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ATC Workshop Sat. March 12, 2016
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Don’t miss this workshop on Art Trading Cards at the MCL Grand Classroom 3.  Everyone is invited and there is no charge…BUT there is lots of fun and creativity.  Any age and artistic level.  You also might want to checkout Jerry’s Artarama Art Trading Cards.

ART TALK:  March 8, 7pm at the MCL Grand

Jackie Johnston: INK BLOT & WATERCOLORS

My art career began in college but was put on hold when I got married and started a family. Thirteen years ago, I was appointed to the Richardson Arts Commission that I served on for 8 years working with all kinds of arts groups. I attended every group that we funded and volunteered to help most groups by helping them with fundraisers to building sets for theaters and an opera. One of the groups that I worked with was Richardson Civic Art Society. Some of their members encouraged me to start painting and even gave me a set of paints to begin. A group of women formed the group WOW which I am proud to be a part of. WOW stands for Women of Watercolor. We participate in shows and hang in galleries locally, including the Eisemann Performance Arts Center. I love painting and encourage all to express themselves artistically. It is very fulfilling! Hope you enjoy my art!  Visit Jackie at: http://www.artbyjacki.com/home.html

North Gallery Exhibit:  By The Numbers

March 2, 8:00 am – April 30, 5 pm   

 Exhibit in the North Hallway Gallery representing all facets of numbers.  Viewing any time the builiding is open.

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“The 5:00 Wakeup Call” by Alice Agafon

Bits and pieces of the exhibit.  Be sure to visit to see it all.  Artists are Alice Agafon, Maurice Leatherbury, Barbara Barnett, Alfredo Santesteban, Kathleen Mekailek, Christi Martin, Sunny Raschke, Wanda Grice

Showcase Exhibit: “Shoes, Hats and Handbags”

March 2 @ 8:00 am – April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Exhibit in the north lobby showcase with Wanda Grice and Joanna Kreuger. Viewing any time the building is open.

Don’t miss Acoustic Fridays at the Art Gallery

February 19  & February 26,  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come play or listen from 7 to 10-ish on Friday nights at the MCL Grand Theater, VAL sponsors this jam session so bring your acoustic instruments, voice and songs, any genre, or come, listen and maybe draw. We look forward to seeing you there!

VAL Lunch Meetups

Various members of VAL meets each month for lunch, dessert, or coffee.  VAL’s Meetup Lunch is becoming a successful event. Members enjoy nice conversations about art, exhibits and artistic opportunities in a relax environment. Tierneys also displays a rotating exhibit of art from VAL members. Below are some photos of the last meet up at Tierney’s Cafe.

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VAL February Asel Award Competition Winners

Asel Art Supply supports local art groups with competitions.  VAL appreciates the discount certificates given to the 1st and 2nd place winners in their monthly mini-competitions. Visit Asel Art Supply

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February 9 — Guest Speaker Morris Stein

 The Wood lathe as a Sculpting Tool

 

DESCRIPTION: Wood turning has evolved from an industrial process in the 1930s to an art form in the last few decades. I consider the lathe as my easel, the chisels as my brushes, and the natural colored woods as my paints. I create hollow form vessels other than salad bowls and vases. In an effort to push the envelope, I started specializing in subsets called segmented and ornamental turning.
With segmentation, hundreds to thousands of precision shaped pieces of wood are glued together to create an artificial ‘log’. By preselecting colors, intricate patterns are created before the turning ever takes place. Unlike inlay, these colors go through the vessel walls, and can be seen on the inside. My life-size Mariachi Hat contains over 1,100 pieces. I will have examples of segmentation as well as ornamental turning, which gets too involved for a brief explanation.
BIO: Born at a very early age.  Accepted into Bronx High School of Science.  Served in WWII, U.S. Army Signal Corps.  B.S.E.E. GWU.  Grad. work U. of MD.  Worked as computer pioneer, N.B.S., and U.S. Navy DTMB.  Taught 26 years at GWU.  Became wood sculptor after retirement.
Received Path of Achievement Award in MD 1999, designated “Living Treasure”. Award broadcast on CNN.
Invited to lecture and demo twice, and to display works at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery 2002.
Exhibits at five other museums.
Advisory Council, ArtCentre of Plano.
 
Numerous magazine cover stories and TV interviews.

Congratulations to the winners 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

We are proud to recognize Mary Carradine as our,

“ASEL Artist of the Year 2015″.

 

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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.

Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance 2015 Angel Awards

VAL recipient:  Maurice Leatherbury

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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/

 

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.
The PUPPETEER
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.
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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

Meeting new people and creating Art Trading Cards in the Rose Garden

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

“Sketchbook Display”

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.

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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

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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.

 

“Photography-Altered Process” 

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.

“Fresh Ideas”

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:

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 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.

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The ATC workshop location, Farmers Branch Rose Garden

 

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Leaders:  Pam, Paula, & Wanda

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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.

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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.

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  Prospectus

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.

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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  

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Thanks to Anne Royer and Steve Powell for an interesting and comprehensive look at the life of Van Gogh.

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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

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Don’t miss “Free Wheeling” in the showcase near the Black Box Theater

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NATURE’S EMBRACE – JORDAN GRIMES EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND GALLERY

MAY 9 – JUNE 20

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BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPES – VAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND THEATER

MAY 9 – JUNE 20

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MAY 12  VAL MEETING ASEL AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS

  1ST PLACE – IRMA MURRAY                         2ND PLACE – LISA CHITTENDEN   May 2015 Irma Murray       May 2015 Second Place Lisa C

 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

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BEST OF SHOW AMATEUR AWARD:  Taylor Lea

Best of Show2015-05-13 10.31.13 Thanks to judges Lisa Chittendon, Nancy Marashi, Sunny Raschke, Linda Chidsey

Join us May 9th, 7:00-9:00 PM at the MCL Grand Theater for the opening of  Jordan Grimes exhibit, “Nature’s Embrace” ,

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and “Black and White Landscapes”, a VAL member exhibit.

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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.

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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.

SPEAKER SERIES:

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

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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.

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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

Speaker: MissiLou

MissiLou Art~Hope~Humor~Dance~Courage~Creativity~Passion!
Nothing is Impossible!
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“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.

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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.

Below are examples of the results of each layer of printing. 1 After a few layers After a few layers of printing.

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A few more layers of color added

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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

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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

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Second Place – Lorraine Hayes

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FUN AT FEBRUARY MEETING – DRUM DISCUSSION

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“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

FirstPlace HonorableMention1 HonorableMention2 ThirdPlace Performers2 ATwo Tonics music – a perfect setting.

“THE NATURE OF TEXAS” AWARDS

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“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.DSC08699

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

Congratulations to Kathy Mabury, the VAL 2014 Artist of the Year Artist of the year Kathy Maybury Second Place was Mary Carradine. Mary Carradine 2nd place artist of the year Other Entries:

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. Colleen RLene at Ronald McDonald house Colleen RLene Maurice

JANUARY ART TALK –  January 13, 2015 – Wire Sculpture

Charles Arnold with artCharles at work

JANUARY WINNERS OF THE AZEL ART MINI-COMPETITION:

Tina and Maurice

WINNER OF THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FROM “FOODIE” EXHIBIT

R’Lene Winters R'Lene The People's Choice

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. Setting up projection Table-and-Left-Wall

 

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

This exhibit running through December 27  is on display in the North Wing of the MCL Grand.  Many pieces in the “Toyland” exhibit will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house. DSC07825

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. DSC07792 DSC07790

CD RELEASE PARTY:     OCTOBER 24, 7PM IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE MCL GRAND IN DOWNTOWN LEWISVILLE, AND ENJOY A SONG WRITERS’ CHALLENGE.

AFCDFrontFinal72dpi 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”. AFCDBackFinal72dpi

2015 CALENDARS

VAL has 2015 calendars for sale for $15.  The calendars feature paintings depicting dishes available at local restaurants. 2015 Calendar 1 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. 2015 Calendar sponsors

Archives of Interest

Fresh Ideas 2013

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