Monday, May 19, 2008

Art Splash on the Square ~ Graham, Texas ~ Reception and Awards by Nancy Standlee

See the post on May 10 to see our Canvas by Canvas acrylic painting entries for the National Juried exhibit in Graham. I was in the Myrna Wacknov workshop in Cedar Hill until about 3:00 Friday, did a quick load up, and headed to Graham to meet Canvas by Canvas artists, Cindy Yandell, Karen Foster, and Barbara Hackney for the awards and reception at 6:00 and a catered dinner at 7:00 p.m. We met some wonderful artists and saw some great work and renewed some friendships from our first Graham visit. We heard there were nearly 400 entries, 93 were in the show and approximately 10 of those were sculpture so CBC is feeling proud to be in the show. If you'd like to see all the entries they are posted on the Art Splash site.
We were invited to spend the night in Cindy's relatives bunkhouse in Caddo about 60 miles away. What a treat to be out in the country and it was dark and very quiet and I watched where I stepped as this was the scene of the rattlesnake roundup that I'd blogged about earlier. We had our own private bunk and bathroom - the place was huge. I had good intentions of getting my photo made in Jim's new tractor but forgot to do so but I had the gorilla pod still in the car from the workshop and Saturday morning I did get a group shot with it for the slide show seen below. We returned to Graham on Saturday to enjoy more of the festivities and to visit with our Graham friends, eat in the Magnolia Tea Room again, and see how our friend, Vickie, was dressed. She has a shop in town, J Dolittle and Co. and some $$ were spent at her booth. We're looking forward to another good visit when we come to pick up our paintings.. or we hope maybe just one painting and maybe two will sell?
In the slide show, watch for the photo of an art drawing manikin and it is strange as the hands and feet are on the wrong sides. Mouse over for captions.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Art Splash on the Square ~ Graham, Texas ~ Saturday, May 17, 2008 by Nancy Standlee

Hootin' Nannies

King of the Road

Rainbow of Boots

The Art Splash on the Square in Graham, Texas, is fast approaching. Three of our Canvas by Canvas paintings have been delivered and soon the festivities will begin with a big old Texas sized Dinner and Sneak Preview of the National Art Show on Friday night, May 16, by reservations only.
To read some of our CBC Graham history, read the post of Jan. 5.
Art Splash has several categories open to artists.

1. The American Splash National Competition is a Juried Art Competition and Show open to all professional artists. The show is held in the historic Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in downtown Graham, TX. 2008 Jury of selection and jury of awards will be nationally-known painter and sculptor, Scott Myers.
2. The highly anticipated Lake Country Show will be held in conjunction with this year’s Art Splash on the Square on Graham's beautiful historic downtown square. Proceeds from Art Splash on the Square benefit organizations in the Graham area that support the arts. All artists within a 150-mile radius of Graham, Texas, of Professional, Advanced or Intermediate skill levels, working in all medias are invited to show and compete for ribbons & cash prizes. (Artists not in the surrounding area entered work in the American Splash Competition). The show is held in the American Legion Building in downtown Graham, TX. The 2008 Jury of Selection of awards will be nationally known painter Ann Hardy.
3. The Jr. Rembrandt Art Show is open to children in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade and they are urged to compete in categories of Paintings, Drawings, Pastels, Photography, & 3-D. The show is held at the Jr. Rembrandt Tent at Art Splash on the Square.
4. Artisans in Art Splash is an annual outdoor event that showcases quality and professionalism featured in unique artisan work, fine arts, and music.

The Square will be the place to be on the 18th with so many choices of activities.