Visual Arts League of Allen
in association with 'Art Alliance of Allen'


Artist Opportunities

Crafts and Drafts Festival

at Watters Creek, in Allen TX

Friday September 8th-   4pm to 8pm
Saturday, September 9th - 10am to 8pm
Sunday, September 10th - Noon to 6pm

VALA will have two tents with the following opportunities:
A. Entry for VALA members is $25 fee to display/sell small to medium size arts/crafts out of the booth. 
B. The fee is waived for three hours of volunteering manning the tent on Fri, Sat or Sun (we need people to man the tents for sales and activity assistance)
- Artists keep 80% of their artwork sales, VALA recieves 20% of all sales.
We will also have an empty space adjacent to the tent spaces for demos, etc. so if anyone has something they'd like to do please let us know!

* Send us an email at  indicating how you would like to participate (A or B) 
If you would like to volunteer, please include what time(s) you would like to occupy the booth. 

Sign-Up to volunteer at the VALA booth here:

Artist Opportunity:

The City of Grand Prairie Public Art Program invites artists to compete for a public art commission to create art on Traffic Signal Boxes (TSBs) located throughout the city. This project will brighten city streetscapes, enhance community pride and create new, paid opportunities for Texas-based artists.

This project includes up to 20 TSBs and is open to concepts for direct painting on the TSBs or for high-resolution, digitally-printed wraps to be applied to the TSBs.

Ten of the TSBs are sponsored by our Public Art Program and proposals will be accepted based on a “Celebrate the Environment in General” theme. Artists’ proposals for that theme can include scenes depicting fresh vegetables and/or fruit, the Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market, nature, animals, prairies, wildflowers or other landscaping scenes, hiking, gardening, Monarch butterflies or other butterflies and insects, energy-related topics, litter prevention and more.

The other 10 TSBs are sponsored by the City of Grand Prairie Public Works Department and will be selected based on themes of “Water Conservation/Water Quality.” Artists’ proposals for that theme should focus on water-related scenes that help the public appreciate the value and beauty of water and can include quotes about the importance of water, water conservation, protecting water quality, fish, creeks, the Trinity River and more.

The sample boxes depicted in this call were specifically chosen to give examples of the type of scenes and quality of work we hope to see on the TSBs.

Each artist may submit one entry per category and may win once per category for this Call.

Winning artists will each earn a commission up to $2,000 depending on whether the box will be painted directly by the artist or whether it will be vinyl wrapped with the artist’s design.

The deadline for entries is 5 pm, September 22, 2017.

Download the Call to Artists Application Packet to learn more.  Here is a link to the website and packet…

Teach a Workshop of Your Choice

Are you an artist who would love to share your craft with other artists? Would you like to teach a workshop for VALA? We would love to have you! Please email us at and let us know!

Pop Up Shop

The Blue House Too Gallery in Watter's Creek in Allen is in search for Artisans to display their wares in a monthly/bi-monthly pop up shop within the Gallery. If you have small art items, jewelry, textiles, pottery, etc and you are interested in creating a pop-up shop please contact the gallery directly. 

Blue House Too Artspace
934 Watters Creek Blvd.

Manager: Oddrun Mahaffey

Joe Farmer

The City of Allen Joe Farmer Recreation Center is looking for an artist to conduct a one hour simple art class for individuals with disabilities such as  Down's Syndrome and Autism.

Here is the basic info on the class:

Title: Arts Galore
Promo: Come have fun and socialize with peers while creating all sorts of crafts. 
No prior experience needed. Just bring yourself and be prepared to have some fun!
Price: $20
Time: Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30PM
Min: 3 people Max:10 people

Artist will need to sign a contract with the City of Allen to provide this class at a 70/30 split. The charge for the class can but increased but they don't want to charge too much as these individuals do not have a lot of money. 
Caregivers or guardians will be asked to stay and assist with the art class if needed. The class would be as simple as painting a pot or using water colors or sketching out some pictures of animals. They would like the class to be held once a week for one hour each. 

Below is the contact information for the person heading up this program. 

Ryan Patterson | Recreation Specialist II
City of Allen | Parks & Recreation Department
214.509.4753 |

Please let me know if you have any questions or require additional info. Thank you for your consideration.  ~Synne Magar Ferguson