Welcome to McA2 Creative Incubator, we are the home, support and voice for local artists throughout the Rio Grande Valley. With the help of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, McA2 is bringing arts to the city and increasing the attractiveness of our community's culture. We provide low cost studios, managerial advice, legal and technical support to qualified artisans with qualified projects. Our newly remolded building hosts 13 art studios, exhibition space and a stage for performances. We invite you to stop by and visit our talented artists' exhibits or check for performances on our calendar.
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Posted: March 21, 2013
KAREN NORBERG ARTIST/INSTRUCTOR (941) 623-3720 or email@example.com
SHARON BLACK ARTIST/INSTRUCTOR (507) 640-0135 or SLBlack2000@aol.com
ADULT ART CLASSES ON MONDAY EVENINGS
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Beginners/Intermediate painters welcome!
Bring your own supplies Brushes, Canvas, Paints, Paper Towels, Mixing Medium and a picture you would like to draw or paint.
Class Fees: one class $ 20.00 or month $ 40.00
Do not hold over from one month to next!
Month begins on 1st and ends 30-31st We are here and you should be also!
Pictures to paint should be 4 x 6 or 5 x 7
Canvas can be any size...8 x 10 to 24 x 36
Also, Pallete Painters will offer CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAM
Kids age 5 and up
Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 4 PM to 8:30 PM
Class is $15 per class supplies included
Month 1st to 30th is $80 (8) classes
No roll over into next month
Palette Painters teach painting, drawing, water color, acrylic, and oil to creative students. They crafts in wood, glass plastic, and clay.
PARENTS WELCOME...must stay with kids 5-7 yrs.
Any question? CALL (941) 623-3720 or (507) 640-0135!!!
Posted: February 15, 2013
Dania Olivares was just a signature away from starting her banking career.
With a heart dedicated to art, she pushed the offer away and decided to follow her life-long dream and passion.
Two years later she's going full speed ahead with Doko Casual Art, working out of the Incubator at 1005 S. 16th St. in downtown McAllen.
"The bank gave me a proposal on Friday and I was crying all through Sunday," Dania said. "I didn't know what to do. I knew our family needed the money but it wasn't what I wanted. My husband and sister told me not to sign it but we didn't have money and we needed to eat and pay rent.
"I said to myself 'yes, I'm going to sign it.' Then when it came time to sign it, I said 'no.'"
The next day she was at Barnes & Noble with her sister Kendra planning to start a business.
"I just started reading," she said. "I was always good at drawing but didn't know things like the names of brushes or a canvas. The next day I started my first painting."
Another month later she attended her first Art Walk in McAllen. There, nervous to hear what the public thought, she was surprisingly pleased at the response. She sold her first piece of art and made enough money to invest back into her company, buying more supplies.
Her first sold piece - a partial view of the Eiffel Tower - was done with just the five colors she had at the time - red, yellow, gold, black and blue - and used some newspapers.
"I didn't know if it would be any good and didn't know what people would think of my kind of art," she said. "Then I didn't ask the name of the person who bought my first piece - it was a young girl. I think I'm going to ask on Facebook if anyone knows who this person was. I just want to know."
Following Art Walk, Dania started searching for other opportunities and shows. She showed in Weslaco and Pharr and Edinburg. She currently has artwork placed in restaurants Roosevelt's in downtown McAllen and Sabor Amor on Shary Road near Military Highway. She's also received invitations to showings in Houston and Austin.
"Many people have told me I am lucky but I don't think so," Dania said. "I work a lot. I search, I do research, I look for opportunities - that's how things happen."
WHAT IS DOKO?
The name comes from Dania Olivares (DO) and Kendra Olivares (KO). Dania describes her art as mixed media and something she creates that would look good in someone's home. She uses different textures within each piece of art and has a tendency to hide things - such as small details (maybe using a unique piece of material) or quotes - within the artwork.
"I'll mix acrylic with all sorts of materials like newspapers, pages of a magazine, fabrics, cables, clothespins, whatever comes to mind," Dania said. "I love when there are several people around something I've done looking for all those different details."
Dania plans to have a store in the future with many products for the home - including furniture and design. Until then, she will continue to expand her art and attend shows - she even planned on taking some pieces to a gallery in Chicago when she and husband Oscar go up for a Bears game.
"I contacted a gallery there and I'm going to take three paintings there," she said. "I don't know if it's going to work, but I'm gonna try.
"It's another opportunity."
INFOYou can see Dania's Art on her Facebook Page - search: Doko Casual Art You can also make an appointment to see her creations via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: February 11, 2013
We're excited to announce that after many months - we've officially relocated!!!
As you may remember from our post last year this new space is located at the intersection of Main Street and Fir Avenue, where the McAllen Library used to be.
Our New Address
601 N. Main St.
McAllen, Texas 78505
Our phone number has not changed so if you need more information or help with directions just call 956.687.2787.
Posted: February 08, 2013