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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Arts Council announces the application process for selection of the McAllen Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. Submissions are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Application packages may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Poet Laureate. In either case, the complete application package described under “Application/Nomination Requirements” below must be received by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce by May 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm.


Purpose of Post
To promote the influence of poetry and to serve as an ambassador for McAllen’s poets and their work; to enrich the lives of McAllen’s citizens by sharing and encouraging the gift of poetry.

Term of Service
The term of service for the inaugural position is through December 31, 2017. The Poet Laureate will also help select the next Poet Laureate and will help the incoming Poet Laureate transition into her/ his role.

Term Expectations
• Contribute to the growth of poetry in the City.
• Perform at civic events as requested by the Mayor’s office or the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, up to four per year.
• Prepare and provide a written report of activities annually or upon request of the McAllen Arts Council or McAllen Chamber of Commerce.
• Write at least 4 poems for the City’s use at special events and/or for special projects.
• Be willing to perform and speak in public about poetry and literary arts.
• Live, work, attend school or attend a place of worship in McAllen

Honorarium and Recognition
• $200 honorarium per year
•City proclamation
• Media coverage related to performances
• Announcement in The Monitor
• Recognition at Good Day luncheons

Criteria for Nomination and Selection of Poet Laureate
• Admirable and proven level of skill in writing poetry
• Admirable and proven history of having published individual poems and/or books
• Demonstrated excellence in promoting awareness or enjoyment of poetry, such as participation in poetry events
• At least 21 years of age
• Have reliable transportation and be available to travel throughout the City
• Demonstrate a character appropriate for an official representative of McAllen

Application/Nomination Requirements
• The application form will be available on the websites of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council or by submitting a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
McAllen Arts Council
City Poet Laureate Application
P.O. Box 790
McAllen, Texas 78505-0790

To be accepted for consideration, applications must include the following:
1. Completed application form, including the signed binding statement assuring that the poems are the poet’s own and the materials submitted are true and accurate. If the application is submitted by a nominator, the statement may be the binding signed statement of either the poet or the nominator.
2. Work sample not to exceed six (6) pages, 8 ½ x 11, no less than a 12-point font, no more than one poem on each page, at least one of which is about the Valley and at least one of which is appropriate to read to children.
3. Resume or curriculum vitae not to exceed two (2) pages.
4. If the Application package is submitted by a nominator rather than the poet, there must be a statement signed by the nominated poet that s/he is aware of the nomination, is willing to participate in the selection process described in these Guidelines and is willing to fulfill the requirements of the McAllen Poet Laureate if selected. S/he must also state in writing that the work sample submitted accurately represents her or his own work.
5. Self-addressed stamped envelope or email address if applicant wishes to be notified of final selections. Work cannot be returned.
Completed application packets should be mailed to:
McAllen Arts Council
Poet Laureate Application
P.O. Box 790
McAllen, Texas 78505-0790

Application packages received after May 15, 2015 cannot be considered.

Selection Process
• The first review will be anonymous, based solely on the poetry, which will be sent to the McAllen Arts Council for review.
• The McAllen Arts Council Laureate Committee will review the packets of materials and select three finalists.
• The three finalists may be interviewed in person by the Committee on a date to be determined.
• The name of the nominee selected by the Committee will be forwarded to the Mayor. A personal interview with the Mayor may be required.
• The Mayor will announce the next McAllen Poet Laureate.

Projected Timeline
Deadline for applications/nominations to be received at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce is May 15, 2015, 5:00 pm.



City Seal Art Contest Announcement


The City of McAllen is looking for a design to create a new City Seal. The City Seal will be used on official documents, and may also be used on city flags, websites, official city pins, business cards, letterhead, awards, and other formal places.
The McAllen City Seal should be indicative of the history and culture of McAllen. It should be a design appropriate for multiple uses, from very large to very small.
To enter, go to and upload your design.
The winning design will be used by the City of McAllen. The creator of the winning design will receive $1,500 and recognition during an upcoming City Commission meeting.
Deadline to submit designs is April 30, 2015.

City Seal Design Contest Rules
1. By entering this contest the applicant declares that all entries submitted are original artwork designed by the applicant. By submitting art, the applicant accepts sole responsibility for any infringement on copyrighted materials.
2. There is no restriction on the number of designs a person may submit.
3. There is no fee to submit artwork designs.
4. All entries must be submitted online. Uploaded images must not exceed 1200X1200 px, and resolution must not be greater than 72 dpi. Acceptable formats are jpg, gif, pdf.
5. The selected design will become property of the City of McAllen, with all rights assigned thereto in perpetuity.
6. The McAllen City Commission will select the winning design. Decision of the City Commission is final.
7. Applicants further declare that they are at least 18 years of age or have the permission of their legal guardian to enter the contest.
8. The contest is open to all people who reside, work, or attend school or church in McAllen.
9. The artist submitting the winning entry will receive $1,500.
10. By entering the contest, the applicant agrees to abide by the rules of the contest as set forth above. All rules are final and binding. Applicants further agree that if their design is selected as the winner, winner will agree to the use of his/her name and/or image for promotional and/or advertising uses for no further remuneration than the stated contest prize.
11. The City of McAllen, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and their employees, and volunteers, are not responsible for entries not received due to technical issues and accept no responsibility for technical support of entries.
Online Submission Form
Mailing address_____________________________________________________
City, State, Zip code_________________________________________________
Email address________________________________________________________
I certify that I am 18 years of age or older. _____yes ____no
If younger than 18 years of age, name of legal guardian__________________
Legal guardian’s email address_________________________________________
Legal guardian’s phone number________________________________________


McAllen Art Grant Program Deadline

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Deadline for applications: 12-noon on Friday, March 13, 2015

1. Apply: MAC Grant Application 2015

McAllen—McAllen Art Grant Program is an open submission grant scheme for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.
The deadline for submission of a McAllen Art Grant is Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12pm. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council have been working effectively to promote art within the Valley. For the upcoming year, the two organizations would like to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects in McAllen.

Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years have been The Art House, RGV Ballet, South Texas Indian Dancers, The Dance Conservatory of McAllen, South Texas Symphony Association, Los Caminos Del Rio, and David Freeman to name a few.

The grant program in McAllen distributes money from The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Texas Commission on the Arts to individual artists and art organizations. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and The Texas Commission on the Arts are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen. We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.
Applications are available at, McAllen Arts Council FB Page, and at McAllen Creative Incubator office at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen Texas. For more information regarding the grants program or to request an application, please contact: Laura Robles, at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687.2787 or Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Applications, clearly marked Grants Management Unit, should be sent to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Ave., P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505. Please note we cannot accept faxed or emailed applications. We will only consider applications received by the deadline.





MARIA CONCEPCION FLORES DE CUEVA Originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico An architect graduate of the Design Center of “Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara” in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
An architect graduate of the Design Center of “Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara” in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Graduated from the “Instituto Nacional para la Educación Especial”.  Buenos Aires, Argentina

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduated from the “Instituto Nacional para la Educación Especial”.
Buenos Aires, Argentina


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Incubators Feature Artist of the Month- Dania Olivares

Meet Dania Olivares of Doko Casual Art. Dania is Decembers’ Artist of the month for the McAllen Creative Incubator. “I am very excited to display my Art during the Month of December,” Sais Dania Olivares of Doko Casual Art “Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the Exhibition and all fine art on display is available of sale.” Dania’s studio is #7 and welcomes people who want to come out and visit her during Art Walk. She also sells her art in a variety of local shops around McAllen. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Dania’s art Exhibition on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator. We are located at 601 N. Main Street in McAllen, Texas. For further information or to learn how you too can display your art in our exhibit hall, contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Seeking Vendors for Holiday in the Park 

 CP MarketPlace The McAllen Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Market Place area of the Holiday in the Park event. Spaces are $75 and Rules and Guidelines are attached.

 Holiday in the Park APPLICATION (English) and Holiday in the Park RULES (English)

Holiday in the Park APPLICATION (Spanish) and Holiday in the Park RULES (Spanish)

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this great event!  Should you require additional information on the event, please contact:

  Diana Davila Convention Services Coordinator McAllen Convention & Visitors’ Bureau a Division of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 790 1200 Ash Avenue McAllen, Texas 78505-0790 956-682-2871 x 3028;  Fax: 956-631-8571


  McAllen Chamber’s Art Council Solicits New Members

MAC Logo -1The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council (MAC) is accepting applications for new members.

“We are making some changes in the Council,” said the newly appointed MAC Chair, Mark Hanna. “Changes include quarterly meetings and shifting the focus to supporting existing events through promotion to increase participation. What we want to do is to strengthen attendance at the various arts events that the Council organizes,” Hanna said. “This, and being the epicenter of networking for those who are involved in and support the arts, are the ways we can be of most benefit to the community.”

MAC Application 

The McAllen Arts Council’s primary programs are an annual Fine Art Exhibition held at the McAllen Creative Incubator; the City Poet Laureate Program; a Sub-Granting Program offering grants to artists and arts organizations that benefit McAllen; curation of exhibitions in the McAllen Public Library Art Gallery; and Semi-Public Art Program to match artists and public venues that would like to display local artwork. Meetings are held quarterly. A background in the arts is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for art and the betterment of the City are required. To apply, go to or Deadline for applications is December 15. For more information contact Laura Robles at or 687-2787.

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Incubator Tenant’s to Participate in

“Dia De los Muertos” at IMAS

 McAllen Creative Incubator tenants, Dania Olivares of Doko Art, Elizabeth Ayala of Actin Studio and Martha Hinojosa will take part in “Dia De los Muertos” celebration at IMAS.   Dia de los Muertos  holiday was created in remembrance of an individual who has passed away.  Individuals, who participate in the event, celebrate the life of a relative or close loved one.  This year’s IMAS theme for community altars is Honoring Past Authors. “We have selected author Lewis Carrol” said Dania Olivares, of Doko Art Studio “He wrote many children’s books, among them is the story of  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Stop by IMAS at 1900 Nolana Ave in McAllen, on October 28th to enjoy the altar that Incubator Tenants will create for your viewing pleasure and in remembrance of author Lewis Carrol.  Special 30 minute presentation by ACTIN studio on Nov 2nd at 3pm. Incubator Artists          Alice in Wonderland   Left to Right: Martha Hinojosa-Matices, Elizabeth Ayala-ACTIN and Dania Olivares-Doko Casual Art

CPWEincubator_Flier STC classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator will start soon! For More Information contact  Lorenna Treviño at 956-872-3584

Incubators Feature Artist of the Month- Paul Pritchett Meet Paul Pritchett, he is Octobers’ Artist of the month for the McAllen Creative Incubator.  Paul’s Art will be on display at the Incubator’s Gallery for the month of October. “I was able to use my creativity for building airplanes to construct my sculpting ideas, inventions and art” said Paul Pritchett.  “This is who I am, sculpting is a great art, but my passion is in oil painting.” Mr. Pritchett has students from all over North America.  Paul specializes in portraits and encourages all who have a passion and desire to be a good portrait artist to contact him. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Paul’s art Exhibition on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator.  We are located at 601 N. Main Street in McAllen, Texas.  For further information or to learn how you too can display your art in our exhibit hall, contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.   Paul Pritchett 100_2529 100_2534

ArtOneLogo Art One Studios is offering a free trial painting class. Learn to drawing in pencil, charcoal, soft pastels, acrylic painting, watercolor, oil paint and mixed media.  “When I was a girl I loved the colors and their combinations. At 15 years old I started to study different techniques for drawing and painting since then I have not stopped painting. I admire the design in nature and I think that nature gives us inspiration. I’ve always tried to paint abstract or realistic, natural expression of everything around us, things that our eyes do not see and things that impact our heart.” Sais Aurora Vite, of Art One Studio “I have participated in Art Walks in Texas and have organized exhibitions for my students to participate. I have also organized exhibitions of graphic design in libraries and universities in northern and south of Mexico.”  Aurora’s classes are available on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm or on Saturdays from 12 to 2 pm at 601 N. Main Street, home of the McAllen Creative Incubator.  Children and adult classes are available. Cost per month: $ 75 children and $ 85 adults. (800x600) Contact Aurora Vite for more information at 956 -569 -1915 via email,  You can also call Laura Robles at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 956-687-2787.

VIDEO 1 Check out our first out of three videos we will be releasing for the next 3 weeks

Summer 2014 Presentation – McAllen String Academy



July 30
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


The mission of colibrí music studio and children’s choir is to empower people to create beauty and harmony in their lives and the world through music. carol brown

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the City of McAllen, and the McAllen Creative Incubator are hosting the Singer Songwriter Series Edition. This indoor event will be held at McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main St. on Friday, July 11th.   Show Times are from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  The Singer Songwriter Series features a variety of acoustic singer/songwriters from around the Rio Grande Valley. These events are free and open to the public. MAH July Bands for the July 11th show at McAllen Creative Incubator are Pam & Marcos Muñoz, Eddie Saenz, Charlie Garcia, Something Solar Organization: McAllen Chamber of Commerce & City of McAllen Location: McAllen Creative Incubator City: McAllen Admission: Free Email:



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Join us for an artist talk for the exhibit “Harmony,” July 3 @ 3:30pm at our NAH campus!!

South Texas College’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus Library presents “Harmony,” an exhibit featuring digital artworks by Rolando D. Garza. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 19, 2014 and will be on view through Friday, Aug. 8. An artist talk will be held on July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the college’s NAH Campus, located at 1101 E. Vermont Ave. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public. Garza’s playful digital works are greatly influenced by science fiction, geometry, nature, movies and music. He says that his art is constantly evolving and believes that by promoting the arts he will help make the Valley a more beautiful place. “Garza’s work is fresh, bold and fun,” said Dawn Haughey, STC Library Art Gallery associate. “Whether we realize it or not, digital art is a huge part of our everyday lives. We see it everywhere we go, on billboards, the internet, even on packaged food items. It is important to exhibit digital artwork, as well as more traditional painted or photographed works, so that it can be appreciated and recognized as a true art form.” Garza received a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Texas-Pan American. His background includes work in engineering, computer science, psychology, sculpture and art. STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region. For more information, contact Jose Noriega at, (956) 872-3189; or Dawn Haughey at (956) 872-3488, or visit Garzaflyer

“Sampler” Photography Classes

by Ruth Hoyt at the McAllen Creative Incubator

If you love all kinds of photography, or are not sure what kind of photography you would like to try, professional photographer Ruth Hoyt has the perfect class for you. She teaches fun, hands-on, four-week evening classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator starting Wednesday, June 18th. All cameras are welcome in Ruth’s class, including digital or film SLR and point-and-shoot cameras. Participants should own or have access to a tripod. Each evening Ruth introduces participants to techniques including lighting, lens selection, portraiture, close-up and night photography. Following the introduction, participants practice what they learned, using their cameras and tripods. In addition to photographing during classes, participants learn about their camera’s parts, features and handling. They also view photographs and discuss composition, lighting and other technical aspects of photography. Classes take place Wednesdays, June 18th through July 9th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator. The Incubator is located in the former public library building at 601 North Main Street, McAllen. Cost for this four-week class is $250. Two or more people who register together receive a discount. To register, contact Ruth Hoyt via email ( or telephone at (956) 330-2900. For those with complicated schedules or other special situations, Ruth does private instruction as well. Contact her for more details. Portrait of Ruth Hoyt


ACTIN STUDIO by Elizabeth Ayala ACTIN


Find out what hundreds of senior adults already know… making music EASY and FUN with Valley Keyboards Quick Start Classes! Just $30 Includes Everything!

  • FREE use of a Lowrey Companion Organ in your home
  • FREE delivery and pick-up of your Companion Organ
  • 2 Private Help Sessions in the Store
  • 6 weekly classes
  • All class materials included

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McAllen Blues Night – June 27th

Kick back and enjoy a relaxing evening of lovely blues music at the newly remodeled McAllen Creative Incubator. For second consecutive year the McAllen Blues Night is set for Friday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m., featuring some of your favorite artists.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening’s performances.

Tickets are currently on sale for $25 per person or $400 for a table (includes 8 t-shirts) and are available at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Valley Keyboards and Glazer’s are the McAllen Blues Night’s proud sponsors.

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5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition and Business After Hours

Tomorrow, May 29th, the McAllen Arts Council and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will hold the 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition reception and Business After Hours Mixer. The exhibit features the work of McAllen artists and is currently on display in the Art Gallery located within the McAllen Creative Incubator. The reception will be sponsored by the Mcallen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council.The mixer is designed to provide networking opportunities with local business people, associates, and the local and out of the area talent. The public is invited to attend.

“The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a venue for artists and art organizations of different art disciplines,” said Ivan Gonzalez. Gonzalez runs the Creative Incubator and is the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Director. “The goal of McA2 is to support the continued professional growth of artists and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our local community. We believe that strong communities deserve a strong arts program, and with all the talent we have here in McAllen, the Chamber sees it as our duty to support local artists as much as possible. “What better way to promote your business than networking on a one to one basis, and at the same time enjoying an evening of hors d’oeuvres and wine?’ There is no cost to attend the event. The McA2 Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main St. (corner of Fir Ave. & Main St.) and the event will be held on Thursday evening, May 29th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Maritza Muñoz at 956-682-2871.

“7th Annual Student Art Exhibition”

McAllen.  Hinovations Art Gallery is proud to present its latest art show, “7th Annual Student Art Exhibition”. The exhibit consists of over 36 drawings in mixed media created by students ranging from 4 to 18 years of age.  Hinovations’ students were engaged in learning about the Renaissance art period and in particular the works of master artist, Leonardo da Vinci.  The young scholars recreated art pieces such as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa during the school year as well as books and paper sculptures.  The younger groups will be exhibiting a detail from Da Vinci’s painting The Annunciation of Mary and the older students will exhibit Wildlife illustration drawings.  The exhibit takes place on Friday, May 23rd from 6 pm to 8pm at Hinovations Art Gallery located at 1009 Laurel Ave, McAllen.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Hinovations Art Gallery is located at 1009 Laurel Ave, right off of North 10th St in McAllen.  Hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.  For more information please contact Gallery Director, Raquel Hinojosa at 956-688-6461 or email to to be added to the emailing list. Rodolfo Gomez and Last Supper painting

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“Mother’s Day Art Bazaar” Art Exhibition

McAllen. Hinovations Art Gallery in partnership with Monarch International Design, Inc., a silver jewelry company, is proud to host a fundraiser event in benefit of the McAllen Pregnancy Center (MPC), a nonprofit organization that helps low income women who are expecting a baby. The fundraiser named “Mother’s Day Art Bazar” is a celebration of motherhood and the gift of life and it will take place on Thursday, May 8th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local artists exhibiting at the event and supporting our efforts are Dania Olivares Aparicio with her Doko Casual Art, Paola Bermeo with her jewelry Amore Brand, Martha Sanchez with Rostros Latinos magazine, Elisa Cedeño with Arrow Events, and painter Dalice (Blanca Ceballos).  The general public is invited to attend the event and there will be a $10 donation/entrance fee or bring a donation of a new baby item for MPC’s Baby Boutique. Also, all vendors have agreed to donate to this noble cause 10% of the sales during the event. Hinovations Art Gallery is located at 1009 Laurel Ave, right off North 10th St. in McAllen. For more information about the event, please contact Raquel Hinojosa at (956) 688-6461. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 1 pm to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm or by appointment.  Additional activities take place during the month, so please e-mail to to be added to the mailing list.


The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and

the McAllen Creative Incubator introduce

Ruth Hoyt as a new tenant.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Creative Incubator are pleased to have Ruth Hoyt a naturalist and full-time photographer as a new tenant. Ruth Hoyt work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, Missouri Botanical Garden, Powder Valley Nature Center, Shaw Nature Reserve and St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and is on permanent display in various states in the United States. Some of her photo credits are National Geographic Books, The Nature Conservancy, Birder’s World, Texas Wildlife Association, Valley Land Fund (Texas), Coastal Bend Focus on Wildlife (Texas), Missouri Wildlife, Missouri Magazine, and many more. She has won major awards in significant national and international photo competitions. Some include Nature’s Best (international), Valley Land Fund (Texas) and First Grand Prize with my partner and teammate John Pickles in the Coastal Bend’s wildlife photo contest (based in Texas ranch land).   She works with private students and consults with photographers interested in competition photography, with a very high success rate for grand prize awards. “Due to Ruth’s experience, we have decided to give her the opportunity indefinitely. Ruth and her students could become part of the daily routine at the Incubator and I hope more people take advantage of this talented photographer” said Ivan Gonzalez, Director of Arts Development for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. “Ruth Hoyt brings over 25 years of experience and professionalism to these classes and is the most experienced photographer that we have ever had at the McAllen Creative Incubator. She is a world renowned artist,” Gonzalez said. Ruth is a CIG (Certified Interpretive Guide) with NAI (National Association for Interpretation, a national organization with training requirements) and CTMN (Certified Texas Master Naturalist, Texas organization with annual training and volunteer work requirements) with more than 800 hours of volunteer time logged since 2009. Also, she founded MoNEP (Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers, in 1996 and served as President & Chairman of the Board for five years. I founded TexNEP (Texas Nature & Environmental Photographers, in 2001, and served as President & Chairman of the Board for seven years and she is current, active member who serves on the Board of Directors. Visit her studio at the McAllen Creative Incubator’s Gallery, 601 N. Main Street in McAllen. We hope to see you there.

Congratulations to our winners!

We are excited to announce the selected artists for the 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition: The Best of McAllen! Chosen from dozens of applicants, these artists represent the best fine art work currently being created. Choosing these pieces was incredibly difficult not just because of the quantity of entries, but because of the wide variety of art forms submitted and the high quality of the work. If your work wasn’t chosen this time, watch for future contests. – (*All winners have been emailed using the email address listed on your entry form. If your name is listed below but you have seen an email about it, please check your email’s spam folder and then contact



South Texas College Theatre

celebrates Shakespeare’s anniversary with

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

South Texas College Theatre will conclude the spring 2014 season with its production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to commemorate the bard’s anniversary. The production will run from May 1-3 at 8 p.m., including a Sunday, May 4 matinee at 2 p.m., at STC’s Cooper Center for the Communication Arts Black Box Theater, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of a quartet of mismatched lovers and a gaggle of hapless actors that cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. A wondrous forest brimming with possibilities sets the scene for Shakespeare’s spectacular tale, exploring the inexplicable magic of falling in love and the wonder of waking up from the sweetest of dreams. General admission tickets cost $5. The May 4 production will be interpreted in American Sign Language by interns from STC’s Interpreting Training Program. Tickets can be purchased one hour before the performance at the box office or in advance online at For additional information about the show or for group rates, call (956) 872-2301 or email or   stc

Sue Sill  Featured Artist


Art Studio by Design 722 N. Main (at bHackberry), McAllen, Texas 78501

Several works in this exhibition represent Sill’s new line of large acrylic paintings on canvas. Currently known across South Texas for her watercolor portraits and botanical paintings, acrylics is not a new medium for Sill. It is, instead, a return to a medium she used extensively as a young artist in Corpus Christi, Texas, before she earned her PhD and began a career that forced her to temporarily put art on the back burner. Since returning to painting in 2009, Sill now paints and teaches art almost full time from her studio at Art Studio by Design.

Through this exhibition, Sill will demonstrate the variety of subjects and the various media that she continuous to explore. Include are large acrylic landscapes with palms, and close up images of natural objects such as plants, butterflies and shells at a scale much greater than life-size; works created with large homes with high ceilings or commercials spaces in mind. There will also be watercolor and acrylic paintings of plants and people on a smaller scale, as well as a selection of highly detailed pen and ink botanical drawings she created four decades ago.


5th Annual McAllen Art Council Fine Art Exhibition

May 1st – May 31st, 2014 McAllen Chamber of Commerce 1200 Ash McAllen, TX 78501

The McAllen Arts Council invites you to participate in the 5th Annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Art Exhibition May 1st through May 31st, 2014. This exhibition will be juried by representatives of the McAllen Arts Council and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and will be juried from the originals. This means that the artists will deliver their original artwork to the site, after which it will be juried. After jury selection artwork that has not been selected must be retrieved at the time specified. The McAllen Arts Council is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the development of a citywide arts culture and infrastructure that includes all disciplines of the arts. This support and encouragement will improve the city’s quality of life through promoting and enhancing creativity, education, and the appreciation of the arts. ELIGIBILITY Artists over the age of 18 may submit two to four (2 – 4) artworks (2-D and/or 3-D). All artwork must be original and non-collaborative work (one artist). INQUIRIES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO: Keith Arney, Board Member of the McAllen Arts Council at 956.632.2920 (O) or 956.490.8023(C) or Ivan Gonzalez, Director of Arts Development of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at          956-687-2787 (O) INSURANCE: All work is insured by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce after arrival. Both the sale price and the insurance value must be listed on the entry form. All insurance values may not exceed 50% of the retail price. The Gallery cannot insure work for an amount in excess of its fair market value and reserves the right to limit the amount of insurance coverage on any work. In event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to document the value of the work. Download more Information 5th Annual McAllen Art Council Creative incubator logo horizontal