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.

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.

“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!

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.

CFA: Summer at thegallery8680

“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.

 

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.

fee
submission of 1 to 3 pieces =$12  More than 3 submissions are $5 each.

gallery requirements

  • 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

 

thegallery8680

“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

 

contact
thegallery8680@gmail.com
p 214 -585-8175 [please leave voice message]
e thegallery8680@gmail.com
the gallery is located:@ 8680 main street suite e1 frisco texas 75034.
robyn parker feehan creative director the gallery8680

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.

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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.

artseen studio tour 2013

 

 

 

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

 

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

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!

September 2012 CFAs and Events

CFAs

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.

 http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/files/1013/4489/0740/VAGF_artem._Prospectus.pdf

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).

http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/festival-of-trees-2012/

ART PRIZES

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.

50/50 show @thegallery8680 — this Friday night only.  Featuring 50 works by Misty Oliver-Foster, all for only $50 each.  7-9m.  8680 W. Main Street, Frisco.

Dallas Art Dealers Assn. (DADA) Fall Art Walk this Saturday, September 22.  Get a map and details of events at www.dallasartdealers.org

Laura Moore Fine Art Studios  –  Saturday, Sept. 22nd 11:30a – 12:30.   Gallery Talk with William and Carolyn Patterson

Plano Art Association meet and greet –  Tuesday, September 25 @ 6:45pm.  www.planoartassociation.com

Oktoberfest in Downtown McKinney –  Oktoberfest is Friday, September 28th 4p-11p and Saturday, September 29th 10a-11p; Art galleries and other fun.

Have an event, show or blog post to share?  Let us know.  artseenhere@gmail.com  We’re here to spread the word about ART in Frisco and beyond.

Summertime, Part 2

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

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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 georgi.still@grandecom.net 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.

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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

Coming Soon…

art:21 — Art in the 21st Century — free viewing parties

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Come see the new Art:21 series from PBS — free viewings at thegallery8680.

Here is the schedule for the Art:21 series:

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

Summertime, part 1

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  thegallery8680@gmail.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 artseenhere@gmail.com with any questions.

Local Art Shows this weekend…and beyond

There are a ton of art shows in the area this weekend, and here are several that are worth checking out.

FRIDAY NIGHT

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

 

SATURDAY 

 
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/ctwfa
 
 
 Nathaniel 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
 

ALL WEEKEND

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 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

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