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Francys Flanagan Oil Workshops June 2 & 9 in Irving



Saturday, June 2 & 9, 2018

$75/day or $150 for both days
(20% discount for IAA members – $60/day or $120 for both days)
Note: $25/day is the nonrefundable deposit portion

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving TX. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association

REGISTER NOW – Pay with PayPal or a check.

Questions? Contact Workshop Chair Jane Kahler at janekahlerart@gmail.com

Francys’ paintings have a unique style, elegance, and technique. She blends realism with impressionism, uses bright colors, and creates soft edges. Her glazing technique was first developed by the old masters. She is a well-known demonstrator and workshop instructor in the North Texas area.

Artist’s Statement

 “Words, strung like pearls on a page paint a picture. Music tells the soul a story. Colours and shapes on a canvas make the heart sing. Three doors into a magical and lovely place that God’s gift, imagination, allows us to enter. As a child I strolled at will through these doors and lived in that place. As I “grew up”, I never left it. 

In 1977 God gave me another gift in the person of artist Dick Turner. Dick gave a fortunate few the tools needed in order to use paint and canvas to take others into that world of beauty and peace. A world that might catch at your imagination and cause you to ask, “What if…..”

From the time I was a small girl I knew I would be an artist.  I just didn’t know what kind.  I read book after book about painters, musicians, dancers, and writers.  Then in 1977, through the chance meeting with artist Dick Turner, I knew that I too would be a painter.

I immersed myself, soul and body, in that pursuit.  I studied with Dick from 1977 until 1982, taking 5 and 6 classes a week at his private art school in Houston.  I have also received instruction from William Reese, William Henry Earle, Carolyn Anderson, Greg Kreutz, Roberta Carter Clark, Ray Vinella, Jean Chambers, Scott Burdick and Daniel Greene.

I also teach in my home studio and am available for club demonstrations in the Dallas metroplex area.

For more about Francys, see her website https://www.francysflanaganartist.com

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James Spurlock demo at LGAA Feb. 12

Lake Granbury Art Association Meeting
Monday, February 12th | 7pm
One of our most popular demonstrators will be featured at the February meeting. Local artist James Spurlock tends to draw a large crowd. The high-level of detail he is able to capture in his fast-paced demos boggles the mind. This demo is not to be missed.
You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting. Here is a photo of James with a piece he painted for us in a previous year.
For more about James, see his website http://jamesrspurlock.com/
Shanley House Gallery | 224 N. Travis St | Granbury, TX 76048

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Trinity Arts Guild demos for February: Steve Ko Feb. 5 and Patty Cross Feb. 14

The next Trinity Arts Guild meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
Location: Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Bedford Boys Ranch, 2819 R. D. Hurt Pkwy., Bedford, TX 76095-0671 (817) 283-1422  www.trinityartsguild.net

Steve Ko – February 5, 2018  Portrait Painting
Demo Artist

Steve, was our Best of Show winner in the open show a couple years ago for his lovely portrait of one of his students painting a large canvas. He will be demonstrating a portrait painting from a live model at the February meeting. He is a wonderful speaker and an accomplished classical portrait artist. Steve will also be doing a workshop for us in April.

Steve Ko is an internationally known portrait artist and a teacher who is driven by an in- credible passion for creating art works in old master’s style such as John Singer Sargent. His works are often noted for their unique style, elegance, and technique.

Steve has developed his artistic ability at Art Center College of Design in California under the guidance of masters such as Burne Ho- garth, Harry Carmean, Gary Meyer, and Steve Huston.

His use of vibrant colors and unique brush strokes makes his work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes.

TAG in the Morning  Wednesday, February 14, 2017  10amnoon

Patty Cross demo on Alcohol Inks

We are looking forward to the Patty Cross demo on Alcohol inks on Valentine’s Day. See you there for a hands on demo with alcohol inks. If you have inks bring them. There will be a supply fee of $6.00.



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Register now for 3rd Lost Pines Art Conference Nov. 3 & 4 in Bastrop

It’s almost here! The 3rd annual Art a la Carte Conference will be held November 3 & 4 this year.  We are excited about this year’s line-up, including returning favorite instructors as well as some sterling new ones.

This year we have added more and exciting components to our conference. The conference will be located in the new Lost Pines Art Center, a 6.2 million project which is the largest comprehensive art center in Texas. All of our instructors will be featured in an art exhibit in the “Art of the Pines Gallery” in the Art Center.

The conference includes a full schedule of workshops and demonstrations.

If you haven’t registered for the Conference or signed up for classes, head over to our website:  www.lostpinesartconference.biz

Registration includes a Friday Night Opening Reception and the first look at the Conference Teacher’s Art Show in the Art of the Pines Gallery.  Also included is the Artist Panel.  Last year it was such an enlightening and enjoyable discussion.

This year it will be a Saturday Luncheon/Teacher Panel and will be included in your registration.

New this year is a raffle of fabulous prizes.  Each registrant will receive 2 free raffle tickets.  Some of the raffle items include: 2 one-night stays at the Hampton Inn, several $100 Visa Cards, original art – all valued over $100 each, and there’s more to come.  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 5 for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at the Art Center.  (Raffle open to anyone)

ALERT:  If you register before October 16th you’ll get 50% off the $65 registration fee! That’s only $32.50, so take advantage of this opportunity!

We hope you’ll plan to attend the conference, learn a thing or two and have some fun while you support the Art Center in this important annual fundraiser.

To register and to get more information, please go to:  lostpinesartconference.biz

Thank you and hope to see you in November!
The Art Conference Committee

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Artists’ Showplace Workshops 2017 / 2018

Artists’ Showplace, 15615 Coit Rd.  #230, SW Quadrant of Coit and Arapaho,
Gallery Hours:  10 am – 6 pm Tuesday – Saturday or by Appointment,
Dallas, TX 75248

ENROLL EARLY! (972) 233-1223

For full schedule and class details www.theartistsshowplace.com



September 20-23, 2017 $385
September 29 – October 1, 2017 $285
October 9 – 13, 2017 $500
October 27-29, 2017
$300 (Includes silks, dyes, palette)
November 2nd – November 4th. 2017 $285
November 7th – 9th, 2017 $300

2018 Workshops


January 23 – 25, 2018 $290 


February 21 – 24, 2018 $385


March 6 – 9, 2018 $400


May 2-5, 2018$475 (Fee includes 2 live models per day)
November 1-4, 2018. $400



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Milton H. Green: Women at the Arlington Museum of Art


Current Exhibit:
Milton H. Greene: Women
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10am – 5pm
Sundays: 1pm – 5pm
 If you love Hollywood, celebrities, fashion or Marilyn Monroe, you will love this exhibit. Greene is known for his fashion and celebrity photography from the 1950’s – 1970’s. He developed a close friendship with Marilyn Monroe after a famous photo shoot for Look Magazine and became known for his photography of her. This is a beautiful exhibit that you should not miss.

The exhibit named one of 6 “international exhibitions opening this week” by L’oeil de la Photographie Magazine.

Exhibit runs from May 13 – August 6, 2017.
Museum hours: MondaySaturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays 1pm – 5pm
Arlington Museum of Art, 201 West Main, Arlington, TX 76010
Photo: Marilyn Monroe at “Schenk House” for Look Magazine. Los Angeles, 1953 ©Milton H.Greene / Courtesy Elizabeth Margot Collection
Exhibition organized by diChroma photography and curated by Anne Morin.
The Arlington Museum of Art would like to thank:

Become a Member

Not a Member? Need to renew your Membership?
Know someone who would love to join?

Visit the website HERE to find out more.

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George W. Bush: Portraits of Courage

Open March 2 through October 1, 2017, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas.

Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.

Reserve Your Ticket



Bush Nostalgia Is Overrated, but His Book of Paintings Is Not

George W. Bush’s ‘Portraits of Courage’ is now a No. 1 best-seller

George W. Bush Presidential Center presents “Portraits of Courage”

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Dan Spangler Portrait Drawing Workshop June 17


Have you ever dreamed of being able to draw a portrait of someone and it actually look like them? Do you think drawing a portrait is too difficult a task for you to handle? This Saturday, June 17 from 1:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M., Dan Spangler is teaching a workshop that will teach you how to draw a portrait. Spangler will break it down and teach you how to measure the face to get an accurate portrayal of the face you want to draw. He will work with you until you understand the basics of constructing the face on paper. If you practice what he teaches you in this workshop on Saturday, you will be amazed at how fast you will progress in being able to draw very good images of the people around you.

So Fear No More! Come on down to the Shanley House Center for the Arts, 224 Travis Street by the Hood County Library and take this workshop with Dan Spangler. The workshop is $50 and he will supply materials needed.

If interested contact him at 817-897-3808 or email: danspangler@att.net


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SWA May 22 Demo Artist: Sarah Graham Harman

NEXT MEETING May 22, 2017 . The Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May with the exception of January, because of MLK day.  Time: 7pm. (6:30 critique by Jo Williams) Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Directions see website:http://www.swawatercolor.com/

Guest artist: Sarah Graham Harman

Sarah currently lives and paints in Dallas and is known for her sensitive touch with watercolors, especially her portraits. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Houghton College and also studied art and portraiture in Italy. In addition to receiving national and regional recognition for her work in competitive art shows such as Texas and Neighbors Regional Exhibition and Society of Watercolor Artist’s International Exhibition, Sarah has travelled extensively, translating what she sees into wet color or pen-and-ink sketches. Sarah is frequently sought out as a demo-artist and juror for art associations and exhibitions in the DFW area. She loves to take the train into the city and watch people or go “exploring” with her sketchbook.

For more, see Sarah Graham Art. and https://sarahgrahamartblog.wordpress.com


graham harman

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Diane Rappisi pastel demo/mini-workshop at PSSW Meeting April 1st


Portrait Artist, Diane Rappisi will give a demo at 10am and a mini workshop from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, April 1st.

The demo is free to all. The workshop is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Diane is a contemporary realist painter whose work fuses the light and chroma of the Cape Cod colorists with the form and structure of the traditional Italian and French academies. She was featured in the  Dec.2014 issue of Pastel Journal and this summer will have her work included in “Pure Color 2.” For more information about Diane, please see her web site at www.rappisiart.com.

For more about the Pastel Society of the Southwest see http://pssw.info

All meetings are held at the Stacy Furniture Community Room, 1900 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76021. Click here for map and directions


Submitted by Pastel Society of Southwest. Email: twengler@sbcglobal.net

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2 or 3-Day Portrait Workshop with Gene Dillard


Creating vibrant portraits…finding colors inside values.

Friday, January 27, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Rail Station Studios • 1013 15th Place, St. #101 • Plano, TX 75074

In addition to our on-going practice of focusing on the basics of portrait painting (proportions, gesture, likeness, flesh tones, etc.) in this workshop we will address the challenging and exciting quest for vibrant colors within value patterns.I find that this is one of the least understood areas among aspiring and accomplished portrait painters.

We will study the techniques of master portrait painters and learn from their methods of mastering colors inside values. Because painting figurative works is about “seeing” in special ways, we will be painting from a few different live models that will challenge what to look for in different facial and skin tone types. We’ll study techniques for seeing and using warm and cool color temperatures to create amazingly rich flesh tones. The workshop will include up to three full days of instruction and painting from these live models.

The full 3 days is recommended in order to get full benefit from the workshop…Friday, Saturday and Sunday (from 9:00 till 4:00 each day.) However, we are offering an option of choosing any two of those days…studio space permitting.

The total workshop fee for all three days is $300. The fee for two days is $200. A refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a spot in the workshop. The balance can be paid prior to, or at the beginning of the workshop.

To sign up go to:


Or, just give Gene Dillard a call at 214-403-9171.

To conveniently pay online, go to www.dfwartworkshops.com  

Workshop outline and supply list will be provided as you sign up. If you have other questions about supplies, outline or anything, please call Gene Dillard 214-403-9171

Submitted by Gene Dillard. Email: gene@legacyportraitpainters.com

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“We the People” opens Nov. 1st; reception Nov. 10th

d-k-richardson_aquietmoment_12x9_pastel-sm“We the People”
November 1 – 23, 2016

8 am to 5 pm/Monday through Friday
An Evening with the Artist – Thursday, November 10, 2016/7 to 9 pm
Keller Town Hall; 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller TX 7

Featured Artists: Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America: Gene Dillard, Kathryn Holter, Michael Holter, Ken MacFarlane, DK Richardson, Gaye Sekula and Tim Woolsey. 2015 Keller’s Got Talent “Best in Show” and 2016 First Place – Oil Painting Award recipient Stefan Huyghe.

City of Keller, TX : Current Exhibit/

As we come together to elect a new president, the Keller Public Arts Program shares an exhibit of portraits which draws the viewer into the diversified citizenry that encompasses our societal melting pot. The Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America; Gene Dillard, Kathryn Holter, Michael Holter, Ken MacFarlane, DK Richarson, Gaye Sekula and Tim Woolsey, along with our own 2015 Keller’s Got Talent “Best in Show” and 2016 First Place – Oil Painting awards recipient, Stefan Huyghe bring their interpretations of the human face and its similarities and complexities to life through oil, acrylic, pastel and scratchboard media.  For more information, visit our website at www.cityofkeller.com/publicarts; contact 817-743-4000 or email publicarts@cityofkeller.com.



Submitted by Libby Gergely. Email: publicarts@cityofkeller.com

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DUETS: A Comparison of Realities at Fort Works Art


Exhibition: November 15 – December 30

Opening Reception: November 19 from 6-9PM

FORT WORKS ART will open Duets a Comparison of Realities on November 15, 2016. The exhibition will feature Tim Okamura, Sergio Garcia and Alonsa Guevara, artists with international credentials, superior talent and global recognition. Riley Holloway, Dan Lam and Lauren Childs will exhibit new works created for this visual conversation between their contemporary kinsmen.

Three pairs of artists will reveal, compare and contrast their ideas of art making. The various styles and concepts incorporated in the show are united through each artist’s provocative voice, the way they handle materials and the statements they choose to create.


Tim Okamura and Riley Holloway are figurative artists that depict the power of women, minority populations and family. Okamura is a contemporary painter that paints his subjects in urban settings and uses a combination of graffiti and realism. Okamura has a long list of achievements that include commendation by United States Vice President Joe Biden, placement in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and finalist in the Outwin Boochever award for Portraiture.


Riley Holloway creates portraits on oil and wood panel. His distinctive style combines loose brushstrokes, charcoal, text and texture. He developed his signature style while working in Florence. In 2012 he completed an art residency with the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas and was a finalist in 2015 for the Hunting Prize.


Sergio Garcia and Dan Lam are sculptors contrasting the link between reality and ambiguity. Garcia’s recent figural work is convincingly realistic and unsettlingly funny. The technical fluency of Garcia’s work and symbols never seize to conjure up questions of how and why.


Dan Lam, a millennial artist with soaring popularity recently closed “Coquette” at Fort Works Art that featured 90 pieces of sculpture. Her foam and resin pieces were developed while pursuing an MFA at Arizona State University. Lam’s art has been published twice in New American Paintings and featured on Insider.


Alonsa Guevara and Lauren Childs are painters that understand and represent the cycles of nature and life in their work. Each of these women began art making at the age of 12. They each developed hyperbolic attributes, pushing the boundaries of color and texture.

Alonsa Guevara’s seven years of living in the Ecuadorian jungle is the source of ceaseless inspiration that manifests in lush depictions of nature through a vivid palette. Guevara was recognized with the New York Academy Art Fellowship in 2014 and named Time Out New York’s five most important new artists.

Lauren Childs is an award-winning artist with work that is published and shown throughout Texas and New York. Childs was a winner of the Siglo de Oro International Competition and was most recently a finalist in the show “Face It: Brooklyn,” juried by Managing Editor of ARTnews, Annette Rose-Shapiro. Her work continues to explore issues of the human condition. Childs is the owner of Fort Works Art. Her days are spent painting, developing shows for the gallery and inspiring a new generation of artists.


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Cynthia Chartier: Reflections of Timeless Echoes


art opening

October 15, 2016

WALL GalleryCynthia Chartier is a Dallas artist whose career has spanned for over 2 decades, creating mixed media paintings and sculpture.  This art exhibitions pays homage with a series of portraits to the artists Chartier has drawn influence, technique and inspiration. Please join us for this opening reception Saturday, October 15th from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view through November 15, 2016.

For more info call 214-749-0015


You can visit our FaceBook event page HERE

1529 Dragon Street
Dallas, TX 75207

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TVAA’s A World Full of People call for entries


Call for Art

TVAA Downtown Gallery

A World Full of People

September 1 – 30, 2016

Our landscape is full of people of all types, traits and traditions. Imagine them as individuals or groups, and tell their story. Perhaps a portrait is called for, or a photograph of a crowd. Maybe your subject is active or completely immobile. People are the focus of this show, and it is your vision we want to experience!

All media welcome. Please submit up to three entries (jpgs at 300 dpi and no longer than 1800 pixels on longest side) to Curator Jenny Keller by the August 20th deadline at jennykeller1@sbcglobal.net.  Prospectus is available on the TVAA website (www.tvaa.org) or from Jenny.

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Playground- Ali Golzad Solo Exhibition reception July 9 at Umbrella Gallery


Ali Golzad, local paper artist specializing in high-relief cardboard sculptures, debuts his long-awaited solo exhibition “Playground” at Umbrella Gallery.

Golzad uses the innocence of children juxtaposed in war-torn countries to inform and educate his audience about cultures that may not be their own and the similarities or differences of backgrounds and existence.


DATE: July 5 – July 23, 2016
Opening Reception: July 9, 6-9PM
Umbrella Gallery
LOCATION: 2803 Taylor St, Dallas, TX, 75226


Umbrella is an art gallery that exists within the cultural center of Life in Deep Ellum, an organization built on the idea that vibrant community exists where individuality is celebrated, and all are welcome. It is a space for exploration, a place to stretch and to grow for both established and emerging artists. Due to its non-commercial status, Umbrella opens the door for artists to try something new, to push their artistic limits, and to exhibit this experimental spirit freely. Its unique functionality, size, and shape offer an opportunity to produce bodies of work that both stand out from and harmonize with the gallery space itself.


Submitted by Abby Bagby. Email: abby@umbrellagallery.com

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“Facing Faces” 3-Day Portrait Workshop June 24 – 26


Three-Day Portrait Workshop
June 24, 25 and 26  (9:00am till 4:00pm)

Rail Station Studios
1013 15th Place, Downtown Plano, Texas 75075

Space is limited, only a few reservations are still available.

Workshop will include three days focused on the fine points of depicting the human face in portraiture. There will be PowerPoint lectures, demonstrations and hands on instruction.
Gene Dillard will be leading the workshop. (See bio at www.railstaionstudios.com )

The total workshop fee is $300. A refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a spot in the workshop. The balance can be paid at the beginning of the workshop.

To conveniently pay online, go to www.dfwartworkshops.com

If you have other questions call Gene Dillard 214-403-9171

A workshop outline and materials list will be provided


1013 15th Place, Downtown Plano 75074

Submitted by Gene Dillard. Email: gene@legacyportraitpainters.com

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Merry Fuhrer: Riding the Rails opens March 3 at the Eisemann


Merry Fuhrer
Riding the Rails:
Portraits Along the DART Lines

March 3 – 27, 2016

A “Meet and Greet” is scheduled for March 10 from 7-9 pm. This is a free event … all are welcome!

Charles W. Eisemann Center:
Forrest and Virginia Green
2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, TX 75082

MondaySaturday 10-6 pm

For more about the artist see http://www.zhibit.org/merryfuhrer

Featuring Original Music Composition by

David Thompson

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LEVEL GALLERY Presents Jim Evans: The Art of the Pop Portrait – FEB. 20



Jim Evans 1984-1989
Featuring the Duardo/Evans Collaboration
accompanied by contemporary furniture by Dakota Pratt

February 20 – April 2

VIP Preview February 19th 11AM-1PM
Opening Reception February 20th 6-9PM


(formerly WAAS Gallery) is proud to present a special collaboration between legendary artists Jim Evans (TAZ) and Richard Duardo titled “The Art of the Pop Portrait.” The collection will be complemented by functional sculptures and furniture created by Lincoln Innovation Award-winning designer/artist Dakota Pratt. Opening Reception is Saturday, Feb. 20from 6:00-9:00pm. RSVP to emma@level-gallery.com.

LEVEL GALLERY (formerly WAAS Gallery) is proud to present a special collaboration between legendary artists Jim Evans (TAZ) and Richard Duardo titled “The Art of the Pop Portrait” (circa 1984-1989) this spring. On view from Feb. 20 through April 2, the collection will be complemented by functional sculptures and furniture created by Lincoln Innovation Award-winning designer/artist Dakota Pratt.

Please join us for an Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. and meet-and-greet with Jim and Dakota, as we discuss their body of work and its importance in the contemporary art world. RSVP to emma@level-gallery.com.


Exploiting a uniquely singular period of creative irrationality, from 1984-1989, Jim Evans embraced the mass-media canonization of celebrity as an experiment in artistic fetishization. This series of pop portraits are reflections of a civilization, dense with information and hungry for focus. “These images,” says Evans, “are manifestos for the over stimulated.

“If Warhol transferred the stark Marlon Brando image into the realm of art, Evans enhances the meaning of the image with other visual information. And, if Warhol ‘portrayed’ the Campbell’s soup can as a straightforward consumer icon, symbolic of nothing but itself, Evans portrays a golden gramophone as the symbol of the industry it spawned, and annotates that symbolism with a backdrop of musical scoring. In Jim Evans’ hands, the Pop portrait has finally entered its second generation.” – Peter Frank, 1989


The late Richard Duardo (also known as “The Warhol of the West”), who passed away in Nov. 2014, was an artist and master printer with over 25 years of experience producing works for over 450 artists including Shepard Fairey, David Hockney, John Van Hamersveld and Keith Haring among others. Duardo was known for producing large, vibrant colored silk-screen prints of pop-cultural icons. His work has featured the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington and Che Guevara. Duardo reworks these icons with his signature hand-finished pastel strokes and uses bold, graphic typography to allow the viewer to question the notion of celebrity and what makes these people iconic, but also human.


Dakota Pratt’s artistic focus is on functional sculptures & contemporary furniture. After graduating from the Columbus College of Art & Design with a BA, Dakota began exhibiting his work in art galleries & shows across the country. His work is now collected and exhibited throughout the United States. Dakota’s art has been influenced by the works of Henry Spencer Moore, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit www.level-gallery.com.

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GENE DILLARD: Finale Reception Feb. 16




Tuesday, February 16 from 6 pm till 9 pm

Please join us for a finale reception at Plano Art Association gallery of the Solo Show
of the works of Gene Dillard. Primarily known for his portraiture, this exhibit also features
his Cowboy Pop, landscapes, and other works.  The show has been viewed by a record numbers of visitors and we want to provide one more occasion to visit with the artist and have an enjoyable evening.
Plano Art Association

Gallery located at
1013 15th Place, East Side Village I, Suite 105, Plano, TX. 75074

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3-Day Portrait Workshop with Gene Dillard


This workshop will be lead by Gene Dillard, who is an experienced art teacher recognized for his years of painting portrait commissions. This workshop will be an exciting look into some of the fine points of painting portraits from life, especially mastering flesh tones. As always great emphasis will be given to managing values and managing color hue, value  and intensity when depicting the human form.

JANUARY 29, 30,31

Includes:  three full days of instruction and painting from live models. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Rail Station Studios • 1013 15th Place #101 • Historic Downtown Plano 75074

You can sign up for the workshop online at www.meetup.com/DFW-Portrait-Figurative-Workshop-Meetup/


You can sign up for the workshop by simply calling 214-403-9171

The total workshop fee is $300. A refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a spot in the workshop. The balance can be paid at the beginning of the workshop. To conveniently pay online, go to www.dfwartworkshops.com

Studio space is limited to 5 participants, so lots of individual attention. Easel and side tables are provided.

If you have other questions call Gene Dillard 214-403-9171

Submitted by Gene Dillard. Email: gene@legacyportraitpainters.com

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Michael Holter Workshop: Watercolor Impressionism Sept. 22-24


Michael Holter

Watercolor Impressionism:
Faces and Places

9/22/2015 – 9/24/2015
The Artists’ Showplace — Dallas

In this workshop you will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings of people. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating portraits and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

Many watercolorists have an aversion to painting people. Special attention will be paid to the steps Michael uses to paint his award-winning figurative paintings. By the end of the workshop you will feel confident that you too can complete successful paintings.

And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

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Sasha Baskin, Melanie Millar and Fari Rahimi open August 1 at JM Gallery


Opening Reception with
August 1 // 5pm – 8pm
ABOUT SASHA BASKIN // Sasha Baskin, a weaver uses texture and shadow to create intricate portraits drawn from silk and Tencel on a loom. She received her Bachelors of FIne Art in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. In the fall of 2012, Baskin attended Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy where she focused on drawing, painting and High Renaissance Art History. She has participated in group exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Illinois, Maryland, Connecticut and Florence, Italy. 
ABOUT MELANIE MILLAR // Melanie Millar uses paintings to explore the nature of ornamentation, looking towards patterns on vessels, floral fabric designs and many other objects for inspiration. Millar received her BA from the University of Texas, and completed an MFA in painting and drawing at the University of North Texas. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions, group shows and juried competitions nationally. Her work is in private and corporate collections, as well as in the collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston. 
ABOUT FARI RAHIMI // Farhi Rahimi creates sculpture from steel, glass and paint. Heavily inspired by her upbringing in Iran, Rahimi creates “symbolic portraits of the interior feminine self”. Rahimi received her BFA in painting from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and her MFA in sculpture from the University of North Texas in Denton. She has attended workshops and symposiums around the world and shown in numerous exhibitions in Texas, Florida, Arizona and New York.  
ABOUT JM GALLERY // JM Gallery offers works of art on paper and sculptural forms that engage both the eye and the mind. The gallery promotes artists who create smart, visually compelling work and showcases their art in a space that is inviting and accessible. JM Gallery is committed to working closely with artists as they develop their work and careers and to developing lasting relationships with collectors. In collaboration with area schools and non-profits, they enrich the creative community by teaching artists and collectors about navigating the complex world of art. http://JMGallery.org

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Free Lecture on Sargent this Friday at the Kimbell


John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892, oil on canvas. National Galleries of Scotland

“Tantalizing Discord”: Sargeant’s “Lady Agnew” and its Ilk

Friday, July 31 – 6 PM
Pavilion Auditorium
Free. No reservations needed.

Marc A. Simpson, independent art historian, Bennington, Vermont

This talk explores various “tantalizing discords”—both literal and metaphoric—in Sargent’s masterful portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.



Kimbell Art Museum | 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard | Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792 | 817.332.8451 | kimbellart.org


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I Am, You Are reception May 16 at ART7


Please join ART7 Gallery
for the
Opening Reception
Am, You Are
Saturday, May 16, 2015  6-9pm
at ART7 Crockett Community Gallery

“Bailey Quinn” by Riley Holloway

ART7 invites the public to an exhibition titled I Am, You Are, showcasing juried works by artists in the 5-state region including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. I Am, You Are is the third of five themed exhibitions curated from a pool of artists who were accepted after applying to the ART7’s Regional Juried Call for Artists.

I Am, You Are presents an exciting look at contemporary portraits and figurative work. I Am, You Are is an exploration of what it means to be human, and celebrates the diversity of humanity. At a time when identity is in the forefront of national discussion, this exhibition offers a reflective look from many perspectives of cultures within the region, and in some instances the world. Works in the exhibition tackle culture clashes, women’s issues, childhood, community, love and storytelling.

I Am, You Are showcases thirty-one works by the following artists- Carolyn Brown, Ariel Davis, Noriko DeWitt, Teresa Foster, Gale Gibbs, Riley Holloway, Sam Ivie, Wenli Liu, Rosemary Meza-DePlas, Stormie Parker, Allison Proulx, Julie Pryor Wende, Valerie Ramos, Emily Rensink, Chloe Rizzo, Britney Samford, Leslie Lanzotti Solomon, Margo Stamp, Pam Stern, Carol Swenson-Roberts, Bernardo Vallarino, and James Volkert.

ART7 Sponsors

Arts Council of Fort Worth
Vestar West 7th
Dallas Fort Worth Acura Dealers
Reception Catered by Terra Mediterranean Grill
Beverages Provided by Times Ten Cellars

Art7 Crockett Community Gallery Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 4 – 8 PM;  Saturday 1 – 8 PM.

Free parking available in West 7th Garages with validation from ART7.

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Painting the Figure in Light: High Key Portraits with Julie Wende

There are still spaces available in the painting workshop this weekend:  


Painting the Figure in Light:
High Key Portraits with Julie Wende

Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2015; 10am to 5pm

Emphasis on value studies, composition and design, drawing, and working from photos.  Julie has studied extensively with Peggi Kroll-Roberts and incorporates many of her methods in this intensive workshop.  Be prepared to work and not necessarily go away with a finished painting. For beginning to intermediate. $250 for members $275 for non-members. There will be a lunch break.
Julie Wende website
 Supply list


Questions? Need to sign up? 


Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX,

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Watercolor Portrait Demo at the Richardson Civic Art Society January 20th Meeting


The Richardson Civic Art Society will be holding its next program meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  Michael Holter, who works in both watercolor and oil paints, is a signature member of several prestigious art groups.  In addition to being a plein air and studio artist, he has been a creative director and a local gallery owner.  In recent years he has included more images of people in his paintings, and he will be demonstrating his techniques in watercolor portrait painting at the RCAS meeting.  More information can be obtained on his website at www.MichaelHolter.com.

RCAS meets in the Richardson Public Library basement on third Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  Visitors may attend meetings at no charge.  Anyone is welcome to sign up for membership.  See www.richardson-arts.org. for more information on the RCAS.  RCAS is supported in part by the City of Richardson through the Arts Commission.

RCAS 2015-01 Program - Michael Holter KeepingSelfCheck

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Gwyn Darnell Jr. “Itinerant Repetitions” opens Jan. 3 at Mokah

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Mokah Art Gallery presents:
Gwyn Darnell Jr.
“Itinerant Repetitions”
An exhibition of one man’s sketches from the streets of Deep Ellum
Join us for a special closing reception for Gwyn Darnell Jr. at Mokah Art Gallery on January 3 from 6-9pm. Gwyn has been living on the stoop of the Mokah Gallery for longer than it’s been established. He wanders, he sits, he draws, and he disperses his sketches on the streets of Deep Ellum. Although his words are few, Gwyn communicates his creativity, kindness and introspection through this drawings that he generously gives to passersby. The works displayed will be accompanied by life-sized portraits courtesy of photographer, Justin Clemons.
Mokah Art Gallery 2803 Taylor St., Dallas, TX 75226
Contact: Abby Bagby 


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McKenna Studio Workshops provide quality painting workshops to artists who want to advance their painting skills. Our workshops are 3 to 5 days of intensive instruction, and typically have a maximum number of 16 students.


Portrait/Figure Oil Painting Workshop with Huihan Liu April 6 – 10, 2015

Glory of the Gardens with Joe Anna Arnett May 4 – 8, 2015

Dad Coming Huihan Liu (2)

Life Model Oil Painting Workshop
Huihan Liu
5 Day Workshop
April 6-10, 2015
A 5 day life model oil painting workshop designed for artists/students with previous
painting experience who want to continue to improve their skills, craftsmanship and visual
concepts. The class will focus on how to stage the model with light and shadow, and how
to do a quick study in order to finish the painting in a longer pose.

Huainan Liu was born in 1952 in Guangzhou China. He graduated from Guangzhou
Academy of Fine Art in Oil Painting with a BA in 1975,. He then went to the United States to
further his study, graduating from the Graduate School of the Academy of Art College, San
Francisco with an M.F.A. Huihan taught in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco
between 1993 and 2005.

Huihan’s paintings have garnered numerous awards. In 2012, Huihan’s painting “Spring of
Miao Village” was selected for exhibit in London during the 30th Olympic Games there, and
was included in the permanent collection of the National Museum in China. His “Song of
Spirit” won 2nd place in the 2014 OPA Masters Only Exhibition.

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Glory of the Gardens Plein Air Painting Workshop
Joe Anna Arnett
5 Day Workshop
May 4-8, 2015
A 5 day plein air oil painting workshop for artists/students with previous painting experience who want to continue to improve their skills, craftsmanship and visual
concepts. The workshop will be conducted in two of North Texas’ famous gardens: Clark
Gardens and Chandor Garden. The class will focus on selection, composition, and on
how to do studies to use for further development in the studio.

Joe Anna Arnett earned her BFA degree from the University of Texas in Austin, TX. In
1997, she became a Master Artist of the Artists in America Show at the Denver Historical
Society Museum. She has also exhibited at museums around the country and in 2006, was
honored by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as one of their featured artists in
the Rendezvous Exhibition. Joe Anna has exhibited in the prestigious Prix de West show
at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City [formerly known
as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame] for 14 years.

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Michael Holter Watercolor Portrait demo for Plano Art Association


We are honored to have Michael Holter NWS, SWS, SWA as  our demo artist for this month’s member’s meeting on Nov. 16, 2014.
PLANO TX 75074
*this meeting is free to members, $15 non members

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael’s work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries.

His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication.

Michael is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and The Society of Watercolor Artists.

Michael is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society, The Outdoor Painters Society, the Portrait Society of America and the American Impressionist Society.

Michael will be featured in the Watermedia section in the December Southwest Art Magazine and his painting Gypsy at the Gate will be included in the North Light Publications Splash 16.l


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/michael.holter

To inquire about attending a workshop
Email to michael@michaelholter.com


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Roberta Mallard Portrait Demo for ACA Nov. 4


Roberta Mallard  will be the guest artist at the next Associated Creative Artists (ACA) meeting on November 4, 2014. She will give a portrait demonstration Techniques for More Realistic Portraits.

The demonstration will include working with the subject, how to photograph for best results, color palettes and painting techniques.

ACA meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (except June, July, August) at 7:00 pm. Monthly Meeting Location: First United Lutheran Church, 6202 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX  75214. For more information on ACA see the website: http://www.acadallas.org

Roberta Mallard Portrait Demo

About Roberta Mallard:

Art has always been an integral part of my life.  I studied art and drawing at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).   After college, I became a photographer, learning black and white as well as color.  

My interest and long-time professional involvement in photography led to a career in painting.  I work primarily with oil and sometimes with acrylic creating landscapes and portraits which hang in local homes and are part of private collections. My clients include individuals, collectors and interior designers. 

My work is currently represented by Adobe Western Art Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas.

–bio from her website http://robertamallard-localcolor.com/



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Behind Closed Doors opens Oct. 24 at UTD


Behind Closed Doors

October 24 – December 12, 2014
Venue: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery, University of Texas at Dallas

Opening reception:
October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.

–Susan Sontag

Behind Closed Doors; Art made in secret; away from observers, reporters, or intruders, usually in a closed room. Done in private. Work that leaves the viewer feeling voyeuristic. Images that are emotionally difficult, off-putting, unresolved, or in a space that is entirely too personal, often painfully so. Off-limits.

Portraits that embody the characters psyche that can lead to extreme forms, but can also act as a sort of catharsis. Visual images that are seedy in extremities

In this exhibition the viewer is being giving a privileged view behind closed doors adding a voyeuristic feel to the images. It’s as if an eye can roam onto images made not to be seen. The work will focus on video, digital photography and sculptural installation. Artists such as Francis Bagley, Hillary Holsonback and Danielle Georgiou will be featured.




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Michael Holter: Watercolor Portraits demo on Oct. 28


"The Veil Has Been Torn" Winner of The Lehmann Memorial Award at the 2014 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 38th Annual Exhibition.

“The Veil Has Been Torn” Winner of The Lehmann Memorial Award at the 2014 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 38th Annual Exhibition.

Guest artist at the October 28th, 2014 meeting of the Irving Art Association will be artist Michael Holter. He will be demonstrating portraits in watercolor.

The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Directions. Guests are welcome.

A Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael’s work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). For  more about Michael, see his website: http://michaelholter.com/

"The Veil Has Been Torn" Winner of The Lehmann Memorial Award at the 2014 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 38th Annual Exhibition.

“The Veil Has Been Torn” Winner of The Lehmann Memorial Award at the 2014 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 38th Annual Exhibition.


"Prime 2": Holbein Award at the 51st Annual Show of the Southwestern Watercolor Society

“Prime 2”: Holbein Award at the 51st Annual Show of the Southwestern Watercolor Society

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