Monday , 18 June 2018

Entertainment Buzz: Arts In Bloom to Music Under The Stars

by Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer

If Saturday April 14th belongs to the 150 plus artists descending on McKinney for Arts In Bloom, then, lucky for us, Friday the 13th belongs to indie singer/songwriter Charlotte Martin, who brings her sultry sound to the McKinney Performing Arts Center.   Touted as a “skilled lyricist who writes with surgical precision” by Details Magazine, and “a born storyteller and affecting vocalist,” by Performing Songwriter, Martin is slated to take the MPAC stage at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this must see concert are $25.00 and can be purchased by clicking here.  Be sure to scroll down and check out the video at the bottom of this article to hear for yourself.

P.S. You’re welcome.

On Saturday, McKinney’s Historic downtown area will literally be bursting with beauty as over 150 local and regional artists gather over a 12-block area to demonstrate and show their art during McKinney’s annual Arts In Bloom.  I recently had the opportunity to catch up with artist Anne Royer, who was eager to tell me all about the 25 artists representing Orison’s Art and Framing Gallery who will be gracing the Louisiana Street side of the square.  She made a point to let me know that the Orison artists have lots of interactive art projects planned, so the public will be able to play along as well. 

“On Saturday, we will be more focused on communication and education that on selling.  This weekend we hope to give back to the community by being out there working.  Several artists will have interactive projects for people to enjoy,” says Royer.

As an added bonus, Royer also gave me the heads up that the famous Taos Master Artist Charles Collins opens an exhibit Saturday night at Orison’s.  The reception in his honor will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Collins, has the honor of being the most awarded artist in the history of the Taos Fall Arts Festival, and even has a day named after him by the Governor of New Mexico. 

In addition to the fun stuff Royer and friends have in store for us, I am particularly looking forward to see what the Chalk Walk competitors have in store for us this year.  What fun it was last year to watch these amazing creations come to life on the very street beneath our feet!  As one whom never graduating past drawing hopscotch on the road, I was absolutely enthralled with the creativity and skill exhibited by both professional artists and community participants. 

Arts In Bloom happens Saturday April 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  A special thanks and shout out to the McKinney Main Street crew for all they do to bring fabulous events such as this to the masses. To read more about Arts in Bloom, check out the story I wrote about it by clicking here.

While the visual artists delight us downtown, for the music lovers, Saturday also brings us a couple of outstanding choices.  Young musicians compete between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Heard Craig Center for the Arts during the prestigious McKinney Musical Arts Society Young Artist Piano Competition. Tickets for this event are $20.00 for adults, $17.00 for Seniors and $5.00 for students. To purchase, click here.

Then Saturday night, grab your lawn chair and head out east of town to catch to fabulous John Christopher Davis as he kicks of the uber-popular, uber-cool “Music Under the Stars” at the Wales Manor and Winery.  To see Davis in action at Wales Manor, click here.  You’re welcome.  Again.  Bring a picnic, but leave your beverages at home, as the winery will have more than enough to accommodate in that department.  The concert goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with tickets going for only 10.00.  Wales Manor and Winery is located at 4488 Country Road #408 in McKinney. 

So, that’s what I will be up to this weekend.  How about you?  Still not sure what’s up?  Check out this week’s community calendar for even more fun stuff to do.   



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