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Friday Friends, The Art Club of McKinney and Frightening Forecast on Life

14 Mar

” I never really felt afraid or overly concerned about the Corona Virus threat until the notification from my church that all Masses were cancelled until further notice. When the Catholic Church shuts down, time to be afraid.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’ve been trying to go about my business without panicking or hoarding like many folks around me. But, just a few minutes ago, I saw an email from my pastor saying all Masses and gatherings and ministries at St. Gabriel’s were cancelled until further notice. Now, that scares me!

Yesterday, The Art Club of McKinney had its usual monthly meeting, and attendance was down a little, but not much. We are mostly older retired type folks, so we just plug along. We have so many talented artists in the club, and our guest speakers are always fascinating, and the hostesses provide a fancy spread of delicious food.

We had new officers nominations.

And, I was very excited that I won second place for artist of the month. Members are encouraged to bring a painting to share, and everyone votes on artist of the month, and I always forget. I had to laugh because I literally grabbed a painting off the wall next to the garage on my way out the door.

Diane Boudreaux’s “Kissing Sunflowers” was awesome. My snowy trees had fine prisma glitter. Who doesn’t love glitter.

Our guest speaker was the fabulous Pete Quaid. Oh my goodness. His paintings are magnificent, and his presentation was so informative. A lot of the concepts of setting, triangulation, contrast, hues, etc., I’ll have to admit, I had no idea what he was talking about. I paint cute snowy trees with glitter, and yellow roses on wine glasses.

Look at these…

We have the most talented artists right here in McKinney. Check out his website.


Speaking of artists, today Helene and I went to Towne Creek Apartments to work on some bowls for our donations to the Empty Bowls Charity Event. We had a few new faves joining us today. It was a lot of fun painting, drawing, and sharing a nice meal afterwards.

Even though the forecast may be frightening, I certainly don’t plan on being afraid of living. There’s too much to do and see and share in this big ol’ beautiful world.

Oh yes, and don’t forget Black Russian Friday. It’s almost midnight. Yikes! I better hurry up.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney Rocks

14 Feb

“Everything dreams. The play of form, of being, is the dreaming of substance. Rocks have their dreams, and the earth changes….”

― Ursula K. Le Guin


This morning was our monthly meeting of The Art Club of McKinney. Lynne, Sherry and I have been planning, texting, and gathering decorations for the refreshment table for weeks. We signed up to be hostesses for February so we could take advantage of a Valentine’s Day theme. When you have three creative overachievers, it makes for a fun meeting.

Our meetings begin with announcements, minutes, treasury reports, and introductions of visitors and new members. Then, we have our artist of the month voting. Members can bring a piece of artwork to be displayed and voted on for first and second place prizes. We have so many talented artists.

Our fabulous guest speakers this month were local artists, Valerie and Wayne Batchelder. The dynamic duo have melded their love of painting and pottery to form the perfect union, both in their studios and in their marriage.

Valerie’s whimsical watercolor and painting techniques are just delightful. Now, the couple occasionally combine their strengths and creativity, as Wayne throws the beautiful pots and cups, Valerie will glaze them with a fun and funky face or design.

Wayne’s earthy organic style of pottery is so different and inspirational. He finds unusual pieces of wood that speak to him, and forms them into his signature handles for his cups and mugs. All the vessels he throws are formed both with his hands and his heart.

The couple described how excited they were to have their recently completed individual studios behind their home in the McKinney historic district. ( I compared them to the perfect She-shed and He-shed.) It is so beautiful to see how much passion they put into their art and how that enhances their beautiful marriage. A great presentation for guest speakers for our Valentine’s Day Art Club meeting.

We are very fortunate to have such talented artists right here in our own community.

Such a fun day with fun artists.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

15 Nov

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

~Albert Einstein


The second Thursday of the month, The Art Club of McKinney meets at The Hub in downtown McKinney. Everyone was looking forward to the November meeting because, instead of a presentation or guest artist, we were having a hands-on jewelry making workshop. There were three different stations, guided by several of our own talented members. We took turns trying out various jewelry making techniques using beads, wire wrapping, and an array of creative possibilities.

We started out with our general meeting and minutes, followed by our raffle, artist of the month, and wonderful refreshments. Then, on to the jewelry making.

I personally flunked out of station 1, where we took a beautiful oblong stone and wire wrapped a basket type facet for it. Mine fell out twice, my wire was all crooked, and I gave up and shoved it in the little plastic bag. I don’t do well with tiny detail. The other members created some beautiful pieces. I did a little better at the next two stations.

Everyone had a good time, and learned a few new artistic jewelry making techniques. I learned to laugh at myself. I do much better with a paint brush and a canvas. But, I’m willing to try new things.

Here’s the necklace and bracelet I made. The necklace was supposed to be a pair of earrings, but I improvised. Fun day with fun talented friends.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

8 Aug

“Friends that share their art, share their heart.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning was our August Art Club of McKinney meeting at The Hub. We’ve been off for the summer, so it was great to see old familiar faces, some new faces, and some amazing artwork. Our August meeting is always our fun “Show and Tell” meeting, where each member brings one or two or a few of their recent artworks to share with the group. We describe the pieces, talk about techniques, and answer any question. Everyone leaves so inspired. Wow! We have some fantastic artists.

Here’s what I brought. A couple of painted glass vases and my 3-D butterfly painting done with only coffee.

After the inspirational meeting, a few of us walked over to Rick’s Chophouse for lunch.

Then, we walked over to The Last Gallery, that is now a super cool artist cooperative gallery, featuring our talented local artists. Then to visit Kim Guthrie at her studio around the corner.

If you’re around the Square this weekend, it’s Second Saturday. Kim’s studio on Virginia will be open all day and a lot of her cool and funky pieces will be featured at The Wine Merchant across the street from her studio. The Last Gallery on Louisiana is a must see stop, too.

You know what’s better than having good friends? Having good friends that are amazing artists that inspire and support and share their talent and love. Love you guys!

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

10 May

“Art should not be admired from afar, but rather lived up close and personal.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, The Art Club of McKinney had their end of the year luncheon at the beautiful Heard Craig House.

The event was catered by Hugs and set up in the gorgeous dining room of the historical home, surrounded by brilliant stained glass windows, antique furniture, hand-painted china, most of all, good friends.

Also on display, were the auction bowls created by local artists that will be featured in this year’s Empty Bowls charity event, coming up on May 16th at MPAC.

I was especially honored to have my auction bowl on display.

A lovely luncheon and beautiful day.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

12 Apr

“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”

― Roman Payne


The second Thursday of the month, The Art Club of McKinney holds their meetings at The Hub, just north of the Square. We start out with a general meeting at 9:30 am, then we take a short break for refreshments provided by different members each month. We were treated to an Easter themed extravaganza.

We also have a raffle, the prizes donated by members. It’s always great to win another artist’s work. Members are also encouraged to bring artwork for Artist of the Month, where members vote on their favorite work. I usually forget to bring something, but today I was feeling nostalgic and brought the portrait of my mother. I didn’t win a prize, but it was nice to show off my mommy to the group.

Our guest speaker was Melissa Patrello.

Melissa is owner of Stageworthy Arts, located in downtown McKinney.

StageWorthy Arts is a theatrical design studio owned and operated by Melissa Patrello. She creates unusual sculptures and wearable kinetic art. Her puppets and mechanical sculptures have been featured in many stage and theatre productions throughout the U.S. Melissa creates one of a kind puppets, props and rentals for the stage.

It was so interesting to hear how her passion for puppetry grew from an occasional volunteer challenge to a full-fledged creative business. That’s what’s so nice about The Art Club of McKinney. We are motivated and encouraged by so many different speakers and artists. It makes you believe that you can do anything as long as you love what you do. Thank you Melissa.


We are blessed to live in a community of such talented people. And those people are happy are more than to share their passion with us.

Saturday:) The Art Club of McKinney Members Show and Spending Some Time On The Square

24 Mar

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”

~Henry David Thoreau


It was a soggy drizzly dreary Saturday. I grabbed my umbrella and went for my usual afternoon walk anyway. Let me check my miles for today…

I planned on going to the Art Club of McKinney Members Art Show at The Cove in the evening, I called Helene and asked if she wanted to join me and maybe get some dinner afterwards. It was a great show. I’m honored to know so many talented friends.

There was such a wide variety of amazing paintings, sculptures and photographs.

After mingling and admiring the art, Helene and I had dinner at The Pantry. Oh my…chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy and fried okra. No photo, I forgot and you’d be too jealous anyway.

The rain clouds were gone and off in the distance, so we walked around the square, sat on a bench a while to people watch and listen to live music from Landon’s Winery. It was a nice evening.

When I got home, the sky looked part scary, part glorious. Depends on your personal perception. I see glorious.


9 Aug

“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.”

~ Albert Einstein


This morning was our first Art Club of McKinney monthly meeting after our summer break. We are very proud to be the oldest continuing art club in the state of Texas. Way back, in the day, members had to be invited artists, and their possible membership was voted on by the members. Today, anyone and everyone is welcome to join or just visit the group. All are welcome. You don’t have to be an artist, or even a student of art. You just need to enjoy friendship, camaraderie, and learning and sharing wonderful art.

The first meeting of the season is my favorite. I like to call it “show and tell.” Members are asked to bring a few examples of their art and talk a little bit about their work.

So, I’m just going to “show and tell” with some photos from this morning…

Now, a few of my artistic friends…

I’m sure you can see that we have quite a talented community of artists. Come join us sometime and share in the fun.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

11 May

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

Oscar Wilde


Today, we had our end of the year luncheon of The Art Club of McKinney. It was held at the beautiful historic Heard Craig House in downtown McKinney. The food was catered by Patina Green on the Square, and was not only delicious, but beautifully garnished. Gina and other members added just the perfect touches and decorations to enhance the yummy food.

Before the yummy meal, out-going President, Gina Roberson (L) handed over the hand carved gavel to in-coming President, Sandy Forbes(R). Gifts were given to board members and officers in appreciation for all the hard work and effort throughout the year.

Afterwards, a few of us strolled down to the Square on this lovely warm day and stopped at Snug on the Square for an iced tea and conversation.

When six artist friends get together to chat, the laughter and creative ideas are endless. Not to mention the sharing of grand-baby pictures. It was a really wonderful day with friends in downtown McKinney.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

10 Nov

History speaks to artists. It changes the artist’s thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images.

~Anselm Kiefer


This morning was the November meeting of the Art Club of McKinney. Our guest speaker and artist was Murry Whiteman. Murry is a very talented local artist with never ending credentials and awards.

Murry Whiteman

Murry Whiteman is an award-winning graphic designer and artist. He has worked on more than one hundred album covers for such diverse artists as Kool & the Gang to Cusco. He was nominated for Grammy awards in design twice. He has done design and advertizing for movies and TV shows including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Facts of Life, Dallas, Walker: Texas Ranger, Hunter and many more. He and his wife and their children have been active in Christian outreach for years, helping to start four churches and a number of missionary journeys over the years. He and his wife Besty live in Texas.

Our general meeting always consists of a fine buffet breakfast provided by volunteers, a raffle for door prizes and artist member are encouraged to bring a piece of anonymous artwork to be voted on for artist of the month. After the general meeting, a guest artist presents a demonstration.

Today, Murry shared his tips and tricks on drawing the human figure. We were all given worksheets and information, trying out different shading and proportion techniques with pencil.

Mr. Whiteman was charming, entertaining, and very informative. He also offers small group classes at the Martin Place in McKinney.

Another great meeting of the Art Club of McKinney.