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Saturday:) Some More Amazing Artwork- Anne ROYER

13 Oct

“Artists do not create to make a living, but rather are living to create.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Have you been down to The Cove this weekend to see Miss Annie Royer’s beautiful watercolors? Well, drop what you’re doing and get over there NOW! The show is today 6-9:30. Plus, its Second Saturday on the Square. The weather is cool and refreshing, and the atmosphere will be warm and inviting.

Anne Royer is a quiet, behind the scenes legend in the McKinney artists community. Her artistic style is as unique and versatile as her life. She is admired and respected by all who know her.

We stopped by The Cove last night after my volunteer artist group at Towne Creek. The gallery was packed with friends, fellow artists, neighbors, and art aficionados.

These impromptu painting were just delightful. And so is Miss Annie. 🤗

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.

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.

Saturday by the Square:) Maribeth Jagger Art at The Cove

6 Jul

“Some artists have a natural talent, and others work at it every day. Then, there are those special artists who incorporate both.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Last night after my art group at Towne Creek, I went over to The Cove Art Gallery to check out Maribeth Jagger’s show. Boy, am I glad I’m did because her painting were selling faster than ice cream on the 4th of July. My favorite one was still available, so I grabbed Maribeth, literally, and said, “Please put sold on this one for me.”

Maribeth’s’ show will be at The Cove today, Saturday, and finishing up tomorrow. The Cove is located at 402 N. Tennessee, just north of the McKinney Square, over by the library.

The fun part was seeing all these works of art in person because Maribeth posts her daily inspiration and paintings on her Facebook page. It was impossible for me to imagine that she could paint these beautiful masterpieces in just one day, much less to paint one EVERY day. She is such a talent and inspiration.

Her masterfully illustrated journals also incorporate her love of nature and travel. Maribeth is such a talented lady and I am honored to call her friend.

“Some artists have a natural talent, and others work at it every day. Then, there are those special artists who incorporate both.” This is you, Maribeth.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

If you haven’t seen her art work…. what’s wrong with you? Get over there!

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!