Thursday, June 29, 2006


"Click" - An Exposure Dallas premier photography event.

Friday, June 30, 2006
7:00pm - 10:00pm

D'vine Wine McKinney
101. N. Kentucky
McKinney, TX
Admission is free

Photography by Jeff Clow, Wade Griffith, Rachel Knickmeyer,
David Kozlowski, Niels Lund, Shane McDaniel, Rod Morris
and Jason Silverstein

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

“Windows of the Soul”

It is a rare occurrence when some one so young can creatively touch your soul, but that is exactly what Justin Hunt does.

Residing in McKinney, Texas, Hunt utilizes glass windows and tins as his canvasses. With oil pastels and acrylics, he combines the use of pop culture and traditional images to create entirely unique expressions of art.

Hunt's work ranges from portraits to abstract impressionism. His paintings express a wide range of color and depth, utilizing a variety of different media in his work. Whether on canvas, glass or tin, the familiar images of Katherine Hepburn, The Beatles and
Janis Joplin will speak to you. Experience Hunt's interpretations of familiar images presented in a fresh, new way.

Carrie Garner's Galleria d'Arte is debuting Hunt's creations in "Windows of the Soul" at a gallery reception on Saturday, July 8, from 7pm to 10pm. The exhibit will be on display from July 7 to August 9, 2006 at Galleria d'Arte.

The soulful sounds of The Quentin Hope Trio will complement the evening's celebration of the arts.

The reception is co-sponsored by Alternative Furnishings, BLING!, D'Vine Wines, and Poppy's Garden Cafe, all located in historic downtown McKinney.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The traveling Viet Nam Veterans Memorial was in Dallas this weekend and today a few of us vets went out pay tribute to our fallen brethren and our respects...from here it will go on to Mission and then on to Houston...this exhibit is truly worth seeing, even if you have no ties to that war, but not many my age do not...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Now this is interesting...we are on water rationing here in Collin County, but while walking around in the area of the square this morning I came across interesting sight at about 11:10, at the corner of Church St and Davis...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Collin County is DRY! We are on water rationing...for yards and such anyway...

We need some thunderstorm action around here pretty bad! The real issue here is that it is only June, and this area seldom gets much rain between now and September or October...could get nasty before summer's end if we do not get any rain in the next few weeks...

Had a short shoot with Dawn over the weekend at the Old Mill...and later found out that they will start charging to use the place for I feel good that I got the shoot done beforehand...seems like everyone wants some of yer cash these days...its a never ending vicious circle...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Carrie Garner’s Galleria d’Arte proudly presents “For the Love of Children” benefiting Children’s Medical Center Legacy. The evening is a celebration of art, wine, food and friendship. The event will be held on June 22, 2006 from 7pm to 11pm.

Poppy’s Garden Café will host the event at 107 S. Church Street in historic, downtown McKinney. The restaurant’s awarding winning executive chef, Jeff Qualls, has created a special menu, and guests will be treated to a variety of wonderful wines from Stags Leap, Chateau St. Jean, Treana and Liberty School.

Live entertainment by The Maylee Thomas Band ensures the evening will be full of melodic pleasures. Ms. Thomas’ soulful style and powerful voice appeal to a wide audience. Your heart and soul will be touched once you have experienced a performance by The Maylee Thomas Band.

Highlighting the evening are original works of art by several award winning, metroplex artists. Carrie Cameron Garner, Susan Hanson, Kimm Lanus, Michael Longhofer, and JD Miller will share their talents and showcase their creations.

A broad diversity of works in oils, acrylics and mixed media will be displayed throughout the restaurant. A plethora of subjects, ranging from spiritual images to cityscapes, landscapes, and still life, are richly represented by these five talented artists. Each artist has been a featured guest artist at Galleria d’Arte in McKinney, as well as being represented in fine art galleries throughout the United States.

This fabulous evening is generously sponsored by M. Merrill Greer, CFPâ,
Senior Financial Advisor, an Ameriprise Plantium Financial Services SM practice.

Children's Medical Center Dallas is one of the largest pediatric providers in the nation and is ranked one of the top 25 pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. As the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Children's is the only academic hospital in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18. Private and not-for-profit, Children's is licensed for 406 beds, has more than 50 pediatric sub-specialty ambulatory programs and is the only pediatric hospital in the Southwest with a designated Level I trauma center. The 72-bed Children's Medical Center Legacy is scheduled for completion in 2008 to better serve children in Collin County and the growing region. More information about Children's is available at News media may subscribe to receive pediatric health news via the Web site's Media section.

For further information about the “For the Love of Children” event, contact Galleria d’Arte at 469.742.9509.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More from the Austin GTG:

Monday, June 12, 2006

Went on a short safari with some other photographers this weekend...more to follow...

Saturday, June 03, 2006


McKinney, Texas – June 1, 2006
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Christine Dial brings her distinctive compositional sculptures to Carrie Garner’s Galleria d’Arte. “The Sweet Ride” will premiere at a reception on Saturday, June 10, 2006 from 7pm to 10pm, and will be on display in the gallery through July 5, 2006.

Throughout her artistic career, Dial has been intrigued by shapes, colors, and textures and the manner in which disparate materials can be fashioned into a coordinated work of art. After fruitfully creating three-dimensional woven wall hangings, Dial progressed into more compositional work, combining paint with fiber and industrial materials.
“The Sweet Ride” is the third progression in a genre that has evolved over the last 10 years. In the first phase, Dial designed and successfully sold wearable art pins, using buttons, laminate, fabric, leather, paint, and vinyl.
The artist cites “The Music Box Series” as the second phase in the progression. As a solicited participant in Austin’s annual Arthouse event, Dial created “The Music Box Series” in which she evolved to incorporating more industrial materials such as chains, springs, grommets, crayons and found objects. Simultaneously, Dial began to frame these various works of the series to increase their multi-dimensional effect.

In 2005, after more than 10 years in the genre, Dial suddenly envisioned art pins and music boxes of much larger proportions. Working on a grander scale and conceptualizing the use of more colors and new materials, Dial discovered hubcaps. Quotes the artist, “There are almost as many old, unusual, and imaginative hubcaps as there are buttons.” Using table saws and drill presses, Dial shapes wood that serves as a strong backing, then laminates the wood and arranges the shapes, ultimately applying color and installing the hubcap and other unusual items to complete the sculpture.

“The Sweet Ride” is a truly unique and exciting expression of art. We look forward to seeing you at Galleria d’Arte as we proudly premier Christine Dial’s creations.
Invigorating live entertainment by the renowned The Texas Gypsies will top off the evening, along with great spirits and gourmet treats.

BACKGROUND: Carrie Garner’s Galleria d’Arte is located in historic downtown McKinney and offers a wide variety of art glass, pottery, and jewelry crafted by local artisans. Galleria d’Arte is the host of “Second Saturdays” where art galleries and other downtown businesses celebrate the arts and the community with live entertainment, spirits, and food.

Galleria d’Arte hours are Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sundays and Mondays by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call the gallery at 469-742-9509.