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Natural Selection by Renee Wrenwood July 7-9 at the Cove in McKinney

Renee Wrenwood invites you to attend

Natural Selection, an exhibit of her watercolor paintings this weekend July 7-9, at The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee, McKinney

Watermedia Paintings by Renee F. Wrenwood
Friday, July 7, 7 – 9 pm
Saturday, July 8, 6 – 10 pm, 8 pm Artist Talk
Sunday, July 9, by appointment only

Finding beauty in the natural world, Renee F. Wrenwood explores the majesty of mountains, the intricacies of a single flower, and the details and impressions that make life the interesting show that it is.  Renee is an award-winning local artist.  She loves the surprises that water media present; the way the paint and water move upon the paper are part of the thrill of creating. The freshness and beauty of her watercolors express the gloriousness of nature. 

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May 19th Opening …of a Graphic Nature at North Havens Gardens


Opening Reception for “…of a Graphic Nature” May 19, 2017, 5-7pm. On view until July 14, 2017. This upcoming exhibit will be showcasing all local artists that create impressive visual concepts that reflect nature with bold, graphic patterns. Featuring work by: Brandon Barnett, Katherine Baronet, Camilla Cowan, Erin Curry, Susan Kaiser, Elizabeth Schowachert


The Gallery at North Haven Gardens

7700 Northaven Road

Dallas, TX 75230


Admission: Free

Invitation: http://www.nhg.com/gallery/of-a-graphic-nature/


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TVAA Call of the Wild – call for art


Call for Art

TVAA Downtown Gallery

Call of the Wild

August 1 – 31, 2016

Reception August 21 from 2-4pm

Call of the Wild for this show pertains to wildlife and nature. Wild – characteristic of, appropriate to, or expressive of wilderness and/or wildlife. Artists are invited to submit work in any medium that depicts the wildness of the natural world and/or it’s inhabitants.

Please submit up to three entries (jpgs at 300 dpi and no longer than 1800 pixels on longest side) to Curator Jan Partin by July 20th at jparti01@sbcglobal.net. Prospectus/entry form is available on the Texas Visual Arts Association website at www.tvaa.org or from Jan.

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The Machine in the Garden & Thurman’s Natural Impressions open May 7 at the Bath House



The Machine in the Garden

May 7-June 4, 2016

Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2016 (7-9 PM) • Featuring music by Stephen Houpt

Curated by Marilyn Waligore and Reynaldo Thompson

The Machine in the Garden is an exhibition of photography, video, and mixed media art that is presented by the Bath House Cultural Center, in collaboration with the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Guanajuato at Salamanca. This collaborative project produced three conjoined exhibitions that have been presented at the venue of each partner organization. The exhibitions were curated by Reynaldo Thompson, from the University of Guanajuato, Salamanca, and by Marilyn Waligore, Professor of Photography / Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas.

From the simulation of cells multiplying in a laboratory petri dish, to the creation of bio-cybernetic art objects functioning within the landscape, the artists featured in this exhibition affirm that our 21st century experience of nature has become forever transformed by the impact of science and technology. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Leo Marx’s book by the same name, written in 1964. The art featured in the show revisits half a century later the same idea of exploitation of nature.

The Machine in the Garden features artwork by U.S. and Mexican artists, including: Jaime Bailléres, Twyla Bloxham, Gilberto Esparza, Gonzalo Bautista, Mitzi Hallmark, Eric Keig, David Witherspoon, and Carlo Zinzi.

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Natural Impressions: Recent Artwork by Cecilia Thurman

May 7-October 1, 2016
The show will be closed to the public, June 5-27, due to the annual Youth Art Summer Camp.

Reception with the Artist: Saturday, May 7, 2016 (7-9 PM)

The White Rock Lake Museum, housed inside the Bath House Cultural Center, presents Natural Impressions, an exhibition of recent paintings by Cecilia Thurman.

Cecilia Thurman is a painter and a printmaker who lives in Dallas, near White Rock Lake. The acrylic on paper paintings featured in the Natural Impressions exhibition are the artist’s most recent body of work. The new series refers to Cecilia’s tremendous and abiding love of nature, which is unquestionably a constant theme that can be seen in many of her prints and paintings. The goal of the imagery, according to the artist, is to evoke the feeling of elements found in nature, and to express the poetry and mystery of the land that we all share.

Visit Cecilia’s website at www.ceciliathurman.blogspot.com

White Rock Lake Museum
The Bath House Cultural Center is the home of the White Rock Lake Museum. The museum’s mission is to preserve and present the human and natural history of White Rock Lake Park and its surrounding environment.

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Bath House Cultural Center • (214) 670-8749 • www.bathhousecultural.com

The Bath House Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the City of Dallas. The center emphasizes innovating visual and performing arts as well as other multi-discipline events throughout the year. Funding for the Bath House Cultural Center is provided by the City of Dallas, with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.


The Bath House Cultural Center is located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake at the end of Northcliff Dr. off of Buckner Blvd. at 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. The center is open until 10:00 PM on nights with theatre performances. For general information about cultural programs at the Bath House Cultural Center, please call (214) 670-8749 or visit the center’s website at http://www.bathhousecultural.com

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Near/Sighted: Close Perspectives on Natural Phenomena


Examine every detail—real or imagined—in works ranging from living dioramas to mixed-media sculpture and photography.

Opening Reception Friday, March 18th 5-7pm

Mingle with art and garden lovers while viewing original work on display by Nomadic Fungi InstituteKaren Vanderpool-Haerle, Amanda Reschke and Irwin Lightstone  and Britt Coalson.

The Gallery @NHG is dedicated to expanding interest in local art and promoting a lifestyle enhanced by gardening, nature and the environment.



7700 NORTHAVEN ROAD | DALLAS, TEXAS 75230 | 214.363.5316

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Nature’s First Green Is Gold at Artspace111


Nature’s First Green Is Gold

Opening Reception | Friday February 5, 2016 | 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Exhibition on Display | February 5 – March 12, 2015

Artspace111 announces a group exhibition, Nature’s First Green Is Gold, featuring landscapes of America from a selection of Artspace111 artists and featured guest artists. Land from the southwest to the northeastern shore will be interpreted through the eyes of several distinct styles, from abstract to realism, creating unique perspectives of our shared environment.



Carly Allen-Martin | Daniel Blagg | Dennis Blagg | Michelle Allison Brandley | Danville Chadbourne
Erika Duques | Dennis Farris | Pat Gabriel | John Hartley | Kelli Holmes | Cindi Holt | Carol Ivey
Jill Johnson | Nancy Lamb | Leslie Lanzotti | Scott Lennox | Jim Malone |
Devon Nowlin | Winter Rusiloski | Jo LeMay Rutledge | Fred Spaulding


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LGAA Workshops: Dan Spangler March 18 & David Prescott April 16


Third Saturday affordable art workshops given by an LGAA members.  
Everyone is welcome, these workshops are NOT limited to members only 
$50. Contact the artist directly to sign up for their class.

Dan Spangler March 19th
Call: 817-897-3808


I am an artist with a great love of nature and the natural world.  Through my art, I seek to represent the beauty that I observe all around me.  I find it particularly compelling to paint animals in natural settings.  I am also very interested in painting people and capturing their interaction with nature, animals, and one another.”

See his work at http://danspanglerart.com

David Prescott April 16th
Call: 817-594-1720

David has always had an affinity with the animals that he paints.  His paintings are the result of many hours spent in the field observing, sketching and photographing wildlife and their unique habitats, followed by many more hours in his studio striving to reproduce that perfection of light, composition, contrast and color harmony that was observed whilst in the field.

See his work at http://www.davidlprescottwildlifeart.com

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North Texas Printmakers Guild NATURE Show at Texas Discovery Gardens.


North Texas Printmakers Guild’s NATURE exhibit opened January 23, 2016 at Texas Discovery Gardens, located in Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75210

Enjoy diverse works of art with a nature theme from the North Texas Printmakers Guild during the Gardens’ latest art exhibition, curated by Janet Reynolds and Terri Thoman. The gallery is open daily from 10-5! For more about TDG see http://texasdiscoverygardens.org

For more about NTPG, see https://www.facebook.com/NorthTexasPrintmakingGuild

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Elizabeth Schowachert – “Hidden Voices” February 6th – March 5th

Ancient Whispers 24X18 schowachert 2016

Muzeion Gallery invites you to experience the new encaustic and mixed media series, Hidden Voices, by Texas based artist, Elizabeth Schowachert and to attend the opening reception on Saturday, February 6th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The exhibition runs through March 5th, 2016. Both the opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public; and the artist will be in attendance.

Elizabeth Schowachert was born and raised in Northern California, and has always had a deep appreciation and affinity with the sea and the natural beauty of the Northern California coastline. Her paintings reflect her deep love of and spiritual relationship with nature. For her, discovery and creative exploration are an essential part of art making. Her work is as much about the process of discovery as it is about the articulation of an idea, a feeling or a place. Creating art is an essential part of who she is and her hope is that her work reflects, her ideas, her passions and the deep spiritual connection she feels to nature. Elizabeth practices out of her studio located in a suburb of Dallas.

Slay The Dragon 2015 Encaustic elizabeth schowachert

In Hidden Voices, the artwork transcribes a language that only the subconscious fully understands, with images that never clearly take shape, but instead layer upon one another to create what cannot be articulated with words. It speaks to the things we hold deep inside ourselves, sometimes to protect, sometimes to forget. It intends to access those deep places within ourselves, that are buried in the subconscious and that flicker at the surface of our memory, providing glimpses into the past experiences that have molded us into who we are.

This exploration of past experiences relates not only to personal identity, but to cultural identity. The voices of the past are expressed in the recent works by the artists through reflections of Meso-American design motifs couple with abstract expressionist mark making. In this way, the artwork draws from both Modernism and from Pre-Columbian art and creates a connection between the past and the present, exploring existential concepts and spiritual revelations. To further explore this profound connection, this showcase of contemporary abstract paintings will be accompanied by a selection of Pre-Columbian sculpture and textile works from Muzeion’s exclusive collection of antiquities, including artifacts from Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Muzeion Gallery

1113 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207



For hi-res images and interviews, please email matt@muzeion.com

Beyond Our Dreams


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Jordan Grimes: Nature’s Embrace in Keller


January 11 – 27
City of Keller Public Arts
Keller Town Hall
1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller TX 76248

“Nature’s Embrace”
Sculpture and Watercolor of Jordan Grimes
An Evening with the  Artist, Reception Jan. 14, 7 – 9 pm

“My work is inspired by the deep roots that run through my family history involving the Native American culture and their beliefs. My ancestor Cynthia Ann Parker was an American child who was kidnapped at the age of nine by a Comanche war party. She would go on to fully assimilate herself into the Comanche tribe and live with them for the next 24 years of her giving birth to a son who would be the famous Comanche Indian chief Quanah Parker . Cynthia was “rescued” from her captors and spent final sad years refusing to re-enter her old form of life and would eventually die of a broken heart some would say. My sculptures are greatly influenced by this story and are a celebration of life and the Native American’s connection with nature and all things that reside in it. This connection with nature that the Native American culture shared is a primary reason for the inclusion objects found in and provided by nature. My work is greatly influenced by Native American philosophy and religion as well. The overwhelming love for nature and all things in it that all native cultures share has greatly inspired me and affected my life. My work is meant to remind people of the hidden beauty that lives all around us by merging life and nature into one.” To view more of Jordan’s work visit www.jordangrimes.com.

Into the Wild

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2015 Tuesday Painters Exhibit

June 28 – July 24, 2015

Presenting the annual exhibit of the Irving Art Association‘s Tuesday Painters group, which meets every Tuesday from 10:30 am — 3:30 pm. (It’s free to join – you don’t have to be a member of IAA).

Artists participating: Bess Salomon, Victoria Robinson, Susan Murray, Nell Owen, Virginia Jenkins, Jackie Limberg, Melanie Robinson and A. E. Brouillette

The Jaycee Center for the Arts 1975 Puritan Drive Irving, Texas 75061

Reception Sunday July 5 2:00-4:00

Park By Jackie Limberg
Feather Dance By Susan Murray
QuilQue Fleurs By Nell Owen
Koi Play By Bess Salomon
St Stephen By Virginia Jenkins


Simply Nature

an exhibit by

Linda Wood Shotwell

June 28 – July 24, 2015

The Jaycee Center for the Arts 1975 Puritan Drive Irving, Texas 75061

Reception Sunday July 5 2:00-4:00

www.indalayart.com indalayart@gmail.com

flyer: Simply Nature – upward

photo 1 bamboo after the storm

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Arts & Photography Classes at the Dallas Arboretum


Creative Arts Classes


Creative Arts classes at the Dallas Arboretum give you an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a number of fun and inspired classes.

Using the garden for inspiration, these classes let you expand your creative skills and bring out your imaginative side. For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

Registration for Spring-Summer 2015 classes is now open.

Expressive Abstract Painting en Plein Air
Plein Air Painting at the Arboretum with SMU-CAPE
Painting Flowers in Oils
Bejeweled Insect Mosaic Bracelet
Fallen Branch Loom Weaving
Colors of the Garden – Glass on Glass Mandala
Beginning PMC Pendant
To Dye For: Shibori Fabric Dying
Beginning Watercolor En Plein Air
Glass Mosaic Vase
Altered Book Workshop
Nature’s Sketchbook
Fused Art Glass Classes

Photography Classes

Spectacular seasonal displays make the Arboretum a popular destination for photographers. Learn how to improve your own skills with these captivating classes. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/education/adult-programs/photography-classes

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Comer Collection: Of Nature at UT Dallas


Tom Chambers, Prom Gown #3, 2005/2007, archival pigment print, 10×10 inches


Comer Collection: Of Nature

March 27 – April 24, Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery, Free

Of Nature presents an overview of photographers who take inspiration from the natural world. From an emphasis on scientific phenomena and the recording of flora and fauna, to fictional images of natural phenomena, these artists reveal to us the power of observation and our relationship to our environment. Exhibiting artists include Lucas Foglia, Tom Chambers, Camille Solyagua, John Pfahl, Zeke Berman, Steve Goff, Robert Langham III, Laszlo Layton, and Kate Breakey.

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LUCAS FOGLIA, photographer


LECTURE RECEPTION: O’Donnell Building Gallery, first floor, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Artist Lecture: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 2:00 pm


Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:30 pm, O’Donnell Building Gallery, first floor

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White Rock Lake Conservancy Photo Contest deadline Oct. 1


Enter the White Rock Lake Conservancy’s fourth annual White Rock Lake Photo Contest. Deadline is Oct. 1, 2014. Open to all ages and skill levels. 

The winners in each category will be announced Nov. 1, 2014. Click here for a full list of the rules.


Complete the online submission form or submit photos to:

White Rock Lake Conservatory Photo Contest

P.O. Box 140227

Dallas, Texas 75214



Upload photos here: https://standingdog.wufoo.com/forms/2014-white-rock-lake-photo-contest/

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Broadview: A Spectrum of Nature call for entries


Broadview: A Spectrum of Nature


In celebration of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge’s 50th anniversary, Friends of Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is sponsoring a juried art show entitled Broadview: A Spectrum of Nature.  We invite artists to submit their original 2D and 3D artwork that reflects the native flora, fauna and landscapes of North Central Texas ecosystems. Application deadline is July 11, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded for First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($750), Third Place ($500), and Honorable Mention.

This exhibition and benefit sale will be open to the public November 7 – 23, 2014 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center (1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX). A portion of the sale proceeds will help support the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, a 3,621 acre natural area park located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (www.fwnaturecenter.org).

Call for Entries (includes eligibility guidelines & submission details)

Application (deadline for submission is July 11, 2014)

Questions? Call (817) 392-7423 or e-mail broadviewartshow@gmail.com or www.naturecenterfriends.org


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Nature Bats Last: March 30 – April 24; Reception April 13


DFW artists Junanne Peck & Tammy Gomez/SOUND CULTURE present

an Invitational Themed One-Minute Play and Visual Arts Project which will culminate in a month-long exhibit at the

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts 1975 Puritan Dr. Irving, TX 75061 from Sunday, March 30th, 2014 to Thursday, April 24th, 2014.

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”

― Albert Camus

Co-curators Junanne Peck and Tammy Gomez have invited twelve writers and twelve visual artists to create original work for this exhibit, which will be on display this Spring in conjunction with the annual commemoration of Earth Day.

In late 2013, twelve writers were invited by poet/playwright Tammy Gomez to write a one- minute script which includes the phrase “nature bats last.”Once submitted, the scripts were then assigned to one of twelve visual artists invited by printmaker/visual artist Junanne Peck. These visual artists created an original piece of work which interprets or otherwise illustrates the script assigned to them.

For the exhibit, each one-minute script will be displayed (in large format) alongside the visual art that depicts it.

Exhibit opens Sunday, March 30th, 2014, with an opening reception event on Sunday, April 13th, 2014, from 2pm to 5pm.

Nature Bats Last promo flyer design


Exhibit introduction by Dr. Kamala Platt – Dr. Kamala Platt (based in San Antonio and Kansas) will be offering introductory remarks for the show which presents the exhibited work in an eco-feminist / eco-justice context. Her latest poetry collection, WEEDLOVERS: 10 Years in the Shadow of September, is slated for release in late March 2014.

About Kamala Platt: Kamala Platt, Ph.D., M.F.A. is an author (On the Line, Wings Press, 2010, compiler, Kinientos, Wordsworth, 1992), artist, independent scholar and a profesora–in South Texas and at The Meadowlark Center in Kansas. Through “green rascuache” lifeways, she engages ecological and cultural borderlands to find footholds of environmental and social justice & well-being amidst the crises of a feverish planet.

Each of the one-minute scripts will be read/performed at the opening reception.

The visual artists and script writers will have an opportunity to meet each other for the first time.

Open to the public. Natural elixirs and healthy refreshments will be served. Music by: FAY VENOM Don’t miss it!

The visual artists and writers:

  • Daniel Birdsong (Bridgeport, TX) interprets “Drive Against the Sun” by Michelle Garcia (NYC).
  • Cheryl Finfrock (Austin, TX) interprets “The Saddest Sad Songs” by Rob Bosquez (Fort Worth, TX).
  • Jessica Fuentes (Fort Worth, TX) interprets “Make You Run Home” by Tammy Gomez (Fort Worth, TX).
  • Lynne Hubner (McKinney, TX) interprets “Mother Nature’s Team” by Alice Canestaro-Garcia (San Antonio, TX).
  • Amy Carter Ishmael (Murphy, TX) interprets “Dirt-filled Fingernails and Sun-kissed Skin” by Ofelia Faz-Garza (Dallas, TX).
  • Adam Palmer (Dallas, TX) interprets “Like the Skin of an Apple” by Teresa Marrero (Irving, TX).
  • Junanne Peck (Fort Worth,TX) interprets “Love your mother, hold her dear” by Tie-Dye Ron (Arkansas).
  • Janet Reynolds (Dallas, TX) interprets “If it is to Bee” by Devin Wright (Fort Worth, TX).
  • Elaine Taylor (Fort Worth, TX) interprets “Shadowed Promises” by Dominique Fay (Fort Worth, TX).
  • Samuel Torres (Woodway, TX) interprets “The Warm Up” by Julie Riggs and her 7th grade students from Lakehill Preparatory School (Dallas, TX).
  • Roy Vance (Richardson, TX) interprets “The Dinosaur Purge” by John Carlisle Moore (Fort Worth, TX).
  • Trish Wise (Benbrook, TX) interprets “Mama Nature” by Edyka Chilome (Denton, TX/Washington, DC).


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Plein Air Painting at Prairie Fest 2014


We wanted DFW artists to know that there will be plein air painting at this year’s Prairie Fest. Come out and paint, or just to enjoy the festival.

Who:  Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA)

The 9th annual Prairie Fest is a free outdoor festival celebrating the
natural world.  A FW Weekly Best Outdoor Cultural Event winner, the
family-friendly, solar-powered event is Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11
am to sunset, rain or shine.  Along with arts, entertainment, and
tasty local food and beverages, you’ll find prairie wildflower tours,
storytellers and science hikes on rolling hills – while spontaneous
happenings inside the Prairie Circle of 50 exhibitors feature services
and products for sustainable living.

Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View Street
Fort Worth, TX 76103

When: Saturday April 26th, 11am – Sundown

Why:  To bring your local Prairie to the People!

MORE INFO: www.tandyhills.org/fest

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Julio Suarez Workshop on Drawing Artists & Nature Together

Sorry, the workshop has been cancelled.



A Drawing & Watercolor Painting Workshop

Texas and Neighbors Juror Workshop

Julio Suarez, Instructor

April 5 – 6, 2014

Saturday April 5th:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday April 6th:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

For registration, see http://www.texasandneighbors.com/Suarezworkshop.htm

Julio Suarez invites artists of all levels and abilities who enjoy sketching, drawing and watercolor painting to this two–day workshop celebrating nature and creative interpretation of natural objects in unique compositions. Workshop fee: $140 ($135 for IAA members) Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX.


Julio Suarez Art JournalJulio Suarez Sunflower watercolor

In this workshop, participants will draw and paint from direct observation using natural specimens and photographs. Thumbnail sketches, gestural drawing and values studies will be studied in developing compositions for watercolor paintings, sometimes with application of pen and ink. Topics covered include composition, ink studies, color relativity and harmonies and different ways of approaching botanical painting. Emphasis will be placed on expressing yourself through your personal style with new skills. In a relaxed learning environment, the instructor will offer creative drawing and painting exercises and provide individual attention with demonstration and useful tips.

Julio Suarez

Click here to see the supply list. The instructor will provide natural specimens (flowers, plants, pinecones, shells and more), photographs and handouts as resources. Plein air sketching on the grounds of Jaycee Park will be available weather-permitting.


juliosuarezJulio Suarez is a visual artist and art educator since dedicating his life to art in 1991. The award-winning artist works in watercolor and acrylic primarily but also enjoys the challenge of mixed media, printmaking and botanical illustration. He earned a B.A. from New York University and studied fine art at Collin College. He continues his art education through ongoing professional art workshops in painting and museum programs.

His art work, including watercolors and pen and ink illustrations have been published in poetry books, college magazines, corporate and personal greeting cards and marketing materials. His personal art work, consisting of paintings (watercolor, acrylic), greeting card design and prints, has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Metroplex. His commissioned artwork is in private collections throughout the US, Canada, China and Japan.

He has served as art juror for participants in the North Texas Business Council for the Arts and has presented lectures and art workshops in the Metroplex, Corsicana and Tyler. He is a member of the Texas Commission on the Arts. Suarez is an art enrichment teacher and teaching artist for children, teachers and adults affiliated with SMU, Plano Parks and Recreation Therapeutic department, the Navarro Council of the Arts and Big Thought. In addition to drawing and painting, he teaches the art of cartooning in hand-drawn comics, digital storytelling and graphic novels. Please visit his website at: www.juliorsuarez.com and his “Earth, Petal Wing” blog at: www.earthpetalwingblogspot.com.

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One week left to submit to “urban footprint” photography show!

Urbanfootprint_photoexhib_May2013_11x17_ed1_resizedDo you shoot photographs of urban spaces, places, and people?

Submit to this juried photography show coming up May 7-31 in the Frisco Art Gallery at the Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034!

Paho Mann, Dallas photographer and Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas is the juror, with the “Best Impression” Award presented at the reception on May 16, 7-9PM.

Find all the forms and details here: http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/urban-footprint-juried-photography-exhibit/

Still have questions? Email Paige Prater, Exhibits Coordinator: pprater@friscoarts.org or call 972-668-5180

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