The Art Club of McKinney Celebrates 100 Years!

November 8-9, 2014 (Saturday & Sunday)
Heard-Craig Hall
306 North Church Street
McKinney, TX

The Art Club of McKinney was founded by Kathryn Heard Craig on Nov. 10, 1914. She was a gifted artist whose talent was apparent by the age of 8 and was passionate about art throughout her lifetime. Mrs. Craig wanted the community to have access to fine art and would often arrange for traveling exhibits to come to McKinney.

100 years later her wishes continue to be supported by The Art Club.

The Art Club of McKinney is the oldest art club in Texas and will have a Centennial Celebration November 8-9, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Heard-Craig Hall.

On Saturday and Sunday, in the lower level of the Heard-Craig Hall, members will display their art work, demonstrate their artistic skills, and may also have art works for sale. The Art Club will also be part of MAST, the McKinney Art Studio Tour.

On Sunday afternoon, in the upper level of the Heard-Craig Hall, there will be lectures and slide presentations from three noted speakers, historic exhibits of the founding and past Art Club activities, and a display of current members' art work. A commemorative cake and light snacks will be available in the lower level.

Y'all come and celebrate with us!

What's on 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. Nearly 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.


Sign In at the Meeting
Sherry Joplin is our Membership chairperson this year. Be sure to sign in at the Membership desk before the meeting and get your name tag. Please don't forget to return your name tag to Sherry before you leave the meeting. If your information has changed (telephone, email, etc.), please let Sherry Joplin, Membership, know so we can keep accurate records.

Visitors are always welcome. Please sign in at the Membership desk before the meeting.

If you have not paid your dues yet, see Maryam Shokri, Treasurer.

Centennial Celebration     
The Art Club will be 100 years old on November 14, 2014. Carol Kovacs will be coordinating a celebration worthy of 100 years! The Celebration will take place at the Heard Craig Center for the Arts, all day Sunday, November 9.

The Celebration will be an all day Arts event!

If you have something nice to donate to the Centennial Celebration Fund, please bring it to the general meeting and give it to Florene Hendrix.

Artists of the Month
Bring one of your artworks for "Artists of the Month" at this meeting. Be sure to cover your signature on your art. Members will vote on 1st and 2nd place. Winning artists will receive gift certificates to Asel Art.

The Art Club Yearbook
The Art Club Yearbook, which contains our Constitution, By-Laws, Membership Directory and other useful information, is available to all paid members at every meeting. Each member receives a free copy of the Yearbook. Replacement copies are $2 each. Be sure to check the back of your Yearbook for a membership card, good for 20% discounts at Asel Art.

Members Showcase
A member may set up a table at the general meeting to showcase and sell their work. Please check with Lynda Kingsley, President, in advance.

Artists Gallery
If you have art works in the Artists Gallery, now is a good time to update your gallery. If you don't have any art works in the Artists Gallery, now is a good time to set up your Artists Gallery. Go to the Artists Gallery to see how it works. It is FREE to have your work in the gallery. It is also good to provide a way for people to reach you: a link to your website or your email address. You never know when someone would like to commission you to do something for them!