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Tuesday:) It Takes a Village…or a Community

13 Nov

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

~Coretta Scott King

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McKinney Creative Community meets every second Monday of the month at 5:30ish, over at The Cove on Tennessee. It was so cold and blustery last night, that I thought for sure that not that many people would attend. The place was packed with artists, writers, musicians, web designers, friends, etc. (we even had a visiting puppy dog.) All were there for the same reason, to share food, friendship and information.

McKinney has the greatest arts community and the most wonderful artists and creative people on the planet. Maybe, even the universe, but I haven’t visited the rest of the galaxy to find out. Maybe one day?

All are welcome to attend these pot luck gatherings. You don’t have to be an artist or even think you are creative. But, if you attend, you certainly will leave feeling inspired, and maybe decide to take that pottery or jewelry class, or sign up for a dance or yoga class. It’s never to late to learn or try something new. And the best part is, you’ll make new friends.

I always like to post a picture of my brownies on the Facebook page, before they go in the oven. I’ve been told that that’s a good reminder and incentive for the gathering. Yesterday, I made Snicker-s’mores brownies. I used lots of leftover Halloween candy bars and marshmallows. Yum!

The first hour or so of our meeting is socializing, sharing yummy foods, desserts, and beverages. Then, we gather in a circle and just share our “New and Good.” It can be anything from taking a workshop, upcoming art shows, awards, or just a recent trip. My sharing was about my visit to Chicago to see my grand babies and visit family. We are all family here, sharing family news.

Our guest speaker yesterday was Molly Brewer from McKinney’s Arts Commission. Not only did we find out about the many projects and opportunities in McKinney, but also about the many grants available to various individual artists and art groups. Several suggestions and opportunities we would never have known about. Very informative.

As I’ve said a zillion times, there is so much to learn and so much to share in our community. It only takes that first step to say, “I want to expand my horizons.”

In December, many of the artists will be featured or attending the Tupps Brewery Holiday Art Bazaar. The perfect opportunity to purchase amazing local art and crafts at wonderful prices. Check it out.. oh yes… and have a beer or two while shopping and meeting the cool artists.

Tuesday:) Talking About McKinney Creative Community

16 Oct

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

~Coretta Scott King

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The second Monday of every month, a wonderful group of talented artists, writers, musicians, and local creative people gather at The Cove for a potluck gathering and meeting of the minds.

What a fabulous group of people, and the potluck dinner is always over the top. Some people bring wine, teas and beverages, and there are all kinds of yummy food, snacks and desserts. (I bring brownies every time. I’d be kicked out if I didn’t bring my brownies.)

We always have a fascinating guest speaker. Our speaker yesterday was Colleen Hartley who spoke to the group about how to promote their artistic endeavors through Brand Identity.

Colleen gave us some interesting insight into the importance of websites and creating our personal branding. She works with clients to promote their business, but she also shared many tips, free websites, and ways that we can all promote our artistic endeavors. As artists and creatives, we usually don’t know the best way to promote our work. Colleen gave us some great ideas on how to accomplish this.

McKinney Creative Community is open to anyone interested in meeting other like-minded people, sharing ideas, learning, and making new friends. You can find more info on Facebook.

We have a great community and compassionate members who take action to make it so.

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

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.