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Allen Arts Alliance: STEAM Summer Camps

SUMMER YOUTH STEAM CAMPS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

The Allen Arts Alliance is offering 4 weeks of STEAM camps this summer, these camps combine creativity with principles of technology, science, math and art, to create fun, out of the box, projects.

Who, When, Where, How Much

Students entering 4,5, and 6th grade this fall
Classes are $75 each
Monday through Friday
9 am to Noon.

Register at http://www.allenartsalliance.org

June camps are offered at Rountree Elementary.

June 11-15: Stop Motion Filmmaking and Storytelling
This hands-on camp will explore storytelling and film technology to create animated short films using original artwork

June 18-22:  Upcycling Art Installation
Learn more about how artists work with uncommon materials and about the recycling stream and create our own outdoor public art installation on the final day of camp.

July camps are offered at the Allen Train Depot Downtown

July 23-27: Weaving and Technology
Join us in Allen’s Historic Train depot as we combine design thinking and art to explore the connection between weaving, technology and how it all ties back to Allen’s history.

July 30-Aug 3: Dinosaur Animatronics Camp
Learn how to operate a life-sized dinosaur animatronic unit and get a glimpse into how animatronic dinosaur exhibits are created for museums and zoos.

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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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HIPsters Art Show opens May 18 at Blue House Too

The Allen Arts Alliance announces an exhibit featuring the work of the HIPsters – Highly Important People, who are part of the My Possibilities continuing education program for adults with cognitive disabilities, a place where they can discover their purpose.

This exhibit features the work of HIPsters who are part of the Creative Arts Development program at My Possibilities.

My Possibilities serves adults with cognitive disabilities from throughout North Texas through a continuing education program that provides the opportunity for students to learn a variety of life skills, vocational training, arts, sports, technology, health and wellness, and more. For more information about My Possibilities www.mypossibilities.org

The show will open at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Gallery in Watters Creek on May 18th and will run through June 3rd.


An opening reception will be held on May 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m, come meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful work. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibit dates and location:
Thursday May 18- Sunday, June 3, 2018
Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too – Watters Creek Center – 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013.
www.allenartsalliance.org

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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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Fluid Painting Workshop May 27

Fluid Painting

with Christine Atkins-Smith

Sunday May 27th 2-4pm

@ Blue House Too Gallery/Artspace

This workshop will cover basics of Acrylic fluid painting, materials and technique and demonstrate and teach specific control methods to create a composition using negative space, as well as choosing and testing an effective color palette. $45

**All Materials are Included (canvas size: 24” x 12”)

Ages 8+ Welcome, no experience Necessary.

(Children 12 and under must be accompanied by and adult)

REGISTER at https://www.valatx.org/events/

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Florescence Closing Reception & VALA Art Party May 11

Please join us on May 11 6-8pm at the Blue House Too as we celebrate the closing reception of  Florescence: The Process of Flowering and the kick-off of the Allen Arts Festival running all weekend FridaySunday.

The Allen Arts Alliance announces Florescence: The Process of Flowering, the 2nd annual collective show featuring our talented local artists. The show is created and curated by the members of the Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA).

The show will open at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Gallery in Watters Creek on March 29th and will run through May 13th. A complete list of selected artists is available at both; http://valatx.org and http://bluehousetoo.org,

VALA will be hosting a GALA on April 7th at Blue House Too, during the exhibit, to thank the public for their encouragement during their first year, invite them to view member art and support VALA’s efforts to promote local artists and mentor emerging young artists. Get more information at valatx.org.

A closing reception will be held on May 11th, opening night of the Allen Arts Alliance Annual Art Festival at Watters Creek.

Exhibit dates and location:
Thursday March 29- Sunday, May 13, 2018
Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too – Watters Creek Center – 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013.

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Watercolor Sketching with Laura J. Lawson May 20

 

Watercolor Sketching

With Laura J. Lawson

There is a long tradition of artists using watercolor for rapidly sketching out ideas at first sight. Join Laura at Blue House Too to learn how to create quick impressions of images and develop them into detailed watercolor paintings.

This workshop is open to all experience levels. Laura will begin with a tutorial in how to use watercolor, and then lead the group in painting from a variety of beautiful succulents. Each Watercolor Sketching workshop will feature a different topic for painting!

$35 May 20 2-4pm Blue House Too Gallery, Allen TX

https://www.valatx.org/tickets/watercolor-sketching

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Allen Arts Festival May 11 -13

Allen Arts Alliance Presents Allen Arts Festival
May 11-13, 2018
Watters Creek Center – Allen

The Allen Arts Alliance is kicking off the 2018 Allen Arts Festival with an Art Party recognizing the artists of the Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) currently featured in the exhibit Florescence at Blue House Too ArtSpace. The Art Party is Friday May 11th from 6 to 8 p.m., it’s a free event, however, donations are always welcome. Come enjoy music, interactive art activities, live painting, wine and light bites.

The Arts Alliance Allen Arts Festival opens Friday May 11th at Watters Creek at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday afternoon, May 13th. The festival features 60 fine artists from throughout the country. Check them out at allenartsfestival.org. There will also be music and entertainment, and children’s art activities on the Green, throughout the weekend. Blue House Too will be open and full of fun with local artists from VALA doing demos, live painting, pop up art shops, the current exhibit Florescence, and a DIY Mother’s Day art project for kids.

Bring your Mom (and Dad too) for a wonderful weekend of family fun.

Blue House Too – 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.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/exhibits-events/allen-arts-festival-may-11-13/

VALA’s Paint A Pet Workshop May 4

First Friday Paint Night Class! 

“Paint A Pet”   – 16″ x 20″

~BYOB~  *must be 21+ to consume alcohol

Join the FUN and come paint with WanderBrush On the first Friday evening of each month at Blue House Too Gallery/Artspace!

When:    May 4th  6:30pm -9:00pm

Where:   Blue House Too  (934 Watters Creek Blvd. Allen TX.)

Sign up: https://www.valatx.org/tickets/workshop-seat-paintapet

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VALA Events |Member Meeting April 18th | Bob Ross Workshop | Florescence Show

Hello VALA Members!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the VALA GALA!

http://www.valatx.org

Member Meeting Wednesday April 18th
Bob Ross Style Workshop on April 20th
Florescence Closing Reception on May 11th

This month we are having VALA member Stephani Childs teach us Mandala Dot Art! All materials provided!! Join us for our member meeting to catch up on VALA news and enjoy this FREE member activity!

Upcoming Workshops 

Sign up for the Bob Ross Style Workshop


Upcoming Events 

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FLORESCENCE: Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) 2nd Annual Art Show

The Allen Arts Alliance announces Florescence: The Process of Flowering, the 2nd annual collective show featuring our talented local artists. The show is created and curated by the members of the Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA).

The show will open at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Gallery in Watters Creek on March 29th and will run through May 13th. A complete list of selected artists will be available at both; valatx.org and bluehousetoo.org, prior to the opening of the show.

VALA will be hosting a GALA on April 7th at Blue House Too, during the exhibit, to thank the public for their encouragement during their first year, invite them to view member art and support VALA’s efforts to promote local artists and mentor emerging young artists. Get more information at valatx.org.

A closing reception will be held on May 11th, opening night of the Allen Arts Alliance Annual Art Festival at Watters Creek.

Exhibit dates and location:
Thursday March 29- Sunday, May 13, 2018
Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too – Watters Creek Center – 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013.

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VALA GALA 2018: Live and Silent Auction Celebrating the Visual Arts League of Allen

The Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) will be hosting it’s First Annual VALA GALA! on Saturday April 7th, from 6-9pm at the Blue House Too Gallery in Watters Creek, to celebrate a successful first year and say Thank You to the community for helping support local arts!  This combination live and silent auction event will feature live auctioned works of art by many of the talented artists in our community as well as various silent auction items.  During the event, the gallery will also showcase ‘Florescence’ a VALA collective art show, featuring our talented VALA artists.
Tickets are only 20.00 and include cocktails, finger foods, live entertainment and ART! All proceeds will benefit The Visual Arts League of Allen, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support local artists and the arts in our community!  Come on out to meet the artists, find that perfect piece of artwork and support our growing organization!
About Us: In partnership with the Allen Arts Alliance, VALA, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was created to promote our vital and vibrant artistic community. VALA serves as a conduit for creative synergy between our talented local artists, local businesses and patrons at of arts in order to energize and support the arts in our area. VALA is comprised of a talented pool of local artists working in all disciplines of visual arts. We offer workshops, exhibitions, monthly meetings, and opportunities to artists and the community alike.

Submitted by Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA). Email: vala.texas@gmail.com

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Meet the Artists: Intuitive Evolution – March 1st

Meet the artists behind the ‘Intuitive Evolution’ exhibit: Christine Smith-Atkins and Ron Stephens! Thursday, March 1st 2018, from 6 pm to 8 pm

Bring your friends and come listen to Christine Smith-Atkins talk about how her art has evolved and watch Ron Stephens demo his work. Wine and light refreshments on us.

‘Intuitive Evolution’ brings the passion of discovery from the “what if?” of painting. As the artist’s intuition grows and emerges, artwork evolves and progresses in new directions. This constant change and discovery excites the soul and further pushes towards curiosity of what will become. Through pure abstraction, we invite the observer to explore their own intuition and curiosity in this collective body of work.

Christine Smith-Atkins is working mainly with acrylic paint, resin and various mix media mediums. Her style has evolved from surrealistic portrayals to a more emotional expression of abstract art.

Ron Stephens started painting abstracts to experiment with the challenge of something entirely fictional and concentrated on the juxtaposition of shapes, lines and texture.

Flyer: Press Release Intuitive Evolution 3.18 For more information see:

http://allenartsalliance.org/bh2/intuitive-evolution/

Blue House Too Gallery in Allen TX

Open to the public – No admission – Free parking!

Exhibit Dates: Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 25th, 2018. Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri: 5-9 pm, Saturday: 1-9 pm, Sunday: 1-6 pm

Submitted by Oddrun Mahaffey. Email: bluehousetoo@allenartsalliance.org

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Intuitive Evolution opens at the Blue House Too – Reception March 1

I am pleased to announce the opening of a showing of my work in a collaborative show with Christine Smith-Atkins at the Blue House Too Gallery in Allen. I kicks off March 1 with a reception at the gallery from 6-8pm.

Flyer: Press Release Intuitive Evolution 3.18 For more information see:

http://allenartsalliance.org/bh2/intuitive-evolution/

Intuitive Evolution: A Journey Through Process & Discovery
Christine Smith-Atkins  and Ron Stephens
Exhibit Dates: Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri: 5 pm – 9 pm, Saturday: 1 pm – 9 pm, Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1st, 6 pm – 8 pm
All events are open to the public. Free admission!

Chihuly by Christine Smith-Atkins

Equilibrium by Ron Stephens

Submitted by Ron Stephens. Email: ron@stephens.me

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Art Exhibit: Come Together – in honor of Black History Month

Come Together is an exhibit and interactive art program celebrating Black History Month at Blue House Too, a non-profit art gallery supporting local artists.

February 2 – 25, 2018

Come Together features local African-American artists:
– JD Moore
– Quincy Conwell
– Barbara J. Mason
– Ernie Benton
– Ken Wesley
– Reyon Nurse

The exhibit also features the winners of the MLK Student Art Contests in Allen ISD and Plano ISD, as well as an exhibit of photographs from rallies and marches with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., throughout the south, during the 1960’s.

Visitors can take part in an interactive art project, creating a woven work symbolic of coming together.

For more information about the special programs planned during this exhibit, follow us on social media @bluehousetoo or visit our website bluehousetoo.org.

Gallery Hours:
Wed – Fri: 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturdays: 1 pm –  pm
Sundays: 1 pm – 6 pm

Submitted by Blue House Too. Email: bluehousetoo@allenartsalliance.org

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Abstract Painting With Texture Workshop with Christine Smith-Atkins Jan. 28

January 28th, 2018

1:30-3:30 PM 

at Blue House too at Watters Creek in Allen, Texas

Experiment with this painting workshop focused on abstraction and texture

 

All supplies will be provided.

Fee: $40 per person. Ages 12 & Up welcome

The possibilities are endless! All materials you will need are supplied but feel free to bring your own materials as well…you will be free to create your masterpiece with whatever you choose. With expert instruction on techniques and ideas you will be able to let your creative juices flow!

Come let your imagination be your guide!

 

at Blue House Too in Watters Creek

934 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen TX

Submitted by Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA). Email: vala.texas@gmail.com

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Watercolor for Beginners Workshop Jan. 13

Saturday, January 13th from 2-4 PM @ Blue House Too Gallery in Allen, TX

No art experience necessary! Ages 10+. With Laura J. Lawson.

*All materials are included in this 2 hr Workshop

Fee $35

Sign up for Watercolor for Beginners

Join this fun and educational watercolor class! You will learn all the basics needed to begin your mastery of watercolor painting.

Once we have experimented with all the different techniques, you will be guided through how to amek abstract watercolor paintings with color washes, basic shapes and patterning, and inspirational objects.

You will end up with up to 3 watercolor paintings to take home.

 

Submitted by Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA). Email: vala.texas@gmail.com

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20 Under 20 opens Jan. 11, 2018

The Allen Arts Alliance is excited to present the Annual “20 under 20” juried art competition, showcasing 20 emerging artists under the age of 20 from throughout Collin County. This year, Comerica Bank is sponsoring the prizes to be awarded to the top 3 artists, who were selected by the Artist Selection Panel composed of professional local artists who volunteer their time to judge this competition. The work of these talented young artists will be on display at the Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Artspace in Watters Creek from January 11th through January 28th, 2018.

The Arts Alliance received 382 submissions of original artwork from 82 emerging, young, artists, under the age of 20 from; AllenISD, LovejoyISD, PlanoISD, WylieISD, McKinneyISD and Collin College. For a complete list of the 20 selected artists please visit the Blue House Too website.

“20 under 20” is a juried art exhibit showcasing 20 emerging artists from Collin County. The selected 20 artists have to be under the age of 20 as of January 28, 2018, and are competing in all types of media. The Allen Arts Alliance is awarding monetary prizes to the top 3 finalists. flyer: Press Release 2018 20 under 20 competition

This year’s 20 finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Aanchal Mohapatra, Alyssa Gould, Amanda He, Anusri Gunde, Austin Galletti, Deborah Bushland, Elijah Ruhala, Esther Cho, Grace Xiao, Josie Baxley, Kendra Huang, Kevin Fang, Khyathi Gowkanapalli, Oleg Alexeev, Rigoberto, Rocky Sahoo, Ryan Gene Irwin, Safaa Alimi, Tad Greenwald, and Xinyue Shi

Opening Reception

Come celebrate these amazing young artists with us, see who the top 3 finalists are, and enjoy some treats on us

Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Exhibit Dates and Hours

Friday, January 12, 2018 through Sunday, January 28, 2018

Wed – Fri: 2 pm – 8 pm

Saturdays: 1 pm – 9 pm

Sundays: 1 pm – 6 pm

Thank you to Comerica Bank for sponsoring the prizes for our top three artists!

Oleg Alexeev – Eve -1st place winner

Aanchal Mohapatra – Draped – 2nd place winner

Deborah Bushland – Squint

Eli Ruhala -The Paper Crown

Submitted by Blue House Too. Email: bluehousetoo@allenartsalliance.org

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Home for the Holidays – Amanda and Judi Dunbar Exhibit at Blue House Too

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
ALLEN ARTS ALLIANCE WELCOMES HOME
AMANDA AND JUDITH DUNBAR

The Allen Arts Alliance is thrilled to welcome acclaimed Allen artists, Amanda and Judith Dunbar, to The Blue House Too ArtSpace for the annual holiday exhibit which will run from December 1 through January 7th.

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. Amanda’s work, portraying families, children, special places, and nature is designed to uplift and engage those who have the opportunity to experience it.
Judith Dunbar embraces the idea that “evolvement in art is never ending.” Her paintings are not about representation, but about essence. Judith’s art, while being representational, is without form creating a visual world where reality is mixed with images from her memory and fantasy.

Meet the artists at our Home for the Holidays Reception on Wednesday, December 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with beautiful artwork, music, friends and festive bites and drinks.

Blue House Too ArtSpace
934 Watters Creek Blvd (across from DSW Shoes)
Wednesday – Fridays 2 to 8 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 9 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 6 p.m.

For more about Blue House Too visit www.bluehousetoo.org.
For more about Amanda and Judith visit www.judithdunbar.com and www.amandadunbar.com

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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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Gail Delger Exhibit: Smile, Laugh and Enjoy the Ride opening at Blue House Too

The exhibit, Gail Delger – Smile, Laugh and Enjoy the Ride will open on October 20 and run through November 12, 2017 at the Allen Arts Alliance – Blue House Too ArtSpace.

Gail Delger works in all watermedia. The range of her work shares her passion and talent as an artist, and her sense of humor as an individual. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. Her painting Full Of Holes, was published in the book, Splash 9, The Best of Watercolor, and her two paintings, Old Number 10 and Chicken Sit, were included in the book Confident Color by Nita Leland. “I enjoy pointing with acrylics and adding mixed media. My ideas come from my photos or sometimes a light bulb goes off in my head with an idea. I lik to put whimsical things in my paintings because, I like to see people smile when they view my artwork” Gail Delger. Read more at www.gaildelger.com

The artist reception is Thursday, October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop by and meet Gail, sip a glass of wine and enjoy her work.
Blue House Too ArtSpace
934 Watters Creek Blvd (across from DSW Shoes)
Wednesday – Fridays 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 9 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 6 p.m.
bluehousetoo@allenartsalliance.org

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 lif

 

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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;

Blue House Too ARTSPACE – WATTERS CREEK
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

Visual Arts League of Allen – VALA –AT BLUE HOUSE TOO ARTSPACE – WATTERS CREEK
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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Slideshow with photographs from American National parks Oct. 14

National State Park Slide show: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017  from 7 pm to 8 pm

This slideshow shows one man’s use of slide film as a medium, his love of nature and in particular Our National Park System. One of very few people who have visited and photographed all the National Parks in the continental United State during a time when slide film and in particular Kodak’s Kodachrome slide film was king.

Location: Blue House Too, 934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013

David J. Stana: “My journey through life has been with an instrument to record the beauty of what I see on earth. I endeavor to capture the essence of what I see in its purest form and offer it as my interpretation for others to enjoy.”

David’s multi-image slide show is produced to present his photography with what was then State of the Art equipment in slide shows, it event had an actual computer to control the images. This has become a lost art form since slides have been for the most part replaced with digital imaging.

David J. Stana, Cr. Photog., CPP

David J. Stana has a very diverse background in photography as well as the audio/visual field including Producer, Director, Photographer, Cinematographer & Staging Director. His passion for photography and image capture started with his love of nature. For more than four decades starting in 1975 he traveled extensively throughout the National Parks. During that time he had photographed all the National Parks in the continental United States and Hawaii. The images in this collection are from film (slides) and are not Photoshop creations. The process includes high resolution slide transfer (scanning), archival pigment printing by Nash Editions, and high quality framing using museum glass. The intent of each step in the process was to keep the images as close as possible to what David saw when first looking at the image through his camera viewfinder.

David owns a diverse photography business that focuses on traditional studio portraits & commercial photography, including architecture. He has been honored with numerous international awards including a number of international Telly Awards, Matrix Awards, Nikon Response and Recognition Awards, “Flight” (was displayed in the New York Museum of Modern Art) Color Camera Club Awards and PPA – Professional Photographers of America merits. His commercial clients include a list of the Fortune 500 such as AT&T, Metropolitan Life, Alcoa, 84 Lumber, Cornell University, Snap-On-Tools, UPMC, National Council of Community Hospitals, The Coleman Company, Neiman Marcus & Raytheon to name a few.

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Submitted by Oddrun Mahaffey. Email: bluehousetoo@allenartsalliance.org

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Art Exhibit: America in Kodachrome

America in Kodachrome” is about the days when slide film photography may have been at its best and image capture was at its purest before the influence of computers. What you saw through the viewfinder was what you got and the only real manipulation of the image was with camera exposure. Sure you had focus and depth of field and different ISO films but shooting slides was very limited on the latitude the film could handle. …and no control during the processing of the image.

Location:

Blue House Too ArtSpace

934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, Texas 75013

This exhibit is about one man’s use of slide film as a medium, his love of nature and in particular Our National Park System. One of very few people who have visited and photographed all the National Parks in the continental United State during a time when slide film and in particular Kodak’s Kodachrome slide film was king. David J. Stana: “My journey through life has been with an instrument to record the beauty of what I see on earth. I endeavor to capture the essence of what I see in its purest form and offer it as my interpretation for others to enjoy.”

Beyond the exhibited images on the walls David will be exhibiting several Multi-Image slide shows produced to present his photography starting with his earliest presentation entitled “Moods” that was produced over 40 years ago and with what was then State of the Art equipment in slide shows with an actual computer to control the images. This has become a lost art form since slides have been for the most part replaced with digital imaging and the slide show is now a video on You-Tube.

Come and see what media was like before MTV and smart phones and see an exhibit of unaltered images directly out of the camera and learn what shooting slide film was all about!!

 

Exhibit Dates and Hours

Open through Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Wed – Fri: 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturdays: 1 pm – 9 pm
Sundays: 1 pm – 6 pm

Multi-Image slide show:

Oct. 14 from 7 pm to 8 pm

David J. Stana, Cr. Photog., CPP

David J. Stana has a very diverse background in photography as well as the audio/visual field including Producer, Director, Photographer, Cinematographer & Staging Director. His passion for photography and image capture started with his love of nature. For more than four decades starting in 1975 he traveled extensively throughout the National Parks. During that time he had photographed all the National Parks in the continental United States and Hawaii. The images in this collection are from film (slides) and are not Photoshop creations. The process includes high resolution slide transfer (scanning), archival pigment printing by Nash Editions, and high quality framing using museum glass. The intent of each step in the process was to keep the images as close as possible to what David saw when first looking at the image through his camera viewfinder.

David owns a diverse photography business that focuses on traditional studio portraits & commercial photography, including architecture. He has been honored with numerous international awards including a number of international Telly Awards, Matrix Awards, Nikon Response and Recognition Awards, “Flight” (was displayed in the New York Museum of Modern Art) Color Camera Club Awards and PPA – Professional Photographers of America merits. His commercial clients include a list of the Fortune 500 such as AT&T, Metropolitan Life, Alcoa, 84 Lumber, Cornell University, Snap-On-Tools, UPMC, National Council of Community Hospitals, The Coleman Company, Neiman Marcus & Raytheon to name a few.

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INCRESCENT: VALA COLLECTIVE | Opening Reception 8/3 @BlueHouseToo

Visual Arts League of Allen Presents:

INCRESCENT: A VALA Collective

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD  6-8 PM @BlueHouseToo 

Our first member artist show curated and created
by the members of the Visual Arts League of Allen.

Increscent (adj.) accruing; becoming gradually greater; growing in size or effect

Exhibit Runs: Friday, August 4th – Sunday, September 3rd

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

INCRESCENT: A VALA Collective

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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Cyanotype/Sun Print Workshop June 25th

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Sun Print / Cyanotype Workshop

Join guest artist and @vala_tx member Lizzy Hicks to Explore Alternative-Process Photography with Sun Prints !

June 25th 2pm at @bluehousetoo in Watters Creek, Allen. $10 per adult $5 per child

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Contact us at VALA.Texas@gmail.com

Use plants and flowers to create brilliant blue photograms with the power of the sun! ☀️🎨 

Learn about the history of photography and come away with 2 art pieces

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Sun Print Workshop June 25

Cyanotype Workshop (3)

Join guest artist and @vala_tx member Lizzy Hicks to Explore Alternative-Process Photography with Sun Prints !

June 25th 2pm at @bluehousetoo in Watters Creek, Allen. $10 per adult $5 per child

SIGN UP AT VALA.TX.ORG

Contact us at VALA.Texas@gmail.com

Use plants and flowers to create brilliant blue photograms with the power of the sun! ☀️🎨 

Learn about the history of photography and come away with 2 art pieces

Submitted by Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA). Email: VALA.TEXAS@gmail.com

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Natural Dye Fiber Workshop June 11

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NATURAL DYE FIBER WORKSHOP!

Sunday June 11th 2pm @bluehousetoo

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Dye 2 silk scarves using Eco-friendly organic materials ! $60 includes all materials to create your own unique pieces!  #art #artworkshop #dallas #dallasart #allenevents #allenart #allenartsalliance #ecofriendly #scarves #organic #greenfashion #naturaldye #valatx

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2017 Allen Arts Festival – Mother’s Day Weekend – May 12-14

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Friday, May 12 4-8pm
Saturday, May 13 10am-8pm
Sunday, May 14 12-6pm

Make plans to join us for a fun weekend of art, music, dance, entertainment and interactive art activities in the beautiful setting of Watters Creek Center. Almost 90 artists from Texas and all over the country will exhibit their beautiful creations ranging from; sculpture and pottery, to fiber arts, metal works, photography, jewelry and paintings. There is sure to be something for everyone!

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In its ninth year, the Allen Arts Festival has become a highly-anticipated Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Allen and the north Texas region.  This family-friendly, free, event features many attractions, including; interactive art activities, music, dance and a variety of artistic performances from local groups and entertainment options throughout the day.  This year we will also have a special exhibit at The Blue House Too ArtSpace, Bringing Art To Life – a celebration of our creative community, featuring local artists and raising funds to support the Arts Alliance art education and community outreach programs.     

Allen Arts Festival admission, activities and parking are free to the public.  Food and drink are available for purchase from on-site food trucks as well as the wide variety of sit-down restaurants in the beautiful Watters Creek Center.

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The Allen Arts festival is produced by the Allen Arts Alliance a non-profit organization with the mission of supporting and nurturing the success of local arts and cultural groups to enrich our vibrant community. Proceeds from the festival and art exhibit are distributed back to the community by the Allen Arts Alliance through grants to non-profit art and culture organizations, scholarships to Allen ISD students pursuing art and creative studies, Art Education in the schools and community including; ArtSparks which brings art literacy programs to preschool, special education and elementary school students, and ArtReach which provides art enrichment opportunities for underserved community members.

To learn more about the artists and get a full schedule of weekend activities visit www.allenartsfestival.org 

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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.

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Cherie Fruehan: Faces opens April 20 at the Blue House Too

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The Allen Arts Alliance and Blue House Too welcome emerging artist, Cherie Fruehan, with her exhibit, Faces. The exhibit explores the familiar subject of the human face, and takes it to unexpected places, through application of color and the manipulation of mediums, creating both recognizable subjects and completely abstract interpretations.

Ms. Fruehan is best known for her distinctive bold faces conveyed through various mediums including oils, acrylics and resins applied to canvas, wood and Lucite. She is primarily self-taught, and her work lends itself to a synthesis of Neo-Expressionism and Pop Art, frequently altering a recognizable subject into something unique by utilizing vivid colors, or by completely distorting the form into an abstract interpretation.

A “pop-up” shop featuring jewelry designed and handcrafted by Ms. Fruehan will be introduced during the exhibit.  This is a new concept at Blue House Too that will  occasionally “pop-up “and feature local artisan’s smaller scale, handcrafted items, as well as other arts-related wares.

Ms. Fruehan is a self-proclaimed ‘recovering perfectionist’, who applies imperfect processes to achieve her desired result; a satisfying fusion of color and emotion expressed through her art.

She earned a BFA in Interior Design from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and her work has been featured on the cover and inside the pages of MENSA magazine.To see more of her work visit  www.essentialrockstar.com

There will be an opening reception for the artist, open to the public, Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 6 pm to 8 pm

Exhibit dates and location:

Friday, April 21, 2017- Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • Wed-Fri:     1 pm – 5 pm
  • Saturdays:  1 pm – 9 pm
  • Sundays:    1 pm – 6 pm

Blue House Too – 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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Marie Renfro Exhibit opening Feb. 16 at Blue House Too

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Upcoming Art Show at Blue House Too Gallery in Allen, Texas

Marie’s show at” Blue House Too Gallery”, 934 Watters Creek Blvd. Allen, TX, opens with a reception on Feb. 16th from 6pm to 8pm.  Her paintings will remain in the Gallery until April 16, 2017.  Do come and enjoy the show. She will also do two painting demonstrations that will be free to the public on Feb. 26th and March 12th from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

The show title is “Then and Now” so will include some of her older work as well as many new paintings.  She hopes that all of you can come.  It promises to be a fun evening!!

The Allen Arts Alliance and Blue House Too welcome local artist Marie Renfro. Color and creativity best describe Marie’s paintings in oil or acrylic. A very versatile artist, Marie enjoys using various media to express her emotional response to a subject. Her work has received numerous outstanding awards and is included in major collections.

There will be something for everyone in this exhibit, in all price ranges. Including paintings, sculptures, and smaller matted artwork. Marie will conduct two Artist Demo Sessions that will be open to the public:

Sunday February 26 and March 12 from 2- 4 p.m..

Marie holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and has studied in several European countries. She received the Plano Profile Artist of the Year award in 2010 and has work included in a DVD and book by Sue St. John, ” Journeys to Abstraction”, as well as “Translating the Prairie” published by the City of Plano.

Exhibit dates and location:

Friday, February 17th through Sunday, April 16th (Easter Sunday)

  • Wed-Fri:     1 pm – 5 pm
  • Saturdays:  1 pm – 9 pm
  • Sundays:    1 pm – 6 pm

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

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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.

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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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Allen Arts Festival 2017 – Calling All Artists

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Allen Arts Festival 2017 will be held during the Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-17 at Watters Creek, a popular shopping and dining destination in Allen, just north of Dallas. About 100 juried artists, local and regional, representing art in 14 media categories will have their booths lined up along the streets in front of retail stores in the beautiful 52 acres of mixed used development with walkable spaces and kids play area featuring a running creek and public art. Live music, children’s art activities, food trucks and much more is offered throughout the weekend.

Summary of Important Dates
Application deadline: January 13, 2017
Jury: January 16-22, 2017
Jury Notification by Email: January 30, 2017
Artist Acceptance and Booth Fee deadline: February 26, 2017
Artist booth location and other information sent: April 15, 2017

More information can be found at www.allenartsalliance.org. Artists can apply online at https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5184

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

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CELEBRATED LOCAL ARTIST

AMANDA DUNBAR: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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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Allen Arts Festival 2017 – Calling All Artists

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Festival Date: May 12-14, 2017

Visual Artist Application Deadline: Jan 13, 2017

Application site: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5184

Allen Arts Festival is held every May at Watters Creek, a popular shopping and dining destination in Allen, just north of Dallas. About 100 juried artists, local and regional, will have their booths lined up along the streets in front of retail stores in the beautiful 52 acres of mixed used development with walkable spaces, kids play area, lush landscaping that includes a running creek, public art and upscale shopping and dining. Live music, children’s art activities, food trucks and much more is offered throughout the weekend. More information can be found at www.allenartsalliance.org

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Artists’ Studio Tour and Sale Nov. 5 & 6 – Allen, Plano & Wylie

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FORMERLY GALLERY VIII STUDIO TOUR
ALLEN • PLANO • WYLIE
SAVE THE DATES!
Saturday, November 5   10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 6   Noon to 5 pm

Gallery VIII artists and friends are opening their studios again this year. You are invited to see works in progress, demonstrations and artwork for sale. See list of participating artists and a map to their studios below.

Come meet and visit with the artists in their working environments. Bring your family and friends and spend the day touring and reveling in art. This is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful works of art directly from the artists…usually at non-gallery discounts…perfect as the holiday gift-giving season approaches.
Look for yellow Artist Studio Tour signs and yellow balloons at each location.

Check out our website: www.tourartiststudios.com  Or, for information contact us at mrenfroart@aol.com • 972 727 5426
Door Prizes at Every Studio
Each artist will donate an original work of art.  Winners will be contacted after the tour.
 Click on the map below, and it will take you to our web page with a Google map showing the locations of all the artists’ studios.

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