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Saturday On The Square:) Art and Music

15 Sep

“Art allows you to see the world with your heart, and music allows you to feel the world with your soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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There were a lot of things happening around town today. The downtown square was active with Second Saturday activities. With no plans or commitments today, I decided to just go and spend the day on the square.

My first stop was Last Art Gallery. Brad Donaldson had some of his fabulous resin artwork paintings on display outside.

Maria Hampton and Leslee Ortega were demonstration alcohol ink techniques inside.

Then, it’s always great bumping into friends who were also soaking up the sun and art on the square. Karen and Lynne and I stopped at Spoon’s for a quick lunch.

Then, a Lynne Hubner sighting. She was just visiting the artists, it she is an amazing printmaking artist,

Maribeth Jagger was doing an alcohol ink demonstration over at Filtered Coffee Shop. Maribeth has probably taught alcohol ink techniques to half of the McKinney artists.

While I sauntered around the Square, I stopped in the Visitor’s Center, and I was excited to see my friend Beth Shumate was at the desk. Well, we talked for over an hour about McKinney happenings, and about friends and family, etc. The time just flew by.

It was still pretty warm out, and down the street, I could hear some familiar Bublé songs. It was Armon Ramirez, a fabulous singer that I’d met a few weeks back. I sat and listened to his silky voice for a while.

on my way back to my car over behind Cadillac Pizza, I saw one of our fine Mounted Patrol officers. It was Officer Lindsey Paul. She was stopped in the street, and several children were petting and admiring the horse. I heard one of the children giggling and saying, “She let me pet the horse.” Everyone is impressed when they see the Mounted Patrol.

Well, the night was still young, so I went over to The Cove to see Megali Muñoz Smith’s show. The Joy of the Moment was her theme, with colorful island and tropical paintings. Of course, more music to add to the mood.

Her show continues tomorrow from 2-4 at The Cove if you missed it today.

It was a busy dizzy dazzling artistic kind of day on the Square. McKinney has the greatest art community and the greatest artists, and fortunately for me, most of them are the greatest friends of mine.

Driving home, I was treated to an amazing sunset. The sun was a HUGE red-orange orb in the cloudless sky. There was no great place to pull over and get a photo, so I just clicked one at a stop light. It was breathtaking. The perfect end to a lovely day.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Sep

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”

~Robert Hughes

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Today was our monthly meeting of The Art Club of McKinney meeting. After the general meeting, artist of the month, raffle and refreshments, we watched the movie “Loving Vincent.”

Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of a painter Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film.[7] The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish-UK co-production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.

First conceived as a seven-minute short movie in 2008,[7] Loving Vincent was realized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist’s story through his letters.[9]

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of over 100 painters.[10] The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[2] It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

As you can see, the artwork was stunning, colorful, and the story line intriguing. Everyone enjoyed the film.

If you’d like more information about The Art club of McKinney, you can check out the website. artclubofmckinney.org

Friday:) Friends and Floral Event at The Cove

7 Sep

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

― Victor Hugo

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McKinney has the most amazing arts community and tonight’s art opening at The Cove was a perfect example of that.

Kim Guthrie and Jennifer McCrary gave new meaning to “Bloom where you’re planted.” The art show is a cooperative exhibit of Kim’s colorful and whimsical floral paintings, and Jennifer’s gorgeous one-of-a-kind floral arrangements.

I think half of the McKinney art world was there this evening and I’m sure the other half will be there tomorrow, along with friends and neighbors. The great part is most of the people I ran into tonight are dear friends. If you didn’t make it to the show tonight, get over there tomorrow night. And hey, if you don’t live close by, you can always check out Kim’s website. http://www.kimguthrieart.com

Kim Guthrie is so creative and talented.

And Jennifer McCrary makes magic happen with plants and flowers.

The Cove just “blossomed” with beauty tonight. Such a great show.

Fun Friday with friends at The Cove in McKinney.

Saturday on the Square, The Cove, and Artfest

25 Aug

“The best place to be is any place where you are loved.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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We are very fortunate to have so many fine artists and creative people in McKinney. This evening, a few of my friends made plans to go over to Artfest at the Cotton Mill. We bumped into a bunch of old friends and made some new friends. The artwork was beautiful, and the venue at the Cotton Mill is very Artist friendly with original exposed brick and old rustic charm. Brad Donaldson had his amazing resin paintings and furniture, and Jenny’s Bay Willow hats were the highlight. We all tried on hats and posed for pictures. Andrea’s beautiful bird paintings are precious. There were dozens of other fabulous artists and friends.

After Artfest, we went over to The Cove for Wendolin’s fantastic photography exhibit appropriately entitled “Breathless.” Gorgeous underwater photography that left you breathless. So creative, so surreal. Wendolin has a wonderful eye, capturing the essence water and movement.

Good to see my old friend Don Simmons. Another fine photographer in his own right. I love how local artists all come out to support one another.

We scooted over to the busy square for dinner and ended up at Spoon’s Garage. Who was sitting outside with some friends but my old “young” friend Oscar. I hadn’t seen him in over a year. Such a fine young man.

We had dinner and drinks at The Garage, amidst the hustle bustle and noise of the square.

All in all, another spectacular Saturday with good friends, enjoying fine art, fine food and friendship.

Monday and McKinney Creative Community

13 Aug

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

― Osho

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Our August McKinney Creative Community potluck gathering at the Cove tonight was very interesting and informative. Our guest speaker, Jeannette Teel, Jeannette brought so many interesting locks and keys that she’s collected and purchased over the years. She creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with these antique or vintage locks and keys, some as old as 300 years.

Each unique piece is not only a beautiful art form, but has a fascinating history or story to go along with it. Jeannette’s passion is only surpassed by her creativity.

It made me think of all the sentimental items that we hold onto over the years, and how maybe, just maybe, they could be turned into a sentimental piece of jewelry or some kind of artwork. I made a joke and said, “I have my old high school gym locker combination lock that I could wear around my neck, but it’s kinda heavy.”

It was a great evening sharing time, food, and ideas with other creative and like-minded friends at The Cove.

And, the perfect end to a great evening was the gorgeous sunset on my drive home.

Friday:) A Few Artist Friends and Some Firemen

8 Jun

“All I ask is of life is that I can sing and dance and share my art and writing and baking and cooking and joy with the world. That’s a lot of ands. And, that’s OK.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Wow! A crazy busy day. The first Friday of the month is a pretty busy one. I got up and fed and walked the dog. Ran to the store.(Actually I drove, but you know what I mean.) I needed some food for the feast at Towne Creek, where I volunteer teaching art. I was bringing hot dogs, salad, chips, peach pie, snickers ice cream with a side of cool whip, and a pineapple ginger ale punch.

I was roaming the aisles when I bumped into several of my firemen friends from station 9. When I rounded the corner, I raised up both arms and said, “Station 9!” I heard a resounding rely, “Miss Toni!” I checked out their cart to see what they were making for dinner. I told them that next time I make a big batch of pasta, I’m going to bring some over.

When I got home from the store, I took the dog out again, then went for my walk, trying to squeeze in some walking time before Towne Creek at 2. I got in about 2 miles. Mr. Mike got home early, so I returned Bella (the dog), packed up my car with all the food and art supplies and scooted over to Towne Creek Senior Apartments.

I just grabbed a lot of stuff and I always just wing it as to what project we’re going g to work on. We always have fun.

Helene has been coming with me to help, and today, she really put in a full day with gluing, cutting, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up.

I decided after art group to go over to the country dance at 7pm at the senior center. I was already exhausted and my feet were killing me from standing all day and running around since 9am. But, I love music and I love to dance. So, off I went. Oh, let me see on my phone how many steps I took today. (And that’s just when my phone was in my pocket.) yikes! 16,658 steps or 7.4 miles.

Yep! A busy day, but a good one. Now, for my Friday night Black Russian. Let me go fix it now. Yep, now to put my feet up and enjoy the rest of my evening. Cheers!!! Happy Friday my friends.

Saturday:) Celebrating 60 With Blynda Christian

19 May

Wow! It took me sixty years to look this good!

Anonymous

(But, it applies to Miss Blynda)

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Today is Blynda Christian’s birthday, and she had a HUGE TINY birthday celebration at her house. I’ll explain. Blynda, a very talented artist, invited her friends and family to celebrate her Big Fat 60th birthday and Tiny Art Show by creating a tiny 4×4 piece of artwork to display at her party. Seeing as she has a zillion friends, there were a zillion fabulous tiny works of art displayed throughout her house.

The theme was “tiny”, so there were tiny desserts and food, like tiny tacos, tiny tostadas, tiny cakes, etc.

Each tiny canvas or artwork was a masterpiece. Blynda has a talented family, and so many talented friends.

Everyone had a great time, drank tiny glasses of wine, ate tiny food, and also created more tiny artwork at the kitchen table.

Oh, and there were the tiny 12 Aposticle Sticks by Amanda Wallace.

It was a HUGE TINY celebration, and I’ll have to say, 60 never looked so good. Happy birthday Blynda, and here’s to another 60. 🍷