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in association with 'Art Alliance of Allen'


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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

2018 Creative Arts Competition at the State Fair of Texas call for entries

Show Off Your Creative Side at the Fair: Register Online!

Are you an aspiring photographer or do you have mad sculpting skills? Enjoy quilting or baking? Is building art with Legos your thing? No matter how you express your creative side, there is a way to showcase your unique talent in a Creative Arts competition at the Fair. With more than 1,100 competition categories for everything from art to canning, the State Fair’s Creative Arts department provide professionals and amateurs of all ages a showcase for their creative skills.

STATE FAIR OF TEXAS September 28 – October 21, 2018

Online Registration is now open:

Deadline for registration is Friday, July 20, 2018.

Entry fees range from $2- $5 per item, depending on age category.

The 2018 Creative Arts Handbook is your guide to all things crafty. Whether you’re new to the crafting world or you consider yourself a Creative Arts veteran, the State Fair offers a wide variety of contests for participants on both ends of the spectrum. From jewelry making to jelly canning, pie baking to holiday decorating, and glass blowing to metal sculpting, the Creative Arts Department has something to excite the inner artist in you.

With more than 1,100 categories in 12 different departments of pre-Fair contests, as well as daily competitions taking place during the Fair, amateurs and professionals of all ages have endless opportunities to showcase their creative talents. Contest departments include: Art; Ceramics; Designer-Craftsman; Dolls; Foods (Canning); Hobby Collections; Holiday Corner; Needlepoint and Cross Stitch; Needlework and Sewing; Afghans, Rugs, Quilts and Bedspreads; Photography; and Scale Models.

Registration for the 2018 pre-Fair contests has officially begun, with a deadline of Friday, July 20 to submit entry forms and fees. Contestants can submit their entries via mail by July 20. Hand deliver items to the Creative Arts Building on August 10 – 12 from 9 am to 5 pm. Only one entry per person may be submitted within each category. In the following weeks, entries will be judged and contestants will receive notification once the results are finalized. Entries that are awarded a ribbon will be on display during the 2018 State Fair of Texas.

For all contest details, download the 2018 Creative Arts Handbook at contests have been added, some previous ones have been combined or removed, in addition to other updates.

Lone Star Nature Art Competition entries due August 15

Introducing the inaugural Lone Star Nature Arts Competition presented by Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park!  


Artists of all ages and skill-set are encouraged to enter Texas-related art in categories including:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Wood Carving
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Entries will be accepted June 1 – August 15
  • Entrants may submit up to 5 pieces per category.
  • $25 Registration Fee per entry.

Winners will be notified on or before August 31, 2018 via the email or phone number provided to Texas Discovery Gardens. Winners will have their work displayed at Texas Discovery Gardens throughout the State Fair of Texas, September 28 – October 21.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries will receive a cash prize. One $1,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the Best of Show out of all the categories.

Registration information and form at



Chocolate And Art Show will take place from 8pm-2am on THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th and FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th @ LOFTY SPACES on 816 MONTGOMERY STREET, DALLAS, TX 75215.

If you are interested, check out our website:



This event is 21+

Chocolate And Art Show is currently one of the biggest ART SHOWS in DALLAS with over 1000 people in attendance. Come enjoy the local talents and treats that DALLAS has to offer!!


* LIVE MUSIC Performances!!

ART from over 100 of DALLAS’ most amazing underground artists!!!

For an idea of our shows, watch the link below:

Submit links and/or pics of your work for consideration!!!

Must be able to:

1)    DROP-OFF your work TWO days before the event on TUESDAY, August 14th, from 4PM-9PM.


2)     PICK-UP your work on either:

a.     FRIDAY NIGHT (but technically SATURDAY morning) at 1AM …or…

b.     SATURDAY August 18th 11AM-1PM!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!



TVAA’s Feeling Abstract call for art

Feeling Abstract: TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for August 2018

Feeling Abstract: Creating abstracts that challenge conventional form to textures that one can feel with the eyes. Feeling abstract is about inviting the viewer to experience the energy of artwork that stretches the senses beyond vision.
This is an invitation to explore the meaning that connects with you and your art work, and then share it with others. This is open to members and non-members of TVAA (Texas Visual Artists Association) with ribbons being awarded to Best of Show, 1st, 2nd 3rd place, and honorable mention. Cash awards for Best in Show and 1st place!

All artwork must be wired correctly with D-rings. No ½” canvases will be curated without a frame. Gallery wrapped work must have clean edges and no staples showing. Work that does not follow gallery requirements will not be hung. If invited to the exhibition you must sign up for one sitting day during the month or pay a $25.00 sitting fee for someone to cover your day. Any work not picked up on take down day with be stored for a $5.00 a day fee and then considered abandoned after 30 days. Any artwork sold pays a 25% fee to the TVAA.

If you have further question you may contact the Gallery Director, Maegan Kirschner, at

About the Curators: JuJu Bartush
Juju Bartush Reeves
A classically-trained artist with a degree in fine arts, Juju crosses her figurative artist style with a contemporary illustrative flavor. Her abstract line of paintings features high-contrast textures to shape the mood of each piece and a unique collection of shapes to create their form. By combining different types of paint and media, Juju portrays the many different levels of our existence through color and texture. She has a special talent for capturing human images and finds herself constantly observing how shadows define the facial features of those around her.

Juju’s goal for the observer of her art is to draw them into the painting, either through the eyes or the energy that the artwork creates. She aspires to capture that moment in time that takes you to the place where you can escape for those few moments in time, for it is those moments that create lasting memories.

Her newest channel of creativity is a contemporary illustrative style that uses high intensity colors to generate brilliance, energy and contrast. And, Juju has recently branched out to specialize in commissioned idealized portraits.

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 20th at midnight. Fees must be paid at the time of submission via the online form. $30.00 for up to 3 images for Members and $45.00 for up to 3 images for Non-Members. Please submit up to three entries (jpgs at 72 dpi and no longer than 1800 pixels on longest side) You must include your name, your e-mail address, the name of the piece, the size, medium of the work, and the selling price.

Submission Deadline for JPG’s: Date: Friday, July 20th, midnight
Acceptance Notification: Date: Friday, July 27th
Deliver artwork: Date: Saturday, August 4th between 10am and 2pm
Exhibit Open to the Public: Date: August 7th – September 1st, Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Reception: Date: Saturday, August 11th, 4-6pm
Pick up artwork: Date: Saturday, September 1st, 10-2pm

This show is open to TVAA members (and/or non-members).

31st annual Northern National Art Competition

 DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2018 - $8500 in Awards

Contests, Juried Art Shows - Acrylic, Digital Media, Fiber, Glass, Mosaic, Graphic Design, Drawing/Illustration, Mixed media, Metalsmithing, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Watercolor - Art Gallery

National juried art show held in northern Wisconsin. There is no theme. We are looking for a high quality contemporary exhibit showing work from coast to coast. Open to artists 18 or older. Work can be in any medium as long as it may be hung on a wall. A non-refundable fee of $35 will entitle artists to submit one or two images. Three $1000 Awards of Excellence, several $500 Special Merit Awards and many more smaller awards totaling $8,500.    JUROR - Mark Steven Greenfield from Los Angeles.

For more information contact gallery director Katy Ralph:

Nicolet College Art Gallery, PO Box 518, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, United States



2018 Endless Possibilities

Calls for Submissions - Acrylic, Digital Media, Fiber, Glass, Mosaic, Graphic Design, Drawing/Illustration, Mixed media, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Watercolor - Art Gallery

Endless Possibilities – A Group Exhibition. The sky’s the limit! This month, we are looking for the artists’ favorite pieces - those that you are most proud of creating, or works that may not fit in our other themed shows. The possibilities are truly endless for this exhibition- it is a completely open call. Show us what you’re passionate about! Las Laguna Gallery is now accepting submissions of original artwork in an Open Theme category. There are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context, your entries may be either traditional or digital. We invite and encourage artists of ALL ages to participate. Local, national, and international artists, professional and amateur, are encouraged to submit their works for this art exhibition. Acceptable sizes: We do not have a limitation on size of works submitted but have found pieces over 48” to be costly for shipping and recommend manageable sized pieces. No ceramics or jewelry will be considered for this exhibition. Important Dates: ARTIST NOTIFICATION: July 11th, 2018; SHOW DATE: August 2nd - August 31st, 2018.

Las Laguna Gallery, 577 S. Coast Highway A-1, Laguna Beach, California, 92651, United States


 Artist of The Month Contest - Call to Artists & Photographers!

Deadline: June 20, 2018 - Don't Miss Out!

Sponsored by and online art supply company Jerry's Each month we host a FREE contest. The Artist of The Month Contest is open to *ALL* artists and photographers who have not previously been winners in the Artist of the Month contest. Please note that due to the fantastic caliber of work we receive, we have added a third prize. Viewer's Choice will be an honorable mention and be promoted to the thousands of followers.

Grand Prize - Winner selected by Editors

  • Featured Artist interview page on website that showcase several pieces of your work.
  • Featured on the homepage of website for the month of July 2018.
  • Artwork featured on's Facebook page cover image during the month of July 2018.
  • $75 Gift Certificate to
  • NOTE - Grand Prize winner is selected by Editors, NOT the highest number of votes.

2nd Place - Runner Up  - Winner selected by Editors

  • Promoted on's Facebook page to thousands of artists and art enthusiasts.
  • $50 Gift Certificate to
  • NOTE - winner is selected by Editors, NOT the highest number of votes.

3rd Place - Runner Up  - Winner selected by Editors

  • Promoted on's Facebook page to thousands of artists and art enthusiasts.
  • $25 Gift Certificate to
  • NOTE - winner is selected by Editors, NOT the highest number of votes.

Viewers Choice - selected by Facebook users voting. Highest # of Votes Wins!

  • Promoted on's Facebook page to thousands of artists and art enthusiasts.

The Deadline to submit is June 20, 2018 and it is FREE to enter.

IMPORTANT:  If you are selected as the Grand Prize winner, we will email you an interview survey to be filled out for your July AOM page. This will need to be completed by June 30, 2018

For an example of an Artist of the Month page go to:


Teach a Workshop of Your Choice

Teach a Workshop through VALA at Blue House Too Gallery/Artspace!

Are you an artist who would love to share your craft with other artists? Consider instructing a workshop to share an interesting Art technique or craft while earning $$ doing it!
We would love to talk to you! 

Fill our Workshop Request Form:  WORKSHOP REQUEST FORM

Or email us at and let us know!  It's easy and fun, so let us tell you how!

A VALA Representative will get back with you as soon as possible. 

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