Tonight I got to meet up with some of my fun artist friends at a local hangout here in Frisco, Eight11 Place. They have a great back yard, and it was a perfect evening to sit and sip wine, have a little flatbread and do some art talk.
Eight11 Place opened up in September, and has become one of my favorite places to meet up with friends. It’s in a little historic house on Main Street, and the proprietors, Lance and Ursula Clayton, are fantastically fun people. They are super supportive of local artists, and host new art shows there every couple of months. (I got to show my work there a few months ago). I didn’t know this at first, but Lance and I are both from Fannin County – me from Windom, and he from Bonham – and we know a lot of the same people. And Ursula brings the Austin vibe of casual sophistication into the mix.
Artist’s conversations are so robust and colorful! I enjoyed hearing stories about childhood, travels, jobs, families, art shows, life challenges, and even getting to hear secrets about certain attendees’ former lives of dancing on tables and singing “Moon River.”
I was having so much fun, I only got a few poor snapshots — but here are some of the artists who were there – click their name to see their artwork.
Eilene Houston Carver (with Kirk), Tom Freeman & Gaye Freeman, T. Scott Stromberg, Brenda G. Thomas, Olivia Ogren-Hrejsa, Brad Sharp, Wendi McGowan-Ellis,and Linda Alred. And myself, with my art-supporter guy.
Many of the artists that came out tonight have been involved with our annual ArtSeen Studio Tour, and many will be showing their work again during the tour this fall, October 18 & 19.