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.
Photos showing bits and pieces of exhibit, “Retrospective and More”, November 13 – December 31. Artists exhibiting are Karren Garces, Jennifer Horn, Kathleen Mekallek, Robert Terrell, Pepper McCarty, R’Lene Winters, R. Dave McRedmond, Lambert Mathieu, Jean Mason, Christie Martin, Maurice Leatherbury, Kristin Basta, Elaine Nienkamp, Lisa Chittenden, Barbara “Pilar” Barnett, Betzy McBreen, Bree Smith, Kathleen Stringer, Lorraine Hayes, Wanda Grice, Valerie Corwin, Jackie Haugen, Tina Alvarez, Colleen Drew, Kartika Anderson, Sunny Raschke, Irma Murray, Linda Chidsey, Daren Fagan. If you find a piece you want for Christmas, this exhibit has allowed it to be taken out of the exhibit before it closes.
NORTH WING EXHIBIT
Artists exhibiting are Maurice Leatherbury, Kathleen Mekallek, Dave McRedmond, Lorraine Hayes, Christi Martin, Brent Boudreaux, Kathleen Stringer, Tina Alvarez, Jean Mason, Elaine Nienkamp and Betzy McBreen.
RETROSPECTIVE AND MORE (Gallery) & WINTER WONDERLAND (North Wing)
This is a chance to find that special gift from the varied works of local artists. Be sure to visit and see what you might find.
- Start: November 14, 2015 – Reception 7pm-9pm
- End: December 31, 2015
FOR EXHIBITING MEMBERS: Art Delivery and Pick Up
Saturday, Nov. 7, 1:00 – 4:00 PM & Monday, Nov. 9, 1:00-4:00 PM: Entries accepted at MCL Grand
Saturday, January 9, 5 PM – 6 PM and Monday January 4, 1:00 – 5:30 PM: Artwork pick up at the end of the show at MCL Grand Gallery
ART TALK: NOVEMBER 10
Guest Speaker Lynn Baskind on “Fabulous Frolics with Fabrics and Fibers”
Mixed media artist, puppeteer and storyteller, LYNN BASKIND, invites you to adventure with her into the realms of fabric and fiber creativity.
Lynn will introduce you to an array of puppets which she uses in her interactive puppet performances. Constructing puppets from scratch or reinventing bought puppets is fun and fascinating. “ There is a risk in not taking a risk in the creative process. Like cartoons, puppets can be hilarious caricatures – inviting unusual and exciting tweaks.”
Acrylics and their associated mediums, fibers and fabrics can be drawn together into exciting mixed media 2d or 3d artworks. Design, composition, color choice, line, repetition, scale and theme are essential considerations in collage creations.
Lynn and six fellow artists have studio space in the MICHAEL O’KEEFE STUDIO in Richardson. “The camaraderie of energized artists is infectious and inspirational.” At home, Lynn tries to confine her creativity to not more than 5 rooms!? She admits that she sometimes misplaces the sewing machine and her husband!
Be sure to visit Lewisville’s new Wayne Ferguson Plaza located across the street from the MCL Grand Theater and Creative Center for the Arts. Two beautiful places to visit.
ATC’s ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Some of the ATC group participated in the Celebration of Roses in Farmers Branch October 17. They encouraged and assisted visitors to join in the fun of creativity. Everyone, young and old, seemed to enjoy taking a break in the beautiful rose garden and creating a card of their own imagination.
Some of the Art Trading Cards that were created.
VAL OCTOBER ASEL AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS
Photos by Vanessa Lee Photography
1ST PLACE – DAVE REDMOND
2ND PLACE – WANDA GRICE
Extremely interesting talk in October by Allison Proulx showing her work through the years from her experiences with animation pieces for Disney and other films to where she is today. We thank her for sharing her expertise and the processes she uses in her work.
ART TALK: OCTOBER 13
Guest Speaker Allison Proulx on “The many hats we must wear to survive as artists”
Allison has worn many hats throughout her journey as an artist in an effort to continue to make a living with her art. Formerly a Walt Disney Feature Animation and Hanna Barbera background artist in Burbank, CA, Allison has turned her talent to the canvas full time for the last 10 years. She recently completed her MFA at Texas Woman’s University majoring in painting and minoring in sculpture. Allison completed her undergraduate work at Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design.
Originally from the suburbs of New York City, Allison currently works from her studio at home in Mansfield, TX. Her work is in numerous private collections and has been selected for juried exhibitions such as First Street Gallery graduate and pop-up shows in NYC, Rising Eyes of Texas at Rockport Center for the Arts, K-Space Contemporary Third Coast National Show in Corpus Christi, second place in the Goddard Center Annual juried exhibition in Ardmore, OK, “Best of Show” two years in a row with the Visual Art Society of Texas member’s exhibition, and the VAST national show to name a few.
“I believe there is a universal impact of the media throughout the world, effecting people both positively and negatively. My work reflects my reactions and perceptions to the complexities of media’s impact on society. The manner with which information is presented is so fleeting that our responses have become fleeting as well. This blur has a numbing effect on our perception.”
“I use collage, with patterns containing established iconography that reflect the society depicted, and printed imagery from media and pop culture to serve as a societal subconscious. The representational, traditional approach to painting is used selectively to reveal and obscure the collage beneath, reflecting cultural identity and the present reality of urban living.”
North Wing Exhibit: “Women of the West”
Running through November 7 is an exhibit of art with a slant toward western women. The exhibit is varied and unique. DON’T MISS this North Wing exhibit at the MCL Grand.
“Kids Can Paint” and “Artist Trading Cards” – VAL at Lewisville’s Western Days