Launched in the Fall of 2018, the MCL Grand’s Chalk Art Walls reside above the theater’s Main Street and Church Street interior entrances and feature original chalk works by local artists. The initiative aims to introduce more visual art works to the MCL Grand by reimagining these 12’ by 4’ spaces throughout the year with new designs. The walls are available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or during public events at the MCL Grand.
Artists interested in participating in the MCL Grand’s Chalk Wall program may contact Denise Helbing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Chalk Art Walls
If I Had A Dozen by Jennifer Seibert
If I Had a Dozen by Jennifer Seibert features beautiful large roses with their pedals blowing in the wind. Seibert is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in exhibitions by the curator of Exhibitions from the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the curator of Modern and Contemporary Fine Art with the Heritage Auction House, and many other thoughtful curators. Formerly a tenured Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University, she returned home to Texas and is now a full-time Professor of Art at Collin College. If I Had a Dozen is inspired by the song If I had a Rose by Kelly Willis. Kelly Willis is a featured performer in the Black Box Songwriter Series, performing a concert with fellow songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson, on Sunday, March 29. This work will be on display through April 2020.
Collective Bargaining by David Bearden
Collective Bargaining is a colorful abstract work by artist David Bearden. Bearden is a husband, father, teacher and resident of Lewisville, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Art Education and has taught high school art for 20 years.
Collective Bargaining was created in response to the song Mercy Now by songwriter Mary Gauthier. In Bearden’s words, “I will never forget hearing ‘Mercy Now’ for the first time. It was late in the evening; I sat in my living room and wept. Her seasoned voice and warm guitar tone through my headphones were more than I could handle. I personally related to every lyric. I *felt* every lyric. After listening to it several times, I began to realize the real power of the song is not just her voice, or guitar, or lyrics, but all those things delivered with a sense of powerlessness; she exposes herself as one of the needy while summoning the strength to put others’ needs in front of her own.” Mary Gauthier will be leading a songwriting workshop and giving a concert as part of the Black Box Songwriter Series in late February. This work will be on display through April 2020.
Past Chalk Art Works
Mask is a former TPWD employee and a fisherman so it was easy to render a favorite place to go fishing in Texas; a reservoir. Having been scuba diving with the largest freshwater fish in Texas, Mask says, “it was a joy to draw a creative impression of an aquatic habitat.” David uses a variety of media from acrylic painting to sculpture. His favorite now is abstract drawings with pen and ink.
Work portrays a large dragonfly in a sea of swirling color. According to the artist, the work is about self-transformation and the awesomeness of dragonflies. Pete Taboada is an International, Dallas based, visionary artist. He creates art embracing your awareness, abundance and joy. He loves creating art for seekers of self-empowerment, expansion, enlightenment, and love.
Work features a close-up image of beautiful young woman, wearing reflective sunglasses, gazing off into a glorious sunset over a lake with hot air balloons dotting the sky. Carrie Dziabczenko is a professional artist living in Fort Worth Texas. If space allows: (Dziabczenko’s body of work is an expression of finding joy, inspiration, and meaning through visual beauty. Whether inspired from the diversity of life within the natural world or the vibrant realms of imagination and fantasy, her artwork seeks to evoke a sense of wonder. She has regularly been featured in several local and regional art festivals and has commissioned work on display in several area businesses.)
My art is an expression of captured moments, that speak to my soul and create a mood. They may be funny, happy, sad, peaceful, exciting, wistful, intriguing, or whimsical, but my goal is to pull the viewer into the painting and recreate that emotion in them. I work primarily in watercolor and acrylic, sometimes combined, depending on the subject and desired result.
My body of work has revealing aspects of storytelling and viewer participation. My art captures a pivotal moment and a mood to portray the story being told however, it is up to the viewer to determine the stories ending. I work primarily in Chalk pastels and Acrylic mediums.
This work was on display over the Main Street entrance door from September - December 2018 and highlights the western boot, an iconic symbol of the cowboy lifestyle. Once essential footwear for getting the job done without falling off your horse, or suffering a snake bite, western boots have become today’s functional high fashion.
This work was on display above the Church Street entrance door from September - December 2018. Michelle is an artist who works through inspiration and imagination, provoking thought of deeper meanings in life. Inspired by Native American stories about the raven and horse, Michelle’s piece exemplifies the strength and beauty that emerges from struggle and change.