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MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival April 19 – 22


Texas’ largest arts festival will bring together thousands in attendance to experience the finest in arts, music, food and culture


FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 12, 2018) — MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) will hit the streets of Downtown Fort Worth on April 19-22, 2018, for its 33rd year, bringing together tens of thousands of people to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the highest-ranking arts festival in Texas. Spanning more than 27 city blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to Sundance Square Plaza to the Fort Worth Convention Center, MAIN ST. will feature 223 juried artists from across the U.S., chart-topping entertainers, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family.


Ranked by the as #4 fine art event in the U.S., MAIN ST. has gained both local and national recognition year-after-year. The annual, free event is a three-time recipient of the “Grand Pinnacle” award and back-to-back winner of the “Zenith” award from the International Festivals and Events Association over the past several years. Last year, MAIN ST. received Fort Worth Magazine’s Best of Fort Worth “Readers’ Choice – Festival” award, and was listed as one of InStyle’s under-the-radar arts festivals you need to start planning for now.”


“MAIN ST. is one of Fort Worth’s most anticipated and well-attended events,” said Becky Renfro Borbolla, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. “It brings together people from all walks of life to our award-winning Downtown business district to celebrate incredible art and music in an urban setting.”



1,273 artists applied to exhibit this year, and only 223 were selected. Last year’s Best of Show-winner Marvin Blackmore and Best Emerging Artist-winner Matt Tumlinson will be returning, along with People’s Choice-winner Tai Taeoalii and other festival favorites. Approximately $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold across 15 mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, drawing pastels, glass, metalwork, wood and photography. Over 25 aspiring local artists will also be featured on 3rd and 4th Streets, sponsored by Frost, with a focus on Texas art. For more information, visit “Fine Art Showcase.”


This year’s musical lineup features hundreds of performers across a variety of genres, ranging from country, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, soul and R&B. Festivalgoers can enjoy musical performances on the UTA Main Stage and Sundance Square Stage, along with plenty of street performances throughout MAIN ST.’s “magnificent mile.” Headliners include folk music group Jamestown Revival, contemporary swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Latin Jazz ensemble Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Americana group Shane Smith & The Saints, and many more. For more information, visit “Music on MAIN.”


MAIN ST. attracts many of the region’s top culinary artists to the streets of Downtown, and features a wide variety of food and beverages, including crawfish, turkey legs, bratwurst, gourmet hamburgers, funnel cakes, frozen treats and more. Festivalgoers can also enjoy local, national and international craft beers in the “Craft Brew Pavilion” or wines by-the-glass in the “Wine Experience” tasting tent. For more information, visit “Culinary Arts.”


Also returning for 2018 is “MAIN ST. Creates!,” presented by Wells Fargo, an outdoor arts-and-crafts studio for children and families featuring balloon design, face paint, mural walls, jewelry, sand art, and more. Opening at 10 a.m. daily at the north end of the festival, “MAIN ST. Creates!” is also home to the Tarrant County College’s “Young People’s Art Fair,” showcasing art from more than 200 emerging, young artists. For more information, visit “MAIN ST. Creates!.”



MAIN ST. couldn’t take place without the tremendous support and dedication of more than 1,200 volunteers, sponsored by Frost. Volunteers assist with all festival operations, from hospitality to merchandise sales, and receive perks including free t-shirts, food and beverages, merchandise discounts, and more. Those interested in being a part of this year’s festival can get involved by simply signing up online.


The new, enhanced Friends of the Festival program is another great way to get behind-the-scenes and participate in an upgraded MAIN ST. experience, while supporting the efforts to maintain the John F. Kennedy Tribute sculpture in General Worth Square. The Friends of the Festival program provides businesses with networking opportunities and exposure through logo placements, dinners, VIP Pavilion access, special receptions with invited artists, and more.



MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2018 is #MainSt2018. Festival hours for 2018 are:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:



The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 33rd year in 2018. Official sponsors for 2018 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Frost Bank and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown, Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, and Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone. For more information, visit



Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit

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Betty Carr Workshop at Shanley House Gallery | May 21-24

Oil | Watercolor | Acrylic
May 21 – 24, 2018
$395 nonmembers ($375 LGAA members)

National artist Betty Carr, is coming to Granbury for a four-day oil | watercolor | acrylic workshop May 21 – 24, 2018 at the Shanley House Gallery. Betty is the author of instructional book Seeing The Light. Her mission, floral and landscape paintings are filled with vibrant colors and brilliant light.

To reserve your spot, send a $75 deposit made payable to LGAA to Dr. Diana Littlejohn, 4027 Fairway DCBE, Granbury TX 76049.

Contact information:, cell 817-578-1842,
home 817-326-5629.

Shanley House Gallery | 224 N. Travis | Granbury, TX 76048

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Children’s Music and Art Festival in Carrollton, TX

The goal of this Festival is to provide exposure to aspiring musicians and amazing young artists of all levels. There will be awards given to top 3 performers or artists in each category, but most importantly- each participant will be provided with the written feedback to encourage their further growth and development as a musician or an artist.

This is a charitable Festival with all proceeds benefiting children of Orange Penguin Foundation.Every year the Foundation helps dozens of children with spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, cancer, epilepsy and other disabilities.

Register at

registration closes post 4/30/18

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Artifacts of Human Trafficking

There are just some things we don’t talk about…

Wilshire Baptist Church presents, 

Artifacts of Human Trafficking  

And you’re so numb by that point, no, not even numb-that’s not the right word, you’re gone, you’re soulless.  They own you, but not just your body, they own who you are, the deepest parts of you. –Anonymous

We invite you to shine a light into the darkness through art as we explore the pervasive sex trafficking industry in the United States through Artifacts of Human Trafficking, an installation created by Austin artist, Amie Stone King, with accompanying juried, 2-D mixed media works from artists around the world based on the themes of desperation, isolation and deceit.

Artifacts opens on April 3, 2018, and runs until May 7, 2018. 
Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The show will then travel to Rapha House in Joplin, Mo. 

More About Wilshire Baptist

You are always welcome at Wilshire. Regardless of who you are, where you’re from, what kind of job you have or don’t have, what kind of family you’re from, there’s a place for you in the community of faith at Wilshire. We’re Baptist by tradition, Christian by conviction and ecumenical in spirit. We’re open to all and closed to none.  We’re a church for both the head and the heart, combining passion for the gospel with serious thought about the teachings of the Bible.

More About Amie Stone King
Interested in collage and installation art and trained in drama, King’s works display a certain theatricality, inviting the viewer to not only look but to participate with mind, body and spirit.  King holds a BFA in Theatre and MA in Art Museum Education from the University of Texas at


“Art walks a fine line when dealing with a taboo subject.  How do you welcome people into a space, call them to action through emotion and then leave them equipped with the tools needed to be part of the solution?”  –King

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Mother’s Day Paint & Plant Party May 6

Mother’s Day Paint & Plant Party

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift? Join local artist, Rachel Milliken, as she guides you through designing and painting your own, unique concrete planter. Wrap up your unique creation for Mom or give her the gift of a fun experience when you sign up together. You’ll start with a planter hand-made by Rachel, add your own creativity, then top it off with soil, colorful gravel, and a succulent plant.

Sunday May 6, 2018 (the Sunday before Mother’s Day), 1-3 pm
$45 per person or $80 for two people
Children age 7 and older are welcome with mom
Registration is limited to 30 people
Sign up at

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48th Annual USA Film Festival, April 25-29, 2018

Meet the Stars at the 48th Annual USA Film Festival — one of the oldest, most respected film festivals in the world.  The 5-day festival event is open to the public and features filmmakers in attendance including master artists, mid-career filmmakers, and emerging talents.  Over half of all programs are free admission.

Festival Highlights Include:

  • In person guests:  Richard Chamberlain, Elizabeth Ashley, Barbara Bain, Tamara Taylor, Dale Dickey, Stephen Tobolowsky, Assumpta Serna, Scott Michael Foster, Josh Zuckerman, Daniel Pearle, Clare Niederpruem, and many more!
  • The new film DAUGHTERS OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE DALLAS COWBOY CHEERLEADERS (Directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, based on the never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal den mother of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders)
  • Additional films with all-star casts including:  Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Ann Dowd, Jared Abrahamson, Udo Kier, Charlize Theron, Mark Duplass, Lea Thompson, Ian Bohen, Lucas Grabeel, Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, and film subjects Ruth Bader Ginsburg, André Leon Talley, Alain Ducass, and Kevin Aucoin.

To view the full schedule of events, please visit

Advance tickets are available for $10 exclusively through Ticketmaster April 11th-23rd.  After the 23rd, tickets can be purchased at the Festival Box Office day-of show only.

All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.  

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2018 International Folk Art Market in Arlington June 14-16

The world’s largest International Folk Art Market returns to Arlington on June 14-16 for its second year, bringing with it global folk art from 30 different countries, international cuisine, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, VIP events, and more. The three-day event will be held at The Green at College Park on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.

Address: 700 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas 76010

Ticket price: $10-15
Event Contact: Linda Dipert at 817-271-5809 or

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Escape to France Painting Retreat!

Join award winning artist, Chris Brandley, for 10 glorious days of painting, exploring, and immersing yourself into the beautiful French Countryside of the Dordogne Valley. Chris will show you how to use artistic license to paint from the heart by infusing clean, bold color, loose brush strokes and beautiful lighting into your paintings. She will demo in oils, but this retreat is open to those who work in oils as well as acrylics. Chris has over 28 years of experience in both media. This experience is open for all levels of painting from beginners to advanced!
July 4-14, 2018
*Seats filling quickly, don’t delay! Learn more here.

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Samuel Lynne Galleries Presents Brandon Boyd: OptiMystic

Samuel Lynne Galleries is pleased to announce the opening reception for Brandon Boyd’s exhibition OptiMystic on Saturday, May 12th, from 5-8pm. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception, and the exhibition will be on view through June 2, 2018.

A Los Angeles, CA native, Boyd is famously recognized as the vocalist and frontman of Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, Incubus. In the early 2000’s each band member began to individually explore creative avenues outside of the band – art, film, and literature – allowing Boyd to discover his natural talent as a painter. His work as a singer- songwriter is well-documented and universally acclaimed, but his other life’s work as a visual artist is garnering increasing attention and devoted audiences of its own.

1105 Dragon Street
Dallas, TX, 75207

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Texas Visual Arts Association: “Signs of the Unseen” call for art – deadline April 20

“Signs of the Unseen” TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for May 2018

Signs of the Unseen: Illuminating the Divine Every Day Life.  Art has the ability to transform the mundane of everyday life into a greater awareness of the beauty of life and connection to something both within and beyond ourselves.  Whether it be seen in the beauty of creation; as in nature and the patterns of life, the awakening presence to a divinity more closely personalized to Self, a Universal connection to the source of life; or a religious personification of God or Goddess. We have the opportunity to bear witness to signs of the unseen in every day life. Open to all spiritual, religious, scientific, or agnostic walks in celebration of each artist’s unique. This is an invitation to explore the meaning that connects with you and how you share it through your artwork.

This is open to members and non-members of TVAA (Texas Visual Artists Association) with ribbons being awarded to Best of Show, 1st, 2nd 3rd place, and honorable mention.

All artwork must be wired correctly. No ½” canvases will be curated without a frame. Gallery wrapped work must have clean edges and no staples showing. Work that does not follow gallery requirements will not be hung.  If invited to the exhibition you must sign up for one sitting day during the month or pay a $25.00 sitting fee for someone to cover your day. Any work not picked up on take down day with be stored for a $5.00 a day fee and then considered abandoned after 30 days. Any artwork sold pays a 25% fee to the TVAA.

If you have further question you may contact the Gallery Director, Maegan Kirschner, at See also the TVAA website at

About the Curators:

Lauren Dickinson

“Art has woven a beautiful tapestry throughout my life. What started as   sketching portraits for fun led to taking all the art classes I could as electives in high school. Little did I know that I was opening a previously dormant fountain of creativity that carried me through high school and into art college for a number of semesters. Due to external circumstances and life events, I was unable to complete my studies at that school, although I didn’t let it stop me entirely. I received acceptance into every program I continued to apply to, including the prestigious Cornish College of Arts Visual Arts program in Seattle.  Major family events hit; life still had other plans for me at the time, and I had to let go of my dream – temporarily, as life would have it.

It has been a journey of picking up the brush again throughout the years. Inspired by love and the profound healing process I was experiencing through my healing arts career, one summer day I let go of all expectation, and just started again. Paint started randomly covering all of my old attempts at art throughout the years. I stayed with it, and unbeknownst to me at the time, I was discovering the freedom of expression of abstract art.  The wellspring of creativity, now reactivated, has overflowed onto the  canvas of my life with fluidity, vibrant color and a rediscovered  passion. Finally life has what it had been missing for so many years – a return to Art, where my heart was hiding; and could finally come out  again. Such is the promise of pursuing what is deepest in our hearts –  divine love.

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 20th  at midnight. Fees must be paid at the time of submission via the online form.  $30.00 for up to 3 images for Members and $45.00 for up to 3 images for Non-Members. Please submit up to three entries (jpgs at 72 dpi and no longer than 1800 pixels on longest side)  You must include your name, your e-mail address, the name of the piece, the size, medium of the work, and the selling price.



Submission Deadline for JPG’s: Date: Friday, April 20th at midnight.

Acceptance Notification:           Date: Friday, April 27th

Deliver artwork:                        Date: Saturday, May 5th between 10am and 2pm

Exhibit Open to the Public:        Date: May 7th– June 1st, Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Reception:                                Date: Saturday, May 12th, 6-9pm

Pick up artwork:                       Date: Saturday, June 2nd,  10 am – 2 pm


This show is open to TVAA members (and/or non-members).

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Through the Lens: Dallas Arts District Photography Competition

Through the Lens: Dallas Arts District
Juried Photography Competition


Through the Lens: Dallas Arts District is a collaboration between the Dallas Arts District (DAD), HALL Group, corporate sponsors and participating local photographers to raise funds for one of the most important parts of the Dallas Arts District – the Foundation’s granting arm that re-invests in the visual and performing arts in Dallas.


  • Professional, emerging, mid-career and student photographers are encouraged to submit existing or new images of the Dallas Arts District that portray “A Day in the Life” of the district for juried selection.
  • The selected photographs will be featured in a hardbound coffee table book, ‘Through the Lens: Dallas Arts District’, that will be sold at venues throughout the DAD.
  • All gross proceeds from sale of the book will be donated directly to the Dallas Arts District Foundation.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Images will be accepted through April 30, 2018.

‘Through the Lens’ is open to artists at all levels of experience. Submitted photos can be existing photos that were taken previously, or new photos of the Dallas Arts District. There are no limits on subject matter as long as the photo is shot within the Dallas Arts District, and we encourage photographers to think outside the box. The judges will be looking for images that capture a glimpse of the life and vibrancy that defines the Dallas Arts District.


  • Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings, Honorary Chair
  • Patricia Meadows, Co-Chair, Art Curator and Consultant
  • Virginia Shore, Co-Chair, Art Curator and Advisor, Shore Art Advisory
  • Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Dr. Agustín Arteaga, Director of the Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dr. Sam Holland, Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University
  • Howard Rachofsky, Local Philanthropist and Art Collector

Selected Entries Will Receive:

  • $500 stipend, one copy of the book and a gift from a Dallas Arts District venue (dining experience, performance tickets, memberships) with a value of $50-$100 or more.
  • Inclusion in the hardbound coffee table book, ‘Through the Lens: Dallas Arts District’ The book will include an abbreviated biography of each photographer, specifications of each work, and highlights of the Dallas Arts District project.
  • An invitation to the ‘Through the Lens Gala,’ where all photographers will be celebrated and recognized for their contribution to the publication.
  • Recognized in press materials following the close of the exhibition.
  • Select artists could also have the opportunity to license their art for future exhibition.

About the Dallas Arts District Foundation:

To complement the mission of the Dallas Arts District and to continue to support the programs of resident art organizations in the District, the Foundation sponsors a broad range of activities with particular emphasis on emerging artists and cultural groups from outside the Dallas Arts District.

Financial assistance is granted to a non-profit organization or to an individual sponsored by a non-profit organization who want to provide a specific artistic or cultural activity to occur within the Dallas Arts District that also benefits the public. The Foundation’s high priority is funding projects that are site-specific, innovative programs, that are developed through a collaborative process among different cultural organizations.

Visit for more information about the competition and how to enter.

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Conception Arts Dallas Show April 12th

Join us for CONCEPTION ARTS Dallas show on April 12th.This pop up event will feature 30 local artists (selected from over 250 applicants).

 The show will be from 5 PM – 9 PM at the Community Beer Company, (1530 Inspiration Drive).

Admission price is $20 for event access which features local artists and tastemakers, complimentary locally sourced appetizer hour and live music / DJ.

Guests can purchase artwork without gallery commission – a savings of up to 60%.

For information and tickets:

Our award winning art events and festivals take place throughout the US and Europe and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, PAPER Magazine and ABC News.

We at CONCEPTION know that taking in an evening with our artists will open your eyes and mind to a whole new beautiful experience. We look forward to offering you something out of the ordinary.

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Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America will hold its annual Western Regional Exhibition of Representational Oil Paintings, September 7 – October 6, 2018.  The exhibition will be hosted by Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado.

Approximately 9 awards will be given with a total value estimated at $11,500, including a $4,000 Best of Show.

Deadline for online submissions is Friday, June 22, 2018.

Western Exhibition entry fee:  $30 for the first entry, $15 for the second. Maximum Size Unframed:  720 square inches.

Western Regional Exhibition Eligibility:
●   Current OPA members who live in the U.S. or Canada and reside in OPA’s Western region.
●   Current OPA members who are citizens of the U.S., Canada and Mexico living abroad (Members living abroad should compete in the region that corresponds with his/her’s last place of residence in North America.)

For information about membership or eligibility, please visit or call 815-356-5987.

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Hamsa Hand class April 14

THE HAMSA HAND class with Megan Wilhite (April 14th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) at Goldmark Cultural Center: Artspace & Studios
The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It is said to bring its owner happiness, luck, health and good fortune. In this class we will learn how to paint this ancient symbol on an approximately 2-inch round stone and have the opportunity to decorate and jewel your stone before it is finished with a Mod Podge solution to secure the jewels.
All supplies are included.

More information and registration available here:

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ATC (Artist Trading Cards) / Collage class April 14

ATC (Artist Trading Cards) / Collage class with Brandi Cooper (April 14th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) at Goldmark Cultural Center: Artspace & Studios
Create fun, small pieces of art (2.5” x 3.5”) that can be traded, collected, or given as gifts. We will work on multiple pieces at a time, learning some easy, creative, collage techniques.

No talent required! Really! You will complete 5 or more art pieces to take home or trade.
All supplies are included.

more information and registration available here:

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Pop Up Photography Show in Deep Ellum April 29

Come check out the first ever Pop Up Photography Show (PUPS) in the trendy outdoor atrium space at Harlowe MXM in Deep Ellum. April 29th, 11am-4pm. On display will be a selection of our affordable photographic, fine art, matted prints for sale by local photographers: Cindy Higby, Robyn North and Tiffany Brown.

The show will take place during the Harlowe MXM Sunday brunch service, so you can enjoy their delicious food and drinks while perusing our exciting art for sale! Payments accepted are cash, check, or PayPal.

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Dallas Arboretum Announces New Exhibit, Wind Sculptures in Motion: The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announces the arrival of its new spring/summer exhibit, Wind Sculptures in Motion: The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker. Presented by Reliant, this special exhibit will be on display throughout the gardens April 15 through July 31

Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Whitaker is the most recognized creator of kinetic art in the world and takes his inspiration from nature, thus his copper wind sculptures will be a mesmerizing juxtaposition with the natural backdrop of the Dallas Arboretum. It will also be the first time for the Arboretum to display this type of innovative art throughout the 66-acre garden.”


Each piece of Whitaker’s artwork is organic in nature and responds to the changing currents of the wind, which provides each sculpture’s movement. Whitaker hand-produces innovative sculptures with a high degree of mechanical integrity and quality craftsmanship. The sculptures range in height from 5 to 27 feet, and 122 sculptures will be arranged artfully in groupings throughout the garden for viewing.


Whitaker said, “Gardens are a perfect venue for my pieces. Since they are derivative of plant forms, they feel at home among the plants. Gardens are also an excellent place for people to fulfill their need to be in nature, and I am certain that my sculptures will dramatically enhance that connection to nature by capturing the movements of air that surround us all.”


Whitaker has been a practicing sculptor for more than 50 years. For the past 30 years, he has focused on creating wind sculptures inspired by the following elements:

     Desert Flame: In his hikes through the arid areas of the Southwest, Whitaker has always been inspired by this flower, hence the title.

     Tulip: He has loved tulips since he was a boy, as they’re among the first flowers to bloom in spring. Further, the Queen of Denmark owns a Tulip Sculpture.

     Double Spinner: Windmills, sunflowers and imagination.

     Double Helix: He has always found the simple beauty of a Double Helix in science fascinating, and so he decided to interpret it as contemporary sculpture.

     Double Helix Sail: Inspired by the hull of a boat, especially sailboats.

     Agave: Like the Desert Flame, this sculpture was also inspired by hikes in the desert.

     Twister Oval: This is a contemporary design that came from sheer imagination alone, and is simply a sculpture unto itself.


As a master in the kinetic sculpture discipline, Whitaker’s art is known around the world. His work is represented at fine art galleries and in private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.


During the exhibition, the Dallas Arboretum has planned special events that complement this display. Check the website for the latest schedule.


The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker is supported in part by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.


About The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. On-site parking is $15 or $9, if purchased in advance online. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.


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Spring Metamorphose April 21

Spring Metamorphose
featuring new artwork and spring fashions of
Paulette Martsolf

Martsolf Lively Contemporary
Allie-Coosh Lifestyle
521 N. Interurban, Richardson, TX 75081
Date and Time: April 21, 2018 – May 21, 2018
Artist Reception: 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Saturday April 21, 2018
The word “Metamorphose” is often defined as “a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into something completely different.” Spring embodies metamorphose as the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom and the earth seems to come to life again. Similarly, Paulette’s new artwork and fashions awaken the senses and embrace a fresh and stylish start for the year.

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Art Tour at the Gaylord Texan – call for artists

Gaylord Texan is proud to present our 2018 Atrium Art Tour, which will showcase local and regional artists as a part of our annual SummerFest extravaganza. As many as 15 artists will be given the opportunity to display their work and their contact information in our sprawling indoor atrium between Memorial Day and Labor Day, where they will be seen by more than 300,000 guests!

All pieces submitted for consideration must work in conjunction with our SummerFest theme– THE SMURFS! Please note that no Smurfs characters or imagery should appear in any way your piece(s). Rather, the chosen pieces should look as though they would belong in the Smurfs Village and the surrounding forest. Think of words like: enchanted, mystical, magical, woodland, fairytale, fantasy, etc. No pieces depicting actual Smurfs characters will be considered.
In addition to maximum exposure of their art, selected participants will also receive a complimentary one-night stay and dinner for two at the resort. If interested please email for an application.

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Gelli Art Paper Printing class April 14

GELLI ART PAPER PRINTING with Brandi Cooper APRIL14 – Discover how easy it is to make painted papers with the Gelli Arts Plate and acrylic paints. These can be used for collage, card making, as wrapping paper, and much more. You may even want to frame them. We will be using marking tools such as stencils, masks, stamps, combs, old credit cards, bubble wrap and more.You will complete 20 or more colorful pieces to take home.
Warning: This art technique is extremely addictive
Sign up quick, I only have 7 available spots (if you have your own Gelli Plate, please let me know)
All supplies are included.

Register and find more information here:

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Spirit Avatar class April 7

SPIRIT AVATAR  class with Valery Guignon (April 7th. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) at Goldmark Cultural Center: Artspace & Studios
Working with assorted materials, we craft an armature from wire, flesh it out with batting and let it tell us what it needs to finish expressing part of our very own spirit self. Hot glue makes the assemblage swift.
Everyone leaves with a new glimpse of their own spirit.
All supplies are included.

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Abstract Mask class April 7

ABSTRACT MASK  with Brandi Cooper (April 7th. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) at Goldmark Cultural Center: Artspace & Studios
We will use cardboard to create colorful abstract masks in the style of Kimmy Cantrell.
All supplies are included, but you might want to bring a notebook.

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Dot Mandala class April 7

DOT MANDALA  class with Brandi Cooper (April 7th. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm) at the Goldmark Cultural Center: Artspace & Studios
Mandala in Sanskrit means a Circle. Dot painting originates from Aborigines in Australia. This technique of placing dots repeatedly, moving outward, is used to create the mandala. We will combine these two distinct art forms to construct the mandala on a 6×6 canvas board, which can be framed. The finished art piece looks complicated, but you will find how extremely easy it is.
All supplies are included, but you might want to bring a notebook.

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Spring Artwalk at The Artists Showplace Gallery April 7

The Artists Showplace Gallery rings in spring with a day of art, music, food and fun on Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The all-day event will feature live painting demonstrations by talented local artists, live music, street tacos, face painting, giveaways, and more. It’s also our biggest sale of the year on fine art, handcrafted jewelry and unique collectibles. For more information, call the gallery at 972-233-1223 or visit

The Artists Showplace Gallery is located at 15615 Coit Road, Suite 230, Dallas, Texas 75248, at the southwest corner of Coit and Arapaho Roads, in the Shops at Spanish Village.





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3rd Saturday Artists: Uncategorized opens April 6th

3rd Saturday Artists is a group of artists who regularly meet to encourage, inspire and support one another in creative endeavors. By not categorizing their work, 3rd Saturday Artists creates an atmosphere that nurtures artistic growth and development, no matter what medium, style, genre or subject each of them chooses to pursue. 3rd Saturday Artists hopes that after experiencing their paintings, assemblages, and sculptures, visitors will gain a sense of the vitality of expression that exists in Fort Worth only.

Featuring: Kay Briggs, Betsy Horn, Laura Hunt, Heidi Russell, David Searl Helen Searl, Carol Stalcup, and Sara Ward.

3rd Saturday Artists: Uncategorized will be on view at Fort Worth Community Arts Center from April 6, 2018 through April 28, 2018. Our business hours are Monday – Saturday, 9AM-5PM. Fort Worth Community Arts Center is located at 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

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DADA 2018 Spring Gallery Walk March 31

DADA invites you to join us in opening the spring gallery season on Saturday, March 31 from noon to 8:00 pm. Over 20 galleries will be open on Saturday into the evening hours allowing time for you to visit multiple locations. Art enthusiasts, private and corporate collectors, artists, designers and visitors to Dallas will enjoy a full spectrum of gallery openings and special exhibitions. For Exhibition details and special events check in with your favorite gallery. 

Participating Galleries:

Design District American Fine Art, Beaudry Gallery, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Christopher Martin Gallery, Craighead Green Gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Luminarté Fine Art Gallery, Mary Tomás Gallery, Samuel Lynne Galleries; Uptown – Afterimage Gallery, David Dike Fine Art; Downtown – TVAA Downtown Gallery; Oak Cliff – Oak Cliff Cultural Center; Deep Ellum/Exposition Park/Fair Park Latino Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center; East Dallas – Bath House Cultural Center; Richardson – UT Dallas SPiN Gallery Synergy Park North 11-6pm; Park Cities – Talley Dunn Gallery 10am-5pm; Farmers Branch/Addison – Brookhaven College Forum Gallery and Studio Gallery; North Dallas – The Gallery at North Haven Gardens 9am-6pm, Southwest Gallery 9-6pm, Valley House Gallery& Sculpture Garden 12-5pm; Irving – Irving Arts Center Galleries & Sculpture Garden

Gallery Guides can be downloaded from our website at or available at a participating gallery.

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ACA April 3rd Meeting: demo artist NANCY MEDINA

It’s almost time again for our Monthly Demo Meeting, and our April Demo Artist will be Master Signature Artist and Teacher NANCY MEDINA. You won’t want to miss her colorful Demo and instruction. For more about Nancy, see her website:

Our Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at The Artists Showplace, 15615 N. Colt, Dallas Tx 75248 . Time- 2 – 4 pm . Be sure to bring a painting for our Monthly Contest, winners receive a gift certificate from Asel’s Art Supply and if you have a favorite refreshment you would like to share, please bring with you and share. Hope to see you there, and please share our news and bring a friend. See you there!!

For more about Associated Creative Artists, see our website

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GADA Taste of Art May 5

Promoting the city’s artistic offerings and member galleries, GADA will host  “A Taste of Art” May 5, 2018 from 5PM-8PM.  The GADA “A Taste of Art” showcases the fine arts in Grapevine by offering a delightful evening of high quality art for all art lovers to collect and enjoy.  

Paintings, Sculptures, Glass Blowing and demonstrations; take a walk along the vibrant historic downtown South Main Street for an evening of fine art enhanced by each of the five art galleries offerings of different unique Hors d’oeuvre delicacies paired with signature wines.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased online only. Tickets are $20 for the entire 5 Gallery Show.  Tickets are limited and we sold out very early at our last Spring event. Should any tickets be available 24 hours before the event the cost will be increased to $25 but can be purchased at any of the participating Galleries.

Purchase your tickets now to enjoy this amazing event!

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“From The Beginning” Oil Painting with Deborah Allison

This class will be about the materials an oil painter uses, proper terms and how to paint in a still life setting.

April 26, May 3, 10, 24, 31

Time: 2PM-5PM


Where: Holder Dane Gallery & Art Studios (701 S Main St, Suite 100, Grapevine, TX 76051)

How: contact Pat at or 817-488-6822 to register.

Learn the Materials
• Brushes: synthetic, bristle, flat, round, filbert etc. and when to use them
• Oil paints: different grades – student, artist, professional, which colors dry slow or fast etc.
• Painting surfaces
• Mediums: solvents, glazing, oils etc.
• Easels & light sources
• Paints, brushes, canvas, easels, solvent, palette – will be supplied for the first session (on-going classes)

Painting Instructioneverything is supplied for first sessions
• Positioning to paint, light sources etc.
• Tone, drawing with brush, cutting in, fat over lean etc.
• How and when to use mediums: glaze, solvents, etc.
• Techniques will be introduced, demonstrated, practiced, revisited
• One-hour demonstration followed by two hours of student painting
This is a class that will teach everything from the proper materials, tools, equipment, how to look at your subjects, lighting, painting terms i.e.) values, form shadows, cast shadows …there is so much that Deborah will impart to a student at any level. To have the chance to learn about oil painting from such an experienced professional is a rare opportunity and we are pleased to offer her classes.

The Instructor
Deborah Allison has more than 20 years’ experience teaching, tutoring and coaching adult artists from beginning to professional levels. Mediums taught have included oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic painting as well as graphite drawing. Skills taught include drawing and painting from life and photographs, using observation rather than formulas. Instruction in landscape, portraiture and still life subject matter with realistic representation stressed. Deborah studied in France with Parisian artist Alexandra Georgeon-Colin for seven years, acquiring detailed studio instruction while working from life. Workshops with Timothy Wells focused on landscape plein-air painting in watercolor. Deborah was chosen to succeed Wells as teacher for the plein-air workshops in England, France and Italy. She started her studies of portraiture and figurative work with master artist, Anthony Ryder in 2007 and continued an intensive study at the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe. Throughout her career, Deborah has focused on drawing and painting in a  classical representational style, working from life, sprinkled with forays into semi-abstraction from time to time.

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Hunt Slonem: A Spring Affair – Reception & DADA Walk on Sat., March 31

For its Spring season premiere, Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art announces a solo exhibition featuring works by world-renowned artist Hunt Slonem with an opening reception on Saturday, March 31st from 5-8pm. A Spring Affair will feature works from Slonem’s popular series of rabbits, butterflies, and birds and will be on view through May 5th, 2018.

LRFA will also present a lecture moderated by gallery owner, Laura Rathe, as well as a book signing with Slonem on Wednesday, March 28th at 6pm. Co-sponsored by LUXE magazine, the event will be organized by LRFA as part of their Create.Curate.Collect. lecture series. This signing will be for Slonem’s latest book ‘Birds’, which explores his 45 years of painting in his New York studio, which has also become a sanctuary for his beloved flock. RSVP to this lecture and book signing is required.

Having experienced the wilderness of Hawaii and Central America at a young age, Slonem’s passion for vivid color, organic forms, and symbolism from native cultures is deeply rooted inside the artist. The charisma of each of animal encountered by Slonem is captured in form and color in such a way that it allows the portraits to personally interact with its viewer. Slonem’s colorful renderings lie behind each Victorian hand selected frame, where we can experience his bright iconic imagery bring life and humor to any room.

Born in Kittery, Maine, in 1951, New York-based artist Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, well-known for his Neo-Expressionist works featuring butterflies, rabbits, and tropical birds. Considered one of the great colorists of his time, Slonem’s gestural and extraordinarily vibrant portraits of wildlife immortalize and celebrate each species while honoring the exuberance and diversity of life itself.

Slonem is also an accomplished designer, decorator, and restorer of homes. Championed as works of art in their own right, these spaces include not only the artist’s East Village loft and his 30,0000 square-foot Brooklyn studio, but also the two plantation houses he’s restored in Louisiana and Cordts Mansion located in the Hudson River Valley. Slonem’s work on these transcendent and colorful spaces has been featured in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times.

Slonem studied painting at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University. His work has been the focus of over 300 solo exhibitions worldwide and is held in the collections of more than 100 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


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Call for Artists – solo exhibition opportunity

Call for Artists – Gardiner Gallery of Art, Oklahoma State University

The Gardiner Gallery of Art at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, announces a Call for Artists for solo exhibitions.
The mission of the Gardiner Gallery of Art is to inspire and enhance the educational opportunities for the OSU community and Central Oklahoma through the presentation of thought provoking professional art exhibitions enriched by public programs.

The gallery has approximately 2,000 square feet of floor space and 175 linear feet of wall space. Prior exhibitions can be viewed on the OSU Department of Art and the Gardiner Gallery

Facebook page at
A gallery committee made up of facu lty and students will review the submissions with the goal of filling 3-4 exhibitions for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Selected artists will have a 3-4 week solo exhibition in the Gardiner Gallery. All media will be considered including 2D, 3D, sound, performance and installation.
Artists MFA’s or equivalent experience preferred.

Due date for submissions is April 11 , 2018.
There is no entry fee.
Please send submissions via dropbox to Teresa Holder at

flyer: 1 Call for Artists, Gardiner Gallery 2018

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Angelia Ford at the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST)

You are invited to a presentation by Multimedia Artist Angelia Ford on April 4th, from 6:45 – 9:00 pm, at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX.

Ms. Ford is a Dallas-based artist who has this to say about her art:

“As an artist, I have always been motivated to create work with the intention of peeling away the outside layers of our human experience, in order to reveal who …we are at our core. The true beauty of art is its capability to stir emotion in the viewer and remind us of all that we have in common. In that respect, I feel it is my duty to create work that inspires personal reflection, which in turn invites the viewer to entertain a new perspective on the world around them.”

“The series of drawings titled “Creating Visibility for the Invisible” explores the dynamics of homelessness, and reveals the paths and circumstances that led to their subjects’ displacement. The drawings reflect upon the homeless individuals’ isolation, while examining the common misconceptions to focus on the long-standing chasm between the homeless and their surrounding communities. I talk to each individual for three to four hours in an effort to understand the reasons they became homeless. As references for my drawings, I take between fifteen to twenty photographs. The latitude and longitude of the location where I spoke to them is added to the drawing as a geographical point for the viewer. This is their home.”

“My work reveals the barriers that have been created by stereotypes, and considers the homeless population from a different perspective. In re-evaluating their plight through art, I recognize the homeless and nurture the hope that they will no longer be ignored. Instead, they are seen as people who are doing the best they can to survive. They are people who have a story, if only we would take time to listen.”

To find out more about Angelia and see more examples of her artwork, visit:

The presentation is sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), and is free for VAST members, and $5 for guests.

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Call for Entries! 2018 Spirit is Ageless Art & Writing Contest – deadline March 27 & 28

DALLAS – February 7, 2018 – C. C. Young, a premier, non-profit senior living community, is excited to announce the call for all artists and writers for the 2018 Spirit is Ageless Art & Writing Contest. Residents of C. C. Young and the general public, age 55 and better, are encouraged to enter.

Entries will be accepted in-person on Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at The Point at C. C. Young.

Reception, Awards & Celebration of Contest Participants
Saturday April 21, 2018
10:15am at the Point

The Spirit is Ageless Art & Writing Contest at C. C. Young has been a very exciting event for the Dallas-Fort Worth community to enjoy dating back to its inception in 1999. The annual contest, art gallery show and celebration of artists and writers unites the community to highlight submissions from 19 categories in an effort to showcase each person’s ageless artistry, the capability to thrive, and ambition to share their creativity with the public.

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“The Ball” – Architectural Watercolor Night April 5

Try something different next Thursday night!

Grab a friend, your favorite drink, & learn watercolor basics! 🍷🎨

In a casual, fun environment, architectural watercolorist Tauma Wiggins is teaching how to watercolor Dallas’ Reunion Tower, or “The Ball.” 👩🏼‍🎨🎨🌇

It’s a relaxing and fun Thursday hang-out night, date-night, or just try- something new-night.

Beginners welcome! Class clowns or introverts all fit in. :-)

All watercolor supplies provided. BYOB.🎨🍺🥛🥤😎👍🏽


Thurs. April 5, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Current Artist Workshop
111 North 9th Street
Garland, TX 75040






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Vermont Fall Foliage Art Trek with Scott Williams & Niki Gulley

New England Fall Foliage Art Trek

Final Signup Deadline 4/28/18

October 9 – 14 / 2018

Photography / Plein-Air Painting Workshop
Taught by ~ Scott Williams & Niki Gulley ~

“Road Less Taken”

After people saw the images and paintings from last year’s fall adventure to New England, they told us that we had to teach a workshop there, so here you go! This trip is designed to make the most of the autumn hues at the peak of the season. This explosion of luminosity is the Super Bowl for leaf peepers from around the world. During those fews weeks there is an astonishing kaleidoscope of colors, set against the backdrop of mountains and valleys, topped off with the smell of apple cider in the crisp fall air.

Your spectacular journey starts in the quintessential New England town of Woodstock, set amid Vermont’s Green Mountains. This picture-book village was voted the prettiest small town in America and is a perfect place to experience some of the best that Vermont has to offer. This quaint sleepy town has an over abundance of rustic charm, from its tree lined streets and white picket fences, right down to the stream running through the center of town complete with its own covered bridge.

“What Dreams are Made Of”

While there our travels will take us to some of the most popular locations in the area, starting with the Sleepy Hollow Farm. This is probably one of the most photographed spots in the north east and is one of my favorite photos from our trip, pictured on the left side of this page. This is one of those scenes destined to become the home screen on your phone or the screen saver on your computer and just being there is guaranteed to make all of your friends jealous!

As if that weren’t the ideal fall destination, we are giving it a run for its money by stopping off at the equally attractive Jenne Farm. With its bright red barns nestled down in the vibrant green hills and set off against the match stick tinted trees standing like sentinels single file along a winding dirt road, it makes this spot an absolute artist’s paradise.


Not to be outdone on our quest for the ideal fall spectacle, is the perfectly situated gristmill and this one ticks all of the boxes. Blazing red building (Check), obligatory waterfall over a meandering stream (Check), complete with a waterwheel (Check) and a split rail fence thrown in for good measure (check and double check)! This one pretty much does everything for you, all that you have to do is show up.

Of course if that isn’t enough, we have one more pastoral setting to check out. From a vantage point that looks out over yet another valley of stunning foliage, stands an iconic white church and steeple adjacent to a bucolic farm.

“Down on the Farm”

The next stop on our fall pilgrimage brings us to a fabulous covered bridge spanning a stream with a small water fall, what a location! This makes for a great stopping off place as we move onto our next home base in the equally idyllic town of Stowe. From their famous church to the unmatched beauty of Smuggler’s Notch.

“Red Tree”

Finally, just to make sure that you get a well rounded New England adventure, we are going to go to a working farm to sample cheeses and yes, maple syrup. There could also be additional cheese tastings,  along with some apple cider tasting and of course, plenty of local cuisine. Add this together and you get a fall experience that will resonate for years to come!

“Traversing the Stream”

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

“Stowe Valley”

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience Vermont through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision.

As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own. There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

“Around the Bend”

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Vermont with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  •  Hotel for 5 nights in picturesque B&B’s w/ homemade breakfast included. 3 nights in Woodstock and 2 nights in Stowe (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
  •  Side trips along the way for cheese and maple syrup tasting
  • All transportation in Vermont included, there will also be one shuttle run from the Burlington airport if needed.
  •  Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all  of this is $2,350 and to reserve a spot, simply copy and send a completed application (forms will be provided upon email request ) along with your deposit of $750 per person. There is also a final cut off date of 4/28/18.

For more details and pricing information, visit Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Scott Williams       214-289-8512      /       Niki Gulley     214-803-5812

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