Friday, June 23, 2017

TOMORROW!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS ALLIANCE PRESENTS:



FREE ORIGAMI CLASS

TOMORROW, JUNE 24TH
FROM 10AM-12PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR, AUDREY NORMAN

AGES 10 & UP

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
100 RUSK ST.
MT. VERNON, TX
(ONE BLOCK WEST OF COURTHOUSE)

TO REGISTER:

CALL KEITRA903-456-7549
EMAIL CHRISTIANfranklincountyarts@gmail.com


Monday, June 19, 2017

COMING NEXT MONTH!!!

FCAA CHILDREN’S
FOLLIES BOOTCAMP/THEATRE WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR: DAWN DOYLE
ASSISTANT: NEW MVHS THEATRE TEACHER, CARLY STEWARD

JULY 19TH-21ST
9AM-3PM

AGES 8-14

$25 PER CHILD

*BREAKFAST PROVIDED

*CHILDREN BRING SACK LUNCH

*PARTICIPANTS GUARANTEED A SPOT IN 2017 FRANKLIN FOLLIES: BLIND JUSTICE



CHILDREN’S THEATRE REVIEW

SATURDAY, JULY 22ND
7PM

*CHILDREN WILL DO A PUBLIC PERFORMANCE BASED ON WHAT THEY LEARNED DURING THEIR FOLLIES BOOTCAMP/THEATRE WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE.


LOCATION:

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
100 RUSK ST.
MT. VERNON, TX 75457
(ONE BLOCK WEST OF COURTHOUSE)

TO SIGN-UP:

CALL FCAA CHILDREN’S CHAIR, KEITRA STOKER: 903-456-7549
EMAIL CHRISTIAN: franklincountyarts@gmail.com


** FCAA Children’s Follies Bootcamp/Theatre Workshop & Children’s Theatre Review Funded, in part, by The St. Clair Endowment, through the FCHA.

Friday, June 16, 2017

FREE ORIGAMI CLASS NEXT SATURDAY!



MVHS Art Teacher, Audrey Norman will be instructing AGES 10 & UP in a FREE ORIGAMI CLASS, sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Alliance on Saturday, June 24th from 10am-12pm.  The class will be held at the Cultural Arts Center, 100 Rusk St., Mt. Vernon, TX (one block west of the courthouse).

Students will learn how to design their own origami paper with a paint marbling technique.  They will also learn three techniques in the age-old art of Japanese paper folding, ORIGAMI.  Come join the fun! 

Register today:
 Call: 903-456-7549 or

Email: franklincountyarts@gmail.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

WELCOME OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER!



                                                                 *Photo provided by Hayley Dickson

Hayley Dickson has recently joined the Franklin County Arts Alliance team as Marketing Assistant.  Hayley was born and raised in the Mount Vernon area.  She is also a graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in Social Work and has 15 years experience in the hospitality industry and customer service.  She will be helping promote the FCAA, coordinating the quarterly newsletter, assisting in new member solicitation/updates, and event planning.  
  
Hayley grew up in an arts-rich environment.   She says, “I was always surrounded by music and art as a kid.  My grandfather, J.L.,  was an excellent fiddle player and would even write and compose his own stuff.   We had painters and authors in the family as well.  I was always taught to appreciate the gifts and talents of others.  I love watching people’s visions and personalities come to life.” 
Hayley is a stay-at-home mother to her 4 year old son, Carter, and has been married to her husband, Dustin for 7 years.   They enjoy camping, concert going, and gardening.   Hayley loves to read, redo furniture and repurpose old items.   She is a board member for the Tri-Lakes Pregnancy Center and is an active member of the Trinity Baptist Church.  Welcome to the team, Hayley!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

LAST WEEK'S OPENING RECEPTION



What a wonderful  opening reception for the Tom Wilkinson: 50 Years of Collecting Art (1966-2016) Exhibit! We had about 57 people there between 11am & 1pm. Thank you to everyone who came. 



We would also like to say a big "Thank you!" to Tom Wilkinson for allowing us to share his collection with our community! Thank you to everyone who helped hang the exhibit, provided the food, and set up for the reception! The exhibit dates are May 6-June 2.  Come and enjoy!


Friday, April 28, 2017

OUR NEW EXHIBIT- TOM WILKINSON: 50 YEARS OF COLLECTING ART (1966-2016)

*Photo courtesy of Tom Wilkinson(Charcoal drawing by Artist, Rachel McClung)

A FEW WORDS OF INTRODUCTION

I first began buying original art about 1965-66, while I was working at South Texas Junior College in downtown Houston. At that time the actor and art connoisseur Vincent Price had amassed a sale collection for Sears, Roebuck, & Co. that included some really wonderful matted and framed sketches, and the second and third pieces exhibited here are from that collection. As I recall, the Price Collection was not a commercial success, probably because in those days most Sears customers went there for appliances, not art, but it was my first introduction to original art, and to a notion of art that didn't involve traditional oil paintings.

The fourth work in this show very much fits that bill, and I didn't buy it, I inherited it from my parents. It's a late 18th/early 19th century oil probably in its original, ornate frame, in the style of Gainsborough and Constable, very traditional and very "proper." In those days, art was meant primarily to please the upper classes, and the landscape tradition in art was still new. Compare this work with the next one in the exhibit, a 20th century landscape by the Russian artist, Cyrus Afanasy. You'll notice the trees still there, but not the depth of perspective. The Renaissance discovered linear perspective, so now it's considered "old hat." Modern art mostly tends to be very flat.

The next work in the show is an enamel that I bought in Dallas after I'd moved back to join the new Dallas Community College District at El Centro in the late 60's-- at the Olla Podrida, a wonderful arts and crafts mall on Coit Road, near Forest Lane and Central. The Olla Podrida was unique in Dallas for its time then and since- -a group of artists and craftsmen coming together to sell their wares in person. I loved going to it and I miss it still. I was also introduced to my first pieces of pottery there, and one, by Marty Ray, still survives--I've got to stop using it as a grease collector, but I doubt that Marty would mind a bit--it was meant to be functional, as most pottery is!

My first "real" gallery purchase came from a new art gallery in downtown Dallas, in the sub- floor atrium next to Brennan's, my new favorite restaurant, of a new skyscraper crossing from Elm to Main St. It was a real departure for me and an entry into "modern" art that I soon backed out of. I never liked this picture and purchased it for all the wrong reasons, the main one being to show I was "with it," as they said then. I never was "with it" and still am not, but for awhile I sure tried to be. Anyway, the lesson here for any would-be collector is clear: don't ever buy something you don't like, and for the most part I never repeated that mistake again!

--Tom Wilkinson March, 2017 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

JAMMIN' WITH DYLAN HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL:

NEXT SATURDAY, DEC. 17TH @ 7PM

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
100 RUSK ST.
MT. VERNON 

COME JOIN US FOR CIDER & COOKIES 
& PERHAPS A HOLIDAY TUNE OR TWO!