Local Writer, Daniel Tyx to offer Autobiographical Writing at the McAllen Creative Incubator

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce continues to offer a series of Creative & Enrichment Classes presented by the McAllen Creative Incubator, the cultural arm of the Chamber.  Qualified RGV artists like Daniel Tyx teach classes and share their knowledge of various disciplines, such as writing.

“We are proud to collaborate with local businesses and artists to engage residents in creative processes,” said Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator. “The continued exposure to the arts enhances our community and helps expose the variety of cultural talent in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Daniel Blue Tyx is a freelance journalist, essayist, and fiction writer. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Purdue University, and his writing has appeared in publications including the Oxford American, the Texas Observer, Texas Highways, and Best American Travel Writing.

Daniel will be offering a weekly 2 hr workshop for 6 weeks on “The Art of Autobiographical Writing.”  The workshop will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator as a part of the Creative & Enrichment Class series.

“From family history to work to travel, our own lives are an endless source of material for artistic inspiration,” said Tyx. “In this course, we will read autobiographical essays ranging from the humorous to the profound written by masters of the craft.  We will explore the ingredients of a good story and practice the narrative techniques that invite readers into our own lives and minds.”

Cost is $70 for a total of 12 hours of instruction.  Class begins October 10th at 6pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  Register today at www.McA2classes.com or by calling Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Influences, Art & Art Education: The Collective History of The G Squared Collaborative

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Influences, Art & Art Education:

The Collective History of The G Squared Collaborative

Wendy Gilbert and Fred Gonzalez are middle school art teachers at De Leon Middle School and have recently formed The G Squared Collaborative located at Suite 9 in the McAllen Creative Incubator. Their show, opening Friday, September 7th in the gallery at the McAllen Creative Incubator, during Art Walk, chronicles their journey discovering their creative voices from childhood, including outside influences and the impact their professional partnership has played in their artmaking.

Despite having discovered and followed their passion for art in different times and places, Wendy Gilbert and Fred Gonzalez both share the same view on creating art. Art making or “Arting” should be fun.  Individually, they each have different styles and approaches to creating their art, but influence and challenge each other to always strive to search for new ways to express themselves and build on their skills.

This approach to creating art and enjoying the process has informed their philosophy for teaching art to others, whether it is in the school classroom, a workshop at the Creative Incubator or privately with fellow art nerds.

In addition, Jr VASE artwork from their students at De Leon Middle School will be on display in the atrium. This show will also include Jr. VASE artwork from Lincoln Middle School, which has recently merged with De Leon. Jr VASE is a regional art competition sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association. Students competed in May in Brownsville.

It is in this spirit of joy and fun that we invite you to have fun stepping into the world of the G Squared Collaborative.

Art Walk takes place every first Friday of the month and brings awareness of galleries, in the Arts District.  Thru art walk, McAllen paves the way for artists to express their artistic passion, increase interest in the arts, and promote awareness in appreciation of all art and culture.

Feature Art Exhibits at McA2, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen from 7pm-9pm are by The G Squared Collaborative, Wendy Gilbert & Fred Gonzalez, Valley Land Fund and Alonzo Deleon Middle School Jr. Vase exhibit. Confirmed guest are IMAS & McAllen Public library.  It is going to be a great family friendly night to enjoy the arts!

Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

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Adobe Photoshop for Beginners
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-Level #1. Introduction…Learn how to use tools, Layers, Images, Resolution, Save digital & print version,
Edition of photos “Basic Mode”.

-Level #2 & #3 – Learn how to drive the best program for Pictures, Advertising, Social Media,
Digital Art, Graphic Designers….more for Layers, Dimensions, Color, FX, Composition & shortcuts!!!
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Local Artists, Viviana Caballero to offer a Community Classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator

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Local Artists, Viviana Caballero to offer a

Community Classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce continues to offer a series of Community Classes presented by the McAllen Creative Incubator, the cultural arm of the Chamber.  RGV Artists like Viviana Caballero teach the classes to share their knowledge of various disciplines of the arts.

“We are proud to collaborate with local businesses and artists to engage residents in creative processes,” said Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator. “The continued exposure to the arts enhances our community and helps expose the variety of cultural talent in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Viviana was taught to embroider and hand sew by her mother since the age of 10.  Ms. Caballero has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and recently graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.  She has participated in a local exhibit curated by The South Texas College Art Department and Library Art Gallery, “100 Women, 100 Words”.

Ms. Caballero will be offering a Sewing & Embroidery Workshop at the McAllen Creative Incubator as a part of the series of classes.  For your convenience, students can enroll in the Friday or Saturday class.

Ms. Caballero has prepared a program for students to create something different in each class: a tote bag, an original phone case, a personalized pillow, a decorative cactus and more.  Whether you are an expert or just getting started, Ms. Caballero will guide you through the process until your masterpiece is complete.  For materials required visit www.mcallenlearning.com.

Cost is $70 for 12 hours of instruction.  All classes begins in June at the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  Register today at www.mcallenlearning.com or by calling Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Art Walk is on Friday, May 4th!

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Join us for the last Art Walk of the season at theMcAllen Creative Incubator. We are proud to support the arts and participate in the city’s Art Walk event the first Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome to visit the Incubator, its tenants and enjoy the exhibitions on display. This is a free, family friendly event, so come out and enjoy the Art’s in McAllen! Special thanks to Millennial Marketing for the graphics. :)

McAllen Arts Council invites you to attend the 9th Annual Fine Art Exhibit “3D Art/Mixed Media Exhibit by RGV Artists”

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McAllen Arts Council invites you to attend the
9th Annual Fine Art Exhibit
“3D Art/Mixed Media Exhibit by RGV Artists”

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council is pleased to invite the public to the ninth (9) annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Arts Exhibit.

” This year’s featured theme, 3D Art/Mixed Media Exhibit by RGV Artists features talented RGV Artists such as Master Ceramicist & Printmaker, Reynaldo Santiago, ” said Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator “Oil painter & Sculptor Paul Pritchett, Fany Mares, Lian Shingler and a new Artist to the RGV, Lauren Frey. We invite the public to visit the Incubator and support these talented Artists.”

Reception to take place during Art Walk on Friday, May 4, 2018, 7pm-9pm at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen. The show remains on display though out the month of May 2018, from May 4th through May 25th in the McAllen Creative Incubator, Exhibit hall. Incubators business hours, excluding Art Walk, are form 9am-5pm, Monday thru Friday with the entrance being thru the alley.

McAllen Arts Council supports and encourages 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. McAllen Arts Council Fine Art Shows are on exhibit at the McAllen Creative Incubator, once a year.

For more information contact:
Laura Robles
Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator
lrobles@visitmcallen.com
956-687-2787

Community Classes-2018 Summer Session

Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  Register for the upcoming classes at www.mcallenlearning.com

Available courses:

Autobiographical Writing with Daniel Tyx

Calligraphy

Dealing with grief through poetry

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

 **Class Offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays

Learn how to draw

 **Class Offered on Fridays, Wednesdays or Mondays

Embroidery & Sewing Workshop

**Class Offered on Fridays or Saturdays

How to draw what you see

Painting for beginners

Salsa Dance Instruction for beginners

Tai Chi for Advance Student

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Art Studio and workspace, available at an affordable price

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The McAllen Creative Arts Incubator (McA2) is now accepting applications for artists who are interested in becoming tenants.  With help from the city, the McAllen Chamber has created 20 low cost artist studios and office spaces for expanding artists and art organizations.  The Cultural Arts Department houses artists of different art disciplines such as painters, choir lessons, teen radio etiquette, writers, photographers and clay sculpting, just to name a few.  The studio space available is a 12×12 at an affordable $185 a month.

To apply for studio space, interested artists need to submit:

  1. *a completed application
  2. provide samples of work
  3. resume
  4. and finally we will guide you in the process to develop a Business Plan

Prospective tenants will be selected and then meet with a representative of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.  *Applications can be pick-up at the Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen  or download the file at http://www.mcallenart.com/studio-directory.

The McAllen Creative Incubator, has 2 paint labs a classroom, stage and a variety of Exhibit areas for tenants use at no additional cost.  McA2 is located at 601 N. Main St. in the heart of McAllen’s Art’s District.