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Creative Arts Center of Dallas Summer Classes & Workshops


Summer registration is now open!  There will be two 6-week sessions and classes begin the week of May 31.  Click HERE to register.


The Creative Arts Center of Dallas offers ongoing weekly studio classes or one-time workshops in a wide range of visual arts. Ours is the largest community-based visual arts education programs in the city, offering more than 500 classes for teens and adults throughout the year.

Whether you are a novice, emerging artist or a working artist or have an interest in traditional fine art, contemporary art or fine craft, CAC has the perfect class or workshop for you.

  • Books & Paper Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Clay Sculpture
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing
  • Foundations & Creativity
  • Glass
  • Leather
  • Jewelry & Small Metals
  • Mosaic
  • Painting
  • Photography & Digital Media
  • Sculpture
For more information on classes and workshops available this session or to register online, click here: http://www.creativeartscenter.org/  Tel: 214-320-1275
Email: info@creativeartscenter.org


2360 Laughlin Drive, Dallas, TX 75228

In addition to other benefits detailed on our Become a Member page, a membership entitles you to a $30 discount for all classes or workshops you take in the year after you sign up for membership. Your membership is completely tax-deductible.


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Mosaic Mural by Sonia King at FedEx Office Headquarters


FedEx Office Headquarters Features Four-Story Mosaic

By Dallas’ Own Award-Winning Artist Sonia King

Printing and Shipping Provider Reimagines Art to Showcase Company’s Technological Expertise and Culture of Collaboration


PLANO, Texas, April 5, 2016—FedEx Office today celebrated the official unveiling of a new visual centerpiece at its recently-opened corporate campus in Plano, Texas.  Highlighting local talent and creativity and demonstrating the company’s printing and production capabilities, the centerpiece features a high-resolution photograph of an original mosaic titled “Nebula Chroma,” created by Dallas native and award-winning artist Sonia King.

FedEx Office welcomed approximately 1,200 employees to its new corporate campus last fall, consolidating two locations.  The campus displays contemplative, culturally stimulating modern artwork throughout, with the four-story mosaic image serving as the headquarters’ focal point and combining the company’s wide range of printing capabilities with its passion for workplace art.

FedEx Office selected the mosaic, created by world-renowned artist Sonia King, to illustrate its commitment to the local community and a company culture based on collaboration.  Spanning all four floors of the campus’ open entrance, the mosaic commemorates important company milestones using complementary FedEx brand colors.

“I believe art plays an important role in the workplace, and I am thrilled to have my work on display at a company that continues to be committed to North Texas,” said King.  “As an artist and small business owner, I consider FedEx Office as a trusted partner for years in helping me in the development phase of my creative process. FedEx Office reimagined ‘Nebula Chroma’ in a visionary way that I never thought would be possible.”

From creation to delivery, FedEx Office brought the mosaic image to life, starting with taking 15 photographs of a 24” x 24” section from King’s “Nebula Chroma” mosaic mural to create an enlarged, high-resolution image that now stretches 38 feet by 16 feet.  The art was then sectioned into five panels printed and cut to size on various substrates by FedEx Office closed-door production facilities throughout the country.

The resulting color vibrancy demonstrates the company’s excellence in color management and consistency, particularly as Certified G7 Master Printers—the industry’s premier designation for color management.  After printing was complete, FedEx Office deployed its transportation network to deliver the five sections in time for the work’s installation at the new corporate campus.

“Sonia King’s mosaic image is a meaningful part of our new campus,” said Brian Philips, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Office.  “It allows us to tell our corporate story in a new way, with a focus on innovation and technology as well our team members’ passions, talent and skill sets.  The mosaic reproduction demonstrates our ability to provide small and large businesses with innovative, expansive solutions powered by cutting-edge technology.”

FedEx Office continues its growth in print services, including signs and graphics, in-store consultation, design services, and distributed print and high-volume solutions.  It is the only national print provider that brings together one wholly-owned network of high-end manufacturing plants, retail locations, digital platforms and multiple transportation options to help meet the printing and logistics needs of its customers.


About FedEx Office

FedEx Office has more than 1,800 stores and locations in the U.S. and Canada, providing convenient access to printing and shipping expertise with reliable service. The company’s network features retail stores, centralized production centers, corporate on-site print centers, and on-site business centers at hotels, convention centers and universities.  Services include digital printing, professional finishing, document creation, direct mail, signs and graphics, copying, computer rental, free Wi-Fi and corporate print solutions. In addition, the company offers FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® shipping, Hold at FedEx Location, and packing services backed by the FedEx® Packing Pledge.  For more information, please visit fedex.com/office


About Sonia King

Sonia King’s award-winning mosaic art is exhibited internationally and represented in private, public and museum collections.  King’s mosaic, Depthfinder, is the first by an American in the permanent collection of contemporary mosaic art at the Museo d’Arte in Ravenna, Italy.  Sonia King is a founding member and President Emeritus of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and a past Vice-President of the Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei in Italy.  King was awarded special recognition in the 2010 International Prize for Mosaic Art and Architecture in Italy and also won two international Spectrum Awards for her mosaic walls at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  Sonia King has spoken on mosaic art on five continents and had artist residencies in locations as varied as Russia and Turkey.  King teaches advanced workshops around the world and wrote the bestselling book “Mosaic Techniques & Traditions” from Sterling Publishing.   Visit her website at www.mosaicworks.com




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Smither Park 2D & 3D Permanent Mosaic Installations

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As a project of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Smither Park is designed to be a permanent, family friendly, “folk art” or “outsider art” installation and community gathering space located in an underserved area of southeast Houston, adjacent to the world famous Orange Show – considered one of the most important folk art monuments in the world. Set on a ½ acre lot, Smither Park runs 400’ wide by 50’ deep, and includes an amphitheater for performances, a covered pavilion for special events, a meditation garden, a set of three oversized bench swings, and an interactive tower. Running along all 400 feet at the back of the park is a memory wall, covered in mosaic sculpture by over 50 different artists. The park was designed by visionary artist and builder Dan Phillips of Phoenix Commotion, based out of Huntsville, TX. He is known for his innovative techniques in home-building, utilizing 80% of his resources from salvaged materials. Artists selected to work on Smither Park projects will be working directly with Phillips throughout completion.

Artists interested in submitting proposals for consideration should note that materials used within the mosaic sculptures at Smither Park are generally donated and/or repurposed. We encourage all of the artists to utilize this type of material as it promotes sustainability and compassion towards the environment.


The eight projects to be commissioned include:
(click on the links below to read full descriptions of each project)

1. Park Sidewalk South of Pavilion: $25,000
2. Park Sidewalk North of Pavilion: $12,000
3. Outdoor Covered Pavilion: Long East Gallery: $4,000
4. Outdoor Covered Pavilion: Long West Gallery: $4,000
5. Outdoor Covered Pavilion: Short North Gallery: $3,000
6. Outdoor Covered Pavilion: Short South Gallery: $3,000
7. Swingset: $15,000
8. Marble Roll Tower Base & Stairs: $5,000

Proposal Requirements include:
1. Maximum 1,000-word exhibition proposal describing the work and imagery that you propose.
2. Ten (10) digital images of past work and sketches of proposed work.
3. All submissions must include a numbered image list.
4. Project Expense Budget must cover all related expenses of this commission(s) including, but not limited to: artist fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, etc.
5. Schedule of work to completion within the timeframe of February 1 – August 30, 2016.
6. Artist résumé (include contact information).

IMPORTANT:  Submitting this application represents ONE category, with 3 to 10 images of past work & proposed work. If you wish to apply for more than one category, checkout and submit the first application, then return to “Apply to Calls” and choose APPLY AGAIN TO THIS CALL. Repeat the process for up to all eight categories. 

Rules & Regulations
· Artists involved with the park are not allowed to pull ideas from inventory, copy anyone else, or otherwise create works that are not in the spirit of visionary art.
· Because The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is a publicly supported entity, political, sexual, religious, or other personal agendas are not allowed in the design of the projects.
· It is a family park, and therefore must be family friendly as well. While nudes are allowed, for instance, they must be so abstracted that they will not become offensive to even the most conservative of park visitors.
· Donated materials are often agenda-specific objects, which are allowable, provided they are repurposed and placed in a different context.
· Words are allowed, but only sporadically, and one at a time.

Questions regarding submitting entries can be directed to Kat Mims, 713-926-6368, kat@orangeshow.org.
Questions regarding proposals can be directed to Dan Phillips, 936-581-5028, marshajp@att.net.

All specifications, information, photos, and a site plan of commission opportunities may be found by CLICKING HERE

Selection Criteria:
· Artists will be selected by a panel of jurors made up of curators, artists, and Orange Show Center for Visionary Art stakeholders.
· Selections will be made based on examples of past work and the strength of their proposal for new work to be created.
· Finalists will be interviewed by Dan Philips, Stephanie Smither and Marilyn Oshman.
· Funds will be distributed as follows: first ½ upon acceptance, second ½ upon completion.

October 27 – December 30: Open Call to Artists
November 7 & 14, 1 to 3 PM: Q&A with Dan Phillips at Smither Park
December 30, midnight: Proposal Deadline
January 20, 2016: Artists Notified
January 31, 2016: Artists’ contracts signed and delivered
February 1 – August 30, 2016: Artists work onsite and complete project by 8/30

Submitted by Kat Mims. Email: kat@orangeshow.org

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Pamela Nelson: Circles of Life reception Oct. 29

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts, a center for the arts in East Dallas, is pleased to announce our upcoming Justus Sundermann Gallery exhibition: Pamela Nelson’s Circles of Life.
Pamela Nelson is a renowned Dallas artist with years of exhibition experience. Her spiritual works have touched many, and we are honored to host her this fall! Please help us spread the word about this FREE exhibition, so that more members of the Dallas community might have the opportunity to view, learn and appreciate the cultural treasures we have to offer, free of charge!
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral is located at 5100 Ross Avenue, one mile east of the Dallas Arts District.  See cathedralartsdallas.org for more information, or call 214-887-6552.
(Located inside St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral)

WHEN: Thursday, October 29 through Sunday, November 22

October 29, 6:00–8:00 pm
Artist Talk: 7:00 pm
Free admission.
Gallery Hours: Sundays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, and by appointment.

Pamela Nelson is an artist living in Dallas, working in painting, mixed media, and public art installations. She has exhibited in over 100 national venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Beaumont Museum of Art, Texas, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and the National Arts Club in New York City.

Pamela Nelson is represented by Craighead Green Gallery, in Dallas.

Visit the artist online at: http://pamelahnelson.com/


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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! volunteers needed for creating mosaics


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Bringing You the News of SPARK!

Volunteers Needed
Are you ready to express your creativity through mosaic? Volunteer opportunities available Tuesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’re interested, please send us an email at info@sparkdallas.org. Don’t miss your chance to make your creative mark at SPARK!

SMU students having a blast creating mosaics! Fabulous Floor Mosaic Complete 
Raymond Gager (below) and several volunteers have finished the butterfly mosaic in the main room, bringing to life the design by Rolando Diaz.  We are thankful for his hard work as well as all of the other volunteers who came to help out!


January 24 Open House Recap 
We had a very successful Open House last month in our new ProtoSPARK! space. We had 258 total visitors, 98 of whom were children. It was great to see our mission to ignite the spark of creativity inherent in all children really be fulfilled at this event! We had a drum circle, musical dance floor, glass fusing, silk screening, chalk painting, cupcake decorating, and singing and songwriting lessons. You can see photos from all of the workshops on our Facebookpage. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this event a success.

What’s Next

The build-out of phase two is about to start. Watch this space for the plans.

Share the News
Please help us keep the fuse lit by spreading the word about SPARK! Forward this update to anyone you know who supports the mission of igniting the spark of creativity inherent in all children. If anyone you know would like to be added to the distribution list, they may do so by signing up here.


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