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Janice Hamilton pastel landscape demo in Grand Prairie June 5


Activities will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 5th  at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.  
The program will be a pastel landscape painting demonstration by the nationally known, local oil and pastel artist Janice Hamilton.  Janice has been an award winning artist and educator in North Texas for many years.   She enjoys painting floral, still-lifes, landscapes and abstracts.   Examples of her work are attached.  You can see more about her at www.jhamiltonart.com

AGPA meets the first Monday of each month at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Street. Meetings are open to the public.  Guests and visitors are welcome at no charge.  Visit our website at www.gpartists.org



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Paul Antonio Scribe Calligraphy Lecture & Masterclass & TXLAC Workshops in May


Friday, May 12, 20177:00pm – 9:30pm
Lecture – 2500 Years of the Western Alphabet

 – $25
Southern Methodist University – (map link)
Dallas Hall – Room #306
3225 University Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205
Register OFFLINE and PAY AT THE DOOR for ($20)

Saturday, May 13, 201710:00am – 4:00pm
Masterclass Introduction to Calligraphy – Textualis

   (Blackletter style) – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh – (map link)
2927 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Nazareth Retreat Center

– (map link)
1814 Egyptian Way
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Copperplate Script & Basic Flourishing

– $300
Monday & TuesdayMay 15 & 16, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm
Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
Register OFFLINE and PAY AT THE DOOR for $250 (cash only)
Overnight accommodations are available – please email workshops@txlac.org

Flourishing Lecture

– $25 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday, May 19, 2017Free to Flourishing Workshop attendees.
 Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
Workshop Attendee Lecture registration

– TXLAC Workshop attendees
must register with a (free ticket) –
This special ticket is only applicable if you are attending the workshop. Space is limited.

Flourishing Workshop

– $250

(only 4 spaces left – register online only)

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017  – 10:00am – 6:00pm

Overnight Accommodations for May 15 & 16  &  May 19 – 21, 2017 Workshops
Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
$85 Double Occupancy (includes meals)
$95 Single Occupancy (includes meals)

Please contact angie@txlac.org for overnight accommodations.

If you have any questions, please contact Angie at 214-957-1736 or angie@txlac.org
Hope to see you this month – Happy Lettering!!

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AGPA Art Party May 18 in Grand Prairie

Please join us on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm at Market Square in Grand Prairie for our annual “Art Party”.  

The theme is “Paint, Sip and  Doodle Do!”.    It will be great fun, including pizza and drinks, and it’s all for the benefit of the Grand Prairie ISD Art Department.  Details are included in the invitation below.  

Join us at the AGPA party…..for $45 you will get a wine glass, paint & pizza to create your own hand-painted wine glass. All profits go to the AGPA High School Art Show Prize Fund. Contact Myrtle for reservation at 214-354-0127 or justmyrtle@att.net.
More about AGPA: http://www.gpartists.org/

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Lettering Classes & Workshops March – May 2017


Promoting & Preserving the Lettering Arts
Upcoming Workshops
IngmireCalligraphy & Composition

Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

March 20, 21, & 22, 2017

9:30am – 5:30pm

Tuition includes:

 3 full days with Thomas Ingmire, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, breaks and handout material.
Overnight accommodations are available for $75 per night (twin bed and private bath) include breakfast. HURRY only 4 spots remaining in this workshop!

If you cannot make this weekday workshop, Thomas Ingmire is teaching the weekend prior to this workshop in Waco, TX – March 18 & 19th. Contact Jeanne Dittmann for details.


7:00PM, MARCH 17, 2017 – MAKING POETRY VISUAL – Baylor University, WACO, TX

Description & Materials list

Registration Form for Snail Mail


Artwork by Thomas Ingmire
Making Poetry Visual

Baylor University – Moody Library
MARCH 17, 2017
You are invited to a free lecture Making Poetry Visual where Thomas explores the affinities between calligraphy, poetry, and music in a discussion of his collaborative work with contemporary poets. This work originated in 2004 when he met the English poet, David Annwn. The poetry collaborations continue to this day and include poets from the UK, the Philippines, Singapore, Tibet, and the USA.
The lecture is at 7:00 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017, in the Riley Special Collections Reading Room on the Third Floor of Moody Library at Baylor University – elevators and stairs available. Go in the main Starbucks lobby doors (facing 3rd Street), and the elevators are just down the only hallway that goes off of the lobby. Go to the 3rd floor and signs and greeters will be there to help you find your way. Use this address for your GPS: 1312 South 3rd Street Waco Texas


A & J Illumitangled letters
NORTH LAKE COLLEGE – Main Campus – Irving, TX
Monday, March 27, 2017

6:30pm – 9:00pm
ARTZ 1000.70152 – $30

Students will learn decorative patterning techniques to create a monogram letter suitable for framing using pigment ink pens, gold gouache and watercolor. Supplies: $10 cash due to instructor.
Contact instructor with your preferred monogram letter or one will be randomly assigned.

Please REGISTER early due to limited seating.
If you have any questions about this class, please contact Angie Vangalis, instructor.

Call 972-273-3360 to register.

Textured & Tangled painting
Textured & Tangled Abstract Art
NORTH LAKE COLLEGE – Main Campus – Irving, TX
Saturday, April 01, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm
ARTZ 1000.70155 – $35

Unleash the creative artist in you as we explore mixed media and design an abstract aqueous media  painting on watercolor paper. Students will be using acrylic paint, patterning and watercolor painting techniques to create this little masterpiece.
Supplies: $10 cash due to instructor for project materials.

Please REGISTER early due to limited seating.
If you have any questions about this class, please contact Angie Vangalis, instructor.

Call 972-273-3360 to register.

Paul Antonio Attong
Paul Antonio
Learning to Flourish
with Paul Antonio
MAY 2017
With over 30 years of experience, Antonio has become one of the world’s top calligraphers.
He learned how to make his own quills, taught himself how to make ink and paper, and has since mastered the art of calligraphy.His clients range from the Crown Office to Tiffany & Co. and Kate Moss.
Paul will be offering workshops and lectures throughout Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas during mid May 2017.
If you are interested in attending his workshops and/or lectures, please emailangie@txlac.org to get on the Early Bird List. We will notify people on this list BEFORE he announces the details of each workshop/lecture on his social media channels where his classes fill up in minutes. Workshops limited to 26 people.GET ON THE LIST


Artwork by Angela Vangalis
Gouache on Arches Text Wove
Pen & Ink & Lettering
THURSDAYS, APR 6, 13 & 27, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm
$85 for 3 sessions
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts

1975 Puritan Drive
Irving, TX  75061
Learn how to letter with metal nibs, gouache, and a myriad of tools along with design elements and principles to design your next calligraphic piece.

$15 Supply fee due to instructor for project materials  – Parallel Pen, Pen holder, metal nibs, palette, gouache, assorted papers, hand outs and teacher supplied materials for class use.


Brush Calligraphy by Carol DuBosch

FALL RETREAT with Carol DuBosch
OCTOBER 27, 28 & 29, 2017
Hosted by Fort Worth Calligraphers Guild

MD Resort, Aurora, TX

Spend a 3-Day retreat weekend of fun and learning tricks of the trade with a day session of Envelope Artand two days of Brush Calligraphy with Carol DuBosch – PLUS extra lettering activities after dinner. Learn to write a personal script using a pointed brush and discover the many new uses for this exciting calligraphic style on a 37 acre Bed & Breakfast ranch in Aurora, TX. Just north of the Texas Motor Speedway.
You must be a member of the Fort Worth Calligraphers Guild to attend this retreat. Please visit  www.FortWorthCalligraphersguild.com for details. 6 seats remaining.

Angie Vangalis | Texas Lettering Arts Council | 214-957-1736 | angie@txlac.org |

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Gene Kelly on Candid Photography Feb. 6 in Grand Prairie


AGPA meets the first Monday of each month at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Street. Meetings are open to the public.  Guests and visitors are welcome at no charge.  Visit our website at www.gpartists.org
Activities will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, February 6th  at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.  
      The program will be a brief tutorial on the art of Candid Photography presented by local photographer Gary Kelly.  Candid photography involves creating images of people that don’t appear to be formal portraits.  It can be of family, friends or complete strangers.  We will go over several tips on way to improve your candid efforts showing examples of each, and then we will take a look at your own photos and demonstrate how to give them more impact and perform other improvements.   Bring your pictures in jpeg form, saved on a flash drive.
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 Other Business
      Painted End Tables   The final results of the painted table raffle and the Christmas wreath auction will be reviewed.
We will also review options for future programs.


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Grand Prairie Framing Resource – RW Chang Co. Liquidation Sale


Liquidation Sale In Process!

Due to changes in our lease agreement, we will be here a couple of weeks into February.
We will take custom framing orders another week, until February 1st
 Come by and see the bargains you’ll find! 

908 Fountain Pkwy
Grand Prairie, Tx. 75050

Framed Prints
$10 Frames.Buy one get one free
RWChange framesReady Made Frames. Still a lot to choose from but they are flying out the door. Come soon before they are all gone!
Lots of moulding
Office furniture
Warehouse supplies and equipment
Open MondayFriday 8:30-5.00
We will open Saturday, Jan 28th and February 4th 
, 1-4:00 pm


RW Chang Co.
Serving the Framing Industry Since 1974

908 Fountain Pkwy
Grand Prairie, Tx. 75050

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Association of Grand Prairie Artists Meeting Jan. 2


Activities will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, January 2nd  at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.  
      Critique – Each attendee is asked to bring one or two of their artworks. They need not necessarily be recent works.  The items will be discussed and criticized by the membership.
        Planning Session – We will end with a brain storming session to develop ideas for meetings and workshops for the year.  Please bring your suggestions for speakers or workshop leaders through next June.   Contact information should also be included.
 Other Business
      Painted End Tables   An exhibition of our custom painted end tables has been on display every Saturday at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market.  These tables were raffled off in December.   The net results will be presented at the meeting.
AGPA meets the first Monday of each month at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Street. Meetings are open to the public.  Guests and visitors are welcome at no charge.  Visit our website at www.gpartists.org .

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Dave Smith’s Award Winning Painting ‘Spirit of Lakota’

Robert Eagle Elk with Grandson Loki and Artist David Smith

Robert Eagle Elk with Grandson Loki and Artist David Smith

Dallas artist meets family of famed Lakota warrior that inspired his award-winning painting

SMU student, retired military veteran Dave Smith artwork honored; Eagle Elk family attends unveiling

 GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – What began as a simple piece of artwork for Airbus Helicopters Inc. blossomed into a gratifying and unexpected opportunity for a Dallas-area artist as he met descendants of the iconic Lakota warrior Eagle Elk portrayed in his painting.

In March 2016 Airbus Helicopters Inc., which produces the UH-72A Lakota helicopter for the U.S. Army, began searching for an artist to create a work that would capture the spirit and history of the Lakota. The search ended with retired Army and Coast Guard helicopter pilot Dave Smith, currently an art student at Southern Methodist University. Dave painted an inspiring work featuring a towering image of the famous Lakota warrior named Eagle Elk. The Eagle Elk family not only approved the painting, but was so appreciative of the honor that they travelled from their home in South Dakota to meet Smith at a special ceremony held in Sept. 16, 2016, at Airbus Helicopters Inc. headquarters in Grand Prairie.

Eagle Elk was born near the confluence of White River and Missouri rivers in the fall of 1851. He was a great and fierce warrior who participated in many battles. From the family’s oral history, as well as the Eagle Elk interviews written by Richard Hardorff contained in the John G. Neihardt Collection, Eagle Elk was a close aide and bodyguard to Crazy Horse and considered him a brother.

“I did a fair amount of research for this painting,” said Smith. “The warrior culture associated with the military is drawn to the names and images of Native American culture because of their greatness as warriors. The basis for my painting is the famous Edward S. Curtis image of Eagle Elk (He’haka Wanbli) of the Oglala Lakota. I made every effort to be culturally sensitive by showing that Eagle Elk ‘becomes’ the sky and the mountain and the earth, watching over what is happening as the helicopter skims the treetops.”

Airbus Helicopters Inc. consulted with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribal Council to ensure the painting was culturally accurate and respectful. Tribal council leaders, in turn, referred the company to the family of Eagle Elk, who were impressed with and approved the use of Smith’s painting. Family members, including Eagle Elk’s grandson, Robert Eagle Elk, and great-granddaughter, Charleen Eagle Elk, travelled from South Dakota to meet Smith and attend the Airbus Helicopters ceremony.

“We wanted to create a symbol that would capture the historic legacy of the Lakota people that inspired the name the Army gave our helicopter,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. “We are impressed with the way Smith has depicted the Lakota helicopter overseen by the soaring image of Eagle Elk. We are deeply honored to have the Eagle Elk family join us as we honor their ancestor and the way he is artistically portrayed.”

The ceremony included a reading of a family story handed down through the generations about Eagle Elk and Crazy Horse. “This is an honor for our family. We are all deeply touched,” said Charleen Eagle Elk.  “I would like to say Lila Wopila Tanka (A Big Thank You) from the bottom of all of our hearts for this great honor bestowed upon our family. We appreciate the recognition for our ancestor.”

The UH-72A Lakota is a multi-mission helicopter that was selected by the U.S. Army in June 2006 in an open competition following a rigorous evaluation. The UH-72A Lakota is in use with Army and National Guard units and is also the Army’s primary flight training helicopter. It is in use with foreign military services for missions such as transport, medical evacuation, and search and rescue.

The Lakota combines operational capability, reliability, and affordability, fulfilling all of the Army’s requirements for speed, range, endurance and overall performance. The Lakota has the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production. It is built in Columbus, Miss., by a workforce that is 43 percent U.S. military veterans.

For more information on the UH-72A Lakota, as well as other industry leading Airbus Helicopters Inc. products, go to airbushelicoptersinc.com


About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. manufactures H125 and UH-72A helicopters and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.  For more information, visit www.airbushelicoptersinc.com


About Dave Smith

David Gail Smith retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2014 having served nearly 22 years as a pilot in the U.S. Army and Coast Guard. During his tenure in the Coast Guard, he is credited with saving 20 lives and assisting 52 others with awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. He is currently pursuing two degrees at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which he began immediately following his retirement, and is on course to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Computing in December 2016 along with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in May 2017. For more information and examples of Smith’s work, visit www.davidgailsmith.com



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GPAC’s Juried Art Show Opening Reception Sept. 18


You are cordially invited

Annual GPAC Juried Art Show & Sale –
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Sunday, September 18

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Awards at 3:00 pm

Uptown Theater
Lobby Art Gallery
120 East Main, 75050

Entertainment & refreshments
Featuring more than 110 pieces of artwork, from more than 50 regional artists.
Exhibit Open September 18 – October 14


Visit GPAC’s website for all our upcoming events:

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Grand Prairie Arts Council Show deadline August 22


Grand Prairie Arts Council 2016 Annual Juried Art Show & Sale
Uptown Theater Lobby Art Gallery 120 East Main Street Grand Prairie, Texas

September 18 – October 15, 2016

Open to all artists age 18 and over. Entries must be original, unpublished and must not have been previously exhibited in a GPAC Exhibition. $3,000 in cash prizes available.

All media will be considered including but not limited to 3-dimensional, photography, drawing-all media, computer graphics, etc. Mail images, entry form & $30 fee:
Grand Prairie Arts Council
PO Box 531613
Grand Prairie, Texas 75053
Or mail entry form & $30 fee and Email images: gpac@artsgp.org
  • August 22: Final postmark date for receipt of artwork images, entry form, and fee.
  •  August 26: Notice of acceptance will be mailed.
  •  September 16 & 17: In-take of hand delivered, accepted work.
  •  September 18, Sunday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Opening Reception & Awards Presentation.
  •  October 15: Exhibition closes.
Please see entry brochure for complete details: Printable entry brochure

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