Welcome to the VISUAL ART LEAGUE

DSC08699The 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

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  Prospectus

Open to all Texas artists 18 years and older.

 

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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

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BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPES – VAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND THEATER

MAY 9 – JUNE 20

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MAY 12  VAL MEETING ASEL AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS

  1ST PLACE – IRMA MURRAY                         2ND PLACE – LISA CHITTENDEN  

May 2015 Irma Murray       May 2015 Second Place Lisa C

 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

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BEST OF SHOW AMATEUR AWARD:  Taylor Lea

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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” ,

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and “Black and White Landscapes”, a VAL member exhibit.

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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.

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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.

SPEAKER SERIES:

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

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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.

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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

Speaker: MissiLou

MissiLou Art~Hope~Humor~Dance~Courage~Creativity~Passion!
Nothing is Impossible!
www.cafemalove.com

“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.

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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.

Below are examples of the results of each layer of printing. 1 After a few layers After a few layers of printing.

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A few more layers of color added

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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

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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
Dulce Ruqué

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

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Second Place – Lorraine Hayes

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FUN AT FEBRUARY MEETING – DRUM DISCUSSION

Drumming to release the creative energy.  Educational and fun. DSC08682 Tina demo 2 Tina 4

“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

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“THE NATURE OF TEXAS” AWARDS

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“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.DSC08699

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

Congratulations to Kathy Mabury, the VAL 2014 Artist of the Year Artist of the year Kathy Maybury Second Place was Mary Carradine. Mary Carradine 2nd place artist of the year Other Entries:

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. Colleen RLene at Ronald McDonald house Colleen RLene Maurice

JANUARY ART TALK –  January 13, 2015 – Wire Sculpture

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JANUARY WINNERS OF THE AZEL ART MINI-COMPETITION:

Tina and Maurice

WINNER OF THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FROM “FOODIE” EXHIBIT

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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. Setting up projection Table-and-Left-Wall

 

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

This exhibit running through December 27  is on display in the North Wing of the MCL Grand.  Many pieces in the “Toyland” exhibit will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house. DSC07825

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. DSC07792 DSC07790

CD RELEASE PARTY:     OCTOBER 24, 7PM IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE MCL GRAND IN DOWNTOWN LEWISVILLE, AND ENJOY A SONG WRITERS’ CHALLENGE.

AFCDFrontFinal72dpi 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”. AFCDBackFinal72dpi

2015 CALENDARS

VAL has 2015 calendars for sale for $15.  The calendars feature paintings depicting dishes available at local restaurants. 2015 Calendar 1 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. 2015 Calendar sponsors

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. Hair There were over 100 children that created their own art pieces.  A busy day for us, but those kids really enjoyed! Painting hands

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.

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“FRESH IDEAS” AWARD WINNERS

First Place: Jordan Grimes, “Watcher of the Shadows”, Sculpture

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Second Place: Irma Murray, “Sunny Side Up”, Painting

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Third Place: Maurice Leatherbury, “Taro Field Hawaii”, Photography

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Honorable Mention: Mary Carradine, “Mixed Metaphor”, Silkscreen & Lithograph Monoprint

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Honorable Mention: Daren Fagan, “Terry”, Steel

HM Daren Fagan “FRESH IDEAS” OPENING NIGHT

FRESH IDEAS” Opening Awards Ceremony – July 26, at 7pm in the gallery of the MCL Grand.

“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.

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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. darla with group 2 DSC05924