Friday, December 28, 2012

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP POTLUCK MEETING

Come join us for a Boot Scootin’ Good Time

Next Thursday, January 3, 2013

for our Annual Membership Potluck.

(6-7 p.m.) Annual Meeting & Ron Bigony Appreciation

(7-8 p.m.) Live music from the
Pleasant Mountain Boys

We are excited about what 2013 holds in store!

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BLACK-TIE
FILM PRESENTATION
OF

Sam Ramsey’s film

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

12-21-2012

6:30p.m. – Cultural Arts Center
100 Rusk St., Mt. Vernon

***This is a Franklin County Arts Alliance Program***
Seating is limited to 75.  To reserve seats contact Christian Galloway @

The Photographer: How the Rain Falls
The year is 1929. James Lewis is a police photographer in a small suburb. His job involves high risks and little reward. Jem finds himself struggling to find a true standard of justice amid his turbulent times. Ella Reinhardt is a banker’s daughter. Her mother died at an early age and Ella is left alone in their spacious home with her preoccupied father and a mystery her mother left behind. Jem and Ella are linked together as, quietly and unobtrusively, a thundercloud threatens to drench them in a downpour that will reveal a mystery and leave an indelible mark. In every life there are hard choices to make. Only God can know what the world will look like beyond the storm. Shot by Sam Ramsey in Tyler and Winnsboro, Texas, summer 2007.


The Franklin County Arts Alliance sponsored our first ever Film Competition this year.  We have redesigned the Premier Showing scheduled for December 21, 2012, the same date indicated by the Mayan Calendar as the end of an age and are especially pleased to announce the presentation of a 55-minute film titled The Photographer.  The movie was produced in our local area entirely by Winnsboro native, Sam Ramsey (now of Austin).  The evening will also feature short- film presentations Bob & Donna McFarland and Liz Etheridge.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

PINTEREST PARTY @ THE CAC THIS THURSDAY!

Come Join Us, This Thursday!

Franklin County Arts Alliance & the Franklin County Public Library are hosting a

Pinterest Party

This Thursday, November 15, 2012

5:30pm

At the

Cultural Arts Center

100 Rusk St.

*The corner of Rusk & Dallas; one block west of the Courthouse

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

FCAA SPONSORED CROSS EX. DEBATE SCRIMMAGE @ CAC

Come join us this Monday for the only Debate in town! 

Franklin County Arts Alliance Presents:

A Mt. Vernon High School Cross Ex. Debate Scrimmage between the Sophomore & Senior teams.

The Topic:

Resolved That the United States Federal Government Should Substantially Increase Its Transportation Infrastructure Investment in the United States.

The debate will be held at the Cultural Arts Center, 100 Rusk St., on Monday, November 12th, beginning at 6:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP


CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS

The Franklin County Arts Alliance Presents our

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP

*Create an ornament to be displayed on the Cultural Arts Center fences during the holiday season.

THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

10am-12pm
Gingerbread story time & ormnament making

1pm-3pm
Dance troupe from “a time to dance & ornament making

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

100 Rusk St. (corner of Rusk & Dallas)
One block west of the courthouse

Monday, October 15, 2012

MEMORIAL DONATIONS


Recently, several of our members have had loved ones pass away. The Franklin County Arts Alliance is accepting Memorial Donations in their names. Please, keep them in your thoughts.

Friday, October 12, 2012

GINGERBREAD & JINGLE BELLS


GINGERBREAD THEME  CHOSEN FOR  COUNTRYFEST  PROJECT
         by    Linda Philhower                           

Franklin County Arts Alliance will provide a gingerbread themed art project at the Cultural Arts Center during Country Fest from 9 am until 3 pm.  Students are invited to come and decorate either a gingerbread man/woman ornament to be used in the Christmas decorations for the fences of the CAC.
 
Also during Country Fest a child sized gingerbread house will be on display.  This gingerbread house will be incorporated into a scene to be used for Christmas photos, either for families or individuals.  The photos will cost $5.00.  We will then email the photos to you.

Another Gingerbread themed program is planned for Saturday, November 10th.  All students are again invited to drop by the CAC between 10:00 and 2:00 to decorate a gingerbread ornament for the CAC’s Christmas fences.  A story time featuring the story of the gingerbread man will be presented at 11:00am.  At 1:00 that day two trained dance teams, from A Time to Dance, will perform.  The public is welcome to attend this presentation.  Students may attend any or all of the programs that day.

The ornament creations will be incorporated into gorgeous gingerbread themed garlands to surround the Cultural Arts Center during the Christmas Holidays. The festive fences will be lit for the first time on the evening of November 16th when the downtown window displays are unveiled.  You will be able to view our display throughout the holiday season.

The gingerbread house will be displayed again on the FCCA’s float during the Christmas parade on December 1st.  The public is welcome.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FCAA CREATIVE FILM & VISUAL COMPETITION 2012

The Franklin County Arts Alliance

CREATIVE FILM & VISUAL COMPETITION
2012


The Franklin County Arts Alliance is offering a creative film and visual competition. Entrants must write, film and direct movie productions on DVD that run twenty minutes and twelve seconds (2012) playing time or present a still production on DVD to include 20 still visuals setting the stage and 12 still visuals completing the presentation. A special award will be given to the best presentation focusing on Franklin County.

A Black Tie Premier Showing of the winning entries will take place on December 21, 2012, the date given by the Mayans as the end of an age. In keeping with the theme, prize money for this competition will be a total of $2012. Competition guidelines are available at the Cultural Arts Center just off the square in Mt. Vernon during open hours 10a.m.- 3p.m. on Fridays. Call Jean at 903-305-8023 or email Christian at franklincountyarts@gmail.com for more information.

COMPETITION RULES

SUBJECT MATTER should be child and grandma-watching friendly, upbeat and positive no matter the genre, and the film must be filmed in East Texas. There will be a special for the best entry focusing on Franklin County. Accompanying sound for any entry should hold these same principles.

TIME CONSTRICTIONS

The time constrictions for film production length will be twenty minutes and twelve seconds (2012) in length to include opening and ending credits. Still presentations are restricted by content limits rather than time. ENTRY FEE of $25 includes a one-year FCAA membership. Each entry must also include three duplicate DVDs labeled only with the title for judging. Information about the presenter9s) must be listed separately.

The deadline for entry submission is November 9, 2012.
PRIZES will total $2012.

The Franklin County Arts Alliance and judges reserve the right to disqualify entries that do not meet requirements.

BLACK TIE PREMIER SHOWING OF WINNERS
DECEMBER 21, 2012
FCAA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
100 RUSK STREET, MT. VERNON, TX

Friday, September 28, 2012

HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS


Today, we had our 5th Healing Through the Arts class. It was wonderful! Ron Barker came in and taught us about Emotion Through Photography. He had some really interesting things to say about different techniques to convey the emotion you wish to see in your photos.

Thus far, we have learned about Art Journaling, Mandalas, Making Seasonal Decorations for Your Home Usi
ng Objects Found in Nature, and, of course, Emotion Through Photography. Come and join us next week, for our final class in this series. This last one is a surprise! All are welcome. It will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, from 10am-12pm at the Cultural Arts Center (100 Rusk St., Mt. Vernon).
We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ART AUCTION & ARTIST RECEPTION


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 (7PM-9PM)

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
100 RUSK STREET
MT. VERNON, TX

Viewing of the outstanding art created from Mad Hatter Tea jewelry will begin Friday morning at 10:00am and culminate during a 7-9pm wine and cheese reception and an 8 pm Live Auction.  The Saucy Ladies' Models dressed in the latest holiday fashions will carry in the art for the live auction.  All money collected will be used in support of FCAA projects and facility upkeep.  We look forward to seeing you.

Friday, August 24, 2012

HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS

STRESSED - DEPRESSED - SICK AT HEART?

CREATIVE ART STIMULATES HEALING

 FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS ALLIANCE
FREE COMMUNITY OUTREACH
CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 100 RUSK, MT. VERNON

SIX FRIDAY SESSIONS
AUGUST 31ST THROUGH FRIDAY OCTOBER 5TH

CREATIVE JOURNALING - ART USING 5 SENSES -  EXPRESSION PORTRAITS

For more information or to sign up email:  franklincountyarts@gmail.com/ call:  903-305-8023 OR 903-434-9130

ART AUCTION & RECEPTION


We have received some really exciting, beautiful, and whimsical artwork, done with the costume jewelry donated at the Mad Hatter Tea and Fashion Show.  Thank you, so much, to all the artists who have participated!

On September 7, 2012, these fantastic art pieces can be viewed at the Cultural Arts Center, from 10am-3pm.  That evening, from 7pm-9pm, we will be holding a reception, at the CAC, for these artists and an auction of their work.  Please come and join us!

Friday, August 10, 2012

WE STILL HAVE COSTUME JEWELRY



As most of you know, we at the Franklin County Arts Alliance held a Mad Hatter Tea and Fashion Show, May 3, 2012.  We asked that attendees bring any unwanted jewelry as a donation for entrance.  We exchanged the gold and silver, but we also received some great costume jewelry.

This is where those of you with a creative mind come in.  We would like to have any artists interested (It is not required that you be a member of FCAA.) come to the Cultural Arts Center today, August 10, 2012, or next Friday, August 17, 2012, between 10:00am and 3:00pm, to look through the costume jewelry.  You would then use it in a piece/pieces of original artwork.  Our one stipulation is that your artwork must be donated to the FCAA for sale at a fundraising auction.  Any artwork you create will be due back at the Cultural Arts Center by August 24, 2012, between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

On September 7, 2012, we will be holding a Wine & Cheese Reception with both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction of this artwork as a continuation of our Mad Hatter Tea fundraising efforts.

So be zany, be creative, have fun!   Come and join us!

If you have any questions feel free to call or email:
Christian Galloway at (903) 434-9130 or franklincountyarts@gmail.com
Jean Pamplin at (903) 537-4292 or pamplin@quickus.com.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS

The Franklin County Arts Alliance presents our new Healing Through the Arts program.  The arts have proven to be an effective way to facilitate healing, whether through painting, writing, music, cooking, or countless other art forms.  Our Fall Session begins Friday, August 31, 2012 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, at the Cultural Arts Center.  This free opportunity will continue each Friday in the month of September, and the final class will be October 5, 2012.

William Shakespeare once said, "Give sorrow words."  With that in mind, for the first two Fridays, we will be focusing, primarily, on a Creative Healing Journal.  Some supplies will be provided by the FCAA.  You can bring your own journal, or we can provide you with a Composition Book or 1-Subject Spiral.  The first class day you might also bring: shoe boxes, magazines, scraps of paper, lace, and ribbon, to be used throughout the six week session. 

If you have any questions or wish to let us know you will be joining us, give us a call at (903) 434-9130 or shoot an email to franklincountyarts@gmail.com.  And remember:  The Arts are good for the soul.  

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Old Oak for Wood Carvers

We got a call this week from a family who had a really old oak tree struck by lightning. They would love to donate the wood to any artist interested. So if you are a wood carver interested in old oak give us a call @ 903-434-9130, and we will let the family know. Thanks!

Monday, July 16, 2012

HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS



The arts have proven to be an effective way to facilitate healing, whether through painting, writing, cooking, or countless other artforms.  The Franklin County Arts Alliance will be holding a meeting at the Cultural Arts Center on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 9:00am about Healing Through the Arts.

At this meeting we will be discussing ways to move forward with this program and would love input from members of our community.  Age is not a factor here, nor is membership in our organization.  We just want to hear what you have to say.  Maybe you would like to help facilitate a workshop, or perhaps, you feel this might help you. 

So please come down to the Cultural Arts Center and join us.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, July 13, 2012

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

As most of you know, we at the Franklin County Arts Alliance held a Mad Hatter Tea and Fashion Show, May 3, 2012.  We asked that attendees bring any unwanted jewelry as a donation for entrance.  We exchanged the gold and silver.  However, we also received some great costume jewelry.

This is where those of you with creative minds come in.  We would like to have any artists interested (You do not have to be a member of the FCAA.) come to the Cultural Arts Center on Friday, July 27, 2012, between 10:30am and 2:30pm to look through the costume jewelry.  You would then use it in a piece/pieces of original artwork.  Our one stipulation is that the artwork must be donated to the FCAA for sale at a fundraising auction.

On September 7, 2012, we will be holding a Wine & Cheese Reception with both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction of this artwork as a continuation of our Mad Hatter Tea fundraising efforts.

So be zany, be creative, have fun!  Come and join us!

If you have any questions please contact:
Christian Galloway at (903) 434-9130 or christiangalloway@gmail.com
Jean Pamplin at (903) 537-4292 or pamplin@quickus.com.

Friday, July 6, 2012

ART MAKES A DIFFERENCE

The Mt. Vernon Welcome Wall was an early project of the Franklin County Arts Alliance and accomplished with the aid of a grant from the Texas State Highway Department.  The City of Mt. Vernon cares for the wall.

Friday, June 29, 2012

ART MAKES A DIFFERENCE

In 2008 the Franklin County Arts Alliance completed construction on the Musical Art Park as a service to the school and the entire community.  The park was made possible with the aid of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Economic Development Corporation, donations and fundraisers.  Not only does the Musical Art Park provide an avenue for musical expression, but it also serves as a place for recreation, relaxation and musical concerts.  Looking for something different to do?  You will love this...stop by and play (pun intended) for awhile!

Friday, June 22, 2012

DID YOU KNOW?

The "Native Texan," a wire Longhorn steer sculpture by Gary Henry, was the first Art in the Community sculpture placed in Mt. Vernon by the Arts Alliance.  The sculpture is located at the Intersection of Hwy 37 and I-30 in the Prosperity Bank Parking lot.

Friday, June 15, 2012

LAST CHANCE TO VIEW THE RON BIGONY EXHIBIT


Today, Friday, June 15, is the final day of our Ron Bigony Exhibit.  The Cultural Arts Center will be open until 3pm today.  This exhibit is a must see!  So come stop by!

Friday, June 8, 2012

MANY THANKS

The Ron Bigony Opening Reception had a wonderful turn-out.  The paintings were lovely, as were the decor, food, conversation, and dulcimer music.  Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make such a memorable and elegant event possible.  Thanks to all who attended.  AND A special "Thank You,"  to Mr. Ron Bigony for allowing us the honor of exhibiting his beautiful and thought provoking artwork!

Friday, June 1, 2012

RON BIGONY EXHIBIT OPENING TONIGHT!

Tonight, we are holding the opening reception for our Ron Bigony Exhibit @ the Cultural Arts Center. The event starts @ 7PM. It is going to be an exciting event filled with art, music, and food. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, May 25, 2012

RON BIGONY EXHIBIT



The Franklin County Arts Alliance cordially invites the public to an opening reception for Ron Bigony, to be held at the Cultural Arts Center on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 7:00pm.  Guests can look forward to light appetizers and live dulcimer music at the reception.   The exhibit will also be open on June 8th, and June 15th, (the final day) from 10:00am-3:00pm, or by appointment by calling (903) 537-4034.  Admission is free.

Mr. Bigony has won numerous awards for his paintings, most recently, the American High Winds Medal from the American Water Color Society.  This award was for his painting, “Bank Ally”, which was part of the American Water Color Society’s 145th Annual International Exhibition.  Another of his paintings, “West End Depot” will be displayed in the Western Federation of Water Color Societies 37th Annual Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Another item of interest is that Mr. Bigony has completed for commissioned paintings for the permanent collection of the new Omni Hotel in Dallas.  These paintings are located in the West End Meeting Room and will be in background shots in four episodes of the re-make of “Dallas”, a new TV series which should begin running this summer. 

The FCAA is very fortunate to be exhibiting the work of this artist, and we hope you will join us at his reception on June 1st.

Friday, May 4, 2012

MAD HATTER TEA AND FASHION SHOW


The Mad Hatter Tea and Fashion Show turned out beautifully! Thank You, so much to all who attended! AND A big "Thank You!" to those who worked so hard to make it all happen! Everyone involved helped in making the tea a truely magical event!

Friday, April 27, 2012

TICKETS FOR THE MAD HATTER TEA AND FASHION SHOW

The Mad Hatter Tea and Fashion Show is coming up next week, Thursday, May3! Tickets are going fast. So if you would like to attend, come on down to the Cultural Arts Center today by 3pm or visit the Franklin County Public Library next week. It would be a great way to celebrate Mother's Day a few days early!

Friday, April 20, 2012

SUCCESSFUL OPENING!

We had an amazing turn-out for the High School Exhibit Opening Reception/Poetry Reading last night!  The FCAA would like to send a big  "THANK YOU!"  to everyone who made this possible.  Especially: Ms. Audrey Norman, Mr. Carey Gable, Marzelle Robertson, and Cindy Kent.  


Those unable to attend, never fear.  You can come view the HS Exhibit on Fridays from 10:00am-3:00pm. It will be showing until Friday, May 18 and is well worth a trip down to the Cultural Arts Center.  We have some very talented youth in our community!

Friday, April 13, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBIT OPENING

The Franklin County Arts Alliance is excited to be hosting a reception/poetry reading Thursday, April 19 at the Cultural Arts Center from 6:30-8:30PM, for the opening of our High School Art Exhibit.  It will be wonderfully creative evening!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, March 30, 2012

RENTAL INFORMATION

The Franklin County Arts Alliance does rent the Cultural Arts Center  out to other groups and individuals.  Our own activity will take precedence, however, and we prefer rentals to be booked at least six weeks ahead of the event.  More information can be obtained during a visit with Christian on Fridays or through Beverly Strange, our Facility Rental Chair.