Curious?

Curious about what to expect at this year’s ArtSeen tour?  Here is a sneak peak of the artists and shows you can find on the Tour.  Click on any of the images to see more about that artist or show.

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Visual Arts Guild of Frisco

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Art in the Atrium

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Art by Walter Kane

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Milessa Murphy Stewart

Paige Prater

Paige Prater

 

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Meredith Redard

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Edith Torres

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Birgess Claire

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Vidisha Bajpai

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Flowtography by Chet Tucker

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Misty Oliver-Foster

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Holey Bowls by Andrea Brashier

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Carolyn Nelson Funk

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Kelly Jacobi

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T. Scott Stromberg

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Daniel San Andres

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Ty Fawley

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Live Speed Painting by Gino Martinez

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Janine Maupin

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The Art of Henna by Vaishali

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Art by Ashley Villers

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Melissa Winton and Melissa Lagrange of Crafted

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Collin College Art Department

We hope to see you this Saturday or Sunday from 12-5pm for our
6th Annual ArtSeen Tour.   Click HERE for a Map of the Tour.

October 15 & 16, 2016 – Downtown Frisco, Texas.

ArtTober

Thank goodness for fall-like weather.  It is a much needed reprieve from the Texas heat, and it always makes us want to be outside.  Lucky for us, there is so much to do here in Frisco this month in the Arts!

October 7 – Kickoff Party for the ArtSeen Tour and Opening Reception at thegallery8680

Meet the ArtSeen Artists a week early, pick up a copy of the ArtSeen Tour Map, and see thegallery8680’s newest exhibit “Me, Myself, I” at the opening reception.  Thegallery8680 has the best crowd, fantastic food and a who’s who list of artists at their shows.  Don’t miss it!  More at thegallery8680.com.




October 8 – Frisco Arts Walk  at Hall Park presented by Frisco Arts.

Frisco Arts brings you an immersive arts experience taking place at the newly renovated HALL Park among the Texas Sculpture Garden, a significant body of work that celebrates Texas artists and is the largest private collection of sculpture ever assembled and made available to the public. Frisco Arts Walk features interactive art performances by Frisco-based nonprofit arts organizations, pop-up food truck park, community stage, children’s area complete with bounce houses, instrument petting zoo and hands-on activities, docent guided tours of the Texas Sculpture Garden and concert on the lawn with the Good Question band.   Frisco Arts Walk is free and open to the public.  This sounds like a perfect afternoon out!  See details, performance schedules and a map of the event at friscoarts.org.  They even have an app for the event — look for OtoCast app on your smartphone, and get a sneak peak of what to expect.



October 15 – Whistlestop Jamboree Downtown Frisco
We know you’ll already be in Downtown Frisco for the ArtSeen Tour on October 15, so you may want to enjoy some good music and food trucks along the way.  The new Frisco Railyard food truck stop is open at Main and 1st Streets, and it is already a very happening place!  Downtown will be full of music and art.  Sounds like perfection to us. More at thefriscomusicscene.com.


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October 15 & 16 – ArtSeen Tour
Our 6th Annual ArtSeen Tour – wow, time flies.  We think the tour keeps getting better, and we hope you will enjoy our lineup of exhibits, studios and artists.  We’ve condensed the tour to Downtown this year, with 10 stops, 24 artists and 4 exhibits.  You can find Tour Maps HERE, or pick up a copy at our Kickoff Party October 7 at thegallery8680 (details above).   You’ll see painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, henna, collage, and interactive performances during the tour.  This event is free and family-friendly.  Noon – 5pm, at your own pace.  ArtSeenTour.com.



October 16 – Visual Arts Guild “Crème de la Crème” Reception
The Visual Arts Guild is hosting their final show of 2016 “Crème de la Crème,” featuring the best of the best from their members.  The show opens on October 2, and the reception is the  the last day of our ArtSeen Tour, so be sure to stop by Sunday evening, October 16 to meet the artists and see this fantastic exhibit.  VAGF.org.



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October 17 – Art in the Atrium 13 Opening Reception
The City of Frisco’s Public Art Program presents the 13th installment of Art in the Atrium.  The Municipal Building will have 5 floors of 2-D work from local and regional artists.  Located in Frisco Square, the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center is home to City Council, government offices and the Frisco Public Library.  Stop by and enjoy this beautiful and unique exhibit. LINKIf you want to see it before the reception, it is on the ArtSeen Tour – stop #2.


For more Arts Events going on in Frisco, see the Frisco Arts calendar at FriscoArts.org/events.  Happy ArtTober!

2016 ArtSeen Tour Call for Artists

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ArtSeen Tour — October 15 & 16 — noon-5pm both days.

The time has come – we are now registering our artists for the 2016 ArtSeen Tour.  This is our 6th year, and we continue to grow and improve.   We are limiting the Tour geographically this year to only Downtown Frisco, along Main Street from Preston Road to the Dallas North Tollway.  This has been the heart of our Tour in years past, and we feel that by condensing our artists, we can make it easy for guests to see all of the artists easily.

 The tour will begin at thegallery8680 and Crafted on the east end of Main Street,  and move west to Fresh Paint Studio, downtown merchants, Frisco Square, Art in the Atrium at City Hall and the Frisco Discovery Center.  We have artists in galleries, exhibits, home studios, and some hosted by downtown merchants and other out-of-the-box locations.  Collin College will also join us again in exhibiting work by their faculty and students.

If you want to join us, there is still room!  Early bird registration ends on September 1 (only $25), and regular registration ends September 12 ($40).  Details can be found here.

We look forward to another successful Tour this year!

Questions?  Contact Misty at artseentour@gmail.com.

Get ready for our biggest art tour yet!

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Get ready, folks, the Studio tour is back!

This weekend will mark our 5th year of the ArtSeen Studio Tour in Frisco, and we have a fantastic lineup of 25 artists and exhibits featured on this year’s tour.   Come out and enjoy paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture, video, mixed media and more.

Find out about all of our artists and exhibits HERE.

This year we produced a full-color catalog that features all of our artists and exhibits, with a map of the tour in the middle.  Be sure to pick one of these up at any of the stops.   We also have created a Google Map of the tour this year, to make it simple to navigate from one place to the next.   See both versions of the tour map on our MAP page.

Look for these signs inviting you to come in to our studios and take a look around!

As you’re driving around, keep an eye out for our art tour signs to help you find the studios and exhibit spaces.

Find out all about the studio tour on our site ArtSeenTour.com.  We hope to see you this weekend!

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Carolyn Nelson Funk, “Birds,” 2015

As we prepare for our 5th Annual Studio tour this fall, we are calling for artists in Frisco and the surrounding area to join us.

The Studio Tour is city-wide annual event that connects working artists with the community.  Since 2011, we have been showcasing artists in their studios along with group shows at local galleries all over town. 

Thegallery8680 has been a partner of the tour since the beginning, and has been a staple of the art community in Frisco for over six years.  They will kick off the tour with their group show “ecology,” at our annual Kickoff Party on October 9 from 7-9pm.  The Kickoff Party has always been a fun way to see the newest show and meet many of the Studio Tour artists all in one spot. The exhibit at thegallery8680 will also be open during the tour on October 18 and 19.

This year we are happy to have some new art added to our tour.  Collin College has joined us this year, adding a group of fresh faces to our event. We will also have the Art in the Atrium exhibit at City Hall as part of the tour, which features dozens of regional artists.  The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco will have their annual Fall Member Show at the Frisco Discovery Center on display.  We also have some great venues downtown that are hosting artists:  Eight11 Place and Artist Envy are returning to the tour from last year, and their neighbor Frisco Farm Stop has recently come on board.

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Brenda Thomas, encaustic (detail)

We’re excited about how the tour is growing this year!  We’re still looking for more artists, so if you’re interested in being a part of this fun event, check out the Artist Sign Up Page for more info.  The deadline for entries is July 31 at midnight.

We are also looking for SPONSORS for our event. We will be producing our beautiful full-color maps, and a catalog featuring all of our artists and our sponsors.   If you’re an individual or business that loves to support the arts, please consider sponsoring the ArtSeen tour this year.  Sponsorships start at just $50, and you can find out more info HERE.

This year we’re adding a new feature to the tour:  FRISCO ART WEEK (October 9 – 18).  Art Week will start with the Kickoff Party on Friday, October 9 at thegallery8680, and will end with the studio tour on Sunday, October 18.  We are looking for artists and arts events to celebrate the visual arts that week.  If you have an art event (show, lecture, class, etc.)  you’d like to host during that week, please contact us to join.  We ask that these events complement the idea of art in the community.    If you have a proposal for an event, contact us at artseenhere@gmail.com or 214-384-7200.  Deadline for submissions is September 15.

Frisco has a growing arts community and we are so excited to see our tour grow as well.  Come join us!

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It’s time to start thinking about our fall Studio Tour!  You’re invited to our informational meeting on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00pm at thegallery8680 (8680 W. Main Street, Frisco, TX  75033).  This coincides with the closing reception for thegallery8680’s current show: Place (from 2-4pm), so maybe if you get there a little early, you can see that show, too!

This will be our 5th year for the studio tour, and we have plans to make it even better.  We’d love to spend an hour chatting about our vision for the tour.   We hope to have lots of exhibiting artists, shows and even some art ‘happenings’ this year.   Let’s talk about it in person next Sunday!
If you know someone who may be interested learning about the tour, please invite them, even if they live outside of Frisco.  We want to make this tour a huge event, so the more the merrier!  We encourage those of you with studios to find some artists to host, and those who need a place to exhibit, to get creative!  This town has so much potential, and it needs some creative types to shake it up a bit!
If you need some inspiration on WHY studio tours are important, and what an amazing Studio Tour can look like, check out the East Austin Studio Tour  (great video!), and the West Austin Studio Tour — something to inspire to.  My family hit the EAST tour back in November and it was amazing — there were so many places to see art!  And the artists were uninhibited and didn’t conform to ideals on how and where they showed their work; and they not only had fine art, but all types of creative work (metal work, graphics, etc.) Let that inspire us to expand our ideas of what this can be.
Meeting: Sunday, May 3, 4pm at thegallery8680.
Early Bird registration discounts through May 31.

CFAs and new shows for early 2015

As many of the northeastern states are preparing for a record-breaking blizzard tonight, we enjoyed a balmy 70 degrees here in Frisco today.    This warm weather is a little reminder that spring is around the corner, and with that, lots of new spring art events.  But while we wait, here are some great events you can find all over town right now.

Frisco’s Arts in the Square festival will be celebrating its 5th year this March, and the deadline for applications is quickly approaching.  We’ve seen the festival really grow over the past couple of years, so this is the perfect time to become a part of one of Frisco’s best spring art events.  For more information on this event and to find out how to apply, go to http://www.friscosquare.com/aits. Deadline:  January 30.

Thegallery8680 will present it’s first group exhibit of 2015 during February : RED.  Join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, February 6 from 7-9pm. Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main St., Frisco, 75033.   For more information, visit http://www.thegallery8680.com.

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A native of India, Prexa Kapadia recently debuted her first US solo show at the Frisco Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center.  You may see her fabric and cotton works in the Reception Gallery from Jan 5-Feb 10, 2015.   Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX, 75034.  Details HERE.

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Also at Frisco Discovery Center is the 3rd Annual “Impress” printmaking exhibit, on view through January 31.

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And the next call for artists from Frisco Arts is: “Emoji.” Click HERE for more information on this show.  Deadline January 28.

If you want to be a part of a local group of artists, join the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco for their monthly artists’ meeting, at 7 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Their next meeting will be Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm at the Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX  75034.  You may find out more about the Guild at http://www.vagf.org.

Hope to see you around town at these great ART events!

If you have a show or call for artists to promote, please contact us at artseenhere@gmail.com.