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Monday:) McKinney Creative Community

10 Sep

“Creative geniuses redefine the desired solution. They don’t just push the envelope; they create a whole new courier system.”

― Puneet Bhatnagar

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McKinney has become quite the cultural arts district in North Texas, and it continually grows and expands. The behind the scenes art community is well represented at the monthly McKinney Creative Community potluck meeting every second Monday of the month at The Cove.

Our meetings begin with a yummy potluck, sharing food, beverages, laughter, hugs, and friendship. Then, we gather in a big circle for our “new and good” portion, sharing a little bit about ourselves, our recent creative endeavors, and the highlights of our month since last we met.

Our guest speaker this month was Angi Burns, the Executive Director of the Ovation Academy of the Performing Arts. Angi had an informative and inspirational presentation of how her vision for this academy evolved. After many years of teaching in public schools and having talented children of her own, she realized the great need for a special school for young people whose talents and creativity often get lost in the public school system.

With an in depth presentation of plays, performances, and accolades of the academy’s students, our group was thoroughly impressed with this new school and the possibilities it brings to our local young people.

One of the important things I learned from the presentation was that not all young people are comfortable or able to blossom in the average public school system. Often, talented and creative students are considered odd, different, or weird in the mainstream classroom. Unfortunately, they sometimes are ridiculed, teased or taunted. Ovation Academy provides a nurturing safe place for these young people to learn, flourish and to express their unique talent. We are very fortunate to have this innovative school here in McKinney, a welcome addition to our “Unique by Nature” arts community.

Ovation Academy of a Performing Arts is located at 301 W. Louisiana St. and more information available at http://www.ovationpa.org

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.

Tuesday:) Together We Can Change The World

10 Jul

“Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.”

~Ron Hall

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The second Monday of the month is always an evening to look forward to. McKinney Creative Community is a very fun group of like-minded, very talented, and very giving folks who get together for a pot-luck social and sharing gathering.

Our meetings are hosted at The Cove, a fantastic artist cooperative gallery in downtown McKinney. Our sessions just keep getting larger, more interesting and diverse. We have artists, writer’s dancers, musicians, teachers, potters, and other talented people who enjoy sharing ideas, information, food, fun, and it’s a great place for networking. Everyone is welcome.

Our guest speaker last night was Dr. Beth Beck. Her ideas about entrepreneurship and enabling women to excel in all aspects of their lives are fascinating.

Dr. Beck retired from NASA in 2018 after thirty years in federal service. So, what better speaker for our Creative Community than one who is passionate about social entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

Our McKinney Creative Community members listened intently while Dr. Beck shared her concept and dream of creating the MillHouse Foundation right here in McKinney.

MillHouse Foundation is a nonprofit foundation designed to connect women, build community, share resources, and create social, creative, and economic impact by fostering “fempreneurship.” MillHouse McKinney is a membership-based social space with studios, programs, activities, and experiences to promote and support emotional well-being and entrepreneurial experimentation that may result in emerging business opportunities. For more information: https://MillHouseFoundation.org.

Because the foundation is just in the initial stages, this is a great time for individuals and the community to get involved on the ground floor.

Thank you so much, Dr. Beth, for your inspirational presentation, but also for your tireless efforts in making your MillHouse Foundation dream become a reality.

Monday:) McKinney Creative Community Native McKinney

9 Apr

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”

~Jean Vanier

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We had another great turnout for our monthly McKinney Creative Community potluck. Great food, drinks, desserts and conversation with old friends and new friends is always a great way to start out the networking meeting of local artists, writers, musicians, potters, dancers, and all around creative folks.

Our guest speaker was Lanie Dunford. She and her sister, Nikki Olson, opened the upbeat and innovative shop, Native McKinney, located on the Square. The shop offers an wonderful variety of eclectic decor, native plants, and creative items made by talented local artists.

Lanie described the shop as a family friendly space, and said that if you stop by, most likely their kids will be running around and playing because it’s all about family. The two moms love McKinney and wanted to bring a feeling of fun and creativity to their community.

They offer a variety of workshops ranging from painting to planting, with more possibilities in the future. Also, a space is available for creative parties and workshops.

We enjoyed listening to all the ideas, hopes and dreams that the Native McKinney store owners have planned. The group was also invited to share ideas, comments, and possibly see if their talents could fit into the new shop. That’s what community is all about. That’s what our McKinney Creative Community is all about.

Lanie, seated next to her husband and little son, shared her creative passion with the group of local artists and artisans.

Tuesday:) A Talented Creative Community

13 Mar

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”

~Leo Burnett

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McKinney Creative Community meets the second Monday of the month at The Cove in downtown McKinney for a pot-luck gathering. It’s a wonderful group of like-minded, talented and appropriately named creative people. We are artists, writers, photographers, dancers, musicians, and the list goes on. We get together for camaraderie, sharing our “New and good news,” meeting new people, and chatting with old friends. Then, we always have an inspirational guest speaker.

Yesterday, our guest speaker was Carolyn Selby, owner and baker/designer of Cookies In Bloom. Carolyn talked about leaving the chaotic corporate world to follow her passion, starting her own business and being her own boss.

When asked what keeps her going and motivated, she explained how delighted she is when people rave about the special personalized gifts they give or receive. Making people happy and loving what you do is motivation enough.

The cookies are delicious and beautiful. We all found out first hand when we were treated to some yummy samples, and saw a few tasty examples.

If you’re feeling creative, they also sell kits to make or share your own yummy creations. You can special order, pick up and/or ship your delicious edible gifts at their location. They are also a full service U.S. Post Office, at 2001 Central Circle, #107, McKinney.

Stop by or check out the website.

http://www.cookiesinbloom.com/M/index.aspx

We have such a great time at our McKinney Creative Community meetings. We have great food, talented guest speakers and members, and most of all, we share our love of community.

Tuesday:) Two Talented McKinney Artists~ Wayne & Valerie Batchelder

12 Feb

“Happiness [is] only real when shared”

― Jon Krakauer

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Last night, we had such a wonderful potluck gathering at The Cove for our monthly McKinney Creative Community meeting. There was great food, friendship, conversation, sharing, and a presentation by local artists Wayne and Valerie Batchelder.

The main focus wasn’t as much on the creativity and craftsmanship of the couple, but more about how do two artists manage to work independently, stay focused, and stay married. The summary from both Valerie and Wayne was that they both admired each other’s talent, never criticized or critiqued, but most importantly, that they both understood that inner drive and need to create, no matter how long it takes or the time it takes away from other things. They both “get it.” How cool is that!

Valerie loves to create her whimsical portraits, but also enjoys stylized or realistic landscapes and florals.

Wayne is a gifted potter who spends endless hours forming lumps of clay into beautiful works of art.

It was fascinating how he described with such excitement how an old twisted piece of wood was destined to become a handle for an organic platter or coffee mug.

And the best part of our wonderful McKinney Creative Community is that everyone and anyone is welcome. Everyone learns and shares. Everyone is inspired and everyone knows that art is a part of all of us.

If you’re interested in joining us, check Facebook or Google McKinney Creative Community.

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.