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Painting a path through creativity Watermedia Workshop Nov. 15 & 16 (Nemec)

Painting a path through creativity, a 2 day WATERMEDIA WORKSHOP with P. Rayer Nemec

Nov. 15th & 16th
9:30am – 3:30pm

Workshop fee: $150 for both days: Wednesday, Nov. 15th & Thursday, Nov. 16th.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061  directions

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Supply list: Nemec supplylist

Kick start your creative spirit while experiencing the painting process. There will be small creative exercises in out of the box experiences to complement the ongoing painting process. These are designed to give you a multitude of ideas and to get you to think outside the edge of the paper, the surface of the canvas, the page, the tube, the palette, or the lens. It will give you permission to always ask “What If?”

We will be combining realism and abstraction to create compositions that begin in the heart and provide answers to those passions you want to bring to your studio? What color resonates in your feelings? What possibilities can you create from building on your past successful painting experiences? Each exercise will be a personal catalog of ideas to inspire your present and future work.

A variety of approaches to the painting process will be explored, allowing you to determine the ones that work best for you. This is not a class in paint like me but one in painting like you. Through the work in class and the sharing of ideas and suggestions during your daily painting revue you should have an abundance of ideas for future work and a clearer vision of how to go about doing your work with individuality and personal choice.


The Class:

Several paintings will be started each day. On the first day creative thinking exercises will be done while painting starts are drying. There will be a class evaluation at the end of each session and a discussion of goals and processes for the next day. On the second day the layering process will be explored, bringing the painting starts to another level. Quick demonstrations of water media techniques will be presented at least 2Xs a day.

The last day will be a concentration on design, values, composition and emotional impact in order to know how you want to finish your work. You will go back to your studio with several wonderful notes and packets of creativity resources that you created in the class.

T.S. Eliot said, “Between the idea and the reality, falls the shadow.” How we think our art and writing should look and what actually happens is often out of our control. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be something as good as or better than we planned. If we are attached to the vision of what it must look like, we are robbing ourselves of the pleasure that can come from going with the flow and looking for what the work itself wants to become…and then accepting it as the wonder it is. This workshop encourages going with the flow, being loose and letting the painting tell you what it needs.

A supply list will be provided once you sign up for the class.


Paula Rayer Nemec, Bio 2017

Designer, Painter, Lecturer, Juror, Teacher


  • Multilayered Media, acrylic, oil, cold wax medium, graphite, gouache, pastel oil sticks, collage and found objects.
  • Influence of Asian concepts of simplicity and restrained design.
  • Subtle colors of the Renaissance painters.
  • Line, Text and Imagery of the everyday.
  • The Spirit and Essence of my life.

My passion is the perseverance of the creative process. To always be changing and growing, constantly asking why and why not, pushing the process in new directions. One of my loves is to enable other creative people to share in this process. This is accomplished through my teaching and lecturing around the country. “My art and my life are always in process, always changing, taking new shapes and going down different avenues of creativity.”

Paula is the recipient of many outstanding awards and has participated in group and individual exhibits throughout the U.S. and Europe. She maintains a studio in Dallas and is represented by design studios in Dallas, Houston and Florida. She is also a member of Art Focus XC http://www.artfocusxc.com/nemec.html.


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When the Mystery of Creativity Appears – Reception Sept. 30 at TVAA Downtown Gallery

When the Mystery of Creativity Appears

September 27 – October 25, 2017

RECEPTION Saturday, September 30 2-4pm

This show will focus on works that were inspired by the spiritual, inspirational and intuitive. Art often is inspired by our unconscious and gives us images and ideas we did not expect or plan. It is our creative imagination that is based on the intuitive within us the deepest and profound work. Sometimes we are inspired by spiritual ideas to create our best art.

About the Curator: Esther Ritz is a local Dallas artist. She has had gallery representation in the past with Haley Henman, Modartists and Murray Coven galleries. She has a number of both one person and group shows in both Dallas and Santa Fe NM. She is a long time member of TVAA and won several awards, including best in show. She does both abstract and figurative work.


Downtown Gallery

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TVAA’s When the Mystery of Creativity Appears call for art

When the Mystery of Creativity Appears

September 27 – October 25, 2017

Prospectus: October 2017 -When the Mystery of Creativity Appears

Deadline for entry via online form (scroll up):  September 16

Submit up to three entries (jpegs at 72 dpi and no longer than 1800 pixels on longest side)

For any questions contact gallery director @ tvaagallerydallas@gmail.com

Submissions via Registration form ONLY: click here

Prospectus: October 2017 -When the Mystery of Creativity Appears


This show will focus on works that were inspired by the spiritual, inspirational and intuitive. Art often is inspired by our unconscious and gives us images and ideas we did not expect or plan. It is our creative imagination that is based on the intuitive within us the deepest and profound work. Sometimes we are inspired by spiritual ideas to create our best art.

About the Curator: Esther Ritz is a local Dallas artist. She has had gallery representation in the past with Haley Henman, Modartists and Murray Coven galleries. She has a number of both one person and group shows in both Dallas and Santa Fe NM. She is a long time member of TVAA and won several awards, including best in show. She does both abstract and figurative work.


Jpgs due to curator: September 16
Acceptance Notifications sent: September 19
Deliver work to Gallery: September 26, 10 am – 1 pm
Gallery opens to public: September 27
Reception: September 30, 2 pm – 4 pm
Pick up: October 25, 10 am – 1 pm

This show is open to TVAA members and non-members.

Entry Fee:
$5.00 per entry for TVAA members; $10 per entry for non-members. Pay at time of delivery. Do not send in mail.

For any change in delivery or sitting schedule, you must contact Gallery Director @ tvaagallerydallas@gmail.com/


Bring a print out of prospectus along with your artwork to the Gallery on delivery day.

Downtown Gallery

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Creative Oasis Coaching Workshop at the Bath House 4/1


Feeling intimidated to take the creative plunge?  Has ennui has gotten the better of creative-you?   Join this workshop to feel energized, inspired and prepared to continue on your creative journey using the tools and techniques you will learn in this creative exploration workshop.  Class size: 5 students minimum, 15 maximum.

The Friends of the Bath House are sponsoring the Creative Oasis Coaching workshop on April 1, 12:30-3:30 at a very reasonable price for the Friends of the Bath House.

Location:  Bath House Cultural Center, 521 East Lawther Drive, on the Eastern shore of White Rock Lake.

Sign-up for the workshop today at https://friendsofthebathhouse.org/workshops

Learn about Jill and Creative Oasis Coaching website here: https://www.creativeoasiscoaching.com/.

Get your muse on!

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March News from the Creative Arts Center


Register Today for Session 2 Classes!

Classes are available for online registration! Only a couple more weeks till classes begin the week ofMarch 27th.  More info…
Join us at Food Truck Frenzy 
Stop by and see us at Klyde Warren Park’s Food Truck Frenzy event on March 18th (on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn). We’ll be set up from 1 to 4 pmwith family-friendly art activities just in time for spring break!
Save the Date – 2017 Dallas Pottery Invitational
Celebrate 10 years of The Dallas Pottery Invitational show and sale on April 21st-23rd, 2017. Explore the diversity of contemporary styles crafted using earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clays.
On Saturday, April 22nd 11am – 5pm don’t miss an on-site gallery exhibition presented by CAC showcasing eclectic works from current and past students.
Riding the Rails @ Goodrich Gallery
“Riding the Rails” is a showcase of 25 oil pastel portraits celebrating the diversity of people that artist and CAC instructor Merry Fuhrer encounters at various stations in the DART light rail system. The show will be on view through the month of March.
On Creativity...
In February CAC hosted 97 – yes, you heard that right, 97 – K-12 Plano Independent School District art teachers for a professional development “in-service” in which teachers had the choice of attending an all-day hands-on workshop in ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing/painting, fiber, jewelry, mosaic, printmaking and even welding!
This week we received a special “thank you” from the visual arts coordinator for the district and organizer of the in-service, Laura Grundle, with more than 30 comments and testimonials from the teacher participants.
When I met with Laura late last year to plan the event, I was impressed with her vision of having the teachers just create art with no agenda. This is exactly how the Dallas Independent School District did in several years ago when they did a three-day in-service at CAC for 80 teachers. Laura’s goal was to give the teachers some tender loving care and the best way to do that for artists is to allow them to create art. I told her that another benefit that they were still to see would be that these artists would create work, learning for themselves and from each other, bringing their creativity back to each school. Since we know firsthand at CAC that artists are the most collaborative and generous people on the planet that thousands of children in PISD will be impacted.
Here are a few of their comments:
“It was a great day to just breathe and create in a studio space.  What an awesome way to recharge and remember that we are artists as well as teachers.”  Ammon Talbot
“I really enjoyed getting to draw and paint alongsi
de my peers.  Seeing the talent in our district and getting valuable feedback reminded me of how important it is to work in a community of creators.”  Linda Aponte
“Thank you so much for the opportunity to get reconnected with my passion for art.  I am ready to take the enthusiasm and passion back to my students!  What a great day for the soul.” Courtney McWhirter
“Thank you so much for hosting us.  Your facility is amazing and your teachers proved themselves not only as amazing artist but as amazing resources.” Scott Herndon
“Best Professional Day!  Nothing better than a calm learning atmosphere with master teachers leading the way.  Patience, humor, time…not using but rather drinking in all we could from
 colleagues and teachers.”  DeEtte Quinn
“Thank you CAC for having us!  It was such a wonderful day getting to switch roles and be the student.”  Renee Miller
Diana Pollak
Executive Director

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McCullough’s Find Your Voice Workshop June 24 & 25



Just two places left in this workshop

                Registration will close June 23rd

                     Find Your Voice Workshop

A weekend workshop for adults designed to re-boot creativity and access artistic direction


     Take a personal journey into your own creative drive to further your unique artistic language

    This workshop will include experiences with abstraction and reality, accidental processes and how we see

     Friday June 24th 6-8pm. Saturday June 25th 1-4pm. Sunday June 26th 1-4pm

      Cost: $160 includes most materials. To register e-mail: juliettenmccullough@gmail.com

       or call: 646 784 7385. Space is limited. A deposit of $40 will guarantee a place.

Landscape Horse low resFind out about your own artistic personality and where you can grow!

Taught by award winning British artist Juliette McCullough who has been a practicing artist and teacher at college    and high school levels in Dallas for 28 years

For more information go to: www.juliettemccullough.com

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Doug Walton Watermedia Encounters at the Upstairs Gallery



No one teaches the creative process better than Doug. He engages your imagination and fearlessness to create exciting and expressive work. Sign up for both sessions for an intensive encounter. Bring canvases or watercolor paper, your favorite flat and round brushes, paper towels. You may bring you’re acrylics, but Doug’s students can  use his house paint that he shares for a nominal fee. Adventurous beginners are welcome.

DOUG WALTON NEW YEAR’S ENCOUNTER-2016 DATE: Fri-Sun, Jan. 8, 9, & 10, 2016 TIME: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. FEE: $165 for three days or $60 per day. A $50 deposit will hold your place.

DOUG WALTON SPRING-BREAK ENCOUNTER 2016 WEEKEND SESSION: Fri–Sun. March 11, 12, & 13, 2016. TIME: 9:00 am-4 pm FEE: $165 for three days or $60 per day for fewer than three days: $50 will hold your place.

FIVE-DAY SESSION: Mon. -Fri. March 14-18, 2015. TIME: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FEE: $275 for five days or $60 per day for fewer than three days. A $50 deposit will hold your place.


Upstairs Gallery, Arlington TX http://upstairsartgallery.com/


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SPARK Adventures in Creativity: A Year in Review & Family Days



Bringing You the News of SPARK!

A Year In Review

It’s been an extremely eventful year at SPARK! After our ribbon cutting ceremony in July, things quickly picked up steam. Major strides in programming and fundraising efforts were made possible thanks to our team of dedicated staff, volunteers, instructors and friends. Take a look at our biggest accomplishments this year!

  • Completed the 11,000 square-foot SPARK! prototype housing a 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture as well as visual arts, glass, silk screening, recording and ceramic studios.
  • Provided in-depth creative programming for 1,700 children; 57% of whom came from low-income households
  • Had more than 1,200 volunteers log over 3,700 hours at SPARK!
  • Attracted funding from 15 foundations and corporations
  • Had more than 110 individuals support us with their finances
  • Worked with 15 non-profit organizations and the children they serve

In addition, we hosted four corporate team building events, one wedding reception, four teacher and administrator events as well as our first birthday party.

Welcome Aboard
We’re excited to announce we have a new member on the SPARK! team. Jessica Trudeau has joined our Board of Directors and will serve as Chair of the Programming Committee. She’s currently the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Momentous Institute. She has worked in the field of public health including unintentional injury, HIV/AIDS and child abuse prevention for the previous 15 years. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and Tulane University with a Master’s in Public Health.

Upcoming Events    

Book your next birthday party at SPARK! during one of the above Family Days. Contact mjamison@sparkdallas.org for availability.

For the most up-to-date news on programming and events at SPARK! like us on Facebook

 or visit the events page here.
Support SPARK!
‘Tis the season of giving! Give the gift of creativity with a donation to SPARK! A donation of $100 will fund the programming costs to enable four students to have a unique creative experience. All donations received by the end of the year will go towards the development and execution of SPARK! programs in 2016. Donations can be made online or checks can be made out to SPARK! and mailed to 1409 S. Lamar Street, Suite 004, Dallas, TX 75215. Rather give goods? Take a peak at our Holiday Wish List. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who already supported SPARK! in 2015. We look forward to an incredible first full year of operation in 2016. See you next year!Sincerely,
Beverly Davis
Executive DirectorOur mailing address is:
1409 S. Lamar St., Suite 004, Dallas, TX 75215


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“Creating from your soul” Artist Interviews by Heidi Easley


Heidi Easley out of Granbury, Texas is doing a 21-day series of interviews “Creating from your soul” where she interviews several artists from around the world. Several mixed media but there’s a wide range of talents. It is not too late to sign up. To sign up for the series go to  creatingfromyoursoul.com and to view the interviews she has already done go to http://archive.aweber.com/awlist4033522. Heidi is an accomplished artist (painter mainly) currently living in Granbury. She teaches art classes in a local school there.

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Ricochet 15: “Celebrating Edge-to-Edge Creativity” in Richardson Oct. 16 & 17


AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) and Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) present


“Celebrating Edge-to-Edge Creativity”


October 16-17, 2015

Various venues throughout the City of Richardson, Texas


Ricochet15 is a city-wide focus on the arts featuring arts organizations, individual artists and other creatives in the region. Presented as a collaborative effort between AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Ricochet15 is the basis for creating a “culture map” of the City while also creating awareness for National Arts & Humanities Month in October.

Ricochet15 is designed to be an annual event focused on the arts and creativity.

From a kickoff social event on Friday night to all-day events on Saturday (10:00am – 5:00pm – all FREE), the ricochet effect will be exhibited as lovers of all types of creativity go from place to place across Richardson enjoying and engaging in a variety of creative activities. The different venues (parks, retail, sidewalk, schools) will exemplify the long-range strategic plan for the arts’ concept of creative clusters and public art.

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Kickoff party:

Friday, October 16, 7:00-10:00pm

Venue: SpringHill Suites by Marriott

3251 E. President George Bush Turnpike

Richardson TX 75082

Tickets are $20/person, adults only, through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx– richardson/ricochet15/?view=list


Food: BBQ from Ten50BBQ and pizza and salad from i Fratelli

Craft beer: Four Bullets Brewery in Richardson

Entertainment: The award-winning Jolie Holliday Trio


Ricochet15 Events on Saturday, October 17 (all free and family-friendly!):

Venues range from the University of Texas at Dallas to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema/DFW to McKamy Spring Park and all sorts of spots in between. At each venue there will be a variety of activities and performances exemplifying the artistic and creative vibe that “is” Richardson. Home base for the event is the Richardson Public Library where there will be a major yarn bombing, information desk, and a temporary public art installation of “BIRD” in partnership with sculptor Brad Oldham.

While Brad Oldham’s “BIRD” graces the exterior of the library near the city hall fountain, a group of artists from Urban Sketchers will be sketching the scene for the day as well as a plethora of plein air artists will capture the natural beauty of the area.

To the northeast, at Crowley Park, there will be a daylong PopUP Art Event coupled with various musical events during the day. Seven artists will be exhibiting and selling their works and musical accompaniment will be provided by ensembles from Lone Star Wind Orchestra as well as Casmi and Company and others.

Heading south around noon, stop at Four Bullets Brewery, Richardson Food Truck Park or Tavern on Main Street to satisfy those creative hunger pangs.

Venture on south afterwards to Richland College and enjoy the steel drum band, dance performances and create some art with Chartreuse using recycled and repurposed materials. Make a swing by McKamy Spring Park to hear a string quartet from the RSO, the Contemporary Chorale and a theatrical display by actors from the Richardson Theatre Centre. There will be no drought of things artistic and creative to do at Ricochet15! [See complete listing of venues and activities at the end of this release.] Event maps will be distributed the week of October 5 at the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, the Richardson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and the Richardson Public Library.


The RSO and AIR developed Ricochet15 having received a 50% challenge grant from the City of Richardson Cultural Arts Commission to create a new collaborative arts initiative that would bring greater awareness of the arts, as well as bring artists and arts organizations together.

Major underwriters are Alamo Drafthouse Cinema/DFW and Richardson Living magazine. Other sponsors include Hall Financial Group, Corner Bakery, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Four Bullets Brewery, iFratelli Pizza, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Ten50BBQ and Brown Graphics.

For more information, contact: Kitty Goddard, AIR President

972.690.1355 kitty@artsincubatorrichardson.org http://www.artsincubatorrichardson.org


Laurie Garvie

Executive Director and President, Richardson

Symphony Orchestra

972.234.4195 phone      972.238.7514 fax lgarvie@richardsonsymphony.org


Ricochet15 social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: Ricochet_15


Ricochet15 Locations / Events Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Richardson, Texas


Richland College – all day – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

12800 Abrams Road

  • Chartreuse – hands-on art activities using recycled/repurposed materials
  • Steel Drums (Richland musicians)
  • Various performances including dance and theatre throughout the day


University of Texas / Dallas – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

800 West Campbell Road

  • Jindal School of Management
  • Artwork to visit – Bowman, Oldham and McGreal sculptures
  • ATEC Lobby – various performances including dance, theatre and video exhibits
  • Coloring station


Alamo Drafthouse 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

100 South Central Expressway

  • Yarn bomb bike racks and columns
  • Performance in lobby – Avant Chamber Ballet with RSO musician accompaniment
  • Coloring station on patio
  • Chalk artists to embellish sidewalks at Alamo Drafthouse and Half Price Books – theme

“Goosebumps” the series

  • Rich-Tones to perform as flash mob in Heights Village


Richardson Library – all day outdoors – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

900 Civic Center Drive

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. indoors – Basement Program Room

  • Temporary installation of public art – “BIRD” in partnership with sculptor Brad Oldham
  • Yarn Bomb in Reading Garden and Front Entrance
  • Information Center
  • Corner Bakery to distribute cookies and lemonade from 2:00-4:00
  • Performances in Program Room – Chamberlain Ballet, Pegasus Theatre, Dallas Chinese Community Center – art demonstration


Northrich Park – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1301 Custer Road

  • Storyteller/puppeteer – Lynn Baskind
  • Coloring station


McKamy Spring Park Pavilion – 2:00-5:00 p.m.

744 Brick Row (North of Spring Valley / east of Central – on Brick Row property)

  • RSO String Quartet – 2:00 -3:30 pm
  • Richardson Theater Center – 3:30 – 4:15pm
  • Contemporary Chorale – 4:15 – 5:00pm


Richardson Dog Park (Barkway) – 10:00 am – noon

SW corner of George Bush Freeway and Central Expressway access road

  • Caricature Artist – pets and their people
  • Recorded music presented by Alchemy Music Academy


West Junior High’s Visual Arts Magnet – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1309 Holly Drive

  • Hands-on art activities – teacher and student-led


Crowley Park – all day – 10:00 am – 5:00pm

  • PopUp Art festival featuring artists Liz Conrad, mixed media; Ginny Marsh, stoneware and porcelain vessels; Carrie Fox and Tya-Mae Julien, photography; drawings by student Olivia Yost; sketch artist Edwin Chavez; fused glass artist and sculptor, Nan Phillips.
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra ensemble – 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Casmi and Company musical group


Huffhines Park

  • Yarn bombing of grove of trees


Richardson Mercantile – 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Dal Rich Village, 101 S. Coit Rd #50

  • Academic Suspension – band composed of Collin College professors
  • Poetry Slam (Collin College professors)


Food and watering spots:

Four Bullets – Watering spot – afternoon only / noon – 6:00 pm

640 N. Interurban St.


Food Truck Park – Feeding and watering spot

522 Bishop Ave.

  • Dyer St. Band to perform here – noon – 2:00 pm


Tavern on Main Street – Feeding and watering spot

115 E. Main St.


Also open for browsing during the day are The Bonny Studio, The Encaustic Center and O’Keefe Studio Center, plus these three studios are hosting an Open House that evening from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All are located at 580 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson 75080.


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Creative Arts Center Fall Classes & Workshops in Art


Register today! The Creative Arts Center in Dallas offers 100+ fall classes & workshops in Art.

Fall is right around the corner and classes begin the week of August 31st.

Our fall brochure is now available, so come pick up a copy today!

For more information on classes and workshops or to register online, click here

Class and workshop topics include:

Books & Paper Arts
Clay Sculpture
Creative Writing
Fiber Arts
Foundations & Creativity
Metal Arts
Mixed Media


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Spark Fundraiser, Take a Walk on the Creative Side


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Take a Walk on the Creative Side 
Please plan to join us for “Take a Walk on The Creative Side,” a fundraising party and silent auction where you’ll have the chance to be among the first to experience the Climb, Crawl, Slide structure.

Thursday, July 23
Party: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Silent Auction: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 each and include heavy appetizers, beer, wine, entertainment and games. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sparkdallas.org/creative-side or by calling 214-421-7727.

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Join us for a SPARKling summer! Volunteers needed



Bringing You the News of SPARK! http://sparkdallas.org/

Why SPARK! Needs You
The heart of our mission is to help all children explore and engage their creativity. We are off to a strong start, but we need your financial support to truly bring this vision to life. It only takes $55 to serve one child, so please consider giving this amount. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that will benefit not only the city of Dallas, but also will impact children from all walks of life.Visit SPARK! This Summer 
ProtoSPARK! opens June 1 we are now taking reservations for groups of 24 to 50 children. We serve kids in second grade through high school. To request a visit, please fill out the group reservation form. We’ll contact you when your inquiry form is received to work out the details of your visit.We invite you to stop in for a tour. The gallery level is complete and dazzling! You can help put the finishing touches on the Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture during our next adult volunteer day on May 30. In the meantime, check theevent calendar for opportunities to leave your creative mark on SPARK!

Voly in the Park
Voly in the Park is an annual event at Klyde Warren Park sponsored by VolunteerNow. Voly takes place on Saturday, June 6, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. SPARK! will join 75 other organizations; hosting a creative exercise for families. We need approximately 20 volunteers for shifts between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Please click here to sign up to volunteer.

We Need 3,000 Empty Water Bottles!
Please save empty, clear water bottles (with caps) of all sizes and bring them to SPARK! by May 26. Water bottles will be transformed into artwork over the summer, starting with Chihuly-inspired sculptures at our SPARK! table during Voly in the Park. Contact mrichardson@sparkdallas.org for a Far North Dallas drop-off location.

World Creativity and Innovation Week Recap
SPARK! celebrated WCIW for the second year in a row, hosting daily events and activities both live and digitally. During the week we:

  • Hosted children from Lady Bird Johnson Middle School
  • Activated our Teen Board of Directors
  • Received support from numerous adult volunteers in mosaic tile work and building our gift shop
  • Prepared for our Creativity Confab, which was hosted by Scott Murray and featured an esteemed panel of thought leaders. You can watch a video summary of this event on YouTube.

News from the Board of Directors
We are very pleased to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors:

  • J. Philip Brewer is Vice President and Retail District Manager for the Southeast Dallas market of Comerica Bank. He is active in business development and is committed to engaging the community where he lives and serves. Philip has a passion for developing colleagues, team building and education. He enjoys giving back through volunteer programs and has served on the board of directors for The Arthritis Foundation and The Preston Center Association. He is a member of Comerica’s Texas Diversity Council where he has served as Chair for Communications and Community Outreach. Philip is a native Dallasite who recently made the leap to suburbia, now residing in Allen with his wife and two children. Philip also chairs our Development Committee, and we encourage you join him to secure financial support for programming, growth and organizational overhead. If you’re interested, please contact the office at info@sparkdallas.org or (214) 421-7727.
  • Mimi Crume Sterling moved to Dallas in 2014 after 15 years of working in luxury fashion and lifestyle PR and marketing in New York. Her involvement in philanthropy started in childhood when she shadowed her mother who was very active within the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Guild. Mimi lives in Lakewood with her chef husband, their two small children, her mom, and their labradoodle. She is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Neiman Marcus.

Advisory Council News
We are thrilled to welcome Teri Isaacs to the Advisory Council. Teri joined the Salesmanship Club staff in 1994, bringing expertise in both finance and technology/computer programming. During her 21 years with the Salesmanship Club, Teri has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the AT&T Byron Nelson. She was promoted to Executive Director of the Salesmanship Club, Salesmanship Club Foundation and SCF Charitable Properties in 2008. Teri lives in Rockwall and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

Support SPARK!
As our opening date approaches, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm for and support of SPARK! Please help us keep the fuse lit by making a financial contribution. Your donation will help support the mission of igniting the spark of creativity inherent in all children.

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Analytic Creativity March 17: FREE Panel Discussion


On March 17th Dallas Architecture Forum Presents “Analytic Creativity”- A Panel Discussion Led By Dr. Nathan Huntoon

Tuesday, 6:30 pm with beverages at 6:15 pm

Free admission, No reservations necessary, Open to the public.

Venue: Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Ste. 100

Creativity is at the core of what architects do every day. Creativity is the fundamental tool necessary to envision environments, engender possibilities, and dream what can be. However, the creative process doesn’t belong only to architects and those in the design professions or in the arts: it is essential to scientists, engineers, and others who seek new answers. How is creativity perceived by these professionals?  What can we learn from them? What can they learn from us? What exactly is the creative process and how can we command it?

On March 17, Dr. Nathan Huntoon, former director of the Innovation Gymnasium at SMU, will moderate “Analytic Creativity”, a Panel Discussion presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum which will look at these and other aspects of the creative process with a panel representing a cross-section of academic and applied research professions.
Dr. Huntoon’s career as an engineer in industry, teaching engineering and design at the university level, and doing research on cutting-edge science has allowed him to observe many facets of creativity. After working as an engineer for the U.S. Navy doing foreign military exploitation of surface-to-air radar systems, Dr. Huntoon earned his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation he founded the SMU Innovation Gymnasium.  He currently works in the Packaging Engineering Group of Frito-Lay where he develops long-term technology strategy and next-generation system design to understand how robots, vision and computing will affect the future of the consumer goods industry.
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Dallas Architecture Forum
“Analytic Creativity”
Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will present  “Analytic Creativity” a Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 17, moderated by Nathan Huntoon, PhD.
“The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to present this next event in its 2014-15 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.  This Panel will be of interest both to those in the profession as well as to the general public who want to learn more about these important design developments.”   
The Dallas Architecture Forum Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!  The venue for this Panel, presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum, is 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201 (Dallas Center for Architecture offices).  This free Dallas Architecture Forum Panel will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend the Panel.
 “Analytic Creativity?”
Nathan HUNTOON, Ph.D.
17 March 2015
Tuesday, 6:30 pm with beverages at 6:15 pm

Free admission, No reservations necessary, Open to the public.
AIA members may earn 1.5 CE credits for attending this Panel.
Venue:  Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Ste. 100
Creativity is at the core of what architects do every day. Creativity is the fundamental tool necessary to envision environments, engender possibilities, and dream what can be. However, the creative process doesn’t belong only to architects and those in the design professions or in the arts: it is essential to scientists, engineers, and others who seek new answers. How is creativity perceived by these professionals?  What can we learn from them? What can they learn from us? What exactly is the creative process and how can we command it? Dr. Nathan Huntoon, former director of the Innovation Gymnasium at SMU, will discuss these and other aspects of the creative process with a panel representing a cross-section of academic and applied research professions.  
About the Moderator:  Nathan Huntoon, Ph.D.
Nathan Huntoon loves engineering.  He also loves science and design.  He works on understanding how these three fields all function in our society and the unique role each of them plays in shaping a culture.  All three of these fields require creative work, as well as data-driven analysis.  The interaction between creativity and analysis is of particular fascination.  Working as an engineer in industry, teaching engineering and design at a university and doing research on cutting-edge science has allowed Huntoon to observe many facets of creativity. 
Dr. Huntoon has worked as an engineer for the U.S. Navy doing foreign military exploitation of surface-to-air-radar systems.  He left the Navy to earn a Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University. While a graduate student he did research on integrated photonics, neurophotonic sensors and computational modeling of optical systems.  Upon completion of his PhD, Huntoon founded and directed the SMU Innovation Gymnasium where he oversaw over 30 teams working on projects ranging from autonomous vehicles, to 4X8 foot touch screens, to low-cost composting latrines.  For the past year he has worked at Frito-Lay North America in the Packaging Engineering Group. His primary responsibility is long-term technology strategy, and next-generation system design.  Specifically, understanding how the next generation of robots, vision and computing will affect the consumer goods industry. 
For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.  Advance registration is not necessary to attend any of the Panels in the Panel Series.
Panel Season Sponsors are Balfour Beatty Construction, John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates and WDG Architects.

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ProtoSPARK! Open House Jan. 24


ProtoSPARK! Open House

Get an exclusive preview of ProtoSPARK! creative programming


Please join us as we open our doors for the first time to the Dallas community! The following workshops are available for children ages 7-17:

  • Glass fusing
  • Silk screening
  • Stained glass
  • Cupcake Decorating
  • Chalk drawing
  • Music
Workshop availability is limited and runs on a first come, first served basis, so RSVP today to reserve your child’s spot! RSVP by calling the SPARK! office at 214-421-7727 or emailing Monica at msusman@sparkdallas.org.
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FabNow 2015 Expo! Learn about the Maker Movement


FAB Now is an educational meet-up and EXPO. It is an experience about Makers, Makerspaces, and the Maker Movement.  Jan. 16 & 17, 2015. Registration is FREE.

The maker movement, as we know it, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on MakerFaires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude.A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. 



Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus East
TRHA Building #2026 (2nd Floor)

245 E. Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Fab NowJanuary 16th & 17th
Tarrant County College, Trinity River East Campus

Fab Now is about connecting the community of makers and all those that want to make more.  Visit with MAKERS, craftspeople, teachers, business people, artists, and programmers at this 1 1/2 day, free conference to learn about the tools used, the meaning of making, and see the wide range of what we call “making today.”

Free registration:  http://www.fabnowconference.com/



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ProtoSPARK! Open House January 24


Please join us for an Open House

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 1 to 5 pm

At PROTOSPARK! 1409 S. Lamar St., St. 004, Dallas TX


RSVP 214-421-7727 or msusman@sparkdallas.org


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Ignite SPARK! on October 29


Event Sponsored by Blair McGrain

annmarienewmanAnn Marie Newman is a professional storyteller and visual artist with a performing arts background. Since 2006, she has been the Storyteller in Residence for the Dallas Museum of Art where she revels in the creative challenge of enhancing visitors’ experience of the visual arts through interactive storytelling programs. She also facilitates creativity workshops and art classes for people of all ages. 1409 S Lamar St, Pegasus Suite 1022, Dallas
Oct. 29, 2014 6-8pm


SPARK! Adventures in Creativity http://www.sparkdallas.org/


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Artist’s Way Group begins Sept. 10



Artist’s Way Group 

A new group will begin September 10, 2014.

This is a 13 week, intensive exploration of your creative spirit using Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. The first meeting is on Wednesday the 10th of Sept. from 7:00 to 8:30. We will meet weekly on Wednesdays in east Fort Worth.

The fee is 30.00 per evening or 360.00 if paid in advance. Limited to 6 participants, so register early.

For more information and to register, email crpsnow@yahoo.com. You may also want to look at the book to get a better idea of the content of the course.

Catherine Page Snow, MS, LMFT


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