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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!

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!

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It’s about time we posted some CFAs, right?

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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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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

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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