MAGIC HOUR | Sunrise and Sunset

Themed Juried Show

The beauty inherent in morning and evening light is something worth celebrating. Each of the 46 artists applied their unique perspectives in both traditional and surprising ways to capture its ethereal essence for these 68 original artworks. Experience it for yourself.

We’d like to offer a BIG THANK YOU to Anne Royer, Lynn Rushton and James Colley for serving as our show judges this year. They have the task of evaluating each work of art in the following categories.

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme
  • Creativity and originality of the work
  • Quality of artistic composition
  • Overall design and overall impression

First, Second and Third places will be awarded and announced on Saturday, November 14th. Learn more about each judge and their work below.

Anne’s art studies began precociously at age six, attending the adult classes of Gustav Likan in the art school at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas. Mr. Likan continued mentoring her until his death in 1998. His daring work as a colorist was a great influence on her own. Additionally, Anne’s work also reflects the influence of traditional Japanese art and aesthetics which she encountered during an extended stay in Japan.

Anne has been instrumental in the growth of the fine arts in downtown McKinney for the past 15 years. She co-founded the Arts and Music Guild, helped develop McKinney’s Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition, has served on the McKinney Arts Commission, and was awarded the Jon Flaming Award for her contribution to the visual arts community in McKinney. Her paintings are part of private and public art collections, including the Frisco Public Art Collection and the Monarchs of McKinney sculpture collection. She never tires of instigating, curating, being a juror for and participating in art exhibits, because she believes that every piece of art deserves its moment in the spotlight.

Anne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Austin College and three Master’s Degrees from Yale University: Religion and the Visual Arts, East Asian Studies, and the History of Art. She has taught studio art for 30 years, mentoring and preparing students for higher education and career opportunities in the visual arts. Anne leads the Arts and Music Guild, and exhibits her work at The Cove, McKinney.

Lynn Rushton sees art through the eyes of the community. She helps community groups, artists, neighborhood and residents engage with public art. She has worked with museums and cultural institutions her entire career, from early work at the Smithsonian’s National Museum for American Art in DC and the Kennedy Center to her work as the Executive Director of the Heard Craig Center for the Arts, and as the curator for the City of Grapevine to her work as the Public Art Collection and Conservation Manager for the City of Dallas.

As Dallas Public Art Collection and Conservation Manager, Lynn oversees a collection valued at more than $100 million. It spans from newly commissioned works to heritage sites such as the 1936 Centennial collection at Fair Park, and it stretches across every district and neighborhood in the city. Her current projects include working with a restoration team to return the Texas Hall of State back to its condition upon the opening in 1936. Through a National Parks Service Grant Civil Rights grant, she is also working with a team of scholars to explore the history of the 1936 Hall of Negro Life at the Dallas Fair Park.

Lynn has taught master classes on the University level and has been a Guest Lecturer at Texas Tech University School of Fine Arts, Hill County Foundation for the Arts, Coastal Bend College (TX), Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN), South Texas Art Association, North East Texas Art Club, Eclectic Expressions Gallery (Arlington, TX), Continental Gallery (Dallas, TX), Deep Ellum Center for the Arts (Dallas, TX), Sarratt Gallery (Nashville, TN), Plano Arts Center (TX), Ellis County Arts Association and Fine Arts Museum (TX).

She holds a BFA in Fine Art-Painting and BA Communication from Vanderbilt University, an MA in Art Education from Texas Tech University, and has completed additional graduate work in Art History (American Arts and Crafts) at Tulane University. She is a member of American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work and the Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

James M. Colley, born in Anniston, Alabama, began drawing at a young age. Even before high school, he began studying under Florence McIntyre in Memphis, Tennessee. During the late 1950’s while studying on the university level, his work took on the postimpressionism style, mixed with Texas humor and the realism of Texas itself. Much like the optimistic outlook by society, Jim was optimistic in his work.

After completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Texas Austin, he continued graduate studies at the University of California in Berkley. Jim believes art is meant to be visual music and for him, the music ended when abstract art took center stage. It was a style he did not embrace for his own work. Returning to Austin to complete his graduate studies, he began exploring “the human figure in its environment; images of a person capable of action”. He felt an “individual should have potential for impact on the environment, not just a creature captured by its environment”.

This style has continued and can be seen in his works on runners, rowers, Turtle Creek images, and more. His accomplishments include numerous commissions, showings, and exhibitions. His most personally satisfying work was the “Triptych Summer Sunlight–Turtle Creek” created for the North Texas Regional Cancer Center. The entrance fountain for Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas is one of his stunning works. Jim has also completed paintings for LTV Aerospace, L.S.I. Industries, a piece for Mark Thatcher, and works for Vester Hughes–including a portrait.

Jim has mellowed over the years and is currently working on pieces featuring the heart of America; family roots, along with commissions including several family portraits. Although he works in multiple mediums, Jim states that watercolors are where he feels most at home.

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