Featured Artist of the Month


Meet Ms. Lian Cheng Shingler, a graduate of Chongqing normal University and Shenzhen University in China. Lian, has been an artist at the McAllen Creative Incubator since December 2014 and we are excited to have her as the Artist of the month, her Art will be on display in the Incubator’s Gallery for the month of August.  Ms. Shingler will display some Asian Culture items as well as Paper cut, Diamond craft pictures and embroidered art.

“I hope to make this exhibition extra special.” Said Ms. Shingler, “Some Asian Culture items I have included are attire and jewelry. Also, during the summer, I had an opportunity to work on the paper cut pieces, so they were especially made for this exhibit.  Making the Diamond art craft, is like creating a puzzle, each piece belongs to a corresponding color crystal-diamond point to create a colorful, charming, structured, sparkling crystal painting.  Lastly, I have included China Embroidery which is a national traditional handcraft art of decorating silk fabric and other materials with yarn, thread and needles.” explained Ms. Lian Shingler.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Lian Shinglers’ art Exhibition on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator.  The Incubator will be open for Music After Hours-Summer Series on August 7th and is located at 601 N. Main Street in McAllen, Texas.  For further information or to learn how you can exhibit your art at the Incubator, contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

T-Mobile Career Fair



Stop by the McAllen Creative Incubator on July 23, 2015 for the T-Mobile Career Fair. You will be able to talk to a member of the T-Mobile team and discuss the possibility of joining their faced paced, high motivated, and competitive Retail Sales Team. Come on by from 9 am – 6 pm and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Call out to – Female Guitarist/Musician

Do you know a talented female guitarist/musician who might be willing to play at a November event, to be held here in the RGV.  Female Guitarist/Musician must be willing to perform at no cost or  (maybe for tips?)



Shearwater Journeys, Inc.

PO Box 190

Hollister, CA 95024







Matices Summer Art Camp

Matices to hold Summer Classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator. Come and paint in Acrylic & Oil.

For more Information contact Martha Hinojosa at 956-739-3869 or Coco Salinas at 956-451-0440





The McAllen Heritage Center invites you to their opening reception for their featured collection titled “Life! The Joy of It!” by local McAllen artist Linda Jean. The recpetion will take place Friday June 19, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. Lina Jean has been the recipient of numerous art awards over the years and still continues to produce mulitiple paintings a week. Her paintings grace the homes of hundreds of families and businesses throughout North America.

For more information and to R.S.V.P please contact jalinz@mcallenheritagecenter.com or call 956-687-1904


Summer Choir Camp for Children



Carol Brown – Colibrí Music Studio and Children’s Choir

Each summer the colibrí children’s choir hosts a summer choir camp.

This year it will be held July 6-10 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Tuition includes daily snack and camp T-shirt – $125. For information on private and group music lessons, summer choir camp, or membership in the children’s choir, please visit www.colibrimusic.org or Facebook: colibrimusicstudio.




McAllen Selects Second City Poet Laureate

The McAllen Arts Council has selected its second poet laureate. Priscilla Celina Suarez will serve in her position until December 31, 2016. She takes over the position from Olga Valle-Herr, who served in the position previously.

Suarez, a lifelong resident of McAllen, is an employee at the McAllen Public Library, working in the marketing department. She has a degree in International Business from UTPA.

“We are so proud that the McAllen Arts Council has selected such a talented poet,” said Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau which oversees the arts program for the Chamber.” She will be a wonderful representative of literary arts for the city.”

Suarez has loved poetry since she was a small child. “When I was in the third grade, I was selected to read a poem to our school principal,” Suarez said. He laughed out loud, and I realized that I loved it.”

In 2005 she began original readings at various venues around the county and beyond. Her reputation has grown to make her one of the area’s foremost poets.

“All of us at the McAllen Public Library are so proud of Priscilla for becoming Poet Laureate of McAllen,”  said Kate Horan, Director of the McAllen Public Library. “Priscilla’s poetry explores language and questions of identity as a native of the Rio Grande Valley in a way that is both strong and vulnerable. I can’t think of a better poet to represent McAllen.”

Suarez’s mentors include well known poet and author Gloria Anzaldua,   and McAllen resident Jan Seale, Texas’s immediate past State Poet Laureate. “Jan is a superhero,” Suarez said. “She was one of the first people I heard performing the spoken word, and she was hilarious. She’s so supportive of literary events and the arts in general.”

Suarez will be performing at Chamber of Commerce events and is available for organizations, classrooms, and other venues. She can be reached at the McAllen Public Library, 956-681-3000.


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