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IAA Meeting Feb. 18 – Katrina Doran on Mosaics



The February 18th Irving Art Association Members Meeting will be held on a Sunday at 2pm this month, It will feature artist Katrina Doran, who will give a talk about mosaics from classical to contemporary and demonstrate tools and cutting. Special after demo workshop: For a hands-on project, we’ll make tiles in mosaic patterns (note: $10 fee for supplies).

Doors open at 1:00 pm and the Meeting starts at 2:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Guests are welcome.  Directions.


About Katrina Doran:

Katrina Doran
Doran Studio:mosaic art & sculpture


Katrina Doran is a mosaic artist who delights in the breaking of things so she may reassemble them into something entirely new. She has studied worldwide with modern masters of this fine craft and brings to her practice a uniform sensibility and order used, to good effect, for the purpose of establishing beauty and harmony. Her practice is grounded in classical mosaic techniques dating back over 2000 years. In all of Doran’s makings there is an element of surprise waiting to be discovered. Doran’s interest, enthusiasm and passion for her art form is contagious, making her a popular lecturer, teacher and workshop facilitator.


Katrina Doran remembers always being drawn to the making of things. Her youngest years were often spent alone in the woods of her family farm where she gathered sticks, clay, vines and charcoal in order to create. Her mother taught her how to cook and to sew and she took well to both with a natural instinct for how things go together as flavors, textures, colors and forms. Her father, an engineer, made certain she could work on mechanical things establishing a groundwork for working with tools while finding solutions for the repair and building of structural objects.

Doran began her college studies in interior design and when told her first ten years in the field would be drawing other people’s blueprints, she changed her major to psychology. Doran was beginning to glimpse an inner yearning to make a difference in the lives of others. Her work following college returned to the decorating of homes and the creation of harmonious interior environments. One day, a friend urged her to try something new and Doran found herself being trained in the theatrical arts launching her next career as a corporate entertainer. Here she learned how to interact with large groups of people and was able to contribute her creative skills to both costume and prop designs. This phase of working eradicated all pretense of shyness in Doran and established the protocol and structure for producing a good event.

Each phase and component of Doran’s life allowed for the next natural growth and expansion. The time came when the pull to create art was strong enough it led to the art of mosaic. Doran has not looked back except in appreciation of how all her experiences allow her to express her passion for creating and her ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Doran creates custom mosaic works of art, teaches classes and conducts workshops for all ages. She is married to Denny Doran, a fine artist specializing in charcoal pencil portaits. Her son, Taylor Pierre Bryant a.k.a., Tay Tay Pierre, is a printmaker working on fashion designs. Together, they are in the process of developing an art compound, an environmental space designed to honor and support their pleasure in creating.

Artist Statement:

I am interested in creating curious objects of beauty that seem magical, as if they are from another time and place, or might have been something you once dreamed of. I am also interested in how we might create these things together or in the context of a group. I am fascinated by the ways we contribute to one another, the gifts we each have to share in order to express, expand, explore and grow. My vision for my life is to bring presence to a beauty beyond measure.

~Katrina Doran

Katrina Doran teaches mosaic art classes at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas.

Her works can be found in:

private settings throught the United States

The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas
Greenhill School, Dallas, Texas
John Paul II, Plano, Texas
Visual Expressions Creative Arts School, Cedar Hill, Texas
Hospitality centers in California and Texas
Dallas International School, Dallas, Texas
Lee A. McShan, Jr. Elementary, Dallas, Texas
Anderson Elementary, Frisco, Texas
In partnership with Carlyn Ray Designs, works were created with the Alcuin school and Girls Inc.

For more about the artist, see her website: http://doranstudiomosaics.com

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Dallas Area Fiber Artists Meeting Feb. 27


DAFA Members Meeting

Monday, February 27, 2017

5:30pm – 9pm

Location: The Point, Center for
Arts and Education,
C.C. Young Retirement Community
4847 West Lawther Drive
Dallas, Texas


Mini Workshop, 5:30 pm

Feathered Headband

“Oh, Chapeau! The Secrets of Millinery Fibers”

Bring and wear a hat for our Mini Workshop and Program.

There will be a $5 kit fee. Exact change is appreciated and encouraged. Members, please remember to bring your Go Kit. Needle nose pliers are also needed. Make sure you have black thread, a few needles, and scissors in your kit. Marianne will provide a plentiful selection of feathers for our workshop. We look forward to seeing many excited members learning how to work with feathers.

We will work with millinery feather bundles by Marianne Lewis, owner of Charming Lady Designs Handmade Millinery.

Feathers are one of the most commonly used fibers in millinery trim.  They naturally come in all shapes, colors and sizes…and through a bit of lady (or man)- made magic, they can take on so many more variations.

Join us to work with commonly used feathers and learn some of their secrets.  You will leave with “feather bundles” that can be used to trim a hat, tuck into a vase, pin to your coat, or just admire.

Marianne will provide a plentiful selection of feathers for everyone to experiment with, plus learn some tricks of the trade.

Program, 6:45pm – 9 pm

Marianne Lewis, the ​Hat Lady

Our speaker, Marianne Lewis, will give a presentation on hats. The Board will provide tea and cookies for the event, along with cups and saucers, napkins, sugar and cream.

Marianne Lewis is a milliner, owner and designer of Charming Lady Designs and works from her home studio in Allen, TX. She has been studying and creating hats of all designs for the past four years and has learned from master milliners, online tutorials, classic books and workshops like this.

Marianne has a love of textiles and jewelry from all eras and corners of the globe.  She is inspired by La Belle Epoch, Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements, and the clean lines of the Mid- 20th century.  She is currently fascinated with the construction of historical clothing and the social expectations associated with historical fashion.



Hat and Tea Party!



This will be a fun meeting, one not to be missed!

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April 17th ART Program; Marina May – Hand Painted Rocks

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Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2pm

Rowlett Community Centre • 5300 Main, Rowlett

Marina May – Hand Painted Rocks

Turn the common into something unusual and artistic

Marina May is an IT professional and lives and works in Dallas. Five years ago she discovered an incredible form of art – Painting on Rocks. Now it is her passion, her hobby and her part time business.

To Marina, rock painting is an especially good technique for rediscovering your dormant abilities. With a little guidance, people of all levels of ability can experience the magic of “bringing stones to life”. She uses natural, non-manufactured rocks and acrylic paints to create realistic paintings on smooth rock “canvases,” giving this style of painting a truly unique creativity.


at this Demo/Workshop; Members FREE and guests $5.00.

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To contact Marina; paintingonrocks@yahoo.com, or her web site at; http://www.paintingonrocks.net.

You are welcome to bring your own rock, though all materials will be supplied. Please bring a snack to share, and if you are interested in joining  A.R.T., we would love to have you as a member. ALL visual art medias are accepted and demonstrated, including painting and drawing media, photography, 3D – sculpture, pottery, etc, art jewelry, and digital art. Please go to our web site to download membership form, or call Donna Monroe at: 214-914-7411.

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Submitted by Artists Round Texas. Email: dygowski@verizon.net

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