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.
ART TALK: SEPTEMBER 13, 7pm at the MCL Grand
Guest Speaker Craig Vandeman
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.
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
ART TALK: AUGUST 9, 7pm at the MCL Grand
Guest Speaker 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.
CONGRATUATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE FRESH IDEAS 2017 EXHIBIT.
“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.
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”.
I N V I T A T I O N
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.
June 16: ASEL Award Winners
Thanks to Asel Art Supply for their support.
Linda Chidsey – 1st Place
Christi Martin, 2nd Place
ART TALK: June 14, 7pm at the MCL Grand
Guest Speaker Nancy Alexander
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
WINNERS OF STRICTLY TEXAS JURIED EXHIBIT
FIRST PLACE: “Red Buffalo” by Nancy Lawrence (Oil)
SECOND PLACE: “Prickly Pear by Kathleen McKailek (Pastel)
THIRD PLACE: “Texas Tapestry” by Lisa Chittenden (Photography)
HONORABLE MENTION: “Kick Up Your Boots” by Kathy Maybury (Watercolor)
HONORABLE MENTION: “Weathered Back Roads” by Pepper McCarty (Photography)
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
SPECIAL THANKS FOR THE MUSIC PROVIDED BY “HARDELEE BRISTOL” (Sam Baker and Manni Howe)
“STRICTLY TEXAS” OPENING
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 CARD WORKSHOP
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
PAINTING ART FOR THE GREATER LEWISVILLE COMMUNITY THEATER
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
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.”
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
Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old Town Lewisville
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/