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“ground·swell” Mural Dedication @ Cedars Backyard


Dedication will be April 6 for Mural on Dallas‘ First Container Bar 

DALLAS – March 21, 2017 – Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) announced artist Dallas artist Rebekah Shamsa the winner of “ground·swell”, the mural opportunity for The Cedars Social and its new container bar, The Cedars Backyard.  Rebekah is a graphic designer who specializes in motion and animation. A graduate of CalArts, she has maintained a passion for working in a variety of mediums outside of computers, including weaving, photography, painting, metal and clay.  This is the artist’s first mural project and there will be mural dedication on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in celebration of Dallas Arts Month.
Mural Concept for Dallas first container for The Cedars Backyard
Themed “ground·swell”, the site-specific mural will be 10′ x 40′ on the backside of the container (facing the Dallas Police Department Headquarters).  CAC members were invited to submit up to three total color renderings encompassing the artist’s interpretation of the theme. The chosen artist was awarded a $1,000 gift to The Cedars Social as well as a $1,000 gift certificate to the Creative Arts Center.  There was also a $500 stipend for materials. Jurors for the project were Todd Hedrick, CAC board member; artist Cynthia Mulcahy; and Jeffrey Yarbrough, co-owner of The Cedars Social.
According to Shamsa, the interpretative, abstract pattern features a series of eyes to remind us we are all accountable and all one. “Using multiple strokes to complete the shapes is suggestive of a current, similar to that which flows unseen in our environments and bodies,” said Shamsa.  “The downpour of rain from the heavens, the uproar of fire from the earth’s core, and the rush of air between are symbols for our societies shared opinions and conflicting views. Yet, they intertwine seamlessly.”
According to Diana Pollak, CAC’s Executive Director, the mural competition is an exciting opportunity for an artist to have their work seen in such a prominent location at the heart of the city. “This public art partnership with a private business will impact the community through its theme, ground·swell,” said Pollak.  “We were very pleased with all the submissions.”
ABOUT CAC:  Not only is CAC a visual arts school, it is a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors.  Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, the nonprofit community arts organization is geared to beginning, emerging and working artists. Offeringmore than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, creative writing, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and stone carving, CAC also offers free arts programming to underserved children through programs, such as Art as a Second Language Camp MetalHead and unseenamerica.  CAC recently launched ArtAbility, a new program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
ABOUT THE CEDARS SOCIAL:  The Cedars Social, located at 1326 South Lamar, is a cocktail den and kitchen that features an adventurous list of handcrafted cocktails and a modern comfort food menu created by executive chef Justin Box.  In November, it opened Dallas‘ first container bar The Cedars Backyard.

2360 Laughlin Drive · Dallas · Texas · 75228 · 214/320-1275 · www.creativeartscenter.org

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Call for entries for “Reading to My Friends” Sculpture Exhibit




sculptures expressing literary themes
August 1-27, 2016
Dallas Public Library, Fourth Floor
Reception and Award Presentation
Saturday, August 13 at 7 pm
In celebration of The Creative Arts Center of Dallas’ (CAC) 50th Anniversary, Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) offer an exclusive juried show only to CAC members.
There is no entry fee.  Images are not requested.  CAC membership is required.  The artist is limited to one entry.  Collaborative works by two or more artists working together may be submitted as one entry with the lead artist being a member of the CAC.
The submitted work must be sculptural (three dimensional) and express a literary theme.
Sculptures many be of any media within the dimensions of 18 inches wide, 18 inches high and 18 inches deep.  The weight limit is a maximun of 10 pounds.

Entires for the exhibition will be received on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 2-4 pm

at the fourth floor of the Dallas Central Library.  The sculptures will be returned for pick-up on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 2-4 pm at the fourth floor of the Dallas Central Library.


The FODPL’s Gala Commitee, co-chaired by David DeSalvo and John Marcucci, directors of Haley-Henman Gallery, juries the exhibition.
Best in Show  $300
Best Literary Theme $200
Best Innovation $100
Four Honorable Mention at $50 each
The top 24 will be awarded $50 each and entered into a silent auction at the annual FODPL fall benefit.  Each artist will receive 50% of the auctioned price.
The annual fall dinner supports the educational programs of the Dallas Public Library. The “Everybody Needs Friends Gala” celebrates the 65th Anniversary of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.  It is wonderful to have a friend like the Creative Arts Center of Dallas as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

Call John at 214-532-3225 or email john@haleyhenman.com for more information.

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CAC’s Empty Bowls Jan. 14




Come join Art After 5 as we travel to CAC (Creative Art Center of Dallas) to again paint bowls for the Empty Bowls program or plates for the CAC Blue Plate Special fundraiser . The CAC will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. Bring your creative side!! You do not need to be an artist to paint but if you see some styles you may want to copy – bring ideas with you.  THIS IS ALWAYS FUN ! !  Come dressed casually, wear comfortable shoes because we will be sitting in the Clay Dept. painting.

We will be painting the bowls/plates in Building B – right-hand building when you park in the parking lot.  Please enter Building B & go through the Ceramics Department & into the Clay Department.

CAC is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation & was a Art After 5 beneficiary for 2012, 2013 & 2015.
For more info on CAC please browse www.creativeartscenter.org
For more info about Art After 5 please browse www.artafter5.com


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CAC Creativity Raffle


Announcing our annual Creativity Raffle. Winners will be drawn in late November. You can even choose your possible prize. Click here to purchase yours!

Option 1Make It, Design It. Build It. $1,000 Gift Certificate for any class or workshop at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, including supply fees. Choose from 500 classes and workshops. Valid through December 31, 2016.
Option 2Mosaic Party Madness. Join CAC Mosaic Instructor Katrina Doran for a two-hour party for up to eight people in which you will make a beautiful mosaic mirror or frame and enjoy delicious libations and goodies. All supplies included. Valid through October, 2016.
Option 3 – Instant Art Collection. Build your art collection with assorted pieces from CAC Instructors that include a ceramic vase from Lynn Armstrong, a mixed media painting by Katherine Baronet, a fused glass piece by Eileen Biggs, a steampunk assemblage piece by Juli Hulcy, a photograph from Jana Perez and two limited edition prints from Terri Thoman.
Option 4 – Raining Cats & Dogs! Your own colorful custom pet portrait made from a photograph as an oil painting on canvas by CAC Painting Instructor Dave Kramer.
Option 5Wearable Art Collection. You will be stunning in jewelry and fabric pieces by five amazing CAC Instructors, including a long, front silk vest by Val Guignon, a wool-felted shawl from Suzanne Morgan, a bracelet by Susan Tinker O’Neal, a pin from Rebecca Swann and a necklace from Craig Vandeman.

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Mixed Media Painting Class with Katherine Baronet – 7 weeks

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This studio painting class is for intermediate students. Students will learn how to develop and work from concepts including text, imagery and symbolism. Students will work with acrylic archival mediums and develop a visual dialogue. Students will leave with an understanding of layering, glazing, multi-dimensional collage, masking and pattern fields. The first day of class students will begin working from poetry and text, so bring a poem or text of some kind that you find profound.

Submitted by Katherine Baronet. Email: kbaronet@mindspring.com

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CAC 2015 Annual Membership Exhibition – deadline July 6



Creative Arts Center of Dallas is now accepting submissions for our 

2015 Annual Membership Exhibition. In this juried exhibition our panel will be looking for the most exceptional of member work in all mediums. CAC members are invited to submit up to three images of original 2D or 3D artworks created within the last two years for consideration.  

Submission Deadline: Monday, July 6th 6 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th 5 pm – 8 pm

Hosted by Mary Tomás Gallery

1110 Dragon St., Dallas, Texas 75207 214.727.5101


Mary Tomás, Mary Tomás Gallery

Debbie Ballard, Sculptor


ELIGIBILITY: All persons with memberships valid through June 2016 are eligible to submit artwork.  Entrants must be or become members of the Creative Arts Center of Dallas at the time of submission.  Entrants may become a member or renew current membership online, via phone, or in person.  A One (1) Year Individual Membership is $45 or $35 for Seniors, Educators, and Students.


ENTRY FEES: The entry fee is $45 for up to three images per artist to be submitted online or the CAC office on a CD. This includes either three images detailing one piece of artwork, or three images of three different artworks.

Click here to submit your work today!

2015 Call to Artist Details

For further information, please contact Andrea Blanco atablanco@creativeartscenter.org or via phone (214) 320-1275.

May 26th – July 6th: Submission of artwork
July 24th: Accepted artists notified
July 27th-29th: Artists drop-off artwork to Mary Tomás Gallery, 11 am – 5 pm
August 8th: Opening Reception from 5 – 8 pm
Sept 5th: Exhibition Ends at Mary Tomás Gallery
Sept 7th – 8th: Pick up artwork at Mary Tomás Gallery, 10:30 am – 6 pm


Creative Arts Center of Dallas
2360 Laughlin Drive
Dallas, TX 75228

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