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Tuesday:) Toni Talks About McKinney

16 Jan

Small towns make up for their lack of people by having everyone be more interesting.     

Doris “Granny D” Haddock

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McKinney feels like a small town even though it is growing by leaps and bounds. But, it still has that small town atmosphere. There are no strangers, just people you haven’t met yet. Hang out on the Square a while, and you’ll make new friends.

Monday afternoons, I go to the Senior Center for the country line dance. Growing up and spending nearly 50 years in the Chicago area, I know nothing about country music or dancing. Hey, you’re never too old to learn. Right? I’m learning. I’m having fun. Then, I stayed after for the group line dance instruction class.

No, I don’t wear boots and a cowboy hat, but it’s never too late.

After the dance and the instruction class, it was almost time to go to McKinney Creative Community over at the Cove. I was already on the east side, so I just hung around until 5:30.

This group of talented local artists, writers, musicians, and creative people meet the second Monday of every month for a pot-luck gathering, to share, care, and stare at one another. We usually have a wonderful guess speaker. This month, Rachel Reitan, provided a very interesting presentation on portrait art and the motivational and inspirational process of an artist. Fascinating!

It is so interesting to learn about other artists and their creative process. Rachel spends hours with her clients before and during their portrait painting session, learning about their life so she can express that feeling into the portrait. If you want a photo, take a photo. Don’t expect a portrait to look like a photo. If you want the heart and soul of a person reflected in a painted portrait, call Rachel Reitan. If you live somewhere far from McKinney, find a local artist to paint your special portrait.

I love living in my little town.

Tuesday:) Talking To The Artists~ McKinney Creative Community

14 Nov

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

~Coretta Scott King

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Last night was our monthly McKinney Creative Community monthly pot-luck and gathering. Everyone is welcome, and the members and visitors are artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and pretty much anyone interested in sharing or learning creative endeavors. We gather at The Cove the second Monday of each month at 5:30, sharing food, drink, and all the wonderful

things happening in our world,

Our guest speaker was Amy Rosenthal, Main Street Program Director, who gave a wonderful presentation on the history of McKinney and how the community has changed over the past few decades. But, the exciting news Amy shared was that McKinney recently received the honor of being a Designated Texas Cultural District. She said that the local artists, musicians, etc. have been an integral part of making that honor happen.

The group did some brainstorming and making suggestions on how the arts community can participate and contribute to the growth of the city and how the city can help promote and support local artists. It was a very productive and inspirational meeting.

McKinney is a great place to live. I have been blessed with so many creative and talented friends.

Saturday:) MAST McKinney Art Studio Tour

11 Nov

“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. ”

― William S. Burroughs

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McKinney has recently been designated as a cultural District by the Texas Arts Commission, and the annual MAST, McKINNEY ART STUDIO TOUR, is a perfect demonstration of how local artists have created a thriving artist community.

This afternoon, my dear friend AND world’s great realtor, Linda Grossman and I visited a number of studios on the tour. And as always, it’s wonderful to see the talented artists that just so happen to be good friends of mine.

Kim Guthrie is known for her whimsical paper maché sculptures and adorable painted creatures, but also a wonderful teacher, sharing her many talents. She call The Cove her studio home away from home.

There were several artists at The Martin Place.

Jan Martin, Helen Bailey and other artist were demonstrating their various mediums. Patricia Crain. Elaine Herold, and Sheilian Lonian at The Martin Place.

Guy Giersch and Pernie Fallon opened their home to share their photography, pastel paintings and collaborative artworks, as seen on the wall behind them. Linda and I strolled through their lovely backyard to see Pernie’s backyard studio. I called it, “Pernie’s She Shed.

I commented how neat and organized Pernie is. Oh my, I could never have anyone go through my studio. I call it my “crap room.” Appropriately named.

A visit to the McKinney Art Studio made me have a hankerin’ to take a pottery class. So many talented artists with so many different and original techniques.

Over at the McKinney Art House, my friend Wendolin Mercado (top) gave me a few pointers on knife and star throwing. She’s a talented photographer, leather crafter, and artist of all trades.

My star throwing adventure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaMT-ObO3V

The McKinney Art House family. (Above)

My dear friends and amazing potters at Three Dog Studio. Steve, Alex and Minda Macias.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIu9sOXlh9s

Here a really cool video of a raku firing.

JB Phipps and Kerry Randol-Johnson also at Three Dog Studio.

Our final stop for the day was the gorgeous home of Jeffrey Jensen at his Cedar Street Studio. His architectural background lends itself to his intricate and beautiful watercolors.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

9 Nov

“When people tell me that they can’t even draw a stickman, I tell them that the secret isn’t being born a great artist, the secret is having a great art teacher.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This morning was our November meeting of the Art Club of McKinney. The early agenda and discussion was busy reporting minutes, upcoming events, the artist of the month contest, a raffle and a wonderful break for refreshments before the artist demonstration.

Our guest artist today was Magda Dia, who is also a club member, a fine potter, lives in and has a teaching studio in the historic district, and is also a sweet friend.

Magda demonstrated all the steps to throwing small clay bowls on the wheel, along with tips and tricks for creative throwing. (A little throwing of clay splatters did occur on the front row spectators)

Volunteer, Gena Roberson, tried her hand at making a bowl. She did a great job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0I2UgIIXUA

We had a very fun and informative meeting and demonstration today.

Magda’s classes and studio can be found on Facebook at Jump Into Art.

Sunday Sermon and Special Artist Friends

5 Nov

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

-Jesus Christ

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A cool crisp Sunday morning. With Daylight Saving Time, we got an extra hour of sleep, but I didn’t get to sleep till around 2a.m., which my body and brain thought was 3a.m. The 7 a.m. alarm came quickly, but I always look forward to Sundays, greeting before Mass, seeing friends and smiling faces, and of course, the many hugs that are shared.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Scribe asking Jesus which is the first of all commandments. His reply was…

Hear, O Israel!

The Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your mind,

and with all your strength.

The second is this:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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My take on it… Well, that pretty much covers it all. Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you follow those two commandments, no other rules are needed.

When I got home, I changed and went for a nice long walk. I wanted to get my walk in early so I could get over to The Cove (Art Show). My friends Guy Giersch and Pernie Fallon had an art exhibit this weekend. Guy is an amazing photographer and Pernie is an extraordinary pastel artist. They had their individual works and collaborative pieces.

Pernie added her magic pastel chalk touch to some of Guy’s wonderful monochromatic photos.

I’m so lucky to have so many talented friends.

After The Cove, I stopped to visit my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery. The back screen door to the shop was open, so I just let myself in. Backdoor friends are the best.

When I left, I walked around the Square a while. It was a lovely day and the streets were busy with folks out enjoying a fine fall afternoon. I had a few more exciting stops to make afterwards, but I’ll save those stories for another day.

Saturday:) Still Time to See Silky Hart’s Exhibit at The Cove

22 Sep

“Life is the ultimate artistic masterpiece, and it’s up to you, the creator, to make it as wildly dazzling as possible.”

― Laura Resau

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Last night was the opening reception of Silky Hart’s exhibit at The Cove entitled OAXACA FIESTA.

Yesterday, I had brownies in the oven, anticipating the exhibit, when the skies opened up. It was raining and storming, lightning flashing in the sky. My weather alert on my phone sounded flood advisory. So, I did what any good friend would do. I wrapped up the brownies in layers of plastic, grabbed a raincoat and very carefully and slowly worked my way to The Cove. The streets were already filling with streams of rain. Well worth the effort. It is a lovely, colorful exhibit.

The Cove is located just north of the historic McKinney Square at 402 N. Tennessee St. in McKinney, Tx

You can also check out her work and get more information at silkyhart.com

Friday:) Fine Art, Fun, Food, and Friends

1 Sep

“Fine art is knowledge made visible.”

~Gustave Courbet

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Friday is usually a busy day, but today more so than usual. I went for a long steamy walk in the morning, then rushed home to get a couple of pans of brownies in the oven. Once they were done, off to the store to pick up food and snacks for my visit to my senior artists at Towne Creek. When I got home, I rummaged through my craft room to get all my art supplies for our art project. The brownies were cool and ready to cut and package.

My first stop was Fire Station #9 with a container of brownies. (That’s why I always bake a double batch) They were all out on a call. As I drove away, I saw a red fire station #1 car pull in. I backed up all the way and a fireman came over to the window to see if I needed something. I told him I brought some brownies for the guys, but they were out on a call. I asked him if he was going inside, if he could drop off the brownies. He said of course, and thanked me. He looked pretty trust worthy.

When I got to Towne Creek, no one was there to let me in. I had to buzz the manager. I hauled in all my stuff and knocked on Bonnie’s door, then called others to remind them it was art day. (They forget)

We got started on our painting project, making some get well cards for Miss Nelma, in the hospital. After a quick demo of several techniques, they worked on the cards while I prepared our little feast.

We had fun painting, eating and drinking 7Up floats. Their cards turned out cute.

One of my favorite and easy demos is wet on wet watercolor. Just draw the shape, use clear water throughout the entire shape,

and drop on color. A butterfly is the perfect shape for blending and bleeding colors.

We cleaned up, packed up and did our farewell hugs. Then, off I went to the Square. I saw my friend Josh Farmer, walking into Sweet Spot Bakery, so I had to pull into a parking spot and go in and visit with him and Elizabeth for a while. All of a sudden, it was 7pm already, and closing time. So, how did that happen, where did the day go?

I headed over to The Cove for Miss Annie’s art show. That’s what the other batch of brownies were for. Annie and Kathy have a collaborative exhibit this weekend. Miss Annie is a good friend and a quiet dynamo behind the scenes artist and promoter of the arts in McKinney. Everyone loves Annie Royer.

The lovely and talented Annie Royer, and her beautiful paintings.

The other featured artist is Kathy Garland.

The cool thing about The Cove is, I always bump into so many artist friends who stop by to support our wonderful art community.

My friend and fabulous photographer, unbeknownst to me, snapped a picture of me and Miss Pernie, while we were laughing and catching up. Thank you Don Simmons.

Well, I’m finally home, after running around all day. Time for my Friday night Black Russian. It’s been a long day. A good, busy, steamy, creative, fun, but very long day. CHEERS!