Collin County Living Well Magazine November/December 2017 - Page 33

Ninth Annual McKinney Art Studio Tour (MAST) Opens the Door to Local Studios I By Lynne Weinberger f you’ve ever wondered exactly how art is created, forty-eight artists from the McKinney area will welcome art lovers and collectors to their studios - and share their creative inspiration - at the ninth annual McKinney Art Stu- dio Tour (MAST) on November 11 & 12, 2017. In 2009, McKinney Art House owner Sona Knox and a handful of local art- ists created the tour to connect McKin- ney-area artists with the DFW Metro- plex. MAST has grown exponentially each year, providing a self-paced, be- hind-the-scenes look at artists, their stu- dios and processes. Hands-on demonstrations and original art for sale by four dozen artists offer a look at a variety of media including pot- tery, wood-turning, painting, printmak- ing, glass, fiber art and more. Original art and commissions are available. New this year is an exhibition and sale of original art from every participating tour artist. The exhibition and sale will be at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, a historic home near the McKinney square, centrally located to the tour, and will be ongoing all weekend during MAST. MAST is on Saturday, November 11 from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, Novem- ber 12 from noon – 5:00 pm in McKinney. Demonstrations of a variety of art forms and techniques will be ongoing throughout the tour: • Unique wood vessels hand-turned on a lathe using local felled trees; • Painting techniques using watercolors, oils, pastels, alcohol inks, and acrylics; • Pottery turned on wheels, hand-built or slab-rolled, then kiln- or raku-fired; • Glass art, leather work, photography and more from dozens of local award- winning artists. The McKinney Art Studio Tour is free and open to the public. Visitors may tour dozens of McKinney galleries, co- op artist locations and home studios. In 2016 over 1100 attendees tour ed MAST studio locations. Maps are provided at many tour locations and online. For more information on participating artists, please visit MAST at and on Facebook. COLLIN COUNTY Living Well Magazine | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 31