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: 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.
Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance 2015 Angel Awards
VAL recipient: Maurice Leatherbury
Each year the Great Lewisville Art Alliance presents awards to volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the visual and performing arts in our community. This year VAL honors Maurice Leatherbury with this award. Maurice has been steadfast in working on all aspects of VAL’s exhibit at the MCL Grand and has served as Vice President for 2 years helping out with various needs. Maurice will be serving as VAL’s President for the 2015/2016 year.
Maurice is an award-winning photographer. He say, “My interest in photography started seriously while I was in the Air Force, where I purchased my first Minolta SLR camera while serving in Greece. For years, I took Kodachrome slides as well as black and photographs and learned B&W developing and printing in Greece, using expired chemicals and paper available for free from the Air Force. When digital photography made it feasible to produce high-quality prints without the bother of chemicals and a darkroom I switched to digital and now work exclusively in that mode, photographing with a Nikon digital SLR and printing on a wide format Epson printer.” Congratulations to Maurice. Visit the Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance at http://lewisvillearts.org/
“Kids Can Paint” and “Artist Trading Cards” – VAL at Lewisville’s Western Days
Be sure to see the “Sketchbook” display of Wanda Grice and Chuck Hendrickson located near the Black Box Theater in the MCL Grand in downtown Lewisville.
North Wing Exhibit: “Photography-Altered Process”
Running through September 19 is an exhibit of Photography that has been created in a unique way or is mounted in a manner that is out of the ordinary”.DON’T MISS this North Wing exhibit at the MCL Grand. A peek at some pieces on display:
Tierney’s Restaurant and Tavern: August 30 – November 1
Commercial Bank of Texas September
Interview with Kartika Anderson a recent exhibitor at Tierney’s Cafe
ART TRADING CARD WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 12
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 one, come all, have fun with creativity. Bring your media, cards 2-1/5 by 3-1/5 inches, and enthusiasm! Suggested theme for the month: “Indian Summer”
ART TALK: SEPTEMBER 8th
Guest Speaker Doris Vasek
Doris Vasek never knew she would become an artist. Her fascination with color and techniques led her through mediums such as embroidery, stained glass, weaving, spinning and quilting. Doris began studying watercolor art with Naomi Brotherton in 2005. Since then, Doris has taken workshops with many respected artists.
Doris took an oil and cold wax workshop with Rebecca Crowell in 2012. The oil and wax process was eye opening. The process tends to “make” colors directly on the art panel. Doris loves it! Instead of looking for “something” to paint, the oil and wax process is intuitive. It has been a revelation for her.
Doris is a native Texan and paints in her studio in Rockwall, Texas. Her art is in numerous private collections and has been accepted to juried exhibitions for Dutch Art Gallery, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Visual Art Association, Texas and Neighbors Regional Exhibition, Visual Art Society of Texas, Georgetown Art Hop and the 2013 Texas National Exhibition. Her works are currently showing at Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas and The Gallery at Round Top in Round Top, Texas.
“My abstract works are about color and texture composition. The colors are made on the surface of panels or paper. Very little paint is ever mixed on my palette. Sometime, the most luscious colors appear in the tiniest areas. They can become inspiration for the whole piece. I love knowing that all of the colors I have ever applied will always be a part of each painting, even if they are deep down in the painting.”
“I invite the viewer to enjoy each painting from a distance and then come closer to find the little jewels of color and texture in some of the smallest places. The viewer may find a color or shape that is one of a kind, never to be repeated.”
Art Talk: August 11, 7PM – MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville
Featuring Teta Smith
Teta Smith, owner of Teta Smith Studio, paints luminescent contemporary paintings in watercolor, acrylic, collage, and oil with cold wax.
It comes as no surprise that when Teta was asked why she painted, her response was simply ” I feel I’ve been created to create. Besides, I’m a nicer person when I have time to paint! ” Pursuing her passion for art came naturally, guided as she is, by the ultimate Creator. Painting has now become an inseparable part of her life.
“I create to involve the viewer by expressing emotions and intangible concepts, supported by strong design. My paintings take me to places that I can’t get to verbally, and convey so much that I can’t express in any other way. Phrases, brief comments, scripture or a scene, can touch me deeply and I feel compelled to paint it.”
Teta enjoys weaving in symbolism and avoids photo realism in her work, preferring the sort of elusive quality that prompts a closer look and viewer interpretation. Her love of color was rewarded when 3 of her paintings were featured in the book Confident Color by Nita Leland.
Teta also teaches all levels of Watermedia, Collage and oil painting classes in her studio at the Midtown Dallas artist community. A seasoned teacher, she holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters degree in Counseling, which is a terrific combination for teaching the art of painting. She says, “I’m thrilled to watch my students enjoy painting and progress.”
Teta finds it satisfying when students apply the weekly lesson to subjects that inspire them. She spends a third of the class time in a demo & lecture format, and the rest of the time helping each student. Stimulated by the variety in her class, students are encouraged to paint everything, from realistic watercolor portraits, to non-representational acrylic paintings. Yet she is diligent to instruct them to consistently apply the basic principles and elements of design.
Teta is an Associate member of National Watercolor Society, a Member of Southwestern Art Society, Richardson Civic Art Society, Art FocusXC and Collage Visual Arts. Over the years she has her work has been accepted and won numerous awards in juried exhibitions.She is a frequent workshop coordinator, demo artist and jurior.
TUESDAY, August 11, 6:30 Activities
Intake: “Photography – Altered Process”
Pick Up: “Fresh Ideas”, “America The Beautiful”, and the showcase art
Art Talk and members meeting: Teta Smith starting at 7pm
August 15 – September 19
An exhibit of Photography that has been created in a unique way or is mounted in a manner that is out of the ordinary”.DON’T MISS this North Wing exhibit at the MCL Grand.
Don’t miss seeing “Fresh Ideas” a VAL Exhibit at the MCL Grand Gallery, 100 N. Charles Street in Lewisville. Open Through August 8, Tuesday through Saturday 1-5 PM. A glimpse of the great works you will see:
Art Trading Cards (ATC’s)
Saturday’s ATC was such fun and attended by 7 adults and 5 children. Some the the art trading cards created:
Saturday, July 11 , 1:30 AT THE MCL GRAND
Creating Red White & Blue ATC’s
Join the group to design and paint art trading cards at the MCL Grand classroom. Bring any paper you would like to use and paints, pencils, and markers to make your own creation. It’s fun, inspirational and doesn’t cost anything. All are welcome. Artist trading cards, or ATCs, began in the tradition of business cards, but with a personal, artistic twist. Artist trading cards are generally 2 ½” x 3 ½”
ATC’s Road Trip
Recently VAL’s ATC’s took a road trip to the City of Farmers Branch to do an outdoor ATC workshop with their volunteer youth. It was great fun for all. Take a look at these pictures.
Leaders: Pam, Paula, & Wanda
FRESH IDEAS 2015 – Annual Juried Exhibit
Start: June 27, 2015 Opening Night: June 27, 2015, 7 – 9 pm End: August 8, 2015 Location: MCL Grand Theater & Creative Art Center, in Lewisville, TX located at 100 N. Charles St.
FRESH IDEAS AWARDS (Photography by Clyde Stringer)
(People’s Choice will be awarded at the close of the exhibit. Be sure to vote when you visit the gallery.)
FRESH IDEAS was juried by Diane Reeder Dorn shown here with Colleen Drew, VAL President on the right.
FIRST PLACE “CHEVALDE CAVALIA”, INK & PASTEL. ARTIST: JOYCE LANDRY SECOND PLACE “DO NOT DISTURB”, COLORED PENCIL. ARTIST: IRMA MURRAY THIRD PLACE “LA PARROQUIA”, MIXED MEDIA. ARTIST: MAURICE LEATHERBURY HONORABLE MENTION “THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE WORLD”, MONOPRINT. ARTIST: MARY CARRADINE HONORABLE MENTION “GENTLE GIANT”, PHOTOGRAPH. ARTIST: TINA ALVAREZ
FRESH IDEAS OPENING NIGHT
(Photography by Clyde Stringer & Elaine Nienkamp)
A benchmark competition that is produced each year. The first place winner of this exhibit receives a solo show in the MCL Grand Gallery in addition to award. See prospectus to enter exhibit. Open to all Texas artists 18 years and older.
Opening Night at the Art Gallery will feature local duo JUST US, singer/songwriters Julie & Jeff Cater known for their clean vocals, tight harmonies and energetic guitar riffs in their acoustic mix of great classics and originals. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy this fun creative event.
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.
VAL JUNE ASEL AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS
1ST PLACE – JACKIE HAUGEN 2ND PLACE – SUNNY RASCHKE
Thanks to Anne Royer and Steve Powell for an interesting and comprehensive look at the life of Van Gogh.
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.
North Wing exhibit at the MCL Grand: America The Beautiful
June 6 – August 8
Don’t miss “Free Wheeling” in the showcase near the Black Box Theater
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
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
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 April 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 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
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.