign up, click HERE: (password is studiotour2012). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
There are a ton of art shows in the area this weekend, and here are several that are worth checking out.
101×101 @ thegallery8680
Reception/Sale Friday, April 13, 7-9pm
Over 40 regional artists have donated 101 original works for this event, which you can purchase for only $101 each. You will find art of all sizes, media and genres. Add a new treasure to your collection at this unique fundraising event! All proceeds go fund future shows at thegallery8680, a non-profit gallery space hosted by TrueNorth Church. 8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033 http://thegallery8680.blogspot.com
Chas Thornhill: Out of the Wood
April 3 – 28, 2012
PFamily Arts Gallery
4017 Preston Road, #544 (Lakeside Market)
Plano, TX 75093
Reception Saturday, April 14, from 6-9pm.
Frisco artist Chas Thornhill creates bowls, vessels, and hollow forms on the lathe using local native hardwoods. Visit his website www.chasthornhill.com for information about Chas and his work. You can see photos of his work and a sneek peek of the show on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ctwfaNathaniel Smyth: Character Studies
Opens April 14
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios
107 S. Tennessee, McKinney
Reception Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm
www.lauramooreart.com Arts in Bloom
Downtown McKinney’s Annual Art Walk
April 14, 2012
10:00am – 6:00pm
Local and regional artists will come out to play in downtown McKinney on Saturday, April 14, 2012. McKinney Main Street invites you to experience art in all forms as creative forte’s blossom throughout the Historic District. This all day event is a perfect opportunity to experience the magic of McKinney historic shopping district during the spring season with art, music, food and much, much more. Details at: http://www.mckinneytexas.org/mainstreet.aspx?id=6598
The 4th annual Dallas Art Fair — April 13-15
The 2012 Dallas Art Fair will feature over 75 prominent national and international art dealers representing painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installation by modern and contemporary artists. www.dallasartfair.com
COMING UP — more to look forward to
Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Spring Gallery Walk — April 21 www.dallasartdealers.org
Art in the Square, Southlake — April 27 – 29 — www.artinthesquare.com
Cottonwood Art Festival — May 5 & 6 — www.cottonwoodartfestival.com
Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s cookout — May 5 — www.vagf.org
Next Post: new CFAs (Calls for Artists)
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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 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.
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 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.
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!
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Thegallery8680 has put out a call for artists for their upcoming ‘black & white’ show. The show will run October 14 – November 13, and will be featured as part of the artseen studio tour 2011.
The shows at 8680 are diverse, and feature artists from all over the North Texas area and beyond. Their receptions are very well attended, drawing large crowds from Frisco and all over the area. This is a show you definitely want to be a part of.
C’mon, we know you have some art hidden away that is dying to see the world. The deadline for entries is 5PM on September 19, so get busy.
We may be having a drought right now, but there is no shortage of water at thegallery8680.
“Water,” thegallery8680’s newest show, opens this Friday night. The exhibit, curated by gallery director Robyn Parker Feehan, features dozens of diverse works of art, displaying each artist’s interpretation of water.
Previous shows have been selected by invitation only, but this is thegallery8680’s first show that included an open call for artists. The gallery received submissions from all over North Texas, and is featuring several artists who are new to showing in Frisco.
Feehan even used her connections with artists in other parts of the world to secure a series of paintings from Australian artist Lavinia Hobbs, which feature the lifestyle of Madagascar.
Smile at Night by Lavinia Hobbs
When explaining her interest for the theme of water, Feehan explains, “Water is our life source, our most precious resource. We use it for recreation and survival.”
Paintings, drawings, photography, prints and mixed media works all explore the many uses and visions of water around the world.
Wily the Whale by Renee Brown
Take time to cool off and join the party Friday night, with artwork set to the backdrop of the sultry Caribbean sound of Tania Cordobes.
The Opening Reception is this Friday, August 5th 2011 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at thegallery8680, 8680 Main Street, Frisco 75034. The show continues through September 11. For more information, contact Robyn at the information below.
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.
"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.”