Category: Art Careers

Jo Williams: Living Art Documentary Film Showing and Painting Demonstration at VAST on Feb. 7

The Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) proudly invites you to see the documentary film entitled Jo Williams: Living Art followed by a watercolor painting demonstration on February 7th, from 6:45 – 9:00 pm at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center,  400 East Hickory Street, in Denton, TX.

Living Art: Jo Williams features the award-winning watercolorist and longtime resident of Denton, Texas, who, over the past 40 years has been an active supporter of the arts in the community and beyond. Besides achieving recognition from her profession as an artist and teacher, Jo Williams has volunteered countless hours, playing a key role in the growth and diversity of the Denton arts scene. This the first in a series of films focusing upon practicing artists who enrich their communities by Living their art. The film was funded in part by the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts through a 2016 Artist Microgrant received by Living Art Director, Susan Carol Davis. To find out more about the film, see the trailer:

To find out more about the Living Art series, see

Jo Williams is a native Texan who has been painting professionally for over thirty-five years. She is a versatile painter choosing subjects from the natural world. Much of her work is inspired by her travels primarily throughout the southwestern United States.

Williams lives in Denton, TX, where she is very active in the arts community. She served for three years as the President of the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), and six years as chair of the City Commission for Public Arts.

She has a degree in art education from the University of North Texas and has spent most of her career teaching privately. She has taught week-long workshops during the summers in Provence and Brittany, France for Autistic Gourmet Adventures. She conducts workshops the southwest including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Mexico. She has also taught continuing education classes for the University of North Texas. In the summer of 2000, she taught in the Colorado Plateau Painting Workshop at Flagstaff, AZ.

In addition to teaching, she gives demonstrations for art organizations and judges regional art exhibits. She also teaches classes at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton. She holds signature memberships in the Southwestern Watercolor Society since 1991 and the Society of Watercolor Artists.

Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions. She has won a number of awards, including Best of Show in the Texas Neighbors Art Competition in Irving and the North Texas Area Art League’s Annual Juried Exhibition (now VAST) in Denton.

She has had several solo exhibitions including an invitational exhibit at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and an invitational exhibition at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton. Her work is included in many private collections and public collections including Raytheon, Ben E. Keith Co., Denton Publishing Company, City of Denton, and the Greater Denton Arts Council.

Williams and her husband Johnny won the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) in Denton in 2003. In 2008, Williams was invited to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas tree to represent the 26tgh Congressional District. She also attended a reception at the White House for the artists. The ornament remains stored in the Smithsonian.

To find out more about Jo Williams and see her art, see:

The film screening and presentation are free for VAST members, and $5 for guests. For more about VAST, see

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HARRY GEFFERT (1934-2017) | Celebration of Life Nov. 26

H A R R Y  G E F F E R T

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photo credit: Teresa Rafidi
2001 FLORA ST, DALLAS, TX 75201

photo credit: Kevin Todora

Cris Worley Fine Arts, 1845 Levee St #110, Dallas,  TX 75207

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Sonia King Selected as 2017 Distinguished Artist

An announcement from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas:

CAC mosaic instructor, Sonia King has been selected as a 2017 Distinguished Artist by the James Renwick Alliance in Washington DC, a first for mosaic art. The Renwick Alliance’s Distinguished Artist Series brings notable artists from around the country to provide insight into their medium.
On Sunday, November 19th, Sonia discussed her career in mosaic art including artistic influences and working process in a lecture at the American University Katzen Arts Center. Additionally there she gave a class on Saturday, November 18th as well as a dinner.

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Compton’s New Guide to Publicizing Your Art

Dallas art photoessayist and photographer J R. Compton has recently published on his Dallas Arts Revue website:

How to Publicize Your Work by J R Compton

He advocates for the five Ws dear to journalism: Who, What, When, Why and Where. Plus avoiding artspeak and using plenty of photos. And plenty of other good advice. There’s also a link to his guide on photographing artwork.

So bookmark this guide and read before sending out your publicity notices!

And if you haven’t discovered Dallas Arts Revue before, take some time to browse this photo-rich site devoted to area art and artists.

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Leonardo da Vinci, a new biography by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, famed author and biographer, returns to North Texas!

He’s written books about Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin and others. 
And now, the veteran Council guest speaker has turned his attention to a genius among geniuses, Leonard Da Vinci (1452-1519), the artist, sculptor, inventor, scientist, architect, etc.

Though he was a complicated polymath, the book is simply titled Leonardo Da Vinci. The eye-catching promotional line reads, “He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?”

Isaacson’s book explores the man who “produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology.” Da Vinci also studied everything from botany and biology to flying machines and optics. More than all that, too.
In the hands of skilled biographer Isaacson, Da Vinci’s life becomes, indeed, “an open book.”

This event will be held at the Fort Worth Club on November 28, 2017 at 11:30 am. For more information,  visit

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2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates

2018 Nasher Prize Laureate

The Nasher Sculpture Center proudly announces the 2018 Laureate, Theaster Gates. From the objects that he creates to the orchestrated exchange of ideas within communal space, Gates has changed what it means to be a sculptor today.

With a strong focus on the material aspects of memory, history, and place, Nasher Prize 2018 Laureate Theaster Gates has established a new paradigm for sculpture by joining together disparate methods of artistic production—the creation of discrete objects and the re-zoning, rebuilding, and reterritorializing1 of architectural spaces.
In April 2015, the Nasher Sculpture Center announced the creation of the Nasher Prize, the most significant award in the world dedicated exclusively to contemporary sculpture. It is presented annually to a living artist that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form. Each winner is chosen by a jury of renowned museum directors, curators, artists, and art historians who have an expertise in the field, and varying perspectives on the subject, and receives a $100,000 prize, conferred in April of each year. In addition, each winner receives an award object designed by the architect of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Renzo Piano.
from the Nasher website.

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Spotlight on Suzanne McNeill’s Travel Journals

A world traveler (and creator of numerous beautiful sketchbooks from her travels), Suzanne McNeill has just returned from a trip to Cuba for new artistic inspiration. She says “It was a wonderful trip … The bright colored antique cars, home stays, Havana and the Vinales Valley were all spectacular.”

CLOTH-PAPER-SCISSORS magazine did a 6-page article (pages 72-77) on her India Sketchbook in their July issue, She feel very honored and thrilled to have one of her sketchbooks recognized.  India was one of her favorite places to visit… brilliant colors everywhere.  Intriguing markets.  Amazing old palaces with decorative painting on the walls and doors.

UPPERCASE July magazine also showed pages from her Vietnam Sketchbook on page 78.




About Suzanne:

Local artist Suzanne McNeill’s award-winning art and paintings are known for happy colors, imaginative details, and creative inspiration. Working with her hands and developing innovative concepts for the arts is her passion. Through her popular workshops she enjoys sharing with students, friends and artists. Being a guest on ‘The Carol Duvall TV Show’ for 6 years was enlightening and Suzanne now offers over 100 free youtube demos. She especially enjoys working in different media and finds that moving from one to another keeps her art creative, fresh and alive.

Suzanne has a degree in Art and Biology from SMU. She has authored over 30 books and published over 300 books under Design Originals (now an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing). She was voted ‘Designer of the Year’ and received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Craft & Hobby association.

— from her website

Sparks Studio of Creativity is located in Arlington on Main Street.


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Art Aid Expo 2017 July 15

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The Art Council of Fort Worth & the Fort Worth Community Arts Center are proud to present the inaugural annual Art Aid Expo 2017 for artists and arts organizations. Demonstrations and seminars in 9,000 square feet of contemporary galleries will be geared towards artists, art non-profits and other creative professionals highlighting the diverse support services available. Featured organizations and professionals will present their expertise through a variety of workshops and seminars helping artists to learn how to sustain a living in the arts.

This one day event will occur on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Presale tickets are available for $15 or $25 at the door. Active TAC Member tickets are $10.00.

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CADD Announces 2017 Scholarship Winner! Taylor Jenkins

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas is proud to present the 2017 CADD Scholarship to TAYLOR JENKINS, a dedicated young artist and graduating senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.
Taylor was accepted into multiple university art schools and will attend the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design in the fall.

Artist Statement – When beginning a piece, I think about color, pattern, and texture immediately. I find inspiration in nature and the unexpected object around me. Heavy patterns found in fabric and wallpaper is evident throughout my work whether drawn or sculpted. These abstract concepts are incorporated into my art in an overt or passive manner. I enjoy challenging myself when it comes to mixing media, colors and textiles. Searching for beauty in abstraction, whether geometric or organic, makes me focus on my own interpretations. Different methodology and tools are dependent on what kind of project I am working on. I believe finding a way to incorporate multiple techniques into a single project makes a piece more interesting and gives it dimension. The artistic expression is a constant process for me because I continue to develop my ideas and vision for the finished product as I work.

awards and achievements
CADD Scholarship – Winner (2017)
Scholastic Art and Writing – Honorable Mention (2017)
Young American Talent – Second Place (2017 & 2015)
Booziotis Design Finalist (2016)
Visual Art Scholastic Event Finalist (2016 & 2014)
Student Enrichment Grant Recipient (2015)
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) is a non-profit membership organization of galleries formed in 2006 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of contemporary art on all levels. Members are committed to represent the highest standards of contemporary art, while recognizing the importance of integrity and responsibility in working with artists, collectors, museum professionals, and the cultural community of Dallas.
Each year CADD offers a Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Fine Arts degree at an accredited university or art institute. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, equipment, travel, and/or supplies assisting the student in their academic endeavors. Proceeds from CADD events assists with the CADD Scholarship and CADD Educational Programs.

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Introducing FWCAC’s new Program and Exhibition Manager


We are please to announce our New Program and Exhibition Manager, Jonathan Mark Levy, has joined the Arts Center team. His vast experience and knowledge should be an asset to the artists who come through our doors.  We have many new and exciting events and programs yet to come, so keep an eye on Facebook for more announcements and information.

On March 3rd during our First Friday Artist Receptions, we are having a meet-and-greet to introduce Jonathan to the community, Please come on by to say hello and enjoy some refreshment.  Artist Receptions are from 6-9 pm. Remember there is free parking for 45 minutes in the Western Heritage Parking Garage.
A Message from our New Program and Exhibition Manager

Jonathan Mark Levy

Hello Texas Artist Coalition,
I am very excited for this upcoming year as we have many great exhibitions planned as well as some new ones in the works. For anyone who has upcoming show or exhibitions please share that info with me so that I can add it to the T.A.C. website.

Furthermore, a really great opportunity has come up with our partners 7th Street Development. As some of you know, they host an annual street Fair called Crockett Creates (formerly pARTy on Crockett) which falls on April 15th. This year, not only do they have approx. 25 outdoor spots available for Dallas-Fort Worth artists, they are also opening a store front on that block for additional indoor exhibitors. This is a 1 day event where they are expecting over 3000 people to attend. The best part is, it is only $5 to submit and $25 to participate. The deadline for submissions is 3/15/2017 but they are accepting early entries for promotional purposes so do not hesitate because spaces are limited. If interested or you know people who are, please submit here:

In addition to that, the Suicide Awareness Coalition (SAC) invites artists to submit conceptual proposals for an interactive artwork that will support the SAC mission: raising awareness about suicide in our community. The goal for this project is to create a creative platform for community engagement focusing on themes about suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The finished artwork will serve as a memorial to the thousands of individuals in our community who have died by suicide. The deadline for this is 3/17/2017. For more info on that please click here: SAC


Fort Worth Community Arts Center

1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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Online Interviews with Successful Artists: STARVING ARTIST NO MORE – Free event starts Feb. 1


Local artist and entrepreneur Heidi Eisley: I’ve interviewed 12 artist from all over the world for this FREE 3-Day event starting Feb 1st!    It’s called Starving Artist No More!    These artists share their secrets on how they use art to create extra income!   Most of the artists on the series are creating art full time!  You must register in order to get the interviews on Feb 1st.


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Dave Smith’s Award Winning Painting ‘Spirit of Lakota’

Robert Eagle Elk with Grandson Loki and Artist David Smith

Robert Eagle Elk with Grandson Loki and Artist David Smith

Dallas artist meets family of famed Lakota warrior that inspired his award-winning painting

SMU student, retired military veteran Dave Smith artwork honored; Eagle Elk family attends unveiling

 GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – What began as a simple piece of artwork for Airbus Helicopters Inc. blossomed into a gratifying and unexpected opportunity for a Dallas-area artist as he met descendants of the iconic Lakota warrior Eagle Elk portrayed in his painting.

In March 2016 Airbus Helicopters Inc., which produces the UH-72A Lakota helicopter for the U.S. Army, began searching for an artist to create a work that would capture the spirit and history of the Lakota. The search ended with retired Army and Coast Guard helicopter pilot Dave Smith, currently an art student at Southern Methodist University. Dave painted an inspiring work featuring a towering image of the famous Lakota warrior named Eagle Elk. The Eagle Elk family not only approved the painting, but was so appreciative of the honor that they travelled from their home in South Dakota to meet Smith at a special ceremony held in Sept. 16, 2016, at Airbus Helicopters Inc. headquarters in Grand Prairie.

Eagle Elk was born near the confluence of White River and Missouri rivers in the fall of 1851. He was a great and fierce warrior who participated in many battles. From the family’s oral history, as well as the Eagle Elk interviews written by Richard Hardorff contained in the John G. Neihardt Collection, Eagle Elk was a close aide and bodyguard to Crazy Horse and considered him a brother.

“I did a fair amount of research for this painting,” said Smith. “The warrior culture associated with the military is drawn to the names and images of Native American culture because of their greatness as warriors. The basis for my painting is the famous Edward S. Curtis image of Eagle Elk (He’haka Wanbli) of the Oglala Lakota. I made every effort to be culturally sensitive by showing that Eagle Elk ‘becomes’ the sky and the mountain and the earth, watching over what is happening as the helicopter skims the treetops.”

Airbus Helicopters Inc. consulted with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribal Council to ensure the painting was culturally accurate and respectful. Tribal council leaders, in turn, referred the company to the family of Eagle Elk, who were impressed with and approved the use of Smith’s painting. Family members, including Eagle Elk’s grandson, Robert Eagle Elk, and great-granddaughter, Charleen Eagle Elk, travelled from South Dakota to meet Smith and attend the Airbus Helicopters ceremony.

“We wanted to create a symbol that would capture the historic legacy of the Lakota people that inspired the name the Army gave our helicopter,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. “We are impressed with the way Smith has depicted the Lakota helicopter overseen by the soaring image of Eagle Elk. We are deeply honored to have the Eagle Elk family join us as we honor their ancestor and the way he is artistically portrayed.”

The ceremony included a reading of a family story handed down through the generations about Eagle Elk and Crazy Horse. “This is an honor for our family. We are all deeply touched,” said Charleen Eagle Elk.  “I would like to say Lila Wopila Tanka (A Big Thank You) from the bottom of all of our hearts for this great honor bestowed upon our family. We appreciate the recognition for our ancestor.”

The UH-72A Lakota is a multi-mission helicopter that was selected by the U.S. Army in June 2006 in an open competition following a rigorous evaluation. The UH-72A Lakota is in use with Army and National Guard units and is also the Army’s primary flight training helicopter. It is in use with foreign military services for missions such as transport, medical evacuation, and search and rescue.

The Lakota combines operational capability, reliability, and affordability, fulfilling all of the Army’s requirements for speed, range, endurance and overall performance. The Lakota has the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production. It is built in Columbus, Miss., by a workforce that is 43 percent U.S. military veterans.

For more information on the UH-72A Lakota, as well as other industry leading Airbus Helicopters Inc. products, go to


About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. manufactures H125 and UH-72A helicopters and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.  For more information, visit


About Dave Smith

David Gail Smith retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2014 having served nearly 22 years as a pilot in the U.S. Army and Coast Guard. During his tenure in the Coast Guard, he is credited with saving 20 lives and assisting 52 others with awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. He is currently pursuing two degrees at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which he began immediately following his retirement, and is on course to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Computing in December 2016 along with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in May 2017. For more information and examples of Smith’s work, visit



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CADD Announces 2016 Scholarship Winner! Netanel Saso

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CADD Announces 2016 Scholarship Winner!

Netanel Saso
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas is proud to present the 2016 CADD Scholarship to Netanel Saso (Netty), a dedicated young artist and graduating senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Netanel was accepted into multiple top-tier art schools and will attend The Cooper Union in New York City next year, and is planning on majoring in sculpture.
“Booker T. gave me the opportunity to explore forms of art I would have never been exposed to otherwise, such as printmaking, jewelry, and sculpture. This year, I decided to take AP 3D and AP 2D, to see how my ideas could combine and bounce off of each other in both classes. Having a lot of the teachers influence me and teach me consistent new things in both classes has truly made me realize that I had to get a BFA. Next year, I will be attending The Cooper Union in New York, one of the hardest schools to get into with an 8% acceptance rate. I plan to major in sculpture, because Booker T. made me realize how sculpture is endless, there are hundreds of things you can create, and many opportunities to find a job afterwards. Sculpture has been the most challenging class, and that is what I thrive on.“
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Recommendations from her teachers at Booker T.
Netanel embodies the many unique characteristics that every educator seeks. She is artistically talented, hardworking, and always willing to accept the biggest challenge. I know her talents will continue to flourish in college and she will earn a place as one of our successful alumni!
Netanel has an impressive resume with awards, achievements, and extensive exhibition experience. She is the vice president of National Art Honor Society and loves to be involved in her community. As a high schooler, she has already developed a reputation as an artist and receives constant requests for murals and art commissions.
Netanel has proven to be a reliable and trustworthy senior. Faculty members like myself are always entrusting her with extra responsibility and requesting her assistance. She is good at gathering other students to help with our community art projects because so many of our underclassmen look up to her.
A talented visual artist, Netanel is a young woman whose brain and heart are outmatched only by her hard work and dedication to all that she takes on.
Netanel is undoubtedly a young woman who demands the best, not just of herself but of the people and the world around her, and she’s willing to work to get it. She possesses the personality, the drive, the grit, and the commitment to make a measurable mark at her chosen university as part of the class of 2019.

Netanel Saso 
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, Texas
The Westwood High School (2013), Dallas, Texas
Work Experience
January 2013 to CurrenT, Studio Teacher / Studio Teacher Assistant, Studio Arts Dallas, Texas
June – August 2013, Westwood School Summer Camp Teacher Assistant, Dallas, Texas
June – August 2012, Westwood School Summer Camp Teacher Assistant, Dallas, Texas
Exhibitions- 2015 
42 Murals, Mural Painting (of my artwork) Deep Ellum, Dallas
Senior art show, Hudson Foundation Gallery, 10 pieces, Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art, Art Ball, 1 piece, Dallas
Young American Talent, El Centro Gallery, 2 pieces, Dallas
Printmaking art show, Hudson Foundation Gallery, 2 pieces, Dallas
Drawing art show, Hudson Foundation Gallery, 2 pieces, Dallas
National Art Honor Society art show, Hudson Foundation Gallery, 3 pieces, Dallas
Operation Kindness Dog Drawing Auction, Operation Kindness, Dallas
Young American Talent, Love Field Airport, 1 piece, Dallas
Honors and Awards 
National Art Honor Society (Vice President) -2015 – 2016
Booziotis Pegasus Sculpture Finalist -2015
Lark on the Park restaurant mural -2015
Baker Botts LLP chalk mural – 2015
Top 26 Neiman Marcus Christmas Ornament Competition – 2015
2d Place Printmaking Show at Hudson Foundation Gallery – 2015
Student Advisory Committee for the Fine Arts – 2015
Studio Arts Dallas Business Card drawing on it -2014- current
Community Service
Linda Gossett art studio assistant – 2015                          
6 Drawings donated to Operation Kindness, Operation Kindness – 2015
Flying Horse chalk art at Booker T. Washington High School – 2015
Arts Management Club, Dallas – 2015
Silverado Senior Living, Dallas -2015
Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, -2015
Fusion Camp Assistant at Booker T. Washington High School –2014 Dallas Children’s Theater – 2014
North Texas Food Bank – 2013
Dallas Stars Center Ice Skating Competitions – 2012 – 2013
Arts in the park 2014 – 2015
Figure Drawing at Creative Arts Center – 2014
The Westwood book club – 2013
Piano – 2012- 2013
Ice Skating – 2012 – 2013

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas |

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) is a non-profit membership organization of galleries formed in 2006 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of contemporary art on all levels. Members are committed to represent the highest standards of contemporary art, while recognizing the importance of integrity and responsibility in working with artists, collectors, museum professionals, and the cultural community of Dallas.
Each year CADD offers a Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Fine Arts degree at an accredited university or art institute. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, equipment, travel, and/or supplies assisting the student in their academic endeavors. Proceeds from CADD events assists with the CADD Scholarship and CADD Educational Programs.

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Laurin McCracken on Marketing Your Art May 16

swalogosmallThe Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May. Next meeting Monday, May 16, 2016,  at 7pm. (6:30 critique by Jo Williams)

Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Directions.  website:

May Guest Artist… Laurin McCracken

Laurin McCracken is one of SWA’s most eminent members, known internationally for his jewel-like still life paintings in watercolor. His achievements and recognition stretch across the globe. To take but one example, last year he exhibited in the Beijing Biennial for the third time. As the only watercolorist selected, one of his works was additionally purchased by China’s National Museum of Art. “Underwood Typewriter” is displayed this season at the American Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York City. He continues to work with Fabriano papers as the US master leader in Italy, and manages to teach a series of workshops across the country as well. An architect by training, Laurin is Chief Marketing Officer of Jacobs Global Building NA. Consult his website for complete information on Laurin:

As a loyal and immensely helpful member of SWA, Laurin will present: “Marketing Your Art; including how to get published, getting in and managing gallery relations, pricing, selling your art, how to photograph your art and other business counseling.”

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Teri Wilson Launches Online Art Gallery

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Teri Wilson is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, visual canvas artist and published author. Noted books are, Guide to Flawless Skin and Natural Beauty ‘Lose Weight through Juicing’ and ‘Keys to Weight Loss Guide’. She is also a jazz stylist who performs at supper clubs, special events and private galas.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Friday, January 22, 2016 –Professional Visual Canvas Artist, Teri Wilson has launched Teri Wilson Fine It is an online art gallery that features original oil and acrylic paintings by Teri Wilson.
She began painting twenty plus years ago in her down time when she was not touring. Her early work was mainly portraits of family members and soap opera celebrities.

Teri Wilson is self taught and her work includes abstraction, scenic, fetish and still life paintings. Buyers of her work are private collectors, especially of her fetish art.


Some of her displayed art is signed under her alter ego’s name, ‘Goddess Rachel’.
Recently she created a limited collection of her paintings specifically for her fetish audience which became an immediate success resulting in sales.

Giclee Limited edition prints are available on a few of her original paintings and she offers free shipping on pieces that exceeds $500.00.
New pieces of her art is being added to, as she creates them.

For Additional Information,
Contact: Teri Wilson Email:

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Modern Thrive Workshops for Artists (get your discount!)


Modern Thrive has created a special offer just for the Art News DFW community of North Texas artists.

Modern Thrive is an online platform that helps creatives find alternative paths to fulfilling careers. They partner with leading creative experts to host live online workshops that are designed to help you build a business you love.

The workshops are normally $97, but you can get access to any workshop for $47 when you enter the discount code (artnewsdfw).  

They have tons of workshops that are perfect for artists, etsy shop owners, handmade enthusiasts and creative freelancers.

Here are a few you might want to check out:

Publishing Paths for Illustrators

Learn how to package your artwork into a book proposal that publishers will love in this on-demand workshop with Kate Woodrow.



Grow a Profitable Creative Business

Create a plan for building a creative business that allows you to meet your income goals and design a live you love.

Instagram for Artists

Learn how Julie Seabrook leveraged Instagram to sell her art, and create a full-time business selling her work online. This workshop is perfect for artists & illustrators who are trying to sell their work online.



Creating a Career with Your Art

Explore a range of career paths for artists, and create a plan for building the career of your dreams. This workshop is perfect for artists & illustrators.

Social Media Bootcamp

Learn how to use social media to reaching new customers and increase your sales. You will leave this workshops with a manageable plan for leveraging social media to grow your business.

Make sure to sign up for the newsletter to get free resources for your business and updates on their upcoming workshops.


The workshops are normally $97, but you can get access to any workshop for $47 when you enter the discount code (artnewsdfw).  
Check out their full line of workshops here:

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“Creating from your soul” Artist Interviews by Heidi Easley


Heidi Easley out of Granbury, Texas is doing a 21-day series of interviews “Creating from your soul” where she interviews several artists from around the world. Several mixed media but there’s a wide range of talents. It is not too late to sign up. To sign up for the series go to and to view the interviews she has already done go to Heidi is an accomplished artist (painter mainly) currently living in Granbury. She teaches art classes in a local school there.

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2016 Nasher Prize Laureate: Doris Salcedo


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About Doris Salcedo

About Nasher Prize

The Nasher Sculpture Center is proud to announce Colombian artist Doris Salcedo as the inaugural recipient of the Nasher Prize, an award to be presented each year to a living artist who has made an extraordinary impact on our understanding of sculpture.  For the past three decades, Salcedo has created sculptures and installations that transform familiar, everyday objects – chairs, shoes, roses, bricks – into moving and powerful testimonies of loss and remembrance. Working in a variety of modes, from objects and large-scale installations to public interventions, she has fearlessly taken creative and political risks to challenge audiences with innovative, significant work. Salcedo’s commitment and her willingness to push artistic boundaries have already inspired a generation of artists, even as her work continues to grow and respond to many of the most salient issues facing humanity.  — from the Nasher website

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Walk the Light Announces Program for Women Artists: VARENPORT


Walk the Light Announces New Program for Women Artist Entrepreneurs: VARENPORT


Varenport to serve as a beacon for local women artists ready to launch their careers

DALLAS, TX {WEDNESDAY, 08/19/15}—Walk the Light (WTL) announces the beginning of a new artist in residency and incubator program called Varenport coming this fall in the heart of downtown Dallas.

The Varenport membership program supports the entrepreneurship of women artists by providing a free, professional co-working environment that offers much needed moral support, networking opportunities, continuing education, and mentorship resources.

“We’re thrilled to be launching this program for women,” said WTL’s Founder, Laura Allen Golatt. “This initiative embodies our mission of making the arts a vehicle for change by expanding opportunity for women artist entrepreneurs within the city of Dallas, which we hope will be an empowering source for all women everywhere and rise the tide for all ships.”

The membership program awards fully sponsored residencies to Dallas-based women artist entrepreneurs. Residencies of six months include studio space, meeting rooms, high-speed internet, continuing education programming, and various other community amenities valuing over $10,000.00 per artist. Much more than a typical residency, members can enjoy the dynamics of a co-working environment by becoming a family with an artist community that leads to the development of collaborative relationships.

Varenport is proud to partner with local business experts like Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) and Staff Retreat Co. to provide workshops and clinics for continuing education related to entrepreneurial and business startup needs like accounting, legal structuring, vision casting, and marketing which help the artists successfully launch their businesses or organizations. The first workshop will be presented on September 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at their location, 211 N. Ervay St., 8th floor, Dallas, TX 75201. For more information and to register, please visit: Upon completion of the program, artists will have built the foundation for their endeavors so that they can thrive in the marketplace and will be connected to mentors and professional consultants who can be resources for years to come.

Artists selected for this program are career-ready and need a short duration of incubation. Applicants must be artists, arts entrepreneurs, makers, creatives, or arts collectives working together on establishing a company, professional group, partnership, or non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting the arts. Applicants must also be women, but other identifiers such as race, religion, age, orientation, or any other demographic factors will never prohibit or exclude a person from being considered as a member.

There are two programming sessions each year with two application periods. The application for the spring session is currently open. For more information on the program, please visit:

Varenport is hosting a silent auction fundraiser and grand opening on October 10, 2015 from 6-10:00 p.m. at their location, 211 N. Ervay St., 8th floor, Dallas, TX 75201. Contact for questions regarding the silent auction and grand opening.

About Walk the Light:
Walk the Light is “Making the Arts a Vehicle for Change” by providing venues that support our arts community and benefit valuable change efforts. Walk the Light provides a premier office and studio co-working residency for women artist entrepreneurs. Walk the Light also produces an annual arts festival called, “Where Old Meets New”, which brings economic stimulus into the Historic Downtown area of Cedar Hill, TX while producing a savory atmosphere from a stunning fusion of commonality, celebration and compounding creativity to enhance the lives of both the artists and citizens of Cedar Hill.

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Texas Book Festival Poster Artist


2015 Festival Artist: Fatima Ronquillo

On Thursday, July 16th, we unveiled the official 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival poster, which features the work of artist Fatima Ronquillo.

Ronquillo is a self-taught painter whose classical imagery is inspired by literature, theatre, and opera. Her intimate works play with the style of European old masters coupled with a magical realism rooted in folk and colonial Latin American traditions. Learn more!

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Art Conspiracy: Continuing Our Story (Jessie Martinez)


Artist Story: Jessie Martinez

Get a peek at this Art Con artist’s journey from the start

Halfway through its 11th year, and Art Conspiracy is just picking up steam. “In March, we announced that we’ve grown bigger than just a fundraising platform into an enhanced year-round platform of which the reach and potential is limitless,” says Erica Felicella, Art Conspiracy’s Executive Director. “We are incredibly excited about continually connecting and executing on ways to give back to our whole community: to our artists, musicians, patrons and partners.”

Part of being an organization of a million stories, is sharing them. Like that of Jessie Martinez: where we get a peek into artist’s journey at its very beginning. We look forward to furthering her interest and engagement. Check out the full story here. What is your story? How has Art Con affected you? Share your story here.

Art Conspiracy is a nonprofit community that conspires to bring artists and musicians together, raise funds, and activate awareness for regional creative programs and causes.

Our mailing address is:
Art Conspiracy
3824 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Tx 75219


All of you help us become who we are. Through your involvement, engagement and continued support. Click here to find out ways you can support our mission, or email us with any questions you may have.
Art Conspiracy’s Executive Director is featured in this month’s Dallas Observer People issue. Check out the write up here.


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Sonia King’s VisionShift


The Dallas Arts District has transformed downtown, offering new life and energy. Mosaic artist and CAC instructor, Sonia King’s VisionShift reflects the possibilities and opportunities that surround us when one is open to seeing them.

Click here to take a look at the progress of this gorgeous mosaic installation at Hall Arts. The plaza will open late summer.

–from the CAC Newsletter

Mosaic artist Sonia King creates one-of-a-kind, contemporary mosaics for gallery, architectural and home settings. Her award-winning mosaic art is exhibited nationally and internationally and represented in private, public and corporate collections. — from her bio at


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Etsy stock goes public on NASDEC


Etsy is well known to artists and crafters as an online resource for selling work. This 10-year old “online craft bazaar” company recently had a successful IPO opening on NASDEC.

Read more about it:

Etsy now worth over $3 billion. Stock jumps 88% after IPO

Etsy IPO Tests Pledge to Balance Social Mission and Profit

Click here for press releases on the Etsy website.

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100 Creatives from the Dallas Observer

100 Creatives is a series created by the Dallas Observer in which cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas are featured (in random order.) You can nominate someone for this series: contact
Here are some of the latest paens posted to visual artists:

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 39 Literary Framer Karen Weiner

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 40 Festival Orchestrator Anna Sophia van Zweden

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 44 Artistic Integrator Erica Felicella

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 45 Absorbing Artist Jeff Gibbons

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 48 Technological Painter John Pomara

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 50 Dallas Arts District

100 Dallas Creatives: No 51 Insightful Artist Stephen Lapthisophon

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 53 Experimental Filmmaker and Video Artist Mike Morris

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 55 Doers and Makers Shannon Driscoll & Kayli House Cusick

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 57 Inquisitive Sculptor Val Curry

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 58 Man of Mystery Edward Ruiz

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 59 Adventurous Filmmaker Toby Halbrooks

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 64 Maverick Artist Roberto Munguia

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 69 Effervescent Gallerist Brandy Michele Adams

100 Dallas Creatives: No. 75 Underground Entrepreneur Daniel Yanez

100 Creatives: The Full Listing:
100. Theater Mastermind Matt Posey
99. Comedy Queen Amanda Austin
98. Deep Ellum Enterpriser Brandon Castillo
97. Humanitarian Artist Willie Baronet
96. Funny Man Paul Varghese
95. Painting Provocateur Art Peña
94. Magic Man Trigg Watson
93. Enigmatic Musician George Quartz
92. Artistic Luminary Joshua King
91. Inventive Director Rene Moreno
90. Color Mavens Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger
89. Literary Lion Thea Temple
88. Movie Maestro Eric Steele
87. Storytelling Dynamo Nicole Stewart
86. Collaborative Artist Ryder Richards
85. Party Planning Print maker Raymond Butler
84. Avant-gardist Publisher Javier Valadez
83. Movie Nerd James Wallace
82. Artistic Tastemakers Elissa & Erin Stafford
81. Pioneering Arts Advocates Mark Lowry & Michael Warner
80. Imaginative Director Jeremy Bartel
79. Behind-the-Scenes Teacher Rachel Hull
78. Kaleidoscopic Artist Taylor “Effin” Cleveland
77. Filmmaker & Environmentalist Michael Cain
76. Music Activist Salim Nourallah
75. Underground Entrepreneur Daniel Yanez
74. Original Talent Celia Eberle
73. Comic Artist Aaron Aryanpur
72. Classical Thespian Raphael Parry
71. Dance Captain Valerie Shelton Tabor
70. Underground Culture Mainstay Karen X. Minzer
69. Effervescent Gallerist Brandy Michele Adams
68. Birthday Party Enthusiast Paige Chenault
67. Community Architect Monica Diodati
66. Intrepid Publisher Will Evans
65. Writerly Wit Noa Gavin
64. Maverick Artist Roberto Munguia
63. Fresh Perspective Kelsey Leigh Ervi
62. Virtuosic Violinist Nathan Olson
61. Open Classical’s Dynamic Duo Mark Landson & Patricia Yakesch
60. Rising Talent Michelle Rawlings
59. Adventurous Filmmaker Toby Halbrooks
58. Man of Mystery Edward Ruiz
57. Inquisitive Sculptor Val Curry
56. Offbeat Intellect Thomas Riccio
55. Doers and Makers Shannon Driscoll & Kayli House Cusick
54. Performance Pioneer Katherine Owens
53. Experimental Filmmaker and Video Artist Mike Morris
52. Flowering Fashioner Lucy Dang
51. Insightful Artist Stephen Lapthisophon
50. Dallas Arts District
49. Farmer’s Market Localvore Sarah Perry
48. Technological Painter John Pomara 
47. Progressive Playmakers Christopher Carlos & Tina Parker
46. Purposive Chef Chad Houser
45. Absorbing Artist Jeff Gibbons
44. Artistic Integrator Erica Felicella
43. Multi-talented Director Tre Garrett
42. Anachronistic Musician Matt Tolentino
41. Emerging Veteran Actor Van Quattro
40. Festival Orchestrator Anna Sophia van Zweden




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Art News DFW: Honor Thy Artist

The purpose of Art News DFW is to foster creativity through visual art nonprofit organizations that support working artists. AND, directly support local artists. We do this by offering free publicity on this, and other affiliated sites and networks.

Since 2006, we’ve posted over 6,000 announcements from local artists (and art organizations) to promote exhibits, workshops, meetings, calls for artists, and other art events.

To submit a free notice, click on Post Your News to use our Submission Form or email them directly to

  • Your news reaches over 2,000 email subscribers, another 800 via Twitter, over 1200 on Facebook, and countless RSS feed followers. Plus many viewers on this website.
  • Your events are posted on our searchable Google calendars: Art Events, Art Instruction, Art Meetings, and Art Deadlines.

Gain free exposure for your art:

  • Post your art and events on our Flickr “Art in DFW” gallery. Just set up a free account on and then join the Art in DFW group pool. You can easily designate which images to include.
  • On Facebook, you can join a community of over 1,100 artists on the “Art Groups DFW” group. It’s an interactive way to share with other local artists.
  • Enter the artist Challenge on this site (currently the 2014 New Year Challenge) and share your art and creativity! Click here to see past challenges. Entries are posted on the website and on Facebook.
  • Submit your twitter feed or art blog for inclusion in DFW Artists Voice Daily. It’s a unique free daily  online newspaper composed of headlines linking to notices published on artist blogs or websites.

Art News DFW also provides notices of calls for entries and other art opportunitiesart instruction, art meetings and demonstrationsart videos, and guides.

We’re also honoring local artists that we consider outstanding by inviting them to participate in our Rotating Artist Headers program. As you click on various pages of our website, you’ll notice that the art changes in the header at the top. To find a link to the artist website, look in the right sidebar for the Header Art Credits. We will soon have an article on each artist.

Our latest honorees are Cecie Borschow and Deran Wright.









This site is a gift to the thriving art community of the North Texas area from: Sharon Giles & Nancy Friedel. This site is not for profit. 

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Photographing Your Artwork – How To Guides

Dallas photographer J.R. Compton has created tutorials on his website that provide great guidance on photographing your artwork.

There are two principle guides:

How to Photograph Art or just about anything else

How to photograph art that’s behind glass, is glass or is glossy like glass
Recently updated.

The Oxide Gallery in Denton has also published tutorials:





Photographing Paintings | Keeping a Record of Your Work

How to Photograph a Painting, Step by Step



Camera Tips for Photographing Your Artwork for the Web

Why Photograph your Art? Instead, Use a Scanner and Photoshop Elements

Using Photoshop’s Healing Brush, Smart Blur, Despeckle Filter, and Color Replacer

How to “Square Up” Photos of Your Art in Photoshop with Free Transform & Liquify

How to Color Correct Images of Your Artwork in Adobe Photoshop

How to Use the Curves Tool in Photoshop to Add Contrast & Fix Washed out Photos

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Recently painter Chapman Kelley completed another revealing chapter of hismemoirs.  In this “Observation II” piece he reflects on the U.S. art scene.

Observations II


     Dr. Maxwell Anderson’s recent book ‘”The Quality Instinct” is a step in the right direction for one’s understanding of the necessity, for all who are at all interested in the visual arts, to continually develop our critical judgments.  He has also just recommended to me a challenge by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as set forth in its “Evaluation Report –  Museums and Art Conservation,”—check it out.

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State of the Arts at the DMA videos

Videos from the State of the Arts discussion held Jan. 24, 2013 at Dallas Museum of Art. State of the Arts is a partnership between the DMA and KERA’s Art&Seek. Post on the Art&Seek’s YouTube channel:


“Are We There Yet?” Dallas, Stop Asking.

Here’s Kim Cadmus Owens, artist and associate professor, saying Dallas needs to get over that question. Part of State of the Arts discussion Jan. …


Dallas Art Collectors Need a “Sense of Fact”

Lucia Simek, Glasstire critic, says Dallas collectors need to understand artists here to be better ambassadors for the city. Part of State of the A…


Here’s Lucia Simek, Glasstire critic, on the artists who are creating new models and forming collectives around North Texas. Part of State of the…


Are Artists Responsible to their Audience? Sour Grapes’ Carlos Donjuan.

Here’s Carlos Donjuan on the responsibilities he feels toward his audience. Part of State of the Arts discussion Jan. 24 at Dallas Museum of Art. S…

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Chapter 13 of The Memoirs of Chapman Kelley

Chapter 13 of The Memoirs of Chapman Kelley is now available, click here.

  A work-in-progress, Kelley’s Memoirs are also available at art historian Sam Blain’s Dallas Art History Blog.  Subsequent chapters will be published in the near future.

So important was Dallas wildflower artist Chapman Kelley’s artwork, the Chicago Wildflower Works (1984 – 2004) and the U.S. court system’s consideration of it via the artists’ rights case Chapman Kelley v Chicago Park District from 2004 through 2011, that it continues to draw attention throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Above: Kelley's public artwork, the 66,000 sq.ft. noncommissioned Chicago Wildflower Works (1984 - 2004).  View is south from magnificent Grant Park at Randolph St. Buckingham Fountain is in the distance.

Above: Kelley’s public artwork, the 66,000 sq.ft. noncommissioned Chicago Wildflower Works (1984 – 2004). View is south from magnificent Grant Park at Randolph St. Buckingham Fountain is in the distance.

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