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Saturday On The Square:) Empty Bowls 2021 Artist Party

7 Mar

“When awesome artist creating beautiful artwork come together for a worthy cause, that is called COMMUNITY at its finest.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This evening was a meet the artist and view some of the awesome bowls created for Empty Bowls 2021 over at The Cove. The auction and event will take place on April 29th.
(Keep the date open. Help celebrate 10 years of feeding the hungry and providing services for our community.)
I was honored to have two of my bowls selected to be featured.

I was just in awe at all the outstanding submissions by local potters and artists. Everyone recognized my yellow roses, and my ceramic pink roses that were glazed on a hand thrown bowl made by the fabulous Steve Macias.

A few more amazing bowls.
I think this one by Minda Macias was my favorite.
JB Phipps always turns an awesome wooden bowl. This one is huge and spectacular.
Then of course, it’s always fun to run into old friends that you haven’t seen in ages. Sherri Murphy glazed this adorable floral bowl.

(DISCLAIMER-masks were worn by all at this event, but removed very briefly for photo ops.)

Saturday:) Some Awesome Artists and Poets and Writers Around McKinney

8 Nov

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

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That Leonardo guy was pretty savvy. Poetry and painting go hand in hand. Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of being invited to a special after hours Blue Moon Viewing and expressive painting soirée at The Cove in downtown McKinney. My fabulous artist friend, Anne Royer , thought I’d enjoy participating in the Japanese painting and impromptu poetry gathering. Oh yah! Right up my alley. I was honored.

The Cove was featuring the artwork of Anne Royer, KD Hafley, and Wayne Batchelder. Annie and KD are fabulous artists and Wayne is an amazing potter. The exhibit was called “Under the Full Moon.”

After the show closed on Halloween evening, Miss Annie brought Japanese papers, inks, brushes, pens, tools, teas and sake for the guests to participate in creating inspirational creations and verse.

Miss Annie, doing her thing with gold ink.

Lynne Hubner’s inspirations.

Here are the works that I was inspired to create. The other artists shared their creations and poetry, and we all wandered out from time to time to see the glorious Blue Moon masterpiece that lingered in the eerie evening sky. A beautiful artistic evening in downtown McKinney.

Look at that moon. That was SO cool. There even appeared to be a blue streak whispering through the clouds that night.

Friday:) The Fabulous Kim Guthrie Art

3 Oct

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” –

~Helen Frankenthaler

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My good friend and fabulous artist, Kim Guthrie, had a one day art show at The Cove in downtown McKinney this evening. Sherri Murphy and I went down to see her wonderful work. Kim had a unique colorful and playful style that evokes smiles and joy. Her love of art is as bountiful as her talent. She is also fun and funky and silly. Here she is donning her mask with a faux $100 bill to reflect her fun philosophy of “Put your money where your mouth is.”

There were so many amazing works to see. She had a “smiley face” side theme going on for this show. There’s always a creative whimsical style in her work.

That’s Kim under the Big Bad Wolf mask. She’s so cute.

This gentleman was walking home from The Cove with an original rendering of his beautiful cottage home just down the street in the Historic District of McKinney. Sherri beeped her horn as we drove by, noticing that he was taking a selfie of himself with his new acquisition. We wanted a photo too. He was so proud. I’m sure it will find a place of honor right away.

Kim Guthrie has an adorable little studio right in the square where she can be found most days painting and visiting with friends, neighbors and visitors.

Check out her website… https://www.kimguthrieart.com/

Oh yes, HAPPY BLACK RUSSIAN FRIDAY, my friends.

Saturday on the Square and Elswhere

6 Sep

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”

~Tim Cahill

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When it’s a gloomy Saturday evening, the skies just finished pouring rain, and there’s nothing on TV, it looks pretty bleak. Then, my phone rang at 5:48 pm. It was my good friend Sherri Murphy…”Whatcha doin’?” Well, knew an adventure was in my future.

Sherri said that she wanted to run down to the Square and go see Maribeth Jagger’s art show over at The Cove, and would in like to join her. Well, Maribeth is one of the most awesome local artists and instructors around McKinney. I said, “Sure!”

She said she was driving down Prosper Trail Road and would be at my house in ten minutes. I’m glad she gave me some notice. (I’ve been known to call her from her driveway.)

The Square was pretty hopping as we drove through on our way to The Cove. It was so good to see Maribeth and a few artist friends that we haven’t seen in many months. I think we were all smiling. Hard to tell under all the masks. Maribeth had a clear shield, so we could see her smile. It was great to see Steve and Minda Macias. Alex was there too, but no photo op. (Amazing ceramic and pottery artisans.)

After we visited a while, we drove back through the Square to look for the Butterflies on display. Here’s the one in front of Chestnut Square.

We probably visited for around an hour all together, but it was wonderful to go on a short adventure with Sherri Murphy.

I’m still not sure if I’m Thelma or Louise… I guess it really doesn’t matter. We do have fun. Thanks Sherri!

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.