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Saturday:) “Insight Out Jazz Art” at The Cove

12 May

“Creativity and insight almost always involve an experience of acute pattern recognition: the eureka moment in which we perceive the interconnection between disparate concepts or ideas to reveal something new.”

~Jason Silva

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Fred “Jazz” Roland’s vibrant expression of color, contour and concert was featured this weekend at The Cove. Helene and I stopped in to enjoy the colorful art exhibit and smooth sultry music performed by The Tribe.

Photography by Brandy Roland was also featured. Brandy’s descriptive black and white New York street scenes were very powerful.

A shout out to my friend Bob Romans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djgMYsdmZq4

If you missed the show, the art show will be open one more day, Sunday, May 12 from 6-9 at The Cove. 402 N Tennessee, just north of the McKinney Square.

Saturday on the Square:) A Fiesta of Culture and Folklore

5 May

“I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.”

― Beatrix Potter

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My friend, Theresa Johnston had her art show at The Cove this weekend. Theresa is not only a talented artist, but a beautiful human being, with a loving caring heart. Her artwork depicts her colorful and flamboyant Hispanic heritage. So many of the paintings were very familiar to my own Hispanic background,

All of the paintings had an interesting family background story from Theresa’s childhood and life. There are so many traditions, customs, and superstitions in every family, and the Hispanic heritage is one of the most interesting and colorful.

Here I am with my blind date. Get it? Blind date? (No face or eyes)

I asked Theresa if she had a painting of the very famous or infamous CHANCLA. She did not, but that’s a very popular Mexican joke. Mamasitas everywhere would always take off their chancla and threaten their children with bodily harm. You’d either get smacked with it or thrown at you. It didn’t hurt, but made the point that mamma was really mad.

It was a lovely art show and so good to see friends and wonderful artwork. It made me think of my own mother, and how she would have loved seeing the artwork.

Friday:) From The Cove~Meet the Artists of Empty Bowls

30 Mar

“When artists get together and collaborate, magic happens.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Friday and Saturday, the community has the opportunity to meet many of the artists and potters who collaborated to create dozens of beautiful hand-crafted bowls that will be auctioned off on May 16.

I was honored to have three bowls featured at the pre-view event. Instead of just standing around and mingling and nibbling, I decided to take my paints, brushes and a few white bowls to paint and demonstrate my signature bluebonnets. I got a chance to chat with other artists, potters, and visitors while I painted.

Alex Macias was home for Spring Break and was at The Cove throwing several beautiful clay bowls.

The large bluebonnet bowl that I under glazed last month was thrown by the talented Steve Macias. Lynne Weinberger’s cute bird and Marybeth Jagger’s hearts and birds were a lovely addition to the display.

If you missed the pre-view today, you still have a chance to visit The Cove Saturday evening, 6:30-9 pm, and meet some very talented artists, sip a little wine, and nibble some snacks. (I took some of my signature brownies, too)

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!

Saturday:) Some Talented Artist You Should Know

4 Aug

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

Émile Zola

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McKinney has a marvelous artist community, and pretty much every artist knows the other. You know why? Because this very supportive, close-knit community rallies together, shares their time and talent, and loves one another like family.

This weekend, there is another great art exhibit at The Cove, an innovative gallery/cooperative located at 402 N. Tennessee, just north of the downtown Square. I visited last night after volunteering at Towne Creek, so I was already in an artistic frame of mind.

My very talented friends Jeni Tomlinson and Cate Robbins are features in an exhibit called H.I.T. Show…Hanging In There. The subject are mainly loose works on paper, very creatively displayed and best of all, very affordable. If you are a collector of local artist’s work, this is a great show to visit. (I picked up a little something of Cate’s that appealed to me.

Jeni Tomlinson’s work is just luscious. She paints in all mediums, watercolor, oils, acrylics, and also she and her husband Charlie work wonders restoring old furniture, making it come to life anew.

Cage Robbins has mastered the art of hand-made paper, and cleverly creates collages of expressive pieces.

And look how clever the hanging of her work is displayed. Artists just have a different way of looking at things, and aren’t we lucky that they do? What a dull milk-toast world we would have without the artists.

The show is going on tonight from 3-9 p.m., so you still have a chance to scoot over there and check it out.

Saturday and Some Special Artists at The Cove

2 Sep

“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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If you’re not familiar with the little art gallery in McKinney called The Cove, you need to become familiar. It’s a charming space just north of the square at 402 N. Tennessee St. From the outside, with its plain white unassuming walls, you’d never guess it was a wonderful art gallery. But when you stroll inside, the walls are filled with creative and unique works of art. Pretty much every weekend,  local artists are featured and a wine reception allows visitors to meet and talk with the artists.

This weekend, my friend and fabulous photographer, Don Simmons, is featured along with Sam Rogers, another fine local artist. A treasure trove of other artists have work on display.

So, if you are around McKinney tonight, Sept. 2, 6-9:30 or tomorrow 2-4, stop by. If you can’t make it this weekend, look them up on Facebook or Google    thecovemckinney.com



I popped in for the opening Friday evening, and bumped into a dozen or more good friends, all local artists. McKinney has an outstanding and supportive arts community.


Don has a fabulous eye. Well, I guess both eyes are pretty keen when it comes to capturing the perfect image on his camera.



Sam and Annie Royer chatting about their work, both amazing in their own right.

These are the REAL ARCHITECHTS of change…

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

― William S. Burroughs