Searching for Memories by Jerry McKay

Meet Guest Blogger, Jerry McKay, a member of the Visual Art League of Lewisville

I met Jerry McKay (JAM), a member of the Visual Art League, in the first member meeting I attended.  She was very instrumental in explaining how art submissions work and it’s because of her I hit the ground running.  JAM has an art piece in the Day of the Dead exhibit that is on display now through November 27th.  I got to ask JAM about the piece.  It’s a very touching and relatable story.  She agreed to share the story in my blog, along with her art piece. Continue reading Meet Guest Blogger, Jerry McKay, a member of the Visual Art League of Lewisville

Opening Reception -  Call of the Wild & Day of the Dead - Visual Art League of Lewisville

Opening Reception –  Call of the Wild & Day of the Dead – Visual Art League of Lewisville

Saturday, October 30th, was a big event for Tore Bellis and me.  It was the opening reception for two art exhibits at the Grand Theater in Lewisville, Texas. This is the first opening reception we’ve attended and it’s the first … Continue reading Opening Reception –  Call of the Wild & Day of the Dead – Visual Art League of Lewisville

Western Round Up Exhibition - Visual Art League of Lewisville

Western Round Up Exhibition – Visual Art League of Lewisville

It’s official!  Tore Bellis and I have our artwork displayed in the Western Round Up Exhibition through the Visual Art League of Lewisville! This exhibition is in the North Corridor at the Grand Theater.  Continue reading Western Round Up Exhibition – Visual Art League of Lewisville

"Iterations 2" an original art piece by Denise Holguin at the Visual Art League of Lewisville

Additional photos by Denise Holguin on exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville!

I was encouraged to submit additional art pieces in the “Self Portrait” exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville. It took me awhile to come up with my first submission, “Iterations”. Coming up with additional pieces seemed daunting. But I have a saying: if you’re handed a piece of meat are you going to cook it? Translation: if you’re given an opportunity are you going to take advantage of it or let it go to waste? I’m not only going to cook it, I’ll make multiple meals out of it! Visit the blog to see my additional submissions. Continue reading Additional photos by Denise Holguin on exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville!

"Iterations" an original art piece by Denise Holguin at the Visual Art League of Lewisville

“Iterations” an original art piece by Denise Holguin is on exhibition!

“Iterations” is my debut art piece that is on exhibit at the MCL Grand through the Visual Art League of Lewisville.

The theme for the exhibit is “Self-Portrait”. Not only was I the photographer but I was also the model. Very tricky – especially when I was turning as green as the walls from sitting upside down!

Go see the art piece in person! It’s on exhibit from August 31 – October 30, 2021. Look for the North Display Case. Continue reading “Iterations” an original art piece by Denise Holguin is on exhibition!

Visual Art League of Lewisville

I joined the Visual Art League of Lewisville

I unlocked one of life’s greatest mysteries.    

I have been wondering how individuals get their art displayed in exhibitions. 

The answer is stunningly easier than I ever fathomed:  Join an art league!

When I attended the first meeting of the Visual Art League of Lewisville, themes were reviewed and I sat with a bewildered look on my face.  Are there fees?  Our art gets displayed…just like that?  How many pieces of art can we submit?  Does the art have to be hung on a wall? 

What strange, mythical world did I stumble in to and how am I fortunate enough to be permitted to join?

I asked questions.  And it’s true.  Art gets displayed…just like that!   Continue reading I joined the Visual Art League of Lewisville

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

I recently purchased a little red autograph book from Curiosities in Dallas.  It belonged to an 8th grader named Ramona Holmes who lived in Paris, Texas in 1946. 

I’ve spent some late nights researching the people and places referenced in the book.  I was also able to cajole my friend Tore into a day trip to Paris for further research.

This post focuses on a favorite teacher…. Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

Preface:  Hopefully you’ve been following along in this series.  If you’re new, the quick rundown:  I fancy myself the “caretaker” of the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas, even though it has been demolished for many years. 

I was recently contacted by a stranger, Angelia McDaniel, who has ephemera from “my” motel.  Her parents, John Dennis Rush, Jr. and Letha Floyace Grimes Rush stayed at the Tower Hotel Courts for their honeymoon in 1955.  This initial contact with Angelia was the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.  While one can find pieces of ephemera for sale at antique stores or online, having the personal stories tied to the pieces makes it even more fascinating.  Angelia has been very gracious in sharing her family’s stories.  We’ve had a blast going down various rabbit holes during our research.  

Part 3 showcases the journey from the wedding ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls to the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas.  As Angelia describes it, the “Honeymoon Road Trip”.  Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3