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January 2015 Meeting
Thursday, January 8, 2015
9:30 am - 10 am: Old and New Business
10:00 am - Noon: Program
Heard-Craig Gallery
306 North Church Street
(park in back of building and enter there)
McKinney, Texas

What's Happening at This Meeting
Be sure to check in and get your name badge before the meeting begins. At 9:30 am, President Lynda Kingsley will start the meeting, welcome new and returning members, review old and new business, and present an Art Spot.
At the end of the business meeting, Carol Kovacs, Program Chairperson, will introduce the program.

Program:John Banuelos, "Art is Not Forever: Long Live Your Art"

John "JB" Banuelos
Conservator of Fine Arts & Professional Artist
Works in Oil, Paper, Ceramics, Antiquities
Bible and Book Restoration & Repair

Web: www.painterofwesternlegends.com

Email: conservatorjb@gmail.com

JB will cover preparing your canvas and other media surfaces for paint and other application so that your art will have a long and beautiful life. He will also touch upon the deterioration process when proper preparation does not occur. This will also include what type of medium and paint and how it should be applied to the different surfaces for stability and longevity.

For 38 years, JB's reputation as a professional artist and master conservator and restorer of fine art and antiquities has been exemplary. His background, comprised of these two unique disciplines, have gracefully let him fullfill his God given talents. JB paints in mediums of oil and watercolor with two distinctively unique styles. His love of the old world masters is reflected in his oil paintings. Influenced by, and using the techniques of Caravaggio, Titian, Durer and Veronese. JB's old world paintings are spectacular.

His art restoration includes works in oil, egg tempura, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, graphite, charcoal and pastel. Additionally, restoration of works on paper and prints include etchings, aqua tints, mezzo tints, steel plate engravings, photo lithographs and antique photographs have been superior.

Ceramic and porcelain restoration has encompassed a broad range of antiquities and collectibles.

JB's art restoration and conservation of murals and frescoes enables history to live on. His compo, gilding and framing has provided extensive museum quality solutions. His restorations have been evaluated by leading certified senior appraisers and conservators and described as “Excellent, some of the best I have ever seen”. This has been attributed to his gift as a restorer and his exceptional ability as an artist to restore what another artist has created.

In 2003, JB became the Director of Fine Art and Master Conservator for Norwood Promotional Products in Indianapolis, Indiana. The private collection, comprised of more than 4,000 works of art, was one of the most comprehensive collections of Americana produced during the 20th Century. It included major works, including the suite of color separations from the famous Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Photo Shoot which Banuelos meticulously restored. Complex restoration and conservation of this “National Treasure” began in 2003 by JB and continued in 2010 when the collection, known as The Messenger Collection was acquired by a private investor.

"The Mission" by John Banuelos



Art Shows

Every year The Art Club of McKinney hosts two art shows open to Collin County residents. This year the Art Shows will take place March 20-22, 2015, at the Heard-Craig Hall, 306 North Church Street, McKinney, TX. Every year the art shows attract wonderful artists from high school students to adults. The shows are not juried, but they will be judged by known judges. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded.

Adults - Please download the Prospectus for The 51st Collin County Adult Art Show for information about entering the Adult Art Show. Note: A category for Fiber Arts has been added to the Adult Art Show.

High School Students - Please download the Prospectus for Collin County Student Art Show for information about entering the Student Art Show.

The 51st Annual Collin County Adult Art Show and the Collin County Art Shows are sponsored by The Art Club of McKinney and funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission.


About This Website

About Us: Includes information about the monthly meetings, how to join, postal mail address, email address, list of Board of Directors, list of Committee Chairpersons.

Calendar: A calendar of Art Club events from June 2014-May 2015, 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 Gallery, 306 North Church Street, McKinney, Texas, 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.