Welcome to the VISUAL ART LEAGUE

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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.

Congratulations to the winner of the “My Favorite Things” exhibit

1st Place: Irma Murray

 

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Second Place: Lisa Chittenden

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Third Place:  Darla Bostick

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Honorable Mention:  Dave McRedmond

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Honorable Mention: Mark Porter

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MCL Grand Gallery Greeter

If you would like to support the Visual Art League by being a greeter during its exhibit through January 30, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0848ada62da1f58-myfavorite.  You do not have to be an exhibiting artist.

January 12 — Guest Speaker  Sheila Cunningham 

Sheila Cunningham is a fine art photographer whose photo-based artwork includes artist books, book art installations, cell phone photography, digital collages, and Polaroid transfers. She has an MFA in Art and Technology and works with colleges, local and national organizations to teach a variety of art, bookmaking, printmaking, computer and marketing courses to children and adults. widely published in books and national. Her artwork, project designs and articles have been magazines, and she exhibits in solo and national juried shows.

A look into fun and innovative book structures and the exciting possibilities they inspire for content creation. Does the structure fit the concept or the concept fit the structure? Experimenting with a variety of art techniques and different sculptural shapes and forms create unique one-of-a-kind structures where art and ideas pop off the page.

“A Few of my Favorite Things” Exhibit is coming! January 9 – January 30

• Opening Night: January 9, 7pm
• Venue: The Grand Gallery; MCL Grand Theater & Creative Art Center, Lewisville.
• Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Information For Member Artists:

INTAKE:  “A Few of My Favorite Things”, “Asel Award Winners”, and “Seeing in 3-D” exhibits:  Monday January 4th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and Tuesday January 5th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.  Members may submit up to three pieces for “A Few of My Favoriite Things”.  The first and second place of the monthly Asel contests may submit two works for the hallway exhibit. Small items like jewelry, small sculptures, and miniature pictures may be submitted for the showcase exhibit.

STRIKE FOR: “Retrospective and More” will be at the same time.

GREATER LEWISVILLE COMMUNITY THEATER – SHOW BOARDS

Visual Art League members support the Greater Lewisville Community Theater by painting show boards that represent each production.  The boards can be seen in the windows of the theater on Main Street.   These board were created by Joanna Krueger and Chuck Hendrickson.  The current production is She Loves Me running through Dec. 20.  Visit http://www.glct.org for more information about the theater.

VAL Participating in Lewisville’s Holiday Stroll
Saturday December 5th

The Visual Art League prepared an interactive art project for visitors to the Holiday Stroll.  It was great fun for everyone, particularly children.

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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

Start: November 14, 2015 End: December 31, 2015

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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.

ART TALK:   NOVEMBER 10

Guest Speaker Lynn Baskind on “Fabulous Frolics with Fabrics and Fibers”

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Mixed media artist, puppeteer and storyteller, LYNN BASKIND, invites you to adventure with her into the realms of fabric and fiber creativity.
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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.”
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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.
STUDIO
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!

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NEW DOWNTOWN LEWISVILLE PARK: WAYNE FERGUSON PARK

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.

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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

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                        2ND PLACE – WANDA GRICE                       

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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.

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ART TALK:   OCTOBER 13

Guest Speaker Allison Proulx on “The many hats we must wear to survive as artists”

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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.

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 “Kids Can Paint” and “Artist Trading Cards” – VAL at Lewisville’s Western Days