Welcome to the VISUAL ART LEAGUE


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 Upcoming Events Calendar on the right for scheduled activities.

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ARTRAGEOUS!  exhibit runs through January 28th at the MCL Grand.  If you were not able to attend the opening, we hope you get the chance to attend before the exhibit closes.  Tina Alvarez and Dulce Ruque were curators of this very unique exhibit.

A Tina and Dulce presenting awards

Tina and Dulce presenting awards.

ARTRAGEOUS! exhibit winners

Maurice Leatherbury – 1st Place

First Place - Maurice Leatherbury 1

Carol Petulla – 2nd Place

Second Place - Carol Petulla

Daren Fagan – 3rd Place

Third Place - Daren Fagan 1

Rachael Smith – Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention 4 - Rachel Smith

Chuck Hendrickson – Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention 3 - Chuck Hendrickson

Christi Martin – Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention 2 - Christi Martin


ARTRAGEOUS! opening night


2nd Tuesday, January 10 — Members’ Meeting, 7pm, MCL Grand 

 Guest Speaker:  Tom Maddrey, Attorney

Visual Arts and the Law – What You Need to Know



Upcoming Exhibits At the MCL Grand 

January – February 2017

GALLERY: Artrageous! Avant-garde art, January 7 – 28

   SHOWCASE: Photography, January 7 – February 25 

For those bringing work and helping with the installation of the Artrageous! exhibit, please be advised that the MCL Grand will be closed on January 2nd, like all other city facilities, so the intake has been moved (and the beginning of the installation) to Tuesday the 3rd.  Additionally installation of the Photo Exhibit in the display case is also January 3rd.


Community Exhibits

Tierney’s Restaurant and Tavern
208 E Main St, Lewisville
October 30, 2016 — January 7, 2017
Wanda Grice – west
Tina Church – bannister
Nancy Busey – hallway
Swirl Bakery
3634 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound
Darla Bostick


December ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.


Alfredo Stantesteban, 1st Place


Lorraine Hayes, 2nd Place




December 6 — Board Meeting, 7pm, MCL Grand Theater
December 13 — Members’ Meeting, 7pm, MCL Grand Theater 

The VAL meeting will be celebrating the holiday with a gift exchange, and since we’re an artists’ group and we like art more than anything else, bring an original piece of art that you’ve made, and wrap it before you bring it.

Additionally an Artist of the Year will be selected from a mini-art competition of the 1st place winners of the monthly Asel Award competition during the past year


Visual Art League hosting “Paint an Ornament” at the holiday festival in the MCL Grand Theater.

Unfortunately due to weather, many of the Holiday Stroll activities were cancelled though some were moved into the MCL Grand building.  This interactive “art” project was lead by Paula Haynes with assistance from other VAL volunteers.


November ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.

Maurice Leatherbury

Maurice Leatherbury – 1st Place


Patti Burns – 2nd Place Tie


Carole Petulla – 2nd Place Tie


Premier Gallery Event

Member Wanda Grice has illustrated her first children’s book.  You may purchase the book and get it signed at the Book Release Party,  Friday, Nov. 18  at Premier Gallery 1618 Justin Rd. (FM 407) Flower Mound, TX from 5:30 – 7:30.  Thanks to Fuzzy’s Tacos for providing food.


Don’t forget to visit the Swirl Bakery, see Darla Bostick’s work, and get something tasty from the bakery.

3634 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound

Darla Bostick


October ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.

Pepper McCarty – 1st Place

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Tina Alvarez – 2nd Place

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Highlights from November 8 meeting

Members’ Meeting, 7pm, MCL Grand Theater
Guest Speaker: John Bramblitt: Sightless Works – Painting

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John Bramblitt, originally from El Paso, TX and now living in Denton, TX, is a painter. And he is blind. He began painting after losing his sight in 2001 following a series of severe seizures.   He learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling their textures with his fingers. He taught himself how to paint using raised lines to help him find his way around the canvas, and through something called haptic visualization, which enables him to “see” his subjects through touch. He now paints amazingly lifelike portraits of people he’s never seen–including his wife and son.  website: http://bramblitt.myshopify.com/pages/about-us)



VAL participated in the October Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in Farmers Branch Texas.  Set up in the Historical Park Rose Garden, visitors created their own mini-art in the form of ATC’s (Art Trading Cards).  Thank you Paula Haynes, Wanda Grice, and Elaine Nienkamp.



New VAL Banner!

VAL Banner 2016

Hopefully you have seen the new VAL banner on the MCL Grand Theater building.   A big thank you to Joyce Landry for the design and Wanda Grice for the eye-catching, colorful artwork!  


Beginning November 1st in the Lobby Showcase: “It’s A Small World” 


The NORTH CORRIDOR is exhibiting works by Rachel Black of the University of North Texas.  


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 UPCOMING: January 7-28, 2017

   GALLERY: Artrageous! Avant-garde art

   SHOWCASE: Photography


Darla Bostick is exhibiting November/December at the Swirl Bakery – 3634 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound

Visit the Swirl and attend Darla’s reception November 5 from 3-4:30.




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VAL member, Jackie Haugen is exhibiting at the Swirl Bakery in Flower Mound (southeast corner of FM2499 and FM1171) .  A reception is being held Friday, Oct. 14,  5:30 – 7:00pm

Visit the Swirl, see Jackie’s work, and get something tasty from the bakery.


The Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance presents Angel Awards to outstanding volunteers who have made contributions to the visual and performing arts in our community. The Visual Art League announces their Angel, Paula Haynes. 

Paula Haynes

Paula Haynes has dedicated many hours volunteering for the Visual Art League of Lewisville, since becoming an active member in 2005.  She leads a monthly (ATC) Art Trading Card workshop and provides an interactive teaching experience to the visitors at City of Lewisville festivals.

 She coordinates the permanent collaboration paintings hanging in the MCL Grand building in Old Town Lewisville.

Paula studied for twenty five years to become a Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge.  She judges flowers in States and local areas.  She also does program demonstrations to various organizations.

Love of the outdoors and conservation, led Paula to be a Girl Scout Leader for seven years.

Best of all, her passion for art has always kept Paula busy with all of the art mediums, and all of the possible ways to portray nature, on canvas.  Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, the imprinted love for nature happened there.

 She graduated from Central Business College in Denver Colorado.  She has lived and raised her family here in Texas for 47 years.


ART TALK:  OCTOBER 10, 7pm at the MCL Grand

Visitors welcome

Guest Speaker: Sara Miller



Sara Miller is a self trained fiber artist. She has been featured on the PBS television show, America’s Quilts Creatively, many times. Sara has traveled the US teaching and inspiring other art quilters with her unique designs and has helped them with her easy to use templates and methods called Sew Inspired Design System (TM). Please visit her website www.sewinspired.com to learn more and see her incredible range of fiber art.

Her talents also include abstract painting and mixed media works which can be viewed at her other website www.saramiller-artist.com.


September ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.

First Place Julia Rice

Second Place Pepper McCarty


ART TALK:  SEPTEMBER 13, 7pm at the MCL Grand

Visitors welcome

 Guest Speaker Craig Vandeman

“Ancient Chain”

This demonstration will show techniques used in making ancient chain. This type of chain was mainly used for armor in ancient times, but is used today to make beautiful, wearable jewelry today.

Craig Vandeman is a metals and jewelry artist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He has a working studio in Dallas, and travels around the country participating in craft fairs year round. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with bachelor’s degrees in both metalsmithing and ceramics. He has had work in both local and national exhibitions, as well as in several private collections. He teaches metalsmithing and jewelry at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas and in his studio.

Website: www.vandemanstudios.org


VAL members at Tierney’s Restaurant and Tavern  

 208 East Main Street

 August 28 —  October 30 2016

    Barbara Barnet
  Mary Carradine
  Alice Agafon
 October 30, 2016 — January 7, 2017
  Wanda Grice
  Tina Church 
  Nancy Busey


Don’t Fence Me In

August 31 thru October 28.

VAL’s upcoming exhibit in the north corridor is “Don’t Fence Me In” (Prospectus).   This exhibit is about artistic expressions that represents limitations or confining situations of varying subjects, including current situations of society today,  that will resonate with viewers across generations .


ATC WORKSHOP  (Art Trading Cards)

August 13, 1:30 to 3:30

All  are welcome to the workshops. All ATC meetups are open to the public. They are held in Classroom 3 of the MCL Grand Theater building.  Learn new mediums, have fun, talk, etc.   Come one, come all.
We will be trading cards with each other, making cards to trade with the New York Art League, and making cards for the upcoming 
“WESTERN DAYS”, festival in September.  (Also see Western Days facebook page.
VAL’s ATC activities with the festival visitors is always fun and rewarding for both VAL and visitors.  More about Western Days in upcoming posts.
Lewisville Western Days


August 9: ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.

First Place Robin Macke

Second Place Julia Macke


ART TALK:  AUGUST 9, 7pm at the MCL Grand

Visitors welcome

 Guest Speaker VET

 Dallas artist promotes creative recycling of found objects

The Dallas artist named VET has added a fourth R to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto: re-invent.
Dallas artist VET

In her Deep Ellum studio, she creates one-of-a-kind pieces from discarded items such as  books,dolls, paper mats, purses and book markers.  Since launching her Found Object Studio in 2001, she has branched out to encourage others to recycle by offering nontoxic found materials for sale at her online shop, the Artcycle Club Store. Here she sells surplus items at low cost that otherwise would have gone to the landfill – used golf balls, paper beads, gourd tops, corks, coated wire, CD cases, microfiche, wood slices and rubber casters – which can all be used for art projects.  



“Next? (Target Series)” (Mixed Media) by Eilene Carver


“Bloch Building” (Photograph) by Chuck Pratt
“Patrick’s Chickens” (Acrylic) by R’Lene Winters



“Remembering Taos” (Pastel) by Janis Krendick“Barber” (Oil on Canvas) by Benjamin Lester


“Shoal Creek Walkway” (Photograph) by Maurice Leatherbury

“Same Old Same Old” (Oil on Canvas) by Dulce Ruqué

“Bathed in His Love” (Watercolor) by Jackie Haugen



Important notice.  Entries for the annual juried exhibit “Fresh Ideas 2016″ will be through the callforentry.org (CaFE) site. The first place winner of this exhibit receives a solo show in the MCL Grand Gallery in addition to award.

PDF of Fresh Ideas Prospectus

The Visual Art League of Lewisville (“VAL”) Texas is pleased to announce a call for entries for the Fresh Ideas 2016 juried show to be held at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater art gallery in Lewisville, Texas from July 30 through September 10, 2016.  Fresh Ideas 2016 is the latest iteration of VAL’s long-standing tradition of mounting prestigious juried exhibitions of new art works that represent current trends in modern art. Shown in the beautiful 2,000 sq ft Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Center art gallery, Fresh Ideas has been expanded this year to include regional artists to bring additional vitality to the Visual Art League’s exhibition series.  The exhibition is open to all visual artists who reside in Texas and contiguous states (Louisiana,  Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico). The non-refundable entry fee is $50 for non-members of VAL and $35 for VAL members for a maximum of three (3) pieces of work. Membership application forms to join VAL can be found at this site under “Be Involved” – “Become a Member”. 



Joyce Landry, Winner of 2015 Fresh Ideas Juried Competition and Black & White, A VAL Members Exhibit

June 24, Friday, 7-9, Reception

Don’t miss seeing this awesome exhibit.

At the art gallery of the MCL Grand Theater on Church Street in Old Town Lewisville.
The exhibits will be on view from June 18 – July 23, 2016.The admittance to the MCL Grand Theater Gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. There is ample free parking nearby.

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June 16: ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.

Linda Chidsey – 1st Place

Linda Chidsey June 2016

Christi Martin, 2nd Place

Christy Martin June 2016

ART TALK:  June 14, 7pm at the MCL Grand

Visitors welcome

 Guest Speaker Nancy Alexander

“Having fun with Colors and Textures using Acrylics”

During the past ten years I have studied art at J’s Art Studio and have been involved with workshops with my membership to the Art Club of McKinney. I have served as President for two years and have been heavily active for years in the Art Club. My art has been showcased at events sponsored by the Art Club of McKinney and placed many times at the Annual Collin County Adult Art Show. I have shown my work at several galleries and will have my latest pieces at The mARTin Place in Mckinney, TX October 3rd – 17th.

The nature of my work varies from medium to medium, but almost always involves lots of color and texture. Oils and acrylics are my favorite mediums to work in at the present, but I also enjoy working with pastels, watercolors, encaustic, and mixed media. My inspiration comes from many sources, mainly nature. Putting movement in my art is one aspect I really try to achieve.

Exploring and experiencing different mediums is intriguing to me because I like to combine different techniques and mediums to see what new and different images can be achieved. It’s inspiring to me; and with the process of experimentation, my art evolves into something unexpected. It’s really exciting! My art reflects my personality more than anything else. It’s bright, hopeful, and fun.

For the most part I am a self-taught artist but of course I have learned many necessary skills and processes. College is where I first learned some basic art skills like perspective drawing, watercolor renderings, mechanical drawing, sketching, ceramics and creating presentation boards. At Texas Christian University I earned a B. S. degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art in 1981. That was before the computer age.


May 3 – July 2 2016 

North Wing Gallery   “Recycled Into Art”


 ALSO  “ART trading Cards” in Showcase


FIRST PLACE: “Red Buffalo” by Nancy Lawrence (Oil)

First place

SECOND PLACE: “Prickly Pear by Kathleen McKailek (Pastel)

2nd place

THIRD PLACE: “Texas Tapestry” by Lisa Chittenden (Photography)

3 place

HONORABLE MENTION: “Kick Up Your Boots” by Kathy Maybury (Watercolor)


HONORABLE MENTION: “Weathered Back Roads” by Pepper McCarty (Photography)

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special recognition is given to the artists producting the texas wildlife collaborative art work.  Artists are: Brent Boudreaux-Bobcat, chuck Hendrickson-Deer, Connie Nicholson-Armadillo, elaine Nienkamp-Javelina, Joni Thompson-On The Hunt, Kathy Maybury-Jack Rabbit, Mary Carradine-Loss of the Prairie (Fox), and Paula Haynes-Racoons A.M. Adventure

Texas Wildlife collabration


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VAL invites all to attend the opening reception and awards presentation of the “Strictly Texas” exhibit, Saturday May 7, 7-9 pm.  Awards will be presented around 8 pm.

ART TALK:  May 10, 7pm at the MCL Grand

 Carole Wolanow on Mosaics

Carole Wolanow grew up in Southern California where she was surrounded by mountains, canyons, mesas  and oceans. She moved to Dallas, Texas in the early 80’s where she found herself in a flatland with amazingly exquisite architectural landscapes not found in Southern California.

 Her Mosaic Multi Media art work is inspired by the beauty of nature and the cultures she and her husband encounter in their round the world travels. She uses broken china, tiles, stones, cloth and found items in her designs.

Carole’s formal education is in Psychology and Counseling, and her business background was in the field of Human Resources  and Executive Search before her retirement in 2012. She enjoys the exploration of the artistic side of her life, now that she has the time to devote to these endeavors. She is available for custom design and can be contacted at carole.wolanow@sbcglobal.net.

Carole is a member of the Texas Visual Arts Association, The Texas Sculpture Association and the Texas Jewish Arts Association.

May 10th: ASEL Award Winners   

Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.

 1st Place Jackie Haugen
2nd Place Pepper McCarty     


May 7 – June 11: Main Gallery:  STRICTLY TEXAS

May 3 – July 2:   North Wing Gallery:  RECYCLED INTO ART  

May 2 – July 2: Showcase:  ART TRADING CARDS 


 Art Trading Cards workshop, Saturday, May 14

1:30 – 4:30 MCL Grand, Room 3.

Tierney’s Restaurant and Tavern  

 Visit Tierney’s Restaurant at 208 E Main St, in Lewisville to view works on display by members of VAL.  Current artists on display April 24 — June 26 2016  are:

 Louise Flanagan,   Alfredo Santesteban, and Nick Weaver 


See the Artwork in the windows at160 W Main St in downtown Lewisville

VAL members paint 3′ x 4′ canvases for the Greater Lewisville Community Theater’s (GLCT) to display in the Main Street windows for each of GLCT’s productions.  Chuck Hendrickson’s painting for the February play “Master Class” was much admired and was purchased by the play’s main actor, saving the painting from these panels’ usual fate:  unless someone wants to buy them, they get painted over with white and are repainted for the next show.

April ASEL Award Winners   

  1st  Place Lorraine Hayes

2nd Place Dave McRedmond

ART TALK:  April 12, 7pm at the MCL Grand

Rich Cimino:  METAL PATINA

Richard Cimino grew up in the Northeast and studied with Nautical Sculptor C. R. Clawson in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He learned the techniques of fabricating three-dimensional copper images using a variety of metal-forming hammers, shaping tools and torches.

Richard went on to develop his own techniques and repertoire while doing his art on a part-time basis. He entered a number of art shows in the 1970’s and 1980’s and gained much popularity along the East Coast from New England to Florida. Richard says, “A business career kept me from my artwork and only recently have I begun devoting full-time effort to my art.”
Richard spent a number of years living in the Southwest before returning to the Dallas area where he has been a member of the Cross Timbers Artists Guild, the Oak Point Art Society, the Visual Art League of Lewisville, Texas, and the Visual Art Society of Texas

“I use a multi-layered patina technique to add color and realism to my botanical sculptures. This technique can require several days for the layers to blend and achieve the desired colors and tonal shadings. A neutralizing technique stops the process
and the resulting patina is sealed to retain the color. Gold leaf may then be applied to highlight the edges of the flowers or leaves prior to the application of a final sealer.
Many of the ideas for my work come from life experience in the high-desert area of the southwest. Items are kept as realistic as possible with significant attention to detail; plants have dimension and texture, fence rails go through fence posts (not behind them), mailboxes have mail in them.

Initial drawings are produced to maintain appropriate perspective so that separate items do not appear out of proportion when displayed together. Preliminary models of the individual components are then developed. This enables me to fine-tune the techniques and procedures used to create the finished piece.”

ColorPalooza Fun

This event was such fun.  Unusual and artistic happenings everywhere.  Many thanks to the VAL artists who participated: Paula, Ruth, Chuck, Jackie, Elaine, Linda, Colleen, Daren, Nathan, Christi, Joanna, Lorraine, Connie, Wanda and Maurice.  Hope we didn’t leave anyone out.

ATC’s before and after

GLCT Theater Boards

The Visual Art League is pleased to paint theater boards for productions of the Greater Lewisville Community Theater (glct.org).  One for their upcoming production, “Book Club”, was on display at Colorpalooza shown here with Joanna who heads this up and Paula who leads the Art Trading Cards program.


Some shots of the chalk art in progress seen at Colorpalooza.

Coming Soon:   “STRICTLY TEXAS”,  May 7 – June 11, MCL Gallery

March ASEL Award Winners

1st Place Chuck Hendrickson


2nd Place Mary Carrdine

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Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old Town Lewisville

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Come participate with VAL at ColorPalooza.  VAL will have members creating in a variety of ways and joining in the fun with visitors.   This event will feature a wide variety of exhibits and interactive events with a “spring feel” for the whole family. Festival admission will be free, although some activities might carry a nominal charge. Visitors will get to show off their artistic abilities, watch skilled artists create one-of-a kind sculptures and paintings, marvel at colorful sidewalk chalk art, and learn how to better care for the Earth and make their homes more environmentally friendly. There also will be emphasis on interactive events for children, including inflatable play structures and creative arts and crafts stations.  For details, see http://www.lewisvillecolorpalooza.com/