New Basic Nature Photography Class at the McAllen Creative Incubator


Portrait of Ruth Hoyt

If you have a camera and want to learn, nature photographer Ruth Hoyt has the perfect class for you. She teaches a fun, interactive four-week evening class at the McAllen Creative Incubator starting this week on Wednesday, May 6th. To provide the participants with some hands-on time in the field, the class includes one Saturday morning field trip.

All cameras are welcome in Ruth’s class, including digital, film, SLR and point-and-shoot cameras. For those with complicated schedules or other special situations, Ruth does private instruction as well. Contact her for more details.

The basic nature photography class runs May 6th through 27th and takes place four consecutive Wednesdays.

Participants learn, hands-on, about their camera’s parts, features and handling. In addition, class time is spent viewing photographs and discussing composition, lighting and other technical aspects of photography. Participants can also expect to learn about some of the local flora and fauna.

The class takes place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator in McAllen (the former McAllen Public Library), 601 North 10th Street, for four Wednesday nights, as well as a Saturday morning field trip May 16th.

Cost for the four-week basic nature photography class is $250. Two people who register together receive a discount.

Check the events page on Ruth’s website ( For more information and to reserve a spot in this class, contact Ruth Hoyt via email at or telephone at (956) 330-2900.

Portrait of Ruth Hoyt, taken by John Pickles in Barataria, LA

Asian Summer Camp at the McAllen Creative Incubator

summer camp newspaper pictures

Asian Summer Camp at the McAllen Creative Incubator

With the help of the McAllen Arts Council-Grant Program, Lian Shingler is able to bring a unique Summer Camp program to the Creative Incubator. The Asian culture summer camp is an exciting one week program that will provide a wonderful insight and exploration of Asian culture. Students will participate in a Chinese language course, Chinese Martial Art kung fu ” shao Lin” wushu , which incorporates Jet Lee style, Magic class and Craft activities, like mask painting, chinese calligraphy and paper cut crafts. The program will have invited Magicians who will teach students magic tricks.
Students ages 7-14 can register now!
Program Dates are July 13-17, 2015
Schedule: 8:30am -5:00pm
Fees: Week Program…………………… $180 (8:30-5:00pm)
Week Program (½ day Morning) ….$100 (8:30-12:30pm)
Week Program (½ day Noon) ……..$120 (12:30-5:00pm)
T-shirt, lunch, water and light snacks will be provided

Registration form: ENGLISH APPLICATION

The program will conclude on Friday with a show for parents. Parents will enjoy the activities on display & students’ new found knowledge of Asian Culture. Registrations are taken at any time.

We thank you for your interest and support of this new program. For more information, please contact Lian Cheng Shingler at (956) 537-1370 or visit her at The Creative Incubator, Studio #11 located at 601 N Main St McAllen, TX 78501 or by email at

Studio 1 – Doko Casual Art


Doko Casual Art by Dania Olivares

As she looked down at the line that would seal the deal, she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. 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 601 N. Main St. in downtown McAllen.

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.”

Dania will have her 2013 annual exhibition at the Creative Incubator on Saturday, March 9th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; with the help of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce the Incubator at McAllen open its door for the public to enjoy her work and talent.

“Olivares’s paintings are comprised of up to a dozen layers of this unique combination of materials. The artist’s vibrant colors pop from beneath a gem-like. This stunning finish supports the philosophy she wishes to convey.” Ivan Gonzalez said Cultural Arts Director from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.


You can see Dania’s Art on her Facebook Page – or visit

You can also make an appointment to see her creations via email:

Studio 11-Lian Cheng Shingler

Lian Cheng Shingler


Lian Cheng Shingler is from China. She is a graduate of Chongqing Normal Unitversity and Shenzhen University in China. Ms. Shingler is a Dancer, Magician, Artist( Embrodery), Fitness and Martial arts ,Tai chi Yoga instructor. As a child she liked to watch the neighborhood women, while they embroidered and learned the art of embroidering. Through the years her love for this traditional art form grew. She continued to develop her embroidery skills, and has held a exhibit in 2007 at the International Museum of Arts and Science in McAllen. Lian is also a very talented performer of Magic and Chinese Opera, specializing in Bian Lian, or “Face Change”. During the past fifteen years she has performed throughout China and in the United States cities of Hidalgo, McAllen, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and New York. Lian Cheng Shingler, is a recipient of numerous awards for her skills in Tai Chi, Yoga, Kung Fu Wushu, Sword, fan and Ballroom, Folk, Baller, Latin, Bollywood and Belly dancing. In Beijing her instructor was a famous magician Jeff’s Mcbride. Recently she won twice first place for two different Magic shows in South Texas talent competitions and has attended International Brotherhood of Magicians .

Ms Lian holds Certificates as a Fitness, Martial arts and Dance instructor.

She has received many honors and awards for organizing Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances promoting Chinese culture. She is owner and manager of the Asian Culture Company in McAllen, Texas. Her company’s primary various types of dance instruction, magic show and events.


Lian Cheng Schingler