February 2016

February 2016 Meeting

The next general meeting is Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 9:30 am - noon. You are welcome to join us :)

We are meeting at the Carriage House (behind the Heard-Craig House, see map below). Please park in the areas marked below.

The Critical Eye"

Critiques of Our Art

An art critique is an evaluation of a work of art. While it is true that artistic taste is relative, there are certain characteristics of artwork that can be assessed as a means of measuring the artist's success at conveying the intended message or meaning of the work in question. Art criticism is considered by some to be an art within itself, but, although each art critique may approach a work of art uniquely, there is a defined protocol for the discipline of critiquing a work of art.

An art critique is one of the most valuable tools an artist can experience. An art critique focuses on the fundamentals of art, what works in a piece and what could use improvement. It is fun to think along with the critique to see if you can spot the same elements as the person critiquing.

Although all of the 20 critique spots were filled at the last Art Club meeting, it matters not if you do not have a piece being critiqued. You will likely learn more in this single session than any other meeting this year.

So, be there and be on time! Critiques will start at 10am sharp!

A bit about the artist performing the critiques…..
Ms. Maureen Brouillette is an accomplished artist and teacher. She has been featured in "The Artist's Magazine" and "Watercolor Artist Magazine", and has received numerous awards in national juried exhibits. Maureen has artwork in corporate collections, including a recent acquisition by Rutgers University. She has two paintings, Organics I and II, which were featured nationwide by Crate and Barrel. She previously worked for 25 years as a commercial designer and art director, and now teaches classes and workshops, does demos and critiques, and judges art shows.

Maureen was the judge last year for the annual Collin County Adult Art Show.



Refreshments will be provided by our hosts: Billie Baker, Mary Jane Lokey, Linda Maxwell. Remember to give them a big hug and thank them :)

Be sure to stop by the membership table to sign in, pick up your name tag,
If you have not picked up your Yearbook for 2015-2016, please do so. Yearbooks are available for members who have paid their dues for this Art Club year.
If you have not paid your dues, you can receive a Yearbook after you pay your dues.

The Art Club is collecting donations at each general meeting to help raise monies for the Art Shows. Bring something nice to donate and can be raffled.

Donate Items for the Silent Auction!!
Our Silent Auction is critical to bring in monies to help provide cash prizes for the winning artists. Please bring unused art supplies, art books, paintings, drawings, old jewelry, gift certificates, any goods for our silent auction.

There WILL be a Mini Art Show at this meeting, so bring one piece of your art work to show. Members will vote on the art work and you could receive a gift certificate from Asel Art.


The Art Club of McKinney Collin County Adult Art Show will be open March 18-20. Preparation for the shows begins on March 16 when adult artists bring their artwork to the First United Methodist Church Auditorium, upper level. Students will bring their artwork to the lower level of the same building.

Members have already been busy preparing for both art shows, and we need members to volunteer to help with a variety of chores. Please stop by the membership table and sign up to help with the art shows. The art shows cannot happen without you!!!

If you are an adult (18 and older) and plan to enter the adult art show, download the Prospectus for the Adult Art Show.

If you are a high school student and plan to enter the student art show, download the Prospectus for the Student Art Show.


Unique by Nature

Another art show, Unique by Nature, is hosted by the McKinney Performing Arts Center (City of McKinney), with help from the volunteers of the Arts and Music Guild. The show is open to any artist that has ever lived in Texas. ONE large-scale work will be awarded the $6 000 Purchase Prize and becomes part of the permanent public art collection of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Additional prize money is divided among works of art juried into the exhibit (non-purchase prize) and chosen by the judge. One Young Artist Award is chosen from among the juried artwork submitted by high school students.

All art work must be submitted in person on Saturday, April 2nd (9:30am-6pm, Lower Level, McKinney Performing Arts Center, downtown McKinney).

Unique by Nature - Prospectus

Unique by Nature - Submission Form

More information


About The Art Club of McKinney

About Us: Includes information about the monthly meetings, how to join, postal mail address, email address, list of Board of Directors, list of Committee Chairperson, and a link to a map.

Calendar: A calendar of Art Club events from June 2015-May 2016, including board meetings, general meetings, hosts and programs, art shows, and other relevant events.

Artists Gallery: Free gallery of members' art.

Members: Names of current members. Other member information (address, telephone, email, website, art interests) is displayed upon member request.

Sponsors: List of organizations sponsoring the club during this club year, including information about the sponsor and a link to their website.

Art Links: Eclectic list of organizations recommended by members. Includes all sorts of galleries, stores, workshops, art media, discount, specialty, local, online, etc. Definitely worth a look see.


The Art Club of McKinney, founded in 1914 in McKinney, Texas, was created to encourage the appreciation of visual art in the community. 100 years later, the club continues to support this goal with:

  • monthly meetings for members and visitors
  • lectures on art topics
  • demonstrations and workshops of various media and techniques
  • art shows for adults and children
  • organized visits to museums and gallery exhibits
  • field trips to “paint outside the gallery”
  • directory of local artists
  • online gallery for art club members
The Art Club of McKinney meets at the Heard-Craig Carriage House (behind the Heard-Craig House at 205 W Hunt St, McKinney, TX), on the 2nd Thursday of each month, August through May. The business meeting starts at 9:30 am and the program starts at 10 am.

The program generally includes a presentation/demo by a visiting artist and occasionally, after a brief lunch break, a workshop taught by the visiting artist. Light refreshments and time to socialize are available at the beginning, middle, and/or end of each meeting.

You may join the Art Club of McKinney in person at the monthly meeting or any time by completing the membership application located in About Us.