by Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
On Saturday, April 14th, McKinney’s already picturesque downtown area will become even more beautiful. Over 150 artfully blessed souls from throughout the city and surrounding area will gather together to create and to share their talents with one and all when McKinney presents its annual Art Walk, Arts In Bloom. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., artists, representing a variety of mediums will line the 12-block downtown area setting up shop on sidewalks and in storefronts, to showcase their talents through interactive demonstrations with the public.
“Orison’s is placing 25 professional artists and several young painters, all dedicated to demonstrating for the public,” says artist Annie Royer of her work on behalf of Orison’s Art and Framing, “Several of the artists I’ve invited will have interactive projects for people to enjoy.”
Orison artists plan to demonstrate their talents on the south side of the downtown square.
“Most of us will be around Orison’s, spreading up and down Louisiana street. We will have Arts and Music Guild apprentices around Spoons,” says Royer. Louisiana Street is located on the south side of the square.
Also to the south, the Laura Moore Fine Art Studios will feature 14 artists, including potter Sona Knox, Pastel artist, Pernie Fallon, and the multi-talented Julia Forsythe.
On the north side of the square, The Garret Art Gallery will feature sculptor Jake Dobscha, along with painters Marian Hirsch and Ginny Bitting.
Sprinkled in between McKinney’s major art galleries will be downtown merchants and businesses featuring artists of all disciplines showcasing talents from wood carving to glass art to solor dyeing to mural making.
But, perhaps the most colorful art of all will be found in the center of the square, as the McKinney Performing Arts Center hosts Chalk Walk, a street art competition that has professional artists and community participants transforming the sidewalks beneath your feet into spectacular pieces of art right before your eyes.
Inside MPAC, McKinney ISD students present their impressive body of work as the Annual High School Art Show and Competition takes place in the Gallery between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Young musicians will also be featured during Arts in Bloom, when they compete in the prestigious McKinney Musical Arts Society Young Artist Piano Competition between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Heard Craig Center for the Arts. This year’s completion will be judged this year by artist/judge, David Abbott, and will feature significant cash prizes, as well as master classes and a reception. Tickets for this event are $20.00 for adults, $17.00 for Seniors and $5.00 for students.
“Art lovers inspire us to create at the highest level,” says Royer, “and Art Walk weekend is the weekend we hope to give back by being out there working. We consider it a privilege to do so.”
Arts In Bloom 2012 is free to the public, and is presented by McKinney Main Street.
For a complete list of artists, or to learn more about McKinney’s Arts in Bloom 2012, click here.