The Visual Art League (VAL) of Lewisville, Texas, resides at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Center for the Creative Arts (MCL Grand), 100 North Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75057. Monthly meetings and other art activities take place at the MCL Grand. VAL’s activities are always open to visitors. Be sure to check out the News Feed below for current information and our In Action page for detailed activities and schedules.
NEW WORKSHOP: Photographing Artwork
Tuesday June 9th, 9:30 – 12:30 in Classroom 1A of the MCL Grand,100 N. Charles Street, (between Main Street and Church Street in Old Town Lewisville, Tx).
This hands-on, three hour workshop will teach you how to prepare your art for photographing it, positioning and lighting it, setting your camera, taking the photo, and preparing the photo for submission to contests, etc. It will be taught by Maurice Leatherbury. A fee of $50 for the workshop will be collected at the door when you attend.
To register for the workshop at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0848ADA62DA1F58-photographing.
FRESH IDEAS 2015
JURIED COMPETITION AND EXHIBIT
Open to all Texas artists 18 years and older.
June 9 ART TALK: Anne Royer speaking on “Van Gogh’s Letters”
All are invited to attend the Art Talk at the MCLGrand Theater in downtown Lewisville. There is no charge and the Visual Art League welcomes all visitors. Anne Royer, art historian and artist, and Steve Powell, a local actor, will present their lecture entitled “Letters from Theo”. Steve will provide readings of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo while Anne simultaneously matches images of the master’s paintings. It seems Vincent frequently shared the intended effect of his paintings while detailing the hues, the models, and locations he was using. Even more illuminating were his ingenuous descriptions of his mood and self-doubts. While a recent Van Gogh painting sold for $65,000,000, during his life he had could not make a living through his art and had to beg for paint and living expenses.
NATURE’S EMBRACE – JORDAN GRIMES EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND GALLERY
MAY 9 – JUNE 20
BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPES – VAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND THEATER
MAY 9 – JUNE 20
MAY 12 VAL MEETING ASEL AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS
1ST PLACE – IRMA MURRAY 2ND PLACE – LISA CHITTENDEN
CHALK THIS WAY ART FESTIVAL – RAIN, RAIN, RAIN – HAD TO MOVE INSIDE THE MCL GRAND THEATER WHERE ALL HAD FUN!
VAL PROVIDED JUDGES FOR THE CHALK THIS WAY ART COMPETITION – CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND TO THOSE WINNING AN AWARD! YOU PROVIDED OUTSTANDING CHALK ART FOR VISITORS.
FIRST PLACE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Daisy Rosas
BEST OF SHOW AMATEUR AWARD: Taylor Lea
Thanks to judges Lisa Chittendon, Nancy Marashi, Sunny Raschke, Linda Chidsey
Join us May 9th, 7:00-9:00 PM at the MCL Grand Theater for the opening of Jordan Grimes exhibit, “Nature’s Embrace” ,
and “Black and White Landscapes”, a VAL member exhibit.
The Visual Art League is sponsoring AcousticGanza, an event organized by the Acoustic Fridays At The Art Gallery on May 9th. Please come and enjoy the music and fun during the Art Festival.
Join VAL May 9th at the Chalk This Way Art Festival in downtown Lewisville, TX. Below are pictures from 2014. This year the Visual Art League is proud to provide the judges for the art competitions.
MAY 12: Trevor Kobrin speaking on “Photography”
Since arriving in Dallas Texas in 2002 Kobrin has photographed for D Magazine, D Home, Dallas Design Book and other publications as well as several advertising agencies. He was recently one of a select group of photographers commissioned to do portraits of heart attack survivors for the American Heart Association. Kobrin recently was commissioned to take photographs for PEP (Prisoner Entrepreneurship Program) founded by Catherine Rohr. He continues to work with and support many humanitarian organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Reach for a Dream and Big Thought. His photographs have appeared in international publications including Elle, Marie Claire, Schweizer Illustrierte, Style, Readers Digest and other major South African magazines. Visit his website at http://trevorkobrin.com/index.html
Winners of the Asel Monthly Competition:
Pepper McCarty 1st Place, Tina Alvarez 2nd Place
Member, Chuck Hendrickson, showed various prints that were done by Premier Gallery with their new equipment. The gallery, located on FM407, invited members to attend their introduction event and have some prints made.
During the meeting various members worked on one piece, being intuitive and using music to set the tone. MissiLou spoke to the group about being creative from within and how that can be healing. Above is MissiLou with the piece created at the meeting.
ART TALK & MEMBERS MEETING:
Tuesday, April 14, 7 pm. Guests Welcome
Nothing is Impossible!
“GRAFFITI/STREET ART,” North Wing Gallery, APRIL 4 – MAY 30, 2015
Those participating are, Pablo Panameno, Wanda Grice, Colleen Drew, Maurice Leatherbury, Kathleen Mekailek, Tina Alvarez, N8 Davis, Mary Carradine and Elaine Nienkamp. A sampling of what you will see:
Art Trading Cards (ATC) on display in the showcase of the MCL Grand. Free workshops each 2nd Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Click for more information on ATCs.
Don’t miss out on the “Chalk This Way” art festival in Old Town Lewisville on May 9, 2015. Click for more information.
Winners of the March Asel Award Competition
The March meeting and demo was very instructive, with Lorraine Hayes giving a talk on Gelli Printing. She shared papers, paints, and tips she used to make the gelli, how to realign prints, and much, much more.
A few more layers of color added
The final layer of printing for the demo. Lorraine will work into the print a little more to finalize it.
Pictures from the March meeting:
ART TALK & MEMBERS MEETING: March 10th, Guests Welcome
Speaker: Lorraine Hayes on Gelli Printing
Lorraine Hayes has given lectures in art appreciation at the college level and to community organizations and has published art commentary in local newspapers. She has taught art to both children and adults. She has achieved Signature status in both the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Texas Visual Arts Association. Her work is in the collection of the Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA. Beside the Dallas area art centers and exhibit spaces, she has exhibited work at the Abilene Fine Art Museum, Abilene, TX, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX, Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, Slidell Art Center, Slidell, LA, West Texas Museum of Art, Midland, TX, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, and in the Societe International des Beaux-Arts, Paris France. Here is a glimpse into “Drumming To Release Creativity” experienced at the February meeting. Before it was over everyone had a drum in their hands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJfMnAYsIvk&feature=youtu.be
ART TRADING CARD WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 14th, 1:30 – 4:30 MCL Grand, Room 3.
Time to be making cards for our own trading, and also, extra cards for you to trade card with the New York Art Leagues. Come for fun and learning experience. Visitors are welcome. The cards are 2-1/2″ by 3-1/2″. Suggested theme for the month: “Thinking Green”
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN: Visit these locations and see works by the below artists.
Tierney’s Cafe – 208 E. Main, March & April
Kathy Maybury, Louise Flanagan, Darla Bostick
Commercial Bank of Texas- 191 West Main, March
UPCOMING EXHIBIT DATES: APRIL 1 – MAY 30 (graffiti/street art) in the North Wing Hallway; MAY 9 – JUNE 20 (includes Jordan Grimes, winner of Fresh Ideas 2014) in the main gallery.
FEBRUARY WINNERS OF THE AZEL ART MINI-COMPETITION:
First Place – Pablo Panameno Hidalgo
Second Place – Lorraine Hayes
FUN AT FEBRUARY MEETING – DRUM DISCUSSION
“STEAMPUNK” NORTH WING EXHIBIT, FEB 14 – MAR 21
A sampling of what you will see:
COLLABORATIVE PIECE INSTALLED IN THE NATURE OF TEXAS.
“THE BIRDS OF TEXAS” WILL BE DONATED TO THE MCL GRAND AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE EXHIBIT.
“THE NATURE OF TEXAS” OPENING NIGHT
“THE NATURE OF TEXAS” AWARDS
“THE NATURE OF TEXAS” EXHIBIT
Everyone is invited to the opening February 7, 2015 at 7 pm in the MCL Grand Gallery. This exhibit runs through March 21 and focuses on the nature of Texas as seen through an artist’s eye.
UPCOMING EXHIBIT IN THE MCL GRAND NORTH WING: “STEAMPUNK”, FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 21.
DON’T MISS “Hearts & Roses” in the showcase by the Black Box Theater.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ARTIST OF THE YEAR
TOYLAND ART DELIVERED TO RONALD MCDONALD
Thanks to Colleen Drew, R’Lene Winters, and Maurice Leatherbury for delivering the art from the “Toyland” exhibit to the Ronald McDonald house. VAL artists donated their children themed pieces. The exhibit had shown in December at the MCL Grand Theater.
JANUARY ART TALK – January 13, 2015 – Wire Sculpture
JANUARY WINNERS OF THE AZEL ART MINI-COMPETITION:
WINNER OF THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FROM “FOODIE” EXHIBIT
FOODIE EXHIBIT OPENING
This food focused exhibit opened with a reception on January 3. Incorporated in the exhibit were pot & pans, a silverware installation, projections of food, as well as artwork representing food and local restaurants. Guests enjoyed the food from Bistecca-An Italian Steakhouse, Good Times Cajun Cuisine, and Square One Cafe. We thank these restaurants for their contributions. The exhibit runs from January 3 – January 17 Setting up for opening night.
ABSTRACT EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND THEATER
Don’t miss the abstract exhibit in the North Wing of the MCL Grand Theater.
OPENING RECEPTION FOR FOODIE, JANUARY 3, 7PM.
Everyone is invited to the Opening of the VAL Exhibit, “Foodie”, on Jan. 3 from 7-9 PM at the MCL Grand Gallery.
NORTH WING EXHIBIT, MCL GRAND THEATER
An exhibit of VAL members’ Abstract Art will be shown in the north wing of the MCL Grand Theater. The exhibit runs from January 3 – February 7
UPCOMING EXHIBIT: FOODIE, JANUARY 3-17 AT THE MCL GRAND GALLERY
This food-focused art exhibit will explore food in all its manifestations from farm to table. A special focus is on art pieces created from inspiration of food served in our local restaurants. These pieces are also represented in a 2015 Calendar available at the Opening Reception, January 3, 7-9 PM. Visitors to the exhibit are asked to vote on their favorite art piece for a “People’s Choice” award to be given at the close of the exhibit.
“TOYLAND”, AN EXHIBIT FOR CHILDREN
VAL ART TABLE AT THE LEWISVILLE HOLIDAY STROLL
Children enjoyed creating ornaments for the tree during the Annual Holiday Stroll.
OLD SETTLERS ELEMENTARY AWARDS CEREMONY
VAL members, Wanda Grice, Elaine Nienkamp, and Kathy Maybury were keynote speakers at the Old Settlers Elementary PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony and Art Exhibit November 6. Congratulations to all the students that entered their art in the exhibit and to those that received awards.
CD RELEASE PARTY: OCTOBER 24, 7PM IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE MCL GRAND IN DOWNTOWN LEWISVILLE, AND ENJOY A SONG WRITERS’ CHALLENGE.
Announcing the release of “Songs From The Heart”, a CD produced by Acoustic Friday’s in the Art Gallery, as a benefit to the Visual Art League (VAL). All songs were originally written for a song writers’ challenge and were donated to the CD by each artist. Sherry Reynolds will be handling sales of the CDs. The price is $12 each or 3 for $30. Bring comfort to your chilly days by settling in and listening to the variety of music produced by the talented Acoustic Friday’s musicians from “You Cloud My Senses” to “Friday Night At The Art Gallery”.
VAL has 2015 calendars for sale for $15. The calendars feature paintings depicting dishes available at local restaurants. We thank those sponsoring businesses: Christina’s, Good Times Cajun Cuisine, Square One Cafe, Johnny G’s, Mama” Daughter’s Diner, Village Grill Restaurant & Catering, Pho 7 Vietnamese Restaurant, Salerno’s Italian Restaurant, Bistecca and Italian Steakhouse, New China, Starwood Cafe, Tacos Regio Monterrey, Certa Pro Painters, Carmen’s Magic Touch Hair Salon, Premier Gallery.
VAL’S PARTICIPATION IN WESTERN DAYS OF LEWISVILLE
VAL had art offerings and hands-on activities for all ages during Lewisville’s 2014 Western Days Festival. We had such fun with our visitors and the children. There were over 100 children that created their own art pieces. A busy day for us, but those kids really enjoyed!
Beginning September 26, a new installation of “western” themed art will be on exhibit in the North Wing of the MCL Grand.
Summer Photography Show is currently displayed in the North Wing of the MCL Grand through September 20.
“FRESH IDEAS” AWARD WINNERS
First Place: Jordan Grimes, “Watcher of the Shadows”, Sculpture
Second Place: Irma Murray, “Sunny Side Up”, Painting
Third Place: Maurice Leatherbury, “Taro Field Hawaii”, Photography
Honorable Mention: Mary Carradine, “Mixed Metaphor”, Silkscreen & Lithograph Monoprint
Honorable Mention: Daren Fagan, “Terry”, Steel
“Fresh Ideas” Annual Juried Exhibit A benchmark competition that is produced each year. The First Place Winner of the exhibit receives a solo show in the MCL Grand Gallery.
- July 26, 2014 – September 13, 2014
- Venue: Gallery
- Location: MCL Grand Theater & Creative Art Center, 100 Charles Street
- Cost: Free, Donations appreciated
Recent Art Trading Cards from 2nd Saturday get together.
June 7 – July 19, “Color & Light” and “VALPhoto” exhibits in the Gallery at the MCL Grand Theater, Downtown Lewisville, Texas. The 2013 winner of the juried competition, “Fresh Ideas”, Irma Murray has a solo show in the MCL Grand Theater Gallery with a Visual Art League photo show.
June 14 – July 19, “Stars & Stripes”, exhibit in the North Wing of the MCL Grand Theater, Downtown Lewisville, Texas.
June 10, 2014, 7pm: ART TALK at the MCL Grand Theater in Downtown Lewisville, Texas. Michael O’Keefe will present a talk on his sculpture. Michael employs unpredictable processes as a means to discover content in his sculptures, drawings, and paintings. Traces of art historical influences show up in O’Keefe’s work, often as characters within the expressive narrative and other times as faint whispers scattered throughout the formal vocabulary. O’Keefe earned his MFA from Southern Methodist University and currently teaches sculpture and drawing in Dallas.
Come join us. There is no charge. Classroom at the MCL Grand, 100 North Charles Street, downtown Lewisville, Texas. LEWISVILLE ARTFEST & CHALK THIS WAY The Visual Art League participated in the Art Festival featuring “Chalk This Way”, a sidewalk chalk art competition. Additionally there were areas anyone could create their own work of art. The festival had lots of art, food, and fun. Find more information at Lakeside Arts Foundation. Darla Bostic speaking on Encaustic at the May 13 “Art Talk” in the MCL Grand art gallery.