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At ArtCentre of Plano 
More than 60 pieces of work produced by more than
35 PAA members will go on
display January, 11 for a month at
ArtCentre of Plano
in the Arts District in Downtown Plano.
(902 E 16th St., Plano, TX 75074
This exhibit is exclusively for PAA members to showcase works
that reflect the quality and diversity of our membership.
Both one-dimensional and two-dimensional works will be exhibited.  

Key dates 
1/02 -   Artist Notification of Pieces Accepted
1/06 -   Artist Drop Off
1/11 -   Opening of Show
1/20 -   Reception
            (7:00 pm at ArtCentre of Plano)
2/10 -   Artist Pick Up 
Judges' awards that will be presented at the reception will not be genre category-specific, but will be open to all entries.

1st prize $500
2nd prize $ 250  
3rd prize $150
$50 gift certificates to each of 3 merit winners
$100 for the People's Choice Award

We hope all members will spread the word about the exhibit to friends and associates. You can forward this email to those you choose.

Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to help with manage the Members' Show. If you would like to assist with art drop-off, pick-up or help host the Awards Reception, please contact Linda McCarley at  
Members' Holiday Party 

The event was a great opportunity to socialize with other PAA memb ers and their guests. It was an evening of fun, food and holiday cheer. The event was catered by Chocolate Angel who served up really yummy tasting food. Special holiday beverages and desserts provided by PAA members rounded out the fare.

Maestro Hector Guzman, Music Director of the Plano Symphony, was a special guest presenter. He shared interesting perspectives on the confluence of art and music. His dynamic personality, with his high energy and a true love of all the arts, came through his colorful stories about the life of a symphony conductor. PAA members were able to ask questions in a lively discussion that followed the very interesting presentation.

Above Left: Monica A. Salinas Clinical Therapist 
Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County
Above Right: Linda McCarley, Vice President
Plano Art Association at Collin County Assistance Center 
In recognition of this season of giving, each attending member was asked to bring an unwrapped "art supply gift" to be distributed to needy children by two local family charities. A large basket was filled to overflowing with generous gifts brought by members. The art supplies were delivered to The Children's Advocacy Center of Colin County and the Collin County Assistance Center. 


The final
three dimensional mural-type installation being fabricated is to be located at 15th Street and Avenue K in the heart of Downtown Plano. This exciting interactive "Echowave" design is still on schedule to be completed and installed by the end of December. It will have an amazing audio interactive component in which the mural actually delivers sounds and stories from Plano's heritage.
Four narrators recorded sound segments which can be heard when visitors approach the installation. The noted civic officials and community leaders, pictured above, recorded their narrations at Plano Art Association headquarters on December 19. 

Graphic provided by Outdoor Painters Sociaty

PAA members will have a great opportunity to participate in this very exciting Plein Air event as we share in hosting of this major event along with Southwest Watercolor Society, Outdoor Painters Society and ArtCenter of Plano.

The event will center in the downtown and central Plano area, rich with great subjects for painting and drawing. On Friday, participants will be painting at the Heritage Farmstead on 15th Street near Custer. On Saturday, Harrington Park and the downtown area will be the focus.

On Friday evening, a pizza party for the artists will be held at the ArtCenter of Plano.

On Saturday evening, participants will be able to present their paintings at a "show and tell" wine reception at the ArtCentre.

Suzy Jones, Director of the ArtCentre of Plano, will jury a selection of paintings from the paint-out that will hang in their gallery for a month following our event.

Generous cash prizes will be awarded juried winners...amounts will be announced shortly. Details regarding registration will also be announced shortly.


PAA Members Show 
January 11 till February 9 2018
at ArtCentre of Plano 
1/02 -   Artist Notification of Pieces Accepted
1/06 -   Artist Drop Off
1/11 -   Opening of Show
1/20 -   Reception
2/10 -   Artist Pick Up

PAA Plein Air Event   
February 16 and 17, 2018
Event will be held in Downtown Plano, Heritage Farmstead and ArtCentre of Plano. The event is a PAA collaboration with Outdoor Painters Society, Southwest Watercolor Society and ArtCentre of Plano.
(See more details above.) 

Plano Library Deadline 
Artists who would like to share their skills and artistic vision with the Plano community may apply to the Plano Public Library's 18th AIRSpace Artist in Residence program. This year-round program for all ages, offers hands on art workshops, and make-and-take activities led by community artists. Residencies last from one to three months, and there is a monthly stipend. The application deadline is January 31. 
For more information about this program or to apply click here.

April and May Event   
PAA is working with the new arts venue in Willow Bend Mall to shape an event (or events) this Spring. Stay tuned. 

Expanding the PAA Board of Directors and Advisory Council
We have successfully engaged several new additions to our leadership team on our Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Their names, along with others who will be making commitments, will soon be announced.
Help with Social Media is still needed 
We continue to ask if there is anyone in the membership who is willing to assist us with managing our social media postings and outreach. If you are able to spend a couple of hours each week (max), it would make a big impact in our visibility in the community and within the organization. If you are interested and available, please contact me at

Here's hoping everyone has a joyous holiday season. We look forward to 2018 being another exciting year for PAA, filled with exciting events and the growth of our association. Cheers!
MISSION STATEMENT: The Plano Art Association is dedicated to encouraging the visual arts development of the membership, and inspiring awareness of the visual arts by sharing the joy, passion and beauty within and beyond our Plano community.

PAA is sponsored in part with a grant from the City of Plano. 
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