January 14, 2016 Meeting
The next general meeting is Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 9:30 am – noon. You are welcome to join us :)
We are meeting at the Carriage House (behind the Heard-Craig House, see map below). Please park in the areas marked below.
PROGRAM: “Fix and Tricks”
When an aspiring artist decides to jump into art there are many, many ways they can learn: books, video tutorials, online classes and workshops, forums, conventions, blogs, museum galleries, life drawing, workshops, and more. They learn, grow, and become an artist. They also encounter problems.
The solution to a problem can come from a variety of sources. The most helpful solution is often shared by another artist. Over time artists learn many little tricks to fix a problem, and an artist friend is a welcome resource.
Members are invited to bring their artworks that need a “fix or trick” and the three artists below will share their tricks. (Audience members may also share their fixes and tricks!)
Lynda Kingsley – Watercolor
Lynda is a McKinney artist who primarily works in watercolors, combining rusted hand-molded papers to create 3-D works on a 2-D plane. Her primary inspiration and subject matter begins in her own yard full of perennials and greenery. She recently graduated with a BFA in studio art, with an emphasis on watercolors from the University of North Texas. After running a family business in NM for many years and seeing two of her three children graduate from art schools, Lynda decided to go back to school after a move to Texas in 2007 and pursue her love of creating art. She is currently the President of The Art Club of McKinney, and resides with her husband along with their three rescued Basset Hounds.
Nancy Alexander – Acrylic
Vibrant color, melodic movement, and a touch of impressionism best describe the expressive painting style of Nancy Baker Alexander.
Nancy Baker was born and raised in El Paso, TX, in a nurturing, artistic, and creative family. Four generations of Bakers had shared their talents with the world, and Nancy was determined to continue the legacy. Her love of dance and ballet became her persona for over twenty-five years, and her artistic passion was honed at Texas Christian University, where she graduated in 1981 wth a Bachelor of Science degree in Design with a minor in Art.
A busy and exciting interior design career ensued for ten years until it came to a crashing halt when Nancy was diagnosed with a life threatening illness. No longer able to work, weak and isolated, she turned to other artistic endeavors. Instead of designing custom furniture or decorating lavish hospitality and commercial interiors, Nancy focused her attention to drawing and painting to lift her spirits during her long recovery.
Deciding not to return to the stressful interior design world, Nancy embraced her artisitc yearnings by taking a variety of classes, seriously painting, entering local art shows, and displaying her work at several Dallas galleries. As a member of The Art Club of McKinney for over twelve years, she served as president twice, headed committees, and volunteered on many projects.
Nancy has won numerous ribbons and awards at the Collin County Art Shows, and has been commissioned to create paintings for patrons throughout the country and Mexico.
Nancy Alexander celebrates her life through her colorful paintings and expressive movement on canvas.
“I discovered that life is too precious and too short. If you have a dream or a passion, you have to follow it no matter how long or bumpy the road might be.”
Barbara Stalick – Oil
I have been an active member of the Art Club of McKinney since 2001, but my art interests started when I was a little girl and my drawing of a turkey running down a hill was posted on the board. My interest carried through my childhood on into my adulthood and is still growing.
Through the years I have worked at an art store as Art Manager, Class Coordinator, and store demonstrator. I have been in three TV commercials, two talk show interviews, and I have had two of my art pieces shown in a Shirt Painting Magazine. My teachers are many and anyone who is willing to share.
At age 35 Jane Hoffsteder, a water painter, taught me, for 12 weeks, on how to use Acrylics; I moved from there to oil paints and my teacher for six years has been Frank Covino, from Pratt Institution. Frank’s classes moved me to a level I never dreamed of obtaining and I am still learning from him as well as from those around me.I taught drawing classes at the Senior Center of McKinney for 5 years and still to go there every Wednesday to paint with the Lofty Painters (a group that started from the Art Club Of McKinney).
I am a past President, was Secretary for three years, and worked in the Adult Art Show every year that I have been a member.