Category Archive: Meetings / Demonstrations

2018 Plano Plein Air Event Reception Feb. 24


The 2018 Plein Air Event
Reception is this weekend
Saturday, February 24
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
ArtCentre of Plano

Last Friday and Saturday, Plano Art Association, in conjunction with The Outdoor Painters Society, Southwest Watercolor Society and ArtCentre of Plano, conducted an exciting two-day plein air event in downtown Plano and nearby areas. The amazing artwork that was created by 40+ painters is now on exhibit at the ArtCentre of Plano through March 24.
You are invited to a special reception for PAA members and others interested in viewing the exhibit.  (Gathering for this reception will replace the regular monthly PAA Members’ meeting.)

Above are photos of some of the artists on location in the Downtown Plano area on Saturday. The Heritage Farmstead was a location favored by the artists on Friday.

Last Friday evening the painters gathered for pizza and wine to witness a watercolor demonstration by Michael Holter…noted member of all three sponsoring organizations.

Last Saturday evening a “wet painting” pre-show was held at the ArtCenter where the paintings were jurored into the month-long exhibit. Cash and merchandise awards were presented to winning entries.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Plano Art Association is dedicated to encouraging the visual arts development of the membership, and inspiring awareness of the visual arts by sharing the joy, passion and beauty within and beyond our Plano community.

PAA is sponsored in part with a grant from the City of Plano.
For more information on wonderful things to do in the City, go to 

Plano Art Association

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Bev Boren demonstration for Richardson Civic Art Society Feb. 20

Our next meeting is February 20 at 6:30pm in the basement conference room of the Richardson Public Library at 900 Civic Center Dr, Richardson, TX 75080.

The demo Artist for February will be Bev Boren.

Bev Boren was born and raised in Texas and now resides in Trophy Club, Texas with her husband Ben.  She is a signature member of the Outdoor Painters Society and the Southwestern Watercolor Society.  She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and American Watercolor Society.

Her work is primarily the result of her need to paint.  Inspiration can come at any time and in any place.  She is not confined to one subject area.  She loves  to paint a variety of subject matter as well as working in various mediums.  Bev’s paintings are created with things that capture her eye whether it’s a still life, landscape, or capturing a person’s personality.  Painting is her way of connecting with the world and the people around her and sharing those experiences along the way.

In her words “Trying to describe or explain my efforts at painting or drawing seems like a futile effort.  After all, I want my work to express itself without the necessity of words.  My best hope is that my work will stand simply on it’s own, and find a connection with viewers where words fail”.

For more information about Bev Boren and her work visit:


Febuary 2018
Artist: Bev Boren
March 2018
Artist: Christina Yeliding
Abstract Acrylic on wood
April 2018
Artist: Frank Sowells
May 2018
Artist: Nel Dorn Byrd

RCAS is always eager to welcome new members to our organization. We offer an opportunity for artists near or in Richardson, TX to showcase and sell their work several times a year in juried and non-juried art shows and to gather with other artists at our monthly meetings to meet like-minded friends, learn from each other and enjoy demonstrations presented by skilled professional artists each month. Artists, friends of artists and art lovers are invited to be our guests at one of our regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the basement conference room of the Richardson Public Library at 900 Civic Center Dr, Richardson, TX 75080. If would like to join our organization, you can do so on our website at

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James Spurlock demo at LGAA Feb. 12

Lake Granbury Art Association Meeting
Monday, February 12th | 7pm
One of our most popular demonstrators will be featured at the February meeting. Local artist James Spurlock tends to draw a large crowd. The high-level of detail he is able to capture in his fast-paced demos boggles the mind. This demo is not to be missed.
You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting. Here is a photo of James with a piece he painted for us in a previous year.
For more about James, see his website
Shanley House Gallery | 224 N. Travis St | Granbury, TX 76048

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IAA Meeting Feb. 18 – Katrina Doran on Mosaics



The February 18th Irving Art Association Members Meeting will be held on a Sunday at 2pm this month, It will feature artist Katrina Doran, who will give a talk about mosaics from classical to contemporary and demonstrate tools and cutting. Special after demo workshop: For a hands-on project, we’ll make tiles in mosaic patterns (note: $10 fee for supplies).

Doors open at 1:00 pm and the Meeting starts at 2:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Guests are welcome.  Directions.


About Katrina Doran:

Katrina Doran
Doran Studio:mosaic art & sculpture


Katrina Doran is a mosaic artist who delights in the breaking of things so she may reassemble them into something entirely new. She has studied worldwide with modern masters of this fine craft and brings to her practice a uniform sensibility and order used, to good effect, for the purpose of establishing beauty and harmony. Her practice is grounded in classical mosaic techniques dating back over 2000 years. In all of Doran’s makings there is an element of surprise waiting to be discovered. Doran’s interest, enthusiasm and passion for her art form is contagious, making her a popular lecturer, teacher and workshop facilitator.


Katrina Doran remembers always being drawn to the making of things. Her youngest years were often spent alone in the woods of her family farm where she gathered sticks, clay, vines and charcoal in order to create. Her mother taught her how to cook and to sew and she took well to both with a natural instinct for how things go together as flavors, textures, colors and forms. Her father, an engineer, made certain she could work on mechanical things establishing a groundwork for working with tools while finding solutions for the repair and building of structural objects.

Doran began her college studies in interior design and when told her first ten years in the field would be drawing other people’s blueprints, she changed her major to psychology. Doran was beginning to glimpse an inner yearning to make a difference in the lives of others. Her work following college returned to the decorating of homes and the creation of harmonious interior environments. One day, a friend urged her to try something new and Doran found herself being trained in the theatrical arts launching her next career as a corporate entertainer. Here she learned how to interact with large groups of people and was able to contribute her creative skills to both costume and prop designs. This phase of working eradicated all pretense of shyness in Doran and established the protocol and structure for producing a good event.

Each phase and component of Doran’s life allowed for the next natural growth and expansion. The time came when the pull to create art was strong enough it led to the art of mosaic. Doran has not looked back except in appreciation of how all her experiences allow her to express her passion for creating and her ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Doran creates custom mosaic works of art, teaches classes and conducts workshops for all ages. She is married to Denny Doran, a fine artist specializing in charcoal pencil portaits. Her son, Taylor Pierre Bryant a.k.a., Tay Tay Pierre, is a printmaker working on fashion designs. Together, they are in the process of developing an art compound, an environmental space designed to honor and support their pleasure in creating.

Artist Statement:

I am interested in creating curious objects of beauty that seem magical, as if they are from another time and place, or might have been something you once dreamed of. I am also interested in how we might create these things together or in the context of a group. I am fascinated by the ways we contribute to one another, the gifts we each have to share in order to express, expand, explore and grow. My vision for my life is to bring presence to a beauty beyond measure.

~Katrina Doran

Katrina Doran teaches mosaic art classes at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas.

Her works can be found in:

private settings throught the United States

The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas
Greenhill School, Dallas, Texas
John Paul II, Plano, Texas
Visual Expressions Creative Arts School, Cedar Hill, Texas
Hospitality centers in California and Texas
Dallas International School, Dallas, Texas
Lee A. McShan, Jr. Elementary, Dallas, Texas
Anderson Elementary, Frisco, Texas
In partnership with Carlyn Ray Designs, works were created with the Alcuin school and Girls Inc.

For more about the artist, see her website:

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SWS Meeting Feb. 13 – Richard Stephens watercolor demonstration

Please join us for our Southwestern Watercolor Society monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 7:00-9:00 PM. Location: Lovers Lane Methodist Church, Ashbury Hall, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas
(northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Inwood Road.)
Featured watercolor demonstrator: Richard Stephens:
Richard Stephens is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and graduated
from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art.
Although recognized for his landscape, architectural and figurative work
Stephens feels the real subjects of most of his paintings are his brush-
work and the light he tries to capture and amplify through value contrast
and an unexpected color pallet. Believing that drawing is the foundation
for all good art and design, Stephens often allows his pencil work to show
through and become an engaging element in his watercolors.

Stephens says, “My goal is to interpret, not to render. I want to engage
the viewer, entertain him and share my vision. When people view my
work that is the last step in the painting process. Of course I want people
to like my work, but like it or hate it, I don’t want them to be indifferent.”
Come to the February meeting February 13th to see Richard’s demo!

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Trinity Arts Guild demos for February: Steve Ko Feb. 5 and Patty Cross Feb. 14

The next Trinity Arts Guild meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
Location: Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Bedford Boys Ranch, 2819 R. D. Hurt Pkwy., Bedford, TX 76095-0671 (817) 283-1422

Steve Ko – February 5, 2018  Portrait Painting
Demo Artist

Steve, was our Best of Show winner in the open show a couple years ago for his lovely portrait of one of his students painting a large canvas. He will be demonstrating a portrait painting from a live model at the February meeting. He is a wonderful speaker and an accomplished classical portrait artist. Steve will also be doing a workshop for us in April.

Steve Ko is an internationally known portrait artist and a teacher who is driven by an in- credible passion for creating art works in old master’s style such as John Singer Sargent. His works are often noted for their unique style, elegance, and technique.

Steve has developed his artistic ability at Art Center College of Design in California under the guidance of masters such as Burne Ho- garth, Harry Carmean, Gary Meyer, and Steve Huston.

His use of vibrant colors and unique brush strokes makes his work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes.

TAG in the Morning  Wednesday, February 14, 2017  10amnoon

Patty Cross demo on Alcohol Inks

We are looking forward to the Patty Cross demo on Alcohol inks on Valentine’s Day. See you there for a hands on demo with alcohol inks. If you have inks bring them. There will be a supply fee of $6.00.



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Darla Bostick watercolor demo Feb. 5 in Grand Prairie

Darla Bostick will be presenting two demos during the month of February. On Feb 5 she is scheduled to present “Fun with Texture and Watercolor” to the Association of Grand Prairie Artists regular monthly meeting in the Chamber of Commerce Building. The meeting begins at 6:30.

AGPA meets the first Monday of each month at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Street. Meetings are open to the public.  Guests and visitors are welcome at no charge.  Visit our website at .


On Feb 19 she will present a different watercolor demo to the Society of Watercolor Artists which meets at 7pm at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in the Everett Building.

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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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Artists ‘Round Texas Get Creative & Inspired Workshop Jan. 21 in Rowlett

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2pm
Rowlett Community Centre • 5300 Main, Rowlett
Get Creative & Inspired #17 – Workshop

flyer: ART JanNewsletter 2017
The holidays are over, and now it’s now time to get those creative juices flowing – again!

Without giving too much away about our Jan- uary workshop, you can be sure it will get your mind’s eye looking at things a little bit different, and everyone will be able to create something unique and beautiful. Most all materials will be supplied. We only ask that you bring a glue gun, and wear old clothes. Here’s a hint; STENCILS. So come for fun, come to meet other members, and come to see how you can create something fabulous.

Guests are always welcome to attend for a $5.00 donation to cover supplies. Please bring a snack to share. Beverages are supplied.

Do you want to join A.R.T? Please go to our web site to download a membership form at:, or call Membership chair, Laurieann Dygowski at: 972-475-1836.

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Jan. 22 SWA Meeting: Nancy Maas demonstration

NEXT MEETING Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 . The Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May with the exception of January, because of MLK day.  Time: 7pm. (6:30 critique by Jo Williams) Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. For directions see website:

Guest Artist: NANCY MAAS

Find out more about Nancy at her website:

In the words of the artist:

Painting provides a great deal of pleasure in my life, with a small dose of stress if things aren’t turning
out as I hoped. My Texas home studio is a dedicated space in which I can get as dirty as I like. There are
two “stations”, one for watercolor and the other for acrylics (a large easel serves both). I tend to be
rather free with paint as I start a new work, especially with acrylics, so the room is looking the part after
five years of throwing color spontaneously. Our dog Charle is my constant companion in the studio,
along with NPR (music only; no news) and a Diet Dr. Pepper.
I like to work a few hours at a time, starting in the morning and sometimes continuing in the afternoon. Break time consists of everything from lunch to walking the dog or biking with a friend, running an errand or going to the Y. I find if I leave an unfinished painting and come back after a time away, I can better see what needs to be done next. A mirror in my studio also helps, plus critique sessions, like SWA’s which I am determined to take better advantage of, and Tony Saladino’s which meet a few times a year.
In response to a question about good advice received, I would have to say that Randy Meador’s rule of putting down a good wash of fresh color, followed by LEAVING IT ALONE, is my first commandment
(which, sad to say, I often break). Also, Tony Saladino urges us to SIMPLIFY, which is especially
relevant to me in acrylics where I am constantly paring down an image (Let’s just say I don’t often bring
my watercolor weavings to his meetings). These two principles can keep me going for years. Otherwise,
as someone who always loved art but didn’t take a fine arts degree, books about watercolor masters like
Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent inspire me and can provide help in solving a problem.

As to mechanics, I use a baseline of Winsor & Newton paints, plus a few Daniel Smith’s (quinocridone
burnt orange), Holbein “opera”, and a few others. Sometimes I resort to white gouache to retrieve
whites, but only very sparingly. Critical brushes include several of the Silver Black Velvet synthetics, a
one inch flat, and, perhaps surprisingly, some larger “Simply Simmons” rounds. Now that my teaching career and the responsibilities of raising a family are in the past, I can paint at will – a privilege I almost feel I don’t deserve. In Spanish the word for retired is “jubilado/a”, suggesting a state of joy. That’s me now!

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Maker Meetup Community Beer Company March 3rd

Dallas Makerspace would like to invite you out to our second Maker Meetup, this time in Dallas. Community Beer Company is allowing us to reserve a few tables to promote this event. They are wonderful people and we are excited to have somewhere like this to meetup. The premise is simple – get makers together in a room to swap stories, network and generally just enjoy the evening together.

Please note Dallas Makerspace is not buying any drinks it’s actually against our protocol – we just wanted to get everyone together in a room.

It is our hope that you would be willing to promote this event within your organization and possibly over social media to help it be a success. This is a free event and has no agenda except for good conversation and people converging. This is something we hope to do quarterly but it all depends on the result of this event. I’ve made a facebook event found by following the QR code (also found on the poster). Please let me know if you have any questions about this event or if you would like to tour Dallas Makerspace (public tours are every at Thursday 7p).

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J.C. Phrey Mixed Media Demonstration Jan. 23 in Irving

The January 23rd Irving Art Association Members Meeting will feature artist J.C. Phrey,  who will demonstrate how to do a mixed media painting.

The example he’ll be working on will include aerosol, India Ink, Modeling Paste and Acrylic. He’ll be discussing texture and application of mixed media to desired effects as well as basic information about the items used and how it applies to his body of work. Items used for this will be brush, palette knives, plastic wrap, bubbles and hands. His intent is to get people outside of the traditional means of art and to show them fun and exciting ways to use their media of choice.

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

About the Artist:

JC is an East Texas born artist who grew up in a secluded area where he was left to entertain himself. His home was bare with no television or radio and he was not allowed outside of his home until he began school in the 1st grade. He was extremely antisocial and found joy in books and creating stories in his mind that would later become his passion for art. Left with an abundance of paper and pen he began drawing at a very early age and taught himself to escape his hellish living environment through elaborate imagery and characters he would make.

He was born deaf and after starting school, underwent multiple surgeries to gain back 40% of his hearing. He first heard music in 1st grade and became infatuated with sound and the visual recreation of music through art. Listening to the stories told by Simon and Garfunkel, he would create the characters they sang about such as ‘The Boxer’, ‘Cecilia’ and even the ‘ The Bridge Over Troubled Water’. Music became his passion and creating that sound into art became his purpose.

Today he will listen to music by his favorite artists such as Radiohead and Led Zeppelin and paint with the emotion and melody of the music to capture the feeling the songs introduces to him through color and movement. Texture and mixed media are a constant in his body of work and help to create the image of music as seen through his eyes.

He now resides in DFW with his two children Mackenzie and Clint who are both artistically inclined. He works as a curator and producer of art shows, most notably the Revolutionary Walls which takes place in Bishops Arts. Always encouraging emerging artists and giving private instruction in his home Gallery, he has become what he wished he had as a child.  Now having several gallery tours and multiple festival art shows under his belt, he works mainly from home and finds joy in working on new projects with fellow artists and his children. Having sold over 500 works since 2013 he works mostly on commissions and his personal work, while collecting art from his favorite local artists.

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Presentation by Artist Jane E. Jones Jan. 3 in Denton


You are invited to a presentation by Jane E. Jones sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 6:45-9 p.m., at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX.

Ms. Jones is a watercolor artist who has served as a workshop instructor, demonstrator, and critique leader. She is the owner of Jane E. Jones Art Studio which has been in business for 40 years. During this time Jane, taught all levels of watermedia classes and “on location” workshops.

She studied with many professional artists from across the United States and Europe. In addition, she has been invited to lecture and juror at more than eighty arts organizations. To see more of Jane’s art, go to:

The presentation is free for VAST members; $5 for guests.

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Nov. 28 Irving Art Association Meeting: Sudeep Kumar on Urban Sketching

The November 28th Irving Art Association Members Meeting will feature artist Sudeep Kumar, who will talk about  urban sketching with a demo and a hands-on afterword. He will also share information about Urban Sketchers global community, the Dallas/Fort Worth local chapter and how someone can join these groups.

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

Artists, don’t forget to bring your entry for the Artist of the Month competition. We will also have a Silent Auction of art supplies.

Call for Art:  IAA Winter Art Exhibit Members, you may drop off your work early at the meeting. Regular drop off time is Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10am – 2pm. Up to three large pieces or five small ones on any theme. Don’t forgot your name, title of art, and contact information on the back. Exhibit runs Dec. 3 – Jan. 5, 2018.

About the Artist
Sudeep Kumar is a local area artist, living in Frisco, TX.
Art for him is like a meditation, a silent conversation with self. On one hand, his work is either capturing the energy/mood of a place or event and presenting it to the audience to have them connect to the subject more closely as if its an integral part of their life. On the other hand, its a portrait of human emotions underneath our daily struggle for survival or mundane day to day activities. In today’s world of technological advancement, he feels we as a species are losing touch with our surroundings, our environment, our fellow human beings. The real connection or intimacy is missing. That’s what he tries to present to the audience and have them take a step back from their busy life and explore their surroundings fully. He uses charcoal, ink pen, or watercolor to create this artwork and try to use minimum media/material to keep them simple without impacting the message they convey.
Since last more than a decade he has been painting, drawing, sketching, teaching, exhibiting, learning and inspiring the community. He is also a Faculty of Art of Living foundation, teaching meditation and breathing technique for overall well-being for all individuals.

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Sharon Giles acrylic demo at SWA in Fort Worth Nov. 20

NEXT MEETING Nov. 20, 2017 . The Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May with the exception of January, because of MLK day.  Time: 7pm. (6:30 critique by Jo Williams) Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Directions see website:

Guest artist: Sharon Giles

Sharon Giles is a native Texan, born in Dallas and living in Irving. A former librarian, she enjoys organizing and publicizing information about visual arts in the North Texas area through the website She is also the webmaster for Irving Art Association.

She belongs to several local art societies and has earned signature status from the Society of Watercolor Artists, Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Texas & Neighbors Competition.

Sharon will be discussing and demonstrating her negative painting and layering process in watermedia.

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Don Andrews watercolor demo Nov. 14 for SWS in Dallas

Please join us for our Southwestern Watercolor Society Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th   7:00-9:00 PM 

Lovers Lane Methodist Church, Ashbury Hall
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas
(northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Inwood Road.)
Our November Program will feature Artist, 
  Don Andrews.  
Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa for over 30 years.

Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society , and two Best of Show awards from the New England Watercolor Society.
Don is the author of the books,
“Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor”, “Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor” and “Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist”.

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Visual Art League of Lewisville speaker Millie Giles on jurying process Nov. 14

On Tuesday November 14th from 7-9 in classroom 3 of the MCL Grand,100 N.Charles St., Lewisville

Millie Giles will talk about the jurying process for winning entry in art competitions.

This program is open to the public and there is no charge.

One of many programs offered to the public by The Visual Art League of Lewisville for their enjoyment and information.

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Pete Quaid oil demo Nov. 21 in Richardson

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month – from September to May – in the Richardson Public Library basement meeting room. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

The business meeting is followed by a demo artist in any of several media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, and mixed media.

We also have Painting-of-the-Month available to members, which is voted on by peers at a break in the meeting. Cash awards are given out to winners. Show and Share, also at this time, is a display of any 3-d work by members.

Come early and participate in our Critique Corner at 6:00. Visitors are always encouraged to join us.

Our next meeting is November 21st. The November demo Artist is Pete Quaid, demonstrating his techniques in Oil.

I’ve been painting for 30 years.  As a young man I started my own business contracting the painting of billboards. After gathering some years of experience, I signed a contract with a Dallas company and painted their pictorial work in a studio environment for eight years.

With the advent of large printers, I chose to transfer my skills to painting murals.  My clients have included PepsiCo, GE, Southwest Airlines, Landry’s (Saltgrass, Rainforest), Simon Properties and many schools and restaurants.   I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to support myself with a paintbrush for over 30 years.

For the most part, I am self taught.  However, I’m grateful to all of the artists whose work I’ve studied because they have continued my education. In particular, Connie Erickson has provided her honest critique and her encouragement in my pursuit of fine art.  Beauty inspires me; training the eye to see color, values and design while pursuing the beauty that light reveals is a lifelong adventure.  John Pototschnik, Andrew Wages and Kaye Franklin have shaped my understanding of color. Read More…

For more information on Pete’s work, visit:

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David Griffin landscape demo in Waxahachie Nov. 6





Waxahachie, TX 75165


  • 6:30 to 6:45 pm – Meet & Greet – vote Mini Show!
  • 6:45 to 7:00 pm – Announcements
  • 7:00 pm – Demonstration program



Painting is more than a vocation,”My paintings are direct observations, results of a life and heritage spent close to the Land, the People, the West. It’s a calling to satisfy a deep desire to speak in a visual medium,telling stories; all the time looking West”. My ability to portray these subjects is not without its own struggle. Painting is hard work, but I’m committed to improving my ability to communicate the story in a passionate way, with honesty and vitality that the subject deserves.

David grew up in Lubbock, Texas. After studying Fine Art at Texas Tech University, he was invited to attend the first Illustrators Workshop New York, where for two years he studied with Bernie Fuchs, Mark English, and Bob Peak. His work was recognized many times by the Illustrators Annual national show during the 1970-80’s In 1985, he began to devote full time to painting professionally, sharing a studio with Bart Forbes for the next 10 years. He also studied with Bettina Steinke and James Reynolds.

In addition to having his work featured in magazines articles including Cowboys and Indians, Victoria, Dallas Morning News, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art ( cover and feature Oct.2013) and corporate collections,

David has been invited to participate in these nationally recognized shows:

American Art Classic; Renaissance Show and Sale,

Texas Art Gallery Collectors Sale,

Settler’s West Gallery,

Oil Painters of America Exhibit (Award of Excellence),

Salon International ( jury top 50 Award);

Coors National Western Art Exhibit and Sale 2010-2017.

National Ranching Heritage Museum, Texas Tech University,Two-man exhibit,2012.

American Impressionist Society 2015,

Maynard Dixon Invitational 2016, (awarded Silver Thunderbird for best body of work)

David and his wife Lorna live in Dallas, Texas, where they raised their three children, Ryan, Elizabeth, and Michael.




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Don Lambert airbrush demo 11/6 for Grand Prairie Association of Artists

Activities will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, November 6th  at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.  
The program will be a demonstration of airbrush painting by Don Lambert, a digital artist who likes western subjects.   He and his his wife Barbara, also run a gicle’e (fine art digital prints) printing business near Springtown, Tx.  In addition to the airbrush demo, Don and Barbara will also present information about gicle’e and copywriting.  More information about them at
 Other Business
There will be a business meeting prior to the program.  Topics will include fund raising projects.
AGPA meets the first Monday of each month at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Street. Meetings are open to the public.  Guests and visitors are welcome at no charge.  Visit our website at .

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Ted Houston November 21st Workshop & Demo

The Farmers Branch Carrollton Art Association (FBCAA) is hosting a demo and workshop with Ted Houston on November 21st in the craft room of the Farmers Branch Senior Center, 14055 Dennis Lane, Farmers Branch. 

We start our meeting at 9:00 AM, and the demo will be at 10:30 AM.  The workshop will be in the afternoon, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and costs $10.  


Ted works in oils, watercolors, drawing and printmaking.  His work is an expressive use of line, form and color that covers a range of subjects.  Ted has trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and has taught classes at Ole Podrida.  Most recently he has been working in painting and printmaking at Brookhaven Community College.For more about Ted, see his website:

No registration necessary.  Guests are always welcome.

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Art Demos at Trinity Arts Guild: Curtis Frederick (Nov. 6) and Patty Jasper (Nov. 8)

The next Trinity Arts Guild meeting will be on Monday, November 6, 2017.

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

Monday, November 6 Curtis Frederick at 7pm

Winner of the First Place Award for three dimensional art in the TAG 2017 Open Show.

I was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Mesquite, Texas for the majority of my younger life. I now re- side in Rockwall, Texas where I own a landscape business. The love of art started at a very young age for me. As with many young artists, drawing was the first thing I was introduced to and could do well. It was not until college that I discovered clay. For me three dimensional designs was some- thing I could create in a fully immersed way. It is a challenge to make sure that each sculpture engages the viewer from all angles. Being somewhat of a re- bel, I try to push the envelope on the finishes of my clay pieces. You will find wood stain, acrylic paint, and even electrical tape on some of my ceramic sculptures. I also like to incorporate wood and steel to add an extra element to the piece.

I have found some of my best work comes from the imperfections, unplanned events, and through ex- perimentation. As I grow as an artist, I know that future is unknown but that is what drives me in this creative journey. My goal is to continue to challenge myself, to think outside of the box, and to bring something different and innovating to the art world.




TAG in the Morning

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Patty Jasper   10am-noon

“Exploring Negative Painting”

Patty is grateful to the teachers, family and friends who have encouraged and supported her artistic pursuits. After moving to Texas, was able to reconnect with my love of art.
Patty has continued classes at TCC, she is active with both Haltom City’s Art In The City Gallery and TAG.

For our November Tag In The Morning meeting, we are going to explore negative painting. Bring your ideas or try some of our ideas. Will have some acrylics and canvas and watercolors and papers with brushes, few tools and containers. Let the fun begin!

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Presentation by Artist Kim Collins Nov. 1 in Denton

You are invited to a presentation by Artist Kim Collins sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), on Wednesday, November 1st from 7-9 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX.

Ms. Collins is a Fort Worth, TX abstract artist whose work is heavily influenced by the tangled forms, interwoven patterns and layers of shapes found in nature.

She has exhibited in numerous galleries in the North TX area and has won several awards. Her work is in collections across the US and in Europe. She is also a member of the Texas Artist’s Coalition & Trinity Arts Guild.

Kim Collins Artist Statement: ““My work has evolved over the years from realistic watercolors to abstract designs in acrylic and mixed media.  The likely catalyst for this change was a bout with cancer which brought about many “rethinking what’s important” moments.  I realized I had been working with processes which were rigid, traditional and a bit tedious for me, but I was afraid to break out of my box.  After the cancer scare, I allowed myself the freedom to have fun, try new things, get out of my comfort zone and play with design, color and materials.  I have never looked back.”

“I usually start a piece with no pre-conceived idea of what it will ultimately become, but a sort of “relational connection” develops as the work progresses.  Sometimes the relationship is easy and harmonious; sometimes it is full of conflict which must be resolved…just like life.  Rather than depict a literal image, I hope to convey the feeling, energy and essence of the organic forms which inspire me.”

The presentation is free for VAST members; $5 for guests.

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Oct. 28 IAA Members Meeting – Art Tour of Strokers Dallas

For the October meeting of the Irving Art Association, we have an art adventure! We will be taking a tour of Strokers Dallas. Owner Rick Fairless is an artist and will give us a tour, and discuss the process they go through when deciding how to paint the bikes.

Meet up at the IAA Gallery (Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan in Irving) on Saturday, October 28th at 2:15 and car pool with us. Or meet us at Strokers Dallas, located at 9304 Harry Hines, Dallas 75235. The tour starts at 3:00 pm.

Please RSVP to so that we can make carpool arrangements.

Note: There will be no Artist of the Month competition or Silent Auction this month since we are not holding the meeting at the Center.

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Marian Hirsch Pastel Demonstration in Plano Oct. 24

Marian Hirsch will demonstrate fine points of pastel painting at October 24 Plano Art Associarion Members’ Meeting held at the ArtCentre of Plano, 902 East 16th Street, Plano, TX 75074. For more information, contact Website:

This will be a great opportunity to see and hear from a top master of the pastel medium. Marian is noted for her vivid colors and lively landscape compositions.

     Marian’s Demonstration Statement
The intense, vivid colors and immediacy of application make pastels an individually expressive medium. The directness of the medium often brings a uniquely personal application – like handwriting.
The brilliance of color is one of the most seductive characteristics of the pastel medium for me. I will share how I approach my own work from inspiration to working methods and will go over many of the resources available today for pastel enthusiasts. I’ll be focusing on the visual language of the landscape as nature continues to provide a powerful catalyst in the evolution of my work.
There is always that moment when light falls on a subject in just such a way that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Then that creative spark ignites the painting process. Though I spend a lot of time working plein air, my pastels are composed and created in the studio.

About the Artist
This full-time professional artist is a signature member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America as well as Pastel Society of the Southwest.
    Her pastel paintings have been published in American Artist, Artist’s Magazine and International Artist Magazine. Corporations have responded to the richly colored landscapes, and her work is included in numerous corporate collections such as Verizon, Ford Motor Company, AT&T, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Merrill Lynch, Lucent Technologies, Ernst & Young and Dallas Business Journal. Three of her pastels now grace the new Fort Belvoir Hospital. For more about her art, please visit her 

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Visual Art League of Lewisville Presents Carol Stoecker Muralist Oct. 10

VAL presents member Carol Stoecker who will give a talk on doings murals. The Award winning custom decorative artist will be sharing some of her most popular mural designs created for residential clients and talking about how she creates her textured and painted brick and stone.  
Tuesday October 10th at 7:00 in classroom 3 of the MCL Grand Theatre, 100 N.
Charles St. in Lewisville
There is no charge and is open to the public.

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James Richards urban sketching demo Oct. 10

October 10th Southwestern Watercolor Society Program: James Richards urban sketching demonstration

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017, 7:00 pm, LLUMC Asbury Hall, Lovers Lane at Inwood in Dallas
For more about SWS see
James Richards is an urban designer, artist, author and traveler based in
Fort Worth, Texas. His work explores great places and place-making
around the globe. He lectures and teaches design drawing and urban
sketching workshops across the U.S. and abroad.
James leads an urban sketching workshop starting at Asel Art Supply on
Cedar Springs in Dallas. As of September 29, there was one opening in
this workshop. See the workshop schedule on page 4 to see how to sign
James also brings his urban sketching demonstration to the October SWS
member meeting. Don’t miss it!

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TAG in the Morning features Bennie Wood at Oct. 11th meeting

The next TAG in the Morning meeting will be on Wednesday, October 11, 10am to 12 noon

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

Guest demo artist will be Bennie Wood.

This is a great opportunity to learn from Bennie Wood . She will be sharing her methods for solving the problem of a painting you are not happy with. Come get some great ideas to save that painting you think is beyond help.

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Chris Brandly oil demo for TAG Oct. 2nd

The next Trinity Arts Guild meeting will be on Monday, October 2, 2017.

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

Guest demo artist will be Chris Brandley

Refreshments 6:30 pm Membership Registration 6:30 pm
Demonstration with Chris Brandley 7:00 pm

Chris Brandley was born in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1967. Being the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Chris grew up all over the world, where she was exposed to the Old Masters from an early age as her parents took her to museums everywhere they went. She was drawn to the Impressionist painters, and how they painted every- day life scenes and captured the light and use of color in expressive ways. In 1977 her family moved to Holland, where the breath-taking beauty was etched into her memories. Her experience in Europe plays an instrumental part in her current work.

In 1989 Chris graduated with a BFA in Art Education from Baylor University, and taught art in the public school system in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area for 11 years. In 2002 she stepped down from teach- ing school, and established her own business which included every- thing from painting commercial and residential murals and faux fin- ishes, to painting oil on canvas. After demand for her paintings grew, she decided to make another transition in 2012 and relinquish the faux and mural side of her business.

Ms. Brandley’s paintings embrace a range of subjects, with her fo- cus being on her expression of how a moment in time makes her feel, using light and vivid color. Chris has been commissioned by designers in both commercial and high end residential homes for oil paintings, murals, and decorative finishes, and has been represented by art galleries throughout Tex- as. She is an award winning artist, has participated in several art shows and exhibitions, and has a passion for teaching workshops in the “Alla Prima” method of oil painting.

Her work has been used in television backdrops and documentaries (i.e. Daystar Television Network and EWTN Global Catholic Televi- sion Network), and has also been licensed to international tile com- panies.
Chris Brandley currently resides in Keller, Texas, with her husband

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Association of Grand Prairie Artists October 2nd Meeting – Sarah Graham demo

The next meeting of AGPA will be this Monday, October 2nd at 6:30pm at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.
This month we will feature a demonstration by Sarah Graham (   She is a gifted watercolorist who likes to paint expressive portraits and dramatic landscapes.

Sarah currently lives and paints in Dallas and is known for her sensitive touch with watercolors, especially her portraits. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Houghton College and also studied art and portraiture in Italy. In addition to receiving national and regional recognition for her work in competitive art shows such as Texas and Neighbors Regional Exhibition and Society of Watercolor Artist’s International Exhibition.   She loves to take the train into the city and watch people or go “exploring” with her sketchbook.   Some of Sarah’s work is attached.
Other Business:
We will discuss options for the art objects to be sold in fall fund raising project which is used to raise prize money for the Grand Prairie ISD Student Art Contest.
The AGPA meets at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce at 900 Conover Street.   Meetings are open to the public at no charge.   Visitors are welcome.   Visit our website at  .

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Help us shape the future of arts and culture in Dallas!

The City of Dallas, through its Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), is embarking on a year-long process to create the Dallas Cultural Plan—the first since 2002—which will analyze the city’s cultural priorities, determine how Dallas residents experience the arts and culture in their daily lives, and strategically guide how the City supports these activities throughout Dallas.

Dallas already has an amazing arts scene and community – it has grown tremendously with something to do, see, and experience artistically every day. Now, let’s keep arts and culture growing across the city.

Join us at any one of our four kickoff events being held across the city. During these public conversations, in a variety of activities, you will learn about the Dallas Cultural Plan process and share your thoughts, hopes and dreams for Dallas’ cultural future. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this exciting opportunity to shape the future of arts and culture in Dallas!

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event. Parking at all events will be available and free. If you cannot attend a kickoff meeting, additional community meetings will be held

Go to DALLAS CULTURAL PLAN to find out about the kickoff events and RSVP.


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A Presentation by Ana M. Lopez, Metalsmith, Educator and Decorative Arts Scholar Oct. 4

You are invited to a presentation by Ana M. Lopez on Wednesday, October 4th from 7-9 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX .  Ms. Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. Her creative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving a juror’s award from the 2016 Refined exhibition. Other recent exhibitions include Celebrating Women in Art Education, Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition and the solo show Metalphors at The Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts Galleries.

She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She served as juror for the 2015 Materials Hard & Soft national craft exhibition and has lectured extensively on her own work including as a presenter at the 2017 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference.

She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches The History of Craft.

To find out more about Ana and to see more of her artwork, see:

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

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Doug Prine western demo Sept. 19 in Grand Prairie

September meeting of the Association of Grand Prairie Artists will begin at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 19th  at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.  
The program will be a demonstration by renowned, award winning master western artist, Doug Prine.   His work hangs in private collections in almost every state.   Having been a cowhand, reinactor and rodeo participant,  Doug prides himself in the authenticity of his representation of frontier life.  Earlier in life, he served as a combat artist in Vietnam .   After the Army, Prine attended Kansas City Art Institute and worked as an llustrator for the government before becoming a full time artist. He currently lives in Nemo , Tx with his wife Toni.
AGPA meets the first Monday of each month at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Street. Meetings are open to the public.  Guests and visitors are welcome at no charge.  Visit our website at

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The IAA Members Art Experience Sept. 26

The September 26th Irving Art Association Members Meeting will feature 3 different HANDS-ON ART EXPERIENCES! We’ll be doing:

  • Acrylic Pours with Linda Wood Shotwell
  • Working with Stencils with Sharon Giles
  • Nail Polish Gems with Patsy Davila.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving.  DirectionsWarning: wear grunge clothes and/or bring your aprons.

Artists, don’t forget to bring your entry for the Artist of the Month competition. We will also have a Silent Auction of art supplies.

Guests $5 donation – RSVP to us at Join or Renew.


Everyone participating in this meeting will have the opportunity to make their own 3 x 3 inch acrylic pour.Acrylic pours are one of the hottest paint experiences right now and you will love doing it. Take what you learn home with you and make a larger piece at home.
Come explore the expanding use of stencils and masks in artwork. It’s not just pouncing up and down with a stiff stencil brush anymore.Sharon will introduce you to brayers, sprays, stamping, sponges, pan pastel, even baby wipes and more!
But wait, that’s not all!!!! Patsy will show you how to create lovely gemstones just using nail polish.She’ll have supplies but you can bring your favorite polish.

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Judy Crowe oil demonstration Sept. 11 in Waxahachie

NEXT MEETING September 11, 2017



Waxahachie, TX 75165



  • 6:30 to 6:45 pm – Meet & Greet – vote Mini Show!
  • 6:45 to 7:00 pm – Announcements
  • 7:00 pm – Demonstration program


JUDY CROWE from Glen Rose

Artists Statement:

Judy Crowe

“I loved to draw as child-mostly ladies in long beautiful dresses. At one point, I thought I might pursue clothes design as a career. My mother passed away when I was 17 though and the social worker at MD Anderson helped me so much that I began to seriously consider social work as my college major. It was only later that I was introduced to oil painting and became passionate about learning the skill. ”

“I love the works of the Old Masters but the Impressionist painters are the painters I most admire for their vibrant use of color and their individual brushwork. As it did for the impressionists, everyday subjects inspire me. I love flowers, landscapes, and figurative work. I simply appreciate the beauty of nature. It’s quite a challenge to capture the feel of a time or place on canvas rather than a photo representation. ”

This is going to be another demonstration NOT to miss! Please help us welcome Judy back to Waxahachie!

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