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Darlia Hobbs Experimental Painting Exhibit opens June 2 in Fort Worth

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“Paint Can Fly – VII” by Darlia Hobbs

June 2 – June 29, 2017

Reception: June 2, 2017; 6 – 9pm

Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Darlia Hobbs has traveled to more than 14 countries and 10 oceans/ seas finding eclectic influences for her mixed-media, experimental, and abstract art. Since I began painting, the world of art has been like a rushing river as I stand on the shore and watch it flow by. It’s difficult to take my eyes off of the beautiful, ever-changing flow of ideas, art, and inspirations I see at different depths in the water. The temptation to touch and plunge into the water is irresistible. Once in the water, the feeling is so soothing and satisfying – yet does not quench my thirst for more.

Instinct and experimentation guide me through the process of each piece of art. Often, I dream of new ideas and variations of techniques I’ve seen or tried. What’s truly amazing and rewarding is the friendships of other artists and their willingness to share ideas and techniques. This allows each of us to choose many bright stars from across the art universe to create and evolve our own evergrowing and changing galaxy.

I like to remember some wisdom from artist Ellen J. Langer: “…rules often blind us.” And, “Once we learn how to do something, too often we stop experimenting, learning, and having fun.” NOT ME!

–from Fort Worth Community Arts Center http://www.fwcac.com/?exhibition_detail/5390



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Jane Jones Experimental/Design Workshop May 2-5

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Jane Jones has studied with over 80 of the country’s leading instructors and is in demand herself as an instructor, lecturer and juror. Winner of innumerable prestigious awards in local, regional, and national juried exhibitions, Jane is a signature member of Southwest Watercolor Society, Associated Creative Artists, Texas Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Oklahoma and Western Federation Watercolor Society. She has served as lecturer and juror for more than 80 different art organizations throughout the country.

https://janejonesart.com/workshops Contact her at janejonesart@yahoo.com or https://janejonesart.com/contact (you may also sign up for her email list.)

EXPERIMENTAL/DESIGN: May 2-5 (4 days) $400, Artists’ Showplace – Dallas

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Jo Toye Abstract Explorations Workshop Nov. 10 – 12

jotoye1Jo Toye: Abstract Explorations
3 day workshop,
Nov. 10-11-12, 2016

Author of the newly released Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting

All workshops held at:
The Shops at Willow Bend, B-216, Plano TX

Cost:  $285. Deposit is $50.00

To register and for supply list, see http://tetasmithart.com/Workshops.html. Questions? call Teta at 214-244-9449 or email tetasmith@me.com.

All levels. Demos will use fluid acrylics but watercolors may be used.

If the word “experimentation” causes your artistic juices to start flowing, then this is  the workshop for you. During the workshop, Jo will open up her toolbox of exciting painting tools and materials; she will introduce you to the Resist Pen, Fineline Applicator Bottles, the mouth atomizer, pipettes, Clear Tar Gel, Acrylic Glazing Medium, and even stencils made from hot glue. You will work on a variety of surfaces including watercolor paper and Yupo that has been coated with white and black Gesso.

To facilitate an attitude of experimentation and exploration, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. By working in this small manner, you will have more freedom to enjoy the process, learn the technique, and move away from your usual way of working. Once you return to your own studio, each sample will serve as an invaluable reference for incorporating these exciting new techniques into your own style of painting.

Jo’s embracing style of teaching will ignite your passion for “possibility” and rekindle your joy in the painting process. Jo takes great delight in sharing her process and considers it an honor and privilege to be invited into, and share a small part of, another person’s artistic journey.


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Jane Jones Experimental / Acrylic Workshop April 25 – 28



Price: $325.00

Location: Artists’ Showplace – Dallas
Phone Number: 972-407-1566
15615 Coit Rd. Suite 230
Dallas, Texas 75248
Country: United States

– Use of acrylics and collage with different mediums

– On-going demonstrations
– Abstract and non-objective
– Working inventively with your tools to bring new life to your paintings
– Discovering the joy of pouring, scrubbing, glazing, stamping, splattering, and organizing into more creative work
– Discovering design and color
– Personal critiques
– Group critiques
– This workshop will help take your paintings to a new level using:
– Design structures to pull your paintings together
– Elements and principles of design to unify your paintings
– Some level of painting experience and design background needed

Contact: Jane Jones
Email: janejonesart@yahoo.com
Phone: 972-407-1566



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EXPERIMENTAL ACRYLICS WORKSHOP with Sharon Grimes Jan. 16, 2016


Gingko Leaf Gallery presents

Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9 AM – 3 PM

 Longview artist Sharon Grimes will demonstrate and teach her unique technique of layering mixtures of mediums, pigments and paint. In her words…

“The creation of art is a meditation for me. It is a reflection of my heart onto the surface. I gain inspiration from nature and specifically the effect of light. I watch the sun as it sets to see the color it creates and the way the light peeks around the clouds. My work represents the language of the soul. I strive to evoke a sense of mystery and beauty in each piece. I begin a painting by creating texture. I then work in layers of translucent acrylic paint on a wood panel. This creates depth and allows the viewer to see back several layers into the painting. …I rarely know exactly where the piece is going in the beginning. I start working and let intuition and the work itself lead me.”Students will have finished work at the end of the session and technique information they can use in future artwork. All supplies are included in the price.

Bring a sack lunch and drink. Light morning refreshments will be served.

You must come to Gingko Leaf Gallery in Marshall to register and pay for the workshop in advance.
OR Out of town guests may mail a check or money order to
Gingko Leaf Gallery
212 N. Washington Avenue
Marshall, TX 75670
Be sure to include your contact information and email address, phone #s

Seating is limited to 12. There are only 6 seats remaining.
$120 CASH or CHECK ONLY made out to Gingko Leaf Gallery
Questions: Call Claudia at the Gallery 903-471-5225 or cell at 903-926-0440


Sharon Grimes, of Longview,TX is a self taught contemporary abstract artist whose art is a personal expression of life, with all of its textures and layers. Inspired by nature and the universe, her work typically features vivid colors and vibrant energy and is consistently characterized by strong composition, contrast, and texture which demonstrates her remarkable understanding of color and composition. Sharon first became interested in art at a young age. She grew up loving to sketch people, animals and her surroundings. In her early twenties her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired  by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.

Grimes was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator La Posada de Sante Fe Hotel and Spa as a “feast for the eyes”. Grimes paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions including the East Texas Regional Art Exhibit at Longview Museum of Fine Arts, P’s Gallery Regional Art Exhibit and a solo exhibit at Classics Furniture and Interiors. Her art is also exhibited in public collections including Tyler Street Bistro, Regions Bank, Longview Museum of Fine Arts and The Women’s Center of East Texas.Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States and has been featured in Piney Woods Live Magazine and Longview News Journal.

Sharon Grimes has studied with renowned artists Xianng Zhang, William Kalwick, Jane E Jones and more recently Cheryl McClure of Overton, TX and Cody Hooper of Albuquerque,NM.

Her talent and love of art has led her to direct and conduct courses on the subject of Art as Meditation. She has also been commissioned by First Lutheran Church of Longview, TX to paint  “Spiritual Collection” which still hangs in the church today. She created a collage for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sierra Leone, Africa as a commemoration to the victims of civil unrest. She has exhibited for several local art groups and taught at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts summer programs. She is a member of Southwestern Society of Watercolor Artist.

For more about Sharon see her website http://www.sharongrimesart.com/



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Jane Jones 2015 – 2016 Critiques & Workshops

Tapestry by Jane E. Jones

Tapesty by Jane E. Jones

Jane has studied with over 80 of the country’s leading instructors and is in demand herself as an instructor, lecturer and juror. Winner of innumerable prestigious awards in local, regional, and national juried exhibitions, Jane is a signature member of Southwest Watercolor Society, Associated Creative Artists, Texas Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Oklahoma and Western Federation Watercolor Society. She has served as lecturer and juror for more than 80 different art organizations throughout the country.

Sign up now for Jane’s 2015-2016 Friday Critique Sessions: 

Total of 6 Sessions for $120.00

2015: November 6 and December 4

2016: January 15, February 12, March 4 and April 15

Friday Morning Sessions from 9:30 am  –  12:30 pm
Friday Afternoon Sessions from 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: Jane Jones Studio, Dallas


Contact Jane at janejonesart@yahoo.com or 972-407-1566


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Shiraga/Motonaga: Between Action and the Unknown at the DMA


OPENING Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas TX 75201 http://www.dma.org/

Shiraga/Motonaga: Between Action and the Unknown is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Japan Foundation in Tokyo. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of Museum Partners and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

IMAGES (details): Sadamasa Motonaga, Work, 1962, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Yamamura Collection), © Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa; Kazuo Shiraga, Hanmo (Proliferation),1973, oil on canvas, National Museum of Art, Osaka, © Shiraga Hisao. Copyright © 2015 Dallas Museum of Art All rights reserved.



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Karen Foster’s Experimental Workshop Series

karenfoster fosterexperimentalKaren Foster’s EXPERIMENTAL WORKSHOP series on the second or third Monday of the month at the Upstairs Gallery in Arlington:

Karen Foster is offering her popular experimental workshops here at the gallery studio. Each month she will help you explore the creative possibilities of various techniques and materials. 

    June 16: Stamp Making: Learn to carve your own stamps to create Celtic, Asian, geometric, and floral patterns. There will be $10 materials fee for this class and all supplies will be provided. You will leave with your own linoleum cutter and rubber stamps.

    July 14: Paper Making: This class is about transforming ordinary paper into beautiful papers that you can use in mixed media and collage projects. You will also be making  unusual papers from National Geographic magazines. Bring your acrylic paints,  stamps, and stencils.  Bring a National Geographic (it has to be National Geographic)or two if you have any. Karen will have a few extra.  Everything else will be provided.

  Aug. 11:  Collage Figures: Karen will show you how to use her cache of handmade papers to create striking images of the human figure. You don’t have to be an expert draftsperson for this class.  You may want to bring your wonderful papers and rubber stamps that you may have or that you made in the previous classes, Liquitex gloss medium and varnish, and an old brush.

    Sept. 8:  Batik: Learn to make beautiful batik paintings using wax resist on rice paper. These bright, beautiful works of art are a unique way to paint. You will need your acrylics or watercolors and brushes. The other supplies will be provided.

    Oct. 13:  Mixed Media Collage: Combine collage, texture and paint to create big, beautiful compositions. This is a great way to loosen up and create a one of a kind art piece.  Bring your handmade papers and stamps (or they can be store bought), acrylics,  Liquitex acrylic gloss medium-and-varnish, and a large canvas up to 24″x36″.

TIME: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

FEE: $45 per class

AGES: 13 to adult

Please register and pay in advance to guarantee your place in these popular classes


The Upstairs Gallery, 1038 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX  76013

817-277-6961 jt@upstairsartgallery.com



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Abstraction/Experimental Workshop with Carol Nelson‏

Carol Nelson is conducting an Experimental Workshop “Pathways to Abstraction” March 11-14, 2014 at Midtown Dallas and you’re invited. Carol is very excited about this workshop as she has been  trying new techniques to teach us. The workshop description is attached at the bottom of this email
Many of you have expressed a desire to attend and it’s time to reserve your space with a deposit of $50.00. You may pay with a credit card by calling me 214-4-244-9449. If you prefer to pay with a check, please make the check payable to and mail to Teta Smith, 7100 Chase Oaks Blvd. #11411, Plano, Tx. 75025. The total price is $375.00 and must be paid by March 1st.
I hope you can join us! Contact Teta at 214-244-9449 or tetasmith@me.com. My workshop studio is located inside Valley View mall at Preston and Alpha near the Galleria. There are no stairs!
Carol is limiting the number of participants to only 18 so reserve your place immediately. You may also find the supply list online at http://galleryatmidtown.com Click on the “Workshop” tab. Let me know if you need specific directions or answers.
Pathways to Abstraction with Carol Nelson‏
Many artists who are representational painters have a yearning to try working abstractly, but are hesitant, and don’t know how to begin.  When confronted with The Great Whiteness (a blank canvas), it can be difficult to visualize the finished painting when there is no scene, vase, animal, flower, etc. there to paint from.
This workshop is ideal for artists wishing to pursue abstract painting with purposeful exploration of a variety of abstract styles.    We will study the work of abstract artist masters, and find ways to adapt their work to our own style, with an emphasis on mixed media.  Each day, students will create one or more paintings that illustrate a style, particular technique, or use of materials outside the realm of traditional art supplies.

Carol is a mixed media painter and certified Golden Artist Educator.  Carol recently completed the course work required by Golden Artist Colors, Inc., to be certified in “all things acrylic.”  Carol will guide  you in using and creating your own collage materials, including altered papers, embossed aluminum foil, faux rusted metal, Tyvek, epoxy resin and several Golden mediums.  These items will be provided by Carol.

Carol will discuss and demonstrate the importance of composition and color in your work.  She will explain the use of various acrylic mediums, types of adhesives, types of supports, and methods of presentation for a finished piece.  Carol’s teaching style is relaxed, humorous, and she generously shares her techniques and tips on how to create mixed media abstract fine art.

For more about the artist and her work, see her website: http://carolnelsonfineart.com/

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