Talent just abounds in McKinney. When I heard about the Young at Heart art show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I really didn’t expect to find a piece I had to buy, but I did. The prices on the artwork are super affordable. Some of the larger framed prints may run you as little as $40. Originals will be a bit more but they are really making quality art accessible to the ordinary pocketbook. The show continues tomorrow (Saturday) from 12 to 4 so, if you like what you see here, you should definitely swing by and say hello to the ladies.
I tried to look up Towne Creek Apartments beforehand but couldn’t find much on it besides various listings in apartment guides. It’s a very nice complex. Well manicured. There is a bench right along the road for waiting on the CCART bus. It is all … will it sound trite if I say charming? I stood in the parking lot for a little while and just took in the scenery. Just to the north are two churches, one being the First Baptist Church that faces Louisiana Street. I think the other is the McKinney Bible Church. Both sport tall white steeples. Across the street is a lot big enough to call a field or meadow. The effect is calming, very nice. It feels like being in the country, but not.
The artwork had already been judged by Laura Moore, artist and owner of Laura Moore Fine Art Studio in downtown McKinney. There was a lot more artwork than I expected. I had a real problem with glare but I took a lot of photos to post tonight.
Each artist has a deginated section of wall for their work. I couldn’t capture a picture of Ms. Nelma Hyde’s first place print, a large beach scene, but I will be very surprised if it isn’t sold before the show is over. I very nearly bought it myself. She also had several copies of her book, “From Pilgrim’s Pen: The Incredible Journey” and she generously gave me a copy. It is filled with poems and prayers. I’ve only briefly skimmed it but I’ve already found several that I really like.
There were all types of different mediums there, including a really neat piece made of puzzle pieces by Nancy Winkle.
I loved this penned piece by Eleanor Covrentry that really looks like embroidery. You have to get right up on it to be sure that it’s not.
Katy Shaw Peltz also had a lot of work in pen. Beautiful. Really very detailed and intricate.
Ms. Bonnie Vincent was a treat to meet. She has some beautiful artwork and is also an avid crocheter.
This wintry scene is by Kathryn Human.
This piece is absolutely gorgeous but I have no idea who the artist is.
Marie Milligan has several pieces that are just specatular. She won first prize for her Native American girl.
But she also had several other notable pieces such as a portrait of Marilyn Monroe … wow.
Marsha Charles had wonderful selection of watercolors.
My favorite of hers, and the one that I bought, is this watercolor of a bridge. It is beautiful and I thinked it pained her to sell it.
I would never have known about this event if it hadn’t been for Toni Andrukaitus, who is a local artist and a contributor to NeighborsGo for McKinney. She has a stunning watercolor of the Old Prison (among others) plus a portfolio of some beautiful work she’s done with painting glasses. I took the photo below at an odd angle apparently. I swear that it is a standard rectangle in real life. For more of her artwork, see her Tumblr account rosebudcreations.
The ladies were all so sweet and very talented. Even the refreshments were pretty.
I hope you consider going to see the show tomorrow (remember, it’s from 12 to 4). The ladies are wonderful and art is fantastic.
Until next time,