NYLO Hotels are giving you the chance to have your artwork showcased in their newest hotel, NYLO Dallas Southside. The hotel is currently under construction at 1325 South Lamar at Belleview and is due to open in July 2012.

They are holding an unique competition to showcase original artwork from the dynamic local arts scene to enhance the hotel’s interior design. Winning artwork will be displayed throughout the hotel in the guestrooms, corridors and lobby.

Not only will the winning artists have their work showcased in the hotels guestrooms, corridors and lobby, they will also get some other super perks! These include cash prizes from $150 to $2000 as well as being invited the the grand opening of the hotel and the winning artwork being displayed on the NYLO website with contact details of the artist alongside it, allowing guests of the hotel to purchase the artwork.

All submissions need to be entered before Friday March 16th 2012. Winners will be notified on or around March 23rd 2012.

The competition is open to everyone, but NYLO are especially interested in submissions  from the DFW area.

“Original art created by local artists that is reflective of the neighborhoods we serve is part of the NYLO brand’s soul and DNA. Dallas is known for its wealth of talented artists and with the NYLO Dallas South Side Art program, local artists will have the opportunity to help enrich the atmosphere of the NYLO Dallas South Side and to showcase their work,” says Michael Mueller, President and CEO, NYLO Hotels.

For more details on the judging criteria, complete details on prizes, competition rules and an entry form, please visit this website.









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Michael Mentler, aka The Bone Doctor, will demonstrate his sketchbook techniques and explain his philosophy about drawing in a Saturday workshop presented by The Society of Figurative Arts at the new Frisco Discovery Center.  Mentler will focus on the basic concepts of drawing heads, faces and body. The workshop is FREE October 9, 2010 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, however prior registration is needed by e-mail to hold a seat.

There will be a Q&A session and time to share information after the presentation. You are allowed to bring a piece for discussion during this time. Following the event the group will have dinner at a near by restaurant. Each person will pay for their own dinner. The Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy, Frisco TX 75034. To make a reservation please e-mail: Fine.Artists.Society@gmail.com.

The Plaza at Preston Center is hosting its third annual fashion preview, Plaza Style, on Thursday, September 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by CBS 11, this year’s fall fashion event will benefit The Fashionistas.

Plaza Style showcases the unique offerings from Plaza tenants, including a sneak peak at the hottest trends for fall. Models will strut their stuff in fashions and be adorned in products from participating Plaza tenants with even man’s best friend, Fido, taking a stroll down the catwalk – ME-OW!

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on goodies from Plaza tenants in a silent auction while sipping wine and cocktails and munching on hors d’oeuvres served from various Plaza restaurants.

All proceeds from Plaza Style and the silent auction will benefit The Fashionistas, a non-profit organization who mission is to celebrate the art form that is fashion and raise scholarship money for fashion design students.   Ticket prices will range from $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Click the image below to purchase your tickets today!

Art Outside (which I told you guys about a while back) is a 3-day camping festival taking place this October 22-24 that brings together artists and musicians from around the world to converge at a beautiful and expansive festival grounds in rural Texas called Apache Pass.

Well, event co-producer Aaron Geiser wants you to know he’s still looking for more artists:

We bring together cutting edge artists that practice almost every medium imaginable including traditional 2d art, sculpture, new media, motion graphics, video mapping, performance, fire art, music, education and art workshops, healing arts, and a whole lot more.

We are reaching out to artists of all sorts to participate in this years festival.  The proposal deadline is September 13.

To submit an application please visit:  http://participate.artoutside.org

For more information please visit:  http://www.artoutside.org

The 6th annual Art Outside – a three-day experience for art lovers, families, DIY junkies and avid concert-goers - will take place once again at the beautiful Apache Pass festival grounds near Rockdale, Texas from October 22 thru the 24.  Art Outside will also be partnering with MG Fest this year to bring cutting edge in motion graphics, projection visuals, and video mapping. Needless to say, Art Outside’s organizers are very excited to showcase the works of artists leading the new media art movement from around the world.

Each year, Art Outside scours the country for the most intriguing, and in my own words, nifty art and artists you’ve ever seen. Think interactive fire sculptures and flaming carnival games to new media, music and more.

To learn how to participate, or to find out more about this amazing, outdoor art adventure, and to purchase tickets and camping passes, visit Art Outside online today!

“We are engaged in a “cultural crusade” and organize exhibitions with prestigious international Pastel Societies and foreign professional Pastel artists from 25 nations. This year we had the exceptional presence of Pastel Societies of Texas, led by Master Pastelliste Diana Moya, representing the United States in our annual international exhibitions. With Moya’s leadership as the Ambassador of our Society in America, we will continue to promote the art of pastel while opening opportunities for American artists in Europe” said Jean-Pierre Merat, president of Société des Pastellistes de France, the oldest Pastellist Society in the world.

In 1789, the French Revolution banned the art of pastel, then regarded as the art of the nobility. In 1885 pastel artists reacted by creating the Société des Pastellistes. Thanks to the talents of artists like Degas, Puvis de Chavannes, Besnard, Levy, Helleu Gervaix, Mary Cassatt, Chenet, and other talented artists, the art of pastel conquered new art lovers. In 1984, the Société des Pastellistes is reborn under the name Société des Pastellistes de France. Pastel artists are mobilizing again. ‘International Exhibitions’ in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Compiegne, Bordeaux, the ‘Festival International du Pastel’ in Feytiat the ‘Summertime International du Pastel’ at Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, ‘The International Island Cities of France’, Verres and Charenton, are regarded by art lovers and collectors as the most beautiful events dedicated to the Art of Pastel.

“It is a welcomed challenge to serve as the Ambassador of the Société des Pastellistes de France in America, and as a pastel artist I feel proud and humble to receive this high honor” says Frisco’s Diana Moya. “Our hosts are fantastic, the food is unbelievable, and the sights are right out of an art book.” Don’t miss this exhibition of paintings, photography and video; a reflection on the experiences of this talented group of Texas artists showing their work in France this summer.

‘TEXAS GOES TO FRANCE’ exhibit opens its traveling schedule in Frisco at the new Discovery Center – Frisco Arts Gallery in November, and remains open all through the 2010 Holiday season with fine artists’ demonstrations on specific dates. The exhibit is free and open to the general public. Presented by the International Fine Artists Society of Texas. For information about the show email Fine.Artists.Society@gmail.com or the Frisco Association for the Arts at director@friscoarts.

A Texas delegation of Master Pastellistes led by Diana Moya, will be welcomed to France by Mayor Herve de Charrette, Maine-et-Loire Congressman and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a Private Reception July 16th at the historic Abbaye de St Florent le Vieil, which is intended to become an energizing international center for the arts in Europe. “It is a great honor to have been invited to this prestigious exhibition,” said Diana Moya, recognized for her iconic renderings of the old Frisco water tower. The other Master Pastellistes in this winning delegation are D.K. Richardson of Austin, Libby Peters of Dripping Springs , Sue Wiley of West Austin, Mary Beth Martin of Georgetown, Susan Carlin of San Antonio, and Kaye Franklin of Graham, Texas.

They will exhibit their paintings during the Estivales Internationales du Pastel to take place in Saint Florent le Veil this summer, from July to September. A town with a population of 3,000 brings 20,000 visitors from all over Europe to teach, learn, and enjoy the Arts. “The exceptional quality of the works of the greatest French and foreign paste lists chosen to exhibit has conquered a wide audience. It is considered a benchmark of excellence for art lovers and collectors.” Said Jean-Pierre Merat, President of the Société des Pastellistes de France.

Moya’s activities in Pays de la Loire, west of France, will include a European Congress and visits to museums and cultural sites, to meet governmental and non-profit organizations that promote tourism in their area, and organize annual international festivals; to discuss how they are making an economic impact through contemporary art. The French people and corporations, who recognize the seriousness of the art business, unite art and the public in unexpected places to enhance the value of their cities; using landmarks and preexisting structures to contribute to the discovery of works and artists while making art accessible to everyone.

‘Texas goes to France’ will be documented by the artists in short videos, photography, and paintings to tell their story in a touring art exhibit that will be presented in galleries throughout the State of Texas. For information visit www.DianaMoya.com.

artslamI didn’t really go to the first-ever D Art Slam, held this past weekend at F.I.G., to see the show. In fact, I’m sure I could have come up with many ways to spend the $20 admission fee (which ballooned to $24.75 with a glass of Chardonnay and change for the meter). I actually went to support a friend, who happened to be a part of the lineup. But, as is usually the case, I had a good time in spite of myself.

The setup of the space was reminiscent of February’s inaugural Dallas Art Fair (also held at F.I.G.), but this time the exhibitors were all local. Art Slam was the brainstorm of lunch buddies Wick Allison, of D Magazine Partners, and John Sughrue, of Brook Partners, who have employed the resources at their disposal (D Magazine and F.I.G., respectively) to promote the local art community. From what I observed during my brief visit, they are pretty much succeeding. The place was decently crowded with creative types (read: adventurous dressers) and socials, who seemed content to drop a 20 to spend a few hours indoors browsing the artwork, and, possibly, even making an acquisition.

In addition to dropping in on my friend, photographer Elizabeth Lavin, I stopped by the “galleries” of Ginger Fox, whose whimsical paintings feature sky and clouds as the background for her various subjects; painter Whitney A. McAnallen, the friend of a friend whose day job of designing “sound and music environments” for public places sounds cooler than being an artist; Cornelious Brackens Jr., an artist profiled by D a couple months ago who got his start at an art class for the homeless; among others. Prices for the art varied wildly, which was part of the fun, and all the artists I spoke with had either sold pieces or received serious inquiries. I’d be very interested to see how this event evolves. I mean, there clearly is interest. This first iteration was hipster-ish, with a live DJ providing the soundtrack to visitors sipping drinks, looking at the art, and just looking cool in general.

Next time, I’ll come dressed to see the show.

Curiosities, in Dallas’ Lakewood Shopping Center, has been around for a few years now, but I hadn’t gotten over there to check it out until recently. I had a real fondness for Metro Retro, the store that inhabited the space before Curiosities took over. Metro had a very kitschy feel. The merchandise was predominantly ’50s and ’60s era, and there were toys and candy varieties that boomers and Gen Xers alike would recognize from childhood.

robotCuriosities has a different vibe. It’s akin to East Dallas vintage treasure Dolly Python, but it’s even more otherworldly and with more opportunity for discovery. There is stuff everywhere—layered in cases, stacked on shelves, packed into various alcoves, hanging from the ceiling. It’s impossible to know where to look first. I wandered around in a semi-daze, fingering all manner of antique wares before resorting to impulse buying. Because of my lack of focus or direction, I ended up with purchases as eclectic as the store itself: a small quartz crystal, a greeting card with cherries on the front and wooden printing press blocks spelling out my first name (my makeshift memorial to print). Still, even these haphazard selections were the result of careful culling of the Curiosities stock that I had time to sift through.

The store has jewelry, clothes, furniture, all manner of tchotchkes, taxidermic animals, artwork, religious iconography, old documents and postcards—I mean, you name it. The price range is on the high end of the scale, and the demographic of the clientele reflects that fact. I didn’t spot any middle-schoolers hunting for cool vintage finds to impress their friends. No, it was older women who seemed to know what they were looking for and were comfortable paying for it. My little stash, eight items total, was $32. I’ll go back, if for no other reason than the spectacle. And, it is a great place to splurge on something unnecessary. Conversation pieces do have their price.

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Dallas, TX 75214

Oh, the much maligned egg carton. Though its primary function is to gently caress and protect objects which have been expelled from the rear end of a laying hen, the egg carton has long been used for a variety of things. From kiddie art projects to seedling containers, the egg carton has a shelf life far longer than its eggy inhabitants and now the egg carton has been re-purposed once again for home design and decor.

From creating your own gorgeous artwork to making your own unique lighting, I’m thinking it might be time for you to starting thinking of the egg carton a little differently.

Let’s talk three dimensional art by Dutch artist Enno de Kroon:

Too complicated for your tastes and talents? Start small with this idea from graphic designer Patricia Zapata.

Want to try this? Here are Patricia’s easy-to-follow directions.

Brighten up your space with a new twist on recycled lighting. Both projects below are a super easy and unique way to spruce up your digs.

This pendant light was created by the minds behind Addicted to Decorating. Make your own for about 30 bucks!


Full instructions can be found here.

And finally, my favorite of these projects are these sweet fairy lights from esprit cabane. A string or two of these would be a wonderful touch of whimsy for any backyard party, a child’s room, or nestled together in a bow as a table centerpiece.


Want to make these? Here are the directions!

Next week: Recycled Design – Giving new life to magazines and newspapers