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Visual Arts in Allen for October

Allen Arts Alliance Celebrates the Arts and Humanities in Allen

The Allen Arts Alliance, and the city of Allen, join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. The Allen Arts Alliance, our local arts and cultural organizations and schools will be partnering through activities that honor and share the efforts of artists, historians, teachers, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of daily life in Allen.

The City of Allen City Council will be adopting a Proclamation in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month at the October 10th City Council Meeting. Everyone is encouraged to participate, through our local arts organizations, in what has become the country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities. Attached is a list of some of programs and events taking place this October in Allen.

ALLEN ART EVENTS OCTOBER, 2017 – Exhibits and Workshops


Allen Heritage Guild
Allen Heritage Center Depot Museum; October 14 and 28th – Saturdays, 10am – 2 pm; tours available by appointment.
Open House at the Allen Heritage Village, Oct 21, 12:30-2:30pm; Oct 22, 2-4 pm;

David J. Stana – America in Kodachrome; photography exhibit through October 15
Allen Teen Arts Council; Halloween Bash; October 21, 7-9pm
Gail Delger – Smile, Laugh and Enjoy the Ride; painting exhibit from October 20th through November 12th, 2017

VALA Series ‘Sweets & Treats’ Family Painting Workshop; Sunday, Oct 1st  2017; 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Blue House Too
VALA series “SPOOK-tacular” Painting workshop; Oct 8th 2017; 12:00pm – 2:00 pm at Blue House Too

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INCRESCENT: A VALA Collective at Blue House Too – reception Aug. 3


The Allen Arts Alliance is thrilled to announce the latest exhibit to be featured at the Blue House Too ArtSpace, it is the first show created and curated by the members of the Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA).

INCRESCENT which means: becoming gradually greater, growing and increasing in size, will showcase a wide variety of art in various media created by these members of the growing artist community that is VALA. 

Ashley Claes Kelly Steller Hrad Maureen Botello

Bill Carter Ken Byler

Cherie Fruehan Kristi Smithson

Christine Smith Lizzy Hicks

Daniel Moulden Marie Renfro

Dianita Vargas Pamela Van Laanen

Jacque Forsher Patricia McMillan

Julie Martin Terry Parshall

To find out more about VALA, become a member and learn of other exciting opportunities, check out the VALA website www.valatx.org

Join us for a pre-opening reception; get a sneak peek at the exhibit, meet the artists, and enjoy a glass of wine and light bites.  Thursday, August 3rd  from 6 to 8 p.m.


Exhibit dates and location:

Friday, August 4, 2017- Sunday, September 3, 2017

Blue House Too ArtSpace – Watters Creek Center – 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013


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About the Allen Arts Alliance

The mission of the Allen Arts Alliance is to support and nurture our local arts and cultural groups as they present inspiring and entertaining experiences designed to enrich our community. Cultivating a vibrant community, bringing art to life.


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“20 Under 20” Juried Art Exhibit awards reception Jan. 12 at Blue House Too

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“20 Under 20”

Juried Art Exhibit

Blue House Too

The Allen Arts Alliance is proud to present the 2nd Annual “20 under 20”., juried art exhibit showcasing 20 emerging artists under the age of 20. The exhibit will be on display at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Artspace in Watters Creek from January 13 through February 11, 2017.

The Arts Alliance received submissions of original artwork from 85 emerging young, artists under the age of 20 from throughout Collin County. The 208 submissions have been reviewed by a jury panel and the 50 selected pieces will be unveiled at an opening reception on January 12, 2017 at Blue House Too ArtSpace from 6 to 8 p.m. The selected artists, listed below, will be present.



Anna Rose Redman, Lovejoy High School
Anukriti Singh, Allen High School
Austin Galletti, Allen High School
Charissa Zou, Plano West Senior High School
Elijah Ruhala, Lovejoy High School
Emma Brown, Plano West Senior High School
Frances Wu, Plano West Senior High School
Grace Swierenga, Allen High School
Ira Gulati, Plano West Senior High
Isabella Vivas, Plano West Senior High School
Jolene Limqueco, Plano East Senior High School
Kai A. Snowden, Heritage High School
Karen Lin, Plano West Senior High School
Kate Walker, Allen High School
Katherine Kabel, Plano West Senior High School
Leticia Li, Allen High School
Ritika Diddi Allen High School
Sunny Li, Allen High School
Taylor Lacey, Plano West Senior High School
Laura Timaran, Plano East Senior High School
At the opening artists’ reception the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be announced. The cash prizes are funded this year through the Allen Arts Alliance partnership with Kendra Scott/Kendra Gives Back, an evening designed to support the work of the Allen Arts Alliance which was hosted at the Watters Creek store last fall.

For more information visit: allenartsalliance.org



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Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) information session Jan. 19

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Allen Arts Alliance to Host

Information Session About

Visual Arts League of Allen Area (VALA)


The Allen Arts Alliance will host an information session open to all artists and creatives interested in getting involved in the new Visual Arts League of Allen Area (VALA) The social mixer and information session is open to all.

Please join us January 19th at 7:00 p.m. at The Blue House Too Artspace – Watters Creek @ Montgomery Farm, 934 Watters Creek Boulevard, Allen.

For more information, or to be added to the mailing list contact: Cherie Fruehan Cherie.Fruehan@gmail.com or Mary Grube, maryg@allenartsalliance.org

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AMANDA DUNBAR: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS opens Dec. 7 at The Blue House Too




The Allen Arts Alliance is thrilled to welcome Allen native and internationally acclaimed artist, Amanda Dunbar to The Blue House Too Gallery as she returns home again for the annual holiday exhibit of her inspiring work. The exhibit will run December 8 through 31st.

Amanda Dunbar has received wide recognition for her work, and her popularity has increased through the years, starting with her appearance as a young artist on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame secured her place in history as the youngest such accomplished artist to date.

Amanda’s work, portraying families, children, special places, and nature is designed to uplift and engage those who have the opportunity to experience it. For more about the artist, see her website  http://www.amandadunbar.com/

The exhibit will be open through the holidays, December 8-31, 2016.  The artist will be on hand for the opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 7th.  The Blue House Too Gallery is located in Watters Creek Center, 934 Watters Creek Boulevard, Allen, Texas.

For more details and Blue House Too Gallery schedule visit allenartsalliance.org


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