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Sandra Grimland & Friends…abstracts opens Nov. 5 at the Upstairs Gallery


dynamic, and carefully considered abstracts
Sandra Grimland  & Friends
Laura Badonski
Donna Bertram
Pepper Crary
Anne Murray
Peggy Martin
Reception for the Artists
Nov. 5, 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.
The show continues till Nov. 26
Sandra Grimland is a well known –
award winning artist – and she is more….
she is a teacher….
For this show, Sandra invited her
“friends” – her fellow artists and students –
to display their recent works.
Sandra brings unique instruction methods
to her classes and introduces her students
to abstract art.





















The Upstairs Gallery
1038 West Abram, Arlington, TX 76013 817.277.6961

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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.
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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.
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  • 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.









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Sharon Giles

ArtNewsDFW Featured Artist Sharon Giles

Sharon Giles is a retired internet librarian from the UT Southwestern Medical Center. She currently runs the North Texas area art blog

Since 2006, has given artists better visibility and allowed art organizations to share information more easily. Thanks to her dedication it is an amazing repository of local art events.

Our Lady of Geometry

Our Lady of Geometry

She also creates award winning art, teaches art, and is a busy volunteer. She is the webmaster for Irving Art Association who built that site into a web magazine before even the New York Times had the concept completely sorted out. She is a recent webmaster for the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas, and currently, she provides web-tech support for the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth. She also supports art initiatives at the West Irving Library.

Sharon routinely creates prints, paintings, collage, and altered art. She teaches suminagashi (Japanese marbling) and gelli printing (monotypes without a press) and, of course, web skills. She has recently earned Signature Status from Southwestern Watercolor Society and Society of Watercolor Artists.

Shore Birds

Shore Birds

The fresh, inspiring book, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, is her current favorite book about art. Its creative style reflects her own work: don’t try to define Sharon’s art, because tomorrow it’s going to be different. She is just not that into routine, and her quest to learn everything about art informs her very imaginative, free spirited style. Her work is fluid, experimental, and full of texture, life and complexity. There’s often a playful element; a spark of wit or a hint of fantasy.

Read more about Sharon in the June, 2013 Southwestern Watercolor Society newsletter (PDF).
And, see her artist website:


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