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Urban Sketchers Outing May 19 in Deep Ellum

Let’s Sketch Deep Ellum!

Greetings sketchers!

Our next sketch outing for Urban Sketchers Dallas/Fort Worth will be 10:30 am Saturday, May 19th at the Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum is a neighborhood composed largely of arts and entertainment venues near downtown in East Dallas. Deep Ellum is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in the city. Place is full of restaurants, Tatto Parlors, bars, musicians, graffiti and what not….for more info about the place

We will meet in front of – Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar, 2605 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226  at 10:30 am. We’ll start with introductions and announcements, then disperse to sketch singly, in pairs or in groups as you wish.  We’ll reconvene at 12:30 pm to share sketchbooks and for a group photo. Hang around for lunch if you can.

Bring a friend, and if this is your first outing with us, welcome!  A sketch outing isn’t a class, workshop or competition.  It’s an opportunity for creative people to meet each other, draw together, and share their sketches with each other and online.

What are the rules?
1.  There are no rules.
2.  Anyone can participate, be it to draw for 20 minutes or the full scheduled time.
3.  Any level of ability is welcome, from veteran artists to first time sketchers.
4.  Bring your own sketching gear.  A hat and sunscreen are a good idea.
5.  Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have questions shoot me an email at  Please join us!

Urban Sketchers Dallas/Fort Worth is a chapter of Urban Sketchers, an international non-profit committed to promoting on-location sketching across disciplines and around the globe.  For more information see

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Fort Worth Community Arts Center: Solo & Curator Exhibition Proposals deadline Sept. 1

Regional Show; juror Exhibition Advisory Panel
Selected Proposals get a Show in 2019

Submission DEADLINE – September 1, 2018

The mission of the EAP is to exhibit contemporary art with a focus on regional artists in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. We are looking for artist submissions for solo shows and curated proposals for group exhibitions of professional level, innovative art. Proposals should demonstrate a consistency of vision. Exhibitions will span from 3 – 6 weeks and curators may not be included in their own exhibitions.

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Glass with Kessler Craftsman May 24 at Oil & Cotton

May 24 Intro to Glass: Three Nesting Plates Class


Thursday, May 24, 6:30-9pm
Location: 817 W. Davis #110 Street
Instructor: Larry Pile
# of Students: 4-12

Under the supervision of artist Larry Pile, students will learn about kiln glass techniques and then will create a lovely trio of nesting kiln glass plates, suitable for display, serving or giving.  Students can make matching sets or make each of the three plates differently, using fusible glass supplied by the instructor.  Students will learn about color theory, learn to cut and arrange glass and will learn a bit about design skills.

The sets of three plates will then be fired & slumped (shaped) in the instructor’s Kessler Park studio and returned within 14 days.  Fun, unique and one-of-a-kind!

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HIPsters Art Show opens May 18 at Blue House Too

The Allen Arts Alliance announces an exhibit featuring the work of the HIPsters – Highly Important People, who are part of the My Possibilities continuing education program for adults with cognitive disabilities, a place where they can discover their purpose.

This exhibit features the work of HIPsters who are part of the Creative Arts Development program at My Possibilities.

My Possibilities serves adults with cognitive disabilities from throughout North Texas through a continuing education program that provides the opportunity for students to learn a variety of life skills, vocational training, arts, sports, technology, health and wellness, and more. For more information about My Possibilities

The show will open at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Gallery in Watters Creek on May 18th and will run through June 3rd.

An opening reception will be held on May 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m, come meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful work. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibit dates and location:
Thursday May 18- Sunday, June 3, 2018
Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too – Watters Creek Center – 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013.

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About the Allen Arts Alliance
The mission of the Allen Arts Alliance is to support and nurture our local arts and cultural groups as they present inspiring and entertaining experiences designed to enrich our community.

Cultivating a vibrant community, bringing art to life.


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Meadows & Amon Carter Paintings Paired for Summer Show

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
Idle Hours
ca. 1894
Oil on canvas
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas


19th-century paintings by Mariano Fortuny and William Merritt Chase

shine in first-time pairing


DALLAS (SMU) – May 15, 2018 – The Meadows Museum, SMU, presents a focused summer exhibition pairing its recent acquisition Beach at Portici (1874), by Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838–1874), with a loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Idle Hours (1894), by William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase explores Chase’s admiration of Fortuny, through two key paintings, one by the American artist and one by his Spanish predecessor, displayed together for the first time June 24 through September 23, 2018.

The depiction of leisure time at the beach was popular in late 19th-century painting, and both Fortuny and Chase used beach scenes to showcase their great skill at rendering light. In both paintings, the artists portray their respective families in fashionable white garments lounging near a curving coastline, Fortuny’s in southern Italy and Chase’s on Long Island, New York. The two paintings even share similar compositions—defined by strong diagonals and a balance of land, sky and figures—as well as loose, fluid brushstrokes that capture the effects bright summer sunlight on earth, sea, sky and skin. Even though the artists were separated by time and geography and never actually met, their paintings transcend distance, representing a dialogue that speaks eloquently of a bond between them.

Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (Spanish 1838–1874), Beach at Portici, 1874. Oil on canvas.

“Chase said of Fortuny, ‘Everything he did was interesting.’ And he was not alone in his admiration for the Spanish painter, who was extremely popular in America at the turn of the century. But while Chase never knew Fortuny the man, he certainly knew Fortuny’s paintings, including Beach at Portici, which Chase would have had ample opportunity to see in America—most notably at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, the year before he painted Idle Hours,” says Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado Fellow and co-curator of the exhibition with Mark A. Roglán, The Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum.

“Despite their differing career trajectories,” says Roglán, “each artist achieved fame as a cosmopolitan painter. They were celebrated for these canvases, which present painterly beach scenes with scintillating summer light while celebrating the extraordinary beauty to be found in everyday moments with family.”

This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum and funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.

Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (Spanish 1838–1874), Seascape (Study for Beach at Portici), 1874. Oil on canvas.


The following public programs will complement this exhibition:

Three Thursdays, May 31, June 7 & 14, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

LECTURE SERIES: Light, Camera, Landscape: The Rise of International Impressionism

Nancy Cohen Israel, art historian and owner of Art à la Carte

Technological advances in the 19th century made it possible for artists to work en plein air. The advent of train travel and tubed pigments beckoned urban artists to villages such as Barbizon and Fontainebleau, France. Taking full advantage of natural light, these painters started an artistic revolution. Not only did the Paris School become a magnet attracting artists from across Europe and the United States, but it ultimately sent them back to their home countries, bringing this radical new style with them. This series will trace the rise of Impressionism in France, the offshoots of painters in Spain and Italy, and the aftershocks sent throughout the West.

$40 for the 3-part series; free for Museum members, and SMU faculty, staff, and students; registration required at 214.768.8587

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY DAY: A Day at the Beach

Spend the day at the beach and take in the light of late 19th century masters Mariano Fortuny y Marsal of Spain and William Merritt Chase of the United States. This special community day will include art making, gallery talks, a storyteller, refreshments, and more!


Thursday, June 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

LECTURE: At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase

Mark A. Roglán, The Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum

Andrew Walker, Executive Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Join us for this special double lecture examining the creation of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s (1883–1874) Beach at Portici, 1874, and William Merritt Chase’s (1849–1916) Idle Hours, 1894, on loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Many comparisons can be made between these two cosmopolitan painters, Fortuny of Spain and Chase of the United States. The two artists both utilized loose, rapid painting styles akin to French Impressionism. Despite his early death, Fortuny established a popular genre of painting costumed figures set in richly ornamented settings. This fashion of painting was assumed by the younger Chase while he was studying abroad in Europe in the 1870s. The two painters turned to more private and personal scenes in their later work, which will be the subject of this special program held in conjunction with the summer installation At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase.

Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium


About the Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum is the leading U.S. institution focused on the study and presentation of the art of Spain. In 1962, Dallas businessman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows donated his private collection of Spanish paintings, as well as funds to start a museum, to Southern Methodist University. The Museum opened to the public in 1965, marking the first step in fulfilling Meadows’s vision to create “a small Prado for Texas.” Today, the Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The collection spans from the 10th to the 21st centuries and includes medieval objects, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, and major paintings by Golden Age and modern masters.

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Paige Walker Workshop: Acrylic on Styrofoam June 7 – 9

June 7 – 8 9, 2018   9:30am – 4:00pm

$275 ($50 deposit required)

Paige Walker has an M.A. in painting and drawing from Texas Woman’s University, and a B.A. in painting from the University of Texas at Dallas. From 2004 to present, she has been teaching Art Appreciation at Tarrant County College. Her work is very innovative and exciting.

To register, contact Pat Kochan at 972-814-2647.

Held at Artisan’s Studio-Gallery in Farmers Branch.

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Creative Arts Center of Dallas Summer Registration

Summer registration is going fast!
Get creative juices flowing this summer at CAC. All summer classes are available for registration. Sessions 3 & 4 are 6 week courses designed to leave time for vacations. Get your spot today!

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Fluid Painting Workshop May 27

Fluid Painting

with Christine Atkins-Smith

Sunday May 27th 2-4pm

@ Blue House Too Gallery/Artspace

This workshop will cover basics of Acrylic fluid painting, materials and technique and demonstrate and teach specific control methods to create a composition using negative space, as well as choosing and testing an effective color palette. $45

**All Materials are Included (canvas size: 24” x 12”)

Ages 8+ Welcome, no experience Necessary.

(Children 12 and under must be accompanied by and adult)


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Francys Flanagan Oil Workshops June 2 & 9 in Irving



Saturday, June 2 & 9, 2018

$75/day or $150 for both days
(20% discount for IAA members – $60/day or $120 for both days)
Note: $25/day is the nonrefundable deposit portion

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving TX. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association

REGISTER NOW – Pay with PayPal or a check.

Questions? Contact Workshop Chair Jane Kahler at

Francys’ paintings have a unique style, elegance, and technique. She blends realism with impressionism, uses bright colors, and creates soft edges. Her glazing technique was first developed by the old masters. She is a well-known demonstrator and workshop instructor in the North Texas area.

Artist’s Statement

 “Words, strung like pearls on a page paint a picture. Music tells the soul a story. Colours and shapes on a canvas make the heart sing. Three doors into a magical and lovely place that God’s gift, imagination, allows us to enter. As a child I strolled at will through these doors and lived in that place. As I “grew up”, I never left it. 

In 1977 God gave me another gift in the person of artist Dick Turner. Dick gave a fortunate few the tools needed in order to use paint and canvas to take others into that world of beauty and peace. A world that might catch at your imagination and cause you to ask, “What if…..”

From the time I was a small girl I knew I would be an artist.  I just didn’t know what kind.  I read book after book about painters, musicians, dancers, and writers.  Then in 1977, through the chance meeting with artist Dick Turner, I knew that I too would be a painter.

I immersed myself, soul and body, in that pursuit.  I studied with Dick from 1977 until 1982, taking 5 and 6 classes a week at his private art school in Houston.  I have also received instruction from William Reese, William Henry Earle, Carolyn Anderson, Greg Kreutz, Roberta Carter Clark, Ray Vinella, Jean Chambers, Scott Burdick and Daniel Greene.

I also teach in my home studio and am available for club demonstrations in the Dallas metroplex area.

For more about Francys, see her website

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RCAS 52nd Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition Reception & Awards May 13

52nd Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale

Richardson Civic Art Society presents the 52nd. Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale,open to all amatuer and professional Texas Artists.  Award winning artist E. Melinda Morrison  is this year’s juror and there are approximately $7,000 in cash and merchandise awards.

The exhibition will be on display from May 2nd. to May 26th. with an Awards ceremony and reception on May 13th.

Location: Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas  7508


Best of Show (Purchase Award)        $1,500.00
Judge’s Choice Award                          $500.00
Oil / Acrylic on Canvas                      1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM
Watermedia on Paper                        1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM
Collage / Mixed Media                       1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM
Pastels / Graphics                             1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM

Cash prizes in each category for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention will be $300, $250, $200, and $150 respectively.  Merchandise awards will be distributed equitably among the categories at the judge’s discretion. There will be approximately $7,000.00 in cash and merchandise awards.


January 8, 2018                             Call for Artists Open

February 28, 2018                          Entry Submissions Deadline (No late entries)

March 30, 2018                              Acceptance notifications Emailed

April 23 – April 27, 2018                 Shipped entries received at Craters and Freighters

April 30, 2018 – 4:00 to 7:00PM     Hand-delivered entries received at the
Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, Texas  75082

May 2, 2018 – May 26, 2018        Exhibition on Display

May 13, 2018- 7:00 to 9:00PM       Awards Reception at Charles W. Eisemann Center
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas
75082.  Entrants, friends and family are invited.
Enjoy live jazz and refreshments along with
members of the art community and Richardson
City Officials.

May 29, 2018  4:00 to 7:00PM       Pick up of hand-delivered entries

May 30, 2018 – June 30, 2018         Shipped art returned to artists

JUROR: E. Melinda Morrison

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500x Gallery receptions on May 12: Ashley Whitt, Molly Dierks, Justin Strickland, and more…

The following exhibitions will be opening next Saturday May 12th, with a reception from 7 to 10pm

500x Gallery

Mind Loop
by Ashley Whitt
Upstairs / Main Gallery

Mind Loop, a solo exhibition by Ashley Whitt, explores the inability to escape certain memories or thoughts in one’s mind. The artist aims to interpret and make sense out of the absurd through staged tableaux photographs that are displayed as large wall vinyl, GIFs, and sculptural handmade books.

Digital Romance
by Molly Valentine Dierks
Upstairs / Main Gallery

500x presents new work by member Molly Valentine Dierks.

Help I’m Alive
by Justin Strickland
Downstairs / Front Gallery

500x Gallery Member Justin Stickland will be showing a new series of paintings entitled Help I’m Alive, which will be on display in the Front Gallery.

by Audrey Travis
Downstairs / Project Space

GLYPHS is an exhbition of photography, drawings, and sculpture from recent TCU MFA graduate Audrey Travis. This collection of works, displayed in the downstairs project space of 500X, addresses landscape, materiality and mark making.

Extended Play
by Ry Mccullough and Steven Foutch
Downstairs / Member’s Project Space

Extended Play is a collaborative exhibition by Ry Mccullough and Steven Foutch. The show explores a forced intersection of working methods derived from a series of informal conversations related to printmaking, art, and music. The show explores orthodoxy and experimentation within the historical language of printmaking.

Hallowed Ground 
by Allison Jarek
Upstairs / Project Space

This series explores themes related to transcendentalist philosophy and literature, specifically the innate spirituality and purity within nature. In the essay, Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasized the importance of man’s relationship to the land. He stated that there is a common spirit that resides in and connects all living things, which he called the “Over-Soul.” The examination of this connection would lead to the essential truths of one’s existence.

These images were photographed with 4×5 black and white film and painted digitally to illustrate the “Over-Soul” that connects man to the land. This process is also used to emphasize the romantic and idealistic qualities of the landscape to encourage the appreciation and respect of the audience. The resulting images depict surreal, dream-like environments that reflect these themes and question the audience’s perception of reality. Though this work reflects my personal beliefs regarding the importance and the sacred nature of the land, the ultimate purpose of these idealistic depictions is to encourage appreciation and respect for the earth and to provoke the audience to reflect on their own personal relationship with nature.

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The STUDIO SHOW opens May 12 at the Upstairs Gallery

featuring new work from adults and children
who have taken art classes at
The Upstairs Gallery
MAY 12 – 26, 2018
2 PM – 5 PM

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VAL’s Texas–Bigger and Bolder opens May 19 in Lewisville

The Visual Art League of Lewisville will present their first art show of the year on Saturday, May 19th.  Opening reception will be from 7-9 in the Gallery of the Medical Center of Lewisville, (MCL), 100 N. Charles Street in Lewisville.  The title of the show is TEXAS-BIGGER AND BOLDER.  There is no admission charge and is open to the public.  The show runs through June 16th.

The Visual Art League of Lewisville is holding a silent auction during the reception to benefit Kyle’s Place, Journey to Dream, which is a non-profit transitional living facility for teens from 14 to 20.  All proceeds from this auction will go to Kyle’s Place, which is located in Lewisville.

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May 15: “Design Inspirations, Part Three” – Dallas Architecture

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Continues Its 2017-2018 Panel Discussion Series With

“Design Inspirations”

Part Three – May 15, 2018

Free and Open to the Public!

The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, continues its 2017-2018 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday May 15, 2018 with “Design Inspirations Part Three,” moderated by Kate Aoki, Architect at DSGN Associates.

“Dallas and North Texas are known for award-winning projects – residences and public buildings, interiors and landscapes. With this panel The Forum will continue its exploration of what motivates and inspires some of our area’s outstanding design professionals to create their highly regarded projects,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.

Panels are FREE for both Forum members and the general public as a public outreach of The Forum. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm, with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend. One CEU AIA credit is available. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!

The venue for these panels is the Dallas Black Dance Theater building directly behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX  75201. Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the DBDT building.

Learn from Dallas’ leading architects, designers and landscape architects about what inspires their design.  This will be a unique opportunity to learn about these outstanding professionals –what motivates and inspires them as they create their highly regarded design projects, and to understand more about the persons behind the inspired design processes.

All of our Panelists are recognized by their peers and the greater design community as being leaders in their fields. On May 15, attendees will have the privilege to hear from these designers as they engage in lively discussion.

Moderator Kate Aoki will be joined by the following distinguished designers as panelists:

Bang Dang, Far + Dang

Jessica Stewart Lendvay, Jessica Stewart Lendvay Architects,

Robyn Menter, Robyn Menter Design Associates

Madhavi Sonar, Talley Associates

For more information on The Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit or call 214-764-2406.

The Forum’s Panel Season Benefactors are Briggs Freeman/Sotheby’s International Realty, Purdy McGuire, Inc., and WDG Architecture. The Sponsors for this Panel are LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN Magazine and Meg Fitzpatrick – MMF Strategies

Kate Aoki
“Design Inspirations, Part Three”

15 May 2018

Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal reception at 6:15 pm

Venue:  Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 2700 Ann Williams Way in the Dallas Arts District.



Kate Aoki is an Architect with DSGN Associates in Dallas, where she works on a wide range of project types including master planning, single-family residential, and retail. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for The Dallas Architecture Forum, where she is leading the Design Society initiative to engage audience members from a broader range of design disciplines. Additionally, Kate is Co-Chair of the Communities by Design Committee of the Dallas Chapter of the AIA.


BANG DANG, Architect

Bang has called Dallas his home since he was five years old, and having a Chinese background, he has a unique, Eastern/Western take on architecture.  The natural inclination to be rational, subtle, and minimal is countered by the urge to be instinctive, brave, and free.  Bang’s focus is making architecture that is abstract in its homage to Texas regionalism and subtle in its attempt to be inventive.  Bang’s experience in the field is broad and varied, covering architecture of all types and scales.  Bang holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was an Adjunct Professor for six years.  Bang taught a variety of design studios including a two semester design/build studio where students design and construct prototype micro houses. Bang is a founding partner, with Rizi Faruqui, of the award winning, modern practice FAR + DANG.  A rigorous and proactive research agenda and a passion for exploring ideas of space and lifestyle are the foundations of the firm’s design process.


Jessica Stewart Lendvay is a registered architect and owner of Jessica Stewart Lendvay Architects. The firm is known for their collaborative spirit and thoughtful process which creates work that is sensitive to place and refined in detail.  Their work focuses primarily on residences, single and multi-family.    Jessica received a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999.  She began her career with bodron+fruit working on renovation and new construction residential projects.  The renovation work included Howard Meyer’s Lipshy Residence, Edward Larrabee Barnes’ Greenley Residence and E. G. Hamilton’s Hexter Residence. In 2006, Jessica began a long time collaboration with Emily Summers beginning with the renovation and addition to the Round House in Colorado Springs to current work including the interior architecture for the Hall Arts Residences.   Jessica is a current board member and past board president of La Reunion TX, a non-profit artist residency and outreach organization.  She also co-hosts a weekly civic engagement project with Allison V. Smith called the Letter Writing Family.

ROBYN MENTER, Interior Designer

Robyn was born, raised and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa where she resided and worked as an interior designer until immigrating to Dallas in 1981. Robyn set up a textile export company in 1982 and continued with that business until 1986 when international sanctions were imposed against South Africa. She subsequently worked as an interior designer for two Dallas based firms prior to establishing Robyn Menter Design Associates, Inc. in 1994. The firm’s primary focus is residential interior design and architecture including new construction and renovation. Current projects are based throughout the USA as well as a project in the Middle East. Robyn’s style can best be described as modern and versatile with the foundation of inspiration based predominantly on art and architecture.  Robyn’s projects have been published in D Home, D Moms, Dallas Modern Luxury, Dallas Interiors, Homes + Estates Magazine, Patron, Dallas Morning News, and Western Art + Architecture.  Robyn has received the D Home Best Designer award for the past 11 years.

MADHAVI SONAR, Landscape Architect

Madhavi Sonar is a Senior Associate at Talley Associates, with diverse experience in a broad range of project types including public gardens, healthcare, hospitality, urban design, multi-family and single family residential. She finds joy in every facet of the profession of Landscape Architecture – from the first inkling of an idea to the final details of construction. Her passion lies in the art of sculpting the land and in the understanding of plants from different regions and environments of the world as her projects seek to provide exceptional planting designs.  She started her career as an architect before her interests led her to the field of Landscape Architecture. Madhavi received her Bachelor’s in Architecture in India, before moving to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining Talley Associates, Madhavi also worked with SWA Dallas and studioOutside. In addition to her work, she enjoys research projects when she finds the opportunity.

About The Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in – and for – the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum’s members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 230 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.

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IAA Meeting May 22: Navneeta Khemka on Tanjore Art- Gold Foil & semi-precious stones

The May IAA Members Meeting will be held on the 4th Tuesday evening, May 22 at 7pm.

It will feature artist Navneeta Khemka, who will give a demonstration of Tanjore Art, an ancient Indian (South Asian) art which goes as back as the 1600 AD. These paintings are characterized by rich, flat and vivid colors, simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces of very rarely precious and semi-precious gems. Originally, the subjects of most paintings have been Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints.   In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs and colorful pieces of art to decorate walls, and collectors’ items for art lovers

Her demo will feature the fundamental technique of this art form. She will also give ideas as how one could incorporate the art form in modern contemporary and other art styles. How one can protect the work from weather damage. She will also give you a list of supplies and materials used in this art form.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Guests are welcome.  Directions.

Find out more about the Irving Art Assocation at

About the artist:
Navneeta is a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser and has a degree from FIT, New York in Merchandising. She is also a Radio Jockey on a popular FM frequency in Dallas catering to the South Asian Community. She has worked at several corporate design houses in India and in New York and she moved to Dallas in 2012. She lives in Flower Mound, TX.
She has won several art awards in Irving and also in Denton and has become a full-time artist. Her art has heavy reflections of her culture and folk art as she has grown up in India. She feels art has no boundaries. Her exposure to the American Art has strengthened this belief that American art can be given a different dimension if incorporated with different techniques of Indian Art styles. That is what she is set to achieve with her work.

She has also started a small company through which she does mobile paint parties. Her solo exhibit would be on display at the IAA from April 26th – May 24th, the same time when the demo would take place. One could find more of her works with the Tanjore art form used in many of her pieces.

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Kids Art Exhibits & Workshops at the Irving Arts Center

Please join us for the Opening Reception of

May 12 from 2-4PM
Featuring works from Cistercian Preparatory Students

2nd Sunday Family Funday: Masterpieces with Mom!

May 13 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Suite 200, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75062 United States
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Irving Arts Center offers the perfect framework for adults and children to experience art together. Second Sunday Family Fundays hands-on art days give parents and children projects they can co-create, far from daily distractions. Find inspiration in the gallery exhibitions, holidays and seasons as families make art, friends and fun. And the best part? It’s FREE!

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Annual Exhibition of Irving ISD Student Artwork

March 7May 6
Main and Focus Galleries, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75062 United States
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Annual showcase of artwork by Irving ISD students, K-12.

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Register Today for Summer Art Camps!

Buckle Up and Register for Summer Camp!

Offered weekly from June 4 through August 10, Irving Arts Center has a full slate of summer art adventure camps for ages 4-16. This year’s Route 66-inspired theme promises the thrill of an epic road trip adventure (while parked).

Traveling down famed route 66, itineraries will include adventures in visual arts, music, creative writing and much more! Taught by professional art educators, Irving Arts Center’s summer camps are chocked full of classes in the visual, literary and performing arts. There’s absolutely something for everyone.

So buckle up…  Registration is now open!

Register Now!
For full descriptions and to learn more about our camps, visit the camps page  at Or click the following links to jump directly to camps grouped by the category of your choosing:

Mini-Camps for ages 4-5*
Multi-Arts Camps for ages 6-12*
Theatre Camps with Child’s Play Touring for ages 7-14*
Teen Scene Camps for ages 13-16*

*Discounted registration is available to Smithsonian level and above Art Connection members. Please call 972.252.2787 to received discounted registration. 

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Michael Puttonen: May exhibit at ArtSpace at Metropolitan Press

Now Showing at ArtSpace at Metropolitan Press: Art, Words & Photos: Creative Works by Michael Puttonen

May 7-25, 2018 | Artist Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-9pm

Showing May 7-25, 2018 at ArtSpace at Metropolitan Press, Art, Words & Photos: Creative Works by Michael Puttonen. Join us for the artist reception on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 9pm, with a short reading at 7pm.

Michael Puttonen is a Dallas creative director (right here at Metropolitan Press!), artist, photographer and poet. To find out more about the artist, visit or

ArtSpace hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm & for the Artist Reception, May 11, 6-9pm

Open to the public, the ArtSpace gallery is located inside the Metropolitan Press building at 1250 Majesty Drive in Dallas. We feature both up-and-coming and established artists on a monthly rotation. To find out more or if you are an artist interested in showing, email or contact us through our website,

Seeking emerging artists for a group show at ArtSpace at Metropolitan Press, October 2018! If you are interested, email 2-3 images of your current work, your contact info, and website to with the subject line ArtSpace Group Show.

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Steven Charles: You and I are living now – opening May 19 at CWFA

Steven Charles: You and I are living now

May 19 – June 23, 2018
Opening Reception: May 19th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


cris worley fine arts
1845 Levee St #110 @ Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75207


Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to announce our first solo show of paintings by local artist Steven Charles. You and I are living now, opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 19th from 5 – 8 pm. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show in Texas and will be on view through June 23.

Paintings by Steven Charles are electrifying multi-layered abstract compositions that obsessively shift in spatial depth and color producing dazzling optical effects. Often embedded with found material, his combined works are known for their eerily sweet palette of acrylic paint that appear to be emerging microbial colonies—frozen in vivo. His work is highly informed by the aesthetics of surrealist and pop art, which took satirical approaches to the notion that “high” art should exist separate from forces in popular culture.

In this exhibition, the artist continues his ambitious execution of densely mapped compositions, which can often take years to complete. Playful, rigorous, and spontaneous, his works pulsate in a distinct maximalist style all their own. The title of the exhibition is an invitation, spoken directly from the work of art to the viewer, beckoning a closer look. This invitation extends from the artist’s belief that, “the viewer completes the image,” and signals his arrival in North Texas. For the artist, and the viewer, the pleasure is in the details.

Steven Charles was born in Birkenhead, England, in 1967 and immigrated to North Texas in the late 1970’s. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1994, and gained his Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University in Rome in 1996. He was a Visiting Artist Lecturer at the School of Visual Art in New York in 2003 and 2015. His work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums on the East and West Coasts, and abroad in Canada and Spain. Most notably he was represented by Pierogi and Marlborough Galleries in New York City. He has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and an Artist’s Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been reviewed in publications such as, Art in America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vice among others.

Image: Steven Charles, blanwhgl, 2017, acrylic and gel on wood, 12.25h x 9w inches

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Rusiloski: Majestic Space & Ronald Watson: Voyage open May 10 at Artspace111

Join us for Two New Exhibitions at Artspace111 on Thursday May 10, 2018 5 – 8pm


Artspace111 | 111 Hampton St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Open | Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm

Winter Rusiloski
Images | Detail, Aurora’s Return
Image | Sail Complex, 2017, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60”
Exhibition Statement | “These dynamic surfaces are epic journeys through majestic spaces. Each voyage is signified by endless horizons intersected by lightening marks, passages of eternity balanced by ephemeral moments of present, near space reaching toward vast distances, palpable surface textures dissolving in and out of ethereal mists. Every canvas is a poesis of mark making that draws from the primordial smudges found on a cave wall to pieces of the moment here, right now, and all that moves in between.“ Full statement available on
“This study was supported in part by an Allbritton Art Institute Grant for Art Faculty Scholarship, BaylorUniversity.”

Ronald Watson
Image | Departure, 2014, Painted plywood, 55.75 x 55.25 x 4
Exhibition Statement | “When I touch joining planes in my sculpture I feel the trueness of the angle and the completeness of the intersection. I am drawn to systems of structure and I enjoy building webs, lattices and grids that float in space. They are personal labyrinths and I see them as networks of possibilities. My works allow the viewer to consider them as things in the world and as worlds within themselves.” Full curatorial statement by Jim Woodson available on

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of Ron Watson’s passing,
His solo exhibition, Voyage, will proceed as planned from May 10 – June 16, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 10, from 5 – 8pm. We will post details about the memorial service on our Facebook page when available. We hope that you will join us to celebrate the life of this gifted artist.
Image | Detail, J.S. Bach in Giverny

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Collin College Student Invitational Exhibition

Collin College student invitational exhibition

THE ARTS gallery will host the Collin College Student Invitational exhibition, from May 2 through May 30, 2018.

Please join us as we reward and acknowledge the artistic efforts of a select group of returning students. Each student participant was nominated by a member of THE ARTS faculty of Collin College and will exhibit one or two pieces of their recent art works from all media.

Art courses offered at Collin include 2-D design, 3-D design, ceramics, communication design, digital arts, drawing, figure drawing, jewelry/art metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and watercolor.

A reception will be held, free and open to the public, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Thursday, May 3. The gallery is located on Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, Room A175, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Regular gallery hours are: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Monday-Thursday; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Friday-Saturday.
For more information about this or other exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Julie Shipp at 972.516.5070 or . THE ARTS gallery webpage is .

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.

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Plano Public Library: Visual Artists in Residence Program deadline June 1

The Plano Public Library is looking for Visual Artists interested in sharing their skills and artistic vision with the Plano community.  There is a monthly stipend and funds for materials. A jury selects artists in residence on a yearly basis. Artists wishing to participate should review the FAQs in the application and fill out the application. The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 residencies is below.  Click here to apply.

A little about the program:

The 18st AIRSpace is a year round program for all ages that offers hands on art workshops, and make and take activities led by community artists. Our Artists in Residence provide opportunities to learn, share, and create in their special fields. The 18st AIRSpace extends art from the downtown Plano Cultural District to Harrington Library. We are looking for artists who want to share their skills and artistic vision with the Plano community. We are open to new ideas and would love to hear about what you do! A monthly stipend is offered for the residency. We are unable to accommodate travel costs and housing for visiting artists. Our current grant funded stipend is $1000 per month, with additional resources for supply costs. Residencies can last anywhere from 1-3 months. As a part of the residency, artists will spend at least 10 hours per week in the 18st AIRSpace working on their art and engaging with the public. The 18st AIRSpace is open during all library hours for the public to learn and create. All artists will plan and conduct two workshops during each month of their residency. We encourage you to plan workshops for all ages so that families may participate together. All artists will also have a simple make and take activity. 

Betty Arguello

Administrative Assistant, Sr.

Harrington Library

1501 18th Street

Plano, Texas 75074

T 972.941.7175

F 972.461.7292


2018-2019 Residencies Application Deadline
September 2018 – May 2019 June 1, 2018

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Florescence Closing Reception & VALA Art Party May 11

Please join us on May 11 6-8pm at the Blue House Too as we celebrate the closing reception of  Florescence: The Process of Flowering and the kick-off of the Allen Arts Festival running all weekend FridaySunday.

The Allen Arts Alliance announces Florescence: The Process of Flowering, the 2nd annual collective show featuring our talented local artists. The show is created and curated by the members of the Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA).

The show will open at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Gallery in Watters Creek on March 29th and will run through May 13th. A complete list of selected artists is available at both; and,

VALA will be hosting a GALA on April 7th at Blue House Too, during the exhibit, to thank the public for their encouragement during their first year, invite them to view member art and support VALA’s efforts to promote local artists and mentor emerging young artists. Get more information at

A closing reception will be held on May 11th, opening night of the Allen Arts Alliance Annual Art Festival at Watters Creek.

Exhibit dates and location:
Thursday March 29- Sunday, May 13, 2018
Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too – Watters Creek Center – 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013.

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Watercolor Sketching with Laura J. Lawson May 20


Watercolor Sketching

With Laura J. Lawson

There is a long tradition of artists using watercolor for rapidly sketching out ideas at first sight. Join Laura at Blue House Too to learn how to create quick impressions of images and develop them into detailed watercolor paintings.

This workshop is open to all experience levels. Laura will begin with a tutorial in how to use watercolor, and then lead the group in painting from a variety of beautiful succulents. Each Watercolor Sketching workshop will feature a different topic for painting!

$35 May 20 2-4pm Blue House Too Gallery, Allen TX

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Reception for Lucrecia Waggoner: DICHOTOMY – May 12

Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces a solo exhibition featuring new works by celebrated porcelain installation artist, Lucrecia Waggoner, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 12th, from 5-8pm. The Artist Talk will begin at 6:45pm and moderated by gallery owner, Laura Rathe.

Waggoner’s impressive installations are intricately mapped to suit their surroundings and are inspired by forms found in nature and abstract visions of landscapes. She incorporates various materials in her work, including precious metals, such as 22k Gold, palladium, and bronze, which add depth and illuminate each individual vessel. Waggoner harmonizes organic forms and geometric patterns to create compelling compositions that distinctly transform any space. In this exhibition, Waggoner explores the dynamic relationships of polar opposite relationships and the juxtaposition between darkness, light, and color – ultimately creating a balanced dichotomy.

‘DICHOTOMY’ will be on display through June 16th, 2018.

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LGAA: Birds of a Feather Exhibit and David Tripp watercolor demo May 14

Lake Granbury Art Association presents Birds of a Feather May 11th through May 31st at Shanley House Gallery., 224 N. Travis in Granbury. The theme, of course, is birds.

General Meeting – Monday, May 14, 7:00 P.M. – Shanley House

Arlington Watercolorist David Tripp will be demonstrating Watercolor Design and Technics from conception to completion for the Lake Granbury Art Association (LGAA) at their monthly meeting 7:00 pm Monday, May 14, at the Shanley House Center for the Arts located at 224 N. Travis St. by the Hood County Library.  This is a free event and is open to the public.

Tripp grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he had been drawing and painting since before he could read.  As a young man he had dreams of being a sports illustrator and drew football players incessantly.  He would use acrylic paint that he had watered down to paint with, trying to create trees and landscapes.

After college, Tripp taught Art History in Arlington’s High Schools for the next 28 years.  During this time he also taught private art lessons at his home studio. Tripp also painted numerous murals at Martin High School in Arlington.

Watercolor became Tripp’s passion. He believes that not only skill, but vision and settings help lend his paintings authenticity.  Tripp loves to paint old buildings and scenes that are no longer relevant in today’s society.  He feels a sense of loss just as he feels the sense of energy transported from the past as he paints these places.  He hopes his painting evokes the same feelings in the people that see his work, bringing back memories of days gone by.

Tripp loves to drive down the back roads of Texas seeking out husks and relics from past generations. His watercolors feature the small-town American places that are fading from our landscape, but not our memories, preserving these sights for future generations. Whether it’s a camera or paintbrush in hand, taking pictures or painting small studies on location en plein air, Tripp is always on the lookout for abandoned service stations, general stores, or old movie theaters. There is beauty and symmetry in these old buildings, just waiting to be captured and celebrated.

Since March of 2017, Tripp has focused most of his artistic energies in pursuit of subjects from the Texas State Railroad in addition to the broader legacy of the American railroad.

Camera Club Meeting

Ever wish you could capture great photographs of beautiful birds? Learn from someone who not only takes great photos of many remarkable Texas birds, he helps to educate visitors to the Acton Nature Center.

One of our youth camera club members, Jake Balmuth, will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 P.M. at the Shanley House. Jake will talk to us about how to capture great bird photos, the equipment that works well for this type of photography and when, where and how to photograph. He’ll share some of the many tips and tricks he’s learned. As a special treat, he will address  one of his favorite subjects – hummingbirds.

In the past several years, Jake has honed his birding and photo skills from beginner to award winning photographer. He has journeyed with his camera to shoot birds across the State and had his work accepted into many juried shows. He received Honorable Mention awards at the 2014 Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Nature Photo Contest and the Granbury Camera Club Photography Show and he garnered first prize, youth division, at the photography competition of the Association Nature et Patrimoine du Val d’ Are in Geneva, Switzerland. Jake, a high school senior, has many other interests including playing the violin, chamber music, astronomy, chemistry, drawing, painting, etc., but photography is a particular passion.

Join us for this program, then venture into the Shanley Gallery to see the art show, which features birds!

OK, can’t resist – let’s flock together to support Jake as he takes time out of his busy graduation schedule to present this program.

See you soon!

*Reminder, this is the last official Camera Club Meeting until summer break. The September meeting is slated for September 11, as a workshop is now scheduled to take place at The Shanley during our regular meeting time.

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Buckner Terrace Public Art Call – deadline May 10

Public Art Project
Buckner Terrace – Skyline Neighborhood Plus Target Area

The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from artists or artist teams for consideration to design, fabricate and install a three-dimensional artwork at Everglade Park located at 5100 North Jim Miller Road. The selected artwork must reflect the diverse history of the Buckner Terrace neighborhood.
The Buckner Terrace – Skyline target area is located in District 7 within the boundaries of the Buckner Terrace neighborhood in Southeast Dallas. It is bounded by Jim Miller Road to the West, Military Parkway to the South, Buckner Blvd. and Big Town Blvd. to the East, and Interstate Highway 30 to the North. Project Budget: $9,500.00 for the project (artwork)


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Steam Rollin’ Deep Ellum May 6

Deep Ellum Art Co is hosting our First NTPG Steamroller event. Clampitt Paper Co & Speedball are donating supplies to make this happen. Come meet the North Texas Printmakers Guild and watch us in action as we print 2ft x 3ft relief blocks. Mingle with the printmakers, meet some of the creative minds from the MakerSpace, Enjoy the Art, Music and of course the taps!

Deep Ellum Art Company

3200 Commerce St, Dallas, Texas 75226

We begin SET UP at 10am, Printing starts at 11am and we go ALL DAY. There are still some volunteeer positions open, if you want to work along side the 31 artists who have carved these woodcuts. The Prints will be for sale through Deep Ellum Art Co. and there will be more work by the artists available too.


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Annual Fund Raiser to Benefit the 2018 SWS Members Show May 8

May 8, 2018
SWS Membership Meeting

Location:  Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220

Please bring Cash or Checks to speed checkout
Live Auction

Jonesy McConnell and Herb Reed will lead the live auction that will start around 7:15 PM after the intro business part of the meeting.  The following Artists have contributed original paintings to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Good luck!

Nel Byrd
Ron Bigony
Michael Holter
Marian Hirsch
Walt Davis
Pat Kochan
Naomi Brotherton
Keiko Tanabe
Jim Richards
Richard Stephens
Autographed Artist Apron

Silent Auction

Naomi Brotherton Personal Library
(Bid on each individual book).

Bring and donate your unwanted Art Supplies, Art Furniture and Art Books.

Bring cookies to munch on during the break.
We love plain and fancy, store bought or homemade.

Donations and Volunteers

Your donations need to be at the church by 6:00 PM
Volunteers need to be at the church by 5:30 PM

We need volunteers to help set up the tables, help take payments, fill out bid sheets, make receipts and other duties.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM

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New Texas Talent call for entries – deadline June 1


A state-wide juried exhibition conceived to introduce & promote emerging artists

2018 Exhibition Presented by Craighead Green Gallery
2018 Jurors: CADD Galleries

New Texas Talent is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market.  Each year hundreds of images are submitted for review.  The juror then selects artists to participate in the New Texas Talent exhibition.  Through their participation in the show, some artists have been offered representation by galleries and/or have been extended invitations for inclusion in future exhibitions.  The exhibition and its participants have also received media exposure in such publications as Patron Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, The Observer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Arts+Culture Magazine and many others.



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2018 ArtSpaceIII Annual Regional Juried Exhibition call for entries – deadline May 18

Artspace111: 5th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

Artspace111 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 5th Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition, juried by Christina Rees, the Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire. The competition includes eligibility for 2D and 3D artwork. The exhibition will be open June 22nd through July 28th with an opening reception on the evening of June 22nd. Due date for entries is May 18th. Contemporary 2D and 3D works that follow the requirements detailed in the prospectus are accepted. Over $2000 will be awarded to the best works in show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2017 – 2018.

Juror | Christina Rees | Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire


Eligibility: Regional
State: Texas
Fee: $35.00 (Fifth Annual Artspace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition)
Entry Deadline: 5/18/18


  • Due Date / Deadline for online submissions – May 18, 2018
  • Juror Deliberation – May 19 – (Approx.) June 3, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance – (Approx.) June 4 (By email and on the Café site)
  • Shipping/Receiving – (Approx.) June 4 – June 18 (Shipping information will be shared with accepted artists with notification of acceptance email)
  • Hand Delivery Drop Off – (Approx.) June 4 – June 18 (During Artspace111 open hours, Tues – Fri 10-5pm and Sat 10-3pm)
  • Exhibition On Display – June 22 – July 28, 2018
  • Opening Reception – June 22, 5:00p to 8:00p
  • Shipped Return – July 28 – August 1, 2018
  • Hand Delivery Pickup – July 28 – August 1, 2018

For more information, contact the gallery,

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Cottonwood Art Festival May 5 – 6

Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas (map), this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years. The festival takes place on the first full weekend in May and the first full weekend in October each year. Admission is free.

Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 1,400 artists submitted their work for consideration. For each show, jurors select over 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. A list of this year’s artists can be found on the Event Artists page.

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Trinity Arts Guild demos: Valeri Cranston Alcohol Inks May 7 and Carol Callery Rock Painting May 9

The next Trinity Arts Guild members meeting will be on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Location: Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Bedford Boys Ranch, 2819 R. D. Hurt Pkwy., Bedford, TX 76095-0671 (817) 283-1422

May 7, 2018
Demo 7pm
Valeri Cranston Alcohol inks

Contemporary artist Valeri Cranston began her journey into art at the age of 7 in piano class. Bored with the lessons she began to draw on the sheet music. A call to her mother from her piano teacher soon got Valeri out of piano class and into an oil painting class. She immersed herself into all things art from that point forward.

Valeri graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1979 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and began working as a graphic artist and illustrator. After completing coursework for an Associate Degree in Applied Scienc- es she began working in the healthcare profession with critically ill babies and children at hospitals in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. After more than a decade working in hospitals, Valeri retired from her healthcare career and moved back into the art field through graphic arts and soon began painting again.

Moving from Fort Worth to Granbury, Texas with her husband Jeff in 2007, Valeri found a rich and varied art community which inspired her to dive back into painting. After managing a gallery on Granbury Square she retired and devoted her time to explore other mediums and painting styles in order to push her abilities further.

Valeri’s paintings are represented by Against the Grain Studio on Gran- bury Square where she also teaches Alcohol Ink classes.

TAG in the morning meets at 10 am. There is usually a supply fee.

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Etsy Dallas Spring Bash May 5

We are thrilled to announce our 10th Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash! To celebrate this milestone anniversary we are cooking up some special little surprises for our shoppers to thank you for all of your support for the last decade!

10:30 am – 5pm

1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX 75215

Hand-picked artists, crafters and designers from near and far gather at the Spring Bash for one-of-a-kind one-stop shopping. Get there early if you want to be one of the first 50 shoppers to get one of our coveted Bash Bags filled with swag from our talented vendors!

Two bars on site plus food trucks
Make and Take table teaching fun easy to do crafts that you and your kiddos can take home.
Photo booth-be on the lookout for our Snapchat geofilters

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A workshop with Maureen Brouillette has been scheduled for Saturday July 21, 2018 at the MCL GRAND classroom #2
Total cost of workshop:  $45.00 per person 
Time:  9:30AM – 4:PM
A non-refundable check of $20 will hold your place for the workshop. Please make the check out to VAL and send it to Lorraine Hayes, 750 Greenway Ct. Highland Village, TX 75077
Each artist will have half of one of the 7 ft tables to work on.  There is a maximum of 16 participants so the first 16 people who turn in their $20.00 will be in the workshop.  The remainder of the fee, $25.00, will be due on June 25.
When you turn in your $20 you will get the supply list from Lorraine or you can go to Maureen’s web site: and click under workshops for her list.
Her paintings incorporate photographs and found materials with an emphasis on design.  She uses acrylic, oil, collage, watermedia and whatever works to create her thought provoking paintings.  She also teaches encaustic.  Visit her web site for more information.

“Tour A Gauche”
By Maureen Brouillette
Mixed media on canvas


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Jo Williams watercolor demo May 8 for Visual Art League of Lewisville

The Visual Art League of Lewisville will present a  watercolor demonstration by Denton teacher, Jo Williams at their monthly meeting.

Tuesday, May 8th at 7PM in the MCL gallery 100 N Charles
St in Lewisville TX.

This event is open to the public and there is no charge. For more about VAL see the website:

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