Octobers Feature Artist, Aurora Vite

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Solo Exhibit “Abstract World” by Aurora Vite

McAllen, TX.  Award winning artist Aurora Vite who was born and raised in Mexico announced that her abstract series “Abstract World” will exhibit at the McAllen Creative Incubator Gallery this month of October.

Aurora who is a well-known & accomplished artist in Mexico participated in the McAllen’s Art Council, Fine Art Exhibit in 2016 and won 1st place for her photography art.  The international artist who is known for her animal realism and colorful abstracts in different techniques like acrylics, oil and mixed media will have a solo exhibit which debut on October 6, 2017 during the Art Walk Event.  The Exhibit will remain on display thru the end of that month.

“It’s nice to be recognized for your accomplishments here in the RGV,” Sais Aurora Vite “The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is very supportive of local Artist.  I am pleased and gratified to be an artist at the McAllen Creative Arts Incubator and be a part of its Tenancy program.”

McAllen Arts Council Accepting Applications for City Poet Laureate

City Poet Laureate Priscilla Suarez & CVB VP Nancy Millar

City Poet Laureate Priscilla Suarez & CVB VP Nancy Millar

            “This is an exciting, educational program for McAllen,” said Laura Robles,Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator. “The Arts Council is very pleased to initiate this program, which will aid in drawing attention to the literary arts.”

“While public art such as sculptures and murals is beginning to become more visible around town, the McAllen Arts Council recognized that there were limited options for presenting literary arts to the community,” explained Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. “Having an official City Poet Laureate offers many opportunities to incorporate poetry into official functions,” she said.

The Poet Laureate will hold the title through 2020.

Poets who live, work, attend school or attend worship services in McAllen may apply themselves, or can be nominated by another individual. Applications are available online at www.visitmcallen.com and at the McAllen Chamber and McAllen Creative Incubator offices located at 1200 Ash Avenue and 601 North Main Street respectively. Deadline for applications to be returned to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce is November 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

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Announcing auditions for colibrí children’s choir

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Auditions for the colibrí children’s choir will be held on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator (601 N. Main).  No appointment is needed.  For those unable to come at this time, please call 956.307.6074 to arrange an alternate time.

Previous members need not audition but do need to confirm their desire to participate in the choir by September 16. Our first rehearsal will be Sunday, September 17.

The colibrí children’s choir is a community, auditioned treble choir for students in first through ninth grade. Students are selected on the basis of their aural and vocal potential, their desire to sing, their ability to learn quickly and their willingness to work hard. Children from public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools meet Sunday afternoons for rehearsals and musicianship classes, which are designed to teach music literacy. The choir performs at least two concerts each year at the McAllen Creative Incubator and has appeared at McAllen’s Christmas in the Park and Fourth of July programs and other community celebrations.The choir meets in the Gallery of the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street.

A $20 registration fee is required at the time of audition. For more information on the program including schedule, fees, and a description of the audition process please visit our website: www.colibrimusic.org.

McAllen Chamber presents 3rd session of Community Classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator

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McAllen Chamber presents 3rd session of Community Classes

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McAllen—The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is offering a series of Community Classes presented by the McAllen Creative Incubator.  Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  Our goal of the upcoming workshops is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community.

Community Classes is offering the following classes this October:

  • Beginner’s Salsa Dance Instruction
  • Beginners Sewing-Quilting
  • Character Design-Drawing Class
  • Chess Step Lessons
  • Chinese Language
  • Crafts with Adriana-Baby Shower
  • Guitar-Learn to play your favorite song
  • Hand Building with Clay
  • Photography for beginners
  • Tai Chi (Saturdays)
  • Tai Chi (Thursdays)
  • The Art of Autobiographical Writing
  • Vocal Coaching-Sing your favorite songs

Most classes are held at the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  Courses begin October 2017; register today at www.mcallenlearning.com or by calling Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Ruth Hoyt, Photographic Exhibit

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Ruth Hoyt, Photographic Exhibit

The McAllen Creative Incubator features photographer, writer and teacher Ruth Hoyt, as one of the artists exhibiting their work in September 2017. She has been an artist in residence with the Incubator since May 2014.

An opening reception featuring Ruth’s photographic work is scheduled Friday, September 1st, from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, Texas. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Ruth’s exhibit opens September 1st in the Atrium and will hang until the end of September. The exhibit features a mix of large canvas gallery-wrapped prints as well as prints using archival, museum-quality paper.

She is known for her bird photography but she also pursues landscape, flora, night and other photography in Texas and other locations across the United States. Ruth uses a professional digital SLR camera for most of her work, but she also uses other cameras including iPhone 6+ and DJI drone camera for some subjects.

For more information about this McAllen Creative Incubator and the exhibits on display, contact Laura Robles at (956) 687-2787 or email at lrobles@visitmcallen.com.  You may also contact Ruth Hoyt directly via phone at (956) 330-2900 or email at ruthhoyt@gmail.com

McAllen Creative Incubator seeks Instructors for upcoming Community Class-Program

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McAllen Creative Incubator seeks Instructors for upcoming Community Class-Program

The McAllen Creative Incubator is offering a series of Community Classes presented by qualified Artists, Teachers & Tenants.  The series called “Community Classes” is meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  The goal of the upcoming workshop is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Department is seeking Instructors on a variety of subjects for the upcoming workshop series. Plans are to begin the workshop series in September 2017.

Since its beginning this year, we have promoted over 20 community classes in an effort to engage adults in creative processes.  The Community Program is growing successfully. 

The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a department of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and exists to support and promote the arts within the community. McA2 has been in existence for over a decade.  If you are an Artist, professional of certified Instructor interested in collaborating to offer a class, please contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or via email at lrobles@visitmcallen.com .

2017 Summer Camps

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The McAllen Creative Incubator is proud to host the following Camps, where students can expand their creativity beyond school curriculum. Contact the Instructor for more info! Additionally, McA2 is participating in the Summer Food & Nutrition Program, which provides free nutritious meals. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by MISD, from June 5 to August 4th to children ages 18 years of age and under. Adults can purchase a meal at a reasonable price.

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